Aaron Alexander Gordon is an ensemble member of the Hamilton: An American Musical cast in Chicago, Illinois. While on Broadway as a swing, Aaron plays the role of George Eacker, Robert E. Lee, as well as numerous other roles in the Hamilton Musical as needed. Being a Chicago Hamilton cast member and a phenomenal dancer, when we thought of how to create his creative head shot portraits, we decided to go down to one of the most vibrant areas of downtown Chicago, Randolph Street. Nestled along the streets lined with some of the best restaurants in Chicago, we found this amazing graffiti outside of Pizza Parlor and Sawada Coffee. Aaron began to dance, and the rest is history!
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Aubin Wise is currently Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds in Hamilton: An American Musical, and is an absolute force in her role. Her version of "Say No To This," written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is absolutely stunning, shows off her powerful vocal range, and left me with goosebumps long after the song ended.
If you ever find yourself in Chicago with an opportunity to see Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre downtown, don't hesitate to go. Aubin, along with the rest of the cast, will absolutely astound you.
Daniel Breaker, who plays Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton's friend and adversary in Hamilton: An American Musical is truly a gentleman's gentleman. Having starred as Donkey in Shrek the Musical, as well as Mafala Hatimbi in The Book of Mormon, Breaker is no stranger to fantastic musical theatre roles. He is witty, thoughtful, kind, and extremely passionate. Having seen multiple actors do a fantastic portrayal of Burr, Breaker's Burr will have you loathing the man, and then in the next moment, pitying him. He has a way of sucking you into the scene, and you can't help but enjoy every moment. Starting his role in Hamilton in Chicago, Breaker has since returned to New York City to Richard Rogers Theatre to continue his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the Big Apple.
Being a headshot photographer, Daniel is one of the most fun subjects I've had the honor of capturing. His personality, fantastic fashion sense, and irresistible laugh made it a joy to get to create for him. If you are ever given the opportunity to see Hamilton: An American Musical in New York City at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, I encourage you to take it. Daniel will amaze you.
Miguel Cervantes, a Dallas native, is currently the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago, Illinois. A fierce, scrappy, and ambition A. Ham, Cervantes takes the role originally performed by Lin Manuel Miranda and breathes life into it in his own, unique way. Having the opportunity to spend time with Miguel and hear his passion for not only his work, but even more so for his family. A fierce advocate for his daughter, Cervantes has not "thrown away his shot" to raise awareness for epilepsy, sharing his story through words and music. His single, "'Til the Calm Comes," features multiple co-cast members from Hamilton, and is a tribute to his daughter. You can find the single on iTunes and Spotify. Go check it out!
Sometimes clients want a simple head shot, and other times, we get a little wild and create images that really show off their personalities! When we moved into the creative portraits with Aubin, she asked if we could throw confetti and play with bubblegum. To which, I responded, absolutely yes!
Finding a photographer that gets your creative vision is so important, as well as finding one that understands how to execute the image to its fullest potential. When you find a Chicago photographer that is able to do this, you will find that your portraits share a little bit of you with whomever you need to wow, be it a head shot for an audition, or a personality portrait to boost your website.
Using a LOAD of confetti, a fun seamless backdrop from Dodd Camera, and implementing high speed sync on the Interfit S1 strobes, we were able to pull this fun image off for Aubin in no time, keeping us moving onto a new look with a new vision. When time is of the essence, finding a Chicago photographer who understands lighting is important.