Chicago Reader, March 1st 2018: Towkio

March 7, 2018 in Photography

This shoot started with Vince Cerasani sending me one of the best texts ever, “I emailed you…Reader shoot…rapper…space suit…”!:)  I love Vince (& Jamie!!), I love the Reader, I love rap, I LOVVVVVVVE space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When I was a kid, I can remember looking through a telescope into the night sky with my dad and brother thinking about what a mystery it all was and how small we are in comparison to the universe-MIND BLOWING!  As an adult, contemplating space can really help put things in perspective.  It’s a great reminder for me that the universe is big and life is short, day to day bullshit is insignificant, and it’s important to not only put good energy out into the world connecting with people and nature but to also be thankful and appreciate for what I have.💗💗💗

One of the things I’m most thankful for is the opportunity to create these crazy images I see in my head and to do it with people I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)  An extra shout out to my favorite beach babes Amber & Isil who didn’t let me die while I was shooting Lake Michigan shelf ice for our moonscape-WARNING this is legit dangerous!!!!  Coincidentally, one of the last times the three of us were together on this beach we fell asleep watching shooting stars. #oneoflifesbest

I digress!  Shooting Chicago’s own Towkio was AWESOME; it was a pleasure having him in the studio and he was a fantastic collaborator!  His song, 2 Da Moon, was inspiration for our alien dance party.  Check out his recent trip into space as well as his latest album WWW.!!!

If Towkio and I had our high school senior portrait taken together, I imagine it would have looked something like this!  LOL!!!:

Michigan Moonscapes:

Studio Assistants: Tom Michas, Taylor Cairns
Location Assistants: Amber Halaka, Isil Cinar
Grooming: Karen Brody (Chicago Makeup Artists)
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)
Alien(s): Taylor Cairns
And special thanks to Kathy Maloney!!!!!!!!:) 🙂 🙂

Ashley & Shawn: Separate Togetherness (The Engagement)

February 14, 2018 in Photography

When Ashley & Shawn shared with me the big news of their upcoming nuptials, I couldn’t wait to collaborate on fun engagement pics with the happy couple!  Ashley (knowing the way to my heart) presented me with some inspiration images, including a 1961 cover of Playboy and the concept of “Separate Togetherness”.  Add in inspiration from one of my favorite movies, Pillow Talk, a bunch of personal details pertaining to Ashley & Shawn, one of my favorite photographers, Colleen Durkin, as stylist/co-art director and the super fab hair & makeup stylings of Jezabel Carolina Rico and this is what you get!:) 🙂 🙂


Assistant & Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)
Styling: Colleen Durkin
Hair & Makeup: Jezabel Carolina Rico

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!

Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)