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Category archive: Charity

Nightlife Lifestyle Ad Campaign: World Of Chocolate

I first stepped into Chicago’s Union Station in 1996.I was 18 years-old and traveling through on my way to check out colleges with my mother. What possessed me to take a train clear across the country is beyond me, but I did really enjoyed the experience of seeing so much of our country first time.

Fast forward 18-years and I am back in Union Stations cavernous great hall, creating a Nightlife lifestyle ad campaign for the Aids Foundation of Chicago’s World of Chocolate. A charity event that raises money for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Sports Photography - Chicago Marathon: T2

This weekend I photographed the Chicago Marathon for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Team to End AIDS (T2). It was a fun experience finding just over 130 runners in a sea of 45,000. At first I thought it was going to be a difficult task, but thanks to the unique design of their jersey, it wasn’t that hard after all.

Comcast United Way Internal Communications Campaign

For the second year in a row, Comcast hired me to create portraits for their national United Way campaign. This year’s poster features WMAQ Traffic Reporter Kye Martin.

Armando Ramirez is a longtime participant in AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Last year, his run represented a milestone: 10 years of living with HIV.

Show your support for Armando and the estimated 23,000 Chicagoans living with HIV/AIDS by joining Team Armando. Register for a 5K run, 10k run or 5k walk at aidsrunwalk.org.

Sports Lifestyle Advertising Photographer: T2 Campaign

I’m so glad that I can finally share these images with you now that the ad campaign has been released!

At the end of winter, on a day when the temperature didn’t reach 10 degrees, I needed to create an ad campaign to promote an organization that competes in summertime athletic events to raise money for charity. Even though it was sunny on the day of our shoot, if I dared take the athletes on location, in no time at all it would have resulted in frostbite and frozen pained expressions.

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