This past Sunday started out as a gray, rainy, windy and cold day. It ended in pretty much the same fashion. With one exception….
The A.Skate Foundation was in town to do one of their skateboarding clinics to help raise awareness for autism. You see, the people behind A.Skate feel that autism and skateboarding are a great combination. After being a part of this clinic, I couldn’t agree more…
Thanks to everyone’s generosity, you raised over $2700 in 9 days. Because of you, Heather is now able to schedule her surgery and pay the deposit. Continue reading article →
On Saturday, January 4th I had my first shoot of 2014. Sunday afternoon I posted this image and the below text to my personal and photography page on Facebook.
“This image is from my first shoot of 2014 that I did yesterday.
This photo is not simply about a beautiful face and body. There is much more to this image than that….
This was about helping a beautiful mother of 3 boys check one more thing off of her list to do in her life….
You see, the woman in this photo is in need of another heart surgery by the end of March or face the fact that she may already be in heart failure…
I met Heather for the first time a couple months ago. She and Jen had started talking here on Facebook as Heather was trying to help Jen while she struggled with breastfeeding our daughter, Lars. Heather did this completely unsolicited. She just took an interest in helping another mother succeed at something that Jen was having issues with.
She reached out to me in December about what my rates for a shoot would be. When I talked to Jen about the shoot, she directed me to this link:
Healthy Heart for Heather
I immediately knew I wasn’t able to take her money. Her money needed to be saved for this potentially life saving surgery. Having lost my father at the age of 9 from cancer and recently losing my uncle due to heart failure, I couldn’t say no to the opportunity to actually do something meaningful for someone else with my photography. I spend so much time and energy working with some amazing talent to create beautiful images that hundreds of you like and comment on with every post. So I hope that every last one of you take the time to read this long post…
Unfortunately, she currently does not have insurance. The hospital is willing to discount the cost of the surgery, the surgeon that will be performing the surgery is paying for 23% of it out of his own pocket. But there are still thousands of dollars that she needs to raise to be able to afford this surgery…
I don’t ask a lot of my fan base. I’ve always appreciated the comments, likes and shares on every image I have shared with you. But now, I am asking you to do more (if you can) and reach into your pocket and help Heather raise enough money to be able to have this surgery…..
If not for her, at least for her three boys…”
I spent most of today thinking about writing this blog post. Heather and I talked a couple of times over the course of last night by text. She was at work and was receiving calls and messages from friends and family that help maintain the donation link. In a very short amount of time, my original posts had been shared by friends, family, fans of my work, my peers and even complete strangers. Donations were being made, Heather’s story was being shared.
I was asked to shoot one of my favorite bands for Austin Fusion Magazine on November 15th, Polica. Without hesitation, I jumped at the opportunity. It had been a long time since I had photographed any live music and I had yet to see the renovated and new location for Emo’s since they shut down their 6th street location years ago. Yeah….I don’t get out much….
One day my daughters will dread the fact that I am a photographer…
The above image is of my oldest taken in 2010.
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How does one create a “maternity” photo for someone that has no desire for traditional images? Concept plus execution tells the story for me…
We have been needing to shoot something to document Jen’s pregnancy for awhile now. And this idea slapped us in the face when she was reading to me about where she was in the pregnancy at almost 9 weeks.
I shot this photo of Max Taylor a few years back while he was filming his part for the first No Comply video. In typical skateboarding fashion, Max did this trick first try while warming up. Unfortunately when the camera came out to film the line, things didn’t go as smoothly or according to plan. It was many tries later before Max finally put all three tricks together….
The point is this: it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to accomplish your goals. Nothing is as easy as it seems to the normal person standing on the outside looking in.
Inspired by a recent post from my friend and videographer, Calvin Millar, I have put together this list to remind myself (and others) that when things get rough:
Believe in yourself. Trust your gut. Work hard. Then work even harder. Stay up late. Stay up all night. Know when to say no. Know when to speak up. Take risks. Collaborate with others. Network. Question everything. Work outside of your comfort zone. Stop procrastinating. Create personal work. Find inspiration in everything. Ask for help. Educate yourself. Educate your clients. Make notes. Use notes to build a concept. Be hungry. Follow through. Make lists. Do the things on your list. Be consistent. Be thorough. Think about all the possibilities. Never give up. Slow down. Have fun.