Creative Director + Photographer

About Me

History & Clients

Creative director + PHOTOGRAPHER + Community Builder

Weston Carls X Games

I moved to Austin in 2003 and four years later I graduated from The University of Texas with a journalism degree with a concentration in multimedia design.

I responded to a Craigslist posting for a design internship in May 2007 and over the next 11 years I served as the creative director for a monthly fitness publication, Austin Fit Magazine (AFM). Some of my duties included: creating the social media platforms in 2009 and was the voice and manager, curated content and storyboarded ideas, helped write content, managed the website and newsletter, designed the magazine, advertisements, in-house marketing, directed photography and was fortunate to photograph a cover feature in 2017 of Outdoor Voices founder, Tyler Haney.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting influential people in the Austin community and made it a practice to utilize my journalism expertise to connect with the subjects–bridging their story to produce impactful content. I can proudly say that I’ve produced over 200 issues, directed 1,500 photo shoots, and produced over 10,000 pages of content for varying publications such as: Austin Marathon, AFM FITTEST, TFGNorth County Kids Magazine, Nashville Fit MagazinefoundingAUSTIN Magazine, Austin Runner Magazine, and Austin Fit Magazine.

I live it and breathe it. I’m outgoing and lead an active lifestyle myself. I’ve driven 6 hours West to Fort Davis to run a 15.5 mile trail race in the Davis Mountains and I’m also an avid yogi. I love testing and reviewing workout classes, fitness apparel and products, and healthy food anywhere life leads me.

My most cherished philanthropic endeavor was when I helped create a global philanthropic movement. My childhood friends Kyle Kuhlmann, Ryan Tisinger, and I created the first philanthropic Undie Run at San Diego State University in 2006 and ever since have helped donate over 200,000 pounds of clothing to local social service agencies around the country—and all over the world. In 2011, we partnered with Virgin Mobile to help donate over 20,000 pounds of clothing. In 2010, AXE took on title sponsor and helped us donate over 25,000 pounds of clothing as well as a $50,000 donation to the 10 college campuses participating across the country. We soon were helping people all over the world start an Undie Run with the simple premise of: giving the clothes off your back from someone less fortunate. We're proud to have started this international philanthropic movement and encourage our youth to be creative and fun with your fundraising events. “Philanthropy just got sexy!”

Please visit me on my instagram account and take a gander at my most prized milestones on the projects page.

Daily use of Adobe CC (InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator), Dropbox, Google Business, HTML, and Social Platforms.



