Danyel Duncan: Blog http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog en-us (C) Danyel Duncan danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:05:00 GMT Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:05:00 GMT http://www.danyelduncan.com/img/s/v-5/u881904819-o203288281-50.jpg Danyel Duncan: Blog http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog 120 80 Renato Mariotti http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2017/10/renato-mariotti I recently had the experience to meet and photograph Renato Mariotti an impressive and exploding personality on the national and local Chicago political scenes. Currently with his sight set in the direction of Illinois Attorney General. Seems as if lately you can't turn on the news without seeing his face. As often with photography and politics time is usually the issue. Busy schedules and beautiful daylight are a much tricker combination than you often imagine. After a few emails about scheduling we realized we had only three short 60-90 minute slots in the time before the images were needed. We zeroed it on one date, checked the weather multiple times and decided to put all our eggs in one basket and anticipate the idea of a rain plan in the future if weather should change as it often does in this great city. As the day approached the weather was solid cloud cover which was to remain consistent over a three day radius of our shoot date. Being we didn't have much wiggle time or time for a reshoot I wanted to get a light and staging plan and flow set before the shoot. The morning before I set out for the location. Did several lighting tests and setting shots. Was able to mark and measure more than enough shots in the time we had to work with. Shoot morning I went in feeling confident and ready to love my work. Renato and his crew arrived on site and I was already fully set for shot one. We had a warm welcome and some hand shakes, clarifications on some details and then got right to work as we had no time to loose. Everyone worked together and it flowed like a well oiled machine. All except for the weather. The brightest sun you ever did see rose right up and blew all of my plans across Tobey Prinz Beach.  We made a few adjustments and still fit in more than planned which is how I like to end every job. When ever I deliver a batch of images generally only a handful of those images are going to be used and I often don't know which exact ones and not always when or where unfortunately. So when I get the chance to see them work, I enjoy it all the more. Another awesome and fun job in books. I'm only going to share the two photos they selected to use for the website, and I will follow them with my day before test shots to show what we were planning for and what we got. Check out the images and Renato at www.renatomariotti.com

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The Amazing Alison Berger @ Holly Hunt http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2017/3/the-amazing-alison-berger-holly-hunt Last week I had the enlightening experience of photographing a book signing and lecture of the amazingly brilliant and talented Alison Berger at the beautiful Holly Hunt Showroom in the Merchandise Mart. I always learn something new about design and usually run into a few fellow alumni of Harrington College of Design when working for Holly Hunt. Alison was one of those people that have an awesome and unique energy. I liked her immediately. After hearing her lecture I was blown away. She explained many of her pieces and the multilayers of inspiration ranging from space and time, to mathematics and childhood memories of her grandfathers desk lamp. Check her out! http://www.alisonbergerglassworks.com and where in the Chicago area to find her breathtaking work @ Holly Hunt. HollyHuntAlisonBergerHollyHuntAlisonBerger

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NEVER AGAIN http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2017/3/never-again On Wednesday Ron Gould and I worked the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner which also happened to be International Women’s Day. The events attendance is always bursting at the seems and this year was no exception; tables of Survivors and their families, many of the states politicians and of course the voice of Bill Kurtis. It was amazing as a political photographer to be in a room with our states biggest hard hitting current and past politicians from both sides who are usually pushing back against each other, united against hate in a Chicago kind of way for our beloved Illinois Holocaust Museum. The awesomeness on stage went from Fritzie Fritzshall (Auschwitz Survivor and Museum President) describing her boxcar memories to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's practically tearful speech about the current climate of fear plaguing so much of our local community to Laura Bush's grace and masterful way of maximizing on her first ladyship to advance women's rights.

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The night was a great success. Wow. This is why I became a photographer. To capture history. I didn't always know that. Congratulations to the Humanitarian Award Recipients Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz and E. Scott Santi. Tonight was one of those nights when I feel blessed that I do what I love and finally have worked hard enough to get paid decently doing something some would pay to do. I love you Chicago. I love you Ron. I love you Illinois Holocaust Museum. I love you Mark 3. I love you life. Thank you to everyone who posed for me in photo school or just otherwise let me torture them with my camera and all those who supported me on this uphill journey. Im so glad I risked it all to do something that I love. Last but surely not least a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to our friends at the #IHM, we do truly love you all and are so honored and enjoy working with you.

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Black Lives Matter http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2017/3/black-lives-matter In honor of last month's Black History Month and because I believe BLACK LIVES MATTER, and the fact that everyone isn't comfortable saying that out loud I want to write a post highlighting some of the amazing Black people who I have been so blessed and honored to photograph.  A sentiment I always feel when learning or celebrating Black History is the endurance and triump of the human spirit even in the face of the most disgusting and relentless oppression. 

I'm going to start with the lovely Beverly Johnson, because I just finished her memoir a few weeks ago.  The Face That Changed It All,  which was released on August 25, 2015.  Beverly Johnson seems to be most famously know for being the first African American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in August 1974.  She also has a sizable Filmography. I of course had the privilege to meet and photograph her in October of 2015 at Chicago Ideas Week. While she was on my sweep she found out that her Memoir had just made the Times Top 100 list. She was giddy with excitement so I asked her if she had a copy and would get it out to take a few snaps with. She was happy to oblige. After I photographed her she retreated to the speakers green room which was directly behind my make shift studio set up in what was basically an electrical closet. She wasn't in there long, before she was back out in the photo area sitting at a chair next to my digital tech's desk.  Just handling some business with who I assumed was her assistant and doing a few things on her phone and touching up her make up. At first I thought it odd, why is she hanging out out here. Then I realized she was about to go on stage and give a talk which is a little bit out of her element and the place she felt the most comfortable was in the photo pit with the snapping strobes.  It was endearing to me. She was a wonderful pleasure to meet and to photograph. A true pro. Check out her book for a good read and insight into the race struggle of the modeling industry and how she helped pave the way to for all of the Models of Color to follow. Her book felt very honest as she recalled the stories of her past in a scramble of modeling, money, love and chaos.  Check out her Chicago Ideas Week Talk here https://www.chicagoideas.com/videos/the-face-that-changed-it-all.

