Baphomet: Devil dude

October 31, 2014 in Behind the Scenes, Photography

My friend, Chris Martiniano, asked if I would be interested in photographing his Halloween costume; I OF COURSE said YES!!!:)  I may have nightmares later, but I think it was worth it!:)

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Baphomet: Chris Martiniano
Stylist: Sasha Hodges
Assistants: Brian Gladkowski & Grace Allen
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla
Special thanks ♥ ♥ ♥ to our fellow scavenger Nicolette Meyer & to Bob Paulson for craft service!!

Design Bureau, Nov/Dec 2012: Gary Lee!!!!!!!

November 15, 2012 in Behind the Scenes, Photography

I LOVE DESIGN BUREAU!!!!!!!!!!  A magazine all about things I love, designed beautifully, printed on awesome paper that feels good to touch!:)  AND they asked me to photograph the incredibly talented designer, Gary Lee, in his Merchandise Mart showroom.  Coincidentally, the day we needed to shoot, Gary Lee Partners had hired the super cool photographer, Tony Soluri (who just happens to be my former studio mate!), to shoot some interior shots for them.  I don’t know if all photographers would play nice in this situation, but Tony & I had a great time!:)

Gary said he wore these socks special for me!  I don’t know how he would have known about my obsession for aqua or how he would have known I had to photograph the saddle as soon as I saw it!  I think perhaps he was just messing with me!;)  Either way, Gary Lee is AWESOME!!!!:)

LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you Gary Lee!!!!!!!:

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Assistants: Lyndon French & Jason Lemon

SAMI ZOMBIE!!!!!! or Handbook for the Recently Deceased

November 8, 2012 in Behind the Scenes, Photography

‘Tis the season for creating holiday promos!  I’m always happy for an opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite makeup artists, Martina Sykes, on subject matter we are both inspired by!  She is quite skilled at making people look good, but she excels at making them look dead!:)  Here is our latest gem, Handbook for the Recently Deceased (or as I fondly like to refer to it, SAMI ZOMBIE!!!!!!)!:)

We had an awesome day in the studio!  While Martina was working her magic, Richard from Bombastic Cafe (opening Spring 2013 near The Music Box Theatre) fueled us with amazing coffee and taught us how to use a chemex with the pour over method!

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Makeup Artist: Martina Sykes
Model, Assistant, & Retoucher (yes, she can do it all!): Sami Hylla

Halls Allergy: ANGRY!!! …but sweet!

June 26, 2012 in Behind the Scenes, Photography

It’s not everyday a photographer is able to give fun, yet contradictory, direction to her talent like, “ANGRY!!! …but sweet!:)” which happens to go hand in hand with my love of the sweet and sinister (be sure to check out the secretary images on my website, “Good Morning Doll, Good Night Sweetheart”).  And it’s not every model who’s able to pull it off; Lauren Johnson from Ford rocked it out!!  I am thankful to a couple truly awesome guys, Josh Peters and Neil Danaher, as well as DraftFCB for the opportunity to work on this super fun concept for Halls!:)  Everything about this job made me smile from to start to finish: the casting day (so wish I could show these!), fantastic shoot with great (and also adorable) clients and crew, a wrap party with open swinging (yes, an actual swing hung from our 16 foot ceilings!), editing the photos the next day in my Nashville hotel room before going to see the Grand Ole Opry, and of course being able to share it all with you!:)


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Yep, still smiling!;)

Farewell Morgan Street (Movin’ On Up)!

May 23, 2012 in Behind the Scenes, Photography

Wow have I missed YOU!:)  To say things have been a bit hectic this year would be an understatement!  With so many new projects to share-I hope I don’t end up over blogging this next month!;)

The major contributor to the blog delay: Lisa Predko Photography has moved!!!  After 11.5 fantastic years at 452 N. Morgan St, the time had finally come to pack up my set walls, and move on up!  And yes, it’s even to the east side-Michigan Avenue to be exact!:)  I can now officially say, thank you Move-tastic!: you truly are Chicago’s Best Movers EVER (not to mention, terribly photogenic!)!!!!;)

I digress!  Knowing my time in West Loop was coming to an end, I made a point to take a few extra shots of just a few of the things I appreciated on a daily basis.  These are from the final month on Morgan Street.  We look forward to you visiting us at the new studio!

