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)

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 

Michele Pred: My Body My Business

September 6, 2016 in Photography

A few months ago the lovely Megan Colleen McGlynn was so sweet to connect the AMAZING artist, Michele Pred, and I at a Girlsday event (thank you Megan!!!)!  I immediately fell in love with Michele’s work as I FULLY support the same feminist and pro-choice agenda!  Her current series, “Promote the General Welfare”, features vintage purses adorned with feminist themed neon text.  I suggested Ms. Pred come by the studio the next time she was in town to take some fun pics; I also wanted to get to know Michele better and hear more about her work!:)  Make sure you check out more of her art on her website: http://michelepred.com.  Rumor has it the Vote purse may now be in the hands of one of our presidential candidates… something tells me its not Trump!!!:) 🙂 🙂

 

XOXO!!!:
Assistant: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Intern: Dolly Nguyen
Hair & Makeup: Karen Brody, Chicago Makeup Artists
Voting Booth Fabricator: Emily Franklin
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla and Tom Michas (Tomikiss)