chicago, chicago



Alexander Calder's Flamingo sculpture in Chicago's Federal Center Plaza.

I’m in Chicago for an 8-week internship with photographer Paul Elledge and his team.┬áPaul is a very driven, unstoppable, creative soul, and it’s super motivating to be around the caliber of work that he does.

Chicago people are friendly, the architecture is amazing, and the food is fab. I’m a very lucky lady.


Last catchup post, folks. (I know I’m bad, bad, bad, but what can I say? I’m having fun in Chicago!)

In our Advertising Photog class this spring, each photo student collaborated with a graphic design student to create a campaign for the product/service/organization of our choosing. My partner and I advertised Pocky, that crunchy, sweet Japanese snack. These are some of my shots that we incorporated into my partner’s fresh, simple, image-dominated ads.

I think that casting first-year students Cali Lowdermilk and Kayleigh Mezger as our models was sort of a stroke of genius on my part.

Not visible behind the second set of black flats: another set of speedotrons, modified with umbrellas and directed toward the cyc wall.

He sticks needles into aging rockers.

My old bandmate Jon E. Walker was my model for this five-light setup in Bryan Regan’s studio (yes, another catch-up post!):

setup shot

By the way, I highly recommend Bull City Acupuncture, Jon E’s practice on Broad Street in Durham.


(Blog post catchup time!)
While on internship this past fall, I assisted with a shoot that Bryan Regan did in the basement of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. It was SO much fun to creep around the aisles and be incredibly close to actual dinosaur bones.

It’s cold.

Spring, anytime you want to come, you just go ahead and do it.

(model: Zareen)

multimedia is the new mix tape!

In Joey Seawell’s multimedia class, we received an MP3 file of a “Hearing Damage” by Thom Yorke and were given permission to just go crazy. There was no wrong direction to take. The only requirements were that we needed to include at least 30 seconds of the song and the project had to run 1-1.5 minutes.

My sound editing could use some polishing (I’m sure I don’t have to point out the choppy music transition at 1:11), but wow, this was fun.

I used an LED light wand and longish exposures to make the light patterns. My ol’ buddy Derek Anderson and new friend Nidhi Parekh were the mask dancers and my awesome collaborators.