HOUSTON, Texas — When Houston wedding photographer Ryan Bunch arrived in the Houston area this year, he was greeted by a flood of photographers.
He says he was the only photographer to show up on a Thursday morning to work.
“We’ve got this beautiful, beautiful city, and then it floods, and we have to stay in one place,” he said.
“I’ve never had anything like this.
It was a big shock.”
Bunch is one of many photographers who say they were caught off guard when they first received word that Houston’s historic downtown floodplain would be washed away by Tropical Storm Harvey, which was just weeks away.
Houston, Texas, is the site of some of the nation’s most famous wedding photographs, but it’s also home to the world’s oldest and most unique wedding venue.
Many photographers say they are now struggling to stay afloat in a city that has become so saturated with flooding and that is currently under severe water restrictions.
A floodwater spill in Houston is seen in this July 4, 2020, file photo.
In some parts of the city, the water is coming down on residential neighborhoods and businesses, threatening life.
In other parts, the floodwaters are flowing into homes and businesses in areas that were underwater before the storm.
And now, for the first time, Houston is looking to add a new wedding venue: the historic Houston Hotel.
Bunch said the hotel is looking for a photographer who can capture the ambiance of the hotel.
The Houston Hotel, which opened in 1918 and is the largest hotel in the U.S., has been the subject of a series of historic restoration projects, including a restoration of its historic facade in 2016.
Baughts new job has opened up a whole new world for him and his photography.
He’s now able to capture the beauty and history of Houston in a way that’s never been possible before.
“It’s a beautiful, historic building, and it’s kind of like a cathedral in the middle of Houston,” he explained.
“That’s something that we’ve never done before.
We have to take this seriously.
We’re taking this seriously as a city and as a place to have a celebration of life.
We are taking this very seriously.”
Houston is the epicenter of Harvey, the largest hurricane to ever hit Texas, and the first major flood in the nation since 1950.
In its path, Harvey dumped a record 4.8 inches of rain in some parts and more than 2 feet in other areas.
The National Weather Service said there were about 6 inches of additional rain expected across Texas over the next 24 hours.
Brought to life with the power of social media The Houston Flood Relief Coalition has been using social media to spread word about the flooding and to share photos and information with the public.
They are using the hashtag #HoustonFlood to share information about flooding and flood relief efforts and to encourage people to stay safe and donate money to the Houston Flood Fund.
Many of the photos that have been shared on social media have captured the moment when the floodwater is coming in and flooding into homes, businesses and even the Houston Police Department.
One image that captured the scene was from a couple whose home was swept away by Harvey on Thursday.
Another shot captured the dramatic moment when a group of people who were staying at the Hilton hotel and who had been waiting in the hotel’s lobby to go out to a movie started to get soaked and were trapped in their rooms.
Many photos from the flooded hotel show people walking down the street, waiting to get to their cars, with a few even standing in a line in the lobby to be rescued.
Some of the images were taken by a Houston photographer, David Krieger, who tweeted out a photo of the Hilton lobby, showing people lined up in line.
Many others showed a woman who had her phone out to take photos.
“The water came in through the front door and into my room, and my husband was in my bed,” Kriegers captioned one photo.
“There was no way out, so we were sitting in my room and I had my phone out.
We had no way to communicate with the staff and no way of trying to find out what was going on.
So we were like, ‘Well, what can we do?’ and they were like ‘Don’t go out.’
And we were thinking, ‘But we have the money.
It’s $5,000, right?'”
Bunch was one of the lucky ones.
“My wife, our daughter, her husband and I have been through a lot together, and they are so thankful to have me as a friend, and as an inspiration,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Our hotel has been rebuilt, so they can have a great time at the new Hilton Hotel in the new year, and also enjoy some of my amazing photography.
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