Ivory Flame – Green with Ivory

  Ivory Flame – Green with Ivory~ Excitedly, “Oooh! What do you have?” That’s usually one of the first questions out of my mouth when I walk up to my model collaborator at the beginning of any shoot. It’s one of those moments of discovery that starts to put the final pieces in place of …

Victoria Price at Phantom Carriage Vincent Price Beer Dinner

  Victoria Price at Phantom Carriage Vincent Price Beer Dinner~ Whenever possible, you should always find something to love about your work. I don’t mean overall. I mean, every project you agree to be a part of, finding even a small thing to be passionate about, results in whatever you’re making, better. Better for your …

Barrier to the Beauty

  Barrier to the Beauty~ Hello Gentle Readers. Continuing my theme this week of sharing photographs I’ve made since I arrived in Los Angeles last year, Barrier to the Beauty, is what I would call a found image. I was walking through a parking lot outside a venue where I was photographing an event that evening. One …

Ivory Flame – Resilience Ascending

I photographed the lovely and emotive UK-based Ivory Flame in Los Angeles in late 2016. It was my first time collaborating with Ivory and I can describe our wonderful creating simply as, just playing in the light. In this photograph, she conveys her natural state of elegance, optimism and strength, with a nod to Old Hollywood beauty.

Daily Photo: Block Party Movie Night

  “You should come to our block party,” suggested my good friend Bob, who I now live two blocks away from in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. Yes, I’ve moved out of the West Loop and into an actual proper tree-lined neighborhood. Why, is a story for another time. Suffice it to say I’m still …

Photo Daily: Jordan Middle of the Night

  “No, you can just lay there and relax. I’ll do the moving around and find something beautiful.” I’ve said those words a lot to my lovely model friend Jordan. It’s a very zen way of shooting for me. Very relaxed. Having brief bits of conversation as I circle and stand and bend over, looking …

Photo Daily: Grant Chambers Fulton Market Cold Storage

  “Well, you know, because Google’s moving in…” You hear that a lot in the West Loop these days. And mostly in a positive way. It’s a booming neighborhood. And if you haven’t been through there in the last 10 years, or even the last 5, you’d hardly recognize it. I made this photograph of …

Daily Photo: Ego Trip

  It seemed like a perfectly fine building. Some might even call it beautiful. A nice addition to Chicago’s skyline. And then he had to put his name on it. To use his vernacular, “Huge.” I guess we should have expected it. He does it on all his buildings. His ego trip. But the name …

Daily Photo: Anoush Green is Good

  It’s really doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes you just need a big empty space, a single piece of furniture… and a wonderfully emotive model, like my good friend Anoush. I had access to a large unfinished space in the Streeterville neighborhood in Chicago and arranged to meet her there. It’s fun to play …

Daily Photo: Smoke About It

  I was watching tv with my friend Jordan a few years ago, when, as often happened with us, I became more interested in how the lamp light she was sitting under was falling on her than the show we were watching. Whenever we were in the middle of shooting and trying to come up …