Al Jarreau

So sorry to hear that Al Jarreau passed away today.

The first time I saw him was when he opened for Grover Washington Jr. at The Bottom Line, N.Y.C., September 1975. I’d never heard of him before and walked out of the show thinking it was the greatest vocal performance I’d ever heard. Still think so today.
Sharing 3 photos I took in 1989 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

R.I.P. Al Jarreau.

Explorers of Light at Imaging USA 2017

Each year Imaging USA brings around 10,000 amazing professional photographers who descend on a city for networking, friend-making and bonding.  This year the event took place in San Antonio, Texas.  The energy from the thousands of attendees, great speakers and the incredible gear from the Expo vendors makes for a truly spectacular conference.

As with most years, Canon threw a fantastic welcoming party on Sunday night in the Grand Ballroom at The Marriott Rivercenter Hotel.  The party was open to anyone with an Imaging USA badge.

During the party I was able to get several Canon Explorers of Light to agree to pose for me for a few group shots.  Images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and the new Canon 24-105mm IS f4 lens.

The Explorers of Light concept came out of Canon USA in the mid 1990s as a broad-ranging initiative for photographic education and inspiration. Today, the group is comprised of dozens of the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, each a master of their creative specialty.

Millennium Park Music Video

I recently received a call from a Brazilian songwriter about a new song he just wrote.  It seems he was inspired by his visit to Chicago last year.  He hired me to shoot some shots of Cloud Gate, commonly known as “The Bean” for a music video he’s working on. He also needed some shots of the totem pole in front of the Field Museum.
Can’t wait to see the video.  It’s titled “Cloud Gate Dream”.  Meanwhile, here are some of the photos I sent him.

Cloud Gate, Millenium Park, Chicago

Women’s March on Chicago

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Grant Park Saturday for the Women’s March on Chicago,.  Attendance for the Chicago event more than tripled initial expectations, organizers said, to the point where city streets were so flooded, the march itself was canceled.

Event organizers estimated that 250,000 attended the rally, but city officials did not immediately release a crowd estimate. Attendance was three times what was expected and was among the largest outside the marquee Women’s March on Washington event.

A march to Federal Plaza in the Loop was canceled as the streets were filled with people. Despite the cancellation of the official march, many made their way to Federal Plaza anyway while the rally was going on.

Women's March on Chicago Photos January 21, 2017

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Fun with Green Screen Photos

From October 16th to October 20th, I photographed hundreds of people in front of a green screen at the Swan Resort, Disney Property, Orlando, Florida.  The booth was sponsored by Canon USA.  We gave people an opportunity to have some fun in the middle of long meetings and workshops.  After having their photos taken, attendees were able to pick out one of several backgrounds to be dropped in.  Canon then sent each person a digital as well as a hard copy of the image.

The event was Gartner Symposium ITexpo 2016.  It’s the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives.  It’s there that they share strategic views on the trends that shape IT and business.1_blog7k1c0068-copy 2_comp1 3_7k1c0151-copy 4_comp3 5_7k1c9927-copy 6_comp4

2016 Photographic Society of America’s International Conference

I just returned from the Photographic Society of Americas International Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Each year its members gather to take advantage of the opportunities provided that week to further their education and shooting skills.

This week I had the opportunity to try out the brand new 5D Mark IV. Its built around a new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is from the flagship 1D X Mark II. It also has 4K video, a touchscreen, improved weather-sealing, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC, an interval timer and GPS.

I managed to get away from the Canon booth for a few minutes and drop in on one of the photo bays that was nearby to test the 5D out. It’s always impossible to tell how good a camera’s images are by looking at low res images posted on the internet.  So I’d like to add that the full size images are gorgeous.  Looks like Im going to be ordering one soon.

Heres 3 photos taken with the 5D Mark IV and the Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS version II lens.

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Alyssa Allgood Jazz Quintet at Essanay Studios

This past Saturday, I photographed The Alyssa Allgood Jazz Quintet performance at the historic Charlie Chaplin Theater in Essanay Studios here in Chicago.  The performance was part of the series in partnership with Uptown United and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Alyssa’s debut EP Lady Bird was named a Best Release of 2015 on All About Jazz and it was hailed as “the most refined offering in the genre yet.” The Chicago Jazz Magazine highly recommends this debut recording and described it as “a wonderful exploration of the lost art of bebop vocalese.”

The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company was an American motion picture studio. It is best known today for its series of Charlie Chaplin comedies of 1915.


Uptown Dance in the Park 7.9.2016

Uptown Dance in the Park 7.9.2016

Uptown Dance in the Park 7.9.2016

Uptown Dance in the Park 7.9.2016



Woman’s World Photo Shoot

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Heidi Hedstrom for Woman’s World Magazine.  She had some great success with her diet drinking a mixture of water, vinegar and pomegranate juice.  You can read all about it here.

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Phish – Wrigley Field 6/24/2016

Saw my first Phish show yesterday. The weather was perfect for an outdoor show. Music was great and the fans brought me back to the days when I used to go see the Dead.  Had a great experience and was lucky enough to get a few good photos.

Phish was formed at the University of Vermont in 1983. Known for musical improvisation, extended jams, blending of genres, and dedicated fan base. They performed together for nearly 20 years before going on hiatus in August 2004. They reunited in March 2009 and have since resumed performing regularly.

Phish’s music blends elements of a wide variety of genres, including funk, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, folk, country, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and pop. Although the band has received little radio play or mainstream exposure, Phish has developed a large and dedicated following by word of mouth, the exchange of live recordings, and selling over 8 million albums and DVDs in the United States.Phish - Wrigley Field - 6/24/16 Thompson Coburn Thompson Coburn Thompson Coburn Thompson Coburn

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Family Photos at Bahai Temple in Wilmette

It was great spending a couple of hours at The Bahai Temple in Wilmette, Illinois doing some family photos. Sylvia and Mike chose this location for obvious reasons.

Only eight continental Houses of Worship have been built around the world, serving four continental areas (this includes one in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan that has since been destroyed), with a ninth currently under construction in Chile. Bahá’í literature directs that a House of Worship should be built in each city and town, and emphasizes that its doors must be open to all regardless of religion, or any other distinction. The Bahá’í laws emphasize that the spirit of the House of Worship must be a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions.

Everyone has snap shots on their phone, but it is important to have a family history to grace your walls. If you have children, summer is a great time to schedule a family portrait session to avoid busy school schedules.

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