One on One, Part One.

Debbie emailed me last November from Atlanta. She’s a wedding photographer and was looking for ways to change things up in her lighting and the post-processing of her work (including her portrait work as well). A “creative bootcamp”, as she put it, in her initial email. She asked if I did any workshops. I didn’t have any plans for one anytime soon. She began suggesting that she be a ‘guinea pig’ for a full-day one-on-one training thing. We emailed back and forth, and it finally worked out this past Friday. She came into town and we spent all day covering lighting and post production. I had no secrets – we opened every image she wanted and I discussed in detail what I was thinking on set and I how I did the work in Photoshop afterwards. We talked about lighting modifiers, how they affect the light, and how to get more efficient use out of her gear.

We also enjoyed an Italian lunch at Mandola’s. I probably would have been there that day anyways because I like fresh mozzarella (being half-Italian and all).

Debbie showed up with images that she wanted to discuss, and she took great notes:

And I made use of a whiteboard to, well, “sketch” things:

It was a great time! I could see doing it again.



Christmas Card Contest Winner Revealed!

A big thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Christmas card contest. We ended up at right around 100 votes. After adjusting for those multi-vote offenders (you know who you are), the winner was clear!

A little back-story on Sabrina and James. I photographed their wedding back in 2007. It was one of the first weddings I shot, and they took a risk hiring brand-new me. In the end, the wedding was a fabulous time, and was even featured in Austin Wedding Day magazine. I’ve kept up with them since the wedding and photographed their son, Kai, in 2009.

Here are some behind-the-scenes shots for this card. They brought a Disney snow globe, which I shot on blue seamless with one umbrella. I went with blue paper as I wanted that blue color reflected on the car to match the final scene:

We shot each family member separately:

I drew the background in Photoshop, and blended everything together.

So, Sabrina and James get their choice of an 11×14 print or canvas! And because I found a box yesterday of leftover Christmas cheer, all of the other participants will get a $30 credit towards a print or canvas of their own!

Happy New Year!

Big Site Changes!!

Today I’ve rolled out some new site updates which I am excited to share! Here’s what’s new:

  • Separate sites: Weddings have now been moved to their own site at Commercial/editorial/portrait work will remain at Both will share the same blog.
  • Updated Look: Both sites have a cleaner look, with larger, sharper images and less clutter.
  • More images: Each site now has over double the amount of images (36!!). Check out all the new additions!
  • Interviews: Each site also features over 20 minutes of audio interviews I’ve conducted with past clients & brides. Just click on “Case Studies” on the portrait site, or “Bridetalk” on the wedding site.

A big thanks to all of those that volunteered for the audio interviews – they came out great!

By |May 19th, 2010|Photography|0 Comments

Amanda and Leon Rock, Thriller-Style

Amanda and Leon’s wedding was Saturday, and to say it rocked is a bit of an understatement! The wedding was very musically-influenced. But we’ll get to that in a bit. Let’s get started with some images.

Here are some shots of Amanda getting ready. Her makeup was handled by the always-awesome Maris Calderon. I’ve been fortunate to work with her before, and she’s great!

The wedding was held at the beautiful St. Mary’s cathedral in downtown Austin. Here’s a shot of Leon right before he heads down the aisle:

Cute couple!

The reception was at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel. Every thing was coordinated to perfection by Lorena Molina at Something To Celebrate.

Every table was named after a famous musician or band. How cool is that? I was hoping to see the Van Halen table decorated with red, black and white stripes.

Check out the groom’s cake:

Amanda’s father gave a great speech!

So in addition to being a doctor, Leon can rock. Like “this ain’t no Britney Spears lip-syncing thing” rock. He joined the band both at the wedding and at the rehearsal party the night before. He’s cranking out the solo to “Pride and Joy” here. I’m more of a Les Paul guy myself, but I’ll give him props for making that Strat wail. I think he’s definitely got a future touring if that whole doctor thing doesn’t work out.

After that came the big Thriller surprise. There ain’t no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl.

Congrats to Amanda and Leon! Rock on!

By |February 15th, 2010|Photography|1 Comment

Best of 2009 Winner Announced!

A big thanks to all of you for helping select the best wedding portrait of 2009! The post had a record 137 comments! And here’s the portrait you chose as tops for 2009:

Kathryn and Michael will receive a mounted 11×14 of this image (or any image they choose)!

As a little something extra, all of the other couples will receive a $30 print credit. Thanks again to all of you for making this a fun and lively contest – I look forward to doing it again soon. And if you want to see more wedding images from 2009, be sure to check out the Best of 2009 Slideshow post.

By |February 5th, 2010|Photography|2 Comments

Voting Ends Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that if you are interested in voting for the best wedding portrait of 2009, voting wraps up tomorrow at midnight!

Check out the entries here, and be sure to leave a comment with your fav. The winning couple gets a mounted 11×14 of their image!

By |February 1st, 2010|Photography|0 Comments