The 606!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 5, 2015 in Photography

THE 606 OPENS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

I’ve literally been counting the days until Chicago’s first elevated park opens on the old Bloomingdale train line-I am SO excited!!!!!!  

This is definitely one of those “pinch myself because I must be dreaming” jobs-my heart is exploding with love for this incredible campaign!!!!!!!  Amazing project, awesome talent, the coolest clients, and THE BEST crew!!!!!!!!!  

I didn’t think it was possible, but summer in Chicago just got even better!!!  Keep your eyes peeled around town for our awesome pics-they are literally going to be everywhere!!!!  And of course, keep an eye out for me when you go visit The 606!!!!!!  

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Our Lives Magazine, January 2015: Brian Firkus, the creator of Trixie Mattel

February 26, 2015 in Photography

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)  Trixie is going to be on TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)  This Monday, March 2nd on Logo TV you can watch Trixie compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 7)!!!!!!:)

Patrick Farabaugh, of Our Lives Magazine, literally made my day when he sent the email asking if I was interested in photographing the fabulous, Trixie Mattel!!!  Brian Firkus is the creator of Trixie and a photographer’s dream: model, hair & makeup artist, and costume designer all in one!  We talked about incorporating Brian’s hair & makeup talents into our concept which made me think about the Barbie Stylin’ Head I always wanted as a kid-my parents never bought me one because they knew I would have immediately chopped the hair off and cried!  The Doll Collector image was inspired by my Great Aunt Alda who used to display her collection of dolls in her bedroom, just out of my reach from me and my scissors!:)

♥♥♥!!!!!!!!!!!

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XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Brian Gladkowski, Angela Mata Moriarity
Stylist: Sasha Hodges
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla

Love for Trixie Mattel!!!♥♥♥♥♥

February 13, 2015 in Photography

I LOVE Trixie Mattel!!!

The moment I saw the first pic of Trixie, it was truly love at first sight!  Special thanks to our matchmaker, Patrick Farabaugh from Our Lives Magazine who set us up on our first date (keep an eye out for a TBT post soon!)!  During our first phone conversation my love just grew stronger; we talked about the color pink, Barbies, the 60’s, Jayne Mansfield, Miss Yvonne, dressing up, and having fun!  Talk about making my heart beat faster!!!:)

For Valentine’s Day, there was nothing I wanted more than to shower my lovely muse with handmade gifts of love which now I can share with you!  A VERY special thank you to my Valentine’s Day collaborators, most notably our amazing box artist, Emily Franklin, and the man of too many talents to list, Brian Gladkowski!

Starting on March 2nd, you can watch (and cheer on!!!) Trixie competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 7)-be sure to watch!!!!!!!!!:)

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XOXO!!!:
Man who does it all!: Brian Gladkowski
Handmade Box Artist: Emily Franklin
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla
Special thanks to: Sarah Crump, Jacqueline Ayala, Grace Allen, Angela Mata, Gonzalo Guzman & Bob Paulson

HALLOWEEN!!!!: Kokorokoko Style :)

October 31, 2014 in Photography

Here at the studio, we kicked off our Halloween celebration with one of my favorite Chicago stores, Kokorokoko, where you can find the COOLEST 80’s & 90’s vintage wear*!!:) Celebrate with Koko tonight at The Hideout’s Halloween 80’s party!

*Crow and Wusthof knife not included;)

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XOXO!!!:
Wardrobe: Kokorokoko
Stylist: Sasha Hodges
Models: Jo Cøntrol & Daniella DeLuna
Makeup: Jo Cøntrol & Daniella DeLuna
Assistant: Brian Gladkowski
Intern: Angela Mata
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla

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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 XOXO!!!:
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!!

Time Out Chicago, Issue 319: Swinging Spring Fashion!

April 7, 2011 in Photography

Thanks to Time Out Chicago for asking us to work on this super fun Spring Fashion cover story featuring 70’s inspired trends as well as products made in Chicago back in the 70’s!  I was excited to break out the swing for them a second time-originally hung in the studio with the help of some rickety scaffolding and a very brave friend (thank you Flint Chaney!!!) for TOC Spring Fashion way back in 2007!  Happy Swinging!!:)

This crew is just too cute!!!:)  To see some more behind the scenes check out Time Out’s website!

XOXO!!:

Assistants: Sarah Crump, Joanna Patterson, Lauren Butterfield, Ricky Kluge
Wardrobe Stylist: Maggie Morgan
Prop Stylist: Martha Mulholland
Hair & Makeup: Martina Sykes & Jaime Dahms
Retouching: Sarah Crump
Models (in order of appearance): Katherine Harris/BMG, Peter Kraus/Chosen, Eve Rydberg/Galatea, Kwesi Dei/Chosen