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That same week I was the photographer for The Chicago Ideas Week Talk RACE IN AMERICA, which clicking on will link you to the talk. DeRay was fun on the sweep.  A total ball of energy. After we introduced ourselves we began joking and laughing immediately. When the amazing Assistant Stage Manager Peggy snapped her fingers as a friendly reminder we only had a few minutes DeRay immediately struck his signature pose in his signature blue vest. I asked him what he was wearing under and if he would be willing to pull back a layer and expose that fun, silly side I had noticed within seconds. He was a blast. I enjoyed every second of our interaction, and have excitedly followed his story since.  Here is a link to his Wikipedia for more information. 

 

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I also got to Photograph Common that week.  Who I believe needs no introduction or description. And if you are not familiar with Common check out these links Glory by Common & John Legend for Selma and one of my favorites Common NPR Tiny Desk Concert at the White House. Photographing Common was not as intimate and smooth as the previously mentioned.  He showed up a bit behind schedule and with an entourage that completely crowed my makeshift studio.  There were about three different reporters interviewing him on my sweep, several people escorting him from his group, what seemed like some other random followers, maybe a few lucky selected high school kids, a video guy with a huge tripod and about three other photographers. As politely as possible I stepped aside and let the interviews go down then eventually had to gently elbow my way through the other photographers to snap only three shots to get my job done, this being the best of the few.  He himself was very friendly and gentle seeming and a little softer spoken than I had imagined. Here is a link to Commons Chicago Ideas Week Talk Exploring the Power and Purpose of Art and Education.

 

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Anthony "The Twilite Tone" Khan, who I've photographed on a few occasions. One of the first people to take a phone call on my sweep and be willing to make it part of the shoot. We had some fun. Here is a link to a Bio on him from Downtown Music Publishing and to his CIW talk links.

 

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Amazing Sculptor Garland Martin Taylor. You have got to see and read about his Gun Sculpture which I was lucky enough to see up close in person. Check out one of his Chicago Ideas Week Talks about it A Conversation Piece.

 

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Monica Haslip, a motivated dynamo and respected leader in cultural development, youth advocacy and community arts.  MonicaHaslip_011MonicaHaslip_011

 

September 2015, I was beyond excited to meet and photograph Condoleezza Rice the first female African-American Secretary of State.  She was fascinating with all of her emanating quite strength.  I photograph a lot of politics, and even more Republican politics and there is not very many woman and even less black women. This woman's presence wowed me. 

 

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In 2014 I had the inspiring experience of hearing Modern Day Hero Antoinette Tuff's story of survival and how she stopped a school shooting. Watch the Chicago Ideas Week video of her story Prepared for a Purpose.

 

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Sean Combs, watch his Chicago Ideas Week Talk here.

 

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In 2013 I got to photograph and hear Terry McMillan the author of "Waiting to Exhale" and several other books. Watch her Chicago Ideas Week Talk Why I Lie for a Living.

 

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In 2012 the amazing Helene Gayle President & CEO of CARE USA, empowering women and fighting poverty all over the world.

 

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Also in 2012 Stephen Bradberry Chicago native and veteran community organizer and executive director of Alliance Institute. Watch his Chicago Ideas Week talk Your Community is your Responsibility

 

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In 2011 I photographed the Brave Ameena Matthews, Violence Interrupter from CeaseFire. You can catch her in this FRONTLINE episode talking about the movie The Interrupters.  Ameena is the daughter of Jeff Fort, one of the city's most infamous gang leaders. Her story is one of profound transformation and a continued motivation and endurance to live and create a better life. Below Ameen is fellow Violence Interrupter Ricardo "Cobe" Williams of CeaseFire and also in the movie The Interrupters. 

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These are just a small handful of some of the amazing people and stories of color I have been so blessed and honored to hear and experience. Thank you for taking the time to share in the images and stories of these amazing inspirers, civil rights leaders and trail blazers. Thank you for all you have done. 

 

 

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Megyn Kelly http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2016/12/megyn-kelly I love photographing Politics, but love it even more when it overlaps with other arenas especially ones that almost became my career like journalism.  This past Monday I had the awesome privilege to photograph Megyn Kelly at an event.  These events usually follow similar timeline.  We arrive on site always early to check out the premises and take some establishing shots of the rooms, check in tables, stage, lunch/dinner tables, then some mingling and arrival of guests.  Next usually come the fun and hard part that Ron and I happen to love and be quite great at. The VIP photo line.  This part is where I think we shine the most.  We have it down to a science.  It can be very stressful because it is usually taking place before a scheduled stage performance so we have a limited amount of time to get the entire line through. Mind you, often these people are of high political or social standing and may have paid or donated an additional amount of money or resources to be in this line and most of them have a few things they want to say to whoever the celebrity is.  So keeping it moving at the very fast pace necessary can be a challenge not to mention there always ends up more people in line than originally planned. Ron always has my back and makes sure I get my shot too.  I love having the proof to show my Mother. Below is said proof shot. 

 

Megyn was being interviewed by Indiana Governor Elect Eric Holcomb.  She was very diplomatic and pretty funny. Handled herself with great grace.  She had the Governor elect laughing several times. She talked about her new book "Settle for More" and how her life evolved in that manner, her early days as a lawyer here in Chicago and how unhappy she found herself to be and the road to change.  She fielded several questions about Trump and conducted herself wonderfully non partisan while still speaking her truth. 

