WNBA Rising Star Nneka Ogwumike

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by Dave on April 16, 2012

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I photographed WNBA #1 draft pick Nnemkadi “Nneka” Ogwumike. The then Cypress-Fairbanks High School senior was putting up all-world numbers as one of the top players in the nation while leading her team to a three-year record of 108-2, scoring over 2200 points with nearly 1300 rebounds and…you […]


“I made a picture today of Bela Karolyi feeding a camel. I’m still stunned,” read the note to my editor. Normally, photographing someone feeding an animal would not elicit such a reaction from me but we were in the Piney Woods of East Texas and this was gymnastics coaching icon Bela Karolyi. The Karolyi Ranch, […]


“You’re only gonna use one, right?” was my introduction to country music legend Merle Haggard. I was already a little nervous about the portrait session because the singer has a reputation of being a bit cantankerous and this wasn’t the way I was hoping to start our conversation. “Actually, Mr. Haggard, we are hoping to […]


An Old Friend

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by Dave on February 12, 2012

Nestled far in the back corner of my gear closet, behind Super Bowl swag, random cases, bags and other photographic reminders of lifetimes gone I found today my once cherished Kodak fanny pack commemorating the 1988 Olympic Games. Still attached was a marker indicating what was likely the final time it carried my film and […]


The Fine Art of Mixology

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by Dave on December 31, 2011

I recently had the pleasure of photographing uber mixologist Bobby Heugel crafting a variety of fine cocktails at his very comfortable Anvil Bar and Refuge in Houston. Unlike the typical happy hour bartender pouring some of this into some of that with a splash from an X-Box controlled retractable hose, watching him at work briefly reminded me […]


Remembering the Shuttle

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by Dave on July 7, 2011

Often I am asked what was the coolest, bestest, most awesomest subject I ever photographed. After pausing to consider, I always come up with the same answer, “My first space shuttle launch.” Over thirty years, I have witnessed a lot of amazing and sometimes disturbing things but I have never been juiced like watching the […]


iPad and Moving Magazine Covers

by Dave on April 1, 2010

This weekend’s launch of the Apple iPad marks the first really big step into a whole new world of publishing. Unlike the clumsy architecture of magazine websites, digital forms of our favorite printed publications have the potential to come alive. VIV Mag Featurette: A Digital Magazine Motion Cover and Feature for the iPad from Alexx […]


Apparently, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has not lost a step since trekking on the moon 41 years ago. At 80-years old, Aldrin has been tagged for a spot on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. It looks like those Nikes did the trick. I might actually watch the show for the first time just to see how […]


A Minute with Boxing Champ George Foreman

by Dave on October 28, 2009

George Foreman is an Olympic Gold medalist, a two-time heavyweight boxing champion, a grill selling machine, a minister and one heck of nice guy. I am especially thankful for that last one. I was assigned to photograph Big George for a large publication. My assistant and I arrived at his youth center in Houston hours […]


When fellow ASMP colleague Hall Puckett asked if I would like to get involved with this project, my immediate response was, “Where do I sign?” Flashes of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and I believe we can’t do enough for these kids. This […]