A photo post explosion! Catching up on catching up … please hold the ketchup

For the last month, Tina and I have had some of the most fun of our careers, all of which was not shared here.

“All for the sake of the deadline!” We shouted in unison.

This was and has been a daily mantra. Between consistently constant bookings and turning around work to our beloved partners in creativity — a.k.a. our clients — we worked both of our immune systems into complete compromise. Tina hasn’t felt 100% for about three weeks or more. While I feel okay, I don’t feel great. We’ve both spent many extra hours trying to recuperate, as we’ve spent many more hours trying to accommodate deadlines.

In a little more than a week, we fly out of Chicago ORD, land in sunny Istanbul, Turkey for two nights, followed by a week in balmy Italy.

And if it’s not warm in either place, we’ll just pretend.

Below is some of my work that I haven’t shared in a while, including shots from a furniture and fashion catalog, two editorials, and an interior of a little girl’s room found in a 33,000 sq. ft. home here in Chicago.

Lately has been some of the most inconsistent blogging I’ve ever done. So consider this a sort of over-extended apology.

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John Keatley makes me want to shoot more portraits

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If you don’t know photographer John Keatley by name, you might know him by his work. He’s photographed portraits of a lot of celebrities including Macklemore, Dan Savage, and many others.

Sometimes I go through the gamut of gear emotions, including happiness and regrets for buying a Hasselblad a couple years ago.

But then I see an Instagram like the above screen grab, and it pleasures me to no end.

John Keatley recently upgraded his Hasselblad system, but his first Hassie was a H3DII-31, which is what I use.

He writes:

5 years ago my wife convinced me to pull the trigger and buy my trusty @HassyUSA H3D II 31 camera. It was a terrifying experience because change can be scary, but it didn’t take long to realize what a good decision it was. Today is the start of yet another chapter, and the next camera. This one was not so terrifying to pull the trigger on. Say hello to my Hasselblad H5D. It’s a beautiful piece of equipment and I like the addition of black and less silver. A very big thank you goes out to Bruce at @glazerscamera for all of his help. Everyone at Glazers really did go above and beyond as they always do. I’m excited to take this for a spin and see what she can do. Side note, it feels a little strange photographing a Hasselblad with an #iphone. I got some strange looks. :) @hasselblad_official #Hasselblad #camera #Seattle

One day I’ll upgrade to a better version of the camera, but for now, the one I have suits me just fine for our needs.

Not to mention, if you browse his instagram, he’s got so many portraits, taken with every kind of camera including iPhones. I love that inspiration.

Go follow John Keatley here.

A portrait of a guy named Junior


We photographed more furniture recently for a new client of ours. The furniture was incredibly large and heavy this time, so we needed a few people dedicated to carrying pieces in and out of the room.

Junior was with us all day. While friendly, he was a bit eccentric, and we determined that he might have a touch of autism or other social handicap that rendered him a little slow and not able to read his audience very well.

But he was incredibly kind and thankful to work with us.

At one point, he sat down, and I grabbed this portrait of him. When he saw it on the screen, it completely blew his mind. I don’t think he’s ever seen a photo of himself in professional lighting.