Trey Hill Photographs

construction

Posted in commercial, personal, photography, story by Trey on May 29, 2009

i’ve learned one very valuable lesson while documenting the renovation of Royal Oaks Country Club, construction is messy. very, very messy.

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workers put the finishing touches on the pool area at Royal Oaks, which opened memorial day weekend.

as i mentioned when i last wrote, which seems like eons ago, i’ve been hard at work finalizing the redesign of my website in-between various shooting assignments. i’m happy to report that my good friend and Dallas most talented interactive marketer has begun the blah, blah that is required to turn photoshop files into web wonderment. and i’m really excited. but i also know that the road ahead will be messy, full of unexpected disasters creative challenges and will probably take me right up to the wire (i have a loose & self imposed late summer, like, late August, early September) goal.

fingers crossed.

i should be blogging more. i have a ton of new work to show, recently launched two personal projects and have written an article for COLLIDE that should be going to print soon. so check back soon & often.

My Book

Posted in celebrity, commercial, photography, portfolio by Trey on April 30, 2009

I’ve been hard at work finishing up all my promotional materials, including doing all the initial design work on the redesign of my new website – which I hope is getting close. It’s been a great experience to dream about where I want to go as a photographer and think, in practical terms, about the best way to get there.

One of the items I’ve really put a ton of time and energy behind is my book. I don’t feel like my current portfolio really does a good enough job of showcasing my storytelling abilities. And since that is where I see myself heading, I really wanted a tangible something to put in people’s hands (or inboxes) that showed that side of my work.

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When it came to layout & the purpose behind the piece, I set a few pretty straightforward goals for myself:

Let the images do all the work. No sense trying to be a visual communicator if you can’t say what needs to be said without words. Turns out this is hard for a person who spent the first two-thirds of his life dreaming about being a writer.

Include a few story lines. If you’re going to say “I’m a storyteller” you have to have a few stories to tell. So, this goal was as much about mining my work for the strongest examples of story as it was about not overdoing it.

Make story-like connections between unrelated things. This is one of those ideas that I’ve been obsessed with for quite a long time. I like finding commonality in seemingly unrelated scenes. It’s really fun to put a couple of images together and see what happens.

You can download my book by clicking on one of the follow links: choose the large version if you want something big, but if you’re on a slow internet connection or want to email it to someone, choose the small version.

There are a few spreads from the book after the jump.

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Denver & Ron

Posted in celebrity, photography by Trey on April 2, 2009

“The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or something in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home.”

– Denver Moore

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Denver & Ron

for the last 53 weeks, same kind of different as me has been on the NYT bestseller list (holding down the 12 spot at this writing). earlier today, i had the great privilege of making portraits of the book’s authors – Ron Hall & Denver Moore. their story is worth reading and i hope it changes the way you see (and live in) the world around you.

not suited to round holes

Posted in personal, photography, scape by Trey on March 26, 2009

i’m excited to announce that i’ve uploaded several new images into my personal collection & am having a small sale to celebrate. from now until next Tuesday (March 31st) anyone who purchases a square print (one of the three below) will receive a free print.

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here’s how it works:

1. purchase a square print – 5×5, 8×8, 10×10 or 20×20

2. at checkout, put a note in the comments with the name of the image you would like

3. the size of your free print will be related to the size of the print you purchase (if you’d prefer a smaller size, please note the size you’d like along with the name)

5×5 (4×6)

8×8 (6×9 or smaller)

10×10 (8×12 or smaller)

20×20 (16×24 or smaller)

like i said, there are several new images in the store, so even if one of the three above doesn’t tickle your fancy there might be something new that does. take a minute and check-a-check-a-check it out yo.

Monarch Air

Posted in commercial by Trey on March 24, 2009

the weather wasn’t great – it was overcast and rainy with pretty strong winds. two things that don’t typically go well with those conditions are flying and photography. but, as my five year old has taught me, you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.

two hours in and we hadn’t fired a single shot; the rain was getting close and our schedule was being held up by something beyond our control in the hanger we were supposed to shoot in.

instead of panicking, i found something to inspire me; an offhanded comment by my client was just enough.

our first shot was supposed to be something that wouldn’t have turned out as good as the third image below – which ended up being our first shot of the day. that’s the beauty of the unexpected, it forces you to stretch beyond your plans and get out of your comfort zone.

