Trey Hill Photographs

one year later

Posted in campaign, celebrity, commercial, i am second, outtakes, photography, tear sheets by Trey on June 5, 2009

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs… and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”

-Exodus 31:1-5

tomorrow marks one year of my involvement with I Am Second and the first person i shot for the campaign was Jason Castro. i remember being pretty nervous.

i had pitched the idea of shooting production stills to use as additional content on, but the folks at E3 knew they would need studio portraits for the print & outdoor efforts, so they asked me to try my hand at those as well. at the time, studio photography wasn’t something that i had a ton of experience with – which was the root cause of 97% of my nervousness.

here’s that first image:


more after the jump


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

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.


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.

baby feet

Posted in kids by Trey on July 3, 2008

the inaugural

Posted in kids by Trey on April 6, 2008

this has been a long time coming. the blogtographic extension of my website. things will likely be changing quite a bit in the coming days and weeks as i begin to suss out exactly how to work this thing. please excuse any messes in the meantime.

so, here we are.

after a slow winter, it seems things are picking up. i hope to be posting some images from a really fun session i did this weekend and i have a trip in late April to Canada that should yield some gold. but, to get us started, i thought i’d share something a little closer to home – my favorite portrait subjects, brendan & sarah.

these are my kids, ages 4 & 2.