Isadore Apparel

As the 2015 cycling season played out, I was in the position of deciding what I would do for 2016.  The team I was with for the last 3 seasons had slowly withered, and looked to be dead for 2016.  It was a small team to start with, and for me that was fine.  I had always raced for smaller teams, and enjoyed the tactical freedom.

I finally decided I would race unattached to an established team for 2016, but that lead me to reach out to Isadore Apparel.  I wanted to establish a connection with a premium brand clothing company and develop a lasting relationship.  A relatively new clothing company to the cycling industry, Isadore Apparel seemed to be a perfect fit.  With clothing hand made in Slovakia, the brand has a good presence in Europe, but little exposure here in the US.  They are happy to have some exposure here in the US, and I am excited to be representing such a quality line of clothing.

Established by the Velits brothers who race professionally, I reached out to the company and set the ball rolling.  I had strong expectations of the clothing line, but I had no idea how much it would change my riding.  Isadore Apparel not only has the most luxurious feel, it also does an amazing job of regulating temperature for a wide range of riding conditions.  I could see the quality form the moment the first packages arrived.  Attention to detail is evident, and the fit is perfect.

I’m looking forward to 2016 and racing in some of the finest clothing available.

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Magnolia Market – Waco, TX

It is great to see the revitalization of the Waco downtown area.  There has been much conversation over this topic over the years and now we are seeing the transition play out.  The investment along the Brazos river, moving the Zoo to the Cameron Park area, and the addition of McLane Stadium by Baylor have all been pivotal in breathing life into the city.  The latest addition to the downtown Waco economy comes on the heels of the hit TV show Fixer Upper.

Chip and Joanna Gaines have taken the old grain mill in downtown Waco, and renovated it into a home decor market.  Magnolia Market has become a destination for many who enjoy the TV show and want to see first hand the type of renovation work featured on the program.  The grain mill and adjoining “silos” have sat vacant for as long as many can remember.  The project made perfect sense.  The Gaines had quickly outgrown their Bosque Blvd store, and this was just the type of project they are know for; renovating the oldest ugliest property into something fantastic.

Even the cold February weather will not deter the show’s faithful viewers from visiting the market.  Waiting as long as 15-20 minutes to get inside the market, the line continued to grow as I observed from under the awning of the silos (they made for a pleasant wind break for the cold norther wind).  Complete with a play area for the kids and food truck court for those hungry it is a well thought out attraction that is worth a visit.

Just down the street from Magnolia is The Findery, another well done home decor store housed within the renovated Percy Medicine building.  Complete with original paint, the charm and atmosphere of downtown has been beautifully preserved, while providing a unique shopping experience.  It warms my heart to see the life that has been brought into the downtown Waco area.

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A photo looking toward the River down Webster Ave at the back of the Percy medicine building where the Findery is located.  The “Silos” of Magnolia can bee seen in the distance on the left side of the street.

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The ever growing line of customers waiting to get into Magnolia.  The popularity is so great they have to regulate the number of customers allowed in.

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The grain silos adjacent to the market.

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Pano shot of the silos with the kid’s play area in the foreground.

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Detail image of equipment around the silos.

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Detail image of equipment around the silos.

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Detail image of equipment around the silos.

Corpus Christi Engagement Photography – Celena & Ricky

Heritage Park in Corpus Christi makes a fantastic engagement photo session spot.  I had photographed there before, so when Celena and Ricky decided on the location for their engagement photos, I was excited.  The charm of the historical homes, and beautiful landscaping makes the park a wonderful experience.  Even if just visiting, the location is a fun experience and a great photo opportunity.

For Celena and Ricky the timing of the shoot couldn’t have turned out better.  The weather can be unpredictable at times in Corpus, and this was one of those occasions.  Only moments after finishing up with the photography session a thunderstorm moved in and drenched the area.  For all of us, we were dry in our cars with some gorgeous photos ready to be edited.

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San Antonio Portrait Session with Dave

Dave, a local attorney and friend came to me asking about portraits for an update to his website and profile pages.  In “keeping it real” we decided to use the Bexar County Courthouse as the backdrop for the photo session.  Plus I am thrilled anytime I get to shoot in downtown San Antonio. We went for a number of different looks throughout the shoot and overall we were both really excited with the results.

In typical fashion I used a couple of speedlights to add a little drama and dimension to the scene.  Since the speedlights are small, quick, and easy to setup, they are great for location photo sessions.  The drawback is they lack the high power light output of larger strobes but since we were not shooting under midday sun I had plenty of power to get the lighting and look we were going for.

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Commercial photography project

Somewhat removed from wedding photography, I ventured into commercial photography in 2011.  You might have seen posts on my commercial blog recently with images from the various projects I worked on throughout 2011.  All these were tied into the revamp of the M&S Engineering website.  This week I noticed the revamp had taken place and the new site went live, complete with my photography work.

I had anticipated this for some time and was anxious to see how the images would appear and be used on the website.  I have to say I am VERY pleased!  The M&S Engineering site looks great and the revamp is well done.  Overall the new theme, colors, graphics, and appearance fir perfectly with the company and portray the attention to quality that is so important to the employees and owners.   Please take a minute and visit their new site, then browse my commercial blog for additional photos related to the project.

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Commercial Photography Blog

I am pleased to announce the launch of my commercial photography blog at http://wpcommercial.wordpress.com/.  Over the past 9 months I have ventured into the commercial photography genre and determined that I really needed to keep that work separate from my wedding and portrait photography.  In the coming weeks I will be posting photography resulting from my commercial work, and encourage you to visit the page and leave some comments.

Developing a Style

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Back in January I wrote a post on photographic style and how equipment can impact its development.  This week I came across a blog post by Chase Jarvis that touches on the subject from a different angle.  In an interview with Zack Arias, the two discuss finding ones photographic style from a human perspective.  The concept is interesting and should weigh heavily on anyone looking to emerge as a professional photographer.

Continual improvement is a characteristic important to any profession and change in style can be a normal evolution of this.  The question remains is it a necessity to constantly change and stay in front of trends or does a more classic approach become more important?  It is impossible to be everything to everyone, and developing a style certainly puts one in a position to be an expert in a specific niche.