Musings by Samuel

A blog with musings, observations, and ideas by Samuel Febres, of samuel febres photography & design on technology, life, and arts. 

Off We Go!

Away and Into the Blue album art by sfp&d

Away and Into the Blue album art by sfp&d

Late last year I got a chance to work with a client who was introduced to a unique musician. Unique is sometimes used to describe something as different without sounding mean. This time unique was used to describe a rare jewel. I was told his music was different, sampling from many wells but it wasn’t just a mindless hodgepodge. It was informed, directed, and intentional. I was intrigued, and heard a sample of the music that would eventually become the album Away and Into the Blue and I was impressed. The GRS has created a sonic palate that is creative and accessible, creating stories with singing, rapping, and a tapestry of sound that engulfs you while taking you on a journey.

The GRS released his album recently and I invite to you check it out. It’s available on AppleMusic, iTunes, Soundcloud, and Spotify and other streaming sites. Connect with him on his website, which I put together for him, and also check out some of the photos from our session below.

Also, learn more about the production of Away and Into the Blue by visiting Julian Cruz's post on the ethnikids website.


Personal Project: Night Texture

I recently set out on a personal project to create some textured images to use on another project in the future. In the process of creating these textures, I stumbled upon some great looking night time imagery that I'm excited to share with you.


I love the mood of these images and the atmosphere they create. Even though the images are dark, I really am proud of the detail that I was able to capture in the hands and arms, and how time is stopped.

Check out the images below. I hope you like them.

Christmas at Engage Church

I had the privilege once again of working with Engage Church in Tallahassee this past Christmas to help capture their Christmas service and also update their staff photos for their website. Below  are a few of my favorite photos from the day along with the staff portraits.

If you're looking for a church to worship in Tallahassee, I encourage you to visit Engage Church.

Working with @iamPraiz'

Cover art by samuel febres photography & design (sfp&d)

Cover art by samuel febres photography & design (sfp&d)

I had the pleasure of working with a good friend of mine on an album cover for a new single he released recently. The single, called We Are Family, was released online for purchase and via streaming services on December 4th.


Vance Watt, performing under the stage name, Praiz, provided me with a photograph he would like to use, and an old version of his logo he wanted modernized and combined with the photo to create the album cover. Below is what we put together for the single release.

We are Family is also available on, and The Google Play store.

You can also stream it on AppleMusic, Spotify, and other streaming services.

God Rest Ye…

Cover designed by samuel febres photography & design

Cover designed by samuel febres photography & design

Merry Christmas! I hope you're having a wonderful Christmastime. I recently had the pleasure of being part of a music project for a band called Lost Lands from Florida. Not only did I have the honor of designing the cover art for their version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/What Child Is This, but I also had the privilege of recording guitar tracks for the song as well. It's probably going to be the most brooding dark version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen you've ever heard. 

Visit to listen to the song and download it for free. Let me know what you think of the cover art and the song. And once again, MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Learn How To Play Music By Ear

I've had the pleasure of working with Bill Brown in the past. I crafted a website for him and his wife to help promote themselves and their music services.

Homepage of the newly designed

This time Bill wanted to modernize one of his more popular websites so that it would not only be easier to navigate, but also and to manage. Prior to updating the website, here's an image of what the homepage looked like. It was a pain to update and wasn't too easy on the eyes.

As you can see,  we ended up with a clean, and easy to navigate website. The website is also designed to support screen readers for blind patrons to be able to navigate it more easily. 

If you're interested in learning guitar, or any of the other instruments listed on the website by ear, whether or not you're blind, definitely visit for some great lessons from Bill Brown.

The Real Florida... Wide Angle Version

Northern Florida in early Autumn.

I've never been too interested in landscape photography, but a lot of the landscape photography I see I find very lovely however, in an effort to better learn my craft and also work with panoramic imagery, I take landscape photographs despite preferring portraiture.

The weather was pretty beautiful this day and the days leading up to when this photograph was taken. Florida summers can be pretty hot and brutal, especially with the humidity hits you like a sauna on the 4th of July. As soon as the first day of autumn hit, we were graced with these lovely (at least to me, especially as a photographer) overcast days. I knew I needed to whip out the camera.

This is a small pond behind a library where I take my son for story time. I always find it remarkably beautiful and very 'Florida' like.