Hungry Jack Frost

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Dick Reillo and Stella Jimenez during an outdoor winter portrait shoot, Thursday, March 13, 2014. Special effects were used to create the snow for the shoot, which was done on a clear night.

My good friends Dick Reillo and Stella Jimenez have been asking me to do a portrait of them in the snow for months. While there’s been no shortage of the real thing here in the Chicago area as of late, brutal cold and winds have accompanied almost all of our snow storms this season. With a successful portrait under the real thing looking doubtful, I assured the couple that I’d give them a snow picture one way or another.

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Posted in Experimental, Lighting Design, Photography, Portraits, Tips And Tricks on March 14th, 2014. Comments Off.

Touring The Neon Museum

01_030614_neonA large sign in the likeness of a duck, which used to rotate above a car dealership, at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas.

Each afternoon, as I gaze into the mirror while getting ready for the day, I try and imagine that at least some of my physical characteristics are in line with male models on the cover of GQ. The sobering reality is that I probably share more characteristics with the common moth. For, as long as I can remember, I’ve been uncontrollably attracted to all things that illuminate.

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Posted in Lighting Design, Photography, Travel on March 6th, 2014. Comments Off.

Vapor Chill


A short film created by throwing cups of boiling water into the outdoor air with an ambient temperature of -12°F. The resulting vapor was lit from either side with 2 fresnels with different color gels.

With record low temperatures in Chicagoland dipping to more than -15°F, a fun science trick suddenly became possible (and quickly took over social media). Quite simply, a cup of boiling water is taken into the frigid outdoor air and tossed skyward. The boiling water instantly vaporizes into a cloud of steam and ice crystals. Not one to shy away from a party, I had to give this a go.

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Posted in Experimental, Lighting Design, Video Production on January 7th, 2014. Comments Off.

Pushing Fronts: 2013 Retrospective

The sun sets over the Riggin Barn on E. Riggin Road in Muncie, Ind., after severe thunderstorms inundated the area, Sunday, November 17, 2013. The outbreak of unseasonable thunderstorms spawned several tornados throughout the state of Indiana, including one in nearby Kokomo.

On the eve of my birthday (or “Guy Eve” as the day has become colloquially known in my inner circles), my mother was kind enough to bake me a birthday cake (a day early, since I’ll be spending my actual birthday jetting across the country for lighting work). The finished cake, sitting proudly on the kitchen table, was topped with two candles in the shape of a three and two. 3-2. Thirty-two.

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