Thursday, November 20, 2014

the [sketchbook] experiment 2

four years ago, i decided i was going to start sketching more.

two years ago i finished my first full sketchbook - post here.

another two years have gone by and i've finished another one.

as i said back in 2012, i wanted to get better at sketching. i'm still not sure if that goal has been reached, but after four years of sketching a few times every week, it's become a habit.  i'll write down project notes, sketch details, or paste photos i think are interesting or evoke some sort of inspiration.  i carry it with me constantly, never knowing when the urge to fill it's pages will hit. it's become a necessity; something i need. not so much in the name of creating art, but in the collection of memories. as i thumb through the pages, i'm able to recall exactly what i was feeling in my life at that moment. it's no work of art, but to me it's pages are priceless.

my next step however scares me. five years ago, i bought a moleskin sketchbook, but felt i was unworthy to ruin it's beautiful blank pages. i decided i would buy cheap sketchbooks, feeling it was a more suitable home for my sketches. however i've discovered these books get terribly beat up accompanying me to work everyday and on trips.

it might just be the moment to move on to the moleskin.

be on the lookout for the [sketchbook] experiment 3, probably sometime in 2017. the sketches might just be on a beautiful ivory background. for now, here are a few of my favorite pages from the past two years.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

lens [life]

i'm not a professional photographer, nor do i claim to be....but i will work for chipotle!

some friends of mine know this fact; and they've asked me to take their photos for several years now.  what started out as a few engagement pictures have now turned into family photos.  not only do i get to practice my portrait photography, but their gift cards and cash have kept me full of those amazingly delicious burritos for the past four years.

it's been wonderful watching this couple go from dating to engaged to parents of a two year old.  maybe by the time he's five i'll have figured out how to get kids to look at the camera.

see the other sets here:

new born
one year

Saturday, November 01, 2014

jack [hole] lantern

this year i wanted to try something different with my pumpkin.  i tried drilling holes into it instead of carving it.  i'm not sure it worked, as it ended up looking like some hubble telescope photo of the sun. my girlfriend on the other hand bought a carving kit and skillfully cut a cute pattern into hers. we had a fun time working on them and in a way i'd like to think both our pumpkins fit us perfectly. hers; neat, orderly and cute. mine, slightly rough around the edges and an attempt at being artistic.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

acl - seven year [niche]

after seven years of attending the austin city limits festival i find it's getting harder to photograph new sights; which isn't such a bad thing.

with my iphone spending more time in my pocket than in hand, i found myself spending more time engaged in great conversation with my friends and focusing more on the music than the perfect shot.

some music highlights:


-lake street dive
-j toddy walston and the business
-st. vincent
-childish gambino


-icona pop
-iggy azalea
-lana del rey
-major laser


-fitz and the tantrums
-jenny lewis
-pearl jam

other than music the days were filled with vegan smoothies, aztecs mocha's from juan pelota's and amazing dinners at night.

can't wait to do it again for year eight!

Monday, September 29, 2014

new york state of [marriage]

i attended a great wedding last weekend.

it deserves this title for several reasons. first of all i've known this couple for a long time. he is one of my best friends and over the years his wife has become one as well.  it was intimate. the couple decided on a very small guest list choosing to celebrate this wonderful occasion with those people who had a direct part of their relationship. next, it took place in new york, a city they've come to love, and a place that helped foster their love for each other. finally, the whole weekend perfectly and beautifully reflected the couple. it was personal, elegant, meaningful, minimal and incredibly well designed, placing the importance on the essential. just the way a relationship should be.

congratulations adam and angela, love you both.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

[equinox] girls

for the past few years i've hyped up wichitahenge, a play off manhattanhenge.  which is the phenomenon where the setting sun perfectly aligns with the grid of manhattan, new york.  granted the streets of manhattan are skewed causing this to happen on a very specific date, so wichita's version isn't as unique, falling exactly on the equinox, but it's still really cool to see.  the last few years i've photographed this event and invited other people to do so as well. although after three years of hoping to see crowds of people downtown with cameras in hand, this year i heard regina george's voice in my head saying,

"stop trying to make "wichitahenge" happen, it's not going to happen."

although there aren't mobs of people trying to get the perfect witchtahenge shot, there are a few pics from other photographers out there.

here's one from my friend brad ruder:

another from leslley anne scotte i found online:

maybe in a few years it'll take off.  as for now, this yearly quest, is just a simple reminder, summer is over. it's time for fall.