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Our Brief Business Trip to Houston

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As I mentioned here, John and I planned a trip to Houston to capture the skyline and visit the incredible store that carries our work, Space Montrose!

Our trip was at the very end of July and we were only there for two days...

Day 1:

Hotel Window View

Hotel Window View

^ Views from our hotel room!

After we took a cab from the airport to our hotel, got change for the cab from a billionaire lawyer named Joe Jamail (I had to google him...he's the wealthiest practicing attorney in America!), and checked into our room, we gathered our suitcase full of stone coasters and set out to find Space Montrose!

Space Montrose in Houston

Owner of Space Montrose

^ This is Leila, owner of Space Montrose! She's so freaking sweet.

Space Montrose in Houston

Space Montrose in Houston

This store is amazing.

Space Montrose in Houston

^ We're now proud owners of Montrose shirts :-)

Space Montrose in Houston

I think the ceiling is my favorite detail of this space.

Space Montrose in Houston

Space Montrose in Houston

Space Montrose in Houston

Space Montrose in Houston

Space Montrose in Houston

Space Montrose in Houston

^ Good thing we showed up with more coasters, they were nearly sold out! 

Torchy's Tacos

Our next stop was Torchy's Tacos! We had Torchy's once before when we were in Austin for a music festival a few years back and LOVED it. So when I discovered they were also in Houston, there was no question we'd be finding our way there. Thankfully it wasn't too far of a walk from Space Montrose.

Torchy's Tacos

We got to the restaurant right before an awesome thunderstorm. Perfect timing.

Torchy's Tacos

Their queso is hands down THE best. I'm not exaggerating when I say I've thought about it almost every day since this day. I don't care if that's sad...it's damn good.

Torchy's Tacos

Torchy's Tacos

Torchy's Tacos

Torchy's Tacos

^ The lady accidentally rung us up for "Street Corn", what a delicious happy accident.

Rainy Day in Houston

Rainy Day in Houston 

After our rainy walk and a strange bus ride, we went back to our hotel and passed out for an hour. It had been a long couple days leading up to this trip and a very early flight that morning so the nap was much needed.

Houston

After some hotel margaritas (a wonderful post-nap beverage), we headed back out into the city in search for the best skyline shot...

Houston Tree

Houston

Houston

Houston Skyline

 ^ John's model pose.

Houston Skyline

Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park

 ^ Turns out the billionaire lawyer I encountered earlier that day owns the skate park!

Photographing the Houston Skyline

Hello Houston

Houston

Houston

Banana Bread Beer

We were still a bit full from Torchy's Tacos, but we decided to grab dinner at The Flying Saucer because their beer selection was unreal.

Day 2:

Hotel Breakfast

^ Free upgrade to the hotel breakfast buffet. It pays to be kind to the waitstaff ;-)

Mirror Photo

Mirror Photo

I enjoy hotel mirror shots in front of the elevator. And John tolerates them ;-)

Houston

About to eat

Pizza

We ate lunch at Bombay Pizza. Yum.

Water Fountain

Water Fountain

Houston Skyline

Houston Skyline

Houston Sculpture

Houston

Houston

Houston Buildings

Houston Sky

Houston Buildings

^ John's fisheye shots are excellent.

Moon Tower in Houston

 ^ Leila & her husband Carlos (the other half of Space Montrose) picked us up and took us to dinner here! I was so caught up in the moment that I didn't get a group photo of the four of us. I'm pretty sad about it!

Moon Tower Inn

Moon Tower Inn

This place was too cool, it's actually just a shipping container with a big backyard filled with picnic tables. They have all these wild game hot dogs on pretzel buns, burgers, and gourmet toppings plus a whole wall of beer taps. John ordered the venison hot dog, I got the lamb hot dog, and Carlos & Leila got the veggie burgers. It was delicious.

Photographer Couple

Carlos & Leila then drove us around the city, our own personal photography tour! These people were so incredibly nice, really makes me wish NJ & Texas weren't so far from each other. We're so honored to be doing business with them. And I can't say enough how beautiful their store is, well done guys!

Houston Skyline at Night

Houston

Houston at Night

Houston at Night

Uchi Houston

^ A security officer saw John and I photographing this sushi restaurant and offered to take us on the roof to get a better shot. Once we got up there, John's camera lens wouldn't fit through the bar rails so he had to take his lens off, maneuver his camera through, and then attach his lens, all while hanging off the roof. It was impressive.

Westheimer Houston

^ Some of our Houston photos will be made into coasters and sold at Space Montrose.

Our flight back home was also an early one. We went to bed sometime after midnight and had our alarms set for 3:30 am.

I don't think we could have squeezed any more productivity and fun into those two days. We wish we could have stayed longer, we even contemplated for a quick second about changing our flights to give us another day, but John and I got the Houston skyline (they'll soon be listed in our shop!) and made some new friends so all in all it was a complete success!

Colleen xo



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