THE 7 NOT-TERRIBLE BARS IN WRIGLEYVILLE

20130826-DSC_7220 What a surprise to see my own work featured as the lead image in a recent article on thrillist.com! I did a series of photographs for Guthries Tavern last year in preparation for an update to their website. The owner, Steve Leith, wanted to capture the atmosphere of the place and highlight some of the things that make Guthrie's so unique.

Around 1900, the location was a corner grocery store. In 1933, after prohibition, the Moretti family turned it into a corner tap. Having had many bar names and proprietors over the years, Steve the current owner opened Guthries in 1986 and has enjoyed serving the Lakeview neighborhood for almost 30 years. The spot boasts a fantastic beer list, a huge selection of board games, a cozy back porch, and super-friendly staff. It's the kind of place where no one is a stranger. If you're in the neighborhood, do yourself a favor and check it out!

 

It's finally here!

Well, the day has finally arrived: The Opening Reception for my final exhibit as at Certificate Student at Chicago Photography Center is tonight! I'll be showing with the ever-amazing Amanda Areias

If you know me, then you know that I have been hard at work for the past couple years learning the ropes and making a transition from my career in retail to running my own photography business. It has been tough, but I am so proud to finally be where I planned to be. I hope you'll join me from 7 - 9pm at 3301 N. Lincoln Ave. for the occasion. If you can't make it tonight, the exhibit will be up for the next few weeks.

My final project is a photo essay about losing a loved one, and how we maintain a relationship with them. This work is very meaningful to me, and in some ways I think its potential to help others is my purpose. If you, or someone you know, would like to participate in the project - Contact me so we can discuss the possibilities!

 

 

Chicago Photography Center needs your help!

Hey, folks! I figured I would use this first blog post as an opportunity to highlight an organization that is near and dear to my heart:

You probably already know how much I love photography, and that I "quit my day job" earlier this year to pursue this career full time. I'm not sure if you know how I got from point A to point B, though: Chicago Photography Center. CPC is the only not-for-profit photography school in Chicago, probably the entire Midwest. But we're not just a school - We offer gallery exhibits, lectures with social impact, host an after-school program for Chicago high school students to learn film photography, outreach to under-served communities...

 

When I discovered CPC, I was at a low point in my life. In many ways, this place actually saved my life. I have been empowered and transformed by it, and I feel a great sense of pride to be part of such a powerful and supportive community. Everyday I can witness and be part of that same transformation in other people. Photography is a vehicle of change, and it happens at CPC.

 

This summer I joined the Board of Directors. It is one of the greatest honors I can think of, to be able to give back in this way. It has also opened my eyes to how precious an organization we are and how we face many challenges to continue our work. Every not-for-profit struggles with funding, but we are currently battling some unforeseen expenses (broken water heaters, failing AC, among others) that could jeopardize our programs.

 

I'm not asking you to give something for nothing. I'm not asking you for a large sum of money. I am asking you to do one of a few simple things:
  • Take a class. If you are interested in learning new skills, or taking your skills to the next level, CPC's offering of classes taught by incredible instructors has something for everyone. From one-day to seven-week formats, there are topics of all kinds: film photography, digital manipulation, studio lighting, weddings, etc.
  • Attend a lecture. Fall Lecture Series: The Future of PhotographyPhotography is a changing field due to advances in technology, how we perceive photography and its role, and its accessibility in recent years. Join us as we take a more in-depth look at a few areas.
  • Donate whatever you can! If you aren't up for a class or lecture, live out of state, or simply can't afford the ticket price - Please give whatever you can spare. Skip your Starbucks today, pick Netflix tonight instead of the movies... Every donation, no matter how small, does make a difference! I will sweeten the deal, however, for those of you who are generous enough to donate - For every donation you make of $25+, I will give you an 8x10" color print from my series "Franny and Zooey," recently displayed at CPC! 

Let me know if you pull the trigger. I'll get your print(s) to you ASAP.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Every dollar we bring in - be it from classes, lectures, or donations - will help ensure we keep our doors open and programs running. Your support means the world to me, and so many others!