Creative Hangs: Hannah Lasure

 
 

 

Hey y’all,

During our most recent Instameet, the #CaptureEastATX Instameet. I had the opportunity to meet several new faces and one of them was Hannah Lasure. Hannah joined us for the Instameet and was one of the awesome models that modeled for other attendees. Intrigued by her nice personality and sense of style. I managed to snap a few pics but knew I wanted to work with her if the opportunity came up.

 
 

After the Instameet I reached out to her and we set up a day to meet up and shoot. We met on a early summer morning to avoid the scorching heat, if y’all live in Austin you know whats up. Lately I’ve been doing all my shoots either early morning, or late evening to avoid getting toasty and sweaty. 

I had been eyeing this building on the east side, one that would be suitable for a shoot with a light colored wardrobe. We took some rad photos and managed to get in and out without melting. But what I really like was being able to get to know this unique individual thats doing some great things! As of late I have been really interested in getting to know new creatives and hearing their stories. Photography has become much more than a way to create beautiful imagery for me. My taste and interest have been all over the place lately, but that makes me happy. I like to keep things fresh.

For the longest time. I have struggled with putting my thoughts and ideas on paper. But, I want to share stories and to move more towards story telling, giving the audience a little bit more context. So, here I go y'all!

As I walked away from the shoot not only was I excited about the beautiful photos Hannah and I had created. But I was inspired by this creative individual who's out here chasing her dreams. As we took photos, I learned about how they had recently moved to Austin to pursue a career in music. Only having lived in Austin for 7 months. From Vermont, they have already found a group of musicians to start a indie rock band with. Hannah is the lead singer and guitarist of the band. I can’t share with you all the name yet but I’m sure if you follow her adventures you will soon find out. How cool is that y’all? It’s always so great to hear people speak about their goals and gives me hope too. Because lets be honest we all have those moments in which we doubt what we’re doing.

Another big takeaway from hanging with Hannah was her involvement with photography. Like many of us she has struggled with being confident and being shy in front of others. Something I know way too well. She's been using modeling and as away to gain confidence, to be the bad ass she is, and guess what she's killing it. This lady is so confident in her poses and has such a powerful look in her eyes. I have no doubt she’s going to go far and make her dreams come true.

I’d like for you all to check her feed out and to follow her journey. As she gets more involved in the creative scene in Austin. Big thank you to everyone who made it this far and took the time to read this, I appreciate you so much! Big thank you to Hannah! For taking the time out of her day to come together with me to create some sick work and above all for sharing a little bit of her story. Allowing me to be part of this inspiring journey she's on.

 

-Javi

 
 

Creative Hangs: Exploring West Austin

Alec Ploof (@alecploof) and Joey Martinez (@pkjoeyy)

Alec Ploof (@alecploof) and Joey Martinez (@pkjoeyy)

Hey Y’all, 

A few days ago I set on a little photo adventure with some of my work peeps and creative friends. We met up at the James D. Pfluger Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge from which we headed north to end the day at the Hope Outdoor Gallery. 

It had been years since I had visited Graffiti Park, and it was pretty rad. You get some great views of the city and are engulfed by the work of so many talented artist. Definitely a spot worth visiting in Austin. Oh and you bet I took some photos of our little meet up! 

I hope y’all enjoy the pics! 

 

 

Creative Travels: New York City

Hey peeps!

How do y’all feel about visiting big cities? I had the opportunity to visit New York City with my partner for the first time this past May, and boy was it an experience. Leading up to our trip. I'd asked for recommendations from my work colleagues and photo peeps. I received tons of suggestions, but what got me was that they all kept saying “energy”. According to almost everyone there was a energizing feeling about NYC, due to it's size and the people who live there and boy were they right! With so much going and so many places to see. I felt alive and eager to hit the streets.

As most of y'all know my style is pretty simple, minimal, without a lot of motion involved. But this approach was not going to work in NYC and the student in me had to adapt to this new environment. We booked a Airbnb in Williamsburg, beautiful spot with nice natural light, small and cozy with ac. The weather when we got there was super hot and muggy. That ac unit came through so good!

On our arrival day we settled in and I took a stroll through the neighborhood. As I walked past homes and parks full of families playing, it hit me. I wasn't in Texas anymore. There were people walking, cars honking, constant flow of movement. I walked a few miles and snapped some images as the sun started to set. There was something beautiful about seeing shadows casted on other buildings. Everything was so close to each other unlike things here in Austin.

