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Arthur Yoria portrait sessions

For the past couple of years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the artists of Houston-based Splice Records. Recently, I collaborated with singer/songwriter Arthur Yoria, creating portraits for his upcoming album. In addition to shooting in the portrait studio, we had the good fortune to shoot in historic Studio A at SugarHill Recording Studios. A huge thank you to Dan Workman for allowing us to stick around after Arthur’s recording session at The Treehouse at SugarHill had wrapped!

Arthur’s latest single, “Shake,” is available on Splice Records. Expect more from him on that label later this year.

Here are a few photos from those photo sessions. I hope you enjoy them. Cheers.

Janelle Monáe at Day for Night Music and Art Festival

All the recent buzz surrounding this year’s Day for Night music and art festival has me nostalgic for last year’s show. I revisited the photos of one of my favorite acts of that festival: Janelle Monáe .

That weekend I discovered the secret to photographing Miss Monáe:

  1. attend a concert where she is performing,
  2. point your camera in her direction, and
  3. press the largest button on your camera.

Seriously. She is such an amazing and expressive performer that it is tough to take a bad photo of her. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy.

Diving with the great white sharks of Isla Guadalupe, Mexico

For the past several years, my buddy Ryan and I have been checking the Big Five sharks from our diving to-do list. The Big Five are the apex predator sharks: bull, great hammerhead, oceanic whitetip, tiger, and great white. With a quick trek to Isla Guadalupe, we checked the final one from our list: the great white. We dove with Nautilus aboard the Belle Amie, easily the most luxurious liveaboard dive boat we’ve encountered.

This was the first time that we had been in dive cages (a requirement of the Mexican government). After years of diving outside of cages with the likes of tiger sharks and oceanic whitetips, the cages were rather anti-climactic. In hindsight, it would have been nice to begin our shark adventures with this trip, then work our way up to the tigers. Having said that, we still had a wonderful time. Enjoy a few photos from the weekend.

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Scuba diving in Bonaire

I just returned from another incredible week of reef diving from Bonaire, a small Dutch island, located off the northwest coast of Venezuela and home of the healthiest coral reef in the Caribbean. This was the third time that I stayed at Captain Don’s Habitat, an eco dive resort centrally located just north of Kralendijk, the island’s capital. A tip of the hat to Rita with Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas for helping with the car rental, diving, and lodging arrangements (including securing a free room upgrade and a better dive package than I was able to find)!

It was a great week of diving where we encountered everything from frogfish, to seahorses, to a school of squid. Here are a few photos from the trip, ranging from macro to ultra-wide. Enjoy.

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Dollie Barnes in the recording studio

The new Dollie Barnes album is one of my most anticipated upcoming Houston releases. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with the band while they were recording with Steve Christensen at The Treehouse at SugarHill Recording Studios. Spending time in the studio, watching these songs evolve, while surrounded by so many talented friends was an honor and a pleasure. I hope you enjoy peaking behind the curtain as much as I enjoyed experiencing the moment.

Three days in Santa Fe

I spent a long weekend in Santa Fe with friends for the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe. The weekend was filled with adventures eating, drinking, visiting galleries, and attending the burning of Old Man Gloom at Zozobra. We even had time to visit Bandelier National Monument for a day of hiking.

I was fortunate enough to contribute photos for a travel piece for the Houston Chronicle. I’ve embedded the gallery below. The travel article is HERE.

St. Vincent at Free Press Summer Festival

I had the pleasure of photographing St. Vincent for the Houston Chronicle during Free Press Summer Festival this year. You can read Craig‘s coverage HERE and Joey‘s coverage HERE.

I hope the photos speak for themselves. I found her to be one of the most photogenic artists who I have shot it a very long time. The camera absolutely adores her.

“From In-store to Arena Floor”

Many thanks to the Record Ranch Gallery at Cactus Music for hosting forty of my concert photographs on its walls. It’s hard to believe that six weeks have already come and gone.

Here is the preview from the Houston Chronicle: “Photo exhibit displays the big and small of Houston music scene.

And here’s an excerpt from the press release:

“When Jay began photographing our in-stores in 2009, we were delighted to have such great images of these intimate concerts to circulate throughout the industry. Since then, Jay has documented so many memorable performances that we have hosted at our store. It is very exciting to present an exhibition of Jay’s photography of our events as well as concert performances from some of Houston’s finest venues” says Quinn Bishop, managing partner of Cactus Music and The Record Ranch Gallery. “The timing of the exhibition could not be better as we celebrate Cactus’ fortieth anniversary. Jay’s photography has been a calling card for our in-stores which are such a unique and special part of our business. They are the ultimate souvenir for our customers, and for performing artists and the labels and managers who represent them.”

In addition to highlighting the Cactus Music stage, the exhibition features musicians in iconic Houston venues including Fitzgerald’s, Free Press Summer Festival, House of Blues, Leon’s Lounge, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Toyota Center, Under the Volcano, and Warehouse Live. The exhibition includes photographs of The Arctic Monkeys, Beck, Charli XCX, Dawes, Elton John, The Flaming Lips, The Kills, and The National. Featured artists with Houston ties include Buxton, Hayes Carll, Rodney Crowell, Robert Ellis, Craig Kinsey, Little Joe Washington, The Wild Moccasins, and ZZ Top.

For those of you who were unable to come out, I’ve embedded the images here.

The 1975 at Cactus Music

The 1975 stopped by Cactus Music to play an acoustic set and host a meet-and-great for around 500 fans. Afterward, they performed at sold-out show at House of Blues.