Wednesday, December 19, 2012

UNICORN DANCING

Brooding artsy darkness can't withstand the force of happiness, and unicorns, let the dark side go...... be free!!!

 
Unicorn Dancing from Erika Dufour on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

ART ART

Check out the book with tons of my photos in it!   I was inspired to shoot these objects with lighting that emulates 3pm sunlight in ancient Greece or Rome with no pollution.  I thought that this is the kind of light that theses craftsmen had to work with, so therefore they should be lit how they were made.

A special thanks to:
Joseph Mohan (AIC) -  a great production manager with an awesome sense of humor and well being.
Karen Manchester (AIC)- curator, so fascinating and engaging to talk to about each piece, she really made it fun to go deep into every pieces history
Robert Sharpe (AIC) an endearing and inspiring person with endless fascination with art and people
Maria Grillo (Grillo Group)- A designer with a mission of simplicity and elegance, thank you for making it easy or me to succeed
Kristin Cullen (Grillo Group)- oddly enough, you were the one who inspired me to get an other dog, hence HERCULES, who coincidentally has the name of a Greek God!
and my assistants - Kyle Frere, Cathy Sunu, and Bob Wolgemuth for keeping it real and fun.



Monday, November 26, 2012

MOVING MARRIAGE

Here is an other wedding video I shot and edited with my iphone. I lit it with an LED light rigged to it.  The only problem was answering phone calls while shooting.

Thanks to Cathy Sunu, the awesomestest wedding shooter.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

CHOCOLATE ART

In shooting this years catalogue, I thought in depth about who the creator of Vosges Haut Chocolat, Katrina Markoff is, what is she thinking of when she is concocting new flavors for her chocolate gems.   She is daring and risk taking, she is fearless in merging unexpected flavors, a true genius in the kitchen.


When Katrina and I discussed the vision of this years catalogue, lightning struck and the idea came to life. I thought to deconstruct the truffles, breaking through the vulnerable, thin outer shell,  revealing the velvety flavored ganash.   I painted the set with the colorful ingredients creating a work of art with Katrinas work of art.  No stylist on set, just me, my assistants, Q-tips, brush, water, paper towels, pins, matches, marble and chocolate.

I enjoyed this process so much, it satisfied my scientific mind, along with my creative mind, and I am honored and proud of having my finger prints all over these messy beautiful images.


 






Monday, November 5, 2012

LEAVE YOUR BIG BUT OUT OF THIS

Several times this month I have seen people being accosted by big BUTS squashing peoples dreams and goals

I want to grow my business by investing in ____  BUT ...... flubba flubba flubba flab fart
I always wanted one and I can afford it BUT ......  fluffl flubbbity flarty fart
I want/or dont want to get married or have kids BUT ...... flappity flop farty fart
I want to end or begin dating them BUT .....  doody dooo fart fart
Id like to take a day for myself BUT ........ pooopy flap flarty floop
I dont want to go tonight BUT ...... farty flubberty flap fart
I want to lose weight and be a fit person BUT ...... pooopy pant floppy fart
I want to quit my job to do what I always wanted to do BUT .....  flabba flabity flub fart


BIG BUTS are eclipsing the light from bright futures and possibilities.

Fight the BUTS in the world!  ERADICATE YOUR BIG BUTS, YOU DESERVE TO ENJOY YOUR LIFE!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

HERE COMES DA BRIDE

Last summer, my buddy Cathy asked me if I wanted to be her second shooter for a coupla weddings.  I sez ta her "yeh. what the heck."

Heres a smattering of my shots from those adventure.

Cathy is a rock star shooter as well, check her out her site!




Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

NINJA RUNNIN MASTER

Wanna know how to run skillfully, silently and effortlessly? Watch the mastery, skill and technique of this Ninja.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

LOVE WARRIORS

Recently, I was investigating to see if Ninja was interested in having a buddy, I put an email to PROJECT RESCUE CHICAGO that I was looking for a friendly and playful dude about the same size as Ninja for her to learn how to play and be doglike.  10n minutes after I sent the email, came a response with a photo of a black Shiba Inu.  My heart melted, I asked his name in response, and was told "Hercules", my jaw dropped.  An other warrior had crossed my path.

Now Ninja and Hercules roam together melting peoples hearts and sending shivers of cute across the land.  THE LOVE WARRIORS CONQUER ALL!

Monday, July 23, 2012

ZIPLICKPOP, POPZIPLIP, LIPLOCZIP

Its gonna be a hot one today!  Here's a little antidote to the hot summer weather.

Two homemade flavors of POPZIPLIPZ dangled in my freezer ready for refreshment making. Some suggested that I get popsicle molds, but the beauty of this ZIPLOCPOP is that when the pop starts to thaw, mash it up, bite of a bottom corner or the bag and pacify yourself with cool fruit slushie.

 
Cucumber, Honeydew, Lime, Thyme, Mint, Parsley, Honey
refreshing, cool n sassy


Watermelon, Lime
 Icey and Magical

Friday, July 6, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

HIS STUFF YOU WANT

My brother has a knack at pullling gems out of piles of junk.  here is a smattering of his findings FOR SALE!  feel free to email me if you have any questions or desire to purchase.
erika@erikadufour.com

 

Photos courtesy of :
snipsnapgo.com

Sunday, June 17, 2012

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

A friend of mine recently shared with me a list she acquired when she worked in a hospice care center.   This list originally was assembled by a woman who worked in palliative care for many years and she recognized 5 regrets that would surface over and over again when she spoke with people who were terminally ill...   




