Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam



Every year I get the privilege of attending and shooting photos for the Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam. The softball game starts at 1:00pm every year at the Dell Diamond home of the Round Rock Express in Round Rock Texas and right after this hilarious fun game the concerts begin on two stages at about 3:00pm. Led by brothers Willy and Cody Braun, the band wanted to create a signature event with friends from the worlds of music and sports combining America’s pastime and music to benefit Austin’s youth. In eight years, the Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam has raised over $300,000 for area youth leagues (South Austin Little League, Balcones Little League, Montopolis Little League, Del Valley Little League, The Miracle League at Town & Country, The Miracle League of San Antonio, Greater East Austin Youth Association and RBI Austin) including a $150,000 renovation of Mabson Field in East Austin. (from the RKCSJ web page)

Come on out this year on May 15, 2016 for a fun filled day of celebrities pretending to be athletes, a silent auction of too many items to list here (1 year was a red rocking chair autographed by Sammy Hagar) and a years worth of Texas Country Music in an afternoon and don’t forget to stay for the FIREWORKS!!

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Deerfield Beach Pier

Sometimes we get to be in the right place and the right time to appreciate the beauty of nature and we were vacationing in Fort Lauderdale Florida and I had wanted to go to the Deerfield Beach Pier for sunrise. I had planned this shoot for almost a month. I got up early to grab a cup of coffee before heading down to the pier. I walked outside and it was pouring the rain! I quickly checked my phone to see how big of a storm had erupted overnight. I was delighted to see that it was just one single cloud raining on my parade and it was about to pass in less than an hour. It was still sprinkling as we made our way to the car and drove down to the pier. We got to the beach just as the glorious sun began to crack through the cloud cover.

Hardware: Canon 5D with 24-105 F4 lens, Promote Control on Benro Tripod.

Edited in Lightroom and Photomatix software

Deerfield Beach Pier at Sunrise in Florida USA

Deerfield Beach Pier at Sunrise in Florida USA

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Bethany Senior Photoz 2016

Bethany made this photo shoot so easy. For as early in the morning as it was, she came prepared which made our senior portraits work easier. We shot the photos outdoors and it started out pretty chilly, as the morning progressed it began to warm up and she really started to have some fun with the photoz. She will be attending Texas A&M in the fall and we wish her the best of luck! We think she will do GREAT! Congratulations and “Gig ‘Em!”

512photoz Bethany Senior portraits

512photoz Bethany Senior portraits

512photoz Bethany Senior portraits

512photoz Bethany Senior portraits

512photoz Bethany Senior portraits

512photoz Bethany Senior portraits

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Michelle & Tyler Wedding

We had a great time shooting photos for the  Miller & Neilson wedding at Antebellum Oaks Venue in Austin. The venue is located on the west side of Austin and had some very large oak trees where the ceremony was held. A small stream runs down the front of the property providing a variety of back drops. It was a beautiful day with perfect weather and astonishing location. Michelle looked absolutely stunning in her long white gown and the antique hair comb that was once time her grandmothers. Tyler was as calm and cool as the back side of a pillow. Neither one of them was nervous or anxious as they helped prepare the venue for this special day. This wonderous occasion was truly a lot of hard work by both families and numerous friends.

We think we did a great job of capturing the wonderful occasion. They were both so easy to work with, Michelle was worried about the timeline and I had to remind her, “It is your day and you can have it anyway you want, as long as we are out of here by midnight!” Best Wishes and Good Luck to this very happy couple! We look forward to shooting photoz for Anniversaries!


512photoz Miller Neilson Wedding

512photoz Miller Neilson Wedding

Flower Girls - 512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

Michelle Wedding gown - 512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

Just before "THE KISS" - 512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

512photoz Michelle & Tyler Wedding

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El Santuario De Chimayo

We visited Santa Fe New Mexico in April and decided to take a drive out to see the El Santuario De Chimayo located in Chimayo, New Mexico. Out in the middle of nowhere, off the beaten path is this amazing church with an abundance of culture and history. It is well worth the drive to be amazed with a National Historic landmark.  Be sure to check out all the history associated with this historic landmark El Santuario De Chimayo Website .    It was built in 1816 and is still an active part of the community.

