One of my photos from last Jay Z’s “Magna Carter World Tour” show at the United Center in Chicago, IL January 9, 2014. To see more photos and read show review, visit: http://www.examiner.com/article/jay-z-s-hot-show-defrosts-chicago-s-united-center
January 10, 2014
December 30, 2013
December 27, 2013
It’s that time of year… When people “pop the question” under the mistletoe!
If you or someone you know is recently engaged, and my style of colorful, creative photography would be a great fit with their vintage, offbeat, rock ‘n’ roll, same sex, steampunk, or just simply awesome wedding, be sure to share/check out my portfolio:
Please note: I will only be booking SIX more unions for 2014! Do not hesitate to call soon to ensure your date with Outer Focus Photos! 773 . 853 . 2283 info @ outerfocusphotos .com
December 5, 2013
December 2, 2013
I am super stoked to announce I was chosen as the First Place winner in the esteemed PDN Magazine‘s 2013 “Ultimate Music Moment” contest. My photo of Chicago’s Black Actress performing at local dive bar Liar’s Club was chosen as the first place winner for Live Performance in the professional photographer’s category.
As a professional freelance Photo Editor myself, it is always fascinating (and sometimes bewildering) to see what images are chosen from year to year by the different judges. I actually thought some of my other entries were more awe-inspiring or aesthetically interesting. But, hey, I’m not complaining. This is a rad photo of a rad band, at a rad bar, by a rad Photographer!
While I don’t usually get too excited about contests–win or lose–PDN is one of the few outlets Photo Editors, Buyers, Art Producers, Designers, Art Directors, Ad Creatives, etc. all read regularly and sometimes use to scout photo talent. Having my image chosen and printed as the top in a category over thousands of other killer photos is great exposure to the right audience–the people who hire Photographers for marketing materials, ad campaigns, and editorial assignments. So, that’s cool. (I won’t say it is “free” exposure because I paid a lot of money to enter about 12 photos this year. But it’s worth it if one wins.)
In addition to also winning $100 for B & H (the NYC Disneyland for Photographers) and Canson, I apparently also get a digital SLR camera. I have no idea what that means; I highly doubt the PDN Santa will be sending me a new Nikon D4! But I’ll keep my fingers cross until a nifty package shows up on my doorstep. I’ll also get a PhotoServe portfolio (one more tool to add to my arsenal of marketing options and online presence), and a free pass to next year’s PhotoExpo. I had a blast at last year’s Expo and really enjoyed all the Artist Talks. (I’m not counting the hurricane that left me stranded for a week in LES without heat, phone, or electric for 5 very cold, dark days right after the expo ended!) And, perhaps the coolest bit, to me, my photo will be in a print gallery with the other winners at the 2014 South by Southwest Music & Media Conference. It might be just one photo in a group show, but it’s still something I can add to my curriculum vitae!
Lastly, I adore the guys in the band Black Actress. They are all super kind, fun musicians as well as supportive collaborators and friends. So, if they can also benefit from this tiny victory in any way, that’s icing on my Rock ‘n’ Roll photo cake.
P.S. This also marks one of the first times my new legally changed last name “Supernova” appears online and in print.
November 23, 2013
Here are a few photos I took at last year’s KT’s Kids holiday celebration at Chicago’s Schwab Hospital/Physical Rehab Center. Schwab is one of only two rehab facilities for kids in Chicago, yet they are severely underfunded since they serve most of Chicago’s uninsured children from the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods. KT’s Kids founder, Katie Augustyn (a licensed Social Worker), started the donation drive ten years ago collecting scarves and gloves for kids she saw at the hospital whose parents weren’t able to properly clothe their kids during winter months. It soon grew into something much bigger…
KT’s Kids now hosts an annual fundraiser hosted at Liar’s Club, collecting toys, funds, and winter accessories for hundreds of needy children, who are treated to a Christmas party complete with a visit from Santa, a DJ, pizza, snacks, and every child gets a gift of one toy and winter accessories.
KT’s Kids also helps host a summer field trip for some of Schwab’s kids who otherwise never get to see Lake Michigan, city parks, or go to school in some cases. This last summer KT’s Kids and Schwab were able to take about twenty disabled kids fishing, kayaking, and horseback riding. Unfortunately, they had to turn away over 80 other applicants due to lack of funds.
