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Children’s Story Time with Austin Behlke at Books & Barrels

We went to Independent Bookstore Day at Books & Barrels today to listen to Austin read some books to kids! Ended up getting a couple of books and it was the first time we’ve had to come in since they’ve started reorganizing! Sloan even gave Zoe some free dental work. Independent Bookstore Day is observed on the last Saturday in April. It is a national one-day celebration that supports and celebrates independent bookstores across the U.S. On this day, bookstores host events, offer discounts, and provide safe spaces for literature and ideas.

A Super Collider of Zigs and Zags Book Launch

Was more than happy to photograph the book launch of Brendon Behlke’s poetry collection: A Super Collider of Zigs and Zags at Books & Barrels tonight! A collection of over 100 poems, each poem was submitted as a prompt to an AI art generator and produced the artwork on display. Published by Fontaine House Publishing. Brendon Behlke

Sloan’s first Trick-or-Treat!

Zoe, April, Carrie, and myself took Sloan and Jade to “THIS is HOWL-o-WEEN” Trick or Treat Carnival” hosted by Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center and then to her very first Trick-or-Treat in downtown Longview! We dinked around one of our favorite haunts (Books & Barrels), had some drinks at Silver Grizzly Espresso, flopped out at Wild Honey Creamery, and then made our rounds to all the vendors handing out candy to my very own Mothma’am! I also took a couple of shots of Jade with the Canon EOS M3 to calibrate it before letting her use it for the day: These are my two favorite photographs of Sloan that Jade captured:

Longview Art Walk (October 7th, 2021)

As much as I enjoyed shooting last night and editing photos until late in the evening, I was exhausted today but still wanted to run amok in historic Longview and see some of the arts! I ended up mainly chatting up artists, briefly reuniting with friends, oogling other photographers work, and looking down back alleys and cobblestone side streets for cool places to shoot portraits in the future. I did have a brief moment where there was entirely too many people and I just ended up petting doggos and looking for cool bugs to photograph. No bugs, but found some weird bulbous plant just dingling about right outside the main square. ArtWalk Longview links: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Longview Poet’s Society (October 6th, 2021)

Everything I know about poetry pretty much comes from Redd Foxx and Andrew Dice Clay, which isn’t to say I can’t appreciate poetry… I’m just not inclined to be able to do more than listen and know what I like. Regardless! I do like Brendon, I’ve known him for quite some time, longer than anyone else I’ve known in Texas, and I asked him if he minded if I came to take photographs of the poetry reading at Books & Barrels (website), which I did! I hadn’t really shot anything with an actual camera since the freeze, so it was super nice to actually get back into it, even if it felt super awkward at first!

Assassination City Roller Derby

First bout of 2020, things have been super weird with folks getting sick at work, but we moved to work at home (which is how I’ve worked for the past ten years until working at a brick and mortar at Assurant) and I probably moved 40 computers for people that needed help getting their stuff into their car, ran home, grabbed Zoe and then ran back up to Thunderbird. I was exhausted but the upside is I actually sat down and got to WATCH roller derby for a bit instead of constantly fretting over settings. Of course that’s when all the massive hits happened and epic moments, so of course I felt bad for sitting rather than shooting. I still […]

Assassination City Roller Derby

My second time shooting with ACRD, and I have to give big huge thanks to Wicked for inviting me and reminding me that I’m more than welcome! There are some amazing photographers here too, I seem to roll in right as things are starting and they’re all set up with c-stands and remote flash units, I feel a bit like a nitwit trying to stay out of their way but also see what they’re shooting and interested in.

Assassination City Roller Derby – May the 4th (be with you)

Feels super awkward shooting a new league, the handful of times I’ve shot Dallas Derby Devils it was closed practices and this feels official, well… because it’s actual “We’re selling tickets!” games. I met Wicked through Jayne (Hexa Dessie Maul) Ochoa who skated for ACRD and then for DDD, and I met Jayne in Photography class at Richland College, and she helped us out on a light painting night class. This feels really “real” official.