Trey Hill Photographs

picked up the new Nikkor 50mm 1.4g

Posted in gear, personal, photography, random, tests by Trey on December 30, 2008

and, let me start by saying it is an absolutely stunning lens.


i spent about 20 or 30 minutes this evening shooting a few frames. i didn’t really put Nikkor’s newest wide aperture prime lens through it’s paces. and seeing how this is a space for images and not techno babble, even when i have, don’t hold your breath waiting for me to write about it.

as an aside, i am a big believer that the image is more important than the gear. sure, better gear helps, but i’ve spent the better part of the last several years making images i’m proud of with antiquated tools. does that mean i’m not super pumped about my new D300 or this new lens? no.

it simply means i’ll spare you all the geekery. i do have a few thoughts, though, and if you’re into that, follow the jump.



merry Christmas

Posted in kids, personal by Trey on December 22, 2008

my son received the grand honor of having his art featured on the cover of his school’s Christmas program; i was incredibly proud.


there’s joseph & mary (bottom right), baby jesus, the snow flake & candy cane’s, of course and that puzzling square atop the cross. when i asked him about it he said “it’s that sign they put above Jesus when he was on the cross, like in my bible.”

you know the one. it said, this is Jesus, king of the Jews.

i came across this quote last year from Bono about this Jesus, this king of the Jews. he was sitting in St. Patrick’s in Dublin on Christmas Eve, stuck in a seat behind a pillar sturggling to stay awake. and it hits him, as if he’s hearing the Christmas story for the first time –

“The idea that God, if there is a force of Logic and Love in the universe, that it would seek to explain itself is amazing enough. That it would seek to explain itself and describe itself by becoming a child born in straw poverty, in shit and straw…a child… I just thought: “Wow!” Just the poetry … Unknowable love, unknowable power, describes itself as the most vulnerable. There it was. I was sitting there, and it’s not that it hadn’t struck me before, but tears came streaming down my face, and I saw the genius of this, utter genius of picking a particular point in time and deciding to turn on this.”

From Bono: in conversation (New York: Riverhead Books, 2005), 124-5. (HT: JD)

I hope your Christmas brings you all the wonder and poetry that the Christ child, the one born into our impoverished world to take away every iniquity and injustice, was meant to bring. Merry Christmas.

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john & ginny

Posted in families, photography by Trey on December 21, 2008


thanks john & ginny. it was bitterly cold, but absolutely worth it. you guys are awesomeness personified.

there’s a new U2 album on the way

Posted in campaign, celebrity, couples, events, families, personal, photography, random, Uncategorized by Trey on December 20, 2008

…and, according to the Edge, it’s tentatively titled No Line On The Horizon and it’s due out Monday, March 2nd (thanks JD). also, if you are really hard core, take a trip here to catch a sneak listen of two of the tracks. the quality isn’t that great, but it sure got me excited.


the edge. 25 nov 2001                                                                     untitled. lake conroe. 24 may 2008.

polaroid kids

Posted in kids, personal, photography, random by Trey on December 20, 2008


western Canada

Posted in personal, photography, random, scape by Trey on December 18, 2008

back in April, i had the opportunity to shoot for a production chemcial company in the expansive province of Alberta (i mostly hung in Flame territory, but did venture up into Oiler land a couple times). i thouroughly enjoyed the trip & it yielded massive photographic opportunities. i stumbled across an image of McDougall Chapel outside of Calgary in the outakes at JPG. it reminded me of an image I shot last spring (far right, for those who don’t click on links).

in digging it up, i stumbled across a couple more images from that trip that have never seen the light of day – so, here you go. promise fulfilled.