Day one began with a trip to the Empire State building. Where we had the opportunity to see all NYC under clear blue skies. Took a cheesy photo as a souvenir and walked over to the High Line. Now that was a treat, walking on a reconditioned elevated railroad that is now a public space. I hadn't seen anything like it before. Folks were catching some sun, hanging out, and there was even a couple taking wedding photos. After having walked several blocks the Mexican in me wanted tacos. But from what I’ve learned after visiting taco joints on both ends of the country. There is no place like Texas for Mexican food. We visited Los Tacos no. 1 and was super bummed. Their quesadillas had no queso and their adobada tacos left me craving for tacos al pastor. You heard it right folks no queso in the quesadilla. Lesson learned try new things even if they disappoint there's nothing to compare it to.

Day two was one of my favorite days in a while. We met up with the homie Joe Calderon who was in town for work and proceeded to the 5th Avenue Apple Store. To take part in a photowalk, hosted by artist Adrienne Raquel. Who I’ve been following for some time on Instagram so this was perfect. The photo walk took us through Central Park and was a good way to meet locals and snap some pics with peeps. After shooting for a couple of hours we moved on to our last stop for the day. I missed The XX in Austin a few months back and they happened to be in playing while we were in town so I had to. The show was definitely one of my favorite live concerts. The music was great, vibes were chill, and well The XX were there. A beautiful way to wrap an exciting day.

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I was going to write about my whole trip. But I could keep going on and on so I’m going to stop here and let y’all enjoy the images. NYC was pretty dope to say the least. I’d definitely want to go back at some point but for now I’m content with my visit. We visited the Guggenheim, Central park, Little Italy, China Town, Oculus and the 911 memorial. Places that were each mesmerizing in their own way. The city is rich in culture and beautiful people. There's tons to do and to take in which is nice.

I’m glad I was able to share this experience with my babe. Capture some rad photos, make new friends and to take a break from the mundane. I’ve found that trips always allow me to clear my mind and remind me of how good it is to be home. I hope y’all enjoy the photos! If y’all have any questions or would like recommendation please hit me up.

Y’alls peep,

-Javi

 

Creative Hangs with Chee Sim

Hey Peeps!

My good friend Chee Sim is back in town! After traveling for a month and visiting several beautiful places he's landed in Austin. We met up for coffee and went on a photo exploration as we often do. I'm personally not too familiar with north Austin so we embarked on a nice walk on north Lamar to explore the area, snap some photos, and wrap up by having lunch at Michi Ramen. The following images were captured on our walk. I hope Y'all enjoy and checkout Chee's latest blog post! 

 

#WWIM15 by Hello Mr.

Hey Peeps!

Several weeks back the homie Mario Villanueva invited me to attend a Instameet in Austin. The Instameet was in celebration of World Wide Instameet 15 and since I hadn't been able to make the other meets I had to check it out. WWIM are pretty rad because people from all around the world get together to hang, shoot, and make lasting friendships through Instagram.

The Instameet was organized by Hello Mr. a magazine for men who date men. Hello Mr. is a space in which community can flourish and conversations can be shared. Published twice a year the magazine is beautifully curated and a great read.

Before the meet. I had heard good things about the magazine from several of my gay peeps and had taken a glance at one of their issues. I was intrigued by the topics covered and the design of it all. From cover to cover the magazine feels and looks great.

The Instameet kicked off at Hey Cup Cake on SoCo, and led us through the local shops. Concluding at the Austin Motel for laid back hangs and drinks. The walk was fun and I made several new friends and met some folks I had followed on Insta for a while. What I really enjoyed about the meet was how leisurely the meet was. I took a few shots but it was more about just kick’n back and enjoying the nice weather with some cool peeps. Something I can appreciate at the end of a long work week. 

I hope y'all enjoy the photos and like always thanks for stopping by! 

-Javi 

 

Javi Does SXSW 2017

What up peeps! 

I hope y’all are having a great April so far. It really amazes me how we’re already a quarter into the year. Like what, how did that happen. But it’s good thing right? It typically means there’s lots going on and wheels are turning or something.  

The month of March was an exciting, busy, and a nerve wrecking month. Not only did I get to travel for Tripaly and got to curate their Instagram account while accomplishing my goal of visiting San Francisco. South By South West was just around the corner as we landed back in Austin, and in usual SXSW manner a few opportunities came up within short notice. 

