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Found an a wonderful rural road near the Illinois/Wisconsin border. Timing in strobe and daylight for the hero image .. beautiful. Carlo Aparo / Chicago based actor
What's going on .. NOT MUCH is often the reply. Out for a drive with nowhere to go and nothing to do except get out for a while. That's part of what these images are about.
The thing I love about just showing up to a location site unseen is it makes you think on your feet. Shooting at Sarah's residence we carried a sofa to her back porch for this portrait. Lovely
Shooting with Canon 1Dx and ProFoto AirB2 ... love that combo.
Trevor & Bayley
Hanging with these two with no agenda ... totally great!
I spent a summer afternoon in rural Indiana photographing Cassie and her two kids. Driving from Chicago, being there was reminiscent of my rural childhood days. I grew up in a small town ... USA
Setting up a studio at a bikers rally I found so many amazing characters. Most everyone asked said, hell yes. I took 2 pictures of everyone photographed. Direction was pretty much stand there and look at me. Some that were approached said they had reasons not to be photographed. Typical reasons, Ex, IRS and Wanted. Approx 70 images from the series.
A guy I met ... shot outside his home in a parking lot.
Waly, all American, proud of his 1967 Gibson Hummingbird guitar and 1967 Volvo plus the museum of collectables he has in his home. Waly played in a band in his early years and now is embracing his second career, again as a musician. You can find him at open mics and playing event venues in the northern burbs of Chicago, he's the guy typically laughing, quite the personality ... having drinks with Waly, I always find that his candor cracks me up.
This picture has special meaning to me, it's my Uncle .. more like a second father to me. Captured this portrait at his kitchen table using window light. He doesn't use this table much, typically he eats while in his recliner while being affronted by the news. This is a man that the world could use more of. Peace
Comedian Kevin Miller
Approach .. coupling a few studio images with a few location stills.
Elana moved to Chicago from Utah in pursuit of a acting and dancing career about a year and half ago. She has all the right moves and with the right twist of fate you will see much more of her.
Shot in her backyard on an absolutely beautiful Saturday afternoon. Doesn't get much better than today here in Chicago. 7/29/17
Nicole + Stan
Love shooting with no game plan. Chill and take photos. Nicole and I were looking through her dresser for some wardrobe when a box of condoms spilled out, not really a big deal but she got a little flush. She laughed and commented, well guys don't bring em. So we used them in a shot just because.
A few images from a library shoot for Charles Schwab
In Milwaukee shooting .. a shot of Step and her friend. I do enjoy shooting in locations feel comfy in. Like their home, when possible.
Zippo The Knight
True .. The Zippo lighter was named after this medieval night who would torch villages. Wikipedia eat your heart out !
I was friended by Michael and when I looked at his page I instantly decided I wanted to photograph this guy. I didn't want to go down the path of Game of Thrones all tough and brutal for this photograph. I came up with a concept which embraced a Monty Python approach. When I pitched my concept Michael was totally game. Michael owns all his own armor, swords etc. and teaches Medieval fighting and stuff.
Image for a Kellogg's broadcast spot
I met Sean at a casting, found out we lived close and became friends. I had Sean jumping on a mini trampoline, looks like he is giving a sermon. Great guy to work with although if you haven't seen him in awhile you never know what he's gonna look like. Either bulking up for size/strength or shredding for competition.
Worked with Terra on a commercial shoot .. shortly after we got together to shoot and she had he son with her.
Beautiful Dina in Chicago ... Shooting in a hotel room using only a small window behind me for light. Keeping it simple and allowing Dina to be Dina.
Patton's Daughter Movie Poster
Concept : Create a movie poster of a film about a revolutionary leader who turns out to be the illegit daughter of general Patton. The idea was fostered by a war museum along a highway I stopped at just because.
Working with Christian to create two visuals on a windy spring day along the Lake Michigan shores. Mixing daylight and strobe and muting colors in post.