Bridal Shoot

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to capture the work of an amazing creative team.  It is very inspiring to work with a very talented team as you want to make sure you do your absolute best, to capture their exquisite work.

My original intent was to shoot with natural light.  I had to throw those plans out the window when we arrived on location and were greeted by a backlit scene which would have illuminated the models harshly.  I then decided to use one light to try to compensate for the unusually bright Chicago Spring afternoon.  I hope you enjoy some of the images posted here.

Acknowledgements:

Shoot Produced by Anita Arsova (http://www.AnitaArsova.com/)
for VIP Chicago Chicago Brides (www.vipchicagobrides.com)

Dresses: Laurel Bridal (http://www.LaurelBridal.com/)
Accessories: Marta Cebrat-Czernik for MCebrat

Creative Team (all photos):
Hair + MUA: Anita Arsova (http://www.anitaarsova.com/)
MUA: Zee Gustafson for Zee Artistry

“Spring Break” JM Couture 2011 Wet Collection (Swimwear)

Spring in Chicago means it is almost BEACH WEATHER!  Yes, I said beach and Chicago in the same sentence. 🙂  Come see for yourself…miles and miles of sandy beaches.  Only if we could get to use it for longer then 3 months.

Until then, most start shopping for swimwear in March…coinciding with a gym membership spike.  Ahh…the anticipation.

Acknowledgements:

H + MUA: Zee Artistry
Designs: JM Couture

Peruvian-Inspired

Ella Gomez approached me with a concept I could not refuse.  You see Ella is Peruvian and she saw my pictures from our trip to Peru.  She saw how intrigued I was with the culture as a whole.

She proposed a Peruvian inspired Fashion Shoot that highlights some of the colors (think bright) of the region.  I started to go through the frames we shot and it made me yearn for another trip to Peru.

Here are a few of the images we shot:

“Modern Vintage” Ballerina

A friend of mine, Kelsey O’Connor, is working on (among numerous other things) opening a vintage boutique in the West Loop of Chicago.  DeCollage (http://www.shopdecollage.com) is billed as a vintage and designer couture resale clothing boutique.

We collaborated on this project which was completely styled by the amazingly talented Kelsey. (More Pictures to come)

Hair + Make-up by: Analise Ojeda and Angel Romero.  Enjoy~

Kelsey, and her husband David, are an undoubtedly talented duo.  DeCollage (1219 West Madison in the West Loop of Chicago) is sure to become a vintage fashion lover’s ‘must-stop’ destination.

JM Couture at The Mid

I had not shot a JM Couture Show in too long and with the impending Snow Blitz in the Chicago area, I thought it’d be even longer.  However, the worst of the weather showed up later and we managed to pull of the event at The Mid (formerly Mannequin) in the Fulton District of Chicago.

My shooting location was pretty dark and since I am a Speedlight shooter (no modeling light), it was a crap shoot to achieve focus.  A frustrating night for me yielded some of my favorite photos!  Enjoy.

Donny and Michela

Donny is a good friend’s brother who I have wanted to include in a photo project for a few months now.  While certain concepts fell through, we decided why not just a simple lifestyle editorial with Donny and Michela, his girlfriend.  She was in the area from Florida (just in time for Winter!).

A week or so before the shoot, another complication.  You will see soon that we still shot despite the umm….issue.  Enjoy.

 

Our little secret? Michela had broken her left arm a few days earlier but still shot with a bright pink (heavy) case on!  Could you tell?