2018 in Review | 3D Gifs

I started 2018 with a new toy. And we played, a lot. So here are my favorite 3D gifs/wigglegrams/stereoscopic images I made last year.

From covering my roommate in milk to him covering me in silly string. From Astroworld Festival to Desert Daze to Air + Style. I can’t wait to see where this weird shit takes me this year.

Head here to see more. If you’re interested in getting a lenticular print of any of these images, hit me up here.

Michael + Megan | Winery Wedding on 35mm Film

It took every ounce of will power within me not to share the film I shot at my brother and Megan's destination wedding this June. The light, the love, and the breathtaking views of Sonoma Valley - y'all, it's unreal. But Christmas came early and with the surprise albums I made for my family already unwrapped, I finally get to show off photos from what was the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen.

While not part of the official photo team, I couldn't help hanging back and adding my little canon ae-1 to the mix. I've never shot stills at a wedding, so this was a super fun compliment to the video work and engagement sessions I'm used to.

Cheers to Michael and Megan, cheers to film photography, and cheers to you for clicking these and viewing them big and on black (I'm sorry I am so lame).

Khruangbin Concert at Proof Rooftop Lounge

Every concert I get the opportunity to shoot is an absolute honor. I've been doing this a couple years now, and there are still moments in every set that it hits me just how lucky I am to be doing something that ignites passion and gratitude and amazement in my soul. But there were a few more things that made shooting last night's hometown show for Khruangbin even more special.

It was my last concert to shoot in Houston for the foreseeable future. This big city has cradled me and grown to feel cozier than I could have ever imagined possible. But tomorrow I head west for Los Angeles; a new big city of hopes and goals and fears and artists to shoot and lessons to learn and new faces to meet and grow familiar with. I'm not saying this is my last Houston concert shoot ever, but it feels more like graduating than either of my actual graduations ever did.

More significantly, the name of one of Khruangbin's albums, The Universe Smiles Upon You, has become a sort of mantra of mine. Over the last few years, I've dedicated myself to practicing positivity and mindfulness. As a natural born pessimist, it's a battle hard fought every moment of every day. It began slowly, a simple reassurance I'd repeat in my mind, and progressed to actually telling people the universe smiles upon them when they were facing hardship and success alike. It snowballed from there. Now I could sit here typing an avalanche of all the ways those words bring me clarity, and it would get weird and spiritual and scientific and philosophical and a lot of other things, so I won't (for now). Just know, the universe smiles upon you.

There are a handful of other reasons this show was so special to me, but let's be real, you came here for the photos (and I really should start packing). I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

To see more of my shots from other Khruangbin sets, click here.

The Greenups | Engagement + Family Portraits

Love is a magical thing, and there's something pretty damn magical in getting to capture a moment of time in it.

I really lucked out shooting Courtney and Derek's engagement photos a few weeks ago. For one, they so graciously put up with swarms of mosquitos to explore a new location with me. Two, they brought along my favorite little human bean for some family portraits. And three, they laughed and laughed the entire time; reminding me of just how magical love is (and making my job magically easy).

Here are some shots from their family portraits/save the dates/engagement session hybrid. Click them to see them big and on black.

The Nguyens | Studio Family Portraits

I'd always been one of those "let's do all the shoots in all the natures" photographers. That is, until I began working as a Studio Manager at the gorgeous West Studios in the Heights. Watching artist after artist use the space in unique ways to tell their story made me itch to try for myself, and after a bit of play on my own, I finally felt comfortable using the space for a "real" shoot.

When Truc reached out to me to shoot her family portraits over Easter weekend, I knew the light and airy nature of the studio would be a perfect fit. It rained all morning; the skies only clearing in the minutes before they arrived. And in true Houston fashion, it became a humid nightmare shortly after. But inside The West Studios we stayed cool, dry, and comfortable.

Check out some of the images from my session with the Nguyens below (click 'em to see 'em big). If you're interested in booking a session with me at the studio, click here to shoot me a message!

Making Moves

This is me coping with the fact that I won't have a Houston address soon. This is also me taking advantage of this move returning my bedroom to the austere state I kept it in throughout high school (mattress on the floor in all its cozy glory).

My room was essentially my pseudo-studio from the time I began photography up until I left for college. And seeing that most of my friends reeled at the mention of shooting them, I became my subject. Thus, the era of "Kirby Takes Self Portraits" was born.

This room is where I shot self portraits that helped me develop my style. Learn how to devour and manipulate natural light. Explore expression and photography as a form of therapy. And create images that won statewide accolades.

So it only seems fitting to wrap up my time growing and learning in this room with a few more self portraits. It kinda feels right. It also kinda just feels like I'm in high school again.

Here's a handful of the images.