As we say goodbye to September, it’s the perfect time to remind all of you reading this that a handful of October weekend dates remain for fall portrait sessions! If you read last month’s e-news, you may have come across this recent post about our celebration of life session with Jerry and his family… Read more »

Ella in the leaves

 

As we say goodbye to September, it’s the perfect time to remind all of you reading this that a handful of October weekend dates remain for fall portrait sessions!

If you read last month’s e-news, you may have come across this recent post about our celebration of life session with Jerry and his family earlier this year. Participating in this event gave a renewed sense of urgency to the work that we’re doing: documenting relationships and families is important to us, and we believe it’s important to you, too. Don’t take those loved ones for granted.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, whether there are children and/or pets, how your hairstyle has evolved since the last time you took photos…now is always a good time to make some memories that are documented “on film”.

So, whether you’re interested in family portraits, kid portraits, newborn portraits, maternity photos, a session with all eight of your grandchildren, photos of your dog or cat acting regal or bouncing off the walls…

Regardless of subject, if you want to see us on a weekend in October, get your date and time reserved now.

If you’re landing here on the Tipping Point Photography blog for the first time, welcome! I’d recommend checking out our gallery page first to get a sense of our style, which I would summarize as:

Familiar: no studio setups here: we work at your home or around town in various indoor and outdoor spaces.

Fun and relaxing: self-explanatory, but I’ll provide these two words: honking cow.

Authentic: we prioritize real life over perfection, and concentrate on creating images that bring out a bit of sparkle and passion in our subjects.

Photojournalist-inspired: we go with the flow and see what happens.

The three most popular portrait session lengths are:

  • 30 minutes – good for a quick holiday card snapshot and/or families with older children.
  • 60 minutes – allows more time for documenting family relationships and individual portraits of each child or family member.
  • 90 minutes – preferred if you have young children and want your images to tell a clear story about the day-to-day life of your family while working at a relaxed pace.

Longer sessions can be booked if you’re interested in including a larger group or extended family.

And now for the dates!

  • Saturday, Oct. 14
  • Saturday, Oct. 21
  • Sunday, Oct. 22
  • Saturday, Oct. 28

Want to chat further? Ready to book? Contact us for pricing and more details on availability.

Chris and Cameron: father and son

This article appears online and in print in U.S. Catholic magazine’s August 2017 issue. An except is below. Read the full article here. I remember the following from the life of 14-year-old me: A search for something larger and more meaningful than the place and time I occupied A voice that struggled to be heard… Read more »

This article appears online and in print in U.S. Catholic magazine’s August 2017 issue. An except is below. Read the full article here.

I remember the following from the life of 14-year-old me:

A search for something larger and more meaningful than the place and time I occupied
A voice that struggled to be heard and to resist conformity
A commitment to truth-telling and authenticity
A fully manual film camera

Unlike other visual arts, photography deals in real life, literally “writing or drawing with light.” Early on I saw the power of photography to capture reality and also influence and transform others. Taking photos of my high school classmates engaged in sports earned me their respect. Documenting little moments and larger narratives to open others’ eyes, draw out their empathy, and move them to action was the fullest form of self-actualization I had uncovered.

While my love of photography flourished, my faith journey waxed and waned. A confirmation class dropout, I returned to church briefly during my college years, then left after my academic skepticism won out over faith. As an adult, I found a church home with my husband that accepted me where I was at on my spiritual path: doubting but listening.

One day, somewhere in my mid-30s and 10 years into a professional marketing career—a career that matched my extroverted personality and education but that, truth be told, I had pursued at the strong encouragement of my endlessly practical parents—I became preoccupied with my own mortality. The preoccupation was enhanced by a sudden illness and a suicide of two peers, a stillborn niece, a grandmother whose body finally gave out at age 94, and a beloved dog struck down by cancer. Then one friend succumbed to a brain tumor and another went into remission—for now. Meanwhile sermons coming from the pulpit of our new church spoke of salt and lights that shouldn’t be hidden under bushels. I had reached a critical point where there wasn’t a moment to waste. I’d cast aside the bushel or set the thing ablaze.

Read the rest of the story over at U.S. Catholic magazine.

It’s time for another Headshot Day at Chicago’s Create Your Space Studio, and it’s time for more headshot tips! Interested in booking a studio headshot session? Scroll to the bottom of this post for more information. Color: it’s a big decision, and it can also be an overwhelming one. My most important tip that I can… Read more »

Headshot of Ray in a nice blue jacket.

Ray opted for a nice blue jacket.

It’s time for another Headshot Day at Chicago’s Create Your Space Studio, and it’s time for more headshot tips!

Interested in booking a studio headshot session? Scroll to the bottom of this post for more information.

Color: it’s a big decision, and it can also be an overwhelming one.

My most important tip that I can offer to you:

Wear a color other than black.

Yes, black is classic, and I’d be willing to bet that every single person out there reading this owns at least one professional outfit–suit, sportcoat, blazer or dress–that is black. In real life, you can totally rock this color, but for 99% of the population, wearing black in a headshot will make you look washed out and paler than you actually are. In other words, it’s the least flattering color choice possible.

Pat's blue jacket choice pairs perfectly with his blue eye color.

Pat’s jacket choice pairs perfectly with his eye color.

What are your other options? Navy blue is a fantastic choice: almost as dark as black, but with richer tones.

Headshot of Deborah in gray collared top.

This shade of silver top looks lovely on Deborah.

A wide range of grays will also work. From deep charcoal to silver, there’s a shade that will match with almost any skin tones and hair color.

Michaela's purple shirt strikes just the right tone paired with this basic gray jacket.

Michaela’s purple shirt strikes just the right tone paired with this basic gray jacket.

Jewel tones look fantastic on most people. Deep purples, greens and blues can offer balance when paired with a more neutral gray or blue.

Marvin's red tie looks sharp with an otherwise neutral outfit.

Marvin’s red tie looks sharp with an otherwise neutral outfit.

Color is also a good way to express some personality: subtle patterns, accessories with color (think scarves, ties and jewelry) and under-layers of clothing are opportunities to incorporate your favorite shades.

Tahmina's outfit offers just enough pattern to brighten things up without overwhelming her.

Tahmina’s outfit offers just enough pattern to brighten things up without overwhelming her.

Headshot of Sharron wearing a white collared shirt with the collar over the jacket collar.

Sharron’s white shirt collar provides a refreshing visual break.

Help! I only own black tops, and I can’t get my hands on a different color before headshot day.

Don’t worry! A few tricks to help break up the monotony include a scarf or a shirt collar that places some color and distance between your face and the black fabric.

Susan's headshot with a colorful patterned scarf.

Susan’s scarf adds just the right amount of pizzaz.

When in doubt, pull a couple ideas from your closet, snap a few photos of them in good, natural lighting, and send them off to your photographer for additional advice.

Book Your Studio Headshot Session Now

The next studio headshot day will be held Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Create Your Space Studio. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Eight 30-minute slots are currently available (12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 and 4:00pm), and the session fee of $175 includes digital files. Contact us to reserve your slot.

Non-studio headshot sessions are also an option! See ideas in our Gallery.

Contact us for more information, including pricing.

This past spring, I was honored to document a celebration of life for Jerry, father of one of my dear friends. Jerry has faced his share of health troubles in recent years, and the path forward is uncertain and hazy at this point. There was great determination on the part of his family to create… Read more »

Jerry and his youngest daughter (my friend).

Jerry and his youngest daughter (my friend).

