Two favorites from Christina’s bridal session.
Photographed in Houston, TX
Two favorites from Christina’s bridal session.
Photographed in Houston, TX
Last week I received an out of the blue call from one of my oldest friends, Stacia. We grew up around the corner from each other and were fast friends starting in Elementary school (go Kuehnle Koalas!) Through tears, Stacia was calling to let me know that she’d been diagnosed with Stage III, Triple Negative Breast Cancer and wanted to book a family session prior to starting chemo and losing her hair. The weight of this news and request was not light on me, and on Saturday I did my best to capture a peak into her and Daniel’s life with their two children, Levi (3) and Sloan (3 months). These are some of my favorites from the morning.
Stacia – the Fontenots are with and for you! If you happen to know Stacia (or even if you don’t and you just want to join in the fight against this hated disease), you can support her by purchasing one of these shirts. All proceeds with go to cancer research via MD Anderson in Stacia’s honor. Go kick it’s ass, girl!
Photographed in Katy, TX
Brother and sister Miles and Tara wanted to wear their Aspire Soccer Club kits to wrap up their shoot. I ate it up! They played and I only made them stop twice for these two portraits – my favorites from the my shoot with them.
Photographed in Spring, TX
Yesterday we popped bottles for nine years of marriage and a little BABY GIRL that’s gonna wreck our hearts come March!
I am much less terrified than I once was to have a daughter and I can hardly handle the thought of how great of a father Mark will be to one. It was such a perfect anniversary gift to have our 18 week ultrasound this week. We’re toasting (half glass for me) to a great report and this marriage that is my very favorite thing. In the words of Ted Mosby, “love is the best thing we do.” Let’s keep at it, babe.
A favorite from my morning wandering the Houston Museum District with Campbell and Berkley.
Photographed in Houston, TX at the Manchester City training for the Manchester Derby.
Manchester United vs Manchester City. The Derby. Or, to Mancunians, the Darby. As two of the best clubs in the English Premier League, Man Utd and City have a rivalry that dates back to 1881. The Derby has taken place 173 times between the two clubs and the match in Houston was the first one played outside of the United Kingdom in their 136-year history.
Needless to say I, a Man Utd fan since middle school (hi, David Beckham!), freaked out when the announcement of this match took place. I bought pre-sale tickets and had it marked on my calendar in bold font for months…
And then, a week before the game, through a kind recommendation from my friend and fellow photographer Christian, I was on the phone with Soccer.com. I booked the gig to shoot pre-match content for City (and vowed not to wear a United shirt) as well as the Derby itself. It was the experience of a lifetime for me, and I’m so grateful to have had it. I’m not as diehard into the rivalry as most fans, being a fan of the overall League and someone who has huge respect for City and and their roster. It was all fun, all the time. But yes, I was pretty happy about the 2-0 United victory! And maybe even happier that I was, for a brief minute, mere feet from Drake as he presented the game ball. Here are the highlights from a night I’ll never forget!
Drake looking deep into my soul and me, behind the lens, trying to keep it together.
The Manchester worker bee is on the city’s coat of arms and represents the industrial heritage of the region. It’s been used as a symbol of strength following the Manchester Arena attack in May, and the two teams wore custom shirts at the match in a show of solidarity for the victims.
Photographed at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.
Carlos Correa making an appearance at the Alex Cintron Baseball Camp at Spring Spirit Baseball.
The reason for our recent trip to Spain was to photograph Inspire Soccer‘s training and International Tournament. Inspire is run by our friends who live in Spain (Hi, Susan and Sergi)! It’s a unique program with Union of European Football Association (UEFA) coaches who travel from Spain in order to provide participants with the best soccer camp experience in Texas. Their mission is to provide players with a unique, rewarding and unforgettable experience with the same training the best Development Academies (DA) from La Liga offer their players. It only takes about 15 seconds of watching the La Liga DA teams play to know that Spain does this game unlike any other. It’s beautiful, and it’s something Inspire is working hard to bring to American soccer. As someone who grew up in the select soccer world, I adore and appreciate what they’re doing.
This year, they selected players from their camps in Texas to travel to Spain to participate in an International Tournament – the Cerdanyola Cup. And that’s where we got to join in! What a blast to document this experience for these kids.
The training part of their trip took place in Santa Susanna, Spain, where this collection of my favorite photos begin…
Inspire’s first friendly in San Pol de Mar against San Pol.
The Cerdanyola Cup was in Cerdanyola, Spain, the home of Cerdanyola del Vallès Futbol Club (CFC). The boys played CFC along with three La Liga DA top U13 teams – a friendly against Real Club Deportivo de La Coruna and two tournament matches vs Granada CF and Atlético Madrid. Even at this level, watching these La Liga boys play was incredible. They’re machines, and I can’t wait to watch many of them playing pro on my TV one of these days.
Thank you, thank you to Susan and Sergi for bringing us along for the ride.
We had the privilege of spending two and a half weeks in Spain last month, half for work, half for wandering just the two of us. My next post will be the work side of the trip, though it was hard to call it that (spoiler alert: I got to photograph kids playing soccer every day). These are a few photos from the wandering around part. I didn’t take near as many as on our first visit to Barcelona, but it was not for lack of love for the city.
Dry Martini, on the list of Top 50 best bars in the world and part of the Top 25 year after year. Until current owner Javier de las Muelas (recognized as one of the best bartenders in the world) bought it in the early ’90s, it was a one-drink bar. Out of the frame is a counter on the wall displaying the number of Martinis sold (it hit 1 million in 2010!) We had a lovely experience last night in this iconic and gorgeous space.
We took a break from the city on one of our last days and hiked into the clouds. We took a train from Barcelona to Monistrol de Montserrat and then, instead of taking another train or a cable car, we hiked our way to Monistir de Montserrat (Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey).
One of the best cocktails I’ve ever had (and by far, the most interesting) at Paradiso! This little speakeasy through a “refrigerator door” in a pastrami shop is the perfect mix of class and Tom Cruise in Cocktail. But let’s talk about this drink…
Solera Presidente: Ron Zacapa 23 rum, Carpano Anitico vermouth, oloroso sherry, banana liqueur and Fernet Branca aged for six months in barrels. Served in a glass pipe smoked with vanilla tobacco, bathed in bitter chocolate and wrapped in a cloud of cotton candy! So whimsy and balanced and delicious.
All photographed with the Fuji x100t.