This SXSW topped last years in so many ways but also came in with new challenges. I was approached by the homie Rico De Leon from the Infinite Agency to take part in a new Influencer campaign for Bud Light. Up to this point I had been part of their social media campaigns by creating content shared on my account, but this was larger and incorporated InstaStories. 

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As Instagram changes and evolves they added InstaStories not too long ago. Incorporating quick video clips, Boomerangs, and location specific filters. Similar to the way Spapchat was doing things but conveniently in Instagram. With this new development I was curious to see how this addition to the platform would change the way users interact with the app and how content is delivered by both the average users, influencers, and brands. 

Bringing me back to the assignment for Bud Light. I was paired with my best bud Mario Villanueva and were tasked with creating content for Bud Lights InstaStories. The content aimed to deliver a genuine SXSW experience captured through the eyes of local photographers, incorporating events sponsored by Bud Light. Throughout the day of our takeover we had the opportunity to visit several sights and enjoyed the chill atmosphere SXSW had to offer all while taking photos, boomerangs, shooting short clips, and hanging out with the Bud Light team. 

by Rico De Leon 

by Rico De Leon 

This was a big opportunity for me, putting Mario and I at the forefront of a large companies Instagram account. We were breaking some ground being the first to take on this challenge. The day began with a bit of nervousness but as the day passed as with any project you start to get a better grasp for the assignment and you get more comfortable. We ended up making some dope work both Mario and I were proud of and that the client liked. Wrapping up my first InstaStories assignment. 

During this same time one of my Insta peeps from Las Vegas was in town. Jovan Sotelo also know as @jovy.y on Insta, was visiting Austin for his birthday. I’ve been following Jovan for a long time at this point, so getting to connect with him in person was super sick. It's funny how you follow people on Instagram and build narratives based on what they share, but that's just an assumption. You never really know what to expect when you meet people in real person.

Jovan, was quite the guy. I’ve seen his progression as an artist for the past few years and I'm a big fan of his work. We got to talk shop and learned more about his creative processes, and what's been fueling his most recent work. But what really captivated me was his enthusiasm and appreciation of life. He’s got to be one of the most self loving, encouraging, and positive people I have met and boy does he have a funny side. He had us cracking up and we really enjoyed his presence. Now we have to plan a trip to Vegas to visit him and explore his city. I strongly encourage y’all to check his work out and show some love. Its not often that you meet good people that genuinely wants you to succeed and supports you all the way. Much love to that guy! 

My last adventure during SXSW took place at Rainy Street and was for a new show called Search Party by TBS. The show captures a group of twenty-something year olds that live in New York City. The group of friends end up hearing about the disappearance of a person they all knew at one point, leading them through a series of adventures in search of this missing person. The show is pretty relatable since they're young millennials, cool and hip doing cool and hip things in NYC so that was attractive. During the time of the event for SXSW they had all the episodes available online so I did a little binge watching haha. 

The event for this was pretty rad, titled In Search Of Pop-Up Shop. It incorporated several local vendors, areas for viewing the show, and of course drinks and light bites were available along with a live Q&A with the cast. How cool is that!  I was tasked with attending the event and capturing imagery that would be pushed on my Instagram and I had to create more InstaStories. This was turning out to be a big week for InstaStories but it was a pretty rad spot, so making content from this event was not bad at all and the agency Vayner Media that I was working with was a real pleasure to work with too. I also ran into the talented Ashleigh Amoroso another great photographer from Austin who was also highlighted by Culture Trip as part of the 10 Austin-Based Photographers to Watch Out For earlier this year so be sure to check her out. 

Ashleigh Amoroso

Ashleigh Amoroso

All in all this SXSW was decent and proved to be a another learning opportunity for me in many ways. I hope y'all enjoyed the imagery and as always thanks for stopping by and supporting! If y'all have any questions or feed back hit me up, or know of anyone who could benefit form my services please send them my way!

 I’d also like to get out there and shoot more for fun. So if any of y’all want to get some coffee, explore the city , and shoot some pics please reach out!

Y'alls peep,

-Javi 

 

 

 

Javi goes to San Francisco with Tripaly

Hey Y’all!

March has come in with a bang! I’m grateful to say I’ve had a pretty busy month and more is to come. My most recent adventures took me out to San Francisco and made my goal of visiting California a reality.

In partnership with Tripaly I was able to visit the golden state. Tripaly is a subscription service that aims to revolutionize the way you travel, with their One Click Trips. I wasn't too familiar with the concept. But after getting in touch with CEO JP Singularity and learning more about the services Tripaly offers. It made a whole lot of sense. My partner and I have thought about traveling more. But we were still trying to figure out a method to save and budget for our trips and this service does just that.