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three images i submitted as potential covers.

typically i shoot more lifestyle stuff, like the first image (above). my sensibilities tend to drive me toward compositions that don’t feel produced, which isn’t to say i don’t have to work at getting them. i think it’s a texture thing, more than anything else for me. i want the image to feel a little less polished. because we were dealing with gray skies and flat light, i knew we would have to amp up the production required, but my assistant & i worked to make sure that everything felt motivated by something real.

i think we achieved that goal & last i heard it was the front runner for the cover of an article about Monarch Air, my client.

there are a few more images after the jump.

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Gary Kyle

Posted in musicians, photography by Trey on March 20, 2009

yesterday was a pretty spectacular day of shooting. i spent about four hours with an incredibly talented musician; he’s a Texas singer\songwriter type. if you haven’t had a chance to see or hear Gary Kyle, then take a few minutes to check him out. he has a classic Texas country sound and moves seamlessly between kick-a road house rock & stripped down ballads.

i promise, he’s really, really good.

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we rolled very light – it was just him, that beautiful old Epiphone and myself. i brought a couple of light stands, a 5-in-1 reflector and an SB800; Zack Arias would have been proud.

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COLLIDE magazine

Posted in campaign, celebrity, i am second, tear sheets by Trey on March 3, 2009

We began shooting for I Am Second again today. Being around the stories, looking through the lens, getting a glimpse into God’s great big beautiful revolution was as we last left it – completely humbling. I’m excited about what is in store for us and for the movement this year. Adam, our creative director showed me some print stuff he’s working on that is next level sick, Scott was blowing my mind with some of the ways he’s evolving the visuals in the films. And then there were the stories…

Speaking of the stories, COLLIDE magazine is running a feature story on the story behind the stories of I Am Second in their March\April issue – soon to be on newsstands. The entire creative team was interviewed for the piece and Daniel Darnell did an outstanding job of putting the story together. He sent over an advance PDF to me about a week and a half ago & I think it’s a really great piece of design as well. Here are a few tears:

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Be on the lookout for it and pick up a copy. It’s a pretty great read & quite pretty to look at.

**EDIT.

turns out you can’t pick COLLIDE up on newstands at this point, however the super awesome people at the magazine will gladly sell you a single issue for only $5. just send them a note here. i just recieved my copy today & i have to say it looks even better in print, so it will be a well spent 5-spot and much better for your soul and waistline than a comparably priced Starbucks coffee drink.

square root day

Posted in personal, photography by Trey on March 3, 2009

that’s right people… today is March 3rd, 2009, which means the calendar is paying tribute to a tremendous number and U2 is releasing an album in my honor… well, maybe that last part is a bit of coincidence.

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in honor of what is essentially a bright and wonderous flash on our calendar, i’m announcing something new – and having a sale! i would like to wish you all a very, incredibly happy square root (of nine) day. so, get on your boots and celebrate with me.

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game time

Posted in celebrity, commercial, photography, sports, story by Trey on February 26, 2009

several weeks ago, i mentioned a job the Dallas Stars hired me for & now that the finished product* is online & hitting mailboxes, i figured it was time to revisit the experience.

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fan shop paraphernalia | the great Razor Reaugh goes over his game notes as the players arrive.

over two different evenings, i was given an amazing level of access to the team & the building – which is something i can’t take any credit for. Colin & John, the two people who should be atop your “people i wish i knew at the Dallas Stars” list, did a tremendous job of making everything i asked for a reality. i was apparently the first photographer allowed up into the rafters (during play) in 5 years – for any sport. they got me into the locker room as the guys got ready. i practically stood on the bench for most of one period.

all of this allowed me to see and show the game in a really unique way and i walked away having learned a few things about a sport i love a ton.

follow the jump for more images.

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the way in

Posted in celebrity, inspiration, photography by Trey on February 11, 2009

“I’m more interested in a photography that is ‘unfinished’ – a photography that is suggestive and can trigger a conversation or dialogue. There are pictures that are closed, finished, to which there is no way in.”

– Paolo Pellegrin

I came across a truly brilliant portfolio of images that Paolo Pellegrin did for the New York Times. And when I say truly brilliant, I am not speaking in my typical tone of hyperbole.

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The images not only represent access – both physical access, into the homes and lives of these people, and emotional access, revealing the unfinished bits in the private worlds of public people – but the presentation that the NYT has used is outstanding – the images are big and nothing about the site distracts from the image. I particularly liked the insight that Lynn Hirschberg adds in the commentaries.

