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


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


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.

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.



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


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

the marlboro man

Posted in graduates by Trey on July 23, 2008

i feel like i’ve been going 400 miles\hour the last couple months.

the marlboro man.

i’m doing portraits and some behind the scenes photography for a campaign that is supposed to launch this fall. it’s a project that resonates with me on several levels, both personally and professionally, and it’s given me the opportunity to photograph some really great people and hear some insanely great stories. i can’t wait until it launches, because i’m really, really excited about being a part of it.

the other great thing about this job is it has forced me to grow as a photographer; i’ve dealt quite a bit with off camera lighting and i’m trying to incorporate what i’m learning on set in controlled environments into my other portrait work.

that’s where the marlboro man comes in.

we used to live up in Frisco & as i’d drive to work there was this spot that i always wanted to go explore because i thought it would be a cool location for a portrait session. when Michael started talking about what he wanted for his graduation portraits, this place popped back into my head.


robin & joel

Posted in couples by Trey on May 20, 2008

late last year i donated a portrait session to an organization called Family Legacy as a silent auction item. robin & joel were the recipients of that session. we’ve been talking about getting together for this session since December and a few weeks ago, it finally happened.

they were such a fun couple to spend the day with. we started in wedding attire to celebrate their 1 year anniversary and then went to a few of my favorite spots near downtown.

i’m not quite finished with the images, but wanted to share a few that i’m really enjoying – and this time, the sneak peek has a theme.

here’s to one of my favorite things in the whole world – the kiss.

this was the church they got married in just a year earlier. i loved the stained glass.


off to Canada

Posted in Uncategorized by Trey on April 25, 2008

i head to the great north on Monday for a week. i’ll be shooting images for that production chemical company out of Houston again. be on the lookout for some new stuff when i return.

here are a few selects from the houston trip i took a couple weeks ago; you can see a broader selection by clicking here.


the unexpected

Posted in families, kids by Trey on April 23, 2008

everything about my session at Jennifer and Brandon’s house was unexpected… from my late arrival due to some, um – how do you say – car trouble to the amazing light in their dining room that forced me to rearrange the furniture.

…oh, and I learned that an empty dining room with beautiful light prompts little girls to dance like there is no tomorrow.

i’m not finished with the processing, but i’m pretty stoked about the results so far… here’s a little sneak peek.


jeni & ben

Posted in couples by Trey on April 22, 2008

a couple posts back i wrote about how i had the great pleasure of photographing Jeni and Jessica, both are 7 and a half months pregnant. the session was pretty unique for me because i’d never done a pregnancy portrait* before (let alone 2 at once) and they brought their husbands.

anyway, we had a blast – at least, i did. here are a few of my favorite Jeni & Ben images.


a sneak peak at this weekends session

Posted in couples, expecting by Trey on April 7, 2008

i really enjoy making portraits. i mean, i really, really like it. i enjoy spending time with people, learning about them and finding a way to capture the essence of who they are. before the day ever arrives, i spend alot of time considering locations and looking at images from photographers i love for inspiration, but the ancillary details aren’t my primary focus.

the most important thing, in my opinion, is a great story.

Jeni & Jessica have a great story.

they’ve been best friends since the 6th grade, their husbands are now friends and they’re both pregnant – the due dates only a couple days apart. when Jessica told me they wanted to do their sessions together, i thought it was a brilliant idea.

as i thought about the phase of life they’re in, i kept coming back to the notion of young love; being newly married and expecting a child, it’s a really romantic time. i didn’t want that idea to get lost, so i picked a spot i’d normally take engaged couples.

i was really excited about the images we got.

Jason & Jessica

young love

Jeni & Ben

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.