Portraits of Charles, a Houston Songwriter

Charles not only writes songs, but is a former New York model and fitness instructor. As a man who wears many hats, he had plenty of ideas for images running the gammut from writing lyrics on his bathroom mirror to burning a song as he wrote it on a piece of paper. We also got some great 3/4 and headshots.

You can follow Charles on his Instagram account @saintroninmusic, and on his YouTube channel.

Portraits of Dominika

Dominika is an extraordinary violin player and teacher. She also plays as part of the Axiom Quartet and the Dancewict-Doucet Duo.

For this portrait session we took some close up shots of Dominika with her 19th century violin. This was a hybrid session using a digital camera and a large format camera (the Intrepid 4x5) using black and white film.

Portraits of Kristen

Kristen’s portrait shoot was a great example of having a solid plan-b. The original idea was for an outdoor shoot in front of the historic buildings in Texas city (about an hour south east of Houston), but the rain moved in and the plan had to be scrapped.

So we got permission from Sarah, the owner of the Campeche coffee etc, to set up a few lights and a backdrop in the corner of her premises. This was perfect for simple head-shots, and with a little post-processing we got some superb full body motion shots.

We changed location for the end of the session - a laundry-mat just up the road from Campeche Coffee. It was another one-light setup to capture the movement of Kristen’s hair.

This was a hybrid digital and film session using a Hasselblad 500cm and a Canon 6D mark 2.

See more of Kristen through instagram @kristen.wollenberg.

Portraits of Sergio

I love meeting people with curly hair like mine so I can bombard them with questions on how they deal with it in the mornings and where they get it cut.

Sergio’s portrait session resulted in some great social media head shots and some full body shots that wouldn’t look out of place if he was interviewed for a magazine.

This was a hybrid film and digital session using a Hasselblad 500cm and a Canon 6D mark 2.

Portraits of a Houston makeup artist

Bobby Wells Houston Makeup Artist

Bobby Wells has worked in New York and LA, and now in Houston. He is a skilled makeup artist who knows each of his brushes like I know each of my lenses. His favorites are housed in a leather pouch that doesn’t leave his side. Like a photographer, his job involves putting a subject at ease so they can get the best out of his work.

This was a hybrid portrait session using a digital camera and a medium format film camera. Some of my favorite images were the low-key shots on a black background. They remind me of classic artist portraits from the 60s and 70s.

You can find Bobby’s Instagram feed @bobbywellsmakeup.