Meet Michael.I was lucky enough to meet his awesome wife on a local chat about having celiac years ago. We had lunch, became friends, and we have shared many dinners, book clubs, etc since.Recently, we were out to dinner and chatting about photography when the subject of head shots came up. I was sharing my thoughts about how important it is to have great head shots for your professional image when Michael showed me his. It’s interesting to look at a head shot of someone you don’t know. You formulate ideas about who they are instantly. But try looking at a headshot of someone you do know. Does that shot look like the person they are? In Michael’s case…the answer was ‘No’. I suggested that we do some updating and he was in!Anyone who knows Michael knows how appropriate it was that we met in downtown Wheaton at the Starbucks. I thought the urban/vintage vibe would be great for him.Michael is funny, quirky, super smart and interesting. I wanted his photos to reflect all of those things with a more casual feel. Of course, we had a few great outtakes….as I would expect with this guy!I told you…he’s a funny guy. But, mostly, we captured some amazing photos that I think will give someone a sense of his personality long before they meet him.I also put together some photos just for him personally….cool black and white shots that are more artsy than the normal head shot.It was such a fun night. He discovered a side of Wheaton he never knew existed (including my favorite alleyways) and I enjoyed his interesting and fun company.Thinking of getting new head shots? Give me a call…I would love to put together a great portfolio of images that will make your LinkedIn page or website a more effective tool.
I love Easter. The baskets, the egg hunt, all that yummy chocolate…. So when a mom on one of my Facebook groups posted a request for a photographer who could come snap a few photos of her family on Easter hunting eggs with real CHICKENS…..I was totally in!!Fortunately, she lives 5 minutes away and, since my family doesn’t really do much on Easter normally, I figured I could sneak away for an hour, shoot some photos, and be back before anyone in a sugar coma noticed that I was gone. Well, of course, it didn’t work out quite that way. We normally never host Easter so it’s just us having a nice meal. This year we ended up with a house full of people sort of at the last minute. I guess being compulsively organized comes in handy in these situations. I started all of the food, got everything ready, snuck out to my photo session, and still had dinner on the table for everyone to enjoy.In the meantime…I really enjoyed meeting this sweet extended family. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the chickens (and kids) were so cute.I even captured the moment when the chicken flew off of her shoulder!This girl was obsessed with the chickens. It was so cute. She even tried to give them the plastic eggs from the hunt. Talk about confused chickens!The chickens didn’t seem to mind all of the attention.After the chicken fun…there were eggs to find all over the yard. I captured some egg hunt photos, got some group family shots, and was back at home with lamb on the grill in no time.In addition to the action shots I threw in some cool black and whites of each of the kids. The sun made it difficult to capture the best photos but I was happy that these turned out so nice.I consider this Easter with a bonus!!
I’m slowly catching up on my blog posts….next up….first communion fun!!