I consider it to be the highest honor to be hired by friends and family. When my college friend and dorm-mate, Eileen, reached out to me to tell me that she was getting re-married and that she would like to hire me, it was such a tremendous compliment. It is no question that when friends and family members choose to hire you, it clearly indicates their support and belief in your skills and expertise so I thank Eileen for that. More from Eileen and John’s San Antonio private estate backyard wedding here.
If you're ready to update your professional headshot, Austin, TX offers a wide variety of eclectic backgrounds to suit every personality! Many people automatically think of a traditional studio setting with a plain background and "perfect" lighting when it comes to headshots, but I'm here to convince you that environmental portraits, which are headshots taken on location, can provide more personality and a more authentic feel to your images. In a city as vibrant and diverse as Austin, TX, there are many options for locations that can provide the perfect backdrop for your lifestyle photoshoot - whether it be for commercial marketing content, new headshots, or even family or senior portraits. In this blog post, I'm gonna share with you my top 5 locations for headshots in Austin, TX.
A city unlike any other: Why taking time to explore Austin during SXSW 2023 is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Austin, TX is my second home and always will be. The list and enormous sheer variety of restaurants, activities, and things to do there is incredibly long but that’s where I come in: taking the time to explore Austin during SXSW 2023 is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and if you can squeeze some exploration into your downtime, you won’t regret it with these recommendations.
Feeling nervous about group events? I'm here to remind you that networking is a skill, and like all skills it’s something that can be practiced and becomes easier with said practice. It’s a great way to build new relationships, will allow you to learn about new technologies and opportunities, and ultimately, helps you build relationships. By being prepared, confident, open-minded, and following up, you can make the most of your time at SXSW and create valuable connections that will last long after the conference is over. Here is a beginner's guide to making the most of your networking opportunities at SXSW 2023.
SXSW shouldn't need an introduction, but just in case you don't know me very well (or Austin), here's the short of it: SXSW is a ridiculously large ridiculously amazing festival held annually in Austin, Texas that attracts over 400,000 attendees from across the world. Its focus is large, wide, and all-encompassing, including but not limited to, innovation, technology, music, film, health, gaming, and more. If SXSW 2023 is your first rodeo and you're planning an activation, event, or happy hour to engage and interact with your target audience, I'm here to give you a little bit of advice from a photographer's perspective, regardless of the size of your event.
Allen Stone is no stranger to wacky ideas. Back in 2019, Al and his best friend Julian Gavilanes embarked on a karaoke tour of the United States. This year, they decided to bring it back, bigger and better than ever - a multi-state tour, a full crew, with a polished story, and 100x the fun and hijinks. It was a blend of an acoustic concert, with Allen performing intimate renditions of beloved songs, as well as new material, along with pre-show VIP meet and greets, an audience participation segment (that's the karaoke y'all), games, more than one or two surprises a night, and more! Photos and more from Allen Stone's Texas stops on his 2022 Karaoke Extravaganza.
Arts and Recreation is an Austin based full service graphic design studio. While they service many local Austin brands that you may know and love, like Fresa's, Stubb's and Launderette, they were recently hired by Central Texas based snack company Good Call Foods to design and create their branding, packaging and merchandise. As a design firm, Arts & Rec understands the value of dynamic Austin lifestyle brand images. By telling your brand story in a complete and cohesive way, you are creating a unique and powerful impact that drives more sales. Not convinced? Check out their images and story to be swayed.
Branding and lifestyle photography is incredibly important in today’s incredibly competitive market. Stock photos no longer cut it, y’all. I was recently hired by Seattle Gummy Company, in conjunction with Austin-based marketing agency TBD Media, to capture Austin branding photography and lifestyle images that would help them cohesively tell their brand story through their social media channels.
Whether you’re going to SXSW for the music, comedy, films, or conferences, you’re sure to meet some quirky, intelligent, like-minded people. While you don’t have to make it an official networking trip, there are a few ways you can make it easier on yourself when meeting new people and making connections, personally and for business. Whatever your goal is for this year’s SXSW, here are three tips for next-level networking at SXSW 2022.
If you’re new to SXSW, you’re in for one of the most unique experiences of your life. This year, SXSW (pronounced South by Southwest or just “South By”) is March 11-20 in Austin, TX. That’s 10 jam-packed days of music, comedy, film, conference sessions, and networking. I know, it’s a lot. But here’s how you can make the most of it (coming from someone who’s attended as an Austin event photographer almost 10 times).
A Georgetown Milestone wedding is a perfect Central Texas wedding. Perched above the San Gabriel River just outside of Austin, TX, this is an absolutely stunning venue and a modern, bright and airy farmhouse. Tashara and Alvin utilized the venue to the best of their abilities with a full family affair: there were children underfoot at any moment, aunts and uncles pitched in at every opportunity, and their guests were as colorful, vibrant and beautiful as they are.
Were you headed to SXSW? Do you know how to survive a SXSW cancellation? 75,000 people were about to descend upon Austin, TX for SXSW, one of the world's premier music, film and tech festivals. For the first time in 34 years, the event will not go on. While SXSW is mostly known for its music festival, what really brings the money to Austin (and $350 million plus of it at that), is the Interactive portion, which draws a young audience of inventors, investors and risk takers looking for networking opportunities and the next big thing. At any given moment all over the city there are thousands of opportunities to learn, network, workshop and cultivate relationships. For 8 years now, I've been working for the Sales Department at the event, as a SXSW event photographer responsible for documenting the return on investment for their sponsors. It's exhausting. It's exhilarating. It's incredibly fun. And now, it's not happening. Here's how to survive in the wake of this devastating news.