I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda in April of 2016. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself but, I knew it would be an adventure. I set out to challenge myself with taking photographs that you wouldn't normally see from someones trip to Africa. I found it more challenging than I could imagine and I feel like it was a "photographic failure".
I become complacent with the photos I was taking because they were so interesting. I had scenic vistas, intense wildlife shots and I saw some truly amazing weather and I felt like I was getting great photos. When I had left those places, I found myself kicking myself because I didn't feel comfortable capturing the moments in between these "epic" subjects. I set out to capture the little moments of this trip and I had failed.
24 Hours In Austin
This was the first major video project I ever worked on. I worked with my roommate in college to handle all the pre-production planning of this crazy idea we had. We needed to plan out what equipment we needed, the people we could convince to help us, how we were gonna raise money, when we were going to do it. Everything was on us and we only wanted to do it to see if we even could.
We ultimately got our gear list set, launched our Kickstarter page and got fully funded, planned the date with everyone and convinced them this would be fun. We set out to shoot from sun up to sun down and produce an entire film in 24 hours in Austin Texas. Now all we had to do was shoot it.
We had a crew of 12 total high school friends, 10 cameras, 15 lenses, a homemade timelapse rig, a custom built computer to importing footage and more gatorade than you should ever drink in a single day. It was on a July day in Texas in 2011 which meant it was a scorcher but we had a goal and we needed to accomplish it.
We were fortunate enough to have a musician friend actually compose the music for this video. It took about a month and half to fully edit the piece but, this is something every person could be truly proud of and I hope you enjoy
24 Hours in Austin
I was fortunate enough to work with a dear friend and co-worker of mine on this shoot. Emmy is an aspiring actress/entrepreneur and I tried my best to capture the passion and drive she has within her. It always helps to have somebody who knows how to work in front of a camera as well. Be sure to be on the lookout for her because she will make a name for herself and I am just fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her on her path to greatness.
Impromptu trips to get out and explore is one of my favorite things to do as a photographer. To be able to explore a place I have never been like Big Bend National Park in Texas was a really fun weekend challenge. I set out with my buddy and coworker Glenn Rodgers (http://www.rodgerswithad.com) set out on a Friday afternoon, drove the 8 hours to get out the park and set up camp overnight under the stars. We set out the next day under a light sprinkle of rain and trekked the 9 miles to the South Rim of the park where we could overlook some epic Chisos Mountains. We camped overnight on the trail and got up for an epic sunrise on Sunday morning and then got back home around 8 pm Sunday night. We pushed ourselves and our photography while we were out there and it was a truly unforgettable trip.
This was a project I was fortunate to work on from the ground up with the founder, Ashley Elmore. This was an idea for a website that's goal was to connect people and their hobbies to the industries they could pursue those ventures. It was a learning experience from Day 1 and I was lucky to have been able to meet some great industry leaders along the way.
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Travis and Ashley
Some people will say mixing your personal and professional life is never a good thing. I disagree. These are two of my best friends and I was able to work with them on their engagement photos. These two are your high school sweethearts who were made for each other. I loved taking their pictures and I loved being the best man at the wedding for Travis. Moments like this will always hold a special place in my heart and I am thankful they allowed for me to share in these special moments.
Australia was one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places I have ever had the fortune of visiting. I was able to go on this trip with my family back in 2014 and I have been counting the days till I am able to go back.
There is so much to see about Australia and I know I could only capture a fraction of a sliver of everything it has to over. I know someday I will go back because the raw beauty mixed with powerful cityscapes calls for me to visit and explore all over again.
This video may seem silly but, this was one of the first videos I ever got to plan, produce and shoot all on my own. This was a cinematography assignment for school and I just like the way it turned out. The best part about being a creative is the final moment when you can call something "done". While the project is never truly done and whenever I revisit this video, I see about 10 things I would like to change about, I like knowing that I called this "done" at some point in my life. At some point, I liked this and I know that will never change.
Matt and Courtney
Capturing a wedding is one of the most intimidating things I think a photographer can do. I have so much respect for the photographers that make a living being a wedding photographer. That being said, I was fortunate enough to be able to get my feet wet shooting a bit at my cousins wedding in Long Island. I love being able to capture real moments between people that disappear in the blink of an eye. Doing this for family is just the cherry on top in my opinion.
Photography isn't easy. You need to get up before the sun, hike to your location, get everything set up and pray you get the shot. You can get discouraged easily. What really makes it worth it is moments like these. I kid you not, this was how the sky looked at sunrise in Long Island New York one morning. I was tired, cold, and horribly ill-equipped to take these shots but, it was all worth it in the end.
Pints for Polio
I have been able to partner with some Austin organizations like the Rotary Club of Austin. They reached out to me back in 2014 to help promote an event they were calling Pints for Polio at the Austin Ale House. I was able to work with them on the creative direction of the event and I am very happy to say this event has been going on to this day. Plus, beer just looks really cool.
Rob and Brooke
This was another really fun couple to work with. Rob and Brooke met in college and wanted to shoot out at the family ranch. It was a unique challenge having 50 head of cattle spectating an engagement photo shoot but, it was fun never the less. It's always fun working with couples that want something a little different. Hopefully these photos were able to capture their relationship so they can remember these moments forever.
Helping small local businesses grow is one of the favorite parts about my job. My subject matter shifts from project to project but this one was special to me. Helping out Jacob and Jim build this business has been a true pleasure and I look forward to all the success they will have in the coming future. Plus, Kujo is the best trained dog I have ever seen so they have all the signs of a successful business in Austin Texas. Have I mentioned that I also do Canine Headshots?
It's fun to look back in time and see something that really changed your life. For me, this was witnessing my first Tough Mudder that my friend ran back in 2016. This sparked me to join the Mudder community and run my first Tough Mudder Full course 5 months later. I really connected to the physical challenge, community-focused success, and general "muddy-ness" of this race. Everybody is working towards the common goal of completing the race. I highly recommend signing up for your first race here: https://toughmudder.com
Jessie and Britt
This was one of my more memorable proposal photo shoots. I worked with Jessie to surprise her girlfriend and boy was she surprised.These photos were taken at their favorite spot in Austin, Mount Bonnell, and I helped set up the proposal before I hid out in the bushes to capture the moment. You can't help but smile at this happy couple.