27 Now.

Last Tuesday was my birthday. OWW! Exciting right! I had a small celebration at Zentra Nightclub this Saturday,in Chicago. It was a good time, and I was happy to see my friends. I always get so touched when people come out to things that I host. Im really hoping that age 27 will be as great as all the other ages I was before, LOL. We shall see. I'm always trying to think ahead and create and re-create goals for myself, every month, every new year,and every birthday I am refocusing and making sure I am staying on the right path.

Leslie Burns-Dell'Acqua posted on the ASMP Stirticly Busines blog about pounding the pavement. Its a quick read, but an important one to put into perspective the goals I have for myself, and what I want my 27th year to be about.

So click here, check it out for yourself. Let me know what you think

Getting Started

Sifting through the RSS feed archive through my email this morning I came across and older post from the blog A Photo Editor. The blog was titled “Getting Started” and shared some great advice from writer John Grisham. Check it out here

Its always great to get advice from other artists regardless of their medium



The local ASMP and APA chapters are joining together to start a monthly social gathering. The events are open to anyone who is interested, whether or not they’re a member of either organization. We will be providing appetizers and snacks. The goal of this new effort is encourage the photographic community to get together over a casual drink or two. Please spread the word and encourage friends and colleagues to join us.

Many thanks in advance to Dodd Camera (www.doddcamera.com) for
providing the appetizers and snacks.

Where: Cleo’s,
2048 W Armitage Ave,
Chicago, IL

When:Wednesday, October 14th, 7pm to 9pm

Cost: $0!
Appetizers are on us and drinks are on you (and 20% off)

ASMP Assistants and Associates Committee Chair Marc Altman (marc@marcaltman.com ) or APA Midwest Chapter President Megan (apamidwest@gmail.com) with any questions or to RSVP.

2010 Chapter Retreat

I am off to plan 2010 with the Chicago Midwest Chapter of ASMP. Have a great weekend. My weekend will be filled with hard work and planning. So I am hoping to to be productive

This year has gone by very fast. 2010 is just around the corner. Are you ready?

Saverio Truglia tonight at Harrington

So if you are in the loop tonight, come by Harrington for the beginning of what I plan to be the start of a great lecture series.

Tonight is Saverio Truglia . His work is amazing, and I am beyond happy that agreed to speak to the students and alumni of Harrington.

This event is open to the public and is free.
I hope to see you there!

Harrington College of Design
200 W. Madison
Chicago Il 60606

@ Home Sick + Some Work

October is off to a wicked start. I'm home SICK!!!! I have canceled my plans for the weekend, to stay home and cater to my poor little body that puts up with so much. Thankfully I didnt have to bow out from to many commitments. I missed kickboxing this morning, and I am debating if my hot yoga class would be beneficial tomorrow evening. Who knows, I think I am just going to have to lay low this weekend, and not do to much of anything.

I wanted to share some contact sheets of some work I did this summer. The project was for my good dear friend Logan. Logan is a model with Ford, we met back in undergrad and have been best friends since. She asked me to photograph her for her new comp card and of course I accepted. Duh "Loags"(as I like to call her) and I are total besties

So, can I just tell you that this shoot was sort of crazy. Usually (at least 75%) a shoot with me includes hair stylist, makeup artist, and a stylist or designer, and of course a assistant. Low key, but still a small crew is there. We have craft service, and are in a well air conditioned/heat area. Well, Logan and I set out on our own this time. I don't know why we thought it would be okay to venture out without snacks, water on one of the hottest days in Indiana, but we did it anyway. The shoot was difficult, but we pressed through it. I guess we figured it was simple,but for anyone that has ever been to Indiana Dunes, there is alot of walking, hiking up the dunes, and all this stuff we werent prepared for.
Oh well, it still made for a fun day.

Enjoy the contact sheets, well what you can see of them, I scanned on my home printer/scanner. Its a Cannon but you know.... I'm sick perhaps I can be cut a little slack :)

I'm proud of the results. I'm excited to pull HEROS

Enjoy your day. Take time off. Remeber to take care of yourself.


October is here. I'm kicking it off with a little bit of a cold; Chicago weather has done a complete 360 degrees with the weather. I literally was out and about with girlfriends over the weekend, and hopped into my fall trench this morning. BRRRRR, I've lived in Chicago all my life and I am still surprised by the unpredictable weather.

October is my birthday month. I haven't begun to freak out just yet. Of course you know a lady never tells her age, but as I think back about the year, and my life I think ehhh it could have been worse. I have really been blessed and things can only get better from this point on, as far as I am concerned.

My current state of mind: You Go Girl !!! OW!!
I hope you had a great summer :)
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