“When I was a kid, my dad documented the family’s every move. Sporting events, camping excursions, trips to Six Flags, bed wetting accidents, etc. It’s all documented.”
Dave Mead is an Austin, Texas-based commercial photographer and director, amateur baseball player and owner of a sick El Dorado RV.
Tell us about you path to becoming a photographer.
I blame my dad, an advertising agency owner, copywriter and photographer. When I was a kid, my dad documented the family’s every move. Sporting events, camping excursions, trips to Six Flags, bed wetting accidents, etc. It’s all documented. In high school, as the editor of my school newspaper, I began shooting with my dad’s 35mm Pentax. I took one photography class at UT and then, post graduation, started lugging my camera around town, documenting the Austin live music scene of the mid-to-late 90s. Live music led to portraiture which led to a combination of shooting music festivals and ad campaigns.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by my kids. I want to be successful at everything I do. And the driving force behind that is my desire to create a comfortable, happy life for my two daughters. And my desire to show them that it’s possible to have a successful, fruitful career while having fun.
Were you creative as a kid?
When I was a kid, I could draw. But I was mostly into sports. Baseball, football and BMX. Most of my drawings were of NFL, MLB and BMX team/brand logos. I’m still fanatical about my sports teams and still consider myself a uniform snob. So, yeah, I guess I was artistic. But sports was my outlet. Still is.
What do you like about living in Austin?
I still feel like I’m getting away with something, living in Austin. Obviously, it’s a creative hub, and so I've been fortunate to carve out a successful career as an artist. The people are great, the economy is great and then there’s the geography and food. What’s not to like about killer BBQ and Mexican food, rolling hills, lakes and rivers. There’s no place on Earth like Austin, Texas. Despite the change, there’s still no place I’d rather be.
What is your typical day like?
Mornings and afternoons, I’m derailed with my kids. In a good way. Between school drop off and pick up, I’m scrambling. I’m either shooting, editing or working to get Rambler Sparkling Water, a new business venture with James Moody, off the ground. My goal in life is to document shit and keep people hydrated.
What's your favorite food?
Is taco taken? Ok, fine. Just hit me with a burger.