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The Shout: How Can We Be Whole?

This past Tuesday, the question was asked at The Shout - "How Can We Be Whole?" The photographs that follow were made that evening and are the responses of some of the participating artists, volunteers and attendees to the question of what they believe we need to be whole again, as individuals or as a collective.

It was an absolute pleasure making these photographs of you all! I know I wasn't quite able to get to photograph everyone but I'm grateful to those of you that I did for sharing a bit of yourselves and your heart with me. (Note: You can reach me at

A bit more information about The Shout for those of you wondering (from their website) - "The Shout is an ecumenical space that promotes the radical idea that justice and spirituality are inseparable from one another. Housed within the larger St. John’s UMC faith community, The Shout aims at taking seriously the injunction to 'love your neighbor as yourself,' and to do so in a way that promotes actions that echo throughout the city, the country, and the larger global community: 'Shout, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet!'. ... Each month The Shout will be heard, incorporating different art forms (from poetry, visual art, photography, and music), as well as voices from different faith communities in a way that will speak to the injustices plaguing the Houston community, the national community, and the world at large."

You can find The Shout on Facebook and follow them in Instagram or Twitter.

Bethany - The Studio Photo Shoot (Look #2)

I was reminded the other day that I never did get around to posting the second set of photographs from my photo shoot with the lovely Bethany McCade. Sorry about that, it's been a somewhat busy couple of months over here and I am just now getting around to sharing these with you all.

Here you go!! :-) We shot these on the same day and in the same space (different set) as the first look but went for a completely different look and feel for the photographs.

Hope you've all been well and are having an excellent year! Can you believe it's already April?!?!

A big thank you once again to Bethany (we need to do this again soon!) and to the folks at Fill In The Blank Studio! Now back to editing and planning for this weekend's shoots :-)


- D.

P.S.: Give me a shout if you'd like to have some photographs made. I'd love to hear from you! 

Thai Feast No. 2: The Sea (Paper Co. + Ngam NYC)

A Thai Feast - "The Sea". Just finished the edit of this second part of the photo essay & I am so hungry after sifting through these photos for the past few days! This was the 2nd of the Thai Feast pop-up dinners by Chef Hong Thaimee of Ngam NYC and hosted by Paper Co. Houston (kudos to Dave Foong & Liz Kilgore of Paper Co.). I posted the first dinner (The Land) last week and this one was held the day after that one, on Monday the 9th of March.



Hand Washing Ceremony

  • Fresh Oysters with Thai Mignonette
  • Thai Ceviche
  • Pad Thai Grilled Gulf Shrimp (as seen on Iron Chef America)
  • Fried Whole Fish + Laab Dressing
  • Grilled Seafood Platter
  • Dancing Calamari
  • TomYum Seafood with Thai Chili Jam
  • Pineapple and Crab Salad
  • Pomelo Salad
  • Jasmine Coconut Jelly

These people ... I can't even begin to explain how hard they worked and how awesome they are! I don't have everyone's names handy but will try to get them and update the list here [Updated - 4/20/15]:

  • Hong Thaimee (Ngam NYC)
  • Gang Insuwan (Ngam NYC)
  • Dave Foong (Paper Co. Houston)
  • Liz Kilgore (Paper Co. Houston)
  • David Miranda (Paper Co. Houston)
  • Amie Krebbs (Paper Co. Houston)
  • Donald Collins (Paper Co. Houston)
  • Asher Castillo
  • Lauren Fuller
  • Steven Hicks
  • Ellie Allen
  • Randy Hill
  • Robert Young
  • Francisco Rivera
  • Malachi Miranda
  • Judy Holzman
  • Julie Edwards
  • Andrea Bridgeman
  • Jason Jones
  • Ruth Kwak
  • Matt Farris
  • Sean Warrick
  • David Paredes
  • ... I think I now have everyone listed ... if I left you out, please definitely let me know :-).

Until the next time ...



P.S.: Paper Co. is open for coffee everyday, and for dinner on Thursday - Sunday evenings. You can also find & follow them on Instagram and Facebook. If you find yourself in New York, Ngam NYC is open for dinner every night and you can find them on Instagram and Facebook as well.