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I am a photographer located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I enjoy photographing people, most of the time. I also do still life and landscapes and things. But only if something really strikes my fancy or someone pays me to do it. My interests are contemporary classics, Hollywood Glamor, Fine Art Nudes, Grung… Read More
I am a photographer located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I enjoy photographing people, most of the time. I also do still life and landscapes and things. But only if something really strikes my fancy or someone pays me to do it. My interests are contemporary classics, Hollywood Glamor, Fine Art Nudes, Grunge & Edgy, Boudoir, and above all storytelling.

Most of my work happens in the studio. I like to have control over the light and the set. More recently I started venturing into the outdoors as well. I am trying not to create the traditional portrait found at the department store near you. My work happens to be a little off the beaten path, somewhat eccentric, avant garde if needed. I try to take the usual a bit out of context, and include ideas popping up in my head during the day while observing every day life. I am inspired by classical motives as well as contemporary artists.

It is important for me to tell a story with my photographs. Not that I always succeed but I find without the story the image ends up having little or no meaning. In my mind the story is what makes a memorable photograph.

By the way, if you ever catch me staring at you I am probably in the process of putting a photograph together in my head. Please don't worry too much about it and let me finish.

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