I still remember one of the very first times I shot a Madisons performance. The band was playing to a small handful of people in a tiny record store on the east side of Austin. Here we are just a few short years later at the Saxon Pub, one of Austin's most beloved and respected music venues. The place is filled to capacity with people outside are having to be turned away. Madisons have certainly come a long way, and I honestly can't think of a band more deserving of their success. Tonight was one of several shows celebrating the release of their sophomore album, You Can Take Your Sorry Ass Back to West Texas!, which has already received some pretty glowing reviews in the music press.
Madisons CD Release Party at The Saxon Pub, Austin, TXDominic Solis Madisons CD Release Party at The Saxon Pub, Austin, TXOscar Gomez Madisons CD Release Party at The Saxon Pub, Austin, TXThomas Damron Madisons CD Release Party at The Saxon Pub, Austin, TXNick Kukowski Madisons CD Release Party at The Saxon Pub, Austin, TXJocelyn White Madisons CD Release Party at The Saxon Pub, Austin, TXDominic Solis
I shot Heather's bridal portraits back in March, but it felt like it was yesterday as I drove to her wedding at Briscoe Manor in Richmond, near Houston. I had been very much looking forward to seeing Heather and her family again, and I had fun shooting the wedding. It was a classy event, to be sure. My favorite shot of the night came right at the end during the bride and groom's exit (see the very last photo below). Exit photos are notoriously difficult to capture - they're often outdoors at night, they happen quickly and there's lots of movement. Heather and Ryan, bless 'em, made their exit right outside the remarkably well-lit door to the reception hall as their friends and family waved them off with glow sticks. It's the joy in Heather and Ryan's faces that makes this photo for me.
Madisons are no strangers to this blog. In the past I've mainly shot their live shows, but this time around I was asked to take some band promo shots in support of their upcoming album, You Can Take Your Sorry Ass Back To West Texas! I learned that trying to coordinate a seven-piece band (and occasionally a dog) is certainly not without its challenges, but at no point did working with Madisons feel like actual work. They are a stupendously nice bunch of people, and this shoot was a lot of fun for me.
MadisonsBack Row, L-R: Cameron Cummings, Thomas Damron, Mike Rothschild, Nick Kukowski. Front Row L-R: Oscar Gomez, Jocelyn White, Dominic Solis
The amount of planning and hard work that went into Ashleigh and Blanton's wedding at Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas must have been staggering. It was an incredibly beautiful event. The wedding and reception were wonderful, with my favorite moment captured being an emotional Ashleigh during the father-daughter dance. This was also one of the few weddings I've been to where the dance floor was packed all night, mainly thanks to Austin's wildly entertaining 80s covers band The Spazmatics.
Anna and Brent were an absolute joy to work with throughout this shoot, which started off at the Texas Capitol Building before relocating to Zilker Park, where the couple's dogs joined them as they posed on a very cool red vintage-looking couch. Seriously, Anna and Brent were just lovely. I can't wait to shoot their wedding next year!