New Year, New You

Check out the January/February issue of Bicycling Magazine to see a great feature on Jerry Lisenby and other weight-loss champions! He was such a great guy to work with!

Outtakes from my New Year's Promo

Here's a sneak peek at the set we built for my NYE 2009 promo. Thanks Ben for assisting and for hauling out all of that damn shelving! It was a dream come true for the scrap metal dudes that scour our dumpsters every morning!

Bob Marley and The Wailers put it best

I shot the sheriff. But I sure as heck didn't use a gun. Check out January's issue of Chicago Magazine for a great feature on Cook County sheriff, Tom Dart. He was such a cool guy to work with, but don't let his demeanor fool you, he's pretty tough and I wouldn't want to get in his way. Ever.

End of an era

Photoserve Portfolio of the Month

Hey, look at that! Thanks PDN!

Gaffe tape to the rescue!

So, I had the honor of photographing an amazing musician this week for the fabulous Brittney B at Chicago Magazine. I put my rolls of gaffe tape to good use and created this quirky room out of the back wall of my studio. Brian and I couldn't help but take advantage of this set for a quick portrait. Plus, it beats going to JC Penny for a holiday portrait with matching sweaters!

Get Connected!

One of my favorite design/art/photo/culture collectives, Design Is Kinky, has a new talent database reserved for a lucky few. I am fortunate to be one of the lucky photographers to be featured amongst some amazing artists worldwide. AND I also have the honor distinction of being the featured artist for the month of December! Check it out!

That's a wrap!

Holy cow! What a fun week so far, and it's only Tuesday! We had a packed schedule the past two days. Here are some final shots right after we wrapped...

I just had to post this once more

Yep. This still makes me a little teary-eyed and smile from ear to ear. I posted this back in July, but I just had to share it again. I recommend you play it before you go to bed or when you wake up. Its a great way to start or end your day!

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.


Everything is better in moderation. Here's a handful of ads that I photographed for Art Director Steve Haack over at DDB Chicago this summer for the Corn Refiners Association. Looks like a simple concept, but getting those expressions just right proved to be more than we thought! But we got the shots and the final ads look great! I keep seeing them pop up in magazines all over the place.

Last week 85˚, this week 35˚

Brrrrrr! my first outdoor shoot of the cold season. I love shooting with Brittney B over at Chicago Magazine, she always hands me interesting people to photograph and gives me the freedom to weave my style into each shot. Look for this shoot in January's issue, in which will be even colder here in Chicago.

My Pivotal moment

One of my favorite photo mags, PDN has a feature on me and a shoot we did back in the summer for Pivotal Events!!
Thanks to Jack Neubart for creating such a great story behind this shoot. His wit and humor complimented my own, in that informative and editorial way! BIG thank you to Carrie and Shannon at Pivotal, Mark for being the loyal and bad-ass assistant and to Jack Neubart and PDN for being such a staple in the world of photography. Woo woo!!

Oh, and I'm back from sunny California and have a bunch of new work, new shoots, new promos and new portfolios cranking over here at the studio!

Birdseye view of the Orange County firestorm

I grabbed a handful of shots of the massive and horrifying firestorm in Orange County yesterday. Here's an assemblage of images (because my little Leica point and shoot just wasn't wide enough to get the whole perspective)

Ahhhh, mobile offices are the best.

Yep. It's 85˚ here and this is my mobile office. Sadly, we get back to Chicago tomorrow night and will be welcomed with sleet and snow.

Location, location, location

Its all about the location. We've been here for the past several days. Life's rough eh? Check back soon for some exciting news and updates!

What a night

These words were spoken not too far from the studio on Tuesday night . . .

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference. It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.

We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day. It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America. A little bit earlier this evening, I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Sen. McCain. Sen. McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. And he's fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him; I congratulate Gov. Palin for all that they've achieved. And I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead. I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart, and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on the train home to Delaware, the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia I love you both more than you can imagine. And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the new White House. And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother's watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight. I know that my debt to them is beyond measure. To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you've given me. I am grateful to them. And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe, the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best -- the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America. To my chief strategist David Axelrod who's been a partner with me every step of the way. To the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done. But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you. It belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep. It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.

This is your victory.

And I know you didn't do this just to win an election. And I know you didn't do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime -- two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage or pay their doctors' bills or save enough for their child's college education. There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair. The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.

I promise you, we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years -- block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand. What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice. So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other. Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers. In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity. Those are values that we all share. And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.

