I recently made a post about Curtis McMurtry, Son of Americana singer/songwriter and Austin local, James McMurtry (who I’ve also had the pleasure of photographing) and grandson of screen writer and Oscar winner, Larry McMurtry, and how his career has continued to take off since I worked with him last year. Well, he passed thru Austin recently while on tour and I’m happy to say I had the chance to work with him again on some promotional portraits. Here are some of my favorites.
When we were setting up this shot on a quiet Austin morning, I wasn’t quite sure if using his Toyota Corolla, which he called “not very romantic” made sense. But then he opened up the back door to put his banjo away and a box of his new cd’s that were sitting on top of his many instrument cases and other on the road musician essentials, came tumbling out. Maybe it made me nostalgic for the days when I lived out of my car (a Geo Metro with the windows stuck open) when shooting on assignment, but there was something very romantic about it to me. If you haven’t heard Curtis’ music before, I recommend you check it out. He has a new album out and he’s on tour throughout the mid west as we speak, just him and his Toyota Corolla.
Fall Mini Sessions are in full effect! Here are some of my favorites from my most recent shoot with the Graham Family, who I have been lucky enough to be photographing since little Eli was in utero. How crazy adorable is he as Max from Where the Wild Things Are?? I can’t stand it.. and apparently neither can he!
I get excited about a photograph when it transports me. Seeing Eli just light up when he’s on dad’s shoulders makes me remember being a little one who would tremble with excitement when my parents did something silly, just for me. Don’t you wish you could just return to that little bubble in time when you need a break from adult life? If only!
I photographed Curtis McMurtry last year and in the time between then and now, his career has really exploded. He has a new album out that I highly recommend and last night he debuted on “Mountain Stage” with the likes of Norah Jones, Blake MIlls and other great American Music Artists. You can see my portrait and read more about him here.
This past week, Lee and I visited my childhood home in Maryland where my parents, who are first time Grandparents, proceeded to smother him in love and I finally didn’t have to hold my pee for upwards of 3 hours. WIN WIN!
Here are some of my favorites of said Grandparents getting their smother on.