The title of this post is just a subset of the type of photography I do. I shortened the title because if I accurately described all the various photographic specialties I am contracted to shoot it would be ridiculously long. I would have to include “Fine Art Photographer” and “Stock Photography” and “Pet & People Portrait Photographer” and “Family & Infant Photographer” just to start. (See why I didn’t list it all in the title.) As a professional photographer in Austin Texas I end up doing all types of photography. Although I really love doing portraits, most of my work would fall under the title “Commercial Photographer”. All of this provides me with a tremendous amount of variety in my day to day work. I have to admit, I enjoy it all. On any given week I may be photographing architectural interiors for a builder or architect, a singer for a CD cover or a skyline for a magazine, or on the not so commercial side a portrait of someones best friend. Regardless, it’s always fun and challenging. Today’s photo is a triad of images I did recently for a local builder to document one of their projects. They did a spectacular job doing a total remodel of an older home. Since this particular photo is about my architectural photography I shortened the post title to describe this particular commission. Please take a look at some more of my Architectural Photography here or here and let me know what you think.
The Paramount Theatre in Austin Texas is one of the very few remaining ‘hemp houses’ left in America that still use hemp ropes and sandbags for the theatrical rigging. It’s hard to believe how much of this stuff it takes to make the curtains, lights, scenery etc. apparently effortlessly fly in and out as needed during a performance. In reality, there is a crew working up here pulling on a lot of rope to make it happen.
You can see my other photos of the Paramount Theatre here:
As a photographer that sells photos for licensing & stock as well as fine art prints, I’m always looking for a new image of the Austin Skyline. I know this location has been used by many photographers in the past to capture Austin but this is actually my first. In fact the night I shot this another photographer was doing a portrait session at the same location. In any case, here is my latest ‘take’ on looking at Austin from this particular spot. I’l be revisiting this location again soon when I can capture some nice golden clouds above the city
As always, if you enjoy my work, please comment. And of course licensing is available for commercial use as well as beautiful art prints and canvas wraps.
The Buckhorn Saloon is another great San Antonio spot full of history & Texas tradition since 1881. The story is told that back then the proprietor Albert Fredrich would accept horns and antlers in trade for free beer or whiskey. The spoils from his barters are decorating the saloon today. On this particular evening I was hired to videotape a private function upstairs. Since the Saloon was closed for the private party I took the opportunity to take a few minutes to capture this historic space. You can find more information on the Saloon & Museum here.
I’ve photographed the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue in Austin Texas several times & every time I’m there, someone has left a gift for Stevie on the base. Last time it was a red rose, this time it was a guitar pick lying at his feet. Perhaps these are simply a reflection on the live music scene that Austin Texas is so well known for, and therefore should not surprise me, nevertheless I find these little tokens quite touching. You can see my other Stevie photographs here:
This past week I attended the Professional Photographers Association meeting in San Antonio Texas. My first night in my hotel room was one of those misty rainy nights that make for an interesting sky as the city lights light up the low clouds above. I love it when the clouds are just at the height of the buildings. San Antonio is such a cool city and the PPA conference was great. All in all it was a great trip!
A previous client returned last month to get a few updated images. Our previous shoot was in an urban setting so we thought we would do something different for this session. Denise put on her cowboy boots & jeans and we shot in local park that still had some color in the trees. (One advantage of shooting in Texas is the leaves don’t really drop till late December.) The shoot was tons of fun & Denise ended up with some great images to update her portfolio.
You may see a few images from the urban shoot here: http://johnrrogers.com/austin-texas/austin-portrait-session-with-denise-holyn/
and a couple of more images from this shoot on my flickr photostream here:
Rome obviously has no shortage of water. There are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of drinking fountains scattered around the city. The water runs continuously and I am told is quite safe to drink. I believe you would agree it’s also somewhat more beautiful than a plastic water bottle.
I very rarely use this forum to cast editorial comments, however speaking of bottled water check out this quite interesting & entertaining video about the bottled water industry:
My brother & I just spent a few days walking around Rome on a quickie getaway. On our last evening we tried to time our arrival at the Colosseum to take a few ‘purple hour’ photos. It was a great trip! We did some walking, ate some fine meals & drank some good wine while shooting a lot of photos and visiting areas that are ancient enough to make me feel quite young, if not insignificant .
Just down the road from Waring Texas you will find the Don Strange Ranch. When you close your eyes and imagine a Texas Ranch complete with Longhorn Cattle the picture in your mind is probably pretty close to what you see with your eyes wide open here on the ranch; Old Chuck Wagons, Longhorn Cattle & this very cool little cabin are just a few of the sights. Although I confess I’m a bit skeptical about the “Fallout Shelter” sign on the cabin. Then again, I suppose if you need a fallout shelter it probably doesn’t matter…
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