Damari Rubio and Umair Khan design gloves and dresses, respectively and I photographed them in their studio in Spring Branch for the Houston Chronicle. Read a little more about them here! Shout out to Joy Sewing on the keyboard and your boy on the camera.
I usually spend my Saturday mornings on a basketball court indulging in excessive buckets. Last weekend's Saturday morning activities took place on a similar surface. Competition ensued, athletic feats were performed and midriffs were bare. The Houston Rockets Power Dancers held their annual tryouts for the 2015-2016 basketball season at the University of Houston's Wellness Center. I don't know how many women actually showed up, but there were a lot. They began by warming up and stretching, learning and memorizing a routine taught by one of the RPD coaches and then separated into groups of 5 for further evaluation. I rolled out before the cuts were made but you can find out who will make the squad on July 2, 2015 at the House of Blues at 7pm!
There is no chill time in 3v3 basketball. Like a shark in this game of basketball, if you stop moving, you'll die. Not literally of course, but your opponent will hit you with a back door cut to the hoop for an easy layup with the quickness. I think this is why I like shooting 3v3 tournaments so much. And also why I dislike playing anything less than 4s. I like to chill. Shout out to Team Glory for taking the Red Bull Reign crown at the legendary Fonde Rec Center and representing H-Town in Chicago in August.
Last year I photographed some action and portraits at the 1st Annual Kick & Roll Classic which is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that showcases fly sneakers and raises awareness for colon cancer. George Kiel III and company will hold the 2nd Annual Kick & Roll Classic in Austin later next month. In the months following the first Classic, there have been smaller pick up hoops events gearing up to the main one. I dropped by one in May to see what it was all about.