Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BEAUTY FROM WITHIN

 A sad inner dialogue carried by most of the women is "I don't look good in photos".  

The fuel that perpetuates this false belief comes from many places, but here are the main ones.
The person taking your photo didn't noticed how nervous you were, how you were feeling, how to talk to you in a way to make you feel comfortable, observe your body language, leaving you feeling vulnerable and naked.
The inner beauty that all women possess must be nurtured and encouraged and the photographer must have a great awareness of how it feels to be in front of the camera.  Lighting is also crucial as there are so many ways to make a gorgeous person look terrible with the wrong lighting.
My hope is that women can see that they are not flawed and the more they know their beauty, the more that it will radiate from within and effect how they feel and look.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

FACES OF FEAR

I was invited by Ben Greiner  from Forget Computers and his wife Christine Olson Greiner from www.stringbeanchristine.com  to help scare the crap out of their kids friends.

They hosted a seance where one by one, the kids were ushered through a dark maze  by a no faced masked man and sat on the seance seat.  In complete darkness they were instructed to say the name of the deceased that they wanted to summon.

After they sat and uttered the name of the deceased, I waited for an uncomfortable amount of time before I started whispering the name.  I tripped the shutter 3 times setting off the strobes resulting in these photos.

Thanks for thinking of me Ben, I had a blast!
                                                                        THE SCARERS


                                                                        THE SCAREES






Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ARTHRITIS CURE

It takes just a lil time to get rid of arthritis, just rub in some pixel cream, and VIOALA!!!



BEFORE


AFTER

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

MASTER RIGGIN

I am always trying to achieve that natural, soft and airy light quality, and today I tried something new and it worked!

Firstly, I started using Alien Bees which are a fraction of the cost of most strobe systems.  I also learned that light fixtures fit perfectly on the Alien bees, so I can put a white globe on and it stays on securely.

I then thought to put the light behind my curtains and rig it to the curtain rod so that the light passes through the curtain giving a beautiful window light.

Heres the rig:
I set this rig up in 3 windows, added fill cards on the other side.

Here are the results!  Thanks to Andrea Wishom for making my job easy!

Hair and Makeup - Lia Rivette from Ford

ZZZZZIPLOC

Check out how cool this shoot went!! Thanks Ziploc for the good times :)

 

To see more :
http://holiday.ziploc.com/browse/style/jewelry-inspired-by-the-holiday-collection

Sunday, September 1, 2013

INJUSTICE - I AM A GOD AMONG YOU

Check out my moves and the work that I have done for NetherRealmStudios for the newly released game "Injustice: Gods Among Us".  The fun part of doing this work was to interpret the movements of each character as each character has a different personae, wether she's stoic, sexy, playful, sassy, bitchy, fierce, etc etc.    I have to thank Carlos Pesina for working with me and being a great coach and allowing me some creative freedom to add my own interpretations.

I also think that this work has helped my photography tremendously as I am now even more aware of what it feels like to be on the talent side of the camera.   I am now even more aware of how important clear and concise communication as well as respect towards the talent can effect their performance.






 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

LOTION POTION

I recently started making my own face and body lotion as a reaction to Chicago winters drying me out to a pile of flaky, dry, and painful skin. This fantasmical magical lotion potion I concocted with all organic raw ingredients did the trick, bye bye dry!!!

This little stack of vials is going to one of my favorite makeup stylists, Sharon Parker.  She works on New York models daily and I am stoked to hear how well it works on these ladies.

Holla if you want to try some!



                                     






Thursday, July 11, 2013

I TOUCHED HER ALOT

I shot this a while ago for a Walgreens campaign, and dug it back up to fart around with some retouching.
Heres a before n after of the lovely Jessica Orr from Factor.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

POKING THE DRAGON

Once upon a time, there lived a young woman who lived a little tree castle venturing about  the land looking for amusement in all sorts of ways, she galavanted and skipped through the streets with her two foxes talking to the people of the land, dancing about and creating new adventures day by day.

One day, the young woman had a tickle to be entertained at a hall where people gather in a dark room to watch an adventure with light.  She loved watching other heros conquer the villains with their magical skills.

While waiting to enter the great hall, she sat quietly on the end of a long bench playing with her miniature light entertainment gem.  There was a shift in the air and the air turned sour, and the young woman felt a large mass had landed next to her grazing her leg as it settled its mass in the seat next to her.  A scent of overperfumed air tainted the young womans nose and she tried to hold her breath.  Soon after, a large male mass form rumbled over demanding a spot to land.   The perfumed dragon heaved her weight towards the young woman and addressed the young woman with a garbled demand "move over!".

