Friday, July 29, 2011

Ecore! Man's Best Friend

What do I love more than weddings and dogs?

Dogs in weddings!

I love Einstein's face in this photo as the bride and groom kiss.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dog Days of Summer: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Sometimes the best dog portraits are those I didn't plan. Annabelle is a cute bulldog with lots of energy. She passed out on the floor after a fun and active outdoor portrait session. I just love her little tongue sticking out.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dog Days of Summer: Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog

This is Beru's housemate Charlie. He loves his Beru so much and they have lots of fun together!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dog Days of Summer: Big Dog

The dog of the day is Beru, an Old English Bulldog (also known as Olde English Bulldogge).

Beru is a sweetheart and cuddlebug who loves to give buzi to his owners. He was adopted from Chicago English Bulldog Rescue. If you're looking for a new dog, please check out your local rescues and pounds. They have so many great animals looking for a loving home.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Dog Days of Summer: In the Dog House

The heat wave in some parts of the country is subsiding, but it's still hot outside. After all we're in the middle of the dog days of summer. This week I'll feature some of my favorite dog portraits while you chill inside with some fans or air conditioning, which I imagine the dogs pictured below are doing as well.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

All Aboard at Union Station

Chicago, Illinois
Weddings seem to follow me. Michael and I walk around Union Station as tables are being set-up for an evening event.

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I can't resist taking a photo of the arrangements.

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The bright, exotic flowers fit with the contemporary black chivari chairs and charcoal silver tablecloths.

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Union Station is a grand old train station with lots of style. I would love to photograph a wedding here!

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Details! Union Station is an example of Beaux-Arts style and was designed by the famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham.

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I photographed the backsplash of a restroom in a building down the block from Union Station.

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One last shot outside the station.

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Downtown Signs

Chicago, Illinois
During a break between portrait sessions, Michael and I take a quick trip downtown.

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Where are the men?

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Smelly fire escape.

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What does this say? Cano_____ Makers Only.

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I love Chicago!

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cheesecake

Chicago, Illinois
My mom is teaching Michael how to make a low-sugar cheesecake with raisins.

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You Can Go Home Again

Chicago, Illinois

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  ~ from The Wonder Years

When I was five, I flew from my birthplace in Poland, along with my mom and sister, to visit my grandmother in Chicago for a few months. We moved in with Babcia Jadzia, my aunt and two teenage cousins in a two bedroom ground floor apartment on Webster St. We ended up becoming permanent residents and the three of us moved along with Babcia to a 3rd floor apartment in the same building.

On this last Chicago trip I took some photos of our old stone apartment building. There used to be a huge expanse of lawn to the left where all the stray cats ran around. I would beg my mom to let me feed them. I made friends with one cat that I named Blackie. He was all black except for an ox-head-shaped white piece on his chest. I saw my first mouse here, and mimicked my neighbor who shrieked and jumped on the fence. I used to play and get in trouble with my friend Peter who stayed in the building behind ours. I loved our landlord's big German Shepherd Szarik. I remember our postman who would meow while walking down the street to trick the mean dogs into barking.

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Here is the back porch. I used to climb the rail from the ground floor to the next level instead of taking the stairs. I'm surprised I never cracked my head open.

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This was our church. The sign over the door is quite fitting, "Welcome Home."

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I walked around the neighborhood taking a few more photos.

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The bus would drop me off behind the building. One day, as soon as I stepped off the bus I was surrounded by four older boys who stole my brand new markers. When I told my mom she marched with me in their general direction. When we found them she put the fear of God in them with her broken English as they surrendered the markers. I don't think I've ever seen anyone as scared as those boys.

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There were a few apartments for rent down the street and it was tempting to inquire... but I also remember the tall snow drifts that blocked our front door. 

What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.  ~ Cynthia Ozick


Friday, July 22, 2011

Encore! Delicious View

I love cake! I can almost smell the sweet scent just looking at the photo. Mmmmm...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Downtown Dome

Chicago, Illinois
It was pouring when Eugene and I went on our photo adventure so we ducked into the Chicago Cultural Center to dry off.

The Cultural Center is known for its gorgeous Tiffany Dome. Unfortunately, there was an event that afternoon so we couldn't go into Preston Bradley Hall, but we could take photos from the hallway.

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The ceiling is reminiscent of European palaces.

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Look at that detail!

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Even the entrance is grand.

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Thanks Eugene for a fun afternoon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Farm Foundation

Marengo, Illinois
I had a great time driving around rural Illinois during my visit last month. I love the blue skies and green grass, but it's bittersweet seeing farm buildings that are no more. As interesting as I may find these structures, I'm saddened that so many farms are gone.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Encore! Road Less Traveled

The fog rolled in from the ocean during our day after portrait session with Claudia and Tony, who are celebrating their second anniversary in a few days.

Happy Anniversary!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chicago Suburbs, Illinois
One of the most fun parts about taking family photos is seeing how big the kids can get in a year. I last photographed Allison for her baby portraits. Now she's walking... and running.

I met the family at this cool covered bridge.

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Allison is a walking machine.

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Brother Brendan likes to climb.

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He is so adorable!

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Look at that smile.

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Allison is hungry.

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Pretty girl!

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Brother and sister.

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I love this field of grass.

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Brendan and his dad relax by a pond.

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See Brendan run!

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Thank you Mom, Dad, Brendan and Allison!!!

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