Lauren and Tanner's wedding was a treat for me for so many reasons. For starters, their reception was way out in far West Texas, in a little town called Alpine. Even just driving through the desert to get there felt like something out of a movie for me. It's a part of the country I rarely get to experience. And when the journey includes old-timey diners, ghost towns and questionable gas stations where people give you that "you ain't from around these parts" look, you can't even begin to imagine my delight.
And then of course there was the wedding itself. Lauren and Tanner opted to eschew pretty much every normal wedding tradition in favor of a weekend long party. Everyone had such a great time. For me, even shooting the bride and groom was a different experience. Normally, I just have a small window of time to grab the formal shots right after the ceremony, but with Lauren and Tanner I was able to spend several hours with them before their ceremony, traveling around Alpine and the surrounding desert to get shots in all kinds of different locations - a baseball field, a train station, the middle of a deserted highway, even the tour bus of cult country music star Dale Watson (who not only performed at their reception, but officiated their actual wedding ceremony, too). I got so many great shots I couldn't possibly include them all here, but below are some of my favorites.
It's been quite a while since Madisons last graced this humble blog, but the band has certainly been gaining momentum over the past year. The crowds keep getting bigger and bigger with every performance, and deservedly so. This show at The Parish marked their first of 2014, and they're off to a cracking start. I love The Parish as a venue, both as a photographer and as a music fan. The sound and lighting are always absolutely top notch.
The extremely talented and sexily-voiced Karl Morgan has been a staple of the Austin blues scene for quite some time now. Karl is moving on to bigger and better things, however, so tonight's farewell show was a wonderful, yet bittersweet occasion.
I don't think anyone could deny that he went out on a high note. Joined on stage by collaborators past and present, Karl played to a packed house and was on top form throughout the night. In all my years of concert photography it also marked the first time I'd ever seen someone actually throw their underwear at the stage (their bra landing squarely on Karl's head, no less). I'd like to think Karl is pleased he got to experience something that people who aren't Tom Jones rarely get to experience.
I'd shot a Vine House show a few months ago at the Bat Bar on 6th Street in Austin. I'd had a great time, and so I was delighted to get the chance to see them again, this time at the Hole In The Wall, one of Austin's oldest music venues.
When driving into the town of Sisterdale, Texas for the first time, the words "quaint" and "rustic" immediately spring to mind. It's a lovely little town, and the Sisterdale Dance Hall is a perfect location for a wedding.
I also don't think I could've asked for a nicer bride and groom than Chris and Kendra. Very few couples seem as comfortable in each other's company or are as relaxed in front of camera as they were. I got a lot of shots that I'm really proud of and because of them it all felt so effortless.
You can also check out some of the photo booth pictures from the wedding here.