Regan – Chicago Boudoir Photography

My focus is on one thing…high fashion portraiture. The goal is to make something unique and flavorful for each client. It doesn’t matter if it’s a wedding or a portrait session, the goal is still the same in terms of capturing the personality of the person and creating something fresh and different. So this week we bring you Regan with her soulful and sultry boudoir portrait session!

Regan has a dance background and wanted to do something different and non-dance related. We got together and discussed several ideas, outfits and the idea of what she wanted to see in her final images. And as many sessions go we got a combination of things we had planned such as her with her boyfriends wardrobe and some things we did not expect such as climbing into a glass shower to wrap up the session.

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Veronica – The Flower Lady

Some of you may or may not know that I have not long ago opened up a studio in Northbrook, IL which is just a hop skip and a jump away from downtown Chicago. It’s become sort of a little home away from home for me and quite a cozy place to meet with clients, edit and just generally hangout. Here at the studio I’ve got a couple neighbors and one of them whom I got to know is named (as you may have guessed) Veronica.

Veronica is best represented by the title of this post as truly being the flower lady. She always puts together some funky and unique flower arrangements and if I sit outside her studio long enough, sometimes she’ll toss some flower my way for my own place. We got together on a nice and toasty Saturday morning on a beach in Highland Park for a couple portrait shots. We had a great time and I even got my mom and girlfriend in to assist on a few of the photos! And now on to the portraits!!

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Veronica - Chicago Portrait

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Veronica - Chicago Portrait


Ruth and Becca – Sister Sister

When you think of a family portrait session, or one with siblings…it’s not often that alley ways and loading docks come to mind. However I like to mix things up a bit and capture images that are something that’s “a little different”. If looking at the camera and saying “cheese” is what you want, then I’m not the photographer for you. Ruth called me up and suggested we do a shoot. We chatted about hair, makeup, and wardrobe and then set out on a nice cloudy day to capture the following…

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Chicago Portrait - Ruth and Becca

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Chicago Portrait - Ruth and Becca

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Chicago Portrait - Ruth and Becca

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Chicago Portrait - Ruth and Becca

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Chicago Portrait - Ruth and Becca

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Chicago Portrait - Ruth and Becca

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Chicago Portrait - Ruth and Becca


Masha’s Portrait at the Palmer

There’s one key thing to remember when you’re going to photograph in a business such as a hotel. Even if you call a hotel and say “I’m staying there, can I have my portrait captured by a photographer?” You may very well receive a “yes” from the manager of managers himself…however when you show up to photograph, all of a sudden they’ll forget what you’re talking about and you’ll be chased all around the hotel by security. And boy are they on you in a hurry.

We showed up at the Palmer Hotel Chicago and met with Masha in her room who was all set and ready for her portrait and jaunt around the hotel. She wanted something that was slightly more high fashion and we immediately began thinking of something in a more formal dress. Initially we had a fantastic concept planned out for an early morning portrait out on the streets of Chicago, but the weather was a bit cold and rainy so we did the portraits in the hotel.

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Masha Portrait Novo Photography

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Masha Portrait Novo Photography

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Masha Portrait Novo Photography


Shannon – Masquarade

Greetings 2012! We’ll kick off the year with a brief portrait session I had with Shannon. Shannon arrived at the studio all pepped and ready to go! We started off with some basic portrait shots initially on a white backdrop. I typically like to shoot on colored or dark backdrops so here I thought I would leap from my comfort zone and step into the world of lighter backdrops. After a few shots, we tried another outfit and then Shannon pulled out a mask that she had brought along with her. Instantly the idea popped in my mind to use ribbon which I raced off to find in one of the closets. So we wrapped her up, put on the mask and got a few cool shots of her wearing the ribbon and the mask. We had a blast!