This past spring, I was honored to document a celebration of life for Jerry, father of one of my dear friends. Jerry has faced his share of health troubles in recent years, and the path forward is uncertain and hazy at this point. There was great determination on the part of his family to create shared memories with Jerry fully present for all of it.

Tender moments.

Tender moments.

What could have been a very somber occasion was filled with joy and gratitude. Children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends came from near and far to participate in this afternoon full of vibrant moments that will be forever remembered by all those who participated.

Storytime with Bumpa.

I heard stories about how Jerry met his wife, what his kids and grandkids remember about him, times that he got into trouble, and lots more that made everyone chuckle. I heard him read stories to his youngest grandchildren. I learned about his love of chocolate and other sweets. I watched him dance with his wife. In a matter of hours, I grew very fond of this man.

Jerry is crowned king...

Jerry is crowned king…

...King of All Things Chocolate!

…King of All Things Chocolate!

Jerry and his granddaughter.

Jerry and his granddaughter.

My time with Jerry and his family also reminded me of one very important lesson:

Don’t wait.

We all have a bit of sparkle and magic in us. One day, that sparkle will dwindle–for some of us, we see it coming. For others, it takes us by surprise.

Memories are the thing that prevent this sparkle from being snuffed out completely. Photographs keep the fire lit.

As you read this, imagine me taking you firmly by the shoulders and insisting in an elevated voice, “DON’T WAIT.” 

What’s that? What’s your excuse?

It’s not a special occasion.

I want to lose 10 or 15 more pounds.

I don’t have anything to wear.

Family photos are only for people with kids.

It’s a hassle to schedule and make time for a photo session.

I’m embarrassed to suggest this to my family. I’m afraid of appearing sentimental.

Please. Don’t wait.

Don’t let these excuses deter you. Don’t open yourself up to the possibility of regret: that you should have taken the photos when you had the chance, when the magic of your life and the people in it was present and vibrant.

Alive and full of mischief.

Alive and full of mischief.

Jerry’s family could have easily said, “No, not today.” And they would’ve missed out on an amazing opportunity.

I encourage you to get in touch.

I’d be honored to work with you.

Grandkid love.

Grandkid love.

The following dates have been set aside for late summer and early fall portrait session bookings of all types (family portraits, couples portraits, children & pet portraits, and large family gatherings, to name a few). Other dates may be available, too, including weekdays! Please contact me for more information about pricing and reserving your spot on our calendar.

Central Massachusetts: Sunday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 2

Northeast Ohio: Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17

Chicago area:
Saturday, Aug. 12
Sunday, Aug. 13
Saturday, Sept. 9
Sunday, Sept. 10
Sunday, Sept. 24
Saturday, Sept. 30

Jerry's wife.

Jerry’s wife.

Jerry alongside a family portrait.

Jerry alongside a family portrait.

One of our favorite things about spring: it’s 5k time for Girls on the Run-Chicago! Photos from this year’s events can be found here: Southwest @ Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet Central @ Grant Park, Chicago North @ College of Lake County, Grayslake You will be required to provide your name and e-mail in order to view… Read more »

A group of girls celebrates at the finish of the Girls on the Run Chicago Southwest 5.

Stronger together!

One of our favorite things about spring: it’s 5k time for Girls on the Run-Chicago!

Photos from this year’s events can be found here:

Southwest @ Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet
Central @ Grant Park, Chicago
North @ College of Lake County, Grayslake

You will be required to provide your name and e-mail in order to view the photos.

Looking for past 5ks?

Spring 2014 @ Grant Park
Fall 2015 @ Montrose Harbor
Spring 2016 @ Grant Park

If you have questions or are interested in Tipping Point Photography coverage for your own event or 5k, or if you’re part of a nonprofit or small business and interested in how we can help you reach your business goals, you can contact us here.

See a sampling of our nonprofit and small business services.

Dad hugs his daughter at the finish line of the Girls on the Run Chicago Southwest 5k

We did it!

When Tipping Point Photography began, it was built on the idea that photos can be drivers of social change. There are many iconic images that have graced the pages of magazines like National Geographic and Time magazines that have brought tears to our eyes, punched us in the gut and raised our awareness of the… Read more »

When Tipping Point Photography began, it was built on the idea that photos can be drivers of social change. There are many iconic images that have graced the pages of magazines like National Geographic and Time magazines that have brought tears to our eyes, punched us in the gut and raised our awareness of the plight of people and places beyond the radius of our daily lives. A quick spin through the gallery of Pulitzer Prize-winning photos at the Newseum last month offers a good overview–you’ll probably recognize more than a few of them. If you can’t make it to the Newseum in person, this article has a brief overview of what you’ll find there.

(Speaking of iconic images, I just uncovered this awesome collection of the 170,000 photographs created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) between 1935 and 1945. You can browse by photographer, by date and by location, and you can also check out this fantastic map of the photographers’ work. Dorthea Lange is one of my favorites.)

For me, this concept has expanded: it’s about the images I can produce, but it’s also about creating that spark for others.

Revolutions start with individuals who are empowered to tell their own stories and shine light in the dark places.

Liz teaches a young aspiring photographer.

Start ’em young! Photo: Haydee Lopez.

Photography is a fundamental tool to achieve this. I know this because it worked for me. If you’re going to play a part in social movements, you should know how to use this tool, too.

How can you get started? Spend some time with me. You’re already smarter than your camera, so don’t let it do the thinking for you. Together we’ll cover the basics of using your DSLR, and then spend some time taking photos and receiving feedback on the technical and creative components of your work.

This is a valuable opportunity for you if you:

  • *have a camera and aren’t sure where to start with using it;
  • *are already an avid photographer but want to stop using Auto mode on your camera;
  • *are a high school or college student interested in one-on-one time with a professional photographer;
  • *know and love someone who meets one of the descriptions above and you’d like to gift them an educational session with me. Look! I already took care of your Mother’s and Father’s Day gift shopping for you! 🙂

Let’s chat about how I can help you or your favorite photographer take your knowledge to the next level! E-mail me today.

Until then, keep calm and click on. 🙂

It’s time for another Headshot Day! We’re setting up shop again in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village for an afternoon of studio headshots. Four 30-minute slots are available (12:00, 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30pm), and the session fee of $165 includes digital files.  Book your session now–select “Headshot Day (Studio): Sunday, April 2, 2017” as your service. Why a headshot?… Read more »

HeadshotIt’s time for another Headshot Day!

We’re setting up shop again in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village for an afternoon of studio headshots. Four 30-minute slots are available (12:00, 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30pm), and the session fee of $165 includes digital files. 

Book your session now–select “Headshot Day (Studio): Sunday, April 2, 2017” as your service.

Why a headshot? It’s time to put your best face on your online presence, whether that’s a professional one or a personal one. These studio sessions are a great way to get a photo you can use for LinkedIn. Remember that it’s a competitive job market out there, and investing in a good quality photo is an investment in your career!

HeadshotWhile you’re checking your calendar for April 2, here’s a tip for you related to what to wear for your headshots: avoid black.

Sure, the “little black dress” is a wardrobe staple, but the truth is that black attire–and in the case of headshots, a black jacket or top–makes almost everyone look washed out in photos.

HeadshotSo, what can you do to look your best?

* Wear a sportcoat/suit/blazer/sweater/etc. that is not black. Excellent color choices for a professional look include navy, gray, deep purple. If you’re in a more creative field, jewel tones work well for most.

* Wear some color around your neck, such as a scarf or substantial jewelry.

Headshot* Wear a collared shirt styled so that you can wear the shirt collar above the jacket collar. This photo of Jo is a perfect example of this style.

