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BEST OF 2013

2013 brought a few firsts including rappers on roller coasters.

2013 brought a few firsts including rappers on roller coasters.

I know I’m a few weeks late with this annual “best of” post, but I was hopelessly stranded in New York following the great blizzard of 2014 which seemed to push everything back a bit.

2013 was a year full of exciting new opportunities, both in business and personally. Hopefully 2014 brings even more great times, including a complete revamp of this blog to match my new rebranding efforts, but in the essence of time, I wanted to get the 2013 best of finished up before 2014 is done with!

In addition to finishing up this set, Ive been inundated with contest entries, lots of photos from my trip as well as a bunch of other mundane year-end tasks, but

I managed to compile my favorite 75 or so images that stood out to me in 2013. 2013 was a definitive year in jump-starting my marketing and rebranding campaigns, with a continuance in my entertainment and music personal projects while expanding focus on portrait and advertising clients. These may not be the overall “best” or even the ones that were published, but rather, the ones that I personally liked from my work in 2013.

This impromptu Hasselblad portrait of Heather is definitely one of my favorite personal images of 2013.

This impromptu Hasselblad portrait of Heather is definitely one of my favorite personal images of 2013.

A few projects that allowed me a bit more creativity.

A few projects that allowed me a bit more creativity.

The highlight of my year was definitely my mid-season decision to pickup a Fuji x100s. The camera has helped me see in a whole new way and its refreshing. Ive also started creating little motion gifs from select still sequenced images. Most are just ridiculous but its fun. There is a certain look to the images straight from the camera and a way that people react to a smaller camera rather than 2 huge bodies and lens setups. I only wish Fuji would make the exact same camera but with a 50mm 1.2 option or a super wide option.

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In addition to gif-making, the other main ‘take a break from editing’ activity this year has been writing and recording my own musical ideas. I’ve written, played and performed music for years and ultimately got tired of having a guitar melody or other musical idea in my head only to forget it a few hours later. I have been using Apple’s Garageband software exclusively and have been recording all of the instruments on my own as well. Its been a great alternative creative outlet when my eyes can’t take anymore picture editing. The piece is not really a song, but more of my latest idea. If you are interested in checking out my other recent recordings click here.

The second method as always is the Photoshelter slide show using their snazzy new HTML5 embedded slideshow which should look nice on mobile devices, but the preferred method is to pop the first slideshow up full screen and let it play.

Here are the links to several previous years’ “Best of” posts. Check them out and let me know what you think.

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BUDAPEST WITH THE X100S

BUDAPEST WITH THE X100S

A couple of months back I was able to grab a very hard to find (at least at the time) Fuji x100s. The x100s is a compact digital camera that has a ton of manual features as well as a fixed 35mm f2 lens. I hadn’t really even considered owning another compact digital in years. […]

THE GAME OF THE CENTURY

THE GAME OF THE CENTURY

Pardon my absence over the past few months, but things have been super busy, in the best way possible. In addition to lots of new work I have been feverishly working on all new branding and an all new website, etc that will be finished up and debuted soon. For now, I wanted to highlight […]

FPSF MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013

FPSF MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013

It’s been over 3 weeks since the FPSF music festival which took place the weekend of June 1st and 2nd. The annual craziness happened to fall right smack dab in the middle of moving which only magnified my stress level around that time. This year, after the festival, since I had already fulfilled my immediate […]

MOTION REEL 2013

This has been a long time coming, but when you are in a 24/7 business with an ever-present and ever-growing list of “to-do’s” some projects get put on the back burner. I am primarily a still photographer, but have previously worked at a documentary film house and have been around video and multimedia production for […]

ALL STAR WEEKEND 2013

ALL STAR WEEKEND 2013

  Its been two weeks since NBA All Star weekend here in Houston. From Thursday, February 14th, through Sunday, February 17th, I photographed a barrage of events from special appearances at the mall and community service events to live shows and video shoots, with the intention of producing a small body of work showcasing what […]

BEST OF 2012

BEST OF 2012

2012. Another year gone. Time flies. I think I say that every year. I post this a year to the day after posting my 2011 “Best of”. Hopefully my 2012 in images surpasses the years passed. As always the images (95 total this year) are comprised of my commercial and editorial work with some personal […]

