You are who you are.

Fabric and the way it’s stitched together tells a story and in the end, you embody the person you project. The point is– clothes make part of who we are, want to become or seem to be. Human instinct allows for instant judgment and inferences based on material pieces and the way they and you are put together, effortlessly or not.

If we own our clothes, why don’t we more often own our looks?

Clothes are a form of expression and we could gain something by being less risk-averse. Finding your personal style is a matter of taking some risks and seeing what sticks outside your comfort zone.

At times, you want to blend in with your peers. My friend recently spent a good fifteen minutes deciding between  Cameo the Label dress and DL 1961 jeans cause I was excited/anxious about going out. For me, I thought, it was about making my own mark in the environment of possibilities with a Wildfox hoodie.

A few days later, I attended a mixer at an art gallery. I didn’t know anyone, and I wore a Russian bomber hat. I decided to be inspired by the setting. No one else had anything on their heads. I stuck out like a thimble on a thumb. Men wanted to feel the fuzziness. One girl who said she could never pull it off. Not true. I am simply emboldened by my fashion choices.

That’s where “outfit of the day” comes in. There are more than 26 million posts tagged #hot on Instagram. Whoever started it, was onto something.

Knowing how to work it on your own terms will help you work a room, if you want. Clothes can give you confidence to start conversations or cloak you with insecurities to transform you a backdrop. I mean, think about it– you ‘d be naked otherwise so why don’t we bare different sides of ourselves when we get a chance? Dress without fear and you’ll leave the door, without self-judgment.

Here are some additional tips:.
– Be comfortably confident and vice versa.

– Experiment– just once, just a little and see what happens. Remember, you can always take the edge off. Maybe start with accessories.

– When shopping, there’s no shame in going straight to the sales rack or ask for a discount, like no sales tax.

– Try to stay away from trends and invest in good clothes. Fashion is cyclical but if something speaks to you or is evocative of a positive feeling, get it. Osh kosh b’gosh, I wish I had kept my overalls from middle school.

I love looking at characters and their wardrobes on television because they’re supposed to reflect the real world, stereotypically. Dressing up or down is like putting or acting on a show in real life. Fabric and the way it’s stitched together tells a story and in the end, you embody the person you project. The point is– clothes make part of who we are, want to become or seem to be. Human instinct allows for instant judgment and inferences based on material pieces and the way they and you are put together, effortlessly or not.

Fashion / Commerical

With its huge audience, high pay-checks and glamorous international lifestyle, fashion photography may seem like one of the world’s most sought-after professions. But for every fashion photographer who makes it through the door of a top magazine, a thousand others find their niche fashion advertising, art photography, celebrity portraiture or even paparazzi work to make a living. A photographer’s most important tool is her portfolio, and this is particularly true for beginners who don’t have an established reputation.

Many photographers find that websites offer an inexpensive way to showcase a relatively large quantity of images. Eva Mueller (, a Munich-born fashion and beauty photographer who has been living and working in Manhattan for ten years, points out that computer editing is also a method of keeping down retouching and printing costs. But despite the medium’s advantages, most industry professionals will still need to see an old-fashioned book before they hire you. By all means use the web as your calling card, but have something to show them when they call you in for a meeting. Many fashion photographers find the sharp, bright imaging of 4 x 5″ transparencies show off their work to best effect. Tear-sheets (literally, pages ripped from a magazine) are great if you’ve been published, but good quality, 8 x 10″ prints are also OK. Have at least 20 in your book, and be prepared to leave them for at least a week. The images you choose to showcase in your portfolio should be thematically linked to the job you’re trying to get – still-lifes or product shots if you’re going for an advertising gig, for example. But also throw in one or two other images to demonstrate your range. Strong portraits are always a safe bet, as they tend to stay in the mind of the viewer.

When you submit work to photo editors, remember that you’re “showing” rather than “selling”. Editors almost never buy the specific image they see before them; they’re looking for a photographer who can execute future commissions. You’ll need to be persistent in sending out your work, and ruthless in editing what you choose to show.

A photograph is a document just as much as an article or an essay, and picture editors are looking for concise images which clearly communicate an idea or an emotion. Celebrity portraiture, for example, should reveal an aspect of the subject’s character, preferably one that is in harmony with the accompanying written profile. Women’s magazines all over the world buy hundred of stock shots every month – typically young women having fun with their boyfriends, hanging out with friends, or maybe moping home alone with their stuffed toys – all of which express a sentiment commonly dealt with in feature articles. If your work speaks clearly, you’ll stand a much better chance with picture editors than with vague or ambiguous images.

Call the magazine ahead and get the name of the person to whose attention the submission should be marked – Label everything with your name and telephone number – Send working prints or transparencies, not originals – Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want the work back. Photo agencies exist to liaise with clients and sell photographers’ work on their behalf. They benefit everyone from start-out photographers, who may not have many industry contacts, to seasoned professionals, who are too busy to take care of business dealings themselves. Agents recommend treating your first contact with them as seriously as if it were a job interview.

