8.16.2016

Simone Biles for ESPN the Magazine and The Undefeated


The 2016 Olympics in Rio has been an incredible show of talent by many athletes but I'm partial to one in particular...for a couple of reasons. The first reason is, #HTown. And the second is I had the great opportunity to photograph the 3-time world champion and 5 time Olympic medalist (4 of them gold), Simone Biles. I spent 3 days in May photographing her along with an ESPN crew doing an E:60 piece about her family life and her rise in the world of gymnastics.

I'm sure you've heard it before or can glean some of her personality via television but the way she talks, you wouldn't know that she is the best gymnast in the world or perhaps the greatest of all time. She's just outchea doing her. All 4 feet 9 inches of her effortlessly completing some of the most difficult routines en route to multiple championships and medals.

Big shout, Simone! Congratulations on a remarkable run in Rio. Check out more images HERE!








8.15.2016

TaKasha Francis and Melvin Hopkins for Houstonia Magazine


A couple of months ago, I photographed TaKasha Francis and Melvin Hopkins for a story about Houston's Department of Neighborhoods for Houstonia Magazine. I met and photographed Francis at city hall where she runs things as the head of the department. I don't think I've ever actually stepped foot in the offices of city hall before the assignment but everyone was just so damn nice! Is it a function of the new administration (big shout Sylvester Turner)? Or is just how people usually get down in my city? 

Then I rode around with Hopkins on a hot summer day in his city issued white vehicle looking for property violations. Y'all better cut your grass and get those vehicles off the lawn...or else the Department of Neighborhoods is coming for you! Anyway, check out the article HERE






7.05.2016

2015 TCU Horned Frogs Football


A while back, 9 months to be exact, I took a trip up to The Carter to photograph a few Horned Frogs of TCU during a bye week. Pictures were taken, fun was had and almost everyone showed up. Looking at you, Josh Doctson. Big Shout to Trevone Boykin, Mike Tuaua, Derrick Kindred, Kolby Listenbee and Jaden Oberkrom.










6.03.2016

Former New England Patriots Linebacker Ted Johnson for Houstonia Magazine


Toward the end of his career, Ted Johnson was a linebacker for the New England Patriots during the beginning of their dynastic run. He has three Super Bowl rings but he also has been dealing with life after a pro football career filled with concussions. As usual the writer, in this case Jeff Balke, tells Johnson's story a lot better than I can. So I'll let him.

Big shout to Teddy Three Rings for giving us the time and big shout to Houstonia for giving us the work!




5.17.2016

Showcase Houston All Star Game 2016


After the high school basketball state champs were crowned and the nets from the basketball rings (big shout Ted Cruz) were cut down, the off-season commenced. This includes many all star games and showcases across the country that recognizes the accomplishments of great players from the season that just ended. One of those games was Showcase Houston. The North vs. South showdown included players from all over the city and scores on both sides that eclipsed 100 points. Ken Busby of Elkins went home with the MVP honors. But yeah, check out these photos!












5.13.2016

Matt Manalo - Artist


I met Matt at some random networking event where he was trying to convince "investors" to "invest" in his product. I use quotes here because I was one of the "investors" and the money that I was to invest was in the form of a few tickets that had been given to me at the door upon entrance to the venue. While talking to Matt about his product, I learned that he was a real, live, breathing, I-do-this-or-a-living, artist.

I hit up Matt because I wanted to take his portrait and photograph him while he worked. It was pretty cool stuff. He even has a tiny assistant that demands payment in the form of milk. Big shout to Mr. Manalo and his son...it was a pleasure.






5.12.2016

A Couple of Stories on Religion for The Atlantic


I had the opportunity to work on a couple of stories about religion here in Texas for The Atlantic. The first was a story about a group of cheerleaders in Kountze who successfully sued for the right to make and display posters and banners with bible scriptures on them. The second was about the Jewish community here in Houston in a neighborhood called Meyerland. I definitely knew of Meyerland but had no idea it was home to Houston's largest Jewish community. I'll let you read the articles here:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/kountze-cheerleaders-free-speech-religion-banners-football/476892/

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/orthodox-judaism-millennials/476118/

Big shout to Emily and Emma from The Atlantic, Keke and Tonya for your time, the Traxlers for letting me wander around your store and Josh and Alicia for allowing me into your home during the Havdalah ceremony!



I met this guy at a car wash in Kountze. His name is Jeremy and he pulled up with a mouth full of gold blasting country music. He showed up to vacuum and wipe down his 1997 Buick. We chopped it up for a bit and then I had to meet the Moffetts at the courthouse. Big shout.