A few years ago a talented writer approached me to use me, a photographer based in Dallas, as the basis for his main character in his new thriller novel. It sounded like fun so we spent the next couple of years talking about the technical aspects of photography as he wrote to help give the novel the best feel of a real photographer. It’s a really fun book, especially if you are into photography, murder, scandals, action, adventures, Dallas, America…etc. Now the only thing to worry about is Who Will Play Me In The Movie?? Who do you think should? (smiles). Be sure and read the book description below!
“Brian Braun, a local Dallas photographer, believes he’s hit Pulitzer pay-dirt when he receives an unusual call for an extraordinary photo shoot from a U.S. Senator. Afterward, however, Braun comes to realize his photographs have done more than record history. He’s recorded one of the greatest hoaxes and politically devastating scandals that breeches beyond the boundaries of Watergate. The hoax is perpetrated on the American people by a private security firm that specializes in high profile political murder. Relying on his own streetwise wits, Braun has less than forty-eight hours to stay a step ahead of a highly motivated death squad and keep from being branded by history as the next Lee Harvey Oswald.”
We’ve been asked to do a duo book signing soon so snatch up a copy (YES one made of real paper)! Buz is a really neat guy who has taught in public schools and Art Institutes, connected to some seriously powerful people, (FBI, CIA etc) but also down to earth. Below is a portrait I did for his author bio.
Be Well, Go Far
Hey BEAUTIFUL AMAZING people. I just had a cool convo with some of the great folks of Dallas that heard about our Flash Mob. They loved the idea and enthusiasm totally, but since it is such a kid -family oriented event they were afraid that it would freak out the kids. Which I understand i guess. They asked us to respectfully bottle that energy and save it for another event…..So No dice on this flash mob. Believe me we could still do something on our own but I for one would rather keep friendships with the good people that run our fair city…we can soon do bigger stuff with them than against them. please Know that I LOVE YOU ALL….And thank you for the support. The event is still going on, and I will be there. Just no flash mob….THIS TIME!
- The event is 4-8pm
Talk to you soon!
Check out THE DFW HARLEM SHAKE VIDEO we shot Saturday morning at the Klyde Warren Park in Dallas! Thank you to all the amazing people that came out! I was seriously blown away by all your enthusiasm. Watch FULL SCREEN if you can! What’s your favorite character? (It was better than Halloween, trust me)
THANK YOU EVERYBODY THAT CAME OUT! WE HAD A BLAST!
HUGE THANKS for helping me organize this thing…
Big Thanks to Klyde Warren Park!
Want some real fun, go to instagram and look at #dfwHarlemShake to see all the photos from it. Great stuff!
Also check out the cool photos Penny got during the event! She was the one that started the whole party in her Daft Punk helmet and was also the one to really encourage me to do the event in the first place!
- Dallas Harlem Shake Amazingness!
Be Well, Go Far
Exactly one year ago I left my beloved America and headed to Africa. Africa has always been on the top of my list for as long as I could remember and nothing has captivated my attention like it since. There is nothing like Africa. It changes you no doubt and honestly I can’t explain how. No zoo or movie can compare to being hours out in the wild and seeing the animals in their domain. And even when you’re not seeing them the country speaks to you with a raw stillness and pressurized life. You seen life at its basic design, with the animals and people there. Do what you’re good at. Survive the day. Eat well if possible but be grateful if you anything at all. You won’t find nicer people than there, hands down.
I took over 10,000 photos that trip and somehow when I get the chance to go through them it still doesn’t feel like enough! It was a dream trip with experiences and new friends I will cherish for the length of my life. Needless to say, I can’t wait to go back and am forever grateful I had the opportunity to go. Here are a few of my favorite images from my trip to Africa, (South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe).
Which one is your favorite? (Sorry so many, if it takes a bit to load, I couldn’t cut the selection to less!)
Be Well and Go Far!
Hello Everybody from the Land of the Norwegians & home of the Vikings! I’m writing you NORTH OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE! CRAZY! Since I got a spot of wifi while we are ported I thought I’d share a few rough edited photos of the trip. Hope you are all well, warm and safe. Cheers
I am very excited to share the final 3d layout design for my Airstream renovation project. First massive thanks to my good friend and brilliant architect Chris Anderson for helping to make my design a visual reality. Let me stress the importance of a legit architect to make measurements and draw everything to scale when each inch counts in a designed space. Thanks again Chris for your awesome help!
The layout was designed with the priority of lots of storage and seating. My projects are always on location so it will be important to have plenty of room for personnel and equipment. The bunk beds will be able to angle up for extra head room in the back. All seating and beds will have lockable storage underneath and both tables will drop to convert into beds. Effectively it will sleep 5.
There are lots of design details planned for that you can not see here that I will share through out the process. I’m blown away by the interest and support for this project and want to say thank you to everybody! BTW, I have decided to name her The Wanderlust!
Wanderlust: a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.
The nerd world stopped for a moment when it came to light that photo community app Instagram will now have the option to sell it’s users images. WHAAAAAT?? The free social media photo community & app, recently bought by Facebook and that has surpassed twitter on activity, sell my photos?! My heart sank a bit and Pat Green’s “All the good things fade away” started playing in my head. I’ve grown to really love Instagram, not as a photography taking app but as an online community! I’ve discovered some great photographers, connected with some amazing people that we share cool things in common (Airstream!), and even gotten jobs from it! YUP! So after much debating here is my mindset!
BTW I AM NOT A LAWYER, SO DON’T KILL ME IF YOU DON”T LIKE MY THOUGHTS. Please know, as a professional photographer that makes his living from it nothing bothers me more than others making money off my creativity.
Couple things to remember or do.