This is kind of a behind the scenes shot.  As photographers we are rarely in the photos and there are not too many opportunities to get shots of us working so when I can I like to catch those moments. The shot above you can see the myth, the man, the legend Ron Gould off to the left kneeling next to the stage waiting to catch that interesting moment.  It's always best to have two shooters.  That way you can get different angles without having to move around too much which can be quite a distraction it also almost guarantees no important moments are missed.  Thanks for reading.

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Late Fall Family Photos http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2016/11/late-fall-family-photos This November warm weather had all my favorite families blowing up my phone wondering when all the corporate and political jobs that had kept me very busy these last few months might let up. The first weekend of November slowed down just enough to get two of my families who had been patiently waiting outside for some great shots. Saturday was the lovely Kerr Family.  Ken is a pretty visual guy so he is really good at getting some photos together and providing me with a good sense of what he wants. He usually has some good ideas on locations and poses he wants to try. Which makes my job so much easier and gives us the ability to relax and have a good time and that is always when the best stuff comes out, especially with little ones. 

 

Little kids say the darndest things.  My favorite shots are when that happens and I catch everyone in a laughing moment. It's always just so genuine. 

Sunday was the Congers, with my favorite little man Morgan and his new ish little sister Cece. Morgan is a ham and we always have a great time on photo day.  The Congers wanted to stick to their new neighborhood and take advantage of some of the amazing colors happening with the leaves. 

Morgan practicing for his future modeling career.  My personal favorite shot from the day.

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2016/11/late-fall-family-photos Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Chicago Ideas Week 2016 http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2016/11/chicago-ideas-week-2016 Wow, every year I look forward to Chicago Ideas Week. It's usually the hardest I work all year and at the same time the coolest job I do.  I have been blessed enough to have photographed it every year since it's inception in 2010.  Each year I attempt to write a blog post about CIW, but usually get stuck trying to pick out my favorite images and decide which were my favorite moments to tell you about. That being said, I find it fitting that it serves as my first blog post this year.  First blog post in November....!!!  I know.  I lost my father in January and certain things are harder or take longer in the grieving process. Blogging has always been a challenge for me to keep up on, so one of the first things to slip I guess. This post is a good sign of me finally starting to climb out of the clouds. Looking forward to 2017. 

CIW 2016 I was the main photographer at the MCA Museum of Contemporary Art.  I photographed there three days Tuesday 10/18, Wednesday 10/19 and Thursday 10/20.  I was to set up a studio back stage for portraits of each speaker before getting mic'd to test their media, in which I generally have less than five minutes to get a good portrait. Mind you, these people are usually ten minutes out from going on stage to give a speech or participate in a panel discussion. Needless to say that is usually heavily on their mind, not getting a good photo they were just ambushed with.  So it takes some work on my part to make this possible.  Set up Tuesday morning was a bit rougher than I had anticipated being year 6 and all.  We were to set up a 3 light set up on a black 9ft paper sweep, in which we had an area of about  a 4.5 ft radius to do so. One of the things I love about CIW is that it is  a challenge. It's so alive, and so big and so exciting with so many moving parts and people that rarely does it flow according to plan. My lovely digital tech (who I will tell you more about later) and I spent the first 90 minutes trying out different possible solutions to make the set up work.  Finally we decided to tear it all down and make do with what we had.  We got rid of the back drop, grabbed a stage curtain and stretched and clamped it to serve as our background, after rigging one of the sidelights on top of lighting stage equipment very questionably we were ready to go.  Monday's schedule was Advertising, Future of Policing and Wild Card. Advertising we were still trying to make our assigned background and set up work out so I don't love any of those shots, so we will move on to the future of Policing.  Portraits are as follows: Eugene O'Donnell, Cedric Alexander who at one time was in the running for Chicago Police Superintendent, and Craig Futterman a Law Professor at University of Chicago.

Policing: Force of the FuturePolicing: Force of the FutureCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Cedric Alexander, Craig Futterman, Eugene O’Donnell, Cheryl Corley and Marc Lamont Hill discuss the future of policing. Over the last three years, the state of our country’s police force has become a national discussion. Now that cell phones double as a video cameras, incidents of violence perpetrated by police officers has become a regular part of our national conversation. What if we could reimagine the role of the police and change our approach to policing from distrust to positive action, and what does the future of policing look like? Policing: Force of the FuturePolicing: Force of the FutureCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Cedric Alexander, Craig Futterman, Eugene O’Donnell, Cheryl Corley and Marc Lamont Hill discuss the future of policing. Over the last three years, the state of our country’s police force has become a national discussion. Now that cell phones double as a video cameras, incidents of violence perpetrated by police officers has become a regular part of our national conversation. What if we could reimagine the role of the police and change our approach to policing from distrust to positive action, and what does the future of policing look like? Policing: Force of the FuturePolicing: Force of the FutureCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Cedric Alexander, Craig Futterman, Eugene O’Donnell, Cheryl Corley and Marc Lamont Hill discuss the future of policing. Over the last three years, the state of our country’s police force has become a national discussion. Now that cell phones double as a video cameras, incidents of violence perpetrated by police officers has become a regular part of our national conversation. What if we could reimagine the role of the police and change our approach to policing from distrust to positive action, and what does the future of policing look like? Policing: Force of the FuturePolicing: Force of the FutureCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Cedric Alexander, Craig Futterman, Eugene O’Donnell, Cheryl Corley and Marc Lamont Hill discuss the future of policing. Over the last three years, the state of our country’s police force has become a national discussion. Now that cell phones double as a video cameras, incidents of violence perpetrated by police officers has become a regular part of our national conversation. What if we could reimagine the role of the police and change our approach to policing from distrust to positive action, and what does the future of policing look like? Policing: Force of the FuturePolicing: Force of the FutureCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Cedric Alexander, Craig Futterman, Eugene O’Donnell, Cheryl Corley and Marc Lamont Hill discuss the future of policing. Over the last three years, the state of our country’s police force has become a national discussion. Now that cell phones double as a video cameras, incidents of violence perpetrated by police officers has become a regular part of our national conversation. What if we could reimagine the role of the police and change our approach to policing from distrust to positive action, and what does the future of policing look like?

