Executive Head Shots

In April I went to New York for a workshop with the famed Joey L.  I found out right before I left for that trip that I was going to have to head from NYC to Dallas to do 25 executive head shots in 1 day for RMG Networks.  I found a hair/makeup person, called the hotel and got a decent room to shoot in, and shipped my gear out. Usually I'd want an assistant for something like this but with the timing it was too tight.  Got there to the hotel at 2am Monday morning, was up and setting up by 6am.  Oh, and I found out we had 40 to do and our time was cut down due to meetings people couldn't skip out of.  Even with all that, I got some shots I really liked. 01_RMGnetworks_BrianCordes_02_1845_HR 02_RMGnetworks_GarryMcGuire_2051_HR 03_RMGnetworks_SteveNesbit_02_0475_HR 04_RMGnetworks_HansPusch_02_2091_HR 05_RMGnetworks_CharlesAnsley_02_0147_HR 06_RMGnetworks_YanLu_02_0177_HR 07_RMGnetworks_DavidCarbone_01_1342_HR


Camera :: Canon 5d Mark III, 24-70mm f/2.8L, shot at 1/80, f/6.3 (ish), ISO 100

Lighting :: Calumet Travelite 750 in a 48" soft box to camera left, just above eye level feathered down and towards the camera.  Travelite 750 in a grid for rim light, Canon Speedlite 580 EX-II on the background directly behind the subject.

Hair/Makeup :: Laura Martinez

Madeleine Grace

I've never photographed a newborn before, but my good friends just had a baby and wanted an image for a birth announcement so I went over there to help them out.  It ended up being really fun and we got some great stuff.  Below are some of my favorites.


Maria + Paul

Did some corporate portraits the other day.  It was a tack on to another video/photo shoot so I had about 20 minutes.  Classic.

Dan + Meredith

I had the pleasure of photographing Dan + Meredith's wedding 1 month ago today.  The images came out great and they were great sports at the forest preserve we went to where the previous day's rain decided to bring the bugs out.  I delivered the most images I've ever sent a couple (800+) but it was just so hard to put the camera down.  Reception was at Pinstripes which is an awesome Bocce & Bowling place that I need to go back to just to hang out.  Some of my favorite images are below.

Super Happy Photoshoot

Some friends of mine [Super Happy Fun Club] gave me a call and said they needed a quick photo for an interview in Rock Sound Magazine before they go out on a European tour with Madina Lake.  Wish I was heading out on that tour to shoot, but alas all I could do to help was the promo photo.  We ran around downtown Downers for a little less than an hour and got some good stuff.  We're going to set up another shoot with a little more time and planning for when they get back.

Connor & Lindsay Engagement

Like you saw from the sneak peak yesterday, I had a great time at the Morton Arboretum with Connor and Lindsay.  It's amazing what the arboretum as done from the times I would go there years ago.  Some of my fav photos I've taken have been from there.  I had a great time with Lindsay and Connor.  We went around the West Loop and found some great spots and ended at the visitor center.

Shooting Details: 5d Mark II, 24-70mm f/2.8L, 580 EXII at times (although I hate using flashes), processed in Lightroom.

Tearsheet: Precision Farming

I had the great fortune to travel to Gallo Winery in Northern California earlier this year and capture some images for a client's Precision Farming magazine.  What's PF?  It's lots of GPS and controller technology to make sure you get the most out of your fields.  REALLY interesting stuff.

Portrait :: Mateo

A while back I had the opportunity to join Mateo in his Time Square studio in NYC to hang out and shoot a couple of shots up on the roof. The tracks were sounding great and the studio had a great view. Here are some of my favorites...

The Martins

The other day I had a great shoot in the city with the Emma and Marlo. They wanted something that incorporated them into the bean and skyline. Tough to single out one family, but they were okay with something subtle so I think it worked. After that we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo to hang out and shoot. That's something new I've been adding to shoots with kids. Heading out somewhere that they like to just capture them being a kid. And not forcing them to sit there and smile for 2 hours straight. Here are some favorites...

Quick Look :: emma

I pulled a quick frame from the download of a shoot I did on Friday with Emma and her mom and grandma. Here's one of my favorites...

Dan & Meredith

I had a great shoot with Dan & Meredith last weekend. They're a couple who's wedding I'm shooting in September. I can't wait for it, it's going to be a unique reception. We did 2 looks for the engagement photos... one urban down on Clark St and one at the Botanical Gardens. Both were great spots and here are some of my favorites.