Perfumed heat rose from the dragons mass as it continued to shove itself over to make the young woman move.  The young woman paused as time froze, she thought of all of the times where she had been shoved and bullied by larger and scarier forces and how this had to end.  She parted her lips and calmly uttered a simple word... "no".

The two dragons heat rose as their voices shrieked, squawked and writhed with utter rage.  They both spewed venomous insults of rage and flapped their mounds of pasty flesh in the womans face, shaming her left and right.  The woman sat still and calm as an impenetrable forcefield formed around her, deflecting the heaving word daggers.

The drama continued as the dragons flew to the leaders of the great hall demanding that they do something about the young woman not moving in her seat.  The squealed at them forcing their weight on them and instilling fear in all of the people around.  The leader came up to the woman asking her to move as he trembled in fear of the dragons, begging her to do their bidding to make them stop.

The young woman compassionately looked at the man in the eyes,  and gently said "I was here first"  The dragons rose and rose with more anger and rage belching at the man.  He succumbed to them and offered a free invitation to an other night in the great hall free of charge.

This satisfied the dragons yet they continued to make a scene, yammering loud insults and hate directed at the young woman.

The young woman had great sadness for the dragons offsprings, for she knew that they could never say no to these demons.  Great consequences and never-ending shame was the reward for standing up for ones own rights.

She knew that she would be all fine and gained insight as to how it IS possible to say no, and she didnt have to engage in any battle.  She was now the ambassador of herself, and had the ability to deflect unrelenting shame form all demons across the land.




Monday, June 3, 2013

DISRUPTING PHOTOGRAPHY

A few months back I was given the opportunity to be a guest on Chris Spiek, and Bob Moesta's podcast  - jobstobedone.org.    I had met Chris and Bob at the Switch Workshop, hosted by 37signals,  which is a fascinating workshop delving into the sequences of events and beliefs that make people switch to something new.  They outline a method of interviewing customers unearthing unexpected data of how people consume.  There is an other Switch Workshop coming June 21,  I highly recommend it.  http://switchjune21.eventbrite.com/

I want to personally thank Jason Fried for introducing me to this workshop and for joining us in the discussion.

In this podcast, we talked about my new business venture www.snipsnapgo.com, focusing on the marketing and where the next step should go.

Thanks again Chris, Bob, and Jason for the opportunity!

Heres the podcast



Chris on Twitter

Bob on Twitter

Jason on Twitter

Thursday, April 25, 2013

FACE HUNTING

We scoured the street we went from place to place, 
We wondered how do we start, where do we find the perfect face?
Chicago has a treasure trove of beautiful skin, 
people who care for their figure and are so lovely and thin.

The beauties were found just in the nick of time, 
and the photos turned out so sublime!


Last August,  producer Monica Zaffarano and I hit the ground running on an Obagi AD campaign.  Yes, the shots are simple and elegant, that was the easiest part of the shoot.

The hardest part was the casting, the clients wanted real people.  We set out and scoured Chicago to find women of all ages and skin tone.  We went to every Whole Foods, scoured farmers markets, scanned the beaches, rallied our friends and people at our gyms.

Monica and I had hilarious encounters on our street adventures.  Some people were flattered and stunned to be approached and told they were beautiful, some didn't take to it so well and backed away, others showed us awkward photos of themselves on their cell phones posing sexily in the mirror.

I was also fascinated by peoples reactions during the studio casting when I asked to photograph their hands.  Women especially were frightened to have their hands documented. Alot of  explaining of how their hands were horrible and why, and how they hadn't had a manicure etc etc.  People fear having their hands photographed more than their faces.  I recently realized that I actually do that same behavior and have that same fear.  


Thanks also to our friends Julie Tallarida at www.planetearthagency.net and Diane Vaneria (street casting) for your addition to our casting, we couldn't have done it without you!

Thanks to the crew:
Bob Wolgemuth
Brian Schilling
Ben Rodig
Liz Klafetta
Chrisondra Boyde
and of course Monica Zaffarano

Thanks to the talent to being so radiant inside and out.

Thanks to the clients from GA Communications who had a great sense of humor and were a breeze to work with.

Thanks to the talent that didn't get picked for this job, you are still beautiful in every way.

Thanks to the great people of Chicago.



Monday, April 15, 2013

NINJA FIAT PASSENGER

Me and the Ninja noodle going for a lil ride.



Thanks Kyle Frere for the funtimes music creations.
AND
Thanks Ninja for bringing sweetness and cuteness to my life.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

SUNDAY BEST

I recently deconstructed the pups dog harnesses and realized that I could make my own.