I’ve shot for a local fashion store here in Chicago, it was a  Woodleigh dress, a keep sake the label top, and a designer piece for wildfox couture. It was a great professional experience for me, but you should also consider whether they already represent someone whose style is significantly similar to your own – there may not be enough work for both of you, and the other photographer could resent the competition.  Unfortunately, it’s not enough for a designer to be creative; you also have to have some business sense. As fashion gets more and more corporate driven, it’s important to be aware of the business climate and understanding the mechanics behind it. By religiously reading trade papers like “Women’s Wear Daily” you will get a lot of valuable information. If you want to run your own company, you need to be extremely organized and learn at least the basics of economics. A lot of fashion schools are currently increasing business classes in their curriculum. “Our students have to be smart enough to know how to negotiate a contract, or to pick a business partner,” says Carol Mongo, a fashion expert.

Getting Married in the Pacific Northwest

Following a few top wedding blogs will make it clear that there are a huge variety of styles when it comes to contemporary weddings. Take a look at The Knot for the middle of the road – one site trying to appeal to all. Open another tab and see Green Wedding Shoes, and feel that sunny California outdoor vibe. Try Offbeat Bride for the growing community of couples marching to their own drummer when it comes to wedding planning.


With so many styles to choose from, one of my favorites is the beautiful, natural, laid-back Pacific Northwest wedding. Of course there are many different weddings in the Northwest and this is a huge generalization, but the regional climate and laid-back approach to life associated with Washington and Oregon often lead to a special kind of wedding. One Orcas Island wedding and engagement photographer, Liz Lui who also serves the Illinois area points out that the lack of extreme temperatures means that many celebrations take place outside, in the stunning mountain ranges, forests, or on a beach. People certainly dress up, but often things aren’t as strictly formal as they might be in other regions of the country. It’s a nice change of pace.

Workout Help?

On an off topic subject matter, spring’s here which means summer which means bathing suit weather.

Does anyone have any good diet tips?

Can anyone recommend the new P90x3?

Shooting Commercial(ly)

Sorry it’s been awhile since I last posted. I’ve been super busy and going a little out of my comfort zone.


Recently, I shot a few pictures for my friends’ boutique store site. I’d never really shot merchandise before but it turned out a lot better than I expected. Specifically, the brands were dl1961 denim jeans, finders keepers, and the bohemian styles of tbags los angeles. The product was real nice and the store had a great vibe to it. I haven’t processed the pictures yet but once I do, I’ll be sure to post them. First, I was shooting as a hobby until I realized that it was my passion, but I didn’t know what kind of photographer I wanted to be so as long as I someone pays me to point my camera at something then I’m game!

Shooting a product is a lot different than shooting people and there are pros and cons. The work is a lot more consistent as there are always businesses that need great professional photography but I kinda miss the spontaneity of real people. Regardless, as a freelance photographer, it’s hard to get jobs as it is so I won’t complain too much.

Light in a Mirror-Less World

As mirrorless cameras become more widespread, it’s increasingly tempting for professional photographers to dream of ditching the DSLR for these lighter and smaller alternatives. Some have even gone so far as to sell of their 5D Mark IIIs and D800s for a smaller load. But is this really a good idea?

I tried out the Nikon 1 J3, the second tier camera in the impressive Nikon lineup of mirrorless options. What I discovered is that making the switch may depend on your shooting style and genre. Traveling light and inconspicuous can make all the difference for a street photographer. The sacrifice in speed that often accompanies the mirrorless bodies may be worth it. Traditional portrait photographers might consider this option, too, if they tend to work slowly and pose their subjects.


Faster-moving subjects, such as children, pets, or sports, are unlikely to be a good fit. Wedding photographers would also be advised to think twice about the speed and unpredictability of the wedding day before opting for such a slow option, but that said, the Nikon 1 J3 would make an excellent backup to your second camera body, something that easily packs into the bottom of your regular camera bag as a last ditch option.

This is not to say that these mirrorless cameras might not be the future of digital photography. The day may come when we can all lighten our load with confidence (I’m curious about the Fuji X-E2, which is said to deal much better with fast changing and/or low-light situations).




When you travel around with as much gear like I do, it’s important to be able to depend on a bag that’s big and durable for all your ‘stuff’.

God knows, I have a lot of stuff.

I’ve been using a Slinger BigBag Lightning Bag. Read about here on Adorama. I highly recommend it!

It’s the perfect size for me and I trust it.  The price is very affordable relative to most other bags, so I can save my money to get more lenses.

Check it out.


Wedding Photography Edits with Lightroom

In my quest to become a better photographer and artist, I’ve gotten back to the basics: colors and composition while still learning about my camera and most importantly the post editing process. In the field, there are many things I can’t control but I can still be confident I can take the shot knowing about what I can do with Lightroom (LR) in the editing room.

