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100 Creatives 2013: David DeHoyos, Astronaut Photographer

What He Does: One of the best parts of the end of the recent government shutdown is that David DeHoyos got to go back to work as the Digital Imaging Specialist at NASA-Johnson Space Center. His work involves scanning NASA film imagery for archiving purposes as well as serving as a reserve photographer for the regular staff there.

He also shoots the monthly for MidMain Houston to promote local creative groups a few of my photos pop up here and there in the press. One of the most noteworthy of the latter was a shot DeHoyos took of astronaut Mark E. Kelly, husband to former congresswoman Gabbie Giffords that appeared in the New York Times in 2011. That accomplishment netted him a NASA Picture of the Day award.

He got into photography purely through happenstance. In the summer between his ninth and tenth grades he was encouraged to attend a summer program at the University of Houston for students interested in going to college after high school. About 100 students from all over Houston spent the summer in the dorms, going to classes and living the college life. There were several elective classes and photography had only about 15 spaces, and DeHoyos was fortunate to be selected at random for the class. The free class led him to the Upward Bound program, which was primarily targeted for at-risk students. Being involved that summer changed his life. He went on to attend and graduate from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1981 and has been shooting ever since.

Annnnd... now that song is in your head
Annnnd... now that song is in your head

Why He Likes It: "I love to make people happy with my work. For example, when I design a wedding album or create a tribute DVD for a funeral, my goal is to take families back and relive good times, good memories. The best thing I can hear is a mother say to me, 'You're going to make me cry.' Those words mean that I did my job. To make someone so overwhelmed with emotion through my work that I can make them cry is amazing."

What Inspires Him: An intense work ethic inherited from his tailor father is the biggest influence on DeHoyos. His father went to New York to learn his craft then immediately came to Houston to open his own shop on Main at Preston. That drive to constantly progress and become better at his craft is his inspiration.

If Not Here, Then Where: "I have traveled to Seattle, Alaska, Michigan, Upstate New York , Florida and I'm going to California in a few weeks. Houston is my hometown and I can't see myself anywhere else but if a choice were given it would have to be someplace warm and Tex Mex has to be involved. "

If Not This, Then What: Ever since he can remember DeHoyos was fascinated by his father's work sewing costumes for '70s soul groups, and he could see himself following in those footsteps. He also received a comprehensive mechanical education in junior high while working in a garage, an education he puts to good use maintaining his own car. If photography was out he would be happy repairing cars.

What's Next: "I photograph quite a few events throughout the year and my next big project is photographing a Christian-based basketball league for my church in Pearland. I have been the photographer for nine years, and it involves organizing a team to photograph 500+ kids from kindergarten to sixth grade as well as weekly action shots. I shoot around 5,000 to 7,000 photos for the eight-week season. I regularly shoot family portraits, senior pictures, music groups, theater productions and commercial ventures. I shot a short film last year and it was nominated for best short at the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival this year. That was so much fun I will be Director of Photography for the next film soon. I also recently taught a photography class and am planning to teach another in the spring. I am one of those lucky people who can say, 'I love my job!'"

More Creatives for 2013 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page). Sophie Jordan, bestselling book author Jessi Jordan, comic artist, beekeeper and yeti enthusiast Patrick Peters, architect and professor Jamie Kinosian, visual artist Paris F. Jomadiao, mixed-media artist and stop motion animator Shanon Adams, dancer James Glassman, Houstorian historian and artist Lou Vest, photographer Sara Gaston, stage and screen star Rachael Pavlik, a writer mom Ana Villaronga-Roman, Katy Contemporary Arts Museum director Erin Wasmund, actor, singer and dancer Karim Al-Zand, composer Jan Burandt, paper conservator for The Menil Collection Deke Anderson, actor Craig Cohen, hockey fan and host of Houston Matters Mauro Luna, Poe-Inspired photographer Trond Saeverud, Galveston Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Khrystyna Balushka, paper flower child Christina Carfora, visual artist and world traveler Sara Kumar, artistic director for Shunya Theatre Kiki Maroon, burlesque clown Gin Martini, fashion designer Lacey Crawford, painter and sculptor Homer Starkey, novelist Jenn Fox, mixed media Shohei Iwahama, dancer Erica DelGardo, metalsmith Bob Clark, executive director Houston Family Arts Center Kerrelyn Sparks, bestselling romance author Lindsay Halpin, punk rock mad hatter Drake Simpson, actor Shelby Carter, Playboy model turned photographer David Matranga, actor Crystal Belcher, pole dancer Daniel Kramer, photographer Blue 130, pin-up explosion art Nina Godiwalla, author and TED speaker David Wilhem, light painter Tom Abrahams, author and newscaster Browncoat, pin-up pop artist Kris Becker, Nu-Classical composer and pianist Vincent Fink, science fashion Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Senorita Cinema founder Ned Gayle, thrift store painting defacer Sameera Faridi, fashion designer Greg Ruhe, The Human Puppet Sophia L. Torres, founder and co-artistic director of Psophonia Dance Company Maggie Lasher, dance professor and artistic director Jordan Jaffe, founder of Black Lab Theatre Outspoken Bean, performance poet Barry Moore, architect Josh Montoute, mobile gaming specialist Ty Doran, young actor Gwen Zepeda, Houston's first Poet Laureate Joseph Walsh, principal dancer at Houston Ballet Justin Garcia, artist Buck Ross, dilettante and director of Moores Opera Center Patrick Renner, sculptor of the abstract and the esoteric Tomas Glass, abstract artist and True Blood musician Ashley Stoker, painter, photographer and Tumblr muse Amy Llanes, artistic airector of Rednerrus Feil Dance Company Bevin Bering Dubrowski, executive director at the Houston Center for Photography Lydia Hance, founder and director of Frame Dance Productions Piyali Sen Dasgupta, mixed media artist and nature lover Dean James, New York Times bestselling mystery novelist Nicola Parente, abstract painter and photographer Cheryl Schulke, handmade leather pursemaker Anthony Rathbun, Alternative Lifestyle Photographer David Salinas, computer-less analog photographer Danielle Burns, art curator Alicia DiRago, Whimseybox founder Katia Zavistovski, contemporary art curator Ashley Horn, choreographer, filmmaker Amanda Stevens, scary book author Peter Lucas, film and video curator, music lover and self-described culture-slinger Ana María Otamendi, collaborative pianist and vocal coach Billy D. Washington, comedian Michele Brangwen, choreographer and dancer Kristin Warren, actress and choreographer Kelly Sears, animator and film maker Colton Berry, Bayou City Theatrics' artistic director jhon r. stronks,dance-maker Joe Grisaffi, actor, director, writer, cinematographer


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