Chimayo Church

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Whitney – Senior Photos

Whitney is a free spirit and wanted to shoot her senior photos in downtown Austin. It was a beautiful but hot day as Texas is normally but we had a great time. Using the natural light with a little flash fill we were able to capture those special moments before her high school graduation. At we welcome the opportunity to work with each client on a one on one basis to guarantee that you will love the photos or we will shoot them again. We work with each client to find a location that best suits your personality. Contact us now to schedule your portrait session. It is never to late to capture that special moment in your life.



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Will Farrell is Rojo Johnson

One of the best memories of attending a baseball game at Round Rock Express was Rojo Johnson making his pitching debut. There had been a news article released by the Express explaining who Rojo Johnson was and his devious past. We had all heard that Will Farrell was to make an appearance but NO ONE in attendance expected what was about to unfold. Rojo Johnson made his way in from the outfield with a white grocery bag and once he stepped on the mound he reached into the back and pulled out a beer. Popping the top on the can and taking a drink or two before starting his warm up routine. We were all impressed with the accuracy and velocity of his warm up pitches. he was then ready to begin the inning. That is when all the fun began. With the first wild pitch the batter charged the mound and the fight began! If you were not in attendance that night you missed a special surprise. Be sure to get out to the Dell Diamond as you never know what to expect next! The management team always works hard to make sure everyone in attendance has a great time! From concerts and special guests to Fireworks Fridays you can always have a great time with your family at the Round Rock Express located off Highway 79 east of Round Rock, Texas.

Round Rock, Corpus Express Interest in ‘Rojo’
05/03/2010 5:26 PM ET from Wire Reports
For the past few years, Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson has wanted nothing more than a second chance at a life that once had such promise. Now, it appears he may get it. His story is the stuff of legend; if he seizes that second chance, a legend is what he could become. Born in East Texas in 1979, Johnson’s trek to a possible Major League career has seen its fair share of twists and turns. His father, oilman Ray Lee Johnson, began working as a consultant for Venezuelan oil companies when the country experienced a jump in oil production profits due to the 1973 Oil Crisis. After years of frequent trips between Texas and South America, Ray Lee moved the family to Venezuela in 1984.
It was in Venezuela that Billy Ray Johnson developed two things that have stuck with him to this day: a love of baseball and his nickname. By age 15, Johnson was known throughout Venezuela for a blazing fastball and a blazing temper. Teammates dubbed him “Rojo” as a play off his name, but many people suggested the nickname had more to do with his temper that seemed to echo his fiery red hair. Just when his future seemed bright, Johnson’s life began to crumble. Despite being considered by many to be the best youth pitching prospect in Venezuela, Johnson was not allowed to play for the Venezuelan 16-and-Under National Team due to his heritage. Johnson’s temper got the best of him as he unleashed a tirade in the Venezuela National Baseball Team offices, threatening harm to anyone in his sight. After trashing the offices, Johnson was physically removed from the premises. The next day, he returned with a soda bottle filled with his own urine and threw it through a window at the Venezuela Baseball offices. Two months later, Johnson’s mother, Kay, died after being bitten by a poisonous snake while on an expedition in the Amazon. Absent his mother and living with a father immersed in the oil business, Johnson began to run with the wrong crowd.
While working odd jobs on the side, Johnson continued to play baseball. Shortly after being snubbed by the Venezuela National Team, “Rojo” began playing in the Venezuela winter leagues. The 16-year-old quickly became the league’s most dominating pitcher. However, Johnson struggled to remain with any team as he continually was suspended due to fighting with opponents, umpires and even his own teammates. Oddly enough, especially after the death of his mother, stories of “Rojo” keeping various reptiles in his locker also started to surface. American baseball scouts began to hear of Johnson through players arriving in Major League Baseball from Venezuela. By his late teens, “Rojo” was known throughout the professional baseball scouting circuit. Despite Johnson’s obvious ability, Major League organizations were leery of his personal life, his reputed temper and his refusal to undergo therapy. One of the world’s greatest baseball talents was stuck in the dead-end situation of an inability to overcome himself.
Ray Lee Johnson moved back to Texas in 1996. His only child, Billy Ray, remained in Venezuela against his father’s wishes. A few years later, “Rojo” visited his father in rural Sabine County, Texas, to make peace. But it was more than just a family visit for Billy Ray; it was a business trip, as well. Two days after his arrival in Texas, “Rojo” was taken into custody by authorities. Government officials had built a case against Johnson, who was linked to the illegal importation of countless species of reptiles, including various types of rare snakes, lizards, iguanas, turtles and galliwasps. In the spring of 2000, Johnson was found guilty and sentenced to serve time in an undisclosed prison.
Soon after his incarceration, Johnson was reintroduced to his first love – baseball. Pickup games in the prison yard were common, and “Rojo” soon began to showcase his natural-born talent. But his temper still remained an issue.
Now, as his release date approaches, scouts and baseball officials have begun to take a look at “Rojo” one more time.
Recently, Texas Rangers President and Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan was asked about the legend of “Rojo” Johnson. “Sure, I’ve heard of him,” Ryan said. “He’s quite the story, that’s for sure. We’d be interested. No doubt about it. Quality pitching is pretty tough to come by these days. We might have to go after him just to keep someone else from snagging him up.”
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Dr. Oz Health Expo