I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me


I wish I didn't work so hard


I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings


I wish Id stayed in touch with my friends


I wish that I had let myself be happier



Sunday, June 10, 2012

MY MOM MAKES ART




For Christmas last year, my mom gave me this blanket that she wove with a loom.  She is modest about her skills, but lets not let that modesty fool us, she's an artist and ever since I can remember, she was always doodling or making some kind of nugget of art. 


The technique she used is called Saori. Saori was created by a woman named Misao Jo who saw the world change in ways that honored standardization and mass production more than individuality and nature. She created a weaving philosophy and technique in 1968 based on allowing ones personal expression to be represented in the fabric, stepping away from standardisation and mass production.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY!

Taking these photos made me realize how much I love my work, how fun it is to play around, to see the behavior of water, how it reacts to light and how it emotes and reacts to gravity.  I felt utterly giddy seeing these images pop up on my screen!


Thank you Progear for introducing me to the Broncolor Scoro 3200 which is what made it possible to stop the motion so beautifully.  

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I SHOOT AWESOME PRODUCTS

 I had the great opportunity to shoot/retouch for MNML, product designers and innovators.    See the beauty in the new line of leather Lunatik products!











Friday, May 11, 2012

MOM N PENIS POST


A few weeks back,  I asked on facebook n twitter of whether or not I should keep the drawing of a penis that was on my fridge while my mom was visiting.




well...






























Monday, May 7, 2012

WHO AM I??


I put my hand on his knee when I tripped, looked at his face and paused for a moment.  I keep questioning if this is really who I think this is?  I took a few photos to investigate later.

heres an other hint


BEHOLD!   JAMES EARL JONES.  YESSSSS



heres a little extra proof :
chillin with Sean Penn at the Green Mill

Saturday, April 7, 2012

IF YOU SAID YES TO THE QUIZ

If you said or felt yes to alot of the questions on the last quiz, heres more information.



                                                Provided by Empowering Options

Thursday, March 22, 2012

LITTLE QUIZ



DO YOU FEEL OR DO THESE THINGS?

-hold yourself to standards nearing perfection?

-put others' needs ahead of your own?

-have a hard time knowing what you want?

-tend not to trust your own feelings & reactions?

-fear taking risks, especially where relationships were concerned?

-get highly anxious at social gatherings or new setting?

-feel responsible for other’s moods, feelings, & actions?

- feel unable to trust?

- expect the worst from others, family, friends &strangers?

-feel uneasy with success & have a hard time enjoying life?













Monday, February 27, 2012

DANCE WITH ME!

Hello Good folks of Chicago! If you haven't heard about the flash mob I am organizing with Kyle, take a gander at what it is, because we need you to join us in this new adventure!


This video is the step by step instructions on the dance moves!

Friday, February 24, 2012

LIL MISS HARELY IN DA HOUSE

"You should see the talent we get to play Harley. She nails the personality! Miss Erika Dufour!" -
Rick O'Meara, animator at NeatherRealm Studios

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MY LOUD NEIGHBOR SONG

It was peacefully retouching on a monday evening, and at around 7pmish, my neighbors turned on some mind blending bass music, I couldn't really decipher the melody, all I could hear was vibrations of the walls and my dishware in the kitchen.  The earthquake of noise made my brain feel mushy, but then, i thought Id turn an "oh fuck" into a "fuck yeah" and made a little song.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

KISS N MAKE UP

When you have a disagreement with your partner, does this happen? OR are you on the receiving end of this behavior?

- Have you made up your mind before your partner says a word? 

- Spend your time concentrating on what you’re going to say without  
     paying attention to what your partner is saying? 

- Guess your partner’s motive instead of asking for the reason? 

- Change the focus by fidgeting or interrupting?

- Regard what your partner is saying as a deliberate threat to you? 

- Attack the person instead of the position (You don’t love me)? 

- Drag in side issues (And besides no one really likes you)?

- Dredge up the past (You did the same thing last month)?

- Drag in third party opinions (Well, your mother agrees with me)?

- Try to win the argument instead of reaching a mutual acceptance  
       and understanding? 

If you answered some these questions yes, or you are saying no because you are in deep denial of what you are doing, consider investigating further.

Sat. February 11 9am-4pm, I am opening up my studio doors for an informative,  relationship workshop designed to help in your current or future relationships. 

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
- what is a healthy relationship
- what causes couples to disconnect
- how to talk openly
- the value of not reacting
- how to feel close and connected again

Where?  2140 W Fulton St. 2nd floor unit E, Chicago
When? February 11,  9am-4pm
What to bring? bring a bag lunch and beverage, dress comfortably
Cost? $45 for advance registration - $65 at the door (includes CD and handouts)

To Register:
email - cdemoss@EmpoweringOptions.com
phone - 773-338-2889


now kiss n make up




Thursday, January 12, 2012

PEACE, LOVE, AND CHOCOLATE

Peace love and Chocolate is how Katrina Markoff, president and owner of VOSGES HAUT CHOCOLAT, signs all of her emails.   I think this video is very reflective of just that sentiment and how she and I work together.  Every time she comes in for a shoot, we are both sent into a bubble of creative harmony and leave with a big ole grin on our face.

This is a behind the scenes vid of the 2012  Vosges Valentines Day shoot.

Filmmaker: Chrisitina Stradone
Music: Haley Bonar