Made in Austin, Part Four...

Final "Made in Austin" feature post, everybody! We wrapped up our week by heading over to Matthew John Winters' house to watch him make the elements of a custom "Made in Austin" piece. Outside of making this awesome artwork for us, Matt is a local artist who has created pieces for Yellow Jacket Social Club, Car2Go and many others. He also works full time as the Preparator at The Contemporary Austin

We spent time with him as he sawed and sanded wooden letters in his backyard with his dog, Ernie. 

Hi Ernie!

Hi Ernie!

Matthew John Winters and his trusty assistant, Ernie, hang out after sanding letters

Matthew John Winters and his trusty assistant, Ernie, hang out after sanding letters

Just a couple of days later, Matt brought the sign over to my studio so we could document the finished product -- which now has a home in the Tribeza office.

Thanks to everyone at Tribeza, especially Katie Friel, for making this feature happen and for having me along for the ride!

Made in Austin, Part Three...

Well, this was a fun one. Continuing the trend of people making really awesome things for us to photograph for this Tribeza feature, Windmill Bicycles did not disappoint: they fixed up a sweet Fairdale bike with accessories that matched their company colors, just for the shoot! Brother and sister co-owners Aaron and Sarah Goeth were a delight to hang out with for the afternoon. And big bonus points go to Aaron, who got out his tools and pulled down the city “Towing Enforced” sign bolted to their building for this shot of their custom Fairdale.

As a reward for Aaron’s ability to go above and beyond the normal call of duty, I’ll include this one-frame-only outtake of him inside the shop.

#aaronthemodel

#aaronthemodel

These two were super friendly and we had a blast shooting there. If you need a new bike, need your bike fixed, or want to customize an existing bike, these are your people! And oh yeah, they host karaoke and live music there, as well.

Sarah and Aaron Goeth, in their workshop

Sarah and Aaron Goeth, in their workshop

All the allen wrenches you could ever need...

All the allen wrenches you could ever need...

When Sarah and Aaron were building out the shop, Sarah drove all over town collecting old pallets and they created this cool ceiling out of the materials.

When Sarah and Aaron were building out the shop, Sarah drove all over town collecting old pallets and they created this cool ceiling out of the materials.

Seat stitching

Seat stitching

Teamwork...and cowboy boots.

Teamwork...and cowboy boots.

Made in Austin, Part Two...

Next on our “Made in Austin” tour was East Side Showroom to meet up with Julianna Fry, Executive Bar Manager.

East Side Showroom Executive Bar Manager, Julianna Fry

East Side Showroom Executive Bar Manager, Julianna Fry

She came up with a great cocktail for our feature, called “Due Diligence”, comprised entirely of local ingredients. Hover over the cocktail photo for the list! 

- 1.5 oz Swift Single Malt Texas Whiskey from Swift Distillery  - 0.5 oz Paula’s Texas Lemon from Paula’s Texas Spirits  - 2 tsp. Dai Due Rib Rub from Dai Due  - 1 Basil leaf from Johnson’s Backyard Garden  - 2 dashes of East Side Showroom house bitters

- 1.5 oz Swift Single Malt Texas Whiskey from Swift Distillery

- 0.5 oz Paula’s Texas Lemon from Paula’s Texas Spirits

- 2 tsp. Dai Due Rib Rub from Dai Due

- 1 Basil leaf from Johnson’s Backyard Garden

- 2 dashes of East Side Showroom house bitters

Click on over to the magazine tearsheet to see all the steps for the recipe. 

Ducking into the bar on a hot Summer afternoon was a nice way to cool down for a little while Julianna made us some very photogenic sample cocktails. This image of Julianna at the iconic East Side Showroom bar is one of my favorite outtakes from shooting this feature. 

Coming down the pipe tomorrow -- our trip to Windmill Bicycles!

Made in Austin, Part One…

Last month, I had the pleasure of working with Tribeza’s new Editor, Katie Friel, on putting together this year’s “Made in Austin” feature for their August Makers Issue. And now it’s August, so I can show you what we’ve been working on! 

We visited several people and places here in Austin, to photograph a coming together of skills and talents that make Austin the city it is today. I’ll be rolling out each of these locations this week with photos from the feature, as well as some fun outtakes…I. Like. Outtakes. **

First up — Juliet, which took over the old Romeo’s location on Barton Springs (see what they did there?). 

Sign design by  Helms Workshop

Sign design by Helms Workshop

We were lucky enough to get in there on the afternoon of their opening day, just a couple of hours before service began. Floors were being cleaned, final curb appeal touches made. Funny note — We noticed that we were talking really quietly, as if using normal speaking voices would mess the place up. We met with designer, Joel Mozersky (Joel Mozersky Design), and he showed us around some of his favorite parts of the interior. I loved the “screens” (pictured below on the left part of the frame), which were salvaged from a 1960’s Bank of America and repurposed for the restaurant. For the photo below, we gathered Joel, Chef Jacob Weaver and Pastry Chef Carly Rossmeissl in a lounge area next to the bar. Probably Jacob and Carly’s last chance to sit down for the rest of the night. 

From left, Pasty Chef Carly Rossmeissl, Chef Jacob Weaver and Designer Joel Mozersky

From left, Pasty Chef Carly Rossmeissl, Chef Jacob Weaver and Designer Joel Mozersky

Amazing bar!

Amazing bar!

Venturing outside, we stepped onto the spacious patio with landscape design by Mark Word (you may know his work from the exteriors of Hotel Saint Cecilia and Hotel San Jose). 

To see the final magazine layout, check out the tearsheets (here and here), with lovely illustrations by Tribeza Art Director, Ashley Horsley. More to come this week, covering the rest of the feature!

** Did I mention I like outtakes? Here's Editor, Katie Friel, doing an A+ stand-in job!



The experts on getting home safely in Austin

As every weekend approaches, there are friendly reminders across social media, sharing safe ways to return home from a night out, and places you can leave your car overnight in Austin...courtesy of ATX Safer Streets. I was honored to shoot the feature photo of the founders of ATX Safer Streets recently for Austin Monthly Magazine - Neil Diaz, Joseph Boyle and Sara LeVine. This is a city that has an unfortunately high rate of DUI's and hit and runs. The death of friend spurred them to action, forming ATX Safer Streets. Please head over to AustinMonthly.com or pick up the June issue to read the in-depth article for more information on this organization. Glad I could be a part of shedding light on this issue.

For more information on ATX Safer Streets, click the link: http://www.atxsaferstreets.org/

Link to the article: http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/June-2015/The-Road-Warriors/

Cover and Feature Content // The Texas Observer

This month, I had the pleasure of working with The Texas Observer for the first time. I was contacted by their Art Director, Chad Tomlinson, to photograph the cover and feature content for their May 2015 issue. The subject matter is certainly controversial to some, but the feature article, written by Alexa Garcia-Ditta, has important information to know about regarding the state of abortion laws and funding here in Texas.

On a much lighter note, I'm pleased my backpack from high school and new found ability to lay hardwood flooring in the studio all came in handy. Also, three cheers to Chad Tomlinson and his ability to design brochures and highway map covers on short notice! Here's Chad: http://sarahfrankielinder.com/blog/2015/4/13/fresh-props