PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog en-us (C) PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY (PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Sun, 28 Apr 2024 14:23:00 GMT Sun, 28 Apr 2024 14:23:00 GMT PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog 120 120 Granny's 92nd Birthday Bash  

   On March 3rd, 2024, we celebrated a joyous occasion as we acknowledged the remarkable 92nd birthday of our beloved Granny. With each passing year, her wisