In one week I'll be dressed in cap and gown...
It's hard to believe my undergraduate studies will be coming to a finish, however I am eager to move on to the next step. I'm planning on working in Lubbock after graduation.
I want to give a warm thanks to everyone who has made an impact in my life.
To my peers, keep working diligently for that diploma and remember it is important to create a community of people who share your interests. My top reason for going to college was because I wanted to surround myself around people who were eager to learn.
To my mentors, it takes a devoted individual to praise youth and push talent where it needs to go, and I am forever thankful to have encouragement from those who work out of altruism.
To my family, you guys are my drive. My brother, Josey, is the most selfless, hard-working, benevolent person I know. Thank you Paco, you are an inspiration to all. And to my mom and to my dad. I am proud to receive this diploma because it is a representation of how hard my parents have worked to put my brother and I through school. It is a representation of how my parents supported my decisions and pushed me to succeed with excellence.
Graduation is not about receiving a piece of paper, it is about all of the people involved who helped you get to that place. Do not forget these people.
Photographer Bart Babinski defined a photographer as a "writer of light." That's what I am set to be.
Over the weekend, Ashley and I went out to campus and the depot to take her senior portraits. We were able to catch the last bit of autumn scenery before all the leaves fall off the trees around Lubbock. I have known Ashley awhile now through dance, and it's hard to believe that we will both be graduating in a month. Congratulations Ashley and keep dancing!
Wine, lamps and eyeliner. These are the essential, not so essential tools in producing artistic work. I needed a break from a required photography session. This is the stuff I crave to shoot.
Amanda, thanks for being an incredible model. It's always nice to step back and remember why I chose photography as a prominent component in my life, aaand it's always nice to know that my camera is not just a tool, but merely an observer of the moment at hand. Cheers!
Lately, I have been on a blogging frenzy. Last week I had four photo shoots, and so I have been editing and posting all weekend. I hope everyone is enjoying the changing leaves and fall weather. I am trying my best to take advantage of the reds, the yellows and the oranges this fall season.
This particular post is a combination of two photo shoots combined. For my independent study, I have met the kindest individuals over the semester, and here is one of them. I contacted Mr. Giles W. Dalby Jr. in mid-October and have been back a second time around the first of November because he has so much to photograph on his ranch. Cross H Ranch is located just outside Post, Texas which is about 40 miles or so southeast of Lubbock. Mr. Dalby runs the Cross H Ranch, which has been in the family since 1901. He has cattle, specialized hunting tours and horse-drawn carriages and wagons.
While on the ranch, Mr. Dalby was kind enough to let me steer the reins of a two-horse wagon around the vast stretch of land. We would stop here and there so I could photograph the wagon in motion as the cattle ran alongside. Also, I was able to ride a horse and at least assist in herding cattle with him. All in all, it was a fantastic experience and I am humbled by the friendliness and dedication that I have been shown. Please visit crosshranch.com for more photos and information. Enjoy!
On the first of November my cousin Charlie married Kacie. Their story on how they met has always fascinated me. Charlie is a farmer surrounded by his land and his work. Kacie was hired to break horses on their ranch, and this acquaintance became the start of a new romance. Through many days on the farm working and talking, they are now married to each other. I wish the very best for this couple in the future. Congratulations!
At the beginning of October, I was able to photograph a gorgeous wedding at the Watson Building in Lubbock. The atmosphere the family generated at the wedding was joyous, celebratory and loving. Here is Morgan and John, the newlyweds, and their beautiful wedding captured. Congratulations!
Here are some more images from my independent study. One of my really good friends from Junction, Brittni, hooked me up with her brother to photograph. Here is Carson and a couple images with his girlfriend, Bailey. We hightailed it to the outskirts of Lubbock and got a few photos with the last drops of sunlight. Love that Texas sky!