I was in Houston Jan. 21st 2012 to shoot the coronation 28. First off, I need to thank Houston for the accommodations at the Sheraton. Second a big thanks to everyone for their support and business as well as the fun group everyone is. I also had the opportunity to meet the Queen Mother and photograph her. She was such a wonderful and nice person, what an honor and pleasure to photograph her.
I had the opportunity to photograph the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame awards on Thursday Jan. 12th 2012. It was a very nice event, but any time you can be around good people it makes it all the better. Although it was awesome to be amongst people like Lyle Lovett, Vernon “Dude” Smith and Joe Grandee and have the opportunity to photograph them, the best part was the belief and confidence in my abilities. If it weren’t for Michael Winchester (Historic Camp Bowie Mercantile), whom I do photography for, Believing in my work and abilities and recommending me to the museum I would not have had the opportunity.
Lyle Lovett is a native Texan, four-time Grammy winner, member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame and champion horseman. He’s been involved in breeding, riding and showing cow horses. “Whether in the reining arena, music arena or film, Lovett’s deep Texas roots and pride are in the forefront. Vernon “Dude” Smith, also a native Texan, has been a distinguished bull rider, bronc rider and steer wrestler since 1945. Joe Grandee will receive the Rick Smith Spirit of Texas Award, which celebrates the uncommon characteristics of Texas and Texans. His paintings of the American West hang in the White House and the U.S. Capitol.