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January 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

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December 30, 2011 at 7:41 am

Marie Claire Magazine shoot

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Back in July I did a shoot for Marie Claire magazine with 2 women who were participating in a beauty contest for the “What I love about me” column. The magazine accepted submission from women all across the country talking about what they thought were their best assets; accent, hair, skin, smile, etc. Eventually, the MC staff did a good job laying out the multi-page spread for the October issue. It was exciting to see how other photographers shot their subjects and have all the photos together.

Both the women I shot were natural models and knew how to pose with plenty of looks. I wanted to shoot without lights and find settings that fit each model’s character to compliment their individual beauty. Tabitha, above, from Houston, looked the best surround by an environment with lush vegetation and of course soft sky in the background. For Debora, below, from Brazil, I found some nice colored backgrounds on the street and again you can never go wrong with sky.  It was really exciting to learn Debora won the contest in the October issue. Congrats!

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Something to be proud of recently at the Deep Eddy Cabaret.

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A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz for the New York Times. Cruz is seeking the Republican nomination for Texas’ open senate seat. The idea concept of the shoot was to document the candidate on the campaign trial – great! My day was longer than I expected: it began at 6am when I drove to San Antonio to catch him at the airport for his 8am arrival, then we met at an IHop for a Tea Party chapter meeting, then we went to a Republican Women’s Forum, shot a portrait in a large empty storage room (above), then a Starbuck’s for a conference call and then we drove to Marble Falls had a bite at a Whataburger (far below) and then attended another Tea Party meeting (below). I left Ted with his constituents at the 2nd Tea Party gathering at close to 10pm to drive back to Austin. The Tea Party group in Marble Falls was very concerned about my presence and the company I represented, which became a small ordeal and led to an exhausting evening after a long day.

This shoot falls into the small wave of conservative Texas themed shoots I’ve had throughout the fall since Rick Perry announced his run for the Presidential nomination. These are some of my best images from the shoot. You can see the NYTimes slideshow of the true conservative Ted Cruz’ life on the campaign trail here. The print edition is down at the bottom. Enjoy!

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November 22, 2011 at 11:12 am