Chicago Magazine, Democratic Candidates for Governor: November 2017, December 2017, and January 2018

January 12, 2018 in Photography

A billionaire, a Kennedy, and a mathematician all walk into a……photo studio, separately, on different days, to be photographed for Chicago Mag by yours truly!:)  It was a pleasure meeting these three gentlemen and I appreciated the opportunity to encourage the legalization of marijuana as well as voicing to them my concerns about the changing color temperatures of our cities’ street lights (and this isn’t just me trying to fix the light at your party-check out what the AMA says!).  Click on the links below to read their interviews:

Chicago Magazine’s November Issue (JB Pritzker)

Chicago Magazine’s December Issue (Chris Kennedy)

Chicago Magazine’s January Issue (Daniel Biss)

 

XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)
Grooming: Sophia Porter

Chicago Reader, December 21 2017: Hannibal Buress

December 21, 2017 in Photography

A few weeks ago Hannibal Buress came by the studio for a shoot, and he had the pleasure of sharing time with some of my favorite people!:)  The shoot was a great way to welcome Jamie Ramsay as the new Director of Photography at the Chicago Reader (HOORAY!!!!!!!!!) as well as a bittersweet farewell, as that amazing hand belongs to our special guest star, my former assistant/studio manager/zen master, Jacqueline Ayala (watch out NYC she’s coming for you!)!  Check out Hannibal’s interview as well as his upcoming show at the Lyric Opera House!

XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Tom Michas, Taylor Cairns
Hand model: Jacqueline Ayala
Styling: KJ.
Grooming: Nasee Yehuda
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)

Chicago Magazine, October 2017: Dr. Ruchi Gupta

October 19, 2017 in Photography

Because food sensitivity is something I personally struggle with, I was very excited when Chicago Magazine asked me to photograph food allergist Dr. Ruchi Gupta!  After watching Dr. Gupta’s super cute music video, I knew we were going to be able to create something fun and I couldn’t wait to meet her!  Special thanks to Tom & Jackie for bringing my vision of the giant peanut wall to life (LOVE YOU!!!!!) and an even bigger thanks to Chef Andy for cooking up that gorgeous red snapper!

XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)

Chicago Reader, Sept 28 2017: Bill Morrison

September 29, 2017 in Photography

When I first moved to Chicago in 1996, I remember learning how Thursdays were a special day because that’s the day the Reader comes out.:)  Around that same time, I was playing with Type 55 negatives, not washing off the Polaroid chemicals to create texture and accelerate deterioration-one might say this was fantastic forethought and planning!  Inspired by watching some of filmmaker Bill Morrison’s work, I knew these fantastic old negs were the perfect pairing for our portrait of Bill for this week’s Chicago Reader cover!:)  You can check out his film Dawson City: Frozen Time screening this Thursday October 5 at Logan Center for the Arts!


XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)

 

Chicago Magazine, August 2017: Jason Benetti

September 14, 2017 in Photography

Thanks to a VERY busy summer, I’m a little behind in blogging, but I couldn’t pass up telling you Jason Benetti is a very cool guy and it was such a pleasure shooting him for Chicago Magazine!:)  The day we shot was one of those sweltering 90+ degree days with lots of humidity and intermittent torrential downpours-but we had sun and blue sky at all of the right times!!!  From the moment we met, Jason was cracking jokes and I knew this was going to be a fun shoot regardless of the weather!  Contrary to popular belief, I actually have a TINY bit of White Sox knowledge (thanks Robbie V.!), but once I learned Mr. Benetti was from the Homewood-Flossmoor area-all I really wanted to talk to him about was the AWESOME pizza from the original Aurelio’s (the old oven and extra crispy is THE BEST!!!)!:)

XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Intern: Samantha Lare Presser
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)

Marketing News Magazine, June 2017: The 2017 AMA Gold Top 50 Report

June 2, 2017 in Photography

Gold on gold on gold!!!  We are definitely still finding glitter and sequins around the studio after this one; every time I see the little twinkle of light, it just reminds me how much I love shooting with Vince for Marketing News Magazine and collaborating with my AMAZING team!  Can we just take an extra moment to admire those gorgeous hands and that awesome cake?  The AMA Gold Top 50 Report is a list of the top 50 revenue-generating market research firms in the US; previously called the Honomichl report, I feel super lucky our cover story was after the name change!:)  Check out our super fun pics below!