This was a pretty exciting and passionate discussion, a little too bias on one side but intense none the less. I love Marc Lamont Hill.  I have had the pleasure to photograph him two years in a row for CIW.  He brings an energy and rebellious nature to some very serious topics and conversations that would not be as interesting without his touch. 

Wild Card Talk was up next, and that one usually always has some cool surprises in the line up, last year it was Beverly Johnson. This year it was Bob Saget, who was a pleasure to deal with.  I had heard he could be pretty lewd and crude, so I had my tough skin on.  He actually seemed like a really sweet guy, a few off color jokes here and there but nothing I found offensive. He was more than happy to play around on the sweep till I got the shot I wanted and he humored me and let me get a selfie of us.  

 

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Next up on the sweep was Dancer Michelle Dorrance, who was a total pleasure to which the audience seemed to think so as well.  She even got them all to stand up and participate in a dance with her. She talked a lot about tap dance, its history and influence and the dancers she found the most influential.  Wildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillWildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillMIchelle Dorrance - CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Jamila Woods, Bob Saget, Michelle Dorrance, Dr. Bradley Garrett, Yesenia Maldonado and Bryan Babylon perform for the Wildcard event at the Edison Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Photo by Danyel Duncan/Chicago Ideas Week)

Everyone backstage and in the audience was super stoked to have surprise performance by Jimila Woods, especially my tech Jon Wes.

Wildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillWildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillJamila Woods - CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Jamila Woods, Bob Saget, Michelle Dorrance, Dr. Bradley Garrett, Yesenia Maldonado and Bryan Babylon perform for the Wildcard event at the Edison Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Photo by Danyel Duncan/Chicago Ideas Week) Wildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillWildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Jamila Woods, Bob Saget, Michelle Dorrance, Dr. Bradley Garrett, Yesenia Maldonado and Bryan Babylon perform for the Wildcard event at the Edison Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Photo by Danyel Duncan/Chicago Ideas Week)

The talk was hosted by funny man Brian Babylon.  Who I have had the great pleasure to get to know and photograph several times throughout the years of CIW.  

Wildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillWildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillBrian Babylon - CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Jamila Woods, Bob Saget, Michelle Dorrance, Dr. Bradley Garrett, Yesenia Maldonado and Bryan Babylon perform for the Wildcard event at the Edison Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Photo by Danyel Duncan/Chicago Ideas Week) Wildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillWildcard: Anything Can Happen, and We Promise You It WillCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18 : Jamila Woods, Bob Saget, Michelle Dorrance, Dr. Bradley Garrett, Yesenia Maldonado and Bryan Babylon perform for the Wildcard event at the Edison Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Photo by Danyel Duncan/Chicago Ideas Week)

Wednesday was Humanity & Technology, The Future of Storytelling and Comedy.  Two of my favorites from the Comedy talk were two hilarious women Negin Farsad who had me constantly cracking up and Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens. 

Comedy: But, Seriously…Comedy: But, Seriously…Negin Farsad - CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19 : It’s no secret that Chicago is one of the world’s biggest comedy hubs. From Bill Murray to Tina Fey, some of the biggest names in the business have cut their teeth here. Comedy shapes our conversations and allows society to reflect on how it’s changed. A joke that was funny 20, 10 or even two years ago may seem completely unacceptable today. Take a thoughtful look at comedy as a whole with Chelsea Devantez, Negin Farsad, Anne Libera, Phoebe Robinson, and Bob Saget. Comedy: But, Seriously…Comedy: But, Seriously…Phoebe Robinson - CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19 : It’s no secret that Chicago is one of the world’s biggest comedy hubs. From Bill Murray to Tina Fey, some of the biggest names in the business have cut their teeth here. Comedy shapes our conversations and allows society to reflect on how it’s changed. A joke that was funny 20, 10 or even two years ago may seem completely unacceptable today. Take a thoughtful look at comedy as a whole with Chelsea Devantez, Negin Farsad, Anne Libera, Phoebe Robinson, and Bob Saget.

Thursday was Space and Hip Hop talks.  Host of the space talk was Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, self proclaimed gangster nerd who is all about the star stuff.  Loved this guy. He had a wonderful and engaging spirit and made for the perfect host for the space talk. 

I love astronauts so I had to get my picture with this guy, Four time space man Christopher J Ferguson who was on the final mission of the space program.  Turns out he was a photo enthusiast and had a some cool stories to share about photographing in space. 

Space Exploration: What’s After The Final Frontier?Space Exploration: What’s After The Final Frontier?CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20 : Human beings have wondered about the universe for centuries, but it is only within the last 70 years that we’ve begun venturing into space. Should we continue that effort? How are experts working towards the next era of space exploration? From NASA to private enterprises to citizen scientists, find out humanity’s next frontier of space exploration. Christopher Ferguson, Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, Rocky Kolb, Angela Olinto, and Hakeem Oluseyi, Ph.D. hold a conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Photo by Danyel Duncan/Chicago Ideas)

 

Rocky Kolb Cosmologist and Professor at University of Chicago. 
Space Exploration: What’s After The Final Frontier?Space Exploration: What’s After The Final Frontier?CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20 : Human beings have wondered about the universe for centuries, but it is only within the last 70 years that we’ve begun venturing into space. Should we continue that effort? How are experts working towards the next era of space exploration? From NASA to private enterprises to citizen scientists, find out humanity’s next frontier of space exploration. Christopher Ferguson, Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, Rocky Kolb, Angela Olinto, and Hakeem Oluseyi, Ph.D. hold a conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Photo by Danyel Duncan/Chicago Ideas)

I will have to admit the Hip Hop talk was one of my favorites of 2016.  Toure' who was the host of the Hip Hop talk was awesome to have on the sweep.  He let us get in a short interview on the sweep where he answered some tough questions like what it was like to interview Lady Gaga, favorite Nina Simone song and who was your favorite interview.  The two guests for the Hip Hop talk were Young Guru and Ghostface Killah one of the original founders of The Wu-Tang Klan. 

