New blog! Same Lisa :)

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2013 by lisapredko

Hi All,

I recently gave my web presence a huge makeover and have a new website: AND a new blog . Please take a moment and check out our killer new presentation, we LOVE it!!




Design Bureau, Nov/Dec 2012: Gary Lee!!!!!!!

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Photography on November 15, 2012 by lisapredko

I LOVE DESIGN BUREAU!!!!!!!!!!  A magazine all about things I love, designed beautifully, printed on awesome paper that feels good to touch!:)  AND they asked me to photograph the incredibly talented designer, Gary Lee, in his Merchandise Mart showroom.  Coincidentally, the day we needed to shoot, Gary Lee Partners had hired the super cool photographer, Tony Soluri (who just happens to be my former studio mate!), to shoot some interior shots for them.  I don’t know if all photographers would play nice in this situation, but Tony & I had a great time!:)

Gary said he wore these socks special for me!  I don’t know how he would have known about my obsession for aqua or how he would have known I had to photograph the saddle as soon as I saw it!  I think perhaps he was just messing with me!;)  Either way, Gary Lee is AWESOME!!!!:)

LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you Gary Lee!!!!!!!:

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Assistants: Lyndon French & Jason Lemon

SAMI ZOMBIE!!!!!! or Handbook for the Recently Deceased

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Photography on November 8, 2012 by lisapredko

‘Tis the season for creating holiday promos!  I’m always happy for an opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorite makeup artists, Martina Sykes, on subject matter we are both inspired by!  She is quite skilled at making people look good, but she excels at making them look dead!:)  Here is our latest gem, Handbook for the Recently Deceased (or as I fondly like to refer to it, SAMI ZOMBIE!!!!!!)!:)

We had an awesome day in the studio!  While Martina was working her magic, Richard from Bombastic Cafe (opening Spring 2013 near The Music Box Theatre) fueled us with amazing coffee and taught us how to use a chemex with the pour over method!


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Makeup Artist: Martina Sykes
Model, Assistant, & Retoucher (yes, she can do it all!): Sami Hylla

Ellen Greene: Invisible Mother’s Milk

Posted in Photography on November 2, 2012 by lisapredko

I was THRILLED when the amazing artist, Ellen Greene, asked me to collaborate on photographs to accompany her current gallery show, Invisible Mother’s Milk, OPENING TONIGHT November 2, 2012 6-9pm at Packer Schopf Gallery.  Inspired by vintage Invisible Mother (or Hidden Mother) photographs, Greene spent most of the day draped in black fabric focusing attention on her amazing daughters, Donovan and Ruby.  Be sure to stop into the gallery to see her work, consisting of beautiful old tattoo flash art handpainted on women’s gloves as well as manipulations of our photographs.  Ellen Greene you rock!:) 

Hair and Makeup: Martina Sykes
Assistant: Brian Gladkowski

Time Out Chicago, Issue 399: SEX!!!!!!!

Posted in Photography on October 23, 2012 by lisapredko

Thanks to Time Out Chicago for asking me to shoot for their Sex Issue, on newsstands now!:) First, we photographed the sweet, lovely, & sometimes comical ladies over at g Boutique, a woman friendly AND woman owned sex boutique with lingerie, erotica, sex toys, & workshops.

L-R: Owner Cheryl, with Store Manager Amy & Instructor Dana

Next was in studio fun with the amazingly talented stylist, Sage Reed!  The images speak for themselves, but the stories they accompany in the magazine are definitely worth checking out!

Anything goes (or as we have fondly named it, The Velvet V):

Mack swan:

How to bag a chef in 9 easy steps:

Yes, and…let’s screw:

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Stylist extraordinaire: Sage Reed
Assistants: Brian Gladkowski, Sami Hylla, Noah Gage, Jake Scholl
Retoucher: Sami Hylla

Gorilla Tango Burlesque!

Posted in Photography on October 18, 2012 by lisapredko

This lovely trio first appeared on the blog behind Kelly Williams and Dan Abbate, owners of Gorilla Tango Theatre, when we photographed them for the Chicago Reader’s People Issue. There was no way I could leave without giving Princess Leia, Chekov, & Mario the proper spotlights they deserve!  Go check these ladies out live, they are AWESOME!!!!:)

Princess Leia: Marie Curiosity (can now be seen as part of Plan 9 Burlesque!  Upcoming show Oct. 21, 2012 at the Pub Theater!)

Chekov: Stella Cheeks (can also be seen as part of Plan 9 Burlesque! Follow her on twitter too!)
Mario: Cinnamon Twist

Reader’s Best People!!!

Posted in Photography on October 16, 2012 by lisapredko

Last winter (yes, I said last winter, yikes we’ve been busy!!!!) we had the pleasure of photographing some amazing people for Chicago Reader‘s People issue.

I could never pick a favorite, but I’ve certainly spent the most time with, the extremely talented and super inspiring Brian Posen: artistic director of Stage 773, mastermind behind SketchFest, program head at Second City Training Center, Columbia College instructor, and founder/director of The Cupid Players (go see this show!).  Seriously, with this kind of resume, does this guy ever sleep???:)

Erica Michie is a super talented, super cute, super sweet Industrial Designer who wants to use her knowledge and skills to solve problems and help people!:)  We photographed her at the design & branding firm where she was interning, Streng Design; we were hoping to see some of their top secret projects, maybe next time!:)Lisa Martain Hoffer is a patient care coordinator for South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Clinics-not only benevolent and beautiful but one of the funniest people I have had the pleasure of photographing!

Jamil Khoury is the artistic director and co-founder of Silk Road Rising.  He’s also an awesome guy who we would have hung out with all day if we could have, especially when we started talking about punk rock shows and what it means to be straight edge (none of us are btw!). Jamil, you rock!:) 

Kelly Williams & Dan Abbate, are the power couple behind Gorilla Tango Theatre where you can see amazingly funny and sexy women perform burlesque shows with characters based on Star Wars, Super Mario Bros, Star Trek, GI Joe, and Indiana Jones just to name a few!  Watch for our upcoming blog post featuring a few of these super fine ladies!
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