May 31, 2013
Every year I donate photography services to a small amount of non-profit organizations, to give back to my community and for the selfish reason of feeling warm and fuzzy inside for helping out. This week I photographed a fundraising party that launched the US branch of the Ozzie Guillen Foundation, which was originally founded in 1998 by Ozzie and his wife Ibis to provide support to children and families affected by illness. The event, hosted by Nina Chantele and Ozzie Guillen, was a tremendous success and a heck of a lot of fun. I took lots of red carpet shots of VIP guests, and wandered around capturing the raffle fun.
Next month, I’ll be photographing a masquerade ball fundraiser for the Children’s Place: an organization that supports children and families affected by HIV and AIDS. Tickets are still available for that event, so I’ll see you there!
May 24, 2013
Yesterday I visited my Friend Richard in the hospital. He was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma, and although he’s going to be a-okay, he started a pretty unappetizing smorgasbord of tests and treatment. Yesterday was his first day of chemotherapy, and he took it like a champ! He joked around with his friend Nelson and I, and scarfed down a plate of Chinese food between drug treatments. At the risk of sounding like a hippie, Richard has an amazing spirit. With his wonderful attitude he’s going to be back on his feet in no time. Good luck, Richard, and we all hope you’re feeling better soon!
May 16, 2013
This week I dropped by a private corporate event for Hutchison Global Communications, a Hong Kong telecommunications group, which they were hosting during a large telecommunications event in the Loop. I was asked to photograph the event which had some amazing musical entertainment, an incredible traditional mask-changing performance, and some great people!
May 9, 2013
Alright, I’m calling it… Outdoor headshot season is officially open. Although some of my clients have braved the chilly weather for some natural light photos outside during the winter months, after today taking photos outside will be more like a gentle walk in the park and less like a painful death march through the arctic with broken snowshoes and hungry wolves hiding behind snow drifts…
The courtyard of my building has a beautiful garden with plenty of green vines and colorful flowering plants. Have I taken advantage of this foliage and used it as a background for some great photos? Umm… HELLO? Yes. Yes, I have. Duh.
Today I did some work weeding in the garden and pruning plants to get everything ready for photos. Okay, I was actually escaping work in front of the computer for a while because it was so warm and sunny out and I wanted some Vitamin D. And I snapped a few photos of some of the first branches sprouting some leaves and the first blossoms pushing their way through. Ahhhh, spring. If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the garden.
May 1, 2013
I was doing some organizing and filing today and a tiny little slip of paper slid out from between some files and floated into my lap. It was a note someone slipped into an envelope to me almost 2 years ago, after I took his headshots and he was pleased enough with them to send me a happy little thumbs up on paper.
I love it when people absolutely LOVE their headshots and when the whole experience of getting their photo taken goes better than they expected. That’s my goal every time I pick up the camera and notes like these remind me I’m on the right track. Horray!