Hip-Hop: The Essential American Art FormHip-Hop: The Essential American Art FormCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20 : Since its arrival in the early 1970s, hip-hop has grown to shape much of American culture. Until recently, it hasn’t been included in conversations about fine art like other genres of music. Today, hip-hop is widely accepted as an essential art form for critiquing, influencing and reflecting on American society. Hear from some of the leading artists and producers in the genre about the future of hip-hop, and be treated to a rendition of Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." by Ghostface Killah. Hip-Hop: The Essential American Art FormHip-Hop: The Essential American Art FormCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20 : Since its arrival in the early 1970s, hip-hop has grown to shape much of American culture. Until recently, it hasn’t been included in conversations about fine art like other genres of music. Today, hip-hop is widely accepted as an essential art form for critiquing, influencing and reflecting on American society. Hear from some of the leading artists and producers in the genre about the future of hip-hop, and be treated to a rendition of Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." by Ghostface Killah. Hip-Hop: The Essential American Art FormHip-Hop: The Essential American Art FormCHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20 : Since its arrival in the early 1970s, hip-hop has grown to shape much of American culture. Until recently, it hasn’t been included in conversations about fine art like other genres of music. Today, hip-hop is widely accepted as an essential art form for critiquing, influencing and reflecting on American society. Hear from some of the leading artists and producers in the genre about the future of hip-hop, and be treated to a rendition of Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." by Ghostface Killah.

This group pictures give you a little better idea of our space constraints in our very small backstage studios.  And, finally...a few shots of some of the behind the scenes powerhouses that make CIW go round.  First off we have my handsome and amazing digital tech Jon Wes, who without I wouldn't have made it. 

Space Exploration: What’s After The Final Frontier?Space Exploration: What’s After The Final Frontier?CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20 : Human beings have wondered about the universe for centuries, but it is only within the last 70 years that we’ve begun venturing into space. Should we continue that effort? How are experts working towards the next era of space exploration? From NASA to private enterprises to citizen scientists, find out humanity’s next frontier of space exploration. Christopher Ferguson, Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, Rocky Kolb, Angela Olinto, and Hakeem Oluseyi, Ph.D. hold a conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Photo by Danyel Duncan/Chicago Ideas)

Next up we have Asst. Stage Manager Angelique Grandone.  I must admit I think I have a thing for Asst. Stage Managers.  Most all of them that I have met have been amazing women who are excellent wranglers with awesome personality and a superior ability to deal with anyone and get any job done. 

Below Mel Safford Director of Booking and The Co-op and Rachel Graham Director of YOU(th) Programing.

 

Nick The Producer.

Space Exploration: What’s After The Final Frontier?Space Exploration: What’s After The Final Frontier?CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 20 : Human beings have wondered about the universe for centuries, but it is only within the last 70 years that we’ve begun venturing into space. Should we continue that effort? How are experts working towards the next era of space exploration? From NASA to private enterprises to citizen scientists, find out humanity’s next frontier of space exploration. Christopher Ferguson, Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, Rocky Kolb, Angela Olinto, and Hakeem Oluseyi, Ph.D. hold a conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Photo by Danyel Duncan/Chicago Ideas)

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December 2015 = Gratitude Month http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/12/december-2015-gratitude-month I’ve decided that I am making December GRATITUDE month for myself.  Everyday I am going to focus on all the wonderful people, love and greatness in my world.  Today I am grateful for my skills and talents and all of the wonderful and intelligent kind and loving people who have helped me hone my craft. Thank you. 

 

Yesterday I had an early job at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, which I am honored and privileged to work with and at often.  I have met many survivors and heard several of their stories, one in particular multiple times.  Aaron Elster, thank you for surviving and reliving those traumas over and over again to inform us and help make social change.  I feel blessed just to be in your presence, Thank you.  

 

 

While I was “working” aka living my dream, I couldn’t help but feel “wow, my job is great’.  I felt blessed to be able to make a living doing something that I love to do. I know these talents are not my own, that they are just the collective energy force expressing itself through me but I am very grateful I was able to open up and allow that to happen. Being a career photographer has its many challenges, some of which I never thought I would overcome.  It was a long, slow, and expensive road but the journey has been amazing and for that I am grateful.  Thank You GOD.  I so often get paid to photograph people who others are paying the big bucks just to hear talk.  It’s truly amazing.  Half of the time I feel like I’m cheating because I would pay to hear these people and wait in line to meet them but I don’t have to cause I’m being paid to interact and record them for the tangible proof and enjoyment for others. Yesterday after Aaron Elster (Holocaust Survivor and Vice President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum) shared his story an amazing man named Hudson Taylor told us his story.  He is a beautiful inside and out it seemed.  He is a straight white man who happens to be a world class wrestler who started #Athlete Ally, where he fights for the LGTBQI rights in sports.  He’s story was an inspirational one about creating social change and how to make the most impact with what you have available to you.  

