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Go Vote

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If you haven’t voted early the deadline is this Friday, October 29. Election day is November 2. Please go vote.

Rick Perry voted on the first day of early voting 2 Mondays ago and gave a rally outside of a suburban Mexican cafe. The Times ran this photo I shot for Getty Images in relation to a story about his campaign.

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October 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm

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Snaps

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Found this in my neighborhood, awesome.


Ditch the Fest Fest at Cheer Up Charlie’s.


Finding friends before Phish starts.

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October 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm

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Handy cams and Uncle Earl

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I just realized it has been 20 days since I posted on Blar. I’d say work has dramatically picked up in October, there was an 8 day period where I was booked everyday. From New York Times assignments to weddings to a corporate hoorah event for Hugo Boss.

There are lots of pretty pictures and wonderful moments from all these shoots, but I want to share some offbeat images of handy cams and wild card guests:




Wild cards:


I’ve been shooting a lot more recently outside of assignment work for myself and making snaps. Its been a lot of fun and refreshing to remember how much fun it is to make pictures, soon to come.

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October 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

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Niagara Falls

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I visited another one of the Wonder’s of the World this summer in Western New York. Here are some snaps, video to come soon:

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October 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm

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The weekend in pictures

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Can’t sleep… make a picture.


I attended an event on Friday night inviting citizens to voice their concerns and opinions about the future of Austin. There was a guy from LA, NYC, or maybe both (above) who was really excited about it. He made a speech, wore a faux turbin and then wrote some stuff on the chalk board while Austin concert band Mother Falcon played. I’m skeptical of the city’s purpose in organizing an event where they put up art, serve free food and beer simultaneously asking citizens to take part in a survey about traffic, development and budgets of the future. The exhibit is open all week in the heart of the lovely 2nd st. district.

Drew and I rode our bikes there.


Ian had an interesting comment about Austin style, something like; people take it to the max until its no longer hip and then you’re wearing what you are told to think is cool whether or not it looks good on you. I guess this comes with the territory of a ‘pretentious is cool’ 20-something slacker crowd in a bubble of complainer culture among a for the most part content public.

Maria on Saturday morning.

My neighbors riding bikes down Kinney.

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October 3, 2010 at 12:37 am

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Nike Women’s Training

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Last week I had a shoot for Nike Women’s Training. There wasn’t much direction given for this job and the budget was small because the photos were only going to be used in an internal powerpoint presentation as background imagery. The only instructions I had were “fun images of women around 20 years old working out.” It’s some of the best pressure and excitement going into a shoot without any expectations but to make good pictures.

I set up 2 shoots around Austin one early in the morning and one in the early evening that got moved thanks to me. I think the clients were happy, here’s some snaps I liked:





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October 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm

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