A few months ago I was commissioned to photograph a variety of local murals and public art installations for a new Houston travel guide that was just finished up. As someone who loves bright poppy color and has a deep appreciation for mural & graffiti art, this was a dream assignment for sure. I was given a bit of direction, but in the end I was able to drive around the city and include pieces that I enjoyed personally that weren’t originally part of the list.
I was also pleased to hear that the client hired me based on seeing my CMY gallery on my website, a gallery I created much to the behest of a few photo consultants whom I previously worked with. A small victory, but an example of how showing what you want on your website despite what others tell you, is still the best advice. I have benefited greatly from my collaborations with creative consultants over the years, but in the end its your work so show it off how you see fit.
Oftentimes shoots can quickly become crowded with models, assistants, techs, creatives, stylists et al, however this assignment allowed me to go solo and really slow down, which was definitely a welcomed change of pace. After receiving the a copy of the finished product I was delighted to see that I was given a little contributor’s bio as well as some good photo play in the spread! The books will mostly be in local hotels (in something like 20K rooms) but check out the photos below to see how the final product turned out! The scrolling gallery at the bottom showcases some of my favorite outtakes from the commission.
Thanks to my fellow Houston-area artists (Gonzo 24/7, Daniel Anguilu, et al) that made this such a breeze! Its a pleasure to be able to shine some light on my fellow Houstonians.
*UPDATE* Since this blog published I have received loads of notes from fellow photographers that have come across the book recently including one from my good buddy Ben Sassani who also sent over a photo! See that below as well!