Tripaly’s subscriptions are catered to your travel needs. The destinations to which you travel too are constantly changing. The great thing about Tripaly is that you subscribe, and pay a amount in accordance with how many trips you want to take in a year and the length of the trips.

Traveling with Tripaly was such a breeze! All I had to do was book the trip through their mobile app. Not only did they take care of my flight saving me time, they also arranged for my stay. I had the opportunity to stay at Hotel Carlton during my visit to San Francisco and the spot was pretty sweet. The building had history and tons of character. The location was close to Union Square, and to top it off there was a cute bakery named Mr Holmes Bakehouse right around the corner. I could have not hoped for a better place.

 

As I landed in San Francisco the sun was setting and the warm tones were embracing the hill tops covered by all these cute and colorful homes. I took the BART from the airport and ended up getting off at the Powel street station. Without knowing I was at Union Square. As I stood there it hit me.. I was like yo I’m not in Texas anymore! After a hasty walk to the hotel we dropped off our luggage and hit the street.

We met up with our friend who just recently moved to San Francisco and decided to visit Mensho Tokyo SF for some ramen. The line was long but the service was great. The spicy lamb ramen was dope and the atmosphere was pretty chill. Even though the line was long outside dining was very chill. and there was no sense of urgency like other ramen places I’ve visited.

 

The span of our trip gave us two full days in San Francisco. Our first day was spent exploring the Golden Gate Park. We had planned to visit five locations within the park before heading out to lunch, but that was scrapped. Our first stop was at the Conservatory of Flowers. This for me was a real treat! I love plants and to be surrounded by all those different species was such a delight. As you entered into the different wings of the conservatory. You instantly felt the temperature change and with it the plants. My favorite spot there had to be the butterfly room.

 

The room had water fountains and pollen pads scattered all over in which butterflies would just chill. The space was so peaceful and and relaxing. In amazement both Vickie and I gazed at all the beautiful butterflies flying and having a great time. They even had a space in which you could see cocoons as butterflies began to emerge.

After visiting the Conservatory of flowers we made our way to De Young Museum of Art. To our surprise we found succulents growing in the middle of the park. Now thats an unusual sight!

 

As an Artist I get drawn to museums. So the De Young had to be one of our stops. We viewed the work of Dany Lyon and was blown away by the amount of photographic work the exhibition included. I was personally drawn to the work Danny made during his trips to the south to participate and document during the Civil Rights Movement in 1962. The images were bold and depicted the state of the nation during this time.

The rest of the exhibition was really good and covered a wide range of subjects. Looking at art is no doubt a time consuming activity. So we actually had to visit the contemporary work, and Latin America sections and decided we needed to move on to stay on track. So we didn’t get to see everything but we did go up the Hamon observation tower and got a 360 view of San Francisco. Now that was a sick y’all!

 

Once we wrapped up. We headed to grab some lunch and explored the streets for a little while. Snapping a few pics of the residential homes.

 

Our first day in San Francisco concluded with a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. By this point we were on the cusp of the evening and the weather was a bit wild. Our whole visit to San Francisco was accompanied by a overcast sky with sudden appearances by the sun. But things got bad when we got to the bridge. We snapped a few photos and before we knew it the wind was blowing and umbrellas were getting flipped. I knew I had to set my foot on the bridge so we made our way onto the bridge walked on in for less than a quarter mile and said nope.. Not doing this! Our first day had escaped us and we were exhausted from walking and running around.

Our Second day would hands down be my favorite day in quite some time. We planned to visit the Mission District, eat Mexican food, do some shopping, check out the San Francisco MOMA and visit the Lombard St.

We had some grub at La Taqueria. A Mexican restaurant thats very well know and has quite the reputation for a must stop while you visit the Mission District. I was a bit bummed they did not have barbacoa. But the quesadillas were super dope and made up for the lack of my favorite meat. It had a real authentic vibe and the staff spoke Spanish. Which is always a plus in my book. We got there early and there was already a line that wrapped around the stores interior.

Once we wrapped up we headed up Valencia St. to visit a cute shop called Little Paper Planes. The shop really reminded me of Austin with its cool airy vibes. I spotted some rad pins. For the rest of our visit to the Mission District we played it by ear stopping at several more shops.