 

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) #AthleteAlly Danyel Duncan Hudson Taylor Illinois Holocaust Museum http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/12/december-2015-gratitude-month Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:05:40 GMT
Whew, summer busy summer. http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/7/whew-summer-busy-summer May, June and July has flown by.  I am greatly appreciative for all of the great an exciting jobs I have been lucky enough to work this summer.  Unfortunately many of them have been jobs when the job is done, much to my dismay I hand over the images.  I try hard not to do this, but sometimes the circumstances cause me to compromise.  So as much as I would love to show off my tangible proof of a lot of what has been keeping me busy I do not have access to much of it. Here are a few of the jobs that I can share.

 

I had the great privilege of photographing the 30th Annual Chicago Hunger Walk for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Directly below is a shot I grabbed before the walk started as Governor Rauner pulled up on his Harley as he greeted and congratulated the amazing Kate Maehr Executive Director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Second below is a shot from atop the Start banner structure.  One of the great things about photography is the VIP type of angles and access you often have.

 

I also had the luxury of experiencing one of the best views I have ever seen of the city of Chicago from the home of resident Bob Buford.  Mr. Buford's home was one of the most impressive I have ever seen. It was an honor just to see the city from that perspective.  Pictured below The Governor of Ohio John Kasich speaks passionately to a small crowd in the private residence about some of the issues he takes seriously.  I was surprised and impressed by what the Ohio Governor had to say.  He has since thrown his hat into the Presidential run. The picture second below is a photo of me between Reince Priebus Chairman of the Republican National Committee and The Governor of Ohio.  My favorite thing about Corporate Location work is the interesting places I find myself that I never would have imagined.

 

 

 

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/7/whew-summer-busy-summer Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:38:18 GMT
Schock'ED http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/3/schocked The last few months have been all Politics, and February fell right in line.  I had an awesome chance to chase energy man Congressman Aaron Schock around Springfield for a day.  We all know Mr. Men's Health is one of my favorite ;).  I have had the pleasure to work with him on many occasions, but this was the first I was "his" photographer and not covering someone else.  He has been encountering a relentless firestorm of bad press about spending habits and such.  I'm sure part of my draw to him lies in the fact that he is usually the only other 80's baby in the rooms in which we run into each other.  Sadly, he has never taken me to a concert or on a private jet, yet that is.  The day I recently spent with him February 17th, was an early, well executed, fasted paced display of humanitarian Congressman-ship.  I have however never been asked to square crop my edits before that day.  I guess he should have posted more pics to instagram from our day together.  We started off the day at Camp Lincoln for another first of mine a Deployment Ceremony.  Congressman Schock greeted and thanked the soldiers heading to Afghanistan and then later addressed them formally with a nice speech relaying similar sentiments.  Afterwards we raced to Sparc which is a Springfield not-for-profit facility dedicated to enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by enabling them to successfully live, learn, work, and socialize in the community.  It was an awesome spectrum of hand shaking.  I shook hands with soldiers being deployed, congressmen, and sweet and innocent disabled individuals working hard and got paid.  It was a good day and a good job. Pictures, in square format below ;)

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) Aaron Schock Camp Lincoln Congressman Danyel Duncan Illinois Sparc Springfield deployment ceremony http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/3/schocked Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:20:23 GMT
Portrait of my Father http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/3/portrait-of-my-father 2014 wrapped up with George W. Bush.  It was my first experience meeting the former president #43.  He was in the Chicagoland area to present his new book on his father called "41 A Portrait of Father", where he did a 30-40 minute question and answer forum.  Ron and I were honored to be the photographers asked to cover the event and the VIP grip and grin that took place before had.  George W. was very personal, all smiles and jokes during the grip and grin.  During the Q&A he made a good deal of joke, had the crowd laughing, envisioning his father with wings and forgetting about any negativity from the #43 days.  

 

 

The shot below is one of my favorites from the Q & A forum.  I was all the way to stage right looking for an interesting angle, peeking through the shoulders of some giant secret service people when I saw this shot.  

 

 

 

And finally, the reason I do these things...so I can add shots like this to the wall.  When I approached him, I tripped and almost fell but luckily W. leaned in and caught me which is why we look so close and happy in our embrace.

 

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) 41 41 A Portrait of my Father Bush Chicago Danyel Duncan George W. Bush Politics political photography www.danyelduncan.com http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/3/portrait-of-my-father Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:11:06 GMT
2015 State of Illinois Inauguraton http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/2/2015-state-of-illinois-inauguraton 2015 started off with a big bang with Ron and I being the official photographers for the Illinois Gubernatorial Inauguration in Springfield.  WOW.  I love the political jobs for the sheer excitement and profound feelings of being part of history, but being the ONLY photographer stationed on stage during the Inauguration, now that felt cool.  We drove down on Saturday morning, scouted our locations then relaxed for the insane weekend of non-stop run and gun.  Sunday started off early cameras in hand by 8am.  We followed the Governor and LT Gov for 15 hours straight.  To get up Monday morning and do it once more.  Here are some of what I thought to be interesting moments and/or some of my favorite memories from the experience.

 

This shot is from Sunday, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.  One of the bonuses of being the Governors official photographer is not having to elbow fight all of the press for a place in front.  I love the way all of the LED lights from the video cameras cast a rim light around the Rauner's.

 

 

This shot is from the Inaugural Interfaith Service on Monday morning the 12th at the Beautiful First Presbyterian Church of Springfield Illinois.  Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago figuring out his order in the lineup.