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Shannon Portrait Novo Photography

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Shannon Portrait Novo Photography


Susana and Chilo – Trash the Dress

Well ok we didn’t exactly totally trash it…unless you consider hopping in the lake, laying in the sand, climbing into drainage ditches with green water, and throwing mud at each other as “trashing”. For all I know that’s what my dry cleaners could be doing with my laundry each week and it comes out magically cleaner. So Susana was looking for some additional images of herself in her wedding dress. This meant that her husband, Chilo, was also wanting to get more shots of himself in a suit…whether he liked it or not. We found a nice remote little beach on the North Shore and decided to get a few early morning images there. Feel free to leave your thoughts as a comment below!

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Susana and Chilo Trash the Dress

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Susana and Chilo Trash the Dress

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Susana and Chilo Trash the Dress

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Susana and Chilo Trash the Dress

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Susana and Chilo Trash the Dress

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Susana and Chilo Trash the Dress

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Susana and Chilo Trash the Dress

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Susana and Chilo Trash the Dress


Kenny and Tanya + 2

When I was walking to my volleyball league on North Beach, I was near the southern entrance to the Lincoln Park zoo and noticed a pretty cool looking structure. And an overall nice location for a photo session. A few weeks later I had a family portrait session with Kenny, Tanya, and their kids and this spot popped back to mind. We ended up meeting there on a semi chilly and misty Sunday afternoon. With a bit of running around and playing, all of us quickly warmed up and we managed to capture a number of fun family shots.

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Pomeranets Family Shoot

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Pomeranets Family Shoot


North Avenue Beach Fashion Portrait

Yana and I were waiting for the later afternoon for her photo session. It is nice to get away from the light around midday so we ended up having some extra time to grab a bite to eat once I had all my gear packed and her makeup was done as we waiting for it to get later in the day. Lunch was at a place called Twin Anchors down in Chicago just off of North Ave, and if you’ve never heard of Twin Anchors, then you’ve been missing out on some of the best ribs that you can sink your teeth into. A perfect meal before a few hours of photos. We made it out to North Beach and grabbed the roller blades out of the car for our first series of shots. The biggest trick to the series of roller blade images was trying to capture them without getting others passing by in the background. Strong winds that day limited where we could shoot due to sand being blown all over the beach…those winds ended up being tornadoes later that evening.

Great time working with Yana, she brought a lot of energy to her shoot and was pretty down with trying just about any pose. This included me directing her to repeatedly jump up and down in the sand while wearing heels and then later double park and run down into a tunnel that goes under Lake Shore Drive for a few final images. Now I would continue to ramble in this post, but my guess is that you would much rather look at images of a pretty girl rather than read whatever it is that I have to say so I’ll call it a day here!

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography

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Yana Portrait by Novo Photography


Elina and Mike’s Engagement – A Walk on the Lake

In a few months I’ll be doing the photos for Elina and Mike’s wedding and we initially discussed various locations to do their portraits on the day of the wedding. Downtown Chicago along the lakefront was one of the possibilities, but instead of doing that location on the day of the wedding with traffic and other factors to worry about, they opted to do a more casual engagement portrait session there at sunset. As we traveled down towards the Planetarium, we took a wrong exit off the highway which ended up being a good thing. While waiting in the car in a little bit of traffic of of Ohio, there was an alley that I was looking at and noticed a pretty cool setting. So I asked Mike to back up and pull into the alley for us to snap a quick photo (#1 below) before continuing to our destination. After that it was a nice and almost windless evening…almost 🙂

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Chicago Engagement Photography

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Chicago Engagement Photography


Kathy and Lee’s Engagement – Magically Musical

It could have been colder the we got together to get some engagement photos, so I can live with 50 and windy I guess. I met up with Kathy and Lee at the hair salon near Belmont and Sheffield so that we could head out in one car for their shoot. The place was actually pretty spacious and well lit, so we got right into the images and started snapping away right in the salon! From there we bounced fairly quickly from location to location…Dave’s Records, North Beach, Chris’s Billiards, and a few other random spots here and there throughout the city as we traveled. They were indeed a super fun couple to work with…they brought tons of energy to our time together, and I’m not just saying that because they kept trying to get me to drink wine with them! If you’d like to check out their slide show or gallery you’ll find them below!

Fully gallery **HERE**!!

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Kathy Lee Engagement Novo Photography

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Kathy Lee Engagement Novo Photography