Changing this brightness of the pic is often a more effective Lightroom strategy compared to  managing exposure. LR modifies this range of highlights inside a photo uniformly. As an example, including additional experience of an underexposed graphic will removing details. The same effect arises having an overexposed graphic within an opposite approach. Applying exposure inside Lightroom right now darkens this highlights. It’s easy to acknowledge, analyze as well as study this big difference involving exposure as well as brightness manage inside Lightroom when you manipulate a couple duplicates with the similar graphic with every manage.

It’s just as true through the edit that less is more. Simple use of various Lightroom outcomes normally leads to  awesome photos. This really is especially true with quality image. The item sticks to studying this contrast for the mid-point with the tonal spectrum, after which it brings contrast, appropriately. It’s go to have an eye for details, but it should be a light-weight touch. From Liz Lui’s photo blog, a high end wedding photojournalist  you can definitely see how clean and fresh her subject matter’s skin tone is. Making a skin color floor which is clean begins with a good image, approximately some sort of -15 environment. Examine this graphic thoroughly as well as strongly, after which it adjust this environment till you then have a skin tone that may create ones customer very happy.

To be able to fine-tune this skin-editing process, choose the realignment brush. The item is among the Lightroom resources a large number of photography enthusiasts imagine is worth the buying price of the application.  Wash this subject’s deal with, preventing eye, brows, lips as well as curly hair. In this process, you are able to click “o” with an overlay look at connected with what exactly section of the deal with you’ve covered. Press “o” an extra the perfect time to get rid of the overlay. Ultimately, do several bit of a tweaking with all the quality as well as sharpness regulator, think about how a smaller amount is actually better. Wedding pics is actually a large number of photos generally have very poor exposure. The big task, in the course of modifying, would be to temper this exposure; however, this particular can result in shedding the caliber of skin color colors, that will likewise require several changes. You can then reduce the intensity with the skin color colors. Select the subject’s skin color floor as well. This colors to go with with all the focus on selector are merely those that unfastened several vividness with the skin color colors. You’ll know that including a bit of brightness towards graphic will offer this subject’s skin color an incredibly healthy as well as warm seem. Don’t become shocked when this particular Lightroom strategy difficulties an individual. You’ll probable expertise several dilemma as well as awful outcomes and soon you study this sensitive harmony with this effect.

Quite a few portrait as well as wedding photographers prefer to offer their consumers pics with trendy as well as satisfying vignetting. I prefer to leave the images clean and crisp instead. You’ll discover that Lightroom’s Post-Crop Vignetting device can a fantastic employment, specially to make this vignette effect practical, and not an electronic afterthought. This particular device is actually that comes with the “Effects” section. A single seasoned Lightroom user advises an individual begin with these controls: Total = -52, Midpoint = 67, Roundness = +20, Feather = 50 as well as Illustrates = 0.

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There’s so much to learn about colors and LR that it’s a little overwhelming sometimes. Extra thanks to Liz Lui Photography. Check out her blog and her awesome dogs. Be sure to contact her if you’re looking for a wedding photographer in the Chicago area.

Hello World!

Hello World!

Intro Mem

This is a web blog (more commonly known as a ‘blog) of just me ranting so if it’s not your cup of tea.


I’ve been to many places, worked in a lot interesting jobs, and like to write about obscure subjects. My mind just won’t stop sometimes and it MUST GET OUT.


Chicago wedding weekend

While I’m an offical Denver-ite  these days, in a former life I was an energy trader at one of the best chicago proprietary trading firms, Traditum Group and met some of the smartest people in the world there, one of them being my friend.H e had done got himself married to a lovely woman and invited me to his wedding.  It was also a great chance for me to visit some of my old friends that I haven’t seen in awhile.  I’m glad to report that everyone is doing well. Trading hasn’t always been easy of course, but it’s nice to hear from everyone. I also have to admit that I spend waaaay more time at the CBOT than I anticipated.

I started the weekend off right by grabbing a signature cocktail from best Chicago underground cocktail bar, Ceres. If you haven’t tried it, please do yourself a favor and order the Jack and Coke. Caution: don’t expect to do anything productive the next day like…..attend a wedding.

The night lasted way too late but in the morning I was back again at the CBOT where the bride and groom took pictures. The front of the cbot is pretty iconic. You may have seen it in the The Dark Knight where the Joker is standing and Batman is trying to run him over with his motorcycle.

I have a dslr for my own from a couple years ago but I didn’t know too much about wedding photography. He hired one of the best chicago wedding photographer and photojournalist named Liz Lui for their wedding pictures and I must say I was impressed by her work and professionalism. Like I said, I don’t know too much about wedding photography specifically but I know great photos when I see them.

The way she she took advantage of the light that day by putting the couples in certain spots. Her gear and setup was top notch (Canon Mark III). A good photographer knows when to intervene and when to be a fly on the wall and Liz was impeccable at that. I gotta get better at my craft:

The ceremony itself was in the Art Institute and was perfectly lovely. Went without a hitch. My friend sure found a good girl and I hope that’s me one day. The reception was great too and even though I was pretty hungover from the night before, I still partied until the AM.

Great weekend.

Great wedding.

Great seeing friends again.


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