North Ave. beach is a huge gathering spot in the summer and has everything from music fests to volleyball tournaments, water skiing and one of the best views of the Chicago skyline. On a warmish late afternoon in September I met the A family to create family portraits with them but what they loved the most were the fun and candid pics. Together we created a story of their time at their favorite beach. Share this post if you love fun candids at the beach.
I never do sneak previews but this is an exciting and special exception for the new Artisan portrait series. The first one is of my painter friends Stephanie and Errol. Errol just had a one man show, acquired an agent and is being represented by galleries. Stephanie and Errol exhibit regularly at the Palette and Chisel. Stephanie does still life paintings and wonderfully natural outdoor themes. — with Stephanie Weidner and Errol Jacobson.
Working with this group was really enjoyable, they were a fun group. All around the beach we went until everyone had been photographing having a good time, fun and relaxed at the beach.
Part of the process and service we provide is the First Viewing. Our clients come in to the studio for the first viewing of their portrait. We collaborate in HD on the photos and their presentation until they are perfect. Our client Mrs N pulled a Macbook Air out of her purse and showed a snapshot she had done at her house where she wanted to hang a canvas. It was on the second floor landing, looking towards the stairs that go down. That wall next to the stairs was where she envisioned a family portrait. Mrs N had measured the width of the wall and it was 60 inches. Someone looking at the wall could be anywhere between 3 and 15 feet from it.
What size canvas would look best on that wall? The first answer to that question is “any size that looks good to you”. Everyone has tastes and preferences when it comes to art, and those ideas come first, we create portraits that fit your style. We have any canvas size up to 40″ x 60″. The final canvas size chosen for an image depends on that photograph and where it will be viewed. Whether it is color, BW, square, panorama, all these are taken in to account. We decided a 30×40 Galerie Canvas would work best for her. It was not so big it would dominate the room and leave only a couple of inches on either side for the wall. Neither was it so small that the blank wall space made it look even smaller. It was just the right size.
The Lumiere Brothers invented the first viable color photography and it was called Autochrome. On the left is an original Autochrome from the 1900′s. On the right is our version of the Autochrome called “Lumiere”. “Lumiere” is the soft, faded look of the last century, ask for your print to be a “Lumiere”.
Their baby was arriving soon and they wanted to have a maternity session in their home city of Chicago. Their home provided a great location for some fun candid portraits of Jill and Ryan.
Hey everyone some times are still available for this once a year garden portrait experience. Chicago Botanic Garden Portrait Day is June 21. Come out to the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden for a family portrait surrounded by roses, flowers and intricate gardens. We are excited to work in an amazing outdoor studio again this year. It’s a huge garden with several stunning locations and backgrounds to choose from. Call 773-227-3680 for more information.
Flowers had arrived at Home Depot and they inspired an idea. It started as a small project, put some flower boxes together for spring. Then, wouldn’t it be nice if they were on display where they would brighten up drab spring colors. 4 trips to Home Depot and 2 trips to Home Goods later this is what happened. Flowerwall.
He is almost twice as old as that now. Tristan was lively and curious, we almost had a conversation! But he started to yawn, in the final photos from the session you can see his tired eyes drooping. His Mom is a traveling photographer and had photos on display from around the world.
What a privilege it was to attend and support the 2014 Francis W. Parker Scholarship Auction on March 29 at Navy Pier. This biennial dinner and live and silent auction fundraising event supports its scholarship fund. The first couple are Parker parents and awesome clients Zanna and Aram, Zanna worked on the auction committee. It was an 80′s themed party, the second couple having the “best 80′s hair” are Neale and Alyssa. As you walked in to the event, to the left was a beautifully handmade guitar by a teacher at Parker, it was also the most popularly bid item up for sale that night. The next few photos are luxury items being auctioned along with a pic of our display donating a Chicago family portrait. As the auction goes it to full swing and dinner begins, the (Parker parent) auctioneer begins the exciting live auctioning of very special and luxury packages. The crispy cool spring Chicago evening on Navy Pier was a huge success.