Take a look back at a previous headshot tip post with advice about posture.

Join us on Sunday, April 2 for Headshot Day! Four 30-minute session slots are available at $165 each (includes digital files). Book your session now–select “Headshot Day (Studio): Sunday, April 2, 2017” as your service.

Interested in a studio or outdoor session on a different date? Send us a note to discuss your options! We’re also available for group headshot sessions for management and full staff teams, sports teams (including bicycle racing!), and networking events, to name a few! Contact us for more info.

In a recent conversation with a friend who is starting out on her own as a professional holistic organizer, she recounted the process of identifying her “perfect client.” On top of starting this new career, she’s a busy mom of two small children, so it’s essential that her marketing efforts focus on finding the clients who… Read more »

Hilary and Dave before the receptionIn a recent conversation with a friend who is starting out on her own as a professional holistic organizer, she recounted the process of identifying her “perfect client.” On top of starting this new career, she’s a busy mom of two small children, so it’s essential that her marketing efforts focus on finding the clients who are the best fit for her services and style, with the result of a mutually rewarding experience.

Our last event of 2016 was Hilary and Dave’s wedding (hi, lovebirds!) at Salvage One in Chicago, and weddings were the very genesis of our business partnership, so it seems a perfect place to start when defining our perfect client–that is, the client that is perfect for us!

Our post from last month discussing our values is a good foundation for what we’re looking for in our clients on a broad scale. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Chicago, the Midwest or New England, keep reading to get a sense of whether we’re compatible! You can also check out our gallery to see past weddings, or use the Contact Us form to tell us more about you and your upcoming celebration.
Family fun with the Lippmans.

When it comes to wedding clients, we’re looking for…

Clients who are interested in documenting the day.
Love is beautiful, but it is also raw and stressful and passionate and all sorts of other things they don’t cover in Hollywood movies and bridal magazines. We come to your wedding seeking authentic moments representing this full range of emotions and experiences. We aren’t magicians who can transform the day into a memorable fairytale, though we can do some pretty cool things with natural light and the few studio lights we bring with us. We are focused on documenting all the things you see (and don’t see), and looking for those candid, emotion-filled moments. Something breaks, someone cries, someone acts totally crazy on the dance floor, someone makes silly faces? Oh yes, we’ll cover it.

Guests dancing

 

Clients who are open to collaboration.
We’ve done this a lot. We’ve also had a fair amount of event planning experience at our day jobs. When you’re considering the flow of your day and how photos will play into the game plan, we can offer sage advice on that and make recommendations that will ensure 1) less stress for you and 2) the right amount of time for us to take the photos you want. Clients who collaborate with us on schedules, among other things, are a great fit for us.

Parents of the bride

 

Clients who are flexible.
Life happens. We’re used to going with the flow and adjusting for less-than-perfect conditions. We like clients who can come along for the ride and trust us to make lemons out of lemonade when necessary…or make lemons look extremely photogenic.

Mothers of the bride
Clients who want photographers who feel like they’re part of the family.
We enjoy getting to know our clients, their bridal parties and all of the family members and friends we’ll be spending the day with. Building these relationships help us blend seamlessly into the background of the event–we’ve been dubbed “photo ninjas” by previous clients. But it goes beyond that: to quote a past father of the bride about his experience with us:

“You both were so professional and yet so amicable just as if you were our best friends, and that shows in your work.”

Clients who value photography as an important part of their wedding day.
Fun with the beautiful Hilary.
We think what we do is important. We appreciate clients who agree! 🙂

Are you looking for a wedding photographer in Chicago or the Great Lakes region (Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio or Illinois) in 2017 or 2018? Do one or all of the above statements resonate with you? We’d love to chat! All of our pricing and services are created specifically for your event. Use the Contact Us form to reach out and get the conversation started.

 

If you’ve been on social media at all in the past 12 months, you know that things have gotten pretty interesting in America, and not in a good way. As a photographer and as a human being who is committed to making society better, I have wanted to make a statement, but not a political… Read more »

If you’ve been on social media at all in the past 12 months, you know that things have gotten pretty interesting in America, and not in a good way. As a photographer and as a human being who is committed to making society better, I have wanted to make a statement, but not a political one…or, at least, not a political statement on this blog. This isn’t the appropriate forum for thoughtful and productive debate.

After extensive reflection, I thought the best statement to make here would be to articulate our values. Our values say much more than our “About Us” section ever could.

We value real life.
Early on in my photographer life, I considered becoming a journalist. That didn’t pan out for a variety of reasons, but the desire to document life instead of pursuing photography as fine art has remained, and it manifests itself in the images I present. It means that, if your kid pitches a tantrum at your portrait session and throws herself on the ground to protest the unfairness of life in general, I will take a photo of it. It means that I’ll spend the majority of time at weddings looking for those moments of raw emotion happening on the sidelines of the main event. It means that your headshots are going to look like *you.* While we’re speaking candidly, I will admit that Photoshop isn’t something that I am super skilled at, but even if I was, I wouldn’t use it to whiten or straighten teeth, or remove a double chin, or take that extra 15 pounds off. It is important to us to reflect you–the best version of you–as you really are, right now.

Girls jumping at Girls on the Run 5k.We value kindness and compassion.
These are important barometers for choosing who we work with. Who you love, where you come from, what language you speak, how you spend your time…we embrace you for all of these things, and want to help you tell your story.

We value communication and teamwork.
We ask questions to understand your needs, and make a plan that will help us best meet those needs during the course of our working relationship. We are transparent about our process, our pricing and what we can deliver. We work best with clients who are honest, collaborative and enthusiastic.

We value simplicity.
I have a whole backpack full of equipment, but I only use about 25% of it on a regular basis. Sure, that macro lens is very handy for certain situations when only a macro lens will do, but my fixed 50mm 1.8f and my 70-200mm 2.8f will deliver excellent results in the majority of the situations I find myself in with my camera. I keep it simple with lighting, too: natural light is always my first choice. When additional light is called for, a couple of small Speedlights and diffusing umbrellas will do the trick. Authenticity is preferred over perfection.

"To love and to cherish"We value love and friendship.
It’s how this business got started, and it’s been the focus of our photography ever since. In front of the camera, it means documenting love and friendship among couples, families and siblings, as well as documenting love of careers, passions, places and things. Behind the camera, it’s relationships with people who started as clients and have ended up as friends. Aside from the actual photos, this is one of the most satisfying parts of this business.

We are looking forward to another year of living out these values every day. If you’d like to work with us in 2017, you can see an overview of our services, view our portfolio, and contact us.

  2016 marks the first calendar year of Tipping Point Photography as a full-time venture…and adventure! The year by the numbers: =10 states visited with our cameras, including the east and west coasts; =one epic bicycling adventure, photographed and chronicled on The Chainlink; other sports photography fun with cyclocross races, marathons and two spirited bike… Read more »

Liz and Jon at a museum holding shells.

 

2016 marks the first calendar year of Tipping Point Photography as a full-time venture…and adventure!

The year by the numbers:

  • =10 states visited with our cameras, including the east and west coasts;
  • =one epic bicycling adventure, photographed and chronicled on The Chainlink;
  • other sports photography fun with cyclocross races, marathons and two spirited bike racing teams;
  • =just north of 66,000(!) photos taken, more than doubling the 2015 photo count;
  • =7 nonprofits supported through programming and event photography;
  • =38 portrait sessions encompassing couples, kids, dogs, cats and extended families;
  • =more than 150 headshots for individuals, business teams and job seekers;
  • =and one gorgeous new website created in partnership with Strassel Creative.

