In June of this year I found myself back in Guatemala working for Mayan Families once again. Guatemala is a country that’s close to my heart, I think of it’s beauty and it’s wonderful people daily. On this trip down to Panajachel and beautiful Lake Atitlan I was accompanied by my wife Trish and our two teen sons AJ & Hank. While they volunteered at Mayan Families I taught a photo workshop for a few days so I had little time to shoot for myself on this trip.
I recently realized that I have a fetish for doorways and colored walls, at least that’s what my wife Trish tells me, and my favorite place to shoot these doors and walls is in my favorite city, Antigua. Here’s a few doorway images from my trip in June.
As some of you may know, lately I’ve been shooting quite a bit for a magazine called Rock & Vine. At this time it’s a regional magazine but it’s popularity is growing and the magazine is looking better and better with each published issue. I’m excited about where this magazine can go and the publishers have a great vision for where they’d like to see it in the near future. I’ve been asked to help the magazine out and will be the “photo editor/chief photographer” of sorts, so I’m honored to be able to help guide it’s visual future. If you haven’t seen the magazine yet be sure to take a look on the news stands around central Texas, it’s popping up everywhere. In the past I’ve posted a couple of Rock & Vine covers I’ve done to my blog but here’s a scan of the latest one, it’s on the news stands now. Unfortunately scans don’t look as good as the actual cover image but here it is anyway. I’m also posting two prior covers as well. Now, go out and get yourself a Rock & Vine magazine so you can enjoy all the photos and info inside.
So for the past 8 or 9 years I’ve spent every Sunday evening from 9:00pm to 10:00pm, except for those Sundays when I’ve been out of town, sitting in adoration at the small and historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In the beginning, for maybe the first 5 years or so, I was alone during this time. It’s very peaceful and quiet when you’re sitting alone to contemplate life and spend time with God. As a photographer I see things differently from non creative people, that’s neither good nor bad, it’s just that way. So on many occasions over the years and through the different seasons I’ve made images of things that intrigue me. I’m sure there will be many more to come on future Sunday evenings.
Those of you who live in the Texas Hill Country have probably noticed a very nice magazine that recently hit the news stands. It’s not a new magazine, it’s been around for awhile, but it is new to the news stands. It was originally a local magazine that shared local lifestyles with those living in and around Fredericksburg but over time it became more and more popular outside of our area. I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to shoot a couple of covers and 1 cover story for this beautifully designed magazine and am in the process of shooting another cover story as I write this. If you happen to see this magazine on the stands pick it up and take a look, I think you’ll find it very interesting and beautifully designed. You might even like the photography too. 8^) Here’s a couple of covers I’ve shot for Rock & Vine magazine, the one with the chefs was the first mock up version and I can’t find the final digital file with the correct copy but I’ll look for it and post it when I find it.
Sorry folks, been really tied up with assignments since returning from Guatemala back in August so I haven’t really had an opportunity to sit down and edit images from the Mayan Families NGO assignment. My original plan was to post images everyday while I was there but that plan fell apart after a couple of long shoot days. I hope to get some time to get back on this project soon and I’ll post more images but until then here’s a few that I’ve briefly looked at. For those who are interested or who have asked, I traveled with two Olympus OMD-E-M1 bodies and four lenses, the 12-40mm 2.8 Pro, the 17mm 1.8 lens, the 45mm 1.8 lens and a Pany 35-100mm 2.8 lens. The Olympus cameras and lenses are perfect for travel & documentary work.