If you are able to contribute anything to the KT’s Kids fund, 100% of your generous donations go directly to treating these kiddos to a little Christmas and summertime joy. For more info, or link to donate. visit: http://www.ktskids.com
October 26, 2013
I recently photographed the wedding of a super cool, low key couple. They did not have many photo requests. However, their wedding and reception were at the Brookfield Zoo, a gold mine of photo opportunities! The bride mentioned wanting to do at least one photo in front of the zoo sign that had a brontosaurus next to it. But that seemed rather expected and posed for such a fun zoo feature. I asked our amazingly helpful zoo host, Terry, if there was a T. Rex in the exhibit. Of course there was. I had an idea…
When we hopped on the golf cart to do a “first look” and few other photo ops around the zoo, I then presented my idea to the newlyweds. When I mentioned a 1950′s style vintage “When Dinos Attack” movie poster, their eyes lit up. Next stop: T. Rex. We only had about three minutes, but that’s all we needed to captures the shots I had in mind. These two were such good sports, even the bride running in high heels!
When I edited this few photos, I did a bit of research on 1950′s photography coloring. I tried to do just enough manipulation to give the images a retro feel, but still reflect a bit of modern as well. I thought it would be fun to lay the photos out in a sort of storyboard, like a comic book. Lastly, the pies de la resistance–the movie poster! I had so much fun experimenting in Photoshop and finding just the right fonts and wording. I hope the couple get a kick out of this silly little vision I came up with on the spot, and creating something a little extra on top of their expected wedding photos.
October 22, 2013
October 13, 2013
Offbeat wedding in Dixon, IL
|I cannot say enough great things about this couple. We had a great time shooting their engagement photos at a record store in Chicago as well as the concert venue where they met. When it came to their wedding day, they were both simply the coolest. Laid back, completely at ease with their “big day” and trusting of my approach to documenting their ceremony and reception.|
|The ceremony was a lovely event in Millennium Park downtown Chicago. We did a few cool photos as the Cultural Center. Then the whole party caravanned to beautiful Dixon, IL for a second ceremony and a super fun reception. I really need to do a second blog just to share all the creative, thoughtful details they put in to making their reception fun and memorable for guests (sock puppets, a Muppets theme, autumn florals in Mason jars, a South Park groom’s cake with roller skating cats and Loch Ness, a candy buffet…).|
|But, for now, I simply wanted to share some of the more formal and detailed photos of the adorable couple, and her fabulous choices of accessories. How can you not adore a brooch bouquet? What a creative twist on an old wedding tradition. The small rhinestone hair piece, dress brooch, and sparkly earrings were all perfect compliments to her bouquet. And vintage-inspired turquoise shoes? Yes, please!My idea of formal wedding photography is a bit off the beaten path, just as my clients tend to be. Even in poofy dresses and tuxedos, I try to find ways to capture their natural state and personalities while knowingly posing for my cameras. Wedding photography is as much about having people skills as it is about capturing every important moment with finesse and expertise.|
|Such a sweet, loving couple. I am so fortunate to have them not only as wedding clients, but now as friends in my life.|
April 18, 2013
Last week I had the pleasure of photographing a dear friend, up-and-coming comedian Katie “Pushy” Muldowney. While you may think someone with formal theater training and a penchant for stand-up comedy is full of jokes and theatrics during a photo shoot, quite the opposite is was the case. I think most comedians are a lot like me: introverted, constantly observing and thinking, creating material for others to enjoy, and self-criticizing all along the way.
While we were shooting, I asked how the comedy gigs were going. She relayed a story to me about a guy who attempted to tell a joke about rape, but flopped. I commented it was probably because rape is never funny. She then told me how she got on stage immediately after his failed joke and thought to introduce herself as a rape crisis worker (which is true). She then proceeded to tell me a zinger about her work that made me smirk and chortle. Marks of a great comedian: someone who can “riff” on stage, and who can spin a taboo topic into something even the most jaded or politically corrected people will laugh at. This chick’s got chops.
Pushy imbibed in a shot or two of Jameson, which helped a bit with the self-conscious wiggles. [Big thanks to Live Wire Lounge for allowing us to use their space for our photo shoot!] My most successful shots were when I was able to photograph her simply “being herself” in between making faces and poses. (I suspect she watches too much “America’s Next Top Model”…) Whether I’ve known my subjects for years or have made quick, meaningful observations on-the-spot, I enjoy the challenge and art of capturing their personalities for others to see. Pushy (as her name alone suggests) is indeed a sassy, bra strap showin’ woman with a great pair of legs and lot to say! Anyone who knows Pushy, can imagine the sound of her infectious laughter in their head upon seeing this photo:
Katie “Pushy” Muldowney can be seen performing at comedy clubs and open mic nights at venues across Madison, WI and Chicago, IL. She’ll be a featured performer in the upcoming Chicago Women’s Funny Festival in June. If you see her act and think she’s funny, laugh loudly, clap a lot, and buy her a shot of Jameson!