There were also lots of lovely little moments that inspired us, warmed our hearts, made us jump for joy, challenged us to do better and affirmed that we are doing the thing we are meant to be doing. These moments were the perfect antidote to some significant challenges we faced in life outside of work, including a three week bout with the flu-turned-pneumonia that has consumed the majority of this December. We’re sharing those uplifting, chuckle-inducing moments on our Tipping Point Photography Facebook page and Instagram feed between now and New Year’s day.

We appreciate all of the support and enthusiasm for our work in 2016! We’re carrying that good energy with us as we sign off for reflection time and goal-setting for 2017. 

Wishing all of you a safe New Year–see you on the flipside!

Liz & Jon

 

 

Sadly, this is our last race of the season, both for racing and photo coverage! Even more sad is the illness that has gripped our household for the last two weeks, which has delayed posting of race photos. Keep reading for more details…. Also, if you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’ve wandered over… Read more »

Sadly, this is our last race of the season, both for racing and photo coverage! Even more sad is the illness that has gripped our household for the last two weeks, which has delayed posting of race photos. Keep reading for more details….

Juniors race at Montrose.

Also, if you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’ve wandered over here from the Chicago Cyclocross Cup website. Welcome! 🙂 A few important tidbits of info are below, but once you’ve read through everything, consider visiting our gallery, learning more about the services we offer, checking out other blog posts including our recent one on RAGBRAI, or contacting us with any inquiries.

It was CHILLY on Championship Sunday! Even with an extreme amount of wool and waterproof layers, I only survived until Lap 2 of the Cat 4 race and then had to retreat to the car. It was a great day as far as light and course conditions, though, and that makes the frozen fingers worth it. 🙂 I also got a chance to race…er, participate in the Women’s 1/2/3s. I love sand, and it was a great way to close out a season that was more photo-ing than racing, and to remind myself that I should probably train and get a few more races in during the 2017 season because I *LOVE* this sport.

Links below will take you to albums for each race from Montrose. Races that are not linked are not posted yet. Unfortunately, a few days after Montrose I was stricken with the flu, which hung around long enough to fester and become pneumonia. Merry Christmas to me! 🙂 I’ll keep chipping away at edits over Christmas and should have everything wrapped up before the New Year. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding!

When you access the albums, you’ll be asked to sign in with your name and e-mail. Prints can be ordered from our professional lab using this album. High-res digital files can be purchased directly from me: $22 for the first file from the season, and $18 for each additional file. Note the file number and contact me at liz@tippingpointphoto.com.

Men's 4s in the mud at Montrose.Remember to respect your CCC photographers: swiping images and using them without paying for them is guaranteed to bring you bad racing karma.

ALBUM LINKS:
Masters 45, 55+
Single Speed and Juniors 15-18
Women Cat 4 and Juniors 9-14
Cat 4

Looking for other race photos? Check the blog homepage for other entries with photo links.

Show off your love of cyclocross at your home or office! I recently custom framed the popular “Colder Days Ahead” print for a longtime ChiCrossCup racer, and found the most perfect bicycle tire-inspired frame for it! If you’d like this gorgeous piece of art hanging on the wall of your home or office, it’s available with this frame at the following sizes and prices (shipping not included): 11×14 ($255); 16×20 ($340); and 20×24 ($400).

colderdaysahead-framedSnow and ice not your thing? I’ve got some other options in the TPP online store. E-mail me at liz@tippingpointphoto.com if you see something you like!

Finally, consider working with Tipping Point Photography for something other than bike racing! Send me an e-mail for more info on pricing and availability. Sign up for the monthly-ish newsletter, too, so we can keep in touch in the off-season.

Enjoy the photos and thanks for your support!

If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’ve wandered over here from the Chicago Cyclocross Cup website. Welcome! 🙂 A few important tidbits of info are below, but once you’ve read through everything, consider visiting our gallery, learning more about the services we offer, checking out other blog posts including our recent one on… Read more »

If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’ve wandered over here from the Chicago Cyclocross Cup website. Welcome! 🙂 A few important tidbits of info are below, but once you’ve read through everything, consider visiting our gallery, learning more about the services we offer, checking out other blog posts including our recent one on RAGBRAI, or contacting us with any inquiries.

Women 1/2/3 descend into the basin.

It was CHILLY on Sunday! Even with an extreme amount of wool layers, I only survived until Lap 2 of the Cat 4 race and then had to retreat to the car. It was a great day as far as light and course conditions, though, and that makes the frozen fingers worth it. 🙂

Junior women racing in the sandpit.Links below will take you to albums for each race from Melas Park. Races that are not linked are not posted yet. It will probably take about 10 days to post everything.

You’ll be asked to sign in with your name and e-mail. Prints can be ordered from our professional lab using this album. High-res digital files can be purchased directly from me: $22 for the first file from the season, and $18 for each additional file. Note the file number and contact me at liz@tippingpointphoto.com.

Remember to respect your CCC photographers: swiping images and using them without paying for them is guaranteed to bring you bad racing karma.

Looking for other race photos? Check the blog homepage for other entries with photo links.

Show off your love of cyclocross at your home or office! I recently custom framed the popular “Colder Days Ahead” print for a longtime ChiCrossCup racer, and found the most perfect bicycle tire-inspired frame for it! If you’d like this gorgeous piece of art hanging on the wall of your home or office, it’s available for a limited time with this frame at the following sizes and prices (shipping not included): 11×14 ($255); 16×20 ($340); and 20×24 ($400).

colderdaysahead-framedSnow and ice not your thing? I’ve got some other options in the TPP online store. E-mail me at liz@tippingpointphoto.com if you see something you like!

Finally, consider working with Tipping Point Photography before the end of the season! Family portrait session dates are still available through Thanksgiving, a headshot day is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 and we can help small businesses and nonprofits with year-end events. Send me an e-mail for more info on pricing and availability. Sign up for the monthly-ish newsletter, too, so we can keep in touch in the off-season.

Enjoy the photos and thanks for your support!

If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’ve wandered over here from the Chicago Cyclocross Cup website. Welcome! 🙂 A few important tidbits of info are below, but once you’ve read through everything, consider visiting our gallery, learning more about the services we offer, checking out other blog posts including our recent one on… Read more »

If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’ve wandered over here from the Chicago Cyclocross Cup website. Welcome! 🙂 A few important tidbits of info are below, but once you’ve read through everything, consider visiting our gallery, learning more about the services we offer, checking out other blog posts including our recent one on RAGBRAI, or contacting us with any inquiries.

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It was a gorgeous day out at Indian Lakes Resort, and it was wonderful to see so many smiling familiar faces and meet some new ones! Photo editing is underway, though it may be a few days before our unacclimated fingers thaw out.

Links below will take you to albums for each race from ILR. You’ll be asked to sign in with your name and e-mail. Prints can be ordered from our professional lab using this album. High-res digital files can be purchased directly from me: $22 for the first file from the season, and $18 for each additional file. Note the file number and contact me at liz@tippingpointphoto.com.

Indian Lakes Cyclocross - M123Remember to respect your CCC photographers: swiping images and using them without paying for them is guaranteed to bring you bad racing karma.

Looking for other race photos? Check the blog homepage for other entries with photo links.

Show off your love of cyclocross at your home or office! I recently custom framed the popular “Colder Days Ahead” print for a longtime ChiCrossCup racer, and found the most perfect bicycle tire-inspired frame for it! If you’d like this gorgeous piece of art hanging on the wall of your home or office, it’s available for a limited time with this frame at the following sizes and prices (shipping not included): 11×14 ($255); 16×20 ($340); and 20×24 ($400).

colderdaysahead-framedSnow and ice not your thing? I’ve got some other options in the TPP online store. E-mail me at liz@tippingpointphoto.com if you see something you like!