One spot that was marked on our to do list was visit Dolores Park. I will say that both Vickie and I noticed how there are more public spaces in San Francisco. Lots of Plazas and parks for people to hang out. Reminding us of Mexico and its public spaces. Dolores was absolute joy to be in. At this point the sun was out the sky was a beautiful baby blue. I looked at Vickie and said were in San Francisco, we made it! Life could not be any better in those moments. Everything was perfect. I was with my best friend in California and my passion had taken us there. I’ve come a long way and still have a ways to go! But it was was such a great feeling to see and know that all my efforts and hard work these past several years since graduating college had led me here.

As we sat there in the sun soaking up life. We knew we had to make a call. Did we stay in the Mission District or head to the San Francisco MOMA? We were already close but only had about an hour and a half before it closed. Fuck it lets go! Were picked up by a Lyft within a few minutes and yes I do miss Lyft in Austin.

Upon arriving at the museum I was already blown away by the interior. The center of the museum has a huge space occupied by a mobile piece that hangs down the center. Leading your eye to the ceiling of the museum that has a bridge on which you can walk on. We paid for our tickets and proceeded to our museum marathon. a Covering pretty much 3 floors before we were out of time. Yet, I did manage to check out Dan Flavian’s work and Ellsworth Kelly and spent a good deal of time people watching. Im always intrigued by the way people engage with art and how its consumed in real life.

As the museum wrapped up and folks were being escorted out by the museums gallery assistants. The sun was reaching prime golden hour stage. As we proceeded to Lombard street. The sun pierced through the city, casting beautiful shadows that broke and fragmented the architecture. I had seen photos of the Lombard street and was not let down. This windy street is such tourist spot and I loved it! Everywhere you looked people were snapping photos and everyone was super chill about it. People driving through it were setting up shots, it was such thing. As we approached the bottom I took some pics as we looked upon this windy road.

At this point we had reach the end of our trip. We had hit most of the spots we listed but already knew we had to visit this beautiful city for a longer stay. I can see why people think of Austin as mini California now. But we need more cute dogs y’all. I swear every where you looked there was a cute dog. Anyway I’m gonna stop here y’all. I could go on and talk more about the trip but nah.. Shout out to you if you made it this long. Trust me my attention span is sorta low. But I do have some cool news to wrap this piece up. For a limited time. If you reach out to Tripaly and mention my name you will receive a ten percent discount on your subscription. Hit them up at the following email subscriptions@tripa.ly and if y'all need any help just let me know!

Quite frankly y'all I think this service is a good deal! Especially if you are one who travels a lot or someone who's looking to start traveling more often. I know we were skeptical but after researching and comparing prices we concluded it was a good deal. Traveling with Tripaly was convenient, easy, and fun. I definitely recommend. Id like to also thank JP and the team at Tripaly for bringing me onboard, and entrusting me with taking over their account Instagram account.

Thanks for reading peeps!

 

-Javi

 

New Year and collective blue

Hey Friends!

It’s been a hot minute since my last post! Like always there;s lots going on. But one of my new years resolutions is to get more consistent with the blogging biz. Publishing at least one blog post a month.

One of my last moves of 2016 was jumping on board to be part of the collective blue core team. As lead photographer and content creator.

For those that may not be familiar with collective blue. Let me give y'all the run down. Founded by Nina Ho, collective blue is a community oriented lifestyle brand. The mission of the company is to empower people of color and of diverse backgrounds. With monetary backing to able to create work that is then sold through our site and vending at local events. The majority of the proceeds are then given back to the artist. collective blue is also dedicated in creating safe spaces. Spaces in which diverse creatives can be themselves and celebrate their differences.

Being a Latinx immigrant from Mexico I had to get down with this group and help in any way possible. Helping artist and creating communities is already a thing I enjoy doing through IgAustinTexas, and with such a bad ass team. I could not wait to start creating some rad work.

For February we knew we had to do something great to celebrate Black History Month. We reached out to our community members and had the opportunity to work with five influential black millennials. We had creators, entrepreneurs, artist, and active community members. Join us to be part of this celebration and the outcome of this shoot was more than we could have hoped for.

The imagery taken during our shoot was then used both on collective blue’s social media outlets, and as part of a beautiful blog post. Which incorporates both a written essay and words from our community members. Y’all should all check it out and show some love! We have big things coming up so keep and eye out and follow us @collective_blue

 

Creative Hangs with Dallas Cain

Hola canijos,

I hope y'all are having a pleasant week so far. This past Tuesday. I had the opportunity to go out and really just enjoy my day off.

