Chicago Quickly

Just a couple of quick shots from Father’s Day in Chicago. The city is  a treat even in small bites but it always makes me wish for more time to spend there wandering and watching.

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Living a Life of Danger

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On Sunday my friend Steve and I met over in Midtown to take some photos loosely based on old television shows about spies and secret agents. Just about everything we work on together is loosely based or loosely made because we never really have a budget for these things, just overactive imaginations.

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This is the most complex shot of the day and by that I mean I used the most lights. This was done with four Nikon hot shoe flashes. The main light (camera right) is in an umbrella soft-box and the other lights are gelled and used for fill. I only brought one stand so I have all the fill flashes setting on tables. All flashes were fired with Yongnuo RF-602 radio triggers.

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Setting up a secret meeting. After a quick breakfast we were able to borrow this location for our interior shots. Model: Haley Marie Horton

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Your mission… is to look fabulous (should you choose to accept it). Model: Nicole Parmentier-Jones.

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Stopping traffic. Everyone loves a photo shoot. We had a lot of appreciative drivers going past our shoot, some drove by more than once.

 

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“I’m watching you… watching me.” All these outdoor shots were done with a single mono-light powered by a battery pack.

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Keeping an eye on the competition.

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Setting the trap, laying the bait. We tried this a few times, mostly a comedy of errors. I thought it was hilarious and could have gone on all day. Steve eventually gave me his don’t be a turd speech, which is short and to the point.

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“Congratulations… You found me.” It’s called, chase me catch me. The idea is to make someone follow you so you can catch them instead of them catching you.

This is just a small sample of the photos we took. Thanks to Steve for putting it together and to our models. Congratulations to the newly engaged couple. I didn’t show them here so they could properly inform all their family and friends.

 

Whirlwind Days

October was a blur of many photo shoots. Car shoots, Costume shoots, Baby shoots, Fall Foliage shoots, Vacation shoots and chilly outdoor location shoots. Then Super Storm Sandy hit the East Coast and made everything else trivial. Big storms always make me think back to my own disaster days and all the places I have traveled to in the aftermath of earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. Television coverage is a pale representation of the actual event and nothing can prepare you for the emotion of seeing large scale destruction first hand. There is nothing you can say to people in the first hours or days following such complete loss. I’m fortunate because along with all that I have also witnessed the resolve and determination that follows. People are simply amazing when faced with adversity. A lot of things will be rebuilt and reinvented in the months to follow. In many ways I wish I could be there to see it and to participate in the experience somehow.

October is over now, it’s time to begin new things and to give thanks for everything and everyone we love.

 

Bad Moon Rising

The past week has been infected with Zombies. Featuring: Kelsey Lawson, Moriah Momo Hahn, Shawna Ragsdale, Bridget Horan and Sheila Hager. It seems like I couldn’t go anywhere the past week without running into a Zombie. Zombie Runs, Zombie Bashes, Zombie Pinups and just plane old Zombies in the park.

 

Moving House & Mementos

We are moving at the end of the month and there is nothing like a move to show you just how much useless slag you have accumulated. So why is it so often very hard to part with those tokens of remembrance? And why are all the cool words to describe such things French. Damn you souvenir Tee-shirts.