 

XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Model: Sarah Uchison
Food Stylist/Caterer Extraordinaire/She Does It ALL!: Andrea Donadio
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)

Chicago Magazine, May 2017: Samantha Irby

May 22, 2017 in Photography

Would you believe this is my THIRD photo shoot with the AWESOME Samantha Irby for Chicago Magazine?!?!!!  I feel pretty lucky every time the phone rings with a job, but this one in particular!!!  I can’t rave about Samantha enough; her blog, Bitches Gotta Eat, and her most recent book, We are Never Meeting in Real Lifeare both LOL funny and MUST READS!!!!!  The first two times I photographed her in 2013, Sam and I were both experiencing pretty severe physical pain-it’s funny how empathy for pain can immediately make you feel connected to someone.  During both of those shoots, Samantha made me smile and laugh so much I almost forgot how I really just wanted to lay on the floor and cry; laughter is truly some of the best medicine!!!

Fast forward to April 2017, when Chicago Mag asked if I would drive to Michigan to photograph her-it was the perfect opportunity to ask two of my favorite babes (Andrea Donadio & Jacqueline Ayala) to roadtrip to Kalamazoo to photograph Samantha & then drive just a little further to visit Mom and Dad Predko!  So awesome to share my childhood home complete with Mom Predko’s famous margaritas and a little middle school nostalgia (thanks to Nick Gavrilides & Josh Lane for our awesome meal at Gracie’s!).  But let’s get back to Samantha Irby!!!! Did you hear she now has a development deal with FX for a series inspired by her book Meaty, and Abbi Jacobson from Broad City <swoon!> is one of the executive producers?!!!!!!  I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!  💗 💗 💗 💗

XOXO!!!:
Assistant: Jacqueline Ayala
Makeup: TaBetha Morrison
Driver/Favorite Roadtrip Partner: Andrea Donadio
Retouching: Sarah Crump

Trixie Mattel & Brian Firkus: Two Birds

May 2, 2017 in Photography

Today is a very exciting day for country music!  Currently, my collection includes legends such as Dolly, Johnny, Hank (1 & 3), Patsy, and Loretta; as of today, Brian & Trixie join these master crooners!!!!!!!  I am SOOOO excited to promote the release of drag legend Trixie Mattel/Brian Firkus‘s FANTASTIC new album, Two Birds, now available on iTunes!!!!!!  As always, it was such a pleasure collaborating with the AMAZING Trixie on this super fun conceptual shoot!  Inspiration for the album art was drawn from 60s and 70s country albums with a little bit of “Green Acres” thrown in there too (so in love with those sets & Eva Gabor <sigh>!!!). Trixie is the kind of client I throw out all the stops for-this includes taking a machete to the park, asking the ex-husband for a favor, and bringing into the studio tall grass (I’m highly allergic to) with fragile fuzzy plumes that shed EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!  Don’t worry, I survived and I’m thrilled with our collaboration; check out our awesome new pics below and go give the album a listen!:)

XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Intern: Jiaqi Li
Prop Assist: Amber Halaka
Fence: Emotive Reclaim, check out Rob’s AWESOME work here: website and Instagram
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)
Special thanks: Robbie Vasquez III

Marketing News Magazine, April/May 2017: The Human Side of Social Media

April 27, 2017 in Photography

This super fun photo illustration is brought to you with many thanks to one of our favorite editorial clients, Marketing News Magazine!  When the amazing Vince emails me with a project and describes it as “weird/fun/I’m excited”, the only response could be YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We had such a fun time creating and piecing together all of the different elements for this one-make sure to also click play on the animation!  An awesome day filled with some of my favorite people (including the best leg and hand models in town!) and fueled with only the BEST food!!!!!  Please bring me more of your weird and fun-I’M EXCITED!!!!!!!!!:)

XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Costume Designer: Amber Halaka
My favorite hand model: Chris Martiniano
Snapchat model/the best legs in town: Jacqueline Ayala
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)
Catering: Andrea (OMG the risotto!!!!) Donadio 

Chicago Magazine, April 2017: Sandra Delgado

April 6, 2017 in Photography

Chicago Magazine, I hope you know how much I love you, because I REALLY REALLY do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)  Thanks so much for asking me to photograph the extremely lovely and multi-talented Sandra Delgado who wrote and is starring in the play La Havana Madrid at the Steppenwolf, April 14-May 21, 2017.  Based on a Caribbean nightclub her parents used to visit in Chicago in the 1960’s and featuring a live band, seeing this play is high on my to do list!  Big thanks to fellow photographer, Joel Maisonet, for letting us borrow his mic! And an even bigger thanks to Kami Bremyer for gifting me the super fab barkcloth fabric SEVERAL years ago, I was just waiting for the perfect shoot!!!  XOXO!!!!!!

XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Intern: Jiaqi Li
Hair & Makeup: Unwana Rose, Chicago Makeup Artists
Wardrobe Stylist: Elsa Hiltner (also the costume designer for La Havana Madrid!!)
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)
Special Thanks!!: Kami Bremyer, Joel Maisonet