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Hope and Healing

This summer I had the opportunity to photograph a rehearsal for the Harmony, Hope and Healing Choir at the St. Martin de Porres House of Hope in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The choir offers a therapeutic music program and spiritual healing to homeless and underserved women dealing with the effects of poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and the…

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My Poker Face

I recently finished up a really fun series for Time Out Chicago magazine about gambling in the Chicago area. The article focused on different aspects of the game from dealers to pit bosses to professional players. One of my favorite shots for the series was of poker player Tom Koral that we did at his…

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Portrait Session: Leslie Beukelman

I had a great time last Saturday making portraits with Chicago singer Leslie Beukelman in the West Loop. We lucked out with some great light at sunset and took advantage of the empty streets. Leslie even sang a bit for me which was pretty wonderful! Leslie and her band will be playing the Double Door…

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Flashes of Hope

I recently did a volunteer photo shoot at the University of Chicago’s Children’s Hospital with the nonprofit organization Flashes of Hope. Their mission is to change the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through photography and they also raise money for pediatric cancer research. I set up a backdrop and…

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Ronald Novotny: The Golf Ball Man

I was really excited when I got the assignment to photograph Ronald Novotny in his Morton Grove home. Novotny, a retired factory worker, collects golf balls from courses in the Chicago suburbs and has thousands of them throughout his home which he later sells. He started collecting in 1952 with his father and has kept…

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