Posted in families, kids, photography by Trey on December 18, 2008

it’s commissioned portrait time & i’ve been going non-stop trying to get everything that’s been shot processed and delivered. the pace has been rather refreshing, actually. and it’s reminded me of a few things i love about what i do.

i fancy myself a portrait photographer first and foremost. it’s a remarkably difficult thing to make a portrait. i confess to failing to achieve what i set out to do on most occasions. when you’re working with adults, it’s quite difficult to get them to put down their guard and reveal something about themselves in an honest way. they’re always trying to dress it up for you. it’s not that way with kids. they don’t know they’re supposed to hide anything, to suck in or puff up.

more often than not, kids just are who they are.

meet oakley.


i first photographed oakley when he was only 6 weeks old (left) and again, a couple weeks ago (right). i love the honesty in his eyes in both these images. i love the way he seems to be waiting for an answer to a question he can’t quite ask yet.


new I Am Second story online

Posted in campaign, filmmaking, i am second, photography, production stills by Trey on December 17, 2008

there’s a new I Am Second story up that I think is really, really powerful.


ashley. 2008.

it was her senior year of highschool and everyone in the town expected her to win the Miss Brokenbow pagent…



Posted in kids, personal, photography by Trey on December 16, 2008


you can see the full gallery by clicking on the image above.

my first marathon

Posted in personal by Trey on December 16, 2008

i had planned to write a big post about running in my first marathon. however, with the culmination of 18 months hard work so freshly behind me, i’m not sure i have the appropriate perspective on the experience. suffice it to say, at least for now, i finished. and it hurt like hell.


me. crossing the finish line of the 2008 White Rock Marathon. photos by Brady Black

give me a couple weeks and i’m sure i’ll have something to say about it all; hopefully that something will be worthwhile.

an image off my Voigtlander Bessa I

Posted in personal by Trey on December 15, 2008

last year, for my birthday, my mom got me a Voigtlander Bessa I from Jurgen of i shot two rolls of Kodak t-max (a 400 roll & a 100 roll) that weekend and only recently stumbled upon them – undeveloped. so, last week i took them by BWC and picked up the rolls on Friday. i wish there was more to see, but the camera is going to take some getting used to. here is the best image of the 24 or so i attempted.


brendan & sarah. october 2007.

pam & brad

Posted in families, kids, photography by Trey on December 14, 2008

here are a few of my favorites from a recent session in the amazing Tour 18 subdivision in Flower Mound. the homes are spectacular and everywhere you turn, big trees are full of fall color. it was a great night to play. we spent about 20 or 30 minutes doing a few portraits of the entire family, then pam, the kids and i went off stomping in the woods.

it was awesome fun.

thanks to jake, blake & kaley for introducing me to Rockey Mountain and Ft. Augusta. it was a blast. check out the full session here.


my new portfolio is online

Posted in photography, portfolio, random by Trey on December 12, 2008

on Sunday i’ll be taking part in my first marathon. surely it can’t be a difficult as the 20-ish hour exercise i’m just wrapping up (at a very crisp 3:50 am CST). i have somewhere in the ballpark of 80,000 images that i have taken in the last few years and in the last 48 hours, i’ve put my eyes on darn near every single one and in the process whittled the massive collection down to a very tight 90 frames in 8 collections.


as i mentioned earlier today (or is that now yesterday), i’m gearing up to bring my trusty website down for a few weeks as I rework it entirely with the help of my great friend and web design genius, Steve Durman. on the other side of this grand adventure, i hope that the experience gets better for those wayward souls who crash upon my shores.

please take a few minutes to browse through the portfolio and, if you’re so inclined, leave me a note here about what you think.

change is in the air

Posted in personal, photography by Trey on December 11, 2008


as a stop gap until my website is redesigned (crossing my fingers for early 2009. steve?), which is going to be a total departure from where i’ve been at for the last three years, i’m putting together a carbonmade portfolio to show my broader body of work.

this is something that i put together late last year in a different form & published on JPG. unfortunately, the previous version of this idea was necessitated by my lack of owning a scanner. now, that is fixed. how do you feel about the way the images work with the typeface?

Posted in personal, photography, random by Trey on December 10, 2008

several weeks ago, i caught wind of this thing called The Bible Illuminated. or, simply, the book. i looked into it and saw a coming soon page. well, i guess soon is now. their new website is up.


an e-card available through Bible Illuminated

i can’t remember where i first encountered the book, but i know my buddy Jonathan at the creation project blogged about it back in October. anyway, today i received another email from my good friend John about the book and he linked to the Swedish version that’s been out since last year. i dug a little deeper and was really blown away by what this group out of Sweden is doing.

more after the jump.