Billy Dec Editorial

Back in the fall of 2017 we were keeping it local photographing Chicago's own Billy Dec at one of his stunning restaurants, Sunda. Not only is Dec a renowned entrepreneur, owning 7 clubs and restaurants city-wide, but he is also a active podcast host/actor to boot. Dec has made appearances on EmpireAmerican Crime Story and The People vs. O.J. Simpson (to name a few) as well as performing cooking demos dozens of times on The Today Show with Matt LauerDec was even appointed to President Barak Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. With his numerous charitable donations as well as participation with organizations such as AAPI Task Force on bullying and Make a Wish foundation this alum is impressive to say the least. You can check out the full profile for the Univeristy of Illinois Alumni Magazine here.

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Made You Look

Late 2017 brought us on assignment for MCA Chicago. Here at the museum, with the creative guidance of FCB Chicago, the team and I went to work illustrating patron's expressions to the beautiful art surrounding them. Check out some of my favorite moments below!

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2017 Retrospective Magazine

My annual look back magazine is finally in print - take a look at this video showcasing the content along with some motion we captured on various assignments throughout the year. Here's to more great projects in 2018!

Retire Like You Mean It

Back in September, we traveled to Maricopa, Arizona to photograph active adult scenarios for Meritage Homes. Our shoot took place over one day on location - all outdoors with over 90 degree temperatures. We worked with the creative team at Lavidge who gave us a great deal of space for creative input. The result is a compelling library of images that convey the active lifestyle that residents enjoy in these communities.

Prevention Magazine - I Thought I Had Alzheimer's

Sometimes with aging comes forgetful moments. But your doctor may lead you to believe you have the most common form of dementia called Alzheimers, even if you don't. That is exactly what happened to Hudson Peel (age 81) and Miriam McCall (age 69) featured in Prevention Magazine's piece titled "I Thought I Had Alzheimer's". Alzheimers is a form of dementia which is a neurological impairment that impacts day to day life and prevents its' sufferers from leading a normal life. This August we were on the road again photographing these two inspiring individuals in Meriden, CT and Canton, OH. 

Dad Time Iceland: Motion

We are super excited to share our completed motion feature from Dad Time - Iceland. While shooting this personal project in Iceland we met six amazing Dads who gave us an unparalleled perspective on fatherhood abroad. This peaceful country created the perfect landscape for this next installment of #dadtime and we could not be happier with the results. Special thanks to Björn Thors, Valtýr Gunnarsson, Anthony Bacigalupo, Sæþór Randalsson, Ágúst Karlsson & Ragnar Hansson. 

YMCA Swim Lessons

Learning to swim for the first time can be an uphill battle. Although with the help of a great instructor and knowledgable lifeguards, it can turn that battle into a victory. This past fall we had a great time hanging out at the local C.W. Avery Family YMCA in Plainfield, Illinois, on another challenging water assignment for the YUSA. There we met swim instructors Rachel and Sammie who were an inspiration to our talent in the water. The kids were ecstatic to show off their swim moves and learn a few new ones. Of course we wanted to break out the underwater camera housing for some dynamic angles at and below the surface.  Check out some of our favorite shots below.

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Client: YUSA
Casting: Callie Lipkin Photography
Producer: Trevor Power
Grooming: Lauren Frenden
Wardrobe: Lavi Toma
Digital: Leah Fithian
Assistants: Kevin Serna, Lyndon French