artist vs poet // band promos // dallas tx

I met up with the guys in Artist vs. Poet a while back to take some photos for the release of their new album, Favorite Fix. The shoot was ridiculously cold, so big props to the AVP guys for sticking it out and shooting all day. It was a lot of fun roaming around downtown Dallas working on getting that perfect shot; I only wish it had been warmer. A lot warmer.

'09 // a look back

The past year has held a variety of things for me: from my first magazine cover for College Magazine, to my first time to cover Warped Tour, a portrait session with Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes, and coupled with all of these client oriented subjects, I have progressed as a photographer. A shift to in style, a vast shift in the way I cover shows, and wish to present my work, and last, the first (albeit not full) year of this blog. This year has been nothing short of spectacular, and I can only hope that as 2010 rolls around, my progress as a person and an artist will continue moving forward. This post holds some of my favorites, like the photos from April and Chris's engagement session, the recent session at Empire Tattoo in Arlington, Texas, and more. Also, there are several images that I haven't shown anywhere before, some of my first lifestyle work out in Frisco, Texas, a few photos of Architects and Bring Me the Horizon from the Epitaph Tour held earlier this year, and some of your favorites, of course.

I hope that I can hear from you in 2010, the photos you like, a session you would like to book, or even just to talk shop. This year will hold a lot of new, interesting things, and I can only imagine what will come over the next several hundred days.

four year strong // promos // dallas

After a few months of talking with Four Year Strong's publicist about setting up a shoot with the band, it finally came. Not only did I get to see by far one of the best shows that I've been to in what seems like ages with a shoot that I had also been looking forward to quite some time. The shoot itself was pretty simple, I found a pretty cool (if I do say so myself) location directly adjacent to the venue that let me get quite a few looks without moving a set up around Deep Ellum. I played around with my [large] film camera for the first time in a few months at the shoot also, which was rad, and led to me finding a favorite negative film that I can get locally, and re-inspired me to use that camera again. The lighting was nothing extravagant, just a simple use of natural light combined with a single light off camera. All in all, it was a fun shoot with a great group of guys, simple lighting, simple location, and pretty decent weather for being Texas in August... The show was tons of fun also, I've only seen Four Year Strong (and Set Your Goals) in venues like House of Blues and Palladium Ballroom before, and seeing them in a venue the size of The Door was amazing. The energy of the bands skyrocketed, and the crowd was going nuts the whole show, especially when FYS took a break from playing songs off of Rise or Die Trying to play their cover of Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life." It's definitely a show I wish I could have seen in a few different cities, or that I could relive through DVD...

american mantra // band promos // dallas tx

A couple of weeks ago by buddy Dustin in the band American Mantra called me up wondering if I could take some photos of them in preparation for their EP release. I've worked with the band before and love their music, and that alone made it an instant "YES!" So we set up a shoot pretty much as soon as I could and went to work. Going into the shoot I had planned to use some of my lighting gear, but once we got on location, the lighting that was already there was great. We wandered around in this park for a while, taking photos in a few different sections and then we decided it was time to go hit up one more location before the sun went down. On the way back to our cars, two pit bulls ran across the street and followed us for a good half a block, barking, provoking. Thankfully, that was all they did, but needless to say, the entire band, and myself, were scared to death. The second location was completely improvised, but we used it to its fullest potential, setting up the alien bee once the sun went down and getting some pretty cool (and some mildly funny) shots in the process. Annnnd the photos...

Be sure to check out their myspace for some great music myspace

Also, expect another blog post as the EP release gets a solid release date and all of those fun little details.

onward we march // band promos // dallas, tx

Late last April I photographed Dallas progressive-metal band Onward We March in Dallas. It was super windy that day and working on location was difficult to say the least. Fortunately, the guys were in super good spirits and it made for a great shoot. We started out at a location in Deep Ellum, and after a while, the area we were at started to get too windy to shoot, so we moved to a partial indoors location [parking garage in the third photo] that was empty as it was a commuter garage at a local university campus. We got my favorite shot from the shoot while at the garage, that is also currently being used on the band's Myspace as the header, as well as the individual portraits.

The session was great, and I can't wait until I can finally get out to see these guys live. Onward We March's Myspace