Rob Thomas for REAL Magazine

I’ve been waiting to talk about this shoot all year. When REAL Magazine asked me sometime in March if I’d be interested in shooting Rob Thomas, I jumped at the chance.

Now, I know exactly what you are thinking. No, not that Rob Thomas (although he’s on my list too). This Rob Thomas is the creator of the show Veronica Mars. You probably heard about him in the news earlier this year, as he and Kristen Bell led a Kickstarter campaign which raised over 5.7 million dollars for the production of a Veronica Mars movie. Since then, other high-profile film projects have gone the Kickstarter route (most notably Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here“), but no crowd funding campaigns so far have been as successful as Rob’s.

Talking with the creative people at REAL Magazine, we decided on something fun to match Rob’s personality. I sketched up several ideas, one of which involved him at a lemonade stand selling props from episodes of the tv show to help fund his film. Rob liked the idea, so we scouted locations around town that could serve as our neighborhood house.

Right before the shoot, I thought it would be funny if we added in a Ferris Bueller reference and played off the “Save Ferris” idea with our own “Save Veronica Mars” riff. In the Ferris Bueller movie, an iconic scene is the “Save Ferris” water tower that appears in the film. We added that to our image below and the scene was set.

Rob did a great job with a variety of expressions and poses, and after our shoot we took some additional shots that his agency could use for promo purposes.

Below is a great little BTS video that the crew from Reel Visuals put together. I loved working with Terrell, Lauren and Richard on this, and if you need something similar, you should definitely look them up. A big thanks to Bert Mclendon and Justin Leitner who helped out on this shoot, and a heartfelt thank you to Nell at REAL Magazine for the opportunity.

Rob Thomas Veronica Mars Image 1

Rob Thomas Veronica Mars Image 2

Rob Thomas Veronica Mars Image 3

By |September 25th, 2013|Photography|0 Comments

Ice Cream For Walgreens

This time of year, it’s about 105 degrees in Austin. Spending any significant amount of time outside just drains my energy. A few days ago, while downtown, I swung by the Cow Tipping Creamery bus near the U.T. campus. This is some of the best ice cream I’ve had in Austin, and I started to feel my internal temperature drop a few degrees after the first few bites. I highly recommend that place if you are in the area.

Speaking of delicious frozen treats, here’s an image from a shoot I did for Walgreens a few months ago. This is Joel Quintanilla (or “Q”, as he’s known at work). Q works at a Walgreens store in New Braunfels, Texas, and has the distinction of having sold the most of Walgreen’s “Delish” brand of ice cream in the country. With this heat, I’m not surprised (although I bet someone in El Paso or New Mexico came in at a close second).

We photographed him at his store for Walgreen World magazine, and we had fun setting up stacks and stacks of empty ice cream containers for this image. Surprisingly, only one real container of ice cream was opened for the whole shoot (we did a good job of making it last).

Walgreens Ice Cream

martha lynn kale for real magazine

I was happy to spend some time recently with Martha Lynn Kale (and her beautiful son!) to shoot the May cover of REAL Magazine. The story was about the work-life balance we all try hard to achieve, and it was a lot of fun to work on these images. I am looking forward to becoming more ‘balanced’ one day.



Monica Cunningham for American University Magazine

Photographed at the Hilton in downtown Austin.


PPA Story & Contest

If you’re a member of PPA, check the November issue of their magazine. There’s a story on my custom Christmas card work. Plus, a shot I submitted got an honorable mention for the cover contest. This is the second year in a row I’ve made the HM list. One day, I will make the cover :)

Austin Man Magazine Launch Party

Last night was the launch party for Austin Man Magazine. I had the honor of photographing Roy Spence for the cover of the first issue, and it was a blast. You can check out the spreads below, but let’s start with a short behind-the-scenes video from the shoot:


The ATX Man team asked me to provide a quick bio for this issue’s contributor section:

Last night was the launch party in downtown Austin. It was great to see everyone together again who had worked on the magazine, as well as past cover women from Austin Woman Magazine. Here are some point-and-shoot shots from the event, starting with me and Roy:

Here’s Christopher Garvey, the co-founder and publisher.

On the left is Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, the executive editor, and Jenny Lin, who handled all the makeup at the shoot.

Ketan Patel, the Art Director, and Michelle Valles, who was the cover woman we photographed for Austin Woman Magazine back in July 2010.

I am really excited for Austin Man Magazine and their brand new launch! I hope to do more shoots with them in the future. A big shout out to everyone who was part of the shoot, including Jenny Lin, Eric Kotara, Dave McLaughlin, Deb Hamilton-Lynne, Christopher Garvey, plus Roy and the great people at GSD&M.