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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHOTO SHOW AT THE CONTINENTAL

Posted on September 8, 2014    Tags: , ,
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The Continental Lounge (2801 W. Chicago) asked me to hang some rock ‘n’ roll photos on their walls and I happily agreed to do so.  The opening reception is this Friday, September 12th at 7PM. There’ll be about 20 prints for you to look at while you drink booze.  The prints should be hanging around for a few weeks and The Continental is a 4AM bar so stumble in there and check ‘em out!
 

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LOLLAPALOOZA 2014

I covered Lollapalooza for CMJ.  I’m more of a dive-bar and basement show kinda guy and I like my music raw and gritty.  I shoot that sort of thing all of the time so I figured that a big show biz extravaganza like Lollapalooza would be an interesting experience.  I strolled around  this  humongous pop music festival for a weekend and took thousands of pictures.  You can find the full article with a lot more photos here.

 

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FRANK AND KEVIN

Posted on July 15, 2014    Tags: , ,
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I’ll be photographing Frank and Kevin’s wedding in a couple months so we met up at their place to get to know each other a little better and to give ‘em a taste of what it’s like to have a camera continually pointed at them.  All  was fun and successful!  I captured them in their natural state of Sunday relaxation.  That involved some tea drinking, couch lounging, studying up on their professions (Frank’s a hair dresser and Kevin is a podiatrist.) and general goofing around.  After checking out their awesome rooftop view of Chicago’s South Loop, we headed down to Pilsen to grab a few pics in front of one of their favorite murals. These gents are a lot of fun to hang around with and I know that their wedding will be a blast!
 

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COURTNEY AND ALEX

Posted on January 3, 2014    Tags: ,
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Courtney and Alex met while working at the Shedd Aquarium. That’s also where Alex popped the big question. With that much magic and the Shedd’s dreamy interior, it seemed like an obvious backdrop for Courtney and Alex’s engagement shoot. I’m really looking forward to shooting their wedding later this year!
 

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TYLER AND LINDSAY

Posted on December 12, 2013    
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We started our day at The Blackstone Hotel, where Tyler and Lindsay got all fancied up for the big wedding. Once they were ready, they met up for their first glances of each other and my camera went clicking away.  We grabbed the bridal party, took a walk down Michigan Ave. and took a few pics in the  Art Institute’s Garden.  The ceremony and reception both took place at The Roosevelt University Library in the beautiful and historic Auditorium  Building.  After a lovely  ceremony, the guests grabbed cocktails and did a little mingling.  I really loved all of the book themed decorations….pretty clever, being at a library and all.  Everybody feasted on some of Wishbone’s finest meats and sides and then on came the party!  Cage and Aquarium provided some unruly jams and the guest brought one of the wildest dance floors I’ve seen.  There was a real rowdy Hora that seemed to bring sheer terror to our groom.  Hora-fied!  Things got wilder and wilder as the night went on.  Aint no shushing going on in this library!  Thanks to Tyler, Lindsay and all of their guest for making this bash such a blast to shoot.
 

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KRAMPUSNACHT

Posted on December 7, 2013    Tags: , ,
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Local artist’s EC Brown and Catie Olson hosted Krampusnacht ’13 at their home/studio/art space. There was lots of Krampus themed art, wintery grub, glogg, dancing and this photo booth where i got to photograph revelers. The guests were given the opportunity to sit on Krampus’ lap, receive swats from the demon’s broom or just have their mug taken in front of this really cool curtain. The Krampus costume and the beautifully crafted curtain were made by Rebecca Hinsdale. Her company, Make a Scene can create a booth for your event!

 

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KARI AND ANDY

Posted on December 2, 2013    Tags: , , , , ,
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We last saw Kari and Andy at their engagement shoot on a sweltering summer day around the Montrose Bird Sanctuary.  This time, they would be getting married on a crisp autumn day, at The Bottom Lounge.  As the guests arrived and found their seats, Kari waited outside and out of sight. Once everyone was settled, Kari made her way in and found her man. After a sweet little ceremony, we strolled around (and right smack in the middle of) Lake Street and took a few portraits. After dinner a variety of First Slice’s finest pies were served and on came the dancing!  DJ Major Taylor kept the dance floor kickin’ hard for hours.  As the night began to wind down, people danced their last dances, played pinball, had another drink and munched on a late snack of candy apples. Whatta night! Congrats Kari and Andy!

 

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KEVIN AND DEB

Posted on November 15, 2013    
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Kevin and Deb’s Wedding was a two-parter.  On the first day, we hailed a cab to City Hall and got in line with a bunch of other smilin’ couples where we waited for the doors to bust open.  A small group of Kevin and Deb’s immediate family met up with us to witness the magic. The clock struck 9AM and everybody filed into the building and waited for their names to be called.  After a few short minutes, Kevin and Deb were called into the chambers. The judge uttered a few magic words and with a wave of his hand, our lovely couple were married.  After the lightning-quick ceremony, the couple and I took a quick stroll around the loop for some pics and then jumped on the train to head back toward their Lincoln Square Hood.  We stopped at a pretty little community garden for a few more portraits and called it a day.

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NIK TURNER’S HAWKWIND, KILLER MOON AND PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SYNDICATE

Posted on November 6, 2013    Tags: ,
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Here are some pics from a psyched-out nutzoid show that happened at Reggies a couple weeks back.  First, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate  bashed through some spaced out punk jams, then Killer Moon oozed some droney, tripped out tunes, and then Nik Turner’s Hawkwind  hit the stage. I love the Hawkwind of the yesteryears and heard that there were currently two versions of this legendary band touring and fighting over who gets to be called Hawkwind so who knew if this would be any good.  Man!  This thing floored me.  Nik’s band was composed of some dudes from a bunch of classic British punk bands and they totally ripped through a ton of Hawkwind’s Space Ritual era songs.  It was so unbelievably good, it cruised along for at least an hour and a half, and I was really sad that it ended.  I can’t wait to see David Brock’s Hawkwind in March!

 

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KATE AND DAVID

Posted on August 16, 2013    Tags: , , ,
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I met up with Kate and David for an engagement session around Logan Square. We started at their place and decided to grab a few sweet and tender portraits with Hannah the dog but Hannah was more into showing off her running and rolling skills. We eventually caught up with Hannah and held her down for a quick pic.  So away we strolled down The Bouelavard and toward The Centennial Monument.  Most of the local riffraff split at the sight of my camera and gave us the space that we needed for making some portraits. All of that modeling worked up a thirst so we ducked into Billy Sunday’s for a few sips of whiskey and prepared to head back home….with sparklers. A fine evening for all!  Kate and David are getting married at a BBQ joint later this month and I can’t wait to shoot it!

 

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