I’m a longtime fan of Adrian Sommeling’s photography with his son. He has a neat hyper-reality style achieved by combining studio shots (I presume greenscreen-type stuff) with dramatic and often dangerous looking backdrops. Needless to say, I’ve wanted to try my own take on it since I first saw them.

Yesterday afternoon, I brought the camera outside to take a few snaps while my boy ran around in the snow. Realized a few minutes in that the time was right to give it a shot.

I started with a few snaps of the snow’s surface from very close to the ground, trying to approximate the angle at which I’d be taking pictures of him. Then, I took about 50 of him doing various things, keeping in mind the shadow lines of the backdrop photos to minimize time in the editing room.

Below is the composite I came up with. The shadow was borrowed from another object that I scrubbed out of the scene.

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There’s a little brick alleyway just off of LaSalle, north of Monroe with a few restaurants in it. The alley is surrounded by buildings so it gets very little light. It reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors, which I enjoy, so I have positive associations with it. I brought a camera today to take a picture.

Alley at 19 N LaSalle St in Chicago, 2014
Alley at 19 N LaSalle St in Chicago, 2014

So, I spent some time tonight catching up on some personal emails. Sorting through stuff that I recognized as non-emergency stuff but didn’t want to delete.

I was coming to the end of my inbox when I came across this message. What I saw definitely caught my attention.

My real estate agent works for @Properties, who are a big player here in Chicago. She did a great job but I often felt it was despite her company affiliation, not because of it. As a digital marketer, it seemed their online presence was way behind the times technology-wise.

Anyway, they clearly have some kind of automated email nurturing campaign going on and, in the case of last weekend’s fathers day, it produced this gem of an email.

My "Happy Father's Day" email from At Properties.
My “Happy Father’s Day” email from @Properties.

Too weird to not share. Here’s what the rest of it looked like.