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.
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.
As I meet more DeLorean owners around Houston, I find they all have a deep respect for the history of the car. From the literal trials and tribulations of John DeLorean, to its controversial funding and manufacture in Northern Ireland, and the car's placement in pop culture as it starred in the Back to the Future movies.
Dennis keeps Back to the Future props in the car for when he has it on display at movie showings and events like Houston's coffee and cars. There is a full-sized Flux Capacitor, a hover board and copies of Gray's Sports Almanac and Oh La La.
The car is meticulously maintained and, like a lot of the cars I have seen, has some modern upgrades such as LED door lights and steering wheel.
If you would like a portrait session with your DeLorean or other classic vehicle, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
With the gull-wing door suspended in the air, I met Shannon. He is a long-time DeLorean owner with a well-kept 1983 model. These cars had a short production run but the cars seem to be standing the test of time.
In my journey of capturing the character of Houston on film, I thought it would be great to take portraits of DeLorean owners. The DeLoreans were built in Northern Ireland, but after the company went bust, the remaining parts were eventually brought to Humble, near Houston where the central DMC (unaffiliated to the original company) repair facility is located. Houston is the new home of the DeLorean.
Because of this, there is a cluster of DeLorean owners around the city. During this first session, Shannon told me about the ongoing improvements he is making to the car. With the repair facility close by, and the ease at which you can complete your own repairs and upgrades, the owners are able to keep these cars running and even overcome some of the limitations that killed the sales of the car in the first place - underpowered engines, temperamental doors and lights that quickly drained the battery.
A father and his young son stopped to look at the car in the middle of our portrait session. It seems like a natural instinct to want to be near and touch this iconic vehicle. I am amazed that the car can excite kids born decades after Back to the Future was released.
I took detail shots and no square inch can be mistaken for another car, not even its cousin, the Lotus Esprit. The square headlights, the grid of the tail lights, the wheel hubs. The look of the car grows on you. It is funny that, even though this was my first time with a DeLorean, it felt intimately familiar.
This was a hybrid photography session where I used a digital Canon 6Dii and a medium format film Hasselblad 500cm.
Julia is a Houston-based classical singer who recently sat for some portraits. We mixed dramatic low-key chiaroscuro photography with simple bright shots - all classic portrait styles.
You can find out more about Julia on her website - www.juliafoxsoprano.com
There is an element of research when it comes to planning a photography project. Looking at the work of others helps gather elements of ideas, avoid cliches and attempt to build on what has come before. Some comparison to the scientific method can be made here. The work of others can also be appreciated in its own right, of course, aside from as a source of learning or inspiration. I'm looking to take images of Houston that uncover its many hidden corners, and there are others doing the same.
I'm sure there are many local commercial and wedding/portrait photographers who produce exceptional work, but I wanted to make note of some photographers who are specifically making the scapes of Houston part of their stories. I've selected a few photographers to make a of note here for my own reference - these are the photographers I'd most like to talk shop with.
- Mabry Campbell - Mabry's portfolio is full of technically well-executed architectural photography with moody black and whites that capture subtle tones and textures.
- Katya Horner - Landscape and fine art photos with a processed and colour saturated style.
- Michael Joseph - Interesting black and white architectural photographs of downtown Houston with a theme of internal framing.
- Aisha Khan - A portfolio full of portraits and wedding images that hold a sense of place. She makes Houston look good. These images that make me want to include people in my city shots.
- Khanh Nguyen. Great use of Houston's backstreets and portraits with a lot of movement.
- Matt Nielson - This is a one page photo essay about Houston with some brilliant pictures to illustrate. Matt nailed an image of the Gus Wortham fountain - an interesting art-piece I've been working on for a while, but can't seem to get a satisfactory interpretation of it.
- Jim Olive - Oil and gas are Houston's meat and potatoes (medical is probably the veg). Jim is a commercial photographer who covers, among many other things, Houston's industrial side. He has also published a photography book on Houston covering a range of his work over his career.
- Joseph West - Joseph knows how to work shadow and light against each other, adding both atmosphere and subject emphasis within an image. His blog is mainly engagements and weddings, but he is one of those photographers that incorporates urban landscapes with his portraits where either alone would stand well as a photograph.