What. A. Year.

I'm not one to post about years gone by or reflect back about things or whatever, but this past year was probably the most insane year of my life. I decided it was worth revisiting the good times, the changes, and the sad times in a little month by month breakdown. More so I can remember what happened than anything else. It was a busy one. 10 countries & 52 cities later here we are. January :: rung in the new year doing a shoot for Beck's with Mark Ronson February :: went to the winter Olympics in Vancouver March :: annual pilgrimage to Austin, TX April :: got engaged to a wonderful lady, Easter in Michigan, vegas trip with my friends May :: took a breather this month, no travel or big events June :: another month without much big news July :: Orlando for a project and Disney by myself, great week in Door County, first year back to Warped tour in Milwaukee August :: Found out I was leaving for tour 2 days before tour started which would inevitably change everything, went to... Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Bristow, Hartford, Hershey, Newark, Holmdel, Queens, Islip, Wantagh, Boston, Camden, Atlantic City, Virginia Beach, Cleveland September :: Also visited... Detroit, Toronto, Daytona Beach, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Tampa, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Chula Vista, LA, Wheatland, San Jose, Mountain View, and Irvine October :: Gudalajara, Mexico City, San José Costa Rica, Bogotá Columbia, Lima Peru November :: Quito Ecuador, Santiago Chile, São Paulo Brazil, Rio de Janiero Brazil, Porto Alegre Brazil, Buenos Aires Argentina, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emarites December :: I quit my job, my future brother & sister in law got married, and my grand father died

Clearly one of the busiest years of my life. I did a lot of amazing things, made some tough decisions, and hopefully set myself up for more success this year. Can't wait to see what 2011 brings.

Monopoly is Back!

So I'm a little behind on this, but I just got an email from the one and only McDonald's about Monopoly being back.  In addition to the shot of my co-work Charmaine that I assisted on, I realized they ended up using one of my wedding photos in the Snap Fish assembly.  Random to open your email and see a little something you shot.  If you haven't been playing Monopoly you've been missing out.  A lot of my friends worked a LONG time and a LOT of hours to make it look and run perfectly so you should go scope it out.  Plus you have a 1 in 4 chance of winning something.

A Day With Adé

Finally got together with my good friend Adrian to do portraits of his son.  What a cute, fun, energetic little kid.  It was a great shoot, he's the perfect age for a first portrait session.

Band Portraits - Embrace This Hope

Embrace This Hope came by for some band portraits earlier this year and I hadn't had a chance to share them until now.  Pretty happy with the way the outdoor shots worked out.
Tech specs indoor: 5dMkII, 24-70mm f/2.8, Calumet Travelights, ProFoto Ring Flash  Outdoor: 5dMkII, 24-70mm, Canon 480ex

Emmitt & Alina

Had a shoot with my cousin’s children. They’re both young and it was a little challenging but I really like some of these. She was looking for something natural and less staged than you get from a lot of studios… right up my alley.

Alli & Matt

Another day, another wedding post. I’ve spent a lot of my time recently shooting/editing/booking weddings. Like I said below, I really like it now that I’ve done a bunch. It’s just creating cool images in a different way and my style is really starting to come through. This was a fun wedding. It was very laid back and the bride and groom were cool with seeing each other before the ceremony so that gave us time to create some great images without the pressure of getting to the reception and eating up everyone’s time. We had planned to shot in a park in Elmhurst, but the weather didn’t agree. Luckily I remembered that Wilder Mansion (http://www.wildermansion.org) was newly remodeled and or a very small fee they let us shoot. I LOVE these images. My goal when I shoot weddings is to make photos that I would want to hang on my wall, regardless of who the couple is. These definitely meet that. Check em out…

Ceremony: Faith Christian Reformed Church in Elmhurst, IL Portraits: Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, IL Reception: Arrowhead Country Club in Wheaton, IL

Devin & Tim - Galena, IL

So the whole reason I started shooting weddings was because a good friend of mine had watched my work progress on Facebook and really liked my style and asked me many times to shoot her wedding. At first I was not into it at all, but the more I thought about it the more interested I became. I finally said I would do it and theirs was an AMAZING wedding to shoot. It was at a place called Oak Hill in Galena, IL. A very pretty setting with a little chapel and barns for the couples to get ready in. The reception was held on site as well in a tent and it was just a really, really fun time and a great spot to make photos in. I have a special place in my heart for Galena so that probably helped as well. Check em out... Ceremony/Reception at Oak Hill in Galena, IL