POSTCARDS FROM BAVARIA

POSTCARDS FROM BAVARIA

As I write this it is the second day of 2013. It’s hard to believe its another year. Time flies? The idea of time stays the same, it’s our perception of time that changes. Anticipation, both good and bad, can make you perceive time as “flying by” or “taking forever”. Not sure where I was […]

FUN FUN FUN FEST 2012

FUN FUN FUN FEST 2012

Austin is widely known as The Live Music Capitol of the World and I definitely would not disagree. Although I live in Houston, didn’t go to school there nor ever lived there, I frequent the city many times throughout the year for different shows and such. I have attended as a fan, performed in my […]

BTS: TRAE & FUTURE – LONG LIVE THE PIMP

BTS: TRAE & FUTURE - LONG LIVE THE PIMP

Those of you that know me, know that I photograph a ton of hip-hop and rap related events here in my hometown of Houston. We are known for our rich culture of hip-hop and rap, so much so that my alma-mater, the University of Houston recently put on a symposium devoted to Houston rap to […]

AUTUMN IN NEW YORK

AUTUMN IN NEW YORK

A few months ago my dad mentioned to me that he was planning a trip to Buffalo, New York sometime in October. Although my dad now lives just a few minutes down the highway from me, he, like many current Houstonians, migrated here for work years ago. My dad grew up in Kenmore, New York, […]

BARRETT HUSTLE

BARRETT HUSTLE

Back in February of 2012 I photographed a local rapper on the rise, Barrett Hustle. We did a series of studio portraits as well as a series of on location portraiture for his album Perseverance which hit shelves earlier this week. The album was designed and put together by friend and frequent collaborator, Anthony Oyedeji of Full Fledge Entertainment. Check out the images and the story after the jump!

SUMMERFEST 2012

SUMMERFEST 2012

Free Press Summerfest, year 4. I have successfully photographed every year and every year seen not only the festival grow in terms of the scope of performers and attendance, but my own personal vision grow with it. The year one headliners were Of Montreal and Explosions in the Sky, year two it was The Flaming […]

IN PRINT: “Rising Sun” book preview video

IN PRINT: "Rising Sun" book preview video

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to spend some time in Japan. I made a lot of photos and did a lot of really awesome things. Click here to read more about the actual trip in the original blog post, “NEW YEARS IN JAPAN”. During the trip I shot a handful of rolls of Kodak […]

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: EASY CANVAS PRINTS

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA: EASY CANVAS PRINTS

Looking for the perfect gift idea for that special someone? I break down and review an awesome piece of artwork from an amazingly cool local company after the jump!

TOP 10 NEW FEATURES OF THE CANON 5D MARK III

TOP 10 NEW FEATURES OF THE CANON 5D MARK III

Earlier this year well before the March 2nd announcement of the successor to the Canon 5D line was made, the Internet rumor mills were churning with mindless speculation on pixels and specs that would or would not be. I usually pay no mind to the speculation instead choosing to wait for an official release. A […]

NEW YEARS IN JAPAN

NEW YEARS IN JAPAN

Given my partial Japanese heritage, I was excited to hear I would be ringing in 2012 in my motherland of Japan. After nearly three weeks of exploring Tokyo, Kyoto, et al, I headed back stateside and dove back into the daily grind of business. Between a film camera and my digital arsenal I was able to chronicle my trip in more ways than one. Check out my favorite images from my trip and read all about my experiences after the jump!

BEST OF 2011

BEST OF 2011

Ive been in Japan for the past few weeks so the annual “Best Of” post has been postponed until now. 2011 seemed to come and go in a breeze. Check out my brief year-end wrap up and 100 of my favorite images made in the year 2011 after the jump.

MOVEMENT OF KINGZ

MOVEMENT OF KINGZ

Back in September I had the pleasure of photographing four talented musical artists from Movement of Kingz Entertainment at Houston Skyline Studios in Houston’s Warehouse District. We had a limited time to shoot, but managed to pull off several different looks for the guys. The crew from Vicious Films was on hand and produced an awesome behind the scenes piece from the shoot. Check out the behind the scenes video and the resulting images inside!

THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

After a few hectic weeks of non-stop shooting and editing in early August, I decided to drop everything and take a VERY spontaneous trip across The American Southwest. Loaded with a digital SLR, one of my GoPro HD cameras, my trusty Polaroid Spectra, and a few other film cameras, I set out on a brief, but exciting, Kerouacian adventure. Check out the story and images after the jump!


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