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Inside a Mental Hospital - The Cook County Jail

“Have you ever been to jail before?” a Cook County Sheriff’s employee asked me as we began our journey into the jail.

“I’ve been in a correctional institution four times, but this is only my second time in a county jail!” I responded. I know you’re wondering…. no I wasn’t incarcerated!

This was my third cover video for singer Marcus Matteo. This time featuring Megan and pianist Patrick. The first two videos were one take live performances where as this was done as a typical music video, where the artists sing along to their recorded track, allowing me to experiment with several different shots and it…

The Winemaker

My whole career has focused on telling stories. For some time I have wanted to do a project that showcased another craftsman and their love for their life’s passion. This is that story.

Chilean born Winemaker Andres Basso shares what gets him out of bed every morning in a four minute documentary short about the wine making process at Lynfred Winery in Roselle, Illinois.

New York Times Magazine -  36 Hours in Chicago

Shooting this travel story for The New York Times Magazine was a great experience. As a Chicago transplant, I make my way around the city just about everyday, but this time I got to really appreciate Chicago through the eyes of a tourist.

A Chicago Cocktail Crawl

I love it when an assignment not only gives me an opportunity to do what I love – shoot environmental portraits – but it gives new insights about the city I call home.

When the New York Times magazine asked me to shoot a series of images showcasing Chicago bars and bartenders I was shown five great places to tie one on, all with a unique knot.

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