Every month we’ll bring you a profile of a photographer who has captured the people, the food and the spaces that make up the world of barbecue.

Robert J. Lerma – Bee Cave, Texas

I relocated to Austin in August 2008 from California. I reside in Bee Cave with my family and two dogs. I’m employed full time and shoot photography as a side project. My goal with photographing barbecue is to document the history, food and people that comprise Texas barbecue. I became fascinated with barbecue after visits to Louie Mueller, Kreuz and Black’s a few years before relocating to Texas. After all, this level of BBQ does not exist in California or anywhere else for that matter. My biggest inspiration comes from getting to know the pitmasters who work tirelessly perfecting their product, a product that brings people from various backgrounds together. I began shooting photography in 2008 as a hobby. I am self-taught, have had no formal training and shoot with a Nikon D600. I am thankful for all the support I have received and look forward to meeting many more great people in barbecue. My work can be viewed at ranchroadphotography.com.

Lerma Monroe Schubert
Monroe Schubert
Prause Meat Market – La Grange, TX
Photographed July 13, 2013  

Lerma Toostsie

Tootsie Tomanetz
Snow’s BBQ – Lexington, TX
Photographed July 13, 2013 

Lerma Roy Perez Roy Perez
Kreuz Market – Lockhart, TX
Photographed May 25, 2013 

Lerma Richard Smith Richard Smith
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
Photographed July 26, 2012

Will Fleischman Will Fleischman
Lockhart Smokehouse – Dallas, TX
Photographed July 6, 2013

Lerma Louie Mueller Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor, TX
Photographed May 24, 2011 

Lerma Jonathan Shaw Jonathan Shaw
Stanley’s Famous Pit-Bar-B-Q – Tyler, TX
Photographed June 14, 2013

Lerma Vincent Watts Vincent Watts
Watts & Watts Bar-B-Que – San Augustine, TX
Photographed June 14, 2013

Every month TMBBQ highlights a photographer with a love for barbecue as subject matter. If you’d like your photos to be included in this online gallery please contact dvaughn@texasmonthly.com