How To Have a Good Time

Grab some paints and a canvas, a glass of wine or a soft drink, crank up the music, and you will have some idea of what when down at Pinot’s Palette at 100 W. Higgins Road in South Barrington last weekend. There was crazy-infectious energy and laughter on both nights of the soft opening as I documented the fun. This is a great location, too–right by the movie theatre and surrounded by all sorts of dinner options. Stop in for some fun with your besties and tell them I said hi!

(And can I just say it was cool to see so many people interacting with other humans with their heads UP and not constantly peering slack-jawed at their cell phones?)


A Day Gone To The Dogs (in a good way)

One of the coolest things about being a photographer is the opportunity to share your gift and provide people with photos. On Sunday, my guy participated in a 5K to benefit Wright-Way Rescue Run for Rescue and Wag Fest in Morton Grove, IL. I went along for the ride and to take some pictures (with permission from the organizers, of course). I got some shots of my guy (who came in first in his age category–yay!) and some of the table exhibitors and sponsors, DJ, volunteers, and of course the 2 and 4-legged runners. It was a great day for a run, and lots of fun!



This is my favorite shot!






A little too young to be a runner, but definitely looking for a new home!


Augh! I forgot the DJ’s name, but he played some great music and was super-friendly.

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I’ve gotten two of these requests that I suspect were scams in the last week. The language they used is almost identical to what is written in the following article. The first one offered to pay travel to a location 2 hours from me and wanted 6 portraits after the event. Did not first ask for my availability for a certain day. Huh? Would a family reunion really revolve around the availability of an untried photographer? I said no to that one.  The second one sent an email from a completely different name, proposed the same thing (what is my availability, only 5 hours work, did I take credit cards, etc.). No mention of where he got my name. We communicated a little via text last night but I was about to eat dinner, so I called the number today. It was a Google Voice number but I could not understand anything being said as it sounded like it was in an underwater factory, and the person on the other end had such a thick foreign accent. He kept asking how I was doing–I got that part. Again, asked if I took credit cards. I said I could only take a cc through Paypal. He also provided me with an address where the event would take place. It is a 1 bedroom apartment! 40-50 people, portraits after, 5 hours of work (“only” 5 hours!). This is where I got suspicious (duh–finally) and Googled “scam seeking photographer for family reunion” and found this:

I Love Repeat Clients!

I took the engagement photos for this couple for their Save The Date card, and then seven months later was asked to photograph the bridal shower. An enlargement had been made of one of the photos from the previous session. As they were breaking down the decorations in the restaurant, I got the idea to have them pose with the framed photo.

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