Champion Boxers

 

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Regis Prograis, a local welterweight on his way to the US Olympic trials this year held in Mobile, AL. A few years ago I had the pleasure to photograph Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz for the same editorial client at the same gym here in Houston. Just as the last time, everyone was incredibly nice at the Savannah Boxing Club. As a throwback to my first shoot there, I made the same lighting setup for Prograis. Prograis and his people were easy to get along with and we all had a great time.

Big Oil CEO

In celebration of BP finally slowing down the oil leak into the gulf I thought I’d post this portrait of Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation, that I took a few months back. Tillerson was in town to speak at a luncheon at the Hilton Hotel Americas┬áin downtown Houston. I was able to pull him aside as he left and took these two portraits in 30 seconds. No exaggeration. Working with very little time I decided to use the giant floor to ceiling windows outside of the ballroom where Tillerson spoke as my light source. I also really liked the slanting columns in the background as the angles draw the viewers eye to the subject. When photographing CEOs or celebrities it is very important to be respectful of their time. While I would have preferred to shoot a little longer and work the angles a little better, there just wasn’t time. As it was, the editors (my clients), were very happy with my take for the day.

Houston Area High School Softball

Life has been crazy busy these last few months. Between a major personal project and trips to Cuba, Iowa and Arkansas, I have been running myself thin. Even for these tough times business has been good and life in general is good. Pictures and stories from projects and trips are soon to come.
As it has been far too long since my last post on here I thought I’d show a few images from the regional high school softball games I shot last month for my main local editorial client, The Houston Chronicle. The days were very hot. At least one of these teams of girls had to skip prom to play. High school kids fighting for trips to the state tournaments always make for great moments. I hope you enjoy seeing a bit of what I had the pleasure to witness.

Recent Editorial Work

I had a lot of work from the Houston Chronicle in the first few weeks I was back in town. Here are a couple of my favorite assignments. The first was covering a mentoring program at a local high school in a low income neighborhood. One of the students the writer and I were introduced to aspires to be a car designer. He had 50 or 60 different designs on his iPhone. The program seemed like it was working really well. I’m always impressed with teachers who go the extra mile to pour their lives into their students.

The second image is of a woman who lost her home to Hurricane Ike. Galveston is still recovering from last year’s hurricane and restoring low income housing is under debate. This lady has two daughters in college and a third who is a straight ‘A’ student still in grade school. Oh, and mom is working on her associates degree at Galveston College. She had such an amazing attitude and outlook on life. We chatted and told stories throughout the whole shoot. I decided the shot of her in front of the college with her backpack full of books looked far too much like a college brochure so we ended up a mile away at the empty lot where her apartment complex had been. The evening sun was ducking in and out of the clouds. I made images of her in front of the tree from where she hung Christmas lights outside her old unit. When the sun came back out with its amazing warm light I had her stand in the middle of the street and got down on my stomach to make her look like the hero she is.