Blue Hill at Stone Barns


On our recent trip to New York

we had the opportunity to visit Stone Barns and dine at Blue Hill. The trip was in celebration of Kelsi and my 2nd Anniversary, and after watching the Chef Table's episode on Chef Dan, we knew we had to make a visit to the non-profit and restaurant. The entirety of Stone Barns is very inspiring - we wandered throughout the center: visiting the greenhouse, gardens, lambs, chickens and turkeys during the day while staff lead tours and short activities for visitors. I shot these images on the iPhone 7 Plus and was super impressed by the flexibility offered through the zoom lens which helped me capture some of the close-ups below.


The day ended with dinner at Blue Hill. Located on the Stone Barns property, Blue Hill purchases around 50% of what's produced at the barns and the two entities work together on various projects. This was a meal I don't think I will ever forget. We had somewhere between 20-30 courses ranging from fresh veggies from the farm to creative "foraging" projects that took us into the kitchen and had us sorting through a pile of hay at our table. The meal and entire experience gave me a deeper appreciation for local produce and farmers, and admiration for extreme quality this center produces. Chef Dan Barber has created an amazing atmosphere at Blue Hill if you ever have the oppurtunity to go, please do!


Four varieties of mushrooms gathered around Pocantico Hills

We got to take a look behind the curtain. Taken with the new portrait mode.

We got to take a look behind the curtain. Taken with the new portrait mode.


Apple World Gallery

After Apple launched their newly designed iPhone6 they reached out to photographers around the world to showcase photos they had taken on that iPhone. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of those people. This shot of Kelsi here was posted on billboards around the world. Here are the images I collected from friends and family.


Sports Photography & the iPhone

I took my iPhone to a college football game to test out a theory. I wanted to see if I could shoot, edit and send out photos throughout an A&M game by only using my iPhone. Traditionally, sport photographers have multiple camera bodies and run back  to the press room during half time to upload their photos. While there were some difficulties that accompanied shooting this way, I have to say, it was a very liberating experience overall.

Texas A&M just completely redesigned their stadium. Part of that was working with IBM to implement fiber WIFI for over 100,000 people. When I heard that, I immediately thought of how I could combine the wifi with mobile photography. To capture the photos in this post, I used Moments Lens in addition to the iPhone. They have a great wide angle and 60mm lens. Everything in this post was shot on the iPhone6s Plus.

Right off the bat, I knew I was in for a challenge. The entire game happened after the sun went down. I ended up using a camera app called  "Manual" which helped me lock in the shutter speed and the iso I wanted to use. Shooting through the screen was amazing. I was disappointed because I wanted to try the burst mode, but I'll have to wait for a day game for that. 

I was super impressed with the iPhone's ability to stop motion and capture the frame. I did have a hard time focusing mainly because it was raining but also I would need to either time the shot really well or tap and shoot.

Overall, it was a fun experiment. Check out to see the images I shot and edited throughout the game by following #TAMUshotoniphone on twitter and Instagram. Also one of my favorite shots from the game :) 

Hope you enjoyed this post.

What do you think  - will the iPhone eventually replace DSLRs in sports photography? Let me know in the comments below! 

The Apple Book

The Apple World Gallery Book

Earlier today, I received this book in the mail from Apple. I love the beauty that's captured in these pages. I’m so thrilled to be apart of the Apple World Gallery. It’s provided me with the opportunity to meet photographers from all over the world and view work that is both similar and different from my own. 

This book will be with me the rest of my life. It's something I really look forward to sharing with my kids someday and I don't think I can thank the folks at Apple enough for bringing this unbelievably beautiful collection of work together. They’ve not only done something completely new and different in the marketing world, but they’ve successfully showcased an amazing gallery worldwide in spaces that otherwise might not seem that beautiful.

From the written words in the forward to the striking images throughout its pages, this book leaves me encouraged. I cannot help but think of how beautiful 2016 is going to be. Thank you Apple.