Ninja here is wearing a beautiful coral and white piece that used to be a belt.

Hercules' handsome outfit is a silk tie reconstructed to a fashionable outfit for summer.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

KNOW THYSELF


why do you fear judgement?
what are you feeling right now?
why do you believe that being angry is bad?




Friday, March 22, 2013

I TOUCHED THIS SO MUCH


Makeup by: Chrisondra Boyd
Model : Bianca
Retouching: Me
Assistant: Ben Rodig

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GRANDMAS GIGGLES


My grandmother is 93, soon to be 94 in May.  She still drives, reads the paper, goes to parties, and loves cakes and deserts of every kind.  (if you go to her house, you will definitely be solicited to have desert)
I believe that the secret to her longevity is that she giggles and laughs all of the time, she has a positive attitude and a sense of humor that'll knock your socks off.
These are audio clips of her giggles as she watches a family video that I shot last year.       

Friday, March 1, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

DIGITAL DATING

My friend has had a ton of trouble on Match.com and was very excited to shut down her account.  Match doesnt let you remove your profile until your term is up, and I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to edit her profile to something a little more fun.  I have had great success in the past on Match from my profile writing talents, actually alot of my successes were men asking me if I could help them edit their profiles.

Here is my friends current match profile I wrote... ENJOY!!
(ps all of these statements are accurate and true)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MODEL WRANGLING

This is an effective technique to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera.  I call it "Mickey Sickey"




Thursday, January 17, 2013

CHOCOLIP

Pucker up and check out the Vosges Valentines catalog I recently shot.  The inspiration was to utilise the dynamic color palate of the ingredients or the packaging and paint the lips similarly to how the truffles get painted.  Here are the results!








... and here is  our elegant model Carly (Ford Models) and wicked talented make-up artist Chrisondra (Ford artist) working their booties off!

Monday, January 14, 2013

PUP PUREE

I recently started making dog food from scratch for Ninja and Hercules.  WHY??!??!?  When I was feeding them the normal kibble and pet food stuff, it was just a passing task that didn't mean much, they were like, "food, whatever" and I felt the same way.  I now experience the great satisfaction of watching the dogs devour their food with glee, it makes me feel special, and I also know exactly what they are eat and that they are getting great nutrition.  PLUS, I don't have to go to a different store to get their food, they eat what I eat.

An added bonus is their fur is luxurious, dense, and super soft for extra great cuddling.

Other additions are oatmeal, ground flax seed, pureed lentils, brown rice, pureed spinach, pureed kale, pureed butternut squash, pureed carrots, olive oil.

 I avoid onions, garlic, potatoes, raisins, grapes.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

MINI ME



On a whim, I went to the new Fiat dealership on Randolph to check out this new little car I'd been seeing pop up here and there.   Within 1 hour of my visit I found my lips uttering the words... 

"Fuckit, Ill take it."  
My past memories of driving a stick shift and buzzing around in the first car I ever drove, a red Fiat spitfire, came back to life.   This thing is the funnest thing to drive (of course I got stick shift).  When my body settles into the seat, everything is supposed to be where it is.  My favorite part is that there are no frills, bullshit, unnecessary buttons and gadgets that fill up the dashboard.  Everything I need is there, and nothing else.  


a week later...


My friend Sonia was interested in a little car as well, and she had her eye on a Mini Cooper.  We were excited to get our butts in one to check it out.  The Mini Coopers interior is nothing but contradictions, a claustrophobic pile of unnecessary fake glam.  

My favorite part though was when we told the Cooper salesman that it's a cute car, he said "we aren't allowed to say that word, we can say its sporty."  WHAT THE FUCK!  They aren't allowed to say what it really is?!?  What kind of bullshit is that?  Its a mini, things that are mini are cute!  

Sonia and I scooted out of there and off to the Fiat dealership so she could see the difference.  We were met with the salesman who sold me my car, he unabashedly said cute, unashamed and proud of the Fiats cuteness.

This quote was in the Fiat brochure, which perfectly encapsulates the feeling of the car and also how I approach photography.    


Thursday, January 3, 2013

USE THE FORCE

An other fun and fabulous day with Time Out Magazine, I love playing with athletes and people who know how to use their bodies.



See my unbeatable strength as I do curls with Hercules.



Hair/Makeup -Chrisondra Boyd
Assistant - Ashton Ray Hansen
Wardrobe - Erika Dufour
Special thanks to Model wranglers and charmers - Ninja and Hercules