I met up with the homie Dallas and went out for a day of exploration. We had some lunch at Sa Ten, wondered around the Canopy and concluded our day at Tillery Street Plant Co. Along the way we took some pics…well mostly just of Dallas. I hope y’all enjoy!

 

 

Creative Walks

What a time to be alive y’all. I don’t have much to say honestly. Im a bit in distraught by the election results. But I’m trying to stay optimistic and hope it all turns out for the best. 

Here are some images I captured last week of collective blue member Carlton Wilcoxson. 

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Creative Hangs with Lifestyle and Fashion Blogger Nicole Fuentes

Hey Peeps!  

Boy, do I have some fresh work to share with you all today! After weeks of planning and making arrangements. I'm proud to present my most recent collaboration with lifestyle and  fashion blogger Nicole Fuentes. Nicole and I got connected through the gram and we set out to make some beautiful imagery. With Nicole’s great style, I had no doubts we could combine my aesthetic with one of her well composed looks. 

Hands down this was one of my favorite collaborations. Not only is Nicole a great stylist but such a pleasant person to work with. She says she’s new to the blogging world. With only seven months under her belt since she launched the site. She has managed to develop a very active blog and well curated Instagram. With a love for styling. She creates her own content and shares these beautiful moments with her audience. For Nicole its a way to express her creativity and to connect with other members of the community. That right there hit home.  Y'all know I'm all about building a creative community. Without a doubt y'all should visit her blog Nicole Sometimes and follow her adventures on Insta.

 

I hope y'all enjoyed the images! Big thank you to Nicole for making this possible and my wonderful assistant Santi for all the help. Until next time y’all!

 

-Javi 

 

Exploration and Admiration

Hey peeps! 

For the past few weeks. I had been contemplating and pondering the idea of going to the Blanton Museum of Art. However, their permanent collection is closed for renovation. Bummed but excited for the work they are currently doing to the Blanton. I had been holding off visiting the Museum. 

To my luck I saw they were hosting a public tour of the current exhibit by artist Xu Bing. The work titled Book from the Sky has been on exhibit and it was something I had though of checking out. So.. I hit up the homie Stephan and we set out to the Blanton to take part in the tour.

The tour took us through the exhibit and gave us plenty of background information about Xu Bing. I always find that I enjoy art with a good knowledge base. I won’t go into details because that would just spoil it. But its definitely worth visiting. 

After checking out the Blanton we wandered around campus reminiscing on those college days. I personally did not attend the University of Texas but I love the campus. There beautiful architecture and spaces that really lend themselves for photographs. 

 

 

 

Javi Goes on a Texas Adventure

Hola Amigos,

Have y’all been out to west Texas? The Prada Store, Marfa Lights and Donald Judd. Those were all things that came to my mind when I though about west Texas. I had always dreamed about visiting Marfa and guess who got to cross this off their bucket list! 

Powered by Reliant Energy I was able to go on a Texas sized Adventure for the span of a week. I was able to curate Reliant’s Instagram account. Sharing with their audience my Reliant One of a Kind Texas Adventure. My Texas Adventure began with a road trip from Austin To Marfa, Texas. Where I was able to visit the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art Museum. The museum itself lies in the remains of a once active Fort D. A. Russell. The structures that once made the up the fort house large scale permanent Installations. They include the work of Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and John Chamberlain. Drawn in by Donald Judd’s minimalist work this was a place I had to visit. We booked ourselves a guided that took through the entire Chinati Collection. 

 

Walking into the former artillery sheds. Housing Donal Judd’s 100 untitled works in mill aluminum was pretty unreal. The sheds have been retrofitted to house the works but still retain signs of their former use. The sides of the building that house the art are completely made out glass and the light just pours in. Shimmering in the natural light lay rows of sculptures. Each one reflecting the light in a different way. Challenging your perception of each piece. The sculptures all keep the over all cube shape yet each one has a unique design. Unfortunately photography is not permitted on the tour. If y'all ever visit Marfa defitnitely visit the Chinati Foundation.

 

Once we completed the store we walked thorough downtown Marfa. This had been my first time visiting a town of this size. The whole town only had one stop light and you could easily walk around. I’ve grown accustomed to the hustle and bustle that is living in a urban place that time felt at a stand still.

As the sunset drew closer we proceeded to the Marfa light's observatory. We got there before the sun set was over. The crowds of people eagerly waiting for the night skies kept growing larger as we dove into the night. I didn't expect to see much, but to my surprise there these lights lay off into the distance. Moving sporadically, disappearing to only emerge in a new location. Who knows what they are but it was pretty sweet being able to have seen these mysterious lights.