1. DEFENSE! STOMP! STOMP! DEFENSE! If the image is one you really feel like you should protect you can mark your images with great apps like BLENDER or OVER. I’ve actually started doing this with some of my images I post because sadly I’ve found people steal them on instagram, twitter, and facebook. The Screen Grab is nothing new folks. People and I guess companies could crop that out but that would deplete the (already) low resolution image. If it comes off as a hassle the more inclined to look elsewhere it will be. Yes I know it’s a pain but it’s an answer to a problem.
2. Simply Put, if you are especially proud of the image and are extremely protective of it, OR if it is a professional one don’t put it on there! Nobody is making you do it! Keep it on your portfolio site or google + (which does not have the legal jargon allowing them to sell your images) (Who uses google+ though)
3. “lawyers often draft overly broad language to permit future business opportunities that may never arise” (from the link above). Not saying they won’t ever but what is the REAL chance you will become the new face of instagram or whatever company. And how much are they really making off of my little image. If this goes real deal big it will make instagram the largest stock photo website in the world. Lots of options means lesser prices. If fb instagram makes $1 off my low res square photo I can live with that since I’m using their free service. I look at my daily adventures and my “WORK” as different pieces. Giving somebody an insight to you as a creative is never a bad thing. All in all somebody making millions off MY iphone photos is pretty unlikely in my opinion.
4. The God theory, I once exclaimed social media to a company’s executives like this, “If God gave you the option of A. To have tools to share info or your creativity with people all over the world” or B. TO NOT have these tools, which would you choose??? Everybody said A. Share your creativity! You can keep your photos for yourself but you are only limiting your impact. In the business world they call this P.R. The choice is yours.
5. FINALLY! Please ask yourself in the end , Facebook, twitter, Instagram whatever other place you hang out, are closing these accounts and ending the community you have built worth the slim chance somebody uses one of your images ??? I can’t speak for you but the juice is worth the squeeze for me. I love seeing my friends daily adventures or travels! I love seeing what people are up to and where they find beauty! They have constantly inspired me and pushed me. I’ll take the risk.
We may have to evolve our mindset with social media but is that really surprising in our capitalistic society. Free services have to be paid for some how. They changed, so can we. I know it’s not convenient but don’t let them ruin the party! Cheers!
What are your thoughts?
In my first blog post announcing this project, I mentioned I would be sharing my interviews & videos of some very cool guests of my Airstream Journey. Who knows what mischief us rule breakers are gonna get into! I’m honored they will be joining me.
My first guest list are some of my visual creative buddies that I will be joining up for stretches of the Airstream journey. All of these guys are top level professionals in the photography video industry. MANY MORE TO ANNOUNCE SOON! If you don’t know their amazing work, please check out the link on their names. CHEERS!
August Bradley – Hasselblad Master Winner. Major Photographer and Director. Fashion, Glamor, Portrait. Jedi
Douglas Sonders – Mover Shaker. Commercial Photographer & Director. Portrait, Automotive. Jedi
Pratik Laik – Professional Retoucher. Community Leader. Fashion, Glamor. Jedi
Robert Latorre – Great Photography Mentor of mine. Commercial Photographer & Director. Engineering Visionary. Jedi
Vincent Laforet – Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer. Superb Director & DP. Gear Master. Industry Legend. Jedi
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See you soon! Have Fun!
A lot of people write up blogs on cool gear for Christmas. So I thought I’d help you guys answer the question “What does Braun want for Christmas (And his upcoming 31st Birthday, Dec. 23rd). Most of this stuff is gear I need for my Airstream tour or that I use on every shoot. Hopefully you guys can see some stuff to ask your honey for. CHEERS!
Gepe Card Safe / Extreme Memory Card Protector – Neon GREAT protection for cards. Bright colors keep you from losing it
Embassy PenBlack Stainless Steel
Eno Double Nest Hammock Orange/Grey from Eagles Nest Outfitters – Airstream gear. Want to carry 2-4 with me for guests
Newer Technology Power2U AC Wall Outlet with USB Charging Ports (White) Planning on installing 25-30 of these around these USB + Electrical Outlets around the Airstream!
NIKE TAILWIND SHORT-SLEEVE V-NECK Awesome Shirts for shooting or all things outdoors
You can never have too many Memory Cards!
Asic Onitsuka White & Black (Size 10 please) BEST SHOES EVER!
Hasselblad H4D-50 Medium Format DSLR Camera Body Only PLEASE OOH PLEASE OOH PLEASE SANTA!
She was delivered to Dallas from Oklahoma late at night. Just watching her go down a very popular but narrow road in Dallas made me smile as she oozed by. People sitting outside at the bars stopped and turned. Her lights glowing off her aluminum metallic skin was something to see and because of her size she looked like a space craft on wheels. A very dear friend and mentor of mine GRACIOUSLY let me park her at his studio. Amongst other things, (cameras, architecture, cars, dogs, art etc etc etc) We both share the same love for Airstreams. She really looks great in his gated fenced lot and I feel better knowing how safe she is there. A quiet place to work!
I haven’t done anything drastic to her yet but I know the direction I want to go. This week was about cleaning her up so we can have a clear sight of what we’re doing and what are the next steps. Just like getting a new phone or dating somebody new, you take your time to learn what they are all about and what buttons to push and which not to. As I said in my first blog about the project, when I bought my airstream I entered a community and family, (some would even say a cult). I found there is an abundance of proud owners completely open to sharing their journey with their airstreams including what they’ve learned while rebuilding and enhancing them. Tons of links, forums, travels blogs. I couldn’t be happier. If you notice on Airstream owners’ twitter, fb, instagram and on, most proudly declare AIRSTREAM OWNER as a definitive description of who they are. Should I?
NEED NAME SUGGESTIONS FOR HER! WHAT DO YOU THINK?!
Here’s some of the things I did this week.
Til next time!