100 Creatives 2013: David DeHoyos, Astronaut Photographer

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Astronaut Mark Kelly
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
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).

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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
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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
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