And then there’s the edit; this is the part of photography that really sets the great stuff apart from the rest. I have to think that for each of the 8 subjects there are dozens of breathtaking images and yet, they’ve found a way to pare down each story to its essence, leaving you completely satisfied with what you’ve experienced.

There are a few of my favorites after the jump.

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annie’s magic

Posted in celebrity, inspiration, photography by Trey on February 5, 2009

so, yesterday i quoted her; today i simply defer.

i have to say, that i am absolutely enamored by these portraits – both the simplicity of the sets & the nonchalance of posture. flip through them all here; they are amazing.

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Danny Boyle & Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire by Annie Leibovitz


preparing for that moment

Posted in graduates, photography by Trey on February 4, 2009

“When I’m asked about my work, I try to explain that there is no mystery involved. It is work. But things happen all the time that are unexpected, uncontrolled, unexplainable, even magical. The work prepares you for that moment.”
— Annie Leibovitz
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lauren. denton, tx. 2009.

i mentioned lauren in a post from last week, but i was able to finish her photographs today so i thought i would circle back around to her for a few minutes. going back through the 730 or so images that we made in our two hours together, i was reminded of just how much fun she and her mom were – and how much fun i had during this session.

in a word, it never felt like work.

i walk that very fine line between over-preparedness and shooting from the hip. before our session, i played 201 questions with lauren. there’s a part of me that wants to know who i’m shooting, because i believe that great portraits convey who the person is. so, i ask questions and brainstorm ideas and look at magazines and tinker with processing techniques and on and on and on.

but, when it gets down to it, all the questions in the world don’t tell me who it is i’m shooting. and i’d be hard pressed to recall a single pose from a magazine when i’m trying to compose an image. but all that work, as Annie says, gets your brain ready for the unexpected – a blue staircase across the street or a used bookstore on the corner. i’m not sure either of those very unplanned moments could have happened without knowing a little about what makes lauren tick.

so, lucas family, thanks again – for the opportunity, the time and enduring all the questions.

on a related note, if you (or someone you love) are graduating this spring and want to speak with me about doing your portrait, please click the contact link on my website and send me a note. but brace yourself, because i’m going to ask a lot of questions while we wait for the magic to happen.

here are a few more of lauren that i love, because they were absolutely spontaneous ideas and involved (almost) no planning.

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amazing

Posted in celebrity, graduates by Trey on January 27, 2009

so, the last couple weeks have been amazing. and amazingly busy, which is, in and of itself, pretty dang amazing.

outside of the Dallas Stars gig (did i mention how amazing that was?), i’ve been working on a very cool project documenting the renovation of one of Dallas’ most storied country clubs. i’m in the first of about fifteen months on that, but so far it’s been a very fun thing to be a part of. look for images from that project early next week.

and then there are the two amazingly talented teenagers i had the opportunity to spend some time with. this weekend i had the opportunity to photograph Selena Gomez, a Dallas girl done good. she got her start as an actress on Barney and is now the newest Disney star. my family was able to visit the set on Sunday and i think my son got his first crush. he and Sarah have watched her movie, Another Cinderella Story, every day since – and I don’t think he’s watching for the story. it’s pretty cute. again, hopeful i can post some of those images soon as well.

and, as fun as that was, there was actually a shoot that topped it.

last wednesday i spent a few hours up in Denton with Lauren. not only is she totally adorable, she’s a natural in front of the camera. we did the session for Lauren’s senior portraits and, to date, i’d be hard pressed to think of a session that was more fun. here are nine images from the afternoon – and narrowing the 750 images down to these nine was one of the harder tasks i’ve undertaken.

enjoy.

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more after the jump.

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Get On Your Boots

Posted in personal, photography, random by Trey on January 20, 2009

I haven’t had a ton of time but have several blog posts that need to happen. However, all have been preempted to bring you this very, very special announcement.

I just received an email from my friend Ben about the newest U2 single – Get On Your Boots. Have a listen for yourself and any critique I may have isn’t relevant because I am completely biased. It meets two very fundamental criteria for my enjoyment scale to topple: it is U2 and it is new. What more do you need?

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On a photography related note, the album’s cover image is from Hiroshi Sugimoto, an amazing Japanese photographer. I first came across his work via a series of images he made in beautiful old movie theaters. He would open the shutter on the first frame of the film and close it when the movie was finished – roughly speaking, these were two hour exposures and they are stunning. The cover image is equally beautiful and I must have tapped into my inner profit when first posting about the new album.

The resembelance is striking.