Notables

  1. John Paul DeJoria, Eloise DeJoria, & Alexis DeJoria

  2. Luci Baines Johnson

  3. Tyler Haney, Outdoor Voices

  4. Andy Roddick

  5. Willie Nelson

  6. Lance Armstrong

  7. BEVO XV

  8. Ricky Williams

  9. Colt McCoy

  10. Trey Hardee

  11. Sanya Richards-Ross

  12. Aaron Ross

  13. Cory Redding

  14. Emmanual Acho

  15. Leo Manzano

  16. Monica Brant

  17. Cat Osterman

  18. Sergeant Omar "Crispy" Avila

  19. Jess Pryles

  20. Tim Wooliver

  21. Bruce Collie

  22. Ross Bennett

  23. Ann Wolfe

  24. Alicia Marie

  25. Jamie Eason

  26. Ally Davidson

  27. Carly & Clayton Christopher

  28. Kristine Lilly

  29. Shauna Martin

  30. Brigitte Nicole Buckholtz

  31. Aubrey Marcus

  32. Whitney Miller

  33. Jena Mays

  34. Omar "Crispy" Avila

  35. Kacy Catanzaro

  36. Tyler Haney

  37. Ricky Berens

  38. Garrett Weber-Gale

  39. Brendan Hansen

  40. Kirk Watson

  41. Marion Jones

Client List

  1. Austin Fit Magazine

  2. Austin Fraser

  3. Austin Sculpt & Tone

  4. Austin Yoga MeetUp

  5. Bliss and Baker

  6. C3 Presents - ACL Music Festival

  7. CapMetro

  8. Chariot - Your Commute Solved

  9. CLEAN CAUSE

  10. CrossFit Central

  11. Defyned Brands

  12. E+E Fitness

  13. Everyday Ritual Co.

  14. Ford Motor Company

  15. foundingAUSTIN Magazine

  16. HEAT Bootcamp

  17. Hill Country Indoor

  18. Human Kinetics

  19. In Sweat We Trust Series

  20. Kandid.ly

  21. Knockout Austin Kickboxing

  22. Lee Merritt Swimwear

  23. Lexus

  24. Lincoln Motor Company

  25. LOVE Cycling Studio

  26. North County Kids Magazine

  27. NutraOne

  28. Outdoorsy

  29. Premier Law Group

  30. Prothro Family Wines

  31. Rae Cosmetics

  32. Relentless Bootcamp

  33. RIDE Indoor Cycling

  34. Sente Mortgage

  35. Scalable

  36. SmartWater

  37. STRONGCAMP by STRONG Fitness Magazine

  38. Stretch Yoga

  39. Stronghorn Fitness

  40. StudioHop

  41. Texas Waste Management

  42. Texican Cafe

  43. The University of Texas Club

  44. Thunderbird Real Food Bars

  45. VOORAY

  46. Vuori Clothing

  47. Wanderlust Yoga – Austin

  48. Wildway

  49. Wild Heart Yoga


Testimonials

“Thank you so much for the most amazing photoshoot ever. You were an absolute joy to work with. Looking forward to more collaborations in the future.”
Wildway

"It was truly hard to pick - I love them all! This is one of my favorite sets ever! Thanks again for your hard work.
You are so much fun!!"
Amy Harrell

So I got a session with Weston as a Christmas gift from my husband and it could not have been a more perfect experience. I really had so much fun. I was super nervous at first because I've never done anything like this before, but Weston was a complete professional and really helped me feel comfortable in front of the camera.  He would give me little tips and tricks as we were going though the shoot to really make my pictures turn out awesome. I LOVE ALL OF MY PHOTOS, I’m so happy with him, and I hope to do another shoot again in the future. Thanks, Weston!
Bre Clephane

"Weston Carls did our engagement photos in November 2017, as well as our wedding photography in April 2018. I wanted to take a moment to speak to the level of professionalism and talent he exuded throughout the process. He went above and beyond our expectations and we greatly appreciated that. He kept us informed, was organized and met up with us on multiple occasions to discuss creative ideas to build our story. He was extremely easy to work with and made us feel comfortable in a situation that can be stressful and...well...uncomfortable. With his creativity and natural talent, he captured our favorite photos of all time that really portrayed “us.” We will forever have these special moments captured and look forward to hiring Weston for our future photography or videography needs! We thank you form the bottom of our hearts!"
Trisha & Michael Skinner

"I could not have been happier with the outcome of my photo shoot with Weston!  The pictures turned out better than I could have imagined, and he could not have made me feel any more comfortable.  He is super professional, while encouraging you to enjoy yourself. He was so accommodating with the times and locations, and was so easy to work with.  I will definitely be using Weston in the future for any of my photography needs, and highly recommend him." 
Darla Guffey

"Thanks for today - I was kind of dreading taking a bunch of pictures and the process was fun!"
Dr. Audrey VanDeWalle Tsogbe - American Chiropractic Clinic of Austin

"The reason I chose you to be my photographer was because I thought you'd be fun!"
Katy Gassaway, RYT

"You were amazing!!! Between juggling shooting on slippery rocks, swatting away the million mosquitoes and taking the pictures, you were such a #Pro."
Mo D.

"Was so hard to choose, so many good ones. We will be working together again very soon. I’m really impressed! 
Shea Boland


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