Next stop CALIFORNIA!

Guys, I did something crazy!

I decided to go on a 4,000 mile round trip from Texas all throughout California with a couple I had never met and an old friend who's photography I have looked up to for a while. My new friends Lindsey and Aaron were the gorgeous models for this trip! Jason of The Hunters Photography (based out of Northwest Arkansas) did a wonderful job helping me learn how to shoot landscapes and the couple. It's always scary going into something you're not familiar with, especially since I generally take event photos and live bands. Jason did a great job at coaching the couple and it's always good seeing how other photographers get their creative juices flowing to help inspire you to be better.

You all know I'm relatively new to photography. I've only shot one couple before taking pictures of The Parke's! I'll insert a few pictures from my first couple shoot to show my progress. For reference these were taken 1 year earlier of another couple from Northwest Arkansas!

 

First we started on a 25 hour drive from Fort Worth to Yosemite! We had plans to camp in the park and take starry night pictures after a day of couple pictures and exploring, but it was below freezing and just snowed a ton! So that plan fell through, but we stuck it out in the park and slept in a creepy cabin an hour from the park. Here are my favorites from that day.

 

The next day we went to San Francisco for a few hours. It was a decent little trip! I had been to San Fran before so I didn't have a whole lot that I particularly wanted to do! However, we did stop by the Full House House (?) and it was awesome! 

 

 

After San Fran we trekked down to Los Angeles! We spent a little time in Hollywood, but my favorite part was spending time at the beach in Malibu. The sky was overcast and kinda chilly, but that made for the best results for photos. No harsh lighting and hardly anyone on the beach!

After Los Angeles we headed to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. We were there for only about an hour and a half. It was a morning they were doing missile testing nearby and the park was closed during that time. But despite the short time and bright sun, and the pictures were stunning. 

The last stop before home was the incredible little Prada art piece in Marfa, Texas. 

 

We did this all SATURDAY - THURSDAY! It was so packed full of timelines and planning, and we were all so tired in the end, but I think we're all happy with the results. I am so excited to share these with you! Thanks to Lindsey, Aaron, and Jason!!!

TIDWAP!

When I was 14 years old and myspace made an impact on who I was and the music I listened to, I stumbled on a band called "The Devil Wears Prada". I even had the display name Crystal [Wears Prada] at some point. Anyway... I fell in love. I went out and saw the boys in 2007 at The Foundry in Joplin Missouri, and again there a year later. Following that, I saw them again in 2009 the day With Roots Above and Branches Below came out at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa Oklahoma. Then, within the following years, I saw TDWP in Dallas, Grand Prairie, and San Antonio, Texas. Finally, last night, I saw them again in Dallas. NEEDLESS to say, I have been a huge fan of this band, and have adored who they are and what they stand for for over a decade. However, Last night was special. It was the first time I got to take photos of them.  I am so fortunate to be able to see my favorite bands and take photos of them. The Devil Wears Prada shaped who I am today, and I thank them so very much for the impact they have made on me today. 

Here are a few photos from my past from age 15, 16, and 17 -- wearing some of my favorite Prada merch. I really hope you enjoy this because I am embarrassed. I have attached a few of my favorites from last night as well, the rest can be found in the client portion of my website.

 

Emo Nite

For you un-cool cats who're unaware of what emo nite is... you're truly missing out.

Emo nite is an event that brings out the feels and the nostalgia of your best (worst?) years through song and dance.

Emo nite is a place where you can jam the songs that helped shape who you were as a teenager into who you are as an adult. 

From brand new to taking back sunday and my chemical romance, you can sing your heart out with people who become family for the night.

 

check out all of the "emo nite" shenanigans in Dallas in my "client galleries" section! 

 

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The Rocket Summer

So, I decided to do a blog to show you guys pictures and adventures.

Here's a funny little snip-it from my life.
I have been a massive rocket summer fan since I discovered him on myspace.
Here's the awkward proof. Captioned: "I LIKE THE ROCKET SUMMER."
Fun fact: I put my camera in a tree outside my grandparent's house and put it on self-timer to snap this picture. I was 15 years old. (I'm now 25) 

 

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Am I embarrassed? Maybe. (Yes, I am) I have loved watching this artist grow for the past 10 years. I got to see him play in 2011! I was 19 years old, and I waited in line for almost an hour to get a picture. I asked for a picture without making eye contact and then immediately ran away due to being shy. 

In April 2017 I got the opportunity to shoot for Emo Nite Dallas. (Now I am a regular photographer for the event, and it has actually helped me open socially a little more) I was on stage taking pictures and someone walked up and stood next to me. I was like "That guy kinda looks like Bryce Avary, but it probably isn't." Then all of the sudden, he's the DJ?! Turns out I was silly and didn't realize it was him until a few days later when I was sending photos to the Third String crew. 

Shortly after Emo Nite Bryce was releasing some secret messages on his social media. I assumed immediately that it was a 10 year anniversary tour. I decided to put myself out there and see if I could have the opportunity to take pictures. The day of the show (July 21) I got approved for a pass and was just overtaken with excitement. 

This is only my 5th time shooting a concert. I have been thrilled with how the photos have progressed and here is some of my favorite work to date. Check out my favorite pictures below:

I also made a little recap video. (I was shooting images most of the show. I didn't think to capture a bunch of video, whoops!) Here ya go! I had a blast and am so thankful to have been able to take pictures!