 

The Governor (elect) and LT Gov (elect) back stage just before the beginning of the start of the Inauguration.   One last happy, relieved, and thankful sentiment before it all starts for real.  With good ole Ron in the background doing what he does best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) 2015 Illinois Inauguration Chicago Politics Governor Bruce Rauner Lt. Governor Everly Sanguinetti Political Photography danyel duncan http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2015/2/2015-state-of-illinois-inauguraton Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:41:19 GMT
Chicago Outfit Rollerderby Home Opener http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2014/4/chicago-outfit-rollerderby-home-opener This past Saturday I took a trip back to my roots as a professional photographer and some of the best times of my life.  About ten years ago I was lucky enough to get roped into photographing Roller Derby as it was reemerging on to the counter culture scene by my close friend Erin Nelson aka Althea in Hell.  Pictured below in a heated and passionate coaching moment. You can visit the Chicago Outfit website for a bout schedule and more information at www.chicagooutfitrollerderby.com

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Roller Derby really carried my photography along in a sense.  It takes pretty excellent equipment to be able to capture this sport well.  So I as I grew more and more understanding of the challenges and needs to capture the derby my equipment continued to evolve to meet these needs.  My most memorable photographic rollerdeby accomplishment was when I had a triple double truck published in Blood and Thunder magazine.  I had the privilege to photograph the Chicago Outfit it's first 3 years of existence and in that time I made friends and created moments I would remember forever. So thank you to everyone who touched my life through roller derby and thank you to Roller Derby for being an awesome thing.  Please enjoy a few of my favorite pictures from the bout below.  If you like what you see, feel free to visit the entire album under my client access gallery page, or at www.danyelduncan.com/chicagooutfit0426STK_5410STK_5410 STK_5520STK_5520 STK_5643STK_5643

 

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) Chicago Chicago Outfit Danyel Duncan Rollerderby Windy City Field House www.shoottokillphotography.com http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2014/4/chicago-outfit-rollerderby-home-opener Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:24:12 GMT
Holocaust Museum 2014 Humanitarian Awards Dinner http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2014/3/holocaust-museum-2014-humanitarian-awards-dinner Last Thursday the 20th of March I had the amazing pleasure of photographing the Illinois Holocaust Museum's 2014 Humanitarian Awards Dinner along side the amazing Ron Gould.  It is by far one of my favorite and most rewarding jobs that I am lucky to be a part of annually.  This years dinner was a special treat as I got to meet and have my photo taken with Henry Kissinger.

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This was truly an enlightening night to be a part of.  Once a year I get to share space with some of the most experienced lives ever lived and some of the most influential of Chicago's Power Players all in the efforts to make the world a better place.  I have been so blessed to have had the chance to meet and work with so many Holocaust survivors.  Just being in the presence of people who have endured such unthinkable things and grown so strong and worked so hard to help make sure no one else should ever have to face such things is beautifully uplifting and inspiring.

Fritzie Fritzshall President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum takes the stage. Above is a photo of Fritzie Fritzshall the President of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and one of the worlds most productive and inspiring Holocaust Survivors.  Just being in her presence you feel an angelic and powerful sense of spirit.  

Pictured above is Survivor and First Vice President of the Holocaust Museum Aaron Elster talking with Humanitarian Award recipient and Chairman of  the Chicago Cubs Thomas Ricketts.

Steven Nasatir President of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation looks to the stage with heartfelt attention from his well deserved front row seat.

Henry Kissinger former U.S. Secretary of State 1973-1977 and Nobel Peace Laureate talks on the current situation in Russian and possible outcomes with the conflict over Crimea.

 

 

 

 

 

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) 2014 Humanitarian Awards Dinner Chicago Fritzie Fritzshall Henry Kissinger Illinois Holocaust Museum Survivors Thomas Ricketts http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2014/3/holocaust-museum-2014-humanitarian-awards-dinner Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:14:56 GMT
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I recently had the pleasure to work with young aspiring stylist Giovonnie Gonzalez of Swerve Hair Salon located at 1419 N Wells Chicago.  Giovonnie came to me to assist him in building a stronger image identity for himself and his work.  We started out with a meeting to discuss ideas and figure out how many sessions and shoots it would take to accomplish the goals we were developing.  Overall it’s looking like we will need about 4 to 5 total productions/shoots to end up with our final product of strong images of Giovonnie, Images of him doing hair, professional shots of the finished hair styles, and an identity video of Gio and his work.  These are some samples of our first and very successful shoot where we concentrated on portraiture of Gio.  The shot above is my favorite.  As always when people end up in front of my camera I want to see them; their insides, what they would look like if I could see through them.  I strive to capture that intimacy of identity and personality.  Of course often part of this process for me is an attempt to strip them down which ideally always includes shedding the facade of stylish clothing.  When I asked Gio to remove his shirt, he smiled and did so with a sweet and sincere sense of willing vulnerability.  When he pulled his shirt off and I read his chest piece I knew this moment was meant to be and the beginning of great creation and collaboration.  God is Love.  God is Love.  Anyone who knows me well could only imagine how my heart melted at the sight of this bold statement of commitment he had chosen to make and bare on his flesh.  God is Love.  Below I will include a few other images from our first shoot.  Stay tuned to watch the growth of this collaboration for what I’m sure will be a great and beautiful result.  Gio, thank you for opportunity to get to know and work with you.  I immensely look forward to our continued growth as creative beings inspired by love and God.

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) Beauty Chicago Chicago Hair Stylist Danyel Duncan Giovonnie Gonzalez Hair Photography Salon Stylist Swerve Salon http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2014/3/Stylist-Giovonnie-Gonzalez Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:17:46 GMT
K Serra Radio Waves Music Video Shoot http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2013/6/K-Serra-Radio-Waves-Music-Video-Shoot STK_3918KSerra Music Video shoot inside Kima Photo Studio

Day Two: Sargon shooting K Serra with one of his amazing set ups. Kima looking good and useful wearing it’s music video studio clothes.