Finally, consider working with Tipping Point Photography before the end of the season! Family portrait session dates are still available through Thanksgiving, a headshot day is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 and we can help small businesses and nonprofits with year-end events. Send me an e-mail for more info on pricing and availability. Sign up for the monthly-ish newsletter, too, so we can keep in touch in the off-season.

Enjoy the photos and thanks for your support!

Now more than ever it’s important to put your best face forward: LinkedIn, Facebook, dating websites…all of them require some sort of headshot. Truth be told, headshot sessions are my favorite: working with someone one-on-one so they look like their best selves, but *still* themselves, is a very rewarding experience for me. The feeling seems… Read more »

Gregory. © Tipping Point Photography. Now more than ever it’s important to put your best face forward: LinkedIn, Facebook, dating websites…all of them require some sort of headshot. Truth be told, headshot sessions are my favorite: working with someone one-on-one so they look like their best selves, but *still* themselves, is a very rewarding experience for me. The feeling seems to be mutual, as past clients–some of whom are terrified of the whole headshot experience going in–have described their TPP headshot sessions as fun and (relatively) stress-free.

If you’re having a formal photo taken soon–headshot, bride, bridesmaid, family portraits or something else fun and important–the tip below on posture will help you look fantastic and confident.

If you’d like to schedule a headshot session with me, scroll to the bottom of this post for details!

Elizabeth. © Tipping Point PhotographyDid your mom constantly tell you to stand up straight when you were growing up? She may have had the right idea. Nothing shows more clearly that “posture matters” than brides and bridesmaids in strapless dresses. This is also true–if less evident–when your shoulders are covered. Prior to any photo session, practice rolling your shoulders down and away from your ears. Pinch the bottom of your shoulder blades together like you are trying to hold a marble in that spot. This will cause your chest to stick out like a high school cheerleader, and this is exactly what you want.

Yes, this will feel extremely awkward. Why? Because we never stand like this, and because life is in constant motion, the slope of your shoulders goes completely unnoticed in real time. However, once you freeze that moment in time in a photo, poor posture is readily apparent. Even more importantly, posture sends a message about confidence and professionalism.

If this sort of rolling and pinching movement feels challenging, your shoulder muscles could probably do with a good stretch. I found this excellent series of stretches over at Greatist, complete with illustrations. Number 14, “thread the needle”, is one of my favorites and is incredibly effective. Don’t forget to breathe! 

Alberto. © Tipping Point Photography.Do you need a headshot to start the new year? I am hosting a studio headshot day in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. We’ll be working with plain backdrops in a nice (warm!) indoor setting. Eight 30-minute session slots are available. Book your session now–select “Headshot Day: Saturday, Dec. 3” as your service.

I’m also available for group headshot sessions for management and full staff teams, sports teams (including bicycle racing!), and networking events, to name a few! Contact me for more info.

If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’ve wandered over here from the Chicago Cyclocross Cup website. Welcome! 🙂 A few important tidbits of info are below, but once you’ve read through everything, consider visiting our gallery, learning more about the services we offer, checking out other blog posts including our recent one on… Read more »

If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’ve wandered over here from the Chicago Cyclocross Cup website. Welcome! 🙂 A few important tidbits of info are below, but once you’ve read through everything, consider visiting our gallery, learning more about the services we offer, checking out other blog posts including our recent one on RAGBRAI, or contacting us with any inquiries.

One to go!

One to go!

I made the trek out to Hopkins Park on Sunday for some racing and a little bit of picture taking. Expect this post to be updated before the end of the week with photos from the Single Speed and Women’s 4/Juniors race.

UPDATED! View photos from the Single Speed/Juniors 15-18 race.

I’ll be making appearances with the camera at Campton, Indian Lakes and Montrose for sure. Check back at the blog homepage for links to photos from those races approximately one week after the race.

On a related note, I recently custom framed the popular “Colder Days Ahead” print for a longtime ChiCrossCup racer, and found the most perfect bicycle tire-inspired frame for it! If you’d like this gorgeous piece of art hanging on the wall of your home or office, it’s available for a limited time with this frame at the following sizes and prices (shipping not included): 11×14 ($255); 16×20 ($340); and 20×24 ($400).

colderdaysahead-framedSnow and ice not your thing? I’ve got some other options in the TPP online store. Place your framed print order before Oct. 31 by e-mailing me at liz@tippingpointphoto.com. All orders will be ready for delivery, pickup or shipping by Thanksgiving week.

Finally, consider working with Tipping Point Photography before the end of the season! Family portrait session dates are still available through Thanksgiving, a headshot day is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 and we can help small businesses and nonprofits with year-end events. Send me an e-mail for more info on pricing and availability. Sign up for the monthly-ish newsletter, too, so we can keep in touch in the off-season.

Thanks for your support! See you at the races, if not sooner.

Two years. It’s been two years since we lost our best friend–our “heart dog”. She wasn’t a dog, really. She was a human living among us in a short, muscular, wiggly, furry, four-pawed body. She loved enthusiastically and unconditionally. The feeling was mutual. The first year of her absence was hard. Physically, the loss manifested… Read more »

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Ariel at a cyclocross race. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

Two years.

It’s been two years since we lost our best friend–our “heart dog”. She wasn’t a dog, really. She was a human living among us in a short, muscular, wiggly, furry, four-pawed body. She loved enthusiastically and unconditionally. The feeling was mutual.

The first year of her absence was hard. Physically, the loss manifested as exhaustion, low motivation and lack of interest in fun things (bike racing! dinner parties!). Emotionally, my threshold for nonsense and wasted energy was ZERO. I’ve always been motivated to move things forward, solve problems, create awesome things that educate and promote growth in a variety of ways. I’ve been lucky to have professional jobs that align with that. During this first year, I had no tolerance for anything that stood in the way of that forward progress.

The second year has handed us significant losses, too. Among them, a friend’s inoperable brain tumor, the death of two charming canines we adored, a sweet little girl gone much too soon and the grandmother I was lucky enough to gain by marriage. And, while we didn’t know her, urban cyclist Anastasia Kondrasheva’s death earlier this week has brought a cloud of sadness over this bike-loving household.

Ghost Bike Installation for Anastasia. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

Ghost Bike Installation for Anastasia. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

But something has shifted, and this news in the second year has been received differently by my brain, my heart and my body. I am saddened by these losses, but I am no longer in a panic. I feel them very deeply, but they do not leave me second-guessing my daily existence and my purpose—my raison d’etre.

Death and loss aside, the question I’ve been preoccupied with for much of the last half-decade is this: “How do we know when our life is half over?”

We don’t. But how would we live differently if we knew we were over the hump?

I’ve changed how I’m living now that I live with grief as a part of my life. Today, one year into full-time photography work, there is a “there’s not a moment to waste” urgency in my being that coexists with a deep contentment and fulfillment that I have never known before in my life. I feel these things acutely with all of the work that I am doing these days: family portraits, weddings, nonprofit event and program coverage…even headshot sessions are downright magical and satisfying. It’s freaking amazing.

