Northern Fork Promo Video

WARNING: YOU MIGHT JUST DROOL.

We came out on a beautiful Chicago night to shoot the Northern Fork team do their thing at this amazing rooftop! From delicious cocktails and pig roast, to a beautiful view of the skyline and picturesque sunset — there is nothing more you could ask for!

Northern Fork wanted showcase their delicious work using video so we shot a little bit of their prep, team and guests mingling. We are still dreaming of the pig roast and blueberry pie. Haha! Please invite us back Northern Fork!

Published in the Ft. Lauderdale Magazine

Super excited to share we have been published in the February 2019 Ft. Lauderdale Magazine!

Props to our amazing team who made the magic happen!

Photographer Geraldine Teotico

Photography Assistant Mico Lim Instagram @micolim 

Head Stylist and Producer Rachel J Penca Instagram @RachelJStyling http://www.racheljstyling.com

Assistant Jaime Djuric Instagram @jaimjasmina 

Makeup Heather Napolitano Instagram @beautybyheathern 

Hair Erinne Elizabeth Instagram @manetamerinne 

Model Willow Star Instagram @willowstar26 http://willowstarmodel.com

We started with the outfits selected by our stylists and built on the colors and fabrics to create these beautiful looks. We couldn’t be more proud of how it all came out. Va Va Vroom!

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Awesome Chicago Cover Band

If you are looking for a live band for your wedding or general event, definitely check out the cover band the Walk-Ins! Joe and team are so incredibly nice and great to work with. You won't be disappointed.

In one swift hour, we were able to film so much great footage and compress it down to really give an audience a taste of what they can expect. Now have a listen! They'll have you singing along for sure!

Thanks for checking out The Walk-Ins' reel! If you're looking for cover band based out of the Chicagoland area, definitely check them out!

Every place has a story

This was our second time at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Chicago. The first, was for the big brother of soon-to-be baptized baby boy.

I was married here. My two kids were baptized here. And now my two grandkids.

We arrived quite a bit early to make sure we did not get caught in "construction season" traffic. In doing so, we were able to chat with the happy grandmother patiently waiting for her family and close friends to arrive. 

She said, "I was married here. My two kids were baptized here. And now my two grandkids." 

We had no idea. 

It is little things like this that bring life and meaning to what we do. We think we are photographing a baptism. But really, we are photographing the journey of a family. A story of a family that immigrated here, established its roots and with every step along the way, is crafting their history ever so slightly. 

It was a beautiful day. 

My UIC Connection

We collaborated with the University of Illinois at Chicago on creating a piece that would help incoming freshman and transfer students adjust to being at college. We called "My UIC Connection" and this became the theme for the video. It went on to win an award! First Place to be exact! Thanks to the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region V for recognizing our work, and the testimonies of these young adults!

A New York Fashion Week Experience

There is no doubt we have had an amazing year! And perhaps that could explain why we are sharing everything in a "better late than never" fashion, no pun intended. :)

Many thanks to RachelJStyling and Felix Magazine for allowing us to capture the shows of Runa Ray, Shaco Couture, and Chaz Aracil. 

RachelJStyling at Runa Ray fashion show representing Felix Magazine. NYC 2016. 

RachelJStyling at Runa Ray fashion show representing Felix Magazine. NYC 2016. 

We are documentarians at heart, and this is what we would call a #lifemadestill moment.
— Life Made Still

Runa Ray's show was not a typical runway show, but what they call a "presentation" where models stand in a line, and step forward to showcase their designer's piece for the audience and media.

The best part of being there was that it was Runa Ray's NYFW Debut! When you check out her link above, you'll see her September 2016 show, which has even more breathtaking work. 

We hung out to the end of the show and captured this image of Runa Ray, her collection, and team of supporters. We're pretty sure it wasn't easy to get to this moment, and if we had to pick, this was the best image captured. We are documentarians at heart, and this is what we would call a #lifemadestill moment. :)

Runa Ray and her team of supporters. Our favorite pic, and definitely a #lifemadestill moment. 

Runa Ray and her team of supporters. Our favorite pic, and definitely a #lifemadestill moment. 

RachelJStyling with Runa Ray.

RachelJStyling with Runa Ray.

The Angel Orensanz Foundation Event Space located on the lower east side. 

The Angel Orensanz Foundation Event Space located on the lower east side. 

Runway shows for Shaco Couture and Chaz Aracil were held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation Event Space on the lower east side. 

At the end of the runway, there were a set of bleachers for all the media people, and boy was it crowded! We met some super nice people ranging from photographers for fashion bloggers, to numerous different media outlets. We got very cozy with everyone, and utilized every inch space available to us -- this was definitely a new level of shooting conditions for us! 

Designed by Shaco Couture.

Designed by Shaco Couture.

Designed by Shaco Couture.

Designed by Shaco Couture.

Shaco Couture finale.

Shaco Couture finale.

Designed by Chaz Aracil.

Designed by Chaz Aracil.

Overall, such a unique, unforgetable experience. Can't wait to shoot more events like this!

The Best Save the Date Yet

"She Said Yes" by Geraldine Teotico with the help of Ramon Joson and Cindy Sung

"She Said Yes" by Geraldine Teotico with the help of Ramon Joson and Cindy Sung

It was almost a year ago when this picture was taken. Time flies and these two beautiful ladies were married over the summer!

Wedding day photo by Bethany Kelley in collaboration with Life Made Still.

Wedding day photo by Bethany Kelley in collaboration with Life Made Still.

"She Said Yes" was a personal project and the concept was born after discussing portraits for a save the date card / engagement announcement. But these were two amazing friends -- how could we just do an ordinary portraits?

Friends and supporters of Life Made Still helped create this image. In no way is this a one person production! Working with sparklers takes patience. If you are the "sparkler master", you have to be able to write backwards! And if you are the photographer, you have to get your exposures right and direct everything to a T, because it is all about light and timing.  And if you are the subject of the photo, in this case, you need a good winter jacket and tolerance to the cold:)

Thank you to all who helped with creating this amazing photo. And congratulations to this stunning couple in red dresses. 

Tracy and Matt

Tracy and Matt

Tracy and Matt tied the knot at the Morton Arboretum on Sunday, September 25, 2016. And boy was it toasty!

Hanging out in the shade or air conditioning was key early on, as temps were in the mid eighties. Their ceremony was held just outside their reception room and luckily it was covered!

Clearly the forces of nature were on their side, as the sun and rain brought their portrait session to a beautiful end. It made for a gorgeous moment. 

Printed!

We loved the expression on their faces.
— Design Director, University of Chicago

As photographers we take hundreds of photos during one event, and share what we think are the best ones. And from there, our clients, pick their favorite ones. Many of these images never see the light of day, but when they do, it brings a big smile to our face!

The photo below was taken at the Chicago Booth Private Equity Conference in 2015. More than a year later, this photo has lived on! It will be printed in a book, and be the closing image. 

Getting printed never gets old. :)