As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too. And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope. That's the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old. She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons -- because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin. And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America -- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can. At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can. When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can. When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can. She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can. A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change.

Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made? This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.


So, I'm going to be working here in 10 days and was scouting the area via Google Maps. Can you spot anything out of the ordinary on this image? Holy Crap!

What is brand new and weighs barely over eight pounds?

No, its not the new Canon 5D Mark II and a new lens (but that would be quite lovely!)
Welcome to the world Evelyn Aileen! Congratulations to my rep, Lisa Button and her fabulous husband, Tom, on the birth of their beautiful baby girl!

Real photos to follow!

Deer John

Part of a new series I'm working on. Enjoy!

People of Planet Earth, please line up

I recently captured some fresh faces for the über-cool new talent agency Planet Earth Agency and their fearless leader Julie T. If you're looking for the ordinary or the extraordinary, they've got the talent you're looking for. Here's a small lineup of some of the wonderful characters who were just added to the roster of unique and real people in Chicago.

Sex sells

Here are a couple images I created for this week's Time Out Chicago for their Sex Issue. HOT!

Another decade closes

...and the next decade promises to be fantastic! I spent last week on the west coast working as well as celebrating the last days of my 20s with some amazing friends. Here are a few personal pics from my week.
This was the Georgia O'keeffe-esque sky in Chicago on my way to the airport.
Yoga on a bluff in my old stomping ground in Santa Barbara
My close friend Susan taking some pics of the beach below.
This image is the last daylight moments of my 20s. It was an amazing sunset and reinforces my appreciation for where I've been and where I'm headed. I love creating images and am so lucky to be doing what I'm doing. Happy Birthday to me - dammit!

Another year older

And I still haven't done the following:

- served time in prison
- voted republican
- learned Swedish
- stare at a magic eye poster, and "see" the image
- knitted a scarf
- been captain of a hockey team
- learned to fly

This Friday is my official birthday and we're going to celebrate it around 7PM at the rooftop bar of The Standard hotel in downtown LA. If you're in the area, please come by and help me toast another year on this rotating hairball of a planet!

International Photography Awards recognition

Its always great to see my work recognized on any level. The International Photography Awards saluted some of my photos with honorable mentions this year. The 2008 Snowbird series was recognized in addition to a portrait of Hannibal Burress for Chicago Magazine and a happy little RV also shot in Florida during the Snowbirds tour in 2008. Thanks!!!

Big loser

Took a small road trip down south to shoot another assignment for Bicycle Magazine. Jerry Lisenby is definitely no loser but was one of the Biggest Losers on NBC.

And as with most assignments, I took advantage of our location to do a little testing for the portfolio. Stay tuned for the attack of the 15 foot piñata!

Two new pieces

I was going to keep one of these a secret for a couple months, but they just make me laugh and hopefully you'll laugh too! Enjoy!

Sneak peek at a new series

I've been working on a new promo series and I'm pretty jazzed about what it is shaping up to be. You've gotta see the rest of the image, but will just have to wait until we're finished with the series. (and yes, I said 'jazzed' ... shut up)


Working here for the next week

See you next Monday! Go Indians!

Don' forget!! SLIDELUCK POTSHOW Tomorrow Night!

I missed last year's show and nearly missed it again this year because we've been SO busy here at the studio. I hope many of you blokes can attend! I have some work being shown (although, I don't know what they chose). Click here for more information.

Not your mamma's clippers

Here's a few ads I shot with Grip for Wahl. Just like every profession, there's the Crème de la Crème. Wahl is one of those companies in their industry. Sure, all of us have had our hair buzzed, shaved, curled, blow-dried, clipped and trimmed by hair products in our barber shops and salons. But have you been Wahl'd? You'd know. Quality. Perfection. Innovation.

Ma'am, you've got a piece of broccoli in your teeth

Today's behind the scenes! I still don't know what Mark is smiling at, and it makes me uncomfortable. It was such a pleasure to work with the Art Director Julia from AbelsonTaylor on this job. She definitely brightened the whole studio with her wit and energy!

Thanks to another stellar team!
Julia, the famous Art Director
Julie T, the famous stylist
Ashley B, the 'I can make anyone's skin flawless' makeup artist
Mark D & Josh R, the high-fiver and trusty sidekick 'black-eyed bather'
And me, the professional hip-swayer. Woop woop!

Today's shoot with AbelsonTaylor

Another great start to a fun campaign with the fantastic folks at AbelsonTaylor again! Thanks to Julie for making the most beautiful lettuce, tomato and fork combination and to Mark for not eating it before it was handed to the talent.