Happy Trixie Easter!!!

March 25, 2016 in Photography

I think it’s pretty clear I want to spend ALL of my holidays with my favorite muse, Trixie Mattel!!!:) ūüôā ūüôā ¬†I’m not sure if you have heard, but Trixie has moved to Hollywood to become an even bigger star!!! ¬†In honor of the¬†move, our latest shoot was inspired by vintage¬†movie star promotional photographs combined with a little bit of creepy bunny to help celebrate the holiday! ¬†Also, just for the record, rabbits are known to be herbivores and no baby chicks were harmed in the making of these photographs! ¬†Hope you all have a Happy Trixie Easter!!! ¬†XOXO!!!!

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Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Brian Gladkowski, & Tom Michas
Intern:  Travon Newbern
Prop Artist: Emily Franklin
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla

IL Meetings + Events, Spring 2016: Debbie Sharpe

March 23, 2016 in Photography

I was super excited when IL M+E asked me to photograph a woman who loves Chicago, food, and music as much as I do!:)  Debbie Sharpe has quite the resumé as a self taught rock-n-roll caterer; luckily, she also shares her amazing food with the masses through her multiple Goddess and Grocer locations as well as Feast Restaurant (I think about their wasabi mashed potatoes probably a little too much!!).  It was truly a pleasure to spend a morning with her at the G&G Bucktown location chatting, drinking (GREAT) coffee, and of course taking pictures-Debbie Sharpe is AWESOME!!!  Keep an eye out for the newest Goddess and Grocer in Andersonville, scheduled to open on March 1!!!:)



Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala & Tom Michas 
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla

2016: A Happy Trixie New Year!!!

December 31, 2015 in Photography

It’s been said, you are supposed to spend¬†New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in preparation for what you want to happen in the upcoming¬†year. ¬†There is nothing I want more than¬†to spend the next year working with my favorite (& future favorite!!) creative collaborators! ¬†Checkout this¬†very¬†special NYE shoot we did yesterday with one of my favorite creative babes, the ultra fabulous Trixie Mattel!!!:) ūüôā ūüôā ¬†Wishing everyone the best for the new year!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOX!!!!!!!!!

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Assistants: Brian Gladkowski & Tom Michas
Intern:  Travon Newbern
(You can’t ever have too much¬†glitter & rhinestones) Prop Artist: Emily Franklin
Clock Fabricator/Problem Solver: Dane Larsen
Retouching: Sarah Crump

Chicago Magazine, December 2015: Joseph Wright, King Cannabis

December 3, 2015 in Photography

Medical marijuana is officially available in Illinois!!!!!  HOORAY!!!!!!!!!  I was very excited when Chicago Magazine asked me to photograph Joseph Wright, the Director of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (and even more excited when I found out he is a young handsome lawyer with a super sharp suit!).  Also very intelligent, he appears to have a bright political future.  The thing I liked most about Joseph Wright: his passion for his job and excitement about helping people!  There is nothing cooler than getting to work with people that love what they do!:)

‚ĶUnfortunately, the list of approved conditions is very small, but this is the start of legislation I truly believe will assist and benefit so many¬†people!!!! ¬†If you’re interested – you can petition the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board¬†mcpp.illinois.gov¬†to recommend conditions to the state’s director of public health (can we all do this please????!!!!). ¬† You can visit¬†my site¬†if you want to see more of the fun photos I love to make, and stay tuned for more!!! ūüôā¬†


Assistant: Jacqueline Ayala
Intern: Bailey Lecat
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla

Death Studios: a home for Glamorous Monsters and Cute Baby Kittens!

October 27, 2015 in Photography

A few months ago (when I was on the hunt for a Fluffy mask for my shoot with the dreamy David Cerda!), I had the pleasure of visiting Death Studios for the first time!  Jeff Death, the owner and master artist, is not just an incredible talent (all of these super detailed & creepy masks are hand painted!!) but also one of the nicest guys (he was surrounded by the the cutest baby kittens the first time we met!)!  I was excited to return with a few lights, a few extra hands, and some pretty colored paper to share some of his amazing artistry with you!

Assistant: Jacqueline Ayala 
Intern: Tom Michas 
Masks: Jeff Death, Death Studios
Portrait Retouching: Sarah Crump
Glamour Shot Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla


Ashley Aspiranti is moving….to the suburbs….of Virginia?!?!?!!!

September 30, 2015 in Photography

When my girlfriend Ashley told me she was going to be moving away from Chicago, she asked if I wanted to do a shoot before she (literally!) packed her bags-the answer, of course, YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!:)

I first met Ashley on the internet in 2005 when I was looking for a model for a Chicago Magazine photo shoot. At the time, she was fairly new to Chicago and her mom didn’t want her to come by my studio for a go-see fearing I might be a creepy photographer with ill intentions-LOL!!!!:) ¬†Several years and several photo shoots later, I’m so happy to call this lovely lady a friend! ¬†Wishing you the best in your next adventure girl-I know we will cross paths again soon!!! ¬†XOXOXOX!!!!