To be clear, this post is not intended to be—and should not be—a call to you to quit your 9-to-5 and leap into your passion to make a living at it. Those of you reading who know me well know that there has to be a plan. Truth be told, there should be a Plan A, Plan B and probably a Plan C, and in case that one fails…

You get the idea. To make a living at your passion, you do actually need to be able to make a living: market demand for services, competition, health insurance, retirement savings and all that. But beyond making a living, you do need to be able to make a life. I emerged from the cloak of grief with a keen sense of direction about what that life should look like for me. Today. Right now. And it will continue to evolve, but with my priorities and values as a reliable compass. If I am advocating for anything, it is tuning into your own priorities and values: rejecting the superficial in favor of the authentic, and making your life decisions accordingly.

I am not waiting for the second act to earn a standing ovation. You shouldn’t either.

We recently ventured out to Iowa for the 44th edition of RAGBRAI: the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. For Jon, this was his second ride experience. I was a RAGBRAI virgin. I wrote an article about my experience for The Chainlink, an online Chicago cycling community. And–of course–I documented my experience with… Read more »

We recently ventured out to Iowa for the 44th edition of RAGBRAI: the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. For Jon, this was his second ride experience. I was a RAGBRAI virgin. I wrote an article about my experience for The Chainlink, an online Chicago cycling community. And–of course–I documented my experience with my camera.

Campsite in Shenandoah. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

Campsite in Shenandoah. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

If Iowa had a dating profile, a top requirement would be a love of hills: long, steep climbs; fast and exhilarating descents; and gentle rollers that provide an opportunity to test your shifting abilities. A trek through southern Iowa’s roads provides all of these opportunities in spades. It was the main feature of the 2016 RAGBRAI route, with almost 10,000 feet of climbing across 183 miles. And that’s just the first three days. See the full route and elevation info here.

Day 6: Colliver Farm. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

Day 6: Colliver Farm. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

These hills can feel like punishment. They test your love with every pedal stroke. But if you stay committed and keep showing up in spite of the weather, in spite of the headwinds, and in spite of the pain you will undoubtedly feel in your quads and your undersides, Iowa will reward you ten thousand fold.

The reward is time spent with Iowans who genuinely, earnestly want nothing more than to share their beautiful state with you. And it is a beautiful state, with green farm fields lining almost every road and charming downtowns arranged around tree-filled squares that are the perfect place to take a break from the road and take in some calories and some local music. It is quintessential Midwest America, and for me, there is nothing more rejuvenating than to take a respite from city life and live simply for a week: ride my bike, eat LOTS of good food, meet new people and breathe deeply.

Day 6: Sigourney. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

Day 6: Sigourney. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

Interactions with Iowans are good for the soul. On our shuttle bus ride into town, we commented on the signs on local lawns: “Free camping! Free shade! Free WiFi!” In Chicago, when someone is this overtly generous, they usually want something in return. This journey required a re-calibration of trust in other people. That said, don’t trust anyone who tells you that Iowa is flat. Those people standing on the side of the road at RAGBRAI yelling, “LAST HILL!” shouldn’t be trusted either. They are all liars.

Read the complete article over at The Chainlink.

See a small album of RAGBRAI photos on The Chainlink, or browse through 400+ photos from the weeklong ride. You’ll be asked to provide your name and e-mail address to view the album.

Day 6: Sigourney. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

Day 6: Sigourney. © Liz Farina Markel / Tipping Point Photography

 

The calendar is set and travel plans are almost squared away for the remainder of 2016! If you’re in the Chicago area, New England or northeast Ohio and would like to book a portrait session, keep reading to get all the info you need to reserve your date and time. Want to be the first to… Read more »

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The calendar is set and travel plans are almost squared away for the remainder of 2016! If you’re in the Chicago area, New England or northeast Ohio and would like to book a portrait session, keep reading to get all the info you need to reserve your date and time.

Want to be the first to know when we’ve got weekend portrait availability? Sign up for the monthly-ish e-mail newsletter.


How to Work With Us

First, read this handy FAQ that includes pricing, what the portrait session experience** is all about and what session length might be best for you.

Next, check out the dates below for weekend availability, plus dates for a visit to the Wooster and Cleveland, Ohio area in mid-September and a jaunt to the Boston area in late October. If you’d prefer to work together on a weekday or weeknight–maybe before the kids go back to school in a few weeks–we can do that! Just contact us at liz@tippingpointphoto.com to discuss availability.

Once you’ve settled on a date, you can use our new, easy peasy online scheduling system to select the session length, date and time that works best for you.

See you soon!

**If you’ve never worked with Tipping Point Photography before, the experience can be summed up in one word: FUN! You can see what we mean in the portrait section of our website gallery.


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Friday, Oct. 21-Monday, Oct. 24

WOOSTER & CLEVELAND, OHIO area:

Friday, Sept. 16-Monday, Sept. 19

CHICAGO:

AUGUST
Sat., 8/27
Sun., 8/28

SEPTEMBER
Sat., 9/10 – one noon time slot left: Naperville or north side of Chicago!
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The anticipation, the excitement, the JOY! The Girls on the Run-Chicago 5k is one of my most favorite events to photograph. Girls on the Run-Chicago is the local chapter of the Girls on the Run national organization. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which… Read more »

The anticipation, the excitement, the JOY! The Girls on the Run-Chicago 5k is one of my most favorite events to photograph.

Girls on the Run-Chicago is the local chapter of the Girls on the Run national organization. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. It’s a mission and an organization that I love. You can read more about their programs and learn how to support this awesome nonprofit at their website.

Check out photos from the spring Grant Park race here.

No password required, however you’ll be asked to provide your name and e-mail address to access the album.

Is this your first time visiting the Tipping Point Photography site? Welcome! Please stay a while and browse our gallery. Learn about how you can work with us for your people-focused photography projects, and check out our online store for some beautiful artwork, too.

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All images (c) Tipping Point Photography.

I have worked with a lot of families over the years, and my primary observation is this: being a parent is hard. I think being a dad is especially hard because much of what children really need to thrive–affection, attention, compassion and patience, among many other attributes–are things that men may have the capacity for,… Read more »

I have worked with a lot of families over the years, and my primary observation is this: being a parent is hard. I think being a dad is especially hard because much of what children really need to thrive–affection, attention, compassion and patience, among many other attributes–are things that men may have the capacity for, but are discouraged from providing based on societal pressures and norms. However, the moments I see between fathers and their children during my portrait sessions embody all of these good, vital things and more. It gives me hope about our future to see this love and connection on display.

A few of my favorite dad moments from the past year are below. You can hop over to our Facebook page or our Instagram feed for more.

Consider booking your own quality time with Tipping Point Photography: check out portrait session information here.

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HELLO! If you’ve been here before, you may notice that the scenery has gotten a facelift thanks to Strassel Creative. There are still some tweaks underway–particularly in the gallery section, where we’re overwhelmed with all the photo options that would look gorgeous in the new display format–but we’re so pleased with the final result. Hooray!… Read more »

The dogs know: summer is here, and it's time to frolic!

The dogs know: summer is here, and it’s time to frolic!

HELLO! If you’ve been here before, you may notice that the scenery has gotten a facelift thanks to Strassel Creative. There are still some tweaks underway–particularly in the gallery section, where we’re overwhelmed with all the photo options that would look gorgeous in the new display format–but we’re so pleased with the final result. Hooray!

If this is your first visit, welcome! 🙂 Browse the gallery and also take the time to learn about the kind of people-focused photography work that we do.

Are you looking for a Saturday or Sunday to work with us for headshots or family portraits? We’ll be available on the following dates in the following locations:

CHICAGO:
Sunday, June 19
Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10
Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17
Saturday, August 6
Sunday, August 21
Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28

WEST MICHIGAN:
Includes Muskegon, Holland, Grand Rapids and Benton Harbor areas
Saturday through Monday, July 2-4

Now that school’s out, you can always book a family portrait session on a weekday, too! And headshots services for you and/or your entire staff are always available on weekdays. Availability varies week-to-week, so please get in touch soon if you’d like to work together.

