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Desert Daze 2018

A departure from its typical home in Joshua Tree, I made the trek out to Lake Perris in Moreno Valley for (the now inappropriately named) Desert Daze. The irony amplified when the first night was cut short - after Tame Impala was a mere three songs into their set - due to a severe lightning storm. But as the fest’s new saying goes, no lightning no glory; day two and three electrified what remained of the patrons with sets from Slowdive, Kikagaku Moyo, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Death Grips, My Bloody Valentine (that had a really lame no photo policy), and loads more.

Shot for FLOOD Magazine. Click an icon to scroll through ‘em big. Photos are in reverse chronological order by day (except these 3D gifs).

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Renovation Across the Nation with Lowe's, Kelly Rowland, and Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach

Lowe’s had me out to shoot the unveiling of their first Renovation Across the Nation project. Partnering with the Boy & Girls Clubs of America to revitalize and rejuvenate youth centers across the states, Lowe’s planned an afternoon of fun, food, and laughs for these kids in Long Beach. They even managed to pull off a pretty cool surprise - Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child stopped by to partake in all the festivities.

Click the images to scroll through them big. Click here to see more about events I’ve shot in the past.

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).

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.

Priscila | Studio Senior Portraits

When I graduated from high school and college, I didn't take any senior portraits; maybe because I hate change and was less than enthused during these occasions, or maybe because I hate being in front of other people's cameras. Either way, I was glad this photographer from my old high school reached out to have me shoot her graduation photos because I kinda sorta really regret not having any of my own.

Can't get enough of the feel and light at Houston's The Studio HTX. Click the images 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!