Friday, October 8, 2010

Snap Kitchen for Michael Hsu

I just finished up a fun and colorful shoot for one of architect Michael Hsu's new projects, Snap Kitchen, a cool new restaurant/store that specializes in fresh and healthy take-away meals.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shoot for Carole Willard Interiors

Over the summer, I had the great pleasure of working with the super sweet and very talented Carole Willard, an interior designer based in Austin. Here's one of my favorites from the shoot. Styling by the super-awesome Robin Finlay.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

El Arbol for Texas Monthly

After a long hiatus from blogging due to a ridiculous (in a good way!) amount of work, I am back! Lots of blog posts and new work to come! In the meantime, check out what I shot for Texas Monthly's dining spotlight, Pat's Pick. El Arbol is a super-cool, new Argentinian restaurant here in Austin, housed in a restored mid-century modern building. The different floors have completely different vibes - the downstairs is white, bright and airy whereas the upstairs is dark and evokes the glamour of a 1960's cocktail lounge. I can't wait to eat here!

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Where the Homeless Sleep

I recently had the honor of working on a project that was quite a detour from shooting the bedrooms of the rich and famous. Instead, I spent two days shooting the "bedrooms" of the homeless. Back in February, I was asked to shoot a feature for Mobile Loaves and Fishes' magazine Twelve Baskets. Alan Graham, President/CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Robin Finlay, Matt Rainwaters and myself ventured deep into the woods, climbed under freeway overpasses, and visited ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless) to document the sleeping arrangements of Austin's homeless population.

More importantly, today (April 27) Mobile Loaves and Fishes launch their new campaign, I AM HERE, to raise visibility of our homeless brothers and sisters. Coinciding with the release of the magazine, the organization has also rented a billboard on which Danny, the homeless man featured on the cover, will be living for the next two days. Only 1200 $10 donations will get Danny down off the billboard and into a permanent home with his wife, Maggie. So please, donate $10 by texting "Danny" to 20222.

This issue also features breathtaking portraits by my fiancé, Matt Rainwaters, as well as amazing work by my dear friends, photographer Adam Voorhes and art director, Robin Finlay, who also designed the magazine.

Here's a few of my favorite images from the shoot. Be sure to the check out the magazine to see more - and please, donate if you can.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Austin's Rainey Street

Check out this fun project that I did for the April issue of Austin Monthly on Rainey Street, a hip, up-and-coming neighborhood downtown. The article features two new bars, Lustre Pearl and Clive Bar, as well as The Austin Bike Zoo, a non-profit focused on inspiring the community with bicycles and other alternative forms of transportation by creating unique, human-powered vehicles, bicycle-based theatrical performances and educational programs for youth. As you can see in the last two photos, these are not just regular bikes! The bikes come in all shapes and sizes, including an 80-foot rattlesnake bike that can ridden by dozens of people! Austin is so cool. Pin It!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spring is Almost Here!

Only 15 more days until spring is officially here! I cannot wait for the warm weather and longer days. Speaking of spring, make sure to pick up a copy of the spring issue of Austin Monthly Home. I shot the cover and two of the gorgeous homes featured inside.

If you recognize the kitchen below, that's because I've shot this award-winning kitchen once before. This time around, I had the pleasure of shooting the entire home. Here are a few of my favorite images from the shoot.
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Michael Hsu for Texas Monthly

Every month I shoot a feature for Texas Monthly called Object Lesson. Each month the feature profiles a different well-known Texan and gives readers a peek into their personal life. This month is one of my favorite architects, Austin-based Michael Hsu.
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Perla's is Famous! (And Making Me Famous!)

One of Austin's newest restaurants, Perla's, is on fire lately! About a week ago I told you about how they were featured last fall in Esquire, and now Texas Monthly just named them one of the ten best new places to eat in Texas for 2010! Check out my shot, below.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Get it Before it's Gone!

There are just a few more days to pick up the winter issue of Austin Monthly Home. I shot the cover and two features inside. Here's a peak...
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Salton Sea's North Shore Yacht Club is Saved!

As many of you know, I spent a few years working on a project documenting California's Salton Sea. I first discovered the Salton Sea about 10 years ago while on a road trip with my mom; it has held a special place in my heart ever since. One of the Salton Sea's most iconic buildings is the North Shore Yacht Club. It was built in 1958 by one of my favorite architects, Albert Frey. For decades the structure sat abandoned, eventually gutted and severely vandalized. I figured it was just a matter of time before it was demolished. This past week I came upon an article revealing the news. The yacht club restoration project has been approved and construction has begun! Click here to read the article. Below is the front and back of a vintage postcard, advertising the club.

Here are a few images from my Salton Sea project. The rest can be seen on my website by clicking on Exhibited, on the home page.

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Perla's for Esquire

This is sort of old news, but since I didn't have a blog in November when it came out, I'm posting it now. Last fall I was hired to shoot this great shot of Perla's patio for Esquire's Best New Restaurants feature. It was pretty funny getting this photo; I had to stand on the sidewalk, outside the restaurant, and poke my lens through the plants. The poor diners must have thought I was the paparazzi.

On a completely different note, check out the cool new magnetic, chalkboard wall in the office. I've always wanted an "inspiration board" and now I have an entire wall! I'm still a little scared to add the chalk because it looks so good clean!
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I have a blog!

I'm excited to announce that I finally have a blog! Make sure to check back often to see what I've been up to...