Oh and staying at El Cosmico was such a treat too! 

Oh and staying at El Cosmico was such a treat too! 

We had seen amazing art, checked out the Marfa lights, explored the town but we had yet to make one last stop. The Prada store was still on my radar and I had to. After a short drive passing  through some small towns. There it was. This little gem that I had seen so many times before through the webs. The permanent installation by artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragse. Built to replicate an actual Prada store but one that will never be open. Since its installation in 2005 the site has been vandalizes and its contents stolen. We got some shots of the store, took the sight in for a few minutes. Before heading back into Marfa and on our way to our next stop. 

 

Well peeps! That concludes my first part of my Reliant One of a Kind Texas Adventure. Stay tuned for part two of my trip out west. I’ll get into our time spent at Big Bend National Park sleeping under the beautiful night skies! 

 

Times Are Changing

Hey Peeps!

Wow… It’s definitely been a while since I have posted on here and I do want to apologize for my inconsistency. I promise I’ll be better about sharing with you all my adventures and vida. I do have to say I miss sitting at home writing for the blog and look forward to sharing with y’all a whole lot of content.

Summer has come and gone. But I was left tons of beautiful imagery that I will be sharing with y’all in the days to come. I was able to take on a big project with Reliant Energy that took mw out to West Texas. Hosted one of the biggest Instameets I've been to, and it was at Big Bend National Park! Let me tell y’all that was a spectacular meet if you missed it you definitely missed out homies! Keep your eyes out for those future blog post y’all.

As y’all have probably felt from just going outside. The times are changing in Austin and the weather is so nice with this cold from that came through! I usually bake pretty easy under the sun. So this weekend with its gloomy skies was perfect for some photo adventures. 

I met up with Divinity Anaya. I’m sure y’all will recognize her from previous shoots. We hit up the Fiesta Market. Crashed peoples balconies and used their plants as backdrops. Got stung by some mosquitoes but we made some great imagery. I hope y’all enjoy! 

 

Texas, Hold Her High Big Bend Instameet

Hey Peeps! I'm really excited to share with y'all the Texas, Hold Her High Big Bend Instameet. The team and I along with IGHouston and InstaDFW have come together to host this Texas Wide Instameet at one of our national treasures that happens to be located in our great state!

Join us for a day full of fun activities that include guided hikes, cookouts, live music and a starry night shoot. That I'm really looking for to! 

What to Expect

The ammenities for the meet include FREE on-site campsites for all who wish to camp over night Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening(29th-30th), FREE park entry.
Upon entrance to the park please inform the staff you are there for the meet to gain access. 

DAY 1
- Guided tours led by Park Rangers and staff through picturesque areas of the park for all atendees
- A cookout/dinner to fuel up after a day of exploring & shooting
- A live concert featuring Texas Based Artist
- A starry night shoot. The skies are great out there so pack a tripod! 

DAY 2
- kick off with breakfast
- A sunrise shoot
- Goodbyes

CLOTHING
Its going to be a hot couple of days y'all. Make sure to dress appropriately and pack adequately if you will be camping during the trip. There are hot springs so bring a bathing suit if you plan on venturing off. 

TRANSPORTATION & TRAVEL
We strongly encourage folks to carpool with other community members. However, we have made arangements to have a van that will be used to transport 6 folks to and from the the park, leaving from Austin. This is a free service we will be providing. 

We hope to leave on the 29th by 12PM and will be back in Austin on the 31st no later than 9PM. The space in the van is limited and will be available in a first come first serve basis. Anyone who would be interested in carpooling with us please contact us at igaustintexas@gmail.com for more information. 

The wonderful folks at the National Park Service and Budweiser are making it possible for community members to have free access to the park and to overnight camping. This will be a great opportunity to visit Big Bend and to meet other creatives from across the state. Everyone is welcomed and please share with all your Texan peeps! 

To RSVP and for more updates checkout our event page on Facebook! For any questions or concerns shoot us a email at IgaustinTexas@gmail.com 

 

Capturing Pink with Aloisa Venui

Its been a while peeps! But I'm really excited to share with you my most recent work. The month of June proved to be a busy one. We had several meet ups for IgAustinTexas and now Pokemon Go is out! There’s just not enough time in the day haha. No, but in all seriousness life has been a little hectic with work and trying to balance life. But heres my most recent piece.

