Kimball Prints by DM Heebner

Last week I was back in the studio with one of my favorite Austin artists, Carolyn Kimball Gee of Kimball Prints. She is an incredibly talented fine artist who creates and sells a line of custom designed screen printed tea towels. If you've visited any of the specialty boutique shops around Austin you've probably seen her work. During our latest session, we spent time at her east Austin studio photographing new designs from her latest line. Below are a few photos from that session. I love how unique each of her designs are but particularly love the work she's doing with neon inks! 

If you happen to find yourself at this year's National Stationery Show in NYC, make sure to stop by the Kimball Prints booth and see all of her amazing work in person. Her work can also be found at stockists nationwide (including ModCloth and NPR)

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I Tried Going On Vacation by DM Heebner

This last week I tried going on a vacation. I'm talking a real deal, leave work behind, relax and take in the sights kind of vacation. When you work as a professional photographer this is almost impossible, you never feel "off". Everywhere you go you're always looking around, noticing angles and light. You're afraid of missing one of those great moments. It only takes one missed moment to haunt you to the point that you can never go anywhere without a camera. (I vividly remember my missed moment...!) If you've traveled with me, or any photographer, you know that a good majority of our luggage includes cameras, lenses, batteries, etc. This time around I tried really hard. I packed one camera and tried to live in the moments rather than capture them. I'd say I did alright but still couldn't help myself from capturing a few magical memories. 

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That Perfect House by DM Heebner

Every once in awhile I'll get the opportunity to photograph one of those perfect houses. You know, the ones where the moment you walk in you're overwhelmed by how masterfully the architecture and decor compliment each other, and how, if they'd let you, you'd move right in. The perfect house is different for everyone. For me, it's something ultra contemporary/industrial and/or mid-century modern. Living in central Texas these homes exist but are quite rare. Recently I was on assignment in the Shoal Creek area of Austin and came across one of those perfect homes. From the layout to the decor, to the outdoor living spaces, I loved everything about this home. To top it off the homeowner was one of the nicest people I've ever met. Enjoy this tour of one of my favorite Austin neighborhoods. 

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Smokey Mo's by DM Heebner

If I've learned anything over the last 4 years in Austin it's that Texans love two things: Texas and BBQ. Growing up in New York a BBQ meant hamburgers, hot dogs, and spiedies. It didn't really matter if the grill was charcoal or gas, whatever you had was good enough. It took almost no time to learn that BBQ in Texas is a far cry from what I'm used to and is, in fact, a sacred, time-honored, regionally specific craft. The first morning, after buying my home in Austin, I woke up to the smell of one of my new neighbors smoking a brisket at six in the morning. I've since learned that another neighbor is on a competitive barbecue team. As a former vegetarian I could tell I had a lot to learn.

I recently took a new step in my BBQ education by doing a photo shoot for Smokey Mo's. Opening their first location in Cedar Park, Texas in 2000, the Melchor family has since launched a number restaurants across central Texas. If you're ever in the area, stop by and get a glance at how a family that's been in the BBQ business since 1962 is sharing the love and flavors of their craft. 

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Collective Reminders by DM Heebner

Collective Reminders, Series 1-3 is my latest art + design release. Each piece focuses on a universal reminder that, collectively, unifies and is illustrated with abstract textures from organic elements. Enjoy!

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Citizen Eatery by DM Heebner

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a dinner service at Austin's newest vegan/vegetarian restaurant, Citizen Eatery. As a former vegetarian I prefer this style of cuisine and living in Texas it can be almost impossible to find. From the minute I walked in I knew this was not just going to be a fun shoot, but a place that I'd return to again and again. The modern, fresh decor, friendly staff, and inventive, organic menu are like nothing I've seen in town. Citizen's bar boasts local brews, Texas wines, homemade mixers, and some of the most unique (and beautiful) organic cocktails around. Located on Burnet Road in The North Loop, one of the hottest growing areas in Austin, this restaurant is a standout and staple in the making. If you find yourself in Austin looking for a fresh, healthy meal, stop in and say hi to Aimee and the amazing folks at Citizen Eatery. 

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Reflections: Balboa At Night by DM Heebner

Balboa At Night | Oxford Haus ©

Balboa At Night | Oxford Haus ©

Balboa At Night is one of my early photographs. It's not my first, but one of my very early ones. It wasn't overly planned or strategically scouted. I was on a walk with B, looked over and loved the reflection in the pool. When I look at it now I instantly cringe and eventually, smile. Honestly, I'd be concerned if I didn't. Photography, much like public speaking, writing or athletics is a skill, an art that gets better with time and practice. I remember being really proud of this photo when I first took it but also excited for the day when I'd look back and cringe. I was fortunate to learn early on that one of the goals in photography should be to cringe at your early work. If you don't, you're not growing and you're not getting better. The professional in me looks and immediately wants to critique things like composition and lighting. But, there's a flip side to looking back at your early work. There are the memories of the journey from there to here. There are lessons learned, relationships forged, victories and plenty of mistakes.

One of the reasons why I still look back at this particular piece is because it was taken in my favorite city in the country, San Diego. I've lived in a number of metropolitan areas across the country, but none of those cities have ever captured me like San Diego. It's the only place I've ever lived that felt like home. The people, the weather, the food, the incredible beauty, the culture, did I mention how ridiculously beautiful it is there? I'll never forget flying back to California with a friend, her first time, and listening to her remark about how beautiful it was (we hadn't even left the airport...). I began my photography journey, and now career, in San Diego. I learned to take chances and risks and love the unique aspects of myself in San Diego. This photo is much more than a reminder of an immense, diverse and eclectic park. It's a reminder of a major shift in my life.

Photographs are an opportunity to capture a memory, to tell a story, archive a moment in history, and make time stand still. Whether you find yourself in a place you call home or a new and unfamiliar spot, take a photograph. If life is humming along or times are odd and chaotic, take a photograph. No matter where you find yourself, make time to take a photograph. It may seem insignificant now but someday you'll look back and be amazed at where your journey has taken you. 


The Boxing Club by DM Heebner

I had never stepped into a boxing club before this week. I can't tell you the rules of boxing or how you win (besides the obvious KO). All I know is that when the chance to photograph a club in central Texas arose, I jumped at it. As a photographer, I love when an opportunity to photograph something new comes up. When I walked in on Monday evening I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. What I found was a really friendly community of folks (they had an amazing DJ spinning) who are passionate about their sport and their training. I watched a mix of emotion and intensity cross their faces as each training round passed. I walked away not only with some great photographs, but a new appreciation for the sport. Please scroll thru and enjoy!

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Welcome to the Haus by DM Heebner

For many people, 2017 ushered in the opportunity to start over, start new, and start fresh. That sentiment was shared here at Oxford Haus and it seemed like the perfect time to rebrand and relaunch. Welcome to 2017 and welcome to Oxford Haus!

Let's begin our tour...

Oxford Haus began as a side project in 2013 in San Diego, California. You can read all about me (DM) and Oxford Haus here.

OH focuses on 3 things:

1. Photography
2. Graphic Design
3. Marketing/Consulting/Brand Identity

Check out the Services page to find out all of the ways Oxford Haus can assist you.

To keep up to date with the latest projects, travels, and info, visit the News section.  

If you'd like to contact and work with Oxford Haus, all of the info is available on the Contact page along with a way to follow us on social media and sign up for the Haus Updates newsletter.

Finally, to check out what's been going on at the Haus visit the Photography and Design portfolios. New projects and photos will be added regularly, so make sure to stop by often!

There are some exciting things in the works for 2017 and I can't wait to share them with you. Thanks for taking the tour and enjoy exploring the new site!