HotLuck Festival

HotLuck Festival.

Geraldine’s is located in the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt downtown Austin. I was sent to document HotLuck Festival and the famed chef of Geraldine’s, Chef Stephen Bonin. The key to HotLuck? Prepare your belly, and try not to eat a good day before you attend. ‘Cause you will sweat, and you will chow, and its part of the process, and you will swear you will never eat again in your life. But those meat sweats. There worth it. And the sweat in the Texas heat, it’s worth it too. ‘Cause HotLuck brings together the best of the best chefs in Austin, and the food, well the food speaks for itself.

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Cafe605 Branding

Inside the stunning Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt located downtown Austin, is Cafe605. Austin is full of coffee shops, but this one has all the charm. I took some pro photos for them, of their drinks and their merchandise. If you’re in Austin, and wandering the famous Rainey Street, make a pit stop in Cafe605. They have a stellar coffee, and musical themed cupcakes (I’ll buy one just for that reason alone).

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Weems Wedding

Around the holidays I start to feel super sentimental. I don’t know if its the music, the weather, or just the vibe around Christmas time, but I have all the feels. Last January Kristen Giles reached out to my husband and I wanting to take our picture. And when Kristen Giles wants to take your picture, you say duh. Little did we know that upon meeting, her and I would instantly click, and now I’ve been second shooting for her. Talk about a dream! With a few weddings under my belt now, it’s time to share my first with the world. And oh man this wedding. So much love, so much energy. David and Jordan’s wedding day was a pleasure to be around. The love in the room was undeniable, and the dance floor wasn’t the same after we hit it (we broke it down with the bride and groom).

Images were taken while second shooting for Kristen Giles Photography https://www.kristengilesphotography.com

Cheers

-KHD

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Surf Daze

I've always been drawn to surfing.  My uncle grew up surfing the California Coast, and for my birthday one year, he gave me the film "Step Into Liquid". It sparked my appreciation and curiosity for surfing. My family would visit Hawaii every year when I was a child, and we would sit for hours watching the pros surf pipeline. I was mesmerized by it. Watching men and women run into something so much bigger than themselves, without fear struck something in me. I think surfing is almost a metaphor for life. Every surfer falls off EVERY time and they have to get back on the board, paddle back out and go again. What an incredible reminder of life. Very quickly it teaches us to try things and be ok with risk and failure. It teaches us that failure leads to learning and opportunity, which then leads to improvement and success.

Corpus Christi is no Hawaii, but when you feel like Surfing and you live in Texas...it'll do.