Batman Vs. Superman shoot & published work for 3/21-25

Another busy week at RedEye in Chicago. I shot 4 covers this week & a spread on c2e2. Today there was a great spread of Superman Vs. Batman content for which I shot a cover with Superman & Batman action figures having it out. Designer Sara Amato did a great job designing the cover and lending art direction on this one. To accomplish the image I held a smoke machine and threw foam pieces and sand while Sara hit the shutter for me. The strings holding up superman were photoshopped out while his laser eyes were photoshopped in. If my smoke machine hadn't set off the Tribune Tower's smoke detector I would have done the laser eyes in camera as well... cant win em all. 


RedEye Covers from 2015

My fifth year at Chicago's RedEye was a creatively productive but tumultuous one. I wanted to share a gallery of a few of my favorite print covers and spreads I was a part of over 2015 as a photographer or illustrator.

I'm really proud of all the great reporters and designers I work with over at . We are a really small, but tight knit team. They've given a lot of trust and I'm thankful for that.

Looking forward to what 2016 will bring. 

Happy Holidays folks!

Portrait of Aaron Sorkin

I had a brief shoot with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin at Chicago's Peninsula Hotel this week for RedEye. My photos appear on the cover and inside of today's ( 10/16/15 ) RedEye print edition.

 I've done countless celebrity portraits at the Peninsula, so I'm always trying to think of new spots there. I was limited this time between shooting in a hotel room or in the hallway. I had a 300mm lens with so I dropped a chair in the middle of the hallway and backed up as far as I could ( 50 ft? ), taking advantage of the spacial compression of zoom lenses.

Aaron came and sat down after his interview with Matt Pais ( Read & watch it here: ). Maids scurried down the hallway for the first 5 minutes, preventing much photography from happening but allowing time for a staring contest with a certain famous screenwriter. As soon as the hall cleared I got my shots, Aaron thanked me & was gone.

Wish I had a chance to make some small talk, next time I'll bring walkie talkies. 

Aaron Sorkin. ( Lenny Gilmore / RedEye ) ©

Aaron Sorkin. ( Lenny Gilmore / RedEye ) ©

Portrait of Chicago Blackhawk, Marian Hossa

Marian Hossa met me in the lobby of the United Center for a 5 minute portrait shoot for the cover of the RedEye newspaper. I directed him over to a spot of light splashing across a nearby staircase. I made some small talk about what he'd been doing with the Stanley Cup during the off season, he told me about taking it back to his home country of Slovakia. He turned his head towards a nearby window and I quickly snapped a pic. 

Hossa did an interview with my colleague Leonor Vivanco, read it by clicking here