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Infrared Photographs: Faves from 2016

I traveled a fair amount again this year and my infrared converted Nikon D300 comes with me. I thought I’d finish up 2016 with my favorite infrared images from my travels throughout this year.

Zion National Park (left), Barcelona, Spain (right)

Santa Maddalena Val di Funes, Italy

Lago di Carezza, Italy (left), Passo Gaiu, Italy (right)

Passo Sella, Italy

Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain

Barcelona (left), Mineral de Pozos, Mexico (right)

Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

Near Cortona, Tuscany, Italy

Passo Giau, Dolomites, Italy

Michoacan, Mexico

Michoacan, Mexico

Check out more of my images by viewing my story on Steller:

Life in Mexico Photography

Dos Catrinas – Infrared

On Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), I styled a photo shoot with two young women who are also good friends. I did all the make-up myself and chose a location here in Mineral de Pozos, Mexico.  The San Pedro ruins provided the perfect backdrop for my shoot.  Alejandra and Malenii were terrific models.  My previous post shows the medium format color images from the shoot. This post features the digital infrared images using a Supercolor IR filter.

These images are available as fine art prints and licensing.

Camera: Nikon D300 (IR conversion)Editing Software: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop

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Nathaniel at 1 Year

On a cool winter day (well, cool for Texas), I headed to Pioneer Ranch here in Austin, TX, to photograph a sweet little boy to celebrate his first birthday. Nathaniel was so amazing — he lasted through two hours of photography with nothing but smiles and silliness. Thanks to Julie and Alan for trusting me to document this milestone for Nathaniel.

Photography Travel

Digital Infrared in Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery

There is something mystical about the large cemeteries in Europe. There is so much history buried there from famous composers and political figures to movies stars and rock stars. Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and is the resting place of  over a million people including Chopin, Rossini, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Marcel Marceau and Sarah Bernhardt. As you can imagine, if you’re a photographer, there is no way you can cover it in one afternoon (which was all the time I had during my first visit there). I look forward to spending more time there during my trip to Paris next month.

I tend to shoot cemeteries in infrared mainly because of IR’s ability to highlight both the vegetation and the textures of the masonry and statuary. Here’s a few images from Père Lachaise I took last year.


Raiya’s Annaprasan

I really enjoy being witness to special cultural rituals and being asked to photograph the family celebration of little Raiya’s Annaprasan was truly an honor and pleasure for me.

An Annaprasan is a Hindu rite of passage to celebrate an infant’s first intake of food other than milk. It is a big occasion for celebration, and extended family, friends and neighbors celebrated with the family.

Raiya’s grandmother prepared a small bowl of rice-based food and little Raiya’s uncle fed her a small spoonful. Other members of the family then took turns to give her a taste. The feeding ceremony also included a game, in which Raiya was presented with a tray containing a number of objects. These included a bangle or jewel, a book, a pen, coins and other items. Raiya’s future direction and prospects in life are indicated by the object which she preferred to hold and play with.

This event took a lot of planning and effort by Anamita, her family and friends.  Raiya’s big brother and sister were actively involved in the planning and activities throughout the event. Thank you Anamita and family for trusting in me to capture the special moments of Raiya’s Annaprasan.


Harper: The Prettiest Little Girl in Georgetown

Jason, a friend and co-worker recently had his first child, a little girl they named Harper. We’re all so excited for Jason and his lovely wife, Jenna. This child is so beautiful and is so loved. I’m honored to have been chosen to take the newborn photos of little Harper. She’s my youngest subject to date at a mere 9 days old. Welcome to the world, sweet Harper!



Family – Jonathan and Julie

I was very pleased when I got a note from Julie requesting that I take their family photographs. Her husband, Jonathan, is also a photographer (he takes amazing shots of bands performing, especially at SXSW). He’s often photographing his family but Julie mentioned that Jon is often behind the camera rather than in front of it (I can relate).  I consider Jonathan and Julie dear friends and I’ve worked with Jonathan for many years (we’re cube neighbors). I hope these images have captured the beautiful spirit of their sweet family. Happy Mother’s Day, Julie!!


The Beauty of Desert Light – Jessica and Brandon

I got the opportunity to take part in a styled shoot at the Eldorado Dry Lake Bed not far from Las Vegas. This was part of a workshop that I attended while also attending the WPPI conference.  I learned a lot during that week and had the pleasure of sharing war stories with photographers, Denise and Tonya, while traveling to the shoot.

The models, Jessica and Brandon, were a lovely real-life married couple from Canada and the shoot was styled by Every Last Detail.  It was magical shooting as the sun set….

This set of images has a similar treatment that I use on my fine art landscapes.


Vintage Beauty

Here’s a peek at some of the images from my recent vintage pin-up shoot with my daughter as model.  Melanie did amazing work with her own wardrobe, hair and make-up.  Dustin from JuJu Foto Factory in Austin did a great job with the studio lighting.


Life in Mexico Photography

For the Love of Pozos – Textures and HDR

The new home of our art gallery, Mineral de Pozos in central Mexico, is filled with textures and colors that makes it a joy to photograph. One of the best ways to capture these textures is through HDR photography.  These series of images were shot in Pozos and processed using HDR Efex Pro from Nik software. Some of the images are 3 shots at exposures 1 stop apart and some of them are single exposures.

The left image is a reflection in the window (you can see me near the bottom). The right image is a multiple exposure combined in my Nikon D300 camera.

This is night time at Posada de Los Minas, a beautiful boutique hotel in Pozos. It’s one of our favorite places to gather for freshly prepared food in their courtyard restaurant.

I have a soft spot for the village dogs in Pozos. I have started a whole series of photographs of these dogs.

Pozos is magical at night… Note the little black village dog in the shot too.

Pozos has a great panteon (cemetary).

Ruins…. beautiful ruins everywhere in Pozos.