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It just happened to be perfect timing that we acquired a drone, the DJI Phantom 3, right before heading off to New Mexico. What a place to test it out! The scenery in and around Santa Fe never disappoints, and we had a great time flying the little drone around the amazing landscapes. Hope you enjoy the footage, make sure to watch in 4k!
I always have fun shooting with the Young Money Motors team, so I was excited when they reached out to me about a new opportunity they had in New Orleans. They had just recently finished a custom job on a Ferrari F430 for Marcell Dareus of the Buffalo Bills and wanted me to come out and shoot it on location in New Orleans with Felecia, a model that they’d hired. I’m always looking for an excuse to head to New Orleans, so when the date came around, we hit the road!
There was a car show going on the day of the shoot, and we were able to use the location to our advantage. It was in an area of town surrounded by abandoned projects, and the current owner of the property allowed artists to come in and paint on all the surfaces of the remaining buildings. While most of the area was already taken by other cars when we arrived, we found an area underneath a tree with tires hanging from it that worked nicely.
This past weekend, some friends and I took some time off to all meet in Austin at a beautiful lake house to do absolutely nothing. And it was just as good as I expected it to be! We had big plans of going out for nights on the town and big dinners, but the view was so good and the weather was so perfect that we ended up mostly staying at the house and just relaxing. I always kick myself for not bringing the camera along on casual vacations, so I decided that this time was going to be different. While I didn’t shoot that much over the course of the weekend, the few shots I got definitely warrant my bringing the camera along. It’s great to have some photos to remember how great everything was, and also fun to shoot just for the heck of it every once and a while.
Cape Cod is a pretty amazing place. I had been only once before, when I was around 10 or 11, so I was very excited to be able to go back. Ashleigh and I were meeting my mom and other family up at a beach house in Providence only one street from the water. With my D7000 backup camera and 85mm 1.8/16-35 f4 packed, we hit the road, going from Houston to Cleveland and finally up to Providence. From there we rented a car and drove the 2.5 hours up the coastline all the way into Provincetown, which is nestled right at the tip of Massachusetts as it juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. The food, weather, and scenery were all incredible, and it was pretty easy to take some great photos there! Surprising even myself, I woke up around 6am each day to drive out to get sunrise shots near Race Point Beach or Herring Cove. Although it was tough waking up earlier than normal for vacation, the results were definitely worth it.
It all started with a call on the afternoon of June 26th. They had a last minute shoot in Fort Worth which included three exotic cars and asked if I could make the trip the very next day to photograph the cars. I was hesitant at first since I had a pretty full plate going into that weekend – an engagement session, two weddings and a bridal. But when the set list was sent over, my mind was made up for me. The cars that they’d listed were a 1991 Ferrari F40, a 1972 Ferrari Daytona Coupe and a 1954 Hudson Italia. I HAD to make time for names like these. I accepted the gig, and got to booking a hotel and rental car for the trip to Dallas in 24 hours.
Beth, Krys, Lexie, my girlfriend Ashleigh and I all headed out to College Station on a warm Sunday afternoon for their engagement set on and around the campus of Texas A&M University. It was exciting to try a completely different location that I was only vaguely familiar with, having only been there a few times to visit friends while in college. We met up at the Dixie Chicken to begin shooting at Bottlecap Alley. As we began to shoot, Krys’ sister who is currently at school at Texas A&M gave me a brief history of bottlecap alley and its significance. Having gone to a school where there wasn’t too much tradition, it was great to hear all the great stories that A&M has deeply ingrained into their students.
After the late mornings and even later nights of Barcelona, we were ready to head back to Paris for our final leg of the journey. Going back to meet up with my family once again before we left, we checked back into the Hotel Mayet for our short stay.
Paris was noteably warmer than we had left it, and we were able to walk around in light sweaters instead of heavy layers of jackets. The fog and rain had also moved on, replaced by perfect skies, very tall with streaked clouds.
Since the Louvre was closed on our first try of the trip, we decided to give it another go. The line wasn’t bad at all, and we spend a few hours wandering through the huge halls of the Louvre, nearly every vertical suface adorned with priceless artwork.
From Rome, it was a quick hour and a half flight over to Barcelona, and a 45 minute bus ride into town. Barcelona was strikingly different after being in the craziness of Rome. The city was much more modern and refined, with smoothly paved streets with central biking lanes. Everyone as a whole looked much more fit and the city seemed to be well taken care of.
Public transportation was great once again, so we were able to get to everything relatively easily. Our first stop was La Sagrada Familia, which is pretty much indescribable. Rising out of the ground like a kid’s mud castle at the beach, it takes on organic forms and almost looks like it is alive. Inside, the support pillars look like trees branching off into space to hold the ceiling up, and the stained glass bathes everything in warm orange, red and lime green light.
After finally getting used to the small size of Florence, it was then time to move on to Rome! It was a short hour and a half train ride into Roma Termini, right in the heart of the city. Rome’s heart beats much faster than Florence’s, and there always seemed to be a flurry of activity no matter what time you were out walking the streets. We settled in at the Mosaic Hostel which was only a few blocks from Termini, and began to plan our trip.
Rome itself is so much to take in. The city is so rich in history and artifacts that it is nearly impossible to try and see them all in a short period of time. If we’d had the entire two and a half weeks to Rome itself, it might have been possible. It is overwhelming at first to walk up to these monuments that are older than you can even imagine. It is hard to wrap your mind around it at first! The Pantheon and Colosseum, both nearly 2,000 years old apiece with their well worn marble, smoothed from millions of footsteps over the years. The sheer size of them is amazing as well, a huge feat in engineering, given the tools that the ancient Romans had to work with. Pretty humbling stuff.