Anne Duffy Overlooking the Edge

  I’d love to take credit for it, but Anne Duffy is the one who spotted the tree first. A beautiful tree. And like so many trees on the island of Kauai, the erosion from years of the ocean doing what oceans do, left a stunning series of twisted roots in a way that made …

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: Justine Darkest Before the Dawn

  Another haunting photo of my friend and collaborator, Justine, in honor of her birthday last week. We have spent so much time coming up with interesting ways to photograph her. And this evening as we looked around the studio for the next idea, I spotted some black paint and a large sponge. “Sure! Let’s …

Photo Daily: Romahni Rose Shadow Box

  Timing is everything. The right mood. The right light. The right idea. And the right model. A few weeks earlier, I didn’t know I would have the opportunity to photograph the wonderfully creative and fun Romahni Rose. But then the planets align and everything falls into place. Timing. And as it happens, it was Romahni’s …

Part 16 of 50: Color or Black & White? A Photographers Dilemma

This is part sixteen in a series of blogs on my recent artistic adventures in Mexico. I’ve been writing a lot about how I decide whether the photographs I create are going to end up being in black & white or color. Perhaps it’s time to share my opinions on that further after the last …

The CHIFCPUG lecture from March 24, 2010

For many of you regular readers, some of this blog entry may not make sense. I was honored to be invited to speak at the March meeting of the Chicago Final Cut Users Group this week, hosted by one of the top Chicago Advertising Agencies, DDB. Years ago, I was one of the co-founders of …

“Confess” – Making Jillian Ann’s new music video

“Confess” by Jillian Ann from Billy Sheahan on Vimeo. I thought I’d take a little break today from opening my Christmas cards (Yes, I’m that far behind schedule!), and write a little about the music video we released yesterday. A month ago to the day, our cast and crew assembled in Chicago to begin the …