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Time Out Chicago, Issue 354: Holiday Party Fashion

December 9, 2011 in Behind the Scenes, Photography

Holiday Fashion? Yes, please!
Andrew, Kevin, and Jessica? Yes, please!
Improv Olympic? Yes, please!
Puppets? YES, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!:)

Thank you Time Out for thinking of us again this year for the Holiday Party Fashion (here is last year’s if you want to take a peek!)!

A special thanks to the iO cast from Joy! – An iO Family Christmas Special which is running for just two more Wednesdays (December 14th and December 21st) at 9pm , buy your tix here!  The show is described as a bit of old school Christmas review feel with guests from around the theater popping in and joining on stage (the perfect kind of show for my short attention span!).  AND at the end audience participation is encouraged for a round of caroling down Clark St!:)

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Another special thanks to Dinner Party who sells and rents fabulous vintage tableware, linens, and home decor (some of which looks like it came out of my own kitchen cabinet!)!  You can also see some of their wares at the next Dose Market on February 12, 2012!

Talent: From Improv Olympic (l-r in spread) Caitlin Barlow, Nathan (Jon Forsythe), John Pantlind, Katy Colloton, Jesse (Cesar Jaime), Nnamdi Ngwe
Wardrobe Styling: Kevin Aeh and Jessica Herman
Hair & Makeup: Martina Sykes and Emily Massa
Food Styling: Tobe LeMoine
Assistants: Sarah Crump and Joanna Patterson
Retoucher: Sarah Crump

What do Lauren and I like to do when we get to location early?

December 6, 2011 in Behind the Scenes, Photography

Take pictures of course!:)  Check out her blog debut here, and this time WITH glasses, the oh so lovely Lauren Butterfield!

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♥♥ Casio TRYX!! Part 2!

April 21, 2011 in Behind the Scenes, Photography

Taking pictures of the Casio TRYX camera at a diner, a record store, and listening to great music-what more can a girl ask for?  Special thanks to one of our favorite Chicago record stores, Permanent Records, for letting us take over for the day!  I’m excited to let you in on a fun little secret-the album in our friend Alex’s hand belongs to Steel Pole Bath Tub (Permanent Records), an awesome band I was lucky enough to see live in ’97 (or was it ’96?) at the Bug Jar in Rochester, NY (the perfectly intimate venue to see your favorite band!). Keep your eye out for the Casio ads in magazines like Rolling Stone, Wired, Men’s Journal, and Sports Illustrated!

The TRYX has a super fun HDR Art function, check it out in the record store ads as well as in some of our behind the scenes shots here:

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Little (Raybestos ’64) GTO!

April 13, 2011 in Behind the Scenes, Photography, Video

Raybestos is back!  Last year we talked shop with Troy Ladd while he was building the ’32 Roadster Pickup for Raybestos at Hollywood Hot Rods out in Burbank, CA.  This year we were lucky to work again with the same team of 426 Inc. and Schilling Film, but this time in our very own backyard!  We visited the fellas at Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle here in Chicagoland to talk about the ’64 GTO they’re building for this year’s contest which officially starts on June 15.  Click on the image below for a little preview!:

Pictured here are partners Chad Hill and master builder Kevin Tully:

And just for fun, a little behind the scenes clip where two of our crew members snuck up on me during the still shoot setup!  Thank you Angela Mata! 😉 I love my job!!!:

For more behind the scenes photos check out our facebook album!

♥ Casio TRYX!! Part 1!

April 5, 2011 in Behind the Scenes, Photography

I love when layouts come across my desk and I know the job was made just for ME!  A week of shooting the super cool Casio TRYX camera campaign with our friends from Rivet was definitely one of those jobs!  All of the elements came together for a fantastic collaboration and a whole lot of fun!  A special thank you to my key collaborators Scott Jenkins and John Gallagher, Alter for the awesome CGI camera, as well as the entire crew!!!!

Here are a few of the shots that have been released, check back for updates and additional posts!!!

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And, if you happen to be in Times Square over the next few months, keep an eye out for the extra large billboard featuring the drum kit shot!  MY FIRST TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD!!!  Woo Hoo!!!!:)

Thanks to Ryan Rude for taking this awesome photo of it:

A few behind the scenes:

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