We had the opportunity to go to San Antonio Texas and see the Dr. Oz presentation at the Health & Wellness Expo on May 24, 2014. It was held at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. There was a huge crowd and the entrance line was like a maze back through the building. There was a very large audience present and although all the seating was completely filled we found a good place to stand around the roped off area of the stage. He was very informative and educational not to mention very entertaining.

Dr. Oz has earned a reputation as “America’s Doctor” through regular appearances as the health expert for The Oprah Winfrey Show and is the nation’s preeminent and trusted expert on health and wellness.

He is professor and vice-chairman of surgery at Columbia University as well as medical director of the Integrated Medicine Center and director of the Heart Institute at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center.

The following photos were shot with a Canon 5D with a 1.4x and a f/2.8 70-200mm lens .


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Kasey – Senior Photos

Kasey was a lot of fun to work with and we shot some great senior photos. She was nervous at first but we work with each client and get them to relax and have some fun. Shooting photos is always stressful and once you get the client to relax you see the unique personality begin to shine. Kasey was shy at first but after the first few photos she was truly in professional model form. We find numerous outdoor locations to shoot your customized senior portfolio. We know that everyone has different preferences and that is why we meet to discuss your particular needs. Contact us and schedule a date so we can shoot your portraits for you.

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Gang of Thieves – Texas Rockfest 2014

I was able to get to the Texas Rockfest 2014 this year for the first time. With Texas Rockfest in the same area as SXSW getting there was no easy task. The night started out with a THUD! Once we found a place to park we sat in the car and listened to the radio for about 15 minutes when the radio shut off with no warning. I cycled the key off and on and then tried to start the car and that is when we realized that the battery had died. We decided to call AAA at the end of the night as I was anxious to get a chance to shoot some concert photos. We finally made our way down to 7th and Neches in Austin, Texas and found the Texas Rockfest Stage. The lighting wasn’t that great but at least it was better than LED lighting.  Gang of Thieves was performing and it sounded great! They are out of  Burlington, Vermont and have a funky rock sound. They are fun to watch with all the jumping and dancing on stage, they are ELECTRIC and the sound is highly contagious. Keep an eye on Tobin Salas as he can really catch some air with his bass strapped to his side! They have a very unique sound and a driving beat. The live concert didn’t have the horns and keyboards but still rocked the audience. I was lucky enough to score a demo CD and it is awesome!  I challenge you to listen to their music and see if you can resist dancing and head banging!  I just wish these guys were local as they have a sound and show that I can really support! Special thanks to Adam Brewer of Texas Rockfest for finding some amazing talent in the far northeast of America.


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