For the past few years I've been lucky to photograph some of Chicago's most elegantly dressed businessmen. The client is Syd Jerome magazine. The shoots are always fun and a nice blend of portraiture and fashion.
Chicago teacher Brittany Hayden needed a headshot for her work and stopped by the studio this week for a 15-minute portrait. I loved the simple and soft look of the 135mm wide-open with the octa!
I had a great time last week photographing the talented interior designer, Jenna Wedemeyer. Jenna has an interior design company here in Chicago. She was great to work with and we got some fun and catchy and professional portraits. Doing portraits in the studio is so enjoyable and makes me think of the idea of the studio portrait while doing the work. I've done them for a long time now but it never gets old. It's a great tradition in photography and it's good to have such a usable and busy studio. I think a lot of what makes a portrait real and pleasing is that it occurs in a flow of activity. And a busy studio environment is part of that flow.
The studio wall system is finished now and it is fabulous to have the ability to create an entire room on the fly and position the walls anywhere I want them!
I was once again fortunate to have the fantastic services of makeup artist Sandy Morris. Even with good lighting and a little photoshop, there's no substitute for having a professional makeup artist. Every face is unique and so is every personality. A great make up artist like Sandy can bring out the features that make a person's face really sing. And the time and attention is also felt by the person being photographed--which also shows in their expressions.