Tara Tree – Illuminata

Tara Tree – Illuminata This is another image where I’m fairly sure I can’t say I came up with the concept. Tara Tree and I were scouting locations in Kauai when we decided to explore a cave. We were taking phone photos of various places we visited and I believe it was Tara who snapped …

Photo Daily: Romahni Rose Soulful on Red

  The good light, the really hauntingly beautiful light, often only lasts a few minutes. There’s a lot of adrenaline happening during that time. Wanting to make something wonderful and knowing there’s an expiration date on the moment. That’s one of the joys of working with natural light. It’s certainly more challenging because it’s constantly …

Photo Daily: Shadows and Lines on Lake Shore Drive

  I love using Chicago’s many moveable bridges as framing devices. Combine that with beautiful light and it becomes a geometric spectacle. I was shooting some friends on the Lake Shore Drive bridge over the Chicago River a couple of years ago, when we took a momentary break. I looked across to the other side …

Photo Daily: Merrique and the Midnight Indigo

  “Almost ready. Let me gel that other light so the color temperature mat….. oh… wow… wait a minute. Never mind. This is amazing!” Merrique was in town for a few days this past June. I hadn’t seen her since we worked together in Todos Santos, Mexico back in 2011, making beautiful images with her. …

“Anoush Hat Dance”: Behind the scenes of a noir short film

Sometimes an idea I have takes a few months or even years to realize. Back in September, when a large box of beautiful wide-brimmed hats arrived at the studio, I knew I was one step closer to scratching an artistic itch I’d had for decades. One of my main influences in photography was George Hurrell, …

Michelangelo Pays a Visit to the Chicago Sky

I love walking through my home city of Chicago. It’s a time to think. Observe. Be inspired. And some walks are more inspiring than others. As I walked back to my studio late yesterday afternoon, there was a report of a large storm getting ready to roll through Chicago later that evening. The sun began to …