Love at Gutherie’s.

March 22, 2010 Engagement 1 Comment

Here’s a quick preview from Susan and Conrad’s engagement shoot this afternoon! First stop: Gutherie’s Tavern. Guess what the patron’s did when they discovered the two were engaged?

Back to the Damen Building with Steve.

March 15, 2010 Exploration 1 Comment

In February, I had a post showing a few shots from  a Sunday afternoon when I visited a building in the Pilsen area of Chicago.  More than a year before, I spotted the old boarded up grain silo on the train heading to Chicago Midway Airport where I was heading to New York to reunite with my friend Alina and the photographers at the VII seminar.

I made a point that morning to remember the spot and planned to find my way there when I returned to Chicago.  It was during that trip to New York when I was offered an opportunity to work in SE Asia. Ten days later I was back on a flight, this time heading to Thailand.

My plans were postones, but not forgotten.

It was exciting to finally make it to the building in February, but nightfall was fast approaching.  I once more planned to make it back, this time with a friend and more light.

Last Friday  photog friend Steve and I found the “entrance” and set started shooting. The sun was finally out after what seemed like a winter of only gray days.  Despite the slush from the snow, I had a great time exploring the area and taking Steve’s headshots. Afterward we headed to a delicious Mexican restaurant called Abuelo’s Mexican Grill. YUMMM, perfect way to end the afternoon.

**Check back soon for shots from the area.

To my friend who doubted, I wore boots that day.


March 1, 2010 Documentary 0 Comments

Gary, Indiana. Sunday, February 28. 5:25 p.m.

A break from winter torment in the Midwest.

February 24, 2010 Travel 0 Comments

A few more from the Damen Building.

February 24, 2010 Exploration 1 Comment

I like the juxtaposition of the Sear’s tour framed by this dilapidated old factory. I plan on reshooting this image with better light, but the scene itself interest me.

Adam <3's Jennifer

February 19, 2010 Wedding 1 Comment

The love between Adam and Jennifer filled their dressing rooms, church, and reception hall.  Everywhere they went, a sense of happiness and adoration radiated from the two of them and spilled over to the guest.  It was a marriage that moved not just the father-of-the-bride to tears, but the majority of those looking on (I think a tear or two threatened to spill from my own eyes.)

Jennifer is a throwback to the classic elegance of Judy Garland. Beautiful and sincere with all those around her.  Adam’s smile says everything about him–it comes easily and without pretenses.  What a nice couple.

**Jennifer’s mother made her veil, which EVERYONE drooled over.  It’s simply incredible.  I couldn’t stop looking at it.

I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to second shoot this wedding with Photographer Extraordinaire, Laurie Peacock!  She’s amazing.  Makes my day better every time I see her!

Taste of Costa Rica.

February 19, 2010 Travel 1 Comment

I couldn’t resist sharing a few…

Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Sunrise.

Playa Corrillo. Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. Near Sunset.

Sunny Sunday=site scouting.

February 8, 2010 Documentary, Exploration 0 Comments

Went for a drive down south of Chicago this afternoon to visit a building I spotted a year or so back.  It’s a long way from where I live, which is why it’s taken me so long to check it out.   With a free Sunday, a rare sunny day, and a fresh zip card begging to be used, I finally made it to the spot.  This was more of a scouting session than anything else. Needless to say, I was intrigued and can’t wait to go back.

Color Edition

January 7, 2010 Exploration, Travel 1 Comment

Before the birds flew south.

January 7, 2010 Travel 0 Comments

It was the last weekend to get away before the weather turned.  Scott and I drove down to the beach in New Buffalo, Michigan.  We planned to catch one more sunset without the inevitable weather paned window we’d be watching through during winter .  We were away from the city and the ceaseless white noise.  I relished the silence of the surrounding nature–the smells and the light, unhindered by tall buildings.

The relaxing therapy of this place is magic, unfortunately it hadn’t completely taken effect for me yet.  I was still distracted. Instead of walking shoes, I grabbed my boats–mind you, not hiking boots.  I’m talking black, leather, boots more appropriate for a Saturday night.  It was too late to turn back though.  Undeterred, I took to the sandy beach.  My heels carved deep gouges in the shifting surface, but we pressed on. We reached the break wall, climbing up the rocky surface, carefully choosing each step.  The fishermen watched me out of the corner of their eyes, certainly sizing me up, taking in my ridiculous footwear.  “Watch yourself, you’ll wind up with a twisted ankle with those on.” I smiled, nodded, and continued on.  Finally to the cusps of the breaker, I gave in, stripping down to my socks to summit the watch tour.

A small feat, but worth discarded boots.  The last few boats of the season made their way back to shore while we took in the unbroken line of trees along the lake.  I love cities, but I find such release in the open expanse of nature.  It was a beautiful fall day, thinking about it makes me pine for spring.