Our fall schedule will include Massachusetts (Boston and Worcester) and New York (Albany and New York City), but dates are TBD. Ohio and Pennsylvania may also make the list if there’s interest. If you’re in one of these geographic areas and would like to work with us, please make sure to contact us and let us know so we can work you into our plans!

We look forward to seeing you sometime soon! Now, go have a popsicle or a nice cold beverage and enjoy!

Winter and early spring are slower times for us here at TPP headquarters, and this year that slow time has been an incredible blessing! It’s an opportunity for us to play catch-up from the end-of-year rush; to take care of paperwork (like taxes!); and to explore the future direction of the business. This time is… Read more »

Winter and early spring are slower times for us here at TPP headquarters, and this year that slow time has been an incredible blessing! It’s an opportunity for us to play catch-up from the end-of-year rush; to take care of paperwork (like taxes!); and to explore the future direction of the business. This time is especially valuable in light of the exponential growth we experienced in 2011!

This exploration has involved A LOT of time spent engaging with new ideas and new networks of people, and in retrospect, each experience has rolled into the next and has put me on a new track that I’m very excited about. Don’t you just love when the universe flows along like that?

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I kicked off February with two days at the Disney Institute in Anaheim, Calif., as a part of my professional development activity for my day job, and then bounced straight into Community Media Workshop’s Social Media Bootcamp. Bootcamp was incredibly helpful–specifically, I learned a lot more about Twitter, and with this knowledge, I was able to connect with some really awesome people, including Michelle Ward, a creative career coach better known as the When I Grow Up Coach. Through Michelle’s tweets, I found out about the second annual Right Brainers in Business Video Summit, a free event hosted by the amazing Jennifer Lee who just so happens to be the author of the Right Brain Business Plan. For the last two weeks, I spent one hour of my day listening to video broadcasts of Jen interviewing a variety of wonderful and talented people involved in right brain business endeavors–access a complete list of speakers and learn more about the summit here.

Here are some of my takeaways–do any of these ring true with you in your business or personal life?

  • Be generous.
  • Sometimes “done” is better than “perfect.” What a powerful message for me, the recovering perfectionist!
  • Keep goals manageable.
  • Have a sense of success on a regular basis.
  • “Recognize that nobody is going to give you a stamp of approval to be a creative entrepreneur” – Jen Louden
  • “Heart-centered work is the only sustainable option.” – Excellent paraphrased words of wisdom from Mark Silver
  • Recognize the richness in your life: have a money jar that not only includes spare change collected from the couch, but all your other personal riches written down! Review jar contents frequently.
  • Focus on being a source rather than a consumer of what I want to see in the world.

So, now where do we go from here? One thing I’m pursuing immediately: gathering together women in my social network who are current or future entrepreneurs/solopreneurs/freelancers/consultants/”women of the world” (as Michelle Ward likes to call us!) for an informal mixer where we can exchange ideas and business cards, collaborate on solutions to our business challenges and celebrate why we rock.

In the long term, I’ve got a project in the works that I’ve been dreaming about for a while, and these experiences have finally given me the confidence and the certainty to go ahead and make it happen. Like, now. The details are falling into place. It’s going to be a journey, but a fun one that is going to change the world!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and this blog space for more information as these plans unfold–there will be photos, of course!

Posted on March 16, 2012 admin
Tagged #rbbiz, Chicago, growing, hope, learning, photography, right-brain business, takeaways

Well, 2011 is over and we are not only leaping into 2012, we are leaping into March already! (Speaking of which…happy Leap Year!) Where does the time go? Since January 1 I’ve traveled to both Texas and California, checked the first of two big day job events off my list for the year, and done… Read more »

Well, 2011 is over and we are not only leaping into 2012, we are leaping into March already! (Speaking of which…happy Leap Year!) Where does the time go? Since January 1 I’ve traveled to both Texas and California, checked the first of two big day job events off my list for the year, and done some serious thinking about where we want Tipping Point to go in the next few years. It’s heavy stuff, people. And in between all this thinking, there are still quite a few cyclocross photos to edit! I haven’t forgotten about you, bike racers. One of my 2012 resolutions that applies to all elements of life is to pace myself and not be facing burnout by the time July 4th rolls around. The reality is that the to-do list is going to get done a bit more slowly than my OCD personality would like, but I’m maintaining my health and sanity in the meantime. 🙂

Speaking of health, this first post of 2012 is going to be dedicated to the fabulous Kristin who I worked with last weekend as a part of my first official fitness shoot! Kristin is, in a word, AWESOME. If my life is anything like hers when I’m her age, and more specifically if I LOOK like she does, I am going to be a very happy camper. Kristin is off to participate in the amateur bikini competition at the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend, and this session was not only a chance for her to get some shots of her competition-ready body, it was an opportunity for her to get some practice strutting her stuff! We did some work that highlighted a very small sampling of Kristin’s fantastic shoe collection, and then moved on to activities like side plank and squats to emphasize her muscle tone and demonstrate her strength. And, because I am an artist at heart, we played with the lighting setups to get some gorgeous silhouettes. Good luck Kristin–have a blast at your competition!

Posted on March 2, 2012 admin
Tagged Chicago, clarendon hills, fitness photography, il, Illinois, mom, muscles, portrait, studio

As you may have noticed, we are a little short on space here on the website, so if you’re wondering where we keep all of those cyclocross photos, here’s the scoop: Most of our 2011 ChiCrossCup photos are housed on our storefront, which facilitates easy ordering of prints directly from our lab. The uploading process… Read more »

As you may have noticed, we are a little short on space here on the website, so if you’re wondering where we keep all of those cyclocross photos, here’s the scoop:

Most of our 2011 ChiCrossCup photos are housed on our storefront, which facilitates easy ordering of prints directly from our lab. The uploading process is extremely slow, and we’ve also been slammed with holiday photo sessions since early November, so we’re editing and getting things up as quickly as we can. Keep checking back for more photos in the coming weeks–we’ve got coverage of most CCC series races with the exception of Ted’s Doubletrack Adventure, and yes, because we’re early risers, there’s some Masters 40+ and 30+ in there!

We also have some photos posted on our Flickr account–check here for cyclocross sets. There are collections of the 2010 ChiCrossCup races, and the 2009 ChiCrossCup races.

There’s a handful of images on the Cyclocross Magazine website from the CCC New Year’s Resolution race weekend, and you can find those here (women’s coverage, day 1), here (men’s coverage, day 1), here (women’s coverage, day 2) and here (men’s coverage, day 2). Full sets will be on Flickr as soon as we get a chance to upload them.

And of course, we post things on Facebook. Have you “liked” us yet? We post a lot of updates here, too, because it’s the easiest way to share photo goodness with you when we’re on the road, so liking us is a way to guarantee plenty of awesomeness in your news feed. 🙂

If you see an image you’re interested in having printed or you would like to purchase a digital file, contact us at liz-at-tippingpointphoto-dot-com. Also, while we’re on the subject, remember that all images posted in any of these venues are protected by copyright, which means that you shouldn’t be swiping them off of any of the online spaces and using them in any way. Period. That includes using them as your Facebook profile photo. Thanks in advance for respecting this…and you can be guaranteed a lot of bad karma if you don’t!

