Dallas-based photographer Brent Baxter of Brent Baxter Photography is proud to announce the release of his first book this January celebrating Dallas’ best beards and the men behind them. Featuring more than 20 intimate documentary-style photographs of men across the metroplex, Baxter offers perspective into each man’s everyday life in #BestBeardsInDallas. To celebrate the release of the coffee table book, Baxter is hosting a free music showcase and party at Sundown at Granada on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. where attendees can purchase the book, enjoy live music by local acts Charley Crockett and Shotgun Friday and participate in a beard contest where Baxter will crown the “Best Beard in Dallas” to win a coveted trophy and deluxe man grooming kit. A portion of proceeds from book sales will benefit the Movember Foundation, an organization committed to helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives by funding more than 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Sundown at Granada is located at 3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75206.
To RSVP for the free #BestBeardsInDallas party and enter to win a copy of the coffee table book, please visit http://do214.com/bestbeardsindallas.
A personal passion project for the photographer, #BestBeardsInDallas gave Baxter a chance to visit with men from all walks of life and photograph them in their most comfortable environment, often meeting them for the first time when he arrived on set. Personalities showcased in Baxter’s book this year include an impressive array of local musicians, including soul/R&B singer-songwriter Kirk Thurmond, Pappy McCall of folk band Parallel Play and tattoo artist at J. Hall & Co., Gentleman Tattooers, Bad Mountain front man Jesse Anderson, Jordan Cain of rock duo Rise & Shine, indie rocker Jonas Martin, two-time Emmy Award-winning Dallas music producer Josh Goode and Joel Fruth, a friend to many in the music scene who serves as venue manager at The Prophet Bar. The photographer has also chosen to highlight fashion designer Venny Etienne of LeVenity, a rising star in the scene, visual artist Ali Golzad who’s known for his recycled cardboard designs, Allen Faulkner of FadeFast tattoo removal in Deep Ellum, visual artist and co-founder of local art nonprofit ArtLoveMagic David Rodriguez, Nick Clark founder of booming co-working hub Common Desk, Hair by Charlie‘s Charlie Price and many more.
“Men are dedicated to their trades; this commonly means focus on health takes a back seat. I’m speaking from personal experience! Our busy calendars take precedence over annual check-ups, etc. and that’s what I love about Movember. I spent the better part of my senior year watching my stepfather suffer from a brain tumor until he eventually passed. Getting regular check-ups may have caused a more positive outcome,” said Baxter of why he connects to the Movember cause. “Life is short, and we need to make time to take care of ourselves.”
A talented sports, event and music photographer, Baxter did a stint as an official press photographer for the X Games Austin in 2015 and was hand-selected by heavy metal legends Metallica to shoot their national anthem performance on the field. Baxter fell in love with the local music scene after “officially” shooting his first DFW concert, folk band Loyal Sally‘s album release at The Curtain Club for their 2014 release titled, “Ellis.” With music photography as his primary passion and the godfather of live music photography, Jim Marshall, as his biggest creative influence, Baxter explores new subjects in #BestBeardsInDallas and expands his horizons by photographing men from all walks of life.
“Men from all walks of life are now rocking unique variations of facial hair,” said Brent Baxter. “Can I go as far as to say that beards represent courage and strength? Well, I am going to! These guys chase their passions and push through all obstacles.”
To pre-order #BestBeardsInDallas and for more information on Brent Baxter Photography, please visit www.brentbaxterphotography.com.