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Tyler Campbell for Ebony Magazine

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I photographed Tyler Campbell, son of Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back Earl Campbell, for the February issue of Ebony Magazine. Tyler was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in college, thus preventing him from entering the NFL draft and effectively ending his football career. Now he’s a spokesman for the MS Society and an overall a positive force. We had a great shoot in Zilker Park and a good time getting to know each other. Go pick up the issue with Samuel L Jackson on the cover.

 

 

 

Flaring for the WSJ

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I’ve the good fortune to work with Wall Street Journal writer Daniel Gilbert on a few oil and natural gas related stories around Texas. A few weeks ago we met in Dilley to tour a Goodrich Oil facility where they were flaring Natural Gas on an oil fracking site. I met Stephen Dykes, above, a contractor for Wildcat Wirelines, along with many other contractors from Halliburton and Goodrich. It was really neat to see and understand how oil is found, produced and delivered to consumers. I had a great time approaching the shoot with a documentary story telling approach, mostly because I wasn’t expected to shoot a portrait and we had no idea what we would find on the site. These are some other photos I liked from our shoot.

 

 

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January 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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Bloomberg Markets Magazine

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I went to Dallas a few weeks ago to photograph Mark McGruder, a trader at First Southwest, for Bloomberg Markets. The magazine wanted a fun portrait of Mark away from his desk that would show his fun side. Mark has a lot of personality in his attire and the magazine wanted to be sure that we highlight that. I’m also a fan of bowties so this assignment was a perfect fit for me. We shot some standard office stuff to get started and then moved outside to find a more appealing background and loosen up. Mark’s gregarious personality comes through in these images, not typical of somebody who works in the markets and we were thankful he tried many different settings for our shoot.

It’s really not that hot

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Photos from Mt. Baker, Washington taken a couple weeks ago.

Healthcare story for MSNBC

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I thought I should make a post today about work I’ve done for a real client recently… Thus, meet Janet Holt, a rancher, who suffered from a mesh implant collapse that caused multiple medical complications, resulting in many surgeries. The lining is used most commonly for hernias and the FDA just issued a warning about the risks associated with the device. You can read a more detailed version of Janet’s story at MSNBC.

Originally, we were going to shoot at one of Janet’s rehab facilities (which we did), but after speaking on the phone with her it seemed like showing her in her environment at her ranch would give readers a better idea this person. I trekked the extra distance past San Antonio and was happy I did. I think this really helped put a human connection to the story, rather than showing another frustrated patient in rehab under florescent lights. This also gave us time to get to know each other, become comfortable before going to rehab and share a glass of iced tea.

Chemical Trade Magazine Goes Interactive

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At the end of March I had the pleasure of working with ICIS, an international trade magazine that focuses it’s energy and resources on the petrochemical industry. They were coming to Texas (with a very large staff) to cover the NPRA conference. It is like the SXSW for their industry – lots of boozing, dinners, handshakes and meetings in the lobby bar. My friend and colleague, Ruth Liao, referred me to her coworker, John Baker, in London who was searching for a Texas photographer to cover the San Antonio photo shoot. They found me, an Austin photographer, to shoot the still images for ICIS’ interactive online and print magazine. The magazine has a slideshow of photographs between pages 12 and 13 from the event. I thought the results were very exciting and interesting to see the possibilities of a digital magazine that can incorporate many platforms of visual presentation.

The shoot was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about the foundation of the materials for the products we use daily. A highlight was photographing Stephen Dubner, co-author Freakonomics, who spoke eloquently about the principles of business based on statistics. In the end, they were happy with the results and pleased to be working with a Texas photojournalist.

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June 30, 2011 at 11:29 am

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Feature Shoot

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A big congrats to Alison Zavos, creator of Feature Shoot, for winning a photo blog award from Life.com! It was very exciting for me when I learned the post on Feature Shoot about my work, Serenity, was the on screen representation for Feature Shoot in the LIFE.com photoblog award slideshow. Good work Alison!

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June 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

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