Once a year I take a journey to my homeland for one specific, spurious purpose: the Indiana State Fair. Tractors, bad food, smelly animals, LOTS of fat people, carnies, and ugly lamps. It's a tradition celebrating all the delightfully boring things Indiana has to offer. As per usual, we rallied the troops and made an outing of it.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Normally I ask my subjects for a bit of biographical info, then I string it together into something that's usually borderline incomprehensible. My subject for this week, David Latimer, gave me a quick typed statement that does an excellent job of describing him. Anything I would ad or modify would simply get in the way.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Well hello there friends. It's been an awful long time since we've caught up, and I have to say it's all my fault. Let's skip the usual excuses and get right down to it. This time around I caught up with Hinge Gallery's co-owner Holly Sabin on the gallery's opening day.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
So, good news and bad news. Good news is all 52 portraits have been taken, on time, and are accounted for! Bad news, I've used this as a serious excuse to slack on updating this blog. It's not over till it's over, kids. After this, seven more updates to go.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Normally the bulk of this blog would be focused on the shooting aspect of the portrait. This one, however, will be just a little different...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I've recently acknowledged that as a people shooter, I need to brief my subjects before shoots. It sounds obvious, but simply telling the sitter what's about to happen can go a long way to make them feel more comfortable. There have been some shoots where chatting with the subject leads them to do really interesting looking things, only to raise my camera and have them immediately stop.
This shoot is certainly not one of those.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
So far in the project, I've yet to miss a deadline. This week I came really close, but pulled it out, quite literally at the last minute. After one very vexing failed portrait attempt earlier in the day, this one came together, and quite well, I might add.
Friday, July 8, 2011
It's always nice to be able to integrate an artist's style and technique into their own portrait. I've done a few shots like that recently, and this one is along the same lines.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
So I get a call from Jaime Salas, the east coast brand ambassador of Milagro tequila. He says "hey, this is going to sound crazy, but would you like to go to Mexico with Milagro in a week and a half to visit our distillery?" Um, yes. Yes I would.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
One thing I may or may not have mentioned thus far in my project is that despite being EXTREMELY clumsy, I have an uncanny talent for climbing on things. Getting up to a precarious high place? No problem. No ladder? I'll figure it out. Staying up there as long as necessary? Can do. I may well trip over my own feet the second I get back on the ground, but at least until then I'm safe.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Sometimes a concept for a photo just falls in your lap and it's too good to resist. When you find yourself in an old building with a super deco interior, and your subject just happens to have access to a smoking jacket, you just have to go with it.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
29 weeks in to this project, and I'm running out of one-liners for this section of the writeup. This is the first thing that came to me: "This is a photograph that I took." That's my A-material right there, folks.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Due to a lack of general internets, I've been on hiatus from writing. Now once again my frantic attempt at getting caught up resumes.
I was going to use this space to jokingly make reference to Brian as a tyrant, a cruel heartless task-master, someone who makes animal noises and fart sounds for a living. That material is too obvious, and thusly, I'll save it for later.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
A couple weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting up with an old friend, grabbing a beer, and taking his picture. We did the shoot at Danny's, one of his favorite bars, and I kept the lighting pretty simple.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
This week I had the pleasure of doing an opening menu shoot for La Taberna, a new Tapas restaurant in the UIC area. I love doing shoots at restaurants. The first reason being I love taking pictures of food. The second being how diverse these kinds of shoots are. You photograph plates of food, the space, portraits, whatever is needed. I spent the whole day shuffling around lights and shifting gears. Not only did I provide them with some really fantastic images of their plates, but also some nice portraits of their chefs, if I do say so myself.
Monday, January 10, 2011
So far in this project, I've had the opportunity to photograph 18 different people in 18 different environments. I've found myself in restaurant kitchens and people's living rooms. Shooting snippets of every day life and people on the ascent to big things. But by far the shoot that has meant the most to me is this one, my own Grandmother.
Oh, and this week we have a co-star.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Just a quick update. I did the menu shoot for La Taberna, a new tapas restaurant on south Halstead near UIC. Click on the image above for a few sample pictures. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I also did my portrait for this week during the shoot, about which you'll all be hearing shortly.