Also, in case you don’t know us personally and just happened to find this site and post via the interwebs, you should know that we are both bike racers and photographers, and we have day jobs in addition to this very cool photography business we feel so lucky to have. We volunteer our time to come out and shoot these races. I know some of you may be wondering, “Where are all the photos from Race X back in October?” Well, we frequently find ourselves wondering “Where are the 25th and 26th hours of the day?” In all seriousness, though, we are working as fast as we can while trying to maintain high quality, meet client deadlines and keep our sanity. We always welcome inquiries via e-mail (liz-at-tippingpointphoto-dot-com), but also appreciate your patience!

Congratulations to everyone on a very successful 2011 ‘cross season!

Posted on January 2, 2012 admin
Tagged #cccnyr, bikes, chicrosscup, cyclocross, elites, ordering, racing

Holly is a fellow cyclocross competitor–though far faster than I am! Over the past few years I’ve taken several dozen photos of her at races, and I was so excited when she called me about taking some photos of her adorable pregnant belly and her pet pugs as a surprise for hubby Kevin. I met… Read more »

Holly is a fellow cyclocross competitor–though far faster than I am! Over the past few years I’ve taken several dozen photos of her at races, and I was so excited when she called me about taking some photos of her adorable pregnant belly and her pet pugs as a surprise for hubby Kevin.

I met up with Holly at her house in southern Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend. It was a great change from the usual urban settings I work with, and the large trees and lavender wildflowers were the perfect setting to capture this gorgeous mama-to-be…and two sometimes mischievous pooches. Now that she’s surprised Kevin and baby Max has safely arrived, I wanted to share these fun shots with you. A sampling from the set is here.

Are you expecting? Consider hiring us to catch some snaps of this unique and special time for you and your family. Rates and more info available by e-mailing liz@tippingpointphoto.com.

Posted on August 21, 2011 admin
Tagged beautiful, belly, Chicago, maternity, mom-to-be, portrait, pregnant, pugs, wisconsin

We met Greg and Kristin in summer 2010 when Greg, a fellow Chicago Endurance Sports runner, inquired about business headshots. We did a combo headshot and engagement session with them, and were completely smitten. In addition to being a good looking pair of people, there’s an amazing loving energy between the two of them. At… Read more »

We met Greg and Kristin in summer 2010 when Greg, a fellow Chicago Endurance Sports runner, inquired about business headshots. We did a combo headshot and engagement session with them, and were completely smitten. In addition to being a good looking pair of people, there’s an amazing loving energy between the two of them. At the time of the engagement session, they didn’t have a date nailed down for the wedding, but I secretly hoped that when they did pick a date, they would call us!

And so, on April 1, we were honored to be the photographers at their celebration. Little details like Kristin’s gorgeous jewelry and peacock-patterned clutch spoke of the simple elegance that characterized this event. With the threat of rain looming, we traveled to Union Station for bridal party photos–and made rush hour very interesting!–then settled in for the evening at Spiaggia. Much to everyone’s relief, a very nervous groom managed to stay upright throughout the ceremony, and Kristin surprised Greg at the reception with a L.A. Dodgers cake.

Check out all of the elegance.

Posted on July 23, 2011 admin
Tagged bride, Chicago, groom, Illinois, Michigan Ave, Spiaggia, wedding

What a day! Erin and Gabe connected with us through a mutual friend we know through Chicago Endurance Sports‘ marathon training program. (Thanks for the referral, David!) We’re always excited to work with new clients, but it’s especially awesome to work with a bride and groom who are committed to each other, and also to… Read more »

What a day! Erin and Gabe connected with us through a mutual friend we know through Chicago Endurance Sports‘ marathon training program. (Thanks for the referral, David!) We’re always excited to work with new clients, but it’s especially awesome to work with a bride and groom who are committed to each other, and also to working together as a team to have an awesome celebration of their marriage. In the case of the latter, mission very much accomplished!

Erin looked absolutely stunning surrounded by bridesmaids dressed in gray with beautiful yellow and burgundy calla lilies, and Gabe and his groomsmen were polished and witty in their tuxes. Once the gorgeous ketubah–painted by a local artist–was signed, the wedding party made their way from under the eaves of Glessner House to the Women’s Park and Gardens east of the Clarke House Museum. Under pleasantly overcast skies, the bride and groom exchanged vows and Gabe followed the Jewish tradition of crushing a glass underfoot.

We all returned to Glessner House for cocktails and socializing underneath tents in the yard. Following dinner, numerous heartfelt toasts were made, and it was apparent that Erin and Gabe come from phenomenal families, and are also lucky enough to have some fantastic friends, too. Post-toasts, a live band rocked the dance floor, and we were graced with the presence of a surprise special guest—you’ll have to check out the complete set of event photos to find out who it was.

Mazel tov, Mr. + Mrs. Schneider!

Posted on June 28, 2011 admin
Tagged bride, celebration, Chicago, city, garden, Glessner House, groom, Illinois, Jewish, love, mansion, park, photography, South Loop, urban, wedding

Now that the new site is up and running (with only a few hiccups to attend to), I can catch you up on some sessions from earlier this spring. I’ve been trying to connect with the Trapskin family for years now, but their visits to Chicago always seemed to coincide with the holidays, and of… Read more »

Now that the new site is up and running (with only a few hiccups to attend to), I can catch you up on some sessions from earlier this spring. I’ve been trying to connect with the Trapskin family for years now, but their visits to Chicago always seemed to coincide with the holidays, and of course, we were off visiting our own family at those times. I was especially happy to do this portrait session after having helped out with a more somber family event several weeks before. And with two kids as charming as Lucia and Isaac, this session did not disappoint in the uplifting department!
Despite the awful weather, we were able to take refuge at the Elmhurst Art Museum and let the kids meander about with the beautiful backdrop of paintings, sculpture and modern-looking furniture. Most of our time was spent trying to keep up with Isaac as he scrambled around on all fours. You can check out all of the fun here.

Posted on June 5, 2011 admin
Tagged Chicago, Elmhurst, family portrait, Illinois, little ones, rainy days

Throughout our lives, we’ve used photography as a tool for bearing witness to events and places–some sad, like New Orleans post-Katrina, and some happy. This past Thursday we had another change to witness and capture an event that was not only happy, but historically significant in the state of Illinois. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 was… Read more »

Throughout our lives, we’ve used photography as a tool for bearing witness to events and places–some sad, like New Orleans post-Katrina, and some happy. This past Thursday we had another change to witness and capture an event that was not only happy, but historically significant in the state of Illinois.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 was the first day in Illinois that same-sex couples were allowed to file for civil union licenses. On the following morning, the City of Chicago hosted an event at the northwest corner of Millennium Park where 35 couples were joined in civil unions. Thanks to social media, I was able to connect with Dan and Steve, a Chicago duo better known as the Hearty Boys, who were among those couples making their relationship official in the eyes of the state, and they graciously permitted me to be their guest at the ceremony. When it was their turn, Dan, Steve and 5-year old son Nate took their place in front of a judge. Standing on a pile of rose petals and following a beautiful serenade by a guitar-playing friend, they exchanged promises and sealed the deal, surrounded by family, friends and lots of cameras–mine included!

Despite a few protesters standing along Michigan Ave, the entire event was filled with grace, beauty and love. There was a peacefulness that filled the park, along with bright colors, many smiling faces and tears of joy. I was so honored to be able to participate, and to capture images like this one that convey the importance and spirit of the day. Thank you again, Dan and Steve, for letting me be a part of this important event!

Posted on June 4, 2011 admin
Tagged celebration, Chicago, civil unions, family, history, love, Millennium Park