One Year in NYC!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2004
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Sunday, June 4, 2006

It has now been exactly one whole year since Brea and I moved from Paris, France to NYC. Boy, time flies by so fast. When we arrived here we hit the ground running and haven't looked back since. We have had an amazing time so far and look forward to what the future holds in store for us.

Last month Brea and I went back home to Texas for her sister Brandi's wedding. It was so nice to see all of our family and friends. The wedding ceremony was held in Lydia and Jim's beautiful backyard out in Dripping Springs, just outside of Austin, TX. Of course, I was the photographer for the day. Brandi and Dave looked so happy, it was great to be a part of their wedding, we wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Luckily, the weekend we went home was also Mother's Day, so we got a chance to spend quality time with our moms! I went back to Temple, my hometown, for a few days just to relax with the family. Brea stayed in Austin with her family. Whenever we get a chance to go home to Texas we usually end up driving up and down I-35 like mad men splitting our time between Austin and Temple. The good thing is it's only an hour drive, so it's not that bad.

I went to Waco to visit my relatives on Mother's Day. I got a chance to visit with my Uncle Ken, his family, my Aunt Margie and Unle Bob and my grandmother, which I don't get to do but a couple of times a year.

This month has been very exciting for me. I got another promotion at my job. I am officially the new assistant Studio Manager at Milk and Formula Studios. This is great for me because it means I have a "normal" 9-5 job, instead of the crazy hours I was working as the night guy. I am doing more paperwork and some supervising, which is a pleasant change for me. This also means I have more one on one time with clients and photographers than before. When it comes to work, change is always good.

I have been working day and night on creating the website and taking photos for the Federation of Black Cowboys. The are a group of African American Cowboys in Queens, NY. They have a 30 acre ranch, 34 members and over 40 horses. I have been spending time out on the ranch documenting and getting to know the members. This week I got to ride my friend Solo's horse, named Bobo. It is so much fun and I am actually perty good at it. So...finally the site is up! Check it out at It is by no means complete and there are quite a lot of things left to fix on it, but at least you can get a sense of who and what the Federation is all about. My friend and partner for the website Alana Cundy,, did most of the research and bios and some of the photos for the gallery.

My friend Jimmy Martinez, a comedian and actor in NYC, just got his own TV show on Fuse TV! I have been hanging out and photographing him since I met him at a comedy show this year at the Improv. He lives up in Harlem on 125th St. and 5th ave. It's so rich in character and beautiful there and I try to go there at least a couple of times a week. The people are so warm and there is so much history in the community. Everyone knows Jimmy in his neighborhood. He's the type of guy you never forget after you meet him once, because he's so hilarious, has a really loud voice and he's a great guy. You can see him and his TV Show at His cousin Miles Maker of Miles Maker Images and Talent, is a extremely talented Director and His cousin Hassan Bakr is the Executive Producer. We are all going to be working on Jimmy's show together, so maybe you will see us on the tube very soon doing sketch comedy and interviewing rock bands on tour. I now have my own photography studio space at their production company 5th Avenue Productions!

Brea is flying out to Atlanta, GA next weekend to star in a play, The Arrangement. I am so proud of her. She is working so hard and it is starting to really pay off. She is studying at the William Esper as a full-time 2 year acting student as well as auditioning an acting all the time. She is also doing promotions part-time.

I hope all is well and will keep you updated on everything soon.



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