Excursions with DJP

A relatively shy person by nature, I tend to keep to myself. Otherwise I am photographing or active in one of the many organizations to which I belong. The camera and my board positions give me purpose and a certain level of comfort. When I am working, it is usually a wedding of 350 plus guests or a corporate event with a thousand attendees. I prefer the quiet and contemplative down time.

One of my favorite past times and the thing that really grounds me is exploring with a camera in hand. Anytime I visit a new city or town I enjoy taking in the sites.  Appreciating the small intimate details that often are overlooked by many. Over the years I have shared some of these journeys. Many of these are the more visually stunning locals I have been fortunate enough to visit.

My favorite escapes have been hiking and exploring the great outdoors. Upon the passing of my mother in early 2015 my father, my brother and I decided to make the art of exploring a regular event.  Brian, my younger brother lives in Austin. We tend to head his way to share some quality family time. Time that is now known as the Adventures of the Jones Boys.

We try to meet up a couple times a year. As a result, I have taught my father more about still photography and enabled him to enhance his experience and images. This is only a small glimpse of my passion for my profession. Friends, who have followed my Lust for Light posts, have encouraged me to share these private jaunts with others. Many already know of my professional portrait and event photography and now they are invited into my private albums.

I want to welcome you to the world of Excursions with DJP.  Excursions will highlight the personal side of my imagery and travels. Most of these trips are things I do purely for the joy of it and not for a particular client. I will do my best to share the stories behind the images as well as share some of my earlier work that still influences me today.

Please enjoy my travels and keep an eye out for a special gallery dedicated to the fine art of adventure and travel photography.  Due to popular demand, many of the photos found here are available as prints and canvases in limited quantities.  For more information EMAIL us or follow the new Excursions social media accounts below for many upcoming

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Milky Way over Santa Fe National Forest, August 2017

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The Origins of Lust for Light

Many of my followers have likely noticed, I tend to take a lot of photos of lights. Specifically, I shoot chandeliers in churches, hotels, restaurants and offices. So, why the fascination with lights… a couple of reasons. First, it is a play on my passion for photography. The definition of photography is, after all,  “drawing with light.”

Why chandeliers?  Honestly it began as my way of “checking in” at the many locations I frequent in my day to day travels, on and off the job – Board meetings, networking events, client offices and weddings. I am slightly OCD and I feel the need to account for my time at these locations, but in a unique way.  This fuels my love of symmetry, made visible by these photographs.

Entering a room, we view chandeliers from the side, so why this particular angle?  I became enthralled with the view on a trip to Europe in 2000. I had decided to not travel with a tripod, to save on weight and not look like the typical “sandals and Hawaiian shirt tourist”. As I visited so many of the amazing cathedrals and palaces, I found myself wanting to get some images.

The detailed views were often dark and difficult to get a useable image inside.  I had to get creative. Placing my camera on the ground, facing up. With a wide angle lens, I was able to capture a long exposure of the ceilings. Reviewing the images, I was able to truly appreciate the artistry, architecture and details we so often overlook.

The additional bonus of these images… they had no people to distract from the beauty of these historical locations. Upon returning home, I began to notice this beauty in the many churches and buildings I was working in.  Consciously I began taking the same shots to document my local travels.

It becomes a game with friends in attendance, to try and figure out which lights I have captured. The overhead images are often much more abstract.  The fixture can look vastly different, from underneath, than the side view would afford. Some of the more intricate chandeliers take on a whole new look when simplified to a two dimensional plane.

Surprisingly, ha ha, you may not realize that I am naturally shy and a somewhat introverted person. I find my comfort behind the lens, as opposed to being in front if it. While most people are documenting their adventures with selfies, I am less inclined to be part of the photo.

As a group, we look at the number of likes we get on social media.  We allow that to be the gauge of our work, but it’s not.  I may not see a lot of “likes” but I am always surprised by the number of friends, colleagues and clients that have been moved by my Lust for Light series. Often times they will share their own chandelier images from vacations and even a few have done so on their honeymoon, with a tag in joking homage.

I am always flattered when a fellow artist and friend posts an image, inspired by one of my “lust” shots. I feel honored to have influenced some of my followers.  Next time you enter a building, look at things just a little differently. Appreciate these abstract ceilings and lights that were designed for visual pleasure. #lustforlight

 

  Samples from Lust for Light Series  

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Your Memories are Safe with D Jones Photography

To all our valued clients…

We know that the hurricane has taken it’s toll on many of our homes. David wants you to know that your memories are safe with us. D Jones Photography has a three layer archive system to ensure the safety of your photos. If your albums or portraits were damaged in the recent flooding we are able to provide replacements at an incredibly discounted price.

Call us for more information at 713-521-1550 or email us at studio@djonesphoto.com


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Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria Guest Room Shots

We were brought in this summer to document the stunning new rooms becoming available at the Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria later this fall. These have been completely remodeled and refreshed. There is a very nice use of space as well as colors and textures in these new brand new rooms. And yes, we also do commercial work as David has a passion for all types of photography and always loves a new challenge.

 

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Weddings in Houston Magazine Featured Wedding at Lakeside Country Club

One of our Spring 2016 weddings is featured in the August 2017 issue of Weddings in Houston Magazine available on newsstands soon. Be sure to check out the wedding of Margaret and Brent in the Real Weddings Section on pages 345-347.

Check out our links below to read more about this couple:

Margaret & Brent wedding     Margaret’s bridal session     Margaret & Brent engagement

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Celebrating 15 Years of D. Jones Photography

Although the actual studio anniversary was in April we wanted to thank all of our current and past wedding and corporate clients for your continued support. It seems like yesterday when David went off on his own in April 2002 after learning so much from working and shooting for many of the finest area photography studios for most of the Nineties. Thank you also to the many hospitality industry friends we work with day in and out, it is these relationships that make the Houston market such a pleasure to be in. D Jones Photography would not be one of the most respected Houston area photography studios without the continued support of all of our amazing client and vendor referrals.

If you have been following our Instagram account or Facebook Page this year we have been actively featuring some of our best images from the past fifteen years. Do you have any favorites that we created for you or your company? Get in touch with us as we would love to feature those images that mean the most and the stories behind them. Email the studio to contribute to this year of thanks so that we can honor all of those that make our success possible.

We hope to share some great news related to David’s Bucket List Travel this Spring and will be sure to announce to all when the plans and date are finalized. Have a fantastic Summer and stay tuned!

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Weddings in Houston Bridal Show at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

We were honored to have been asked to cover the Fall 2016 Bridal Soiree produced by Weddings in Houston Magazine at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. We are a long time advertiser and we also regularly participate in the show with our booth. As usual there were tons of great vendors and amazing displays by some of Houston’s finest. Here are the two pages featured in Weddings in Houston Magazine highlighting the event.

 

 

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Frances + Philip wedding

This summer we covered the wedding of Frances and Philip at St Cecilia’s Catholic Church and Houston Country Club. It is so much fun working with past clients as three of the bridesmaids were past brides of ours. In fact we covered the groom’s brother’s wedding back in 2011. Floral and decor provided by Susie Miller while the cake was from Marlene Romero.

Frances bridal session

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