Acoustic Brunch at the Pony Inn with Taylor Yacktman

Saturday, June 13th 11am - 3pm,  1st ever Acoustic Brunch at the Pony Inn!  Incredibly talented Taylor Yacktman performed your favorite blues, country and rock covers. I didn't get shots of the yummy food they served, which I regret. Pony Inn served food like Nutella Poppers with a side of Cream Cheese Frosting.......Seriously.  Check out their brunch menu  http://theponychicago.com 

Pony Inn Chicago
Taylor Yacktman performing
Notes
Pony Up Chicago
BLoodymary


Random Acts of Flowers

Today, the last snowy day of the season (let's hope), I had the honor to capturing a few generous volunteers in action.  Arriving at the address of what seemed to be a small nondescript warehouse, turns out to be packed with kindness and energy. This remarkable charity, Random Acts of Flowers, turn donated flowers into gorgeous bouquets for those in need of a little joy.  The volunteers meticulously deconstruct these bouquets and rearrange them into gifts for hospital and hospice facilities patients that could use the support.  It was not difficult to capture beautiful, charitable spirits and turned into a humbling experience for me.  

Patiently awaiting the flowers to arrive from the donors. 

Patiently awaiting the flowers to arrive from the donors. 

First truck backing into the loading dock.

First truck backing into the loading dock.

The van doors opened to visual and olfactory flood.  

The van doors opened to visual and olfactory flood.  

The volunteers sort the flowers and prepare them for arrangements. 

The volunteers sort the flowers and prepare them for arrangements. 

Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country.
— Random Acts of Flowers
Making sure all the flowers are intact and perfect for arrangements. 

Making sure all the flowers are intact and perfect for arrangements. 

There is not a better of a way to repurpose wedding flowers. 

There is not a better of a way to repurpose wedding flowers. 

Check out Random Acts of Flowers and if you have any flowers to donate, make sure to contact them. There is also a link to sign up to volunteer.  

All You Need Is Love

Lauren and I got to be a part of the sweetest engagement yesterday. Nolan an old buddy from California asked me to capture his proposal in Chicago at Millennium Park.  He lined the BP bridge with friends and family, all holding signs on the reasons why he loves her. Needless to say, she said yes. ✔️ Lauren shot a cute video of it,  I can't wait to share it. 

Will You Marry Me?
Nervous
She says yes
The moment
Signs
will you marry me

Lighting Class

I had a co worker convince me to take a studio lighting class at Lillstreet in Up Town, Chicago.

Everyone has a different style to their art. It's always good to venture out there and learn new things. As you can see in my photos. I wanted a dark gloomy feel. Hopefully I'm not sad in all of my art. 

Lauren, my co worker, herself has a feminine touch with her photos. Even her instagram shows that. She would do wonders in the fashion world. 

Some lighting tips to perfect your art:

White Balance

Do you wonder why your photos have a yellow or maybe even blue cast to it?

Light has a color and it can be measured. Your camera has a color temperature control known as the white balance. Most people will set this on auto, but depending on your camera you might get an unwanted tint. Chose to dial in the specific temperature to avoid that. Here is a quick guide on the most common:

  • Twilight: 1200
  • Daylight Shade: 7500
  • Overcast : 6500
  • Early Morning or late afternoon: 4300
  • Sunrise and sunset: 3000
  • Candle light=2000

If you notice your photo has a cast to it while you are editing, you can easily change that in your editor with color temperature or white balance tool.  

Golden Hour

Shoot during the golden hour. The last hour before sunset (or during) where the light is low in the sky, very golden, and as such creates less shadows and more even lighting across your subject. It’s also great for sun flares if you are looking for that.

Clouds

Cloudy days are probably one of the best days to shoot. Clouds create natural diffused light and almost act as natural soft boxes so this can enable you to work easily without having to avoid certain situations. Plus, who doesn't love those fluffy things in the background? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K.I.S.S.

Kick in to Stop Sarcoidosis on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at River East Art Center in downtown Chicago.

I had the wonderful opportunity to work this great event with my buddy Eric Perez. Not only did you walk in with two camels greeting you, but a huge snake and monkey were in side eagerly waiting for your attention. Sari’s were the thing at the event and they did not disappoint. The colorful outfits, along with the lights and music made me want to eat, pray, love to India. Mindy the monkey stole the show, my heart and straws out of drinks.

This magical Arabian Nights-themed evening brought together hundreds of supporters to raise funds in support of sarcoidosis research.

Event entertainment featured creative cocktails, strolling dinner catered by Entertaining Company, blackjack, roulette, music by DJ Peter Canellis, dancing, and other delights of the One Thousand and One variety!

Proceeds from the event fund FSR’s education and research initiatives including a nationwide awareness campaign and grant program which supports researchers working to find better treatment and ultimately a cure for the disease.