Chicago Magazine September 2010: The Cutest Couple Ever!

September 10, 2010 in Photography

Check out this super cute duo we shot for Chicago Magazine’s Fall Couples Makeover!  Brandi and Neil were so adorable when we met them in our studio for the before shots, we weren’t sure how they could come back any cuter!  Sure enough, Chicago magazine and their team brought them back a few hours later looking amazing!

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Assistants: Sarah Crump, Alex Barnard
Brandi’s Hair: Marissa Schmitt at Studio 110
Neil’s Hair: Brooke Ingram at Studio 110
Brows: Tina Rosado at Studio 110
Makeup: Laura and Chevette Weathersby
Wardrobe: Kate Shifrin

24 years later…

September 2, 2010 in Photography

It was the Summer of 1986 – I was ten years old, about to enter 6th grade and the proud owner of not only a 110 camera, but also, a fantastic, pink, Le Clic disc camera.  Armed with the height of fashion and technology, I was fearless.  At the time, my two closest girlfriends were a year ahead of me in school and quite familiar with the heartthrobs of Kinawa Middle School-Brad Alcini and Jon Moore, who happened to be circling our neighborhood on this warm summer night.  My girlfriends, who will remain nameless (you know who you are!), dared me to take a photograph of these cute “older” boys so they could put it up in their locker. My heart was pounding, a little out of breath and a little bit nervous, I was finally able to catch up with the boys. I introduced myself and told them about their admirers, my giggling girlfriends off in the distance. 2 photographs later, I skipped my way back to my friends, excited to have fulfilled my assignment with great success! The film was rushed over to Meijers for double prints (of course!), a print was given to each girlfriend, and the other two were stashed away into what could be considered my very first portfolio.

Fast forward to the Summer of 2010 when one of my favorite design firms, Smith Design Co, calls me with a billboard assignment for Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. Looking for “patients”, I made a few calls for talent submissions and a familiar name catches my eye-BRAD ALCINI!  He fit our requirements perfectly.  He was approved by the client and booked on the job!  When Brad arrived at the studio, I was not only able to tell him the story of how we had met previously, but hand him those original photos from 24 years prior!  For a split second I felt like I was 10 years old again! This time was a little different-my clients were not giggling girls off in the distance (but certainly just as fun!) and my fearlessness came from 24 years of practice.

Thank you Smith Design Co for another awesome shoot and a great story!  And thank you Brad & Jon for letting me share these early photos!

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