Turning 1 is stressful

1 year old baby crying

My nephew recently turned 1, and I never realized how stressful turning 1 is.
He had a cupcake to smash, allow people to hold, hug and kiss him, NOT to mention all those gifts to open — GEESH!!!

A great day was had by all.  : )

Man and his Best Friend(s)

Seen near South Side on Lamar Lofts.  
Man and his Best Friend(s).

A Splash of Color

On a recent grey day THIS was the only splash of color I saw.  ; )
www.aggiebrooks.com, a splash of color

Life’s Simple Pleasures

Enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
Tulips on a table, www.aggiebrooks.com

Imagination & Playfulness

I recently spent some time with my nephews & I just LOVE so many things about them.
Here are 2 images that show why iLOVE them so much.

Their Imagination

Their Playfulness

O, the delights of nephews.

A Cowboy and his Barn

A Cowboy and his Barn.  Stranger #49.


Today has been 1 of those days

Today has been one of those days.


Counting Cranes

I, too, have been counting cranes.  In my travels, I have become very aware of all the cranes being used in constructing buildings & thought it interesting.

Here is an article I found that might interest you as well.

Quoting Jason Mraz:
“… it takes a crane to build a crane | it takes two floors to make a story …”

Seen at The Shops of Legacy area.

Seen in Uptown.
This crane was seen in Uptown

Thanks to Mary

Another HUGE thanks to Mary for the A M A Z I N G cookie treats she put together for me this year.
The only directive I gave her was “do what YOU do best”.  All of my clients who received these were WOWed & TOUCHed beyond belief!

From ‘lemons’ to LEMONADE

I take a lot of portraits of doctors and usually have the opportunity of utilizing some unique aspect of their facility until lately.
The last couple times I have gone out for these portraits I have had to use their hallways … which is usually a challenge – UNTIL I changed my mindset to “From Lemons to Lemonade”.
Here is what we ended-up doing (documented with iphone pix):

Seen here is the hallway with our main light in a doorway and our kicker light in the other doorway.

Here is a better shot of our main light, which we used to bounce off the opposite wall.
We used a grid as well as scrim for a little MORE diffusion.

This angle is from my perspective looking down the hallway, so YOU could see exactly how narrow our “set” is.
From this perspective, you can see the wall I am using as a “bounce”, as well as our kicker light and the background light.
The tape mark on the floor is for the doctor’s positioning.
My assistant [Paul] is in the shot for scale.  ; )

This perspective if from the back wall looking toward where the main light is.
The kicker light has a 1/2 CTO gel to add a little ‘warm’ sparkle.

Here is our end result.  See how we were able to go from ‘lemons’ to LEMONADE?!
Shot with the Nikon D800 and a 70-200mm lens.