Assistant: Jacqueline Ayala 
Intern: Tom Michas 
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla


Goodbyn is GREAT!!!:)

September 22, 2015 in Photography

I wish it was every day when a client stops by the studio wanting to collaborate on concepting a photo shoot with a brief in hand containing words like ‚ÄúCreating fun‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúunexpected and imaginative‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúPicnic in Outer Space‚ÄĚ, and ‚ÄúOffbeat is encouraged!‚Ä̬†¬†Goodbyn¬†I love you!!!!!:) ¬†We had such a great time producing this super fun shoot for a truly awesome client and we are even more excited to share it with you!!:) ¬†Goodbyn is an independently woman owned, local business (YES!!!!) that makes super cute, easy to use, lunch boxes and food containers¬†for an on-the-go lifestyle. ¬†They come in some of my favorite colors (I‚Äôm partial to the purple and pink!) and I love the different compartments to help eliminate the need for disposable bags. ¬†Checkout their website to purchase and through 10/1 use the code ‚ÄėFALLSALE‚Äô for 25% off!

A special thanks to my amazing crew as well as our cast (and parents!!)-this was a true collaboration of so many incredible talents, I’m grateful to work with all of you!!:)  XOXO!!!:
Producer: Brian Gladkowski
Assistants: Lauren Butterfield & Jacqueline Ayala
Master Prop Fabricator: Emily Franklin
Hair & Makeup: Karen Brody
Stylist: Melanie Francis
Stylist Assistant: Joanna Patterson
Food Stylist: Misha Shebesta
Digital Tech & Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla
Intern: Tom Michas 

Chicago Magazine, September 2015: Dreamy David Cerda

September 17, 2015 in Photography

A special thank you to Martha Williams and Jacqueline Cantu from Chicago Magazine for creating a¬†match made in heaven by asking me to photograph the INCREDIBLY talented David Cerda of Hell in a Handbag Productions!!! ¬†I have been a fan of Cerda‚Äôs work for years; a playwright and actor, Cerda is co-founder and Artistic Director of HIAH Productions (and have you seen his band The Joans??????!!!!?!?!?)! ¬†When we spoke on the phone the first time, I immediately felt like we were old friends, talking about our mutual admiration for each others work (!!!) and our mutual love of works from Hitchcock,¬†Joan Crawford, and John Waters. ¬†Part of my ‚Äúhomework‚ÄĚ for this shoot was to watch Joan Crawford in¬†Strait-Jacket (SO GOOD!!!!) as well as the inspiration for this shoot and Cerda’s newest tribute play, The Crate from the 1982 film Creepshow. ¬†This led to a super fun trip to Death Studios in Indiana (on the back of a motorcycle!) to pick up a reproduction mask of Fluffy (The Cratebeast-originally created by Tom Savini) and hang out with master mask maker Jeff Death-thanks for the tip Scott Jenkins!! ¬†Did I mention all of this is my job?!!!! ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā ¬†The day of the shoot Cerda brought with him another incredible talent, Lolly Extract, to help bring Fluffy to life-you can see them both in Scream, Queen, SCREAM! opening on Thursday September 24th-I seriously can‚Äôt wait!!!!!


Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala & Brian Gladkowski
Intern: Tom Michas 
The Cratebeast mask: Death Studios
Costume & severed heads: Chicago Costume Thanks Courtland!!:)
Inside the Cratebeast: Lolly Extract
Wig Stylist: Muffy Fishbasket
The Thor of Predko Studio (Lightning Bolt Creator): Dane Larsen
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla

Chicago Magazine, August 2015: Chicago Human Rhythm Project

August 21, 2015 in Photography

It was an absolute pleasure working with artistic director & founder of Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Lane Alexander, and three of his INCREDIBLY talented dancers (Néstor Corona, Zada Cheeks, and Maggie Doyle) for our recent shoot for Chicago Magazine!!!  It was a special treat for us to spend the afternoon with them in the studio; check out a few of our pics below and see them perform live at the Chicago Dancing Festival August 25-29th!!


Assistant & Master Flower Creator: Jacqueline Ayala
Interns: Tom Michas & Rachel Nurmi
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla

5th Annual Slow & Low: Chicago Community Lowrider Festival

August 11, 2015 in Fun, Photography, Video

From the moment¬†I heard about the¬†5th Annual Slow & Low: Chicago Community¬†Lowrider Festival,¬†I was literally counting the days until I could visit this¬†little piece of “Lisa Heaven”!!!!!!! ¬†I’m in LOVE¬†with the artistry, attention to detail(!!!),¬†but most of all¬†the engineering-I saw an El Camino FLY¬†on Sunday (check out¬†the video at the end of this post!)!!! ¬†Seriously, how is this even possible?!?!?!?!?! ¬†So many cool vintage & custom cars-my heart was exploding with joy!!!:)¬†With 2 of my favorite ladies on my arms I got to take SOOOOO many photos!!!! ¬†Check out some of my favorites, below. ¬†ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

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