In mist of planning events and trying to continue to make art. I was able to meet up with Aloisia Venui. Fellow content writer, stylist, and model. We agreed to collaborate on a couple of projects that we are both working on. I’ve been continuing to explore portraiture and she was delighted to pose for me. I on the other hand. opened up a little. She interviewed me. Asked about my art and source of inspiration. Y’all should definitely check out the interview here. I promise y'all wont be disappointed. 

For my shoot I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I’ve been itching to shoot some portraits by a pink wall and had already made up my mind about what places i wanted to shoot. Theres an old shop on east 12th st. This older building has large Agava Americana along the side of the shop. Making it a perfect spot for the shoot. Because plants on pink are just great! The second place I photographed at was the famous Lucky Lady Bingo (Pink Bingo). This pink bingo really stands out as you drive through downtown Austin. I had recently heard it was being demolished. So I had to get out there asap. 

We woke up super early and made our way out there. Aloisa styled her outfit and incorporated a yellow blazer. That really stood out against the bright pink walls we were using as backdrops. We set up shop and after a few awkward test shots and getting past the lack of coffee we started to get in the groove. I always find it interesting when you photograph people on the same day you meet them. Its like an awkward first interaction but thats why I like to just get chatty and make it more of a hangout than a shoot. Taking the pressure off a bit and allowing for the conversation to ease the shoot. She's a recent transplant to Austin but has fallen in love with the city. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Erwin: Parker

Hey Y’all! 

As some of you may have noticed I partnered up with Jack Erwin. to announce the release of their new driving loafer the Parker. For quite some time I’ve been a fan of their products. I love their minimalistic approach to both design and presentation. 

The Parker comes in eight different colors, but being who I am. I had to get my hands on the red suede limited edition model. Red happens to be my favorite color so it was just perfect. Now, the only problem was that most of my work involves a lot of vibrant colors. But for this shoot I had to find something more subtle. A location that was visually interesting but simple and preferably with a solid backdrop. 

Overtime I’ve gathered a collection of walls around town. Making mental notes of places that I drive by that are aesthetically pleasing. After some thought and examining the imagery Jack Erwin uses on their site and social media outlets. I knew I had to find a place that was modern, preferably with unpainted walls and with a interesting design. 

And then it clicked the Austin Power Plant! That spot was rejuvenated a few years back and its sleek with some greenery around it. Making it the perfect place to set up the shoot for this product. I had the homie Austin join me for the shoot. We set on our adventure to create imagery before the scorching heat of Texas forced us to seek some ac. 

After a few sweat beads we had our images. I was able to combine my minimalist style with the Parker. The power plant ended up being a great place to shoot some minimal portraits. It had tons of free wall space with some leafs for that extra touch. Making it perfect! 

Big thanks to Jack Erwin for allowing me to be part of the release of the Parker. And to my peep Austin who's sadly left this city and is now living it up in Miami. 

 

Creative Hangs

Hola Peeps! I hope y’all are enjoying the summer so far. It looks like the crazy storms are past us for at least a few days now. These past few weeks have been pretty busy with events taking place and work. But I’ve been trying to keep you all in the loop of what I am up to.

 

With time being such a delicacy lately. I’ve been really trying to utilize what time is not spent at work doing creative projects and channeling my energy into things that are rewarding for me. And this is one of those. If I’ve learned anything from working at Apple is that a big part of enjoying your job and really excelling within your role is having a amazing group of people around you at all times. I’ve met so many talented folks who are not only great at what they do but are really supportive of all your endeavors. Wether it be at Apple or outside the company. I know I have a peers that will support and give me that extra push when things seem bleak. One of my homies who’s been super cool and gives me feed back and support all the time is Brittany. A super chill. Free spirited friend who always sends positive vibes my way and gets my Mexican background. For this shoot we went down on the East Austin and found some cool minimal spots for some portraits minimalist compositions. I hope y’all enjoy the images! 

 

#TexasMeet_SMTX

Hey Peeps! Last weekend marked a special day. The folks from IgSanMarcos, San Marcos Photos, Texas_Ig along with yours truly. Organized and planned the #TexasMeet_SMTX. The meet began with a glass bottom boat tour that took us on a watery adventure. Where we got to learn about the vegetation and the history behind San Marcos. Once the boat tour culminated we split up into two groups. One group would get to explore the San Marco River and the other ventured into downtown. The meet brought folks from San Antonio, Forth Worth, Austin and even New York. Check out some of the images taken during this meet, and stay tuned for more future meets!