Exciting happenings for Shoot To Kill today at my home base, Kima Photo Studio.  It’s day two of filming K Serra’s music video of her hit song “Radio Waves” by the amazing Cinematographer Sargon Saadi.  Check out both of these amazing artists sites.  You can download the Radio Waves single for free at www.kserramusic.com/main/.  I met K Serra at a show she performed at Schubas, then contracted her to write and perform a song in celebration of my love.  The song was amazing, the lyrics and melody couldn’t have been more perfect.  Thank you Rachel. So of course I jumped at hosting and helping with the construction of the music video for Radio Waves.  Stay posted for info and hopefully a preview of the Music video of Radio Waves upon it’s anticipated completion.  Until then here are some behind the scenes shots of it’s awesome production.  Extra special thank you’s to the the behind the scenes crew: the amazing gadget, grip man Nick Stoianof, and the lovely Brook Umbrell.

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Day Two: Sargon filming the beautiful K Serra

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Day Two: The beautiful K Serra engulfed in light and smoke.

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Day Two: K Serra singing into the light.

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Day Two: Sargon hard at work constructing one of his dynamic lighting set ups.

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Day One: Set shot of the creative team hard at work at Kima Photo Studio.

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Day One: Sargon filming as Brook and Rachel dowse the water with food coloring.

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) Chicago Danyel Duncan KSRA Kima Kima Photo Studio Kserra Music Video Radiowaves http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2013/6/K-Serra-Radio-Waves-Music-Video-Shoot Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:42:47 GMT
Designer Spotlight: Devin Parker http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2013/4/Designer-Spotlight-Devin-Parker When I decided to write this blog it was originally just going to highlight a particular project i worked on with Devin for his Capstone. Remember Me. Then as I was looking through the files I started looking through everything I have photographed for him.  It’s all great work.  Devin is not only and award winning designer he is an awesome human.  Out of all of the commercial and interior designers I’ve had the pleasure to work with Devin’s work stands far above the rest.  All of his work that I have experienced is thought out to the deepest of depths.  You can guarantee Devin has thoroughly and introspectively thought out every aspect or relation about each particular design he takes on.  If you need an awesome designer Devin Parker is the guy.  Check out Devin’s Behance and Facebook.  Scroll through some of my work of Devin’s work below.

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Devin meticulously prepping some of his work to be photographed.

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And here are some photos of Devin’s Capstone project RememberMe.  You can download the ebook Remember Me for free on Lulu here http://www.lulu.com/shop/devin-parker/remember-me/ebook/product-20953023.html if you are interested in all the tools needed for DIY funeral planning, it even includes casket building instructions!!

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The entire Remember Me DIY funeral planning book.

The entire Remember Me DIY funeral planning book.

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Devin’s band of Zombies that were interviewed for the promotional video for the Remember ME project. You can view these interviews at http://vimeo.com/rememberme

Fun shot of Devin being attacked by his zombie crew.

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) Chicago Design Communication Design Danyel Duncan Design Design Photos Devin Parker www.shoottokillhotography.com http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2013/4/Designer-Spotlight-Devin-Parker Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:05:50 GMT
20th Annual ADL Women of Achievement Awards Dinner http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2013/4/20th-Annual-ADL-Women-of-Achievement-Awards-Dinner Tuesday night I had the awesome pleasure to assist the wonderful Mr. Ron Gould of Ron Gould Studios photograph the 20th Annual Anti Defamation League Women of Achievement Awards Dinner.  Ron and I have shot this event for a few years together, and i look forward to it every year.  An amazing organization celebrating the achievement of extraordinary women = awesome time.  The Honorees of this years dinner were Maria Green of Illinois Tool Works Inc, Mary Ann Hynes of Ingredion Incorporated, Julie Smolyansky of Lifeway Foods, and Barbara Steiner of Jenner & Block LLP.  The evening was Emceed by Kathy Brock of ABC7.  Lori Cooper of the Chicago Police Department also  made an appearance on stage to say a few words about her experiences as a lesbian chicago police officer and how she turned her obstacles into accomplishments.  The highlight of the evening was when Julie Smolyansky’s (the obviously youngest of the female Honorees of the evening who holds the title of the youngest female to become CEO of a publicly held firm) two daughters around the ages of 3 and 5 stormed the stage as their mother took the podium.  Nanny and personal assistant chasing after them they broke through the adult brigade right up the stairs with hugs, flowers and admiration for their impressive mommy.  I was happy to spot Harrington College of Design Photography Alumni Linda Bergonia CEO of Follow Spot Media in attendance.  Check out the Follow Spot Media website to see the great things Linda and her team are doing. I’d also like to send out a Thank You to Sonya Jacobs of the ADL for hiring us for the event and also god speed on her new and upcoming endeavors in continuing her education in social services.


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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) Barbara Steiner Danyel Duncan Lori Cooper Maria Green Mary Ann Hynes Ron Gould Studios Sonya Jacobs The ADL The Anti Defamation League http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2013/4/20th-Annual-ADL-Women-of-Achievement-Awards-Dinner Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:44:33 GMT
Alyssa Jacobsen http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2013/4/Alyssa-Jacobsen Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with a blooming Interior Designer by the name of Alyssa Jacobsen.  We had a session to shoot a 3D model of hers for her portfolio.  The model was gorgeous and crafted with extreme detail.  I asked her to do some research on how she might want it to look in the photographs.  She brought in a photo of another model she found online with a reflection.  Luckily there was some black glass laying around just the size we needed.  We were able to get Alyssa the reflection she was hoping for for her lake house model.  Here is a link to Alyssa’s website http://ajacob09.wix.com/alyssajacobsen please check her out.  She has a sweet personality and a gorgeous bright smile.  Below are some of the photos of Alyssa’s 3D lake

3D Lake House Model by Alyssa Jacobsen

3D Lake House Model by Alyssa Jacobsen

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danyelduncan@yahoo.com (Danyel Duncan) 3D Lake House Model Alyssa Jacobsen Danyel Duncan Harrington College of Design Interior Design Photography Shoot to kill photography http://www.danyelduncan.com/blog/2013/4/Alyssa-Jacobsen Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:02:14 GMT