Let me just start by saying how amazing 2014 has been to me.
I am so grateful for everyone that sees my work, follows my social media, reads this blog, hires me(!) and supports me. So THANK YOU!
Here is a quick recap of some of the best moments of 2014...
January = IMATS in LA!
My good friend and fellow artist, Martina Sykes, invited me along to the IMATS in LA. We had a GREAT time! We ran into a lot of friends, saw a lot of seminars, bought a lot of makeup, had margaritas, great food, sunshine and loads of inspiration!
First stop off the plane was at a mexican restaurant across the street from the convention center. They offered to take our picture! So we had this sweet/silly souvenir!
One of the competitors at the IMATS.
Love this behind the scenes shot with Tim in the foreground!
This was a super stylized, beautiful bridal shoot. Check out the behind the scenes video HERE!
Cubs Opening Day!
I always enjoy working with the Ricketts Family, and this past year's opening day was quite exciting! The Today Show was there filming and I got to hang out on the historic field.
More time in LA...
At the Getty Museum
I couldn't wait to get back to LA! So in April I took some time to shoot, network and enjoy the LA culture :)
It's always great to see your name in print! Here is a spread I did with Dr. Lauren Streicher for Chicago Magazine.
Red hot test shot.
Photos: Dave Rentauskas
Styling: Theresa Poborsky
This was such a fun test shoot! It was Dave's concept, and it really came to life! I had a lot of fun working on this. It was difficult to get the same shade of red from person to person. I used the Illustrator Palette (alcohol formula), so it wouldn't bleed onto the clothes.
Old Milwaukee Commercial with Gilbert Brown
One day in June, I drove out to Milwaukee to work on a super hilarious commercial starring former Green Bay Football player, Gilbert Brown.
Gilbert was the nicest man, and very funny! The whole crew on this project was a blast to work with!
The commercial is now airing on ESPN, ESPN2, CBS Sports and ABC Sports in the Milwaukee and LaCrosse markets!
Check out the full commercial below...
Chicago Makeup Show!
I have a whole blog post dedicated to the Makeup show this past year! You can view it HERE.
Tweedy and Son
Photos/Video by Piper Ferguson
I had the great pleasure of working with Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and his son Spencer this past summer. Both were a total delight! Such talented guys with great senses of humor. All the images were captured by the mega talented Piper Ferguson. She also managed to film some video footage of them performing.
Below is a video of Jeff performing (solo), "Wait For Love."
Let me just say, we were in a vacant loft space in the city. I was fortunate enough to listen to this magic in a room with only 3 other people.
bts shot of a filmed performance on the roof.
Scary Knotts Farm Commercials
Wardrobe provided by Lana Mcallister
You can view a cool behind the scenes video by Phlearn which covers more details about the makeup as well as the process as a whole.
New York Times
Gone Girl and Wild
Photo in NYT by Krystina Archer
Photo c/o Rick Diamond
There were many other Greats there that night as well!
Some of which handled their own hair and makeup and some who came to see us before they hit the stage!
photo c/o Joan Osborne's FB
Photo above (left to right): Grace Potter (Hair by Nora, MU by Jen), Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt (MU by Jen), Joan Osborne (Hair by Nora, MU by Jen).
I also had the pleasure of working with Aaron Neville, Michael McDonald, and Regine Chassagne. I got to sit in the same room with Mavis Staples, Gregg Allman, Buddy Miller, Glen Hansard, and so many others!!
It was a very fun and unforgettable night.
Photo by Saverio Truglia
Photo c/o Judy Maxwell Home
I was so excited to collaborate with Saverio on this super fun shot of Joan Cusack. We set up at her store in Old Town, Judy Maxwell Home. Joan was full of ideas and creativity!
What an amazing year! And those were only a few of the highlights for 2014!
Of course I can't forget all the wonderful personal things that have happened this year. I was lucky enough to attend (and make-up :) some very lovely brides who are close to my heart!
Catherine and Jack
My sweet cousin Catherine married her long time love this summer! It was so beautiful and I was so thrilled to be a part of her special day!
My lovely friend Bridgette tied the knot this summer to the love of her life, Zak. I actually did hair and makeup for her special day (that doesn't happen often!).
Bridgette and her mother pre ceremony.
Photo c/o Stephanie Bassos Photography
Bridgette and Zak
Bridgette and Zak
Last but certainly not least, my beautiful friend Stephanie married her best friend and love, Ryan. Stephanie is actually an incredible photographer (See above photo!), and I couldn't be happier to help out on her big day. She had a large bridal party that was such a blast to work with!
All photos by Jill Devries Photography
What a year. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Looking forward to what 2015 will bring!