"Dr. Timmuel Black, Chicago civil rights leader. Photographed for Chicago magazine." Jennifer Moore, art director.
"Photographed for Chicago magazine's Sex and Love issue." Angela Finney, contributing artist; Jennifer Moore, art director; Megan Lovejoy, photo editor.
"Web designer and Flash pioneer Joshua Davis, photographed for Nvidia's Speak Visual campaign." Justine Shockett, agency producer; Devin Gillespie, art director; Joe Kayser, creative director; Cutwater, ad agency; Nvidia, client.
"Chef Jackie Shen photographed for Chicago magazine's Chicagoans of the Year issue." Jennifer Moore, art director.
"Outtake from a Time Out Chicago story on proper etiquette."
Duration: Three years.
Staff: Just me and some great assistants.
Education: Columbia College and Brooks Institute of Photography, with a little bit of assisting as well.
Cultural Influences: Moving from California to Chicago was a great personal and creative transition for me. I immediately immersed myself in the city, which has influenced me and my work in so many ways. Chicago is full of surprises, there is so much to be see. I'm also inspired by my family, friends and mentors. I enjoy going to galleries and museums, looking at art books and
art blogs. I'm constantly looking at art and design for inspiration, especially photography. I try to immerse myself in work from all eras. I love the
classic work of photographers like Yosef Karsh, George Hurrell, Herb Ritts, and Arnold Newman but I'm just as influenced by contemporary photographers including Nigel Parry, Uwe Duettmann, Nadav Kander, Erwin Olaf, and Gregory Crewdson. I enjoy interior design and architecture too.
Taking adventures and seeing new places is an essential part of maintaining my sanity as well. I believe that taking yourself out of your natural element every once in a while is the best way to refresh your mind and body (it has always worked for me).
Environment: I have an old brick live/work loft on the north side of Chicago. It's pretty cool—except for the ghost.
Philosophy: Don't worry. Be happy.