Recent Work for Chicago Magazine: The Clone Ranger

Here's a quick shot we did recently for Chicago Magazine of law professor and novelist Lori Andrews. Lori has work on some very interesting cases in her extensive career. The portrait we created for Art Director Kim Thorton showcases the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the strange cases that Lori has been involved in. Pick up a copy of Chicago Magazine's February issue to read more. (queue eerie music)

Stuffed, part five

Series five, photographed at the Field Museum of Chicago

Who does your hair?

Why, Gabby's on Clark of course! We've been going to Gabby's Barbershop in Chicago for YEARS. I cannot say enough good things about this fantastically classic barber shop in Lakeview. They have been in business for decades and have the clients to prove it. They also have THE BEST magazine collection in Chicago. If you're looking for a classic barbershop experience without giving up your first born, check them out. No reservations, just pop in, write your name on the chalkboard, pick up a magazine and chill out.
Oh, and check out the new cut from today. I'm going a little old school at the moment and I'm kinda diggin' it!

Music Video Inspiration for your weekend . . .

Here are a few music videos that are still at the top of my favorites list. All still so powerful, provocative and mesmerizing at the same time. Wow.

Stuffed, part four

Series four, photographed at the Field Museum of Chicago

Stuffed, part three

Series three, photographed at the Field Museum of Chicago

Stuffed, part two

Series two, photographed at the Field Museum of Chicago

Sketch artist

Creating a set is another exciting aspect of being a photographer. We have a fun shoot coming up which requires equal amounts of creativity, resourcefulness and good old pen and paper.
Here is my preliminary concept sketch for our shoot which I sent to the art director after our initial conversation. A clear sketch is a useful element because the art director and creative director can see my vision without influencing the style with stock imagery composites. In addition, my clients and I are able to make some notes on it and send it back and forth to the studio for my stylist, set builder and myself to review. Stay tuned for more progress of this shoot and the final images.

Stuffed, part one

I was scouting for a shoot at the Field Museum of Natural History this afternoon and I ended up staying longer that I planned. I became absorbed by the fantastic displays, which have been there since I can remember. I snapped up as many pics as I could - using a couple different cameras (a big boy camera and my iPhone 4). These are the first images in a handful that I'll be posting over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

PDN Magazine - The Best Part of My Studio

PDN Magazine has a nice little blurb about me and Brian's live/work loft in the February issue. We've really made this place our own during the past five years and are always excited when we open it up to friends, family and clients. Pick up a copy and read why we chose this space and what makes it great!

Recent work for Black Box Acting Studio

There's a force that's been brewing in the Chicago acting world for a while now. Black Box Acting Studio is making waves in this town and they have the talent and instructors to prove it.
Here is a sampling of the various portraits I shot for them. The different personalities, expressions and poses quickly filled up our capture folder with over 4000 images to edit (whew!). In the end, I'm thrilled with the results!

Check out their new website here!

Recently published work: The great Canadian migration

It's an oldie, but a goodie. If you're up in Canada, you can check out the latest issue of Report on Business and check out one of my Snowbird images (Bert and Alice Sarafram) used for the illustration about the great Canadian migration of Snowbirds to warmer climates.

I want to continue photographing for the Snowbirds Project in 2011. There, I said it: one of my resolutions for 2011.