A Creative at Home

Switched things up a bit for the February issue of Austin Monthly Magazine. Instead of making a portrait for the “Character” section, which typically features those people doing their part “keeping Austin weird”, this month, I did a portrait for the “Creatives” section, which highlights members of the creative community in Austin. 

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Mark Bristol was very gracious in letting us come into his home studio for the shoot. Seeing his storyboard art and movie posters he had worked on was a treat. He had told us ahead of time that he was a big fan of Austin Monthly, which always adds another layer of enthusiasm into the shoot itself. 

He came across as a very sincere and thoughtful artist, and I tried to portray that in his portrait. Pick up a copy for yourself, on newsstands now, and read his story, written by Austin Monthly’s Executive Editor, Sarah Thurmond.

Geeks Who (Don’t) Drink

Last month, I did a shoot for Austin Monthly Magazine featuring Geeks Who Drink trivia champ, Bobb X. Ha, who actually doesn't really drink during trivia contests. In a pretty cool twist of events, we were able to setup the shoot back where Bobb’s trivia career began — The Highball over on South Lamar. This place was very much still a construction zone, so what you see is a sneak peek into the new bar area. It was pretty cool — they turned the old bowling alley floors into the bar floor and upstairs is private room-style karaoke paradise. I recommend the Super Mario Bro.’s room. 

Bobb. X. Ha for Austin Monthly Magazine

Bobb. X. Ha for Austin Monthly Magazine

Said other shoot with booties, on set for a shoot with Dhani Jones

Said other shoot with booties, on set for a shoot with Dhani Jones

We loaded in the gear with hard hats on, and did the shoot in surgical booties. Oddly enough, this was not the first time I’d done a shoot in booties, and I certainly don’t expect it to be my last.


Bobb, escaping from his day job for the shoot, came with his typical gear for trivia contests - a shopping bag full of notes. Apparently, this is just a fraction of note sheets he has. Also, not pictured, was a giant check from a recent win for his trivia team, Team Dong (insert joke here). All in all, a fun afternoon shoot, and as always, it’s so fun getting to help highlight all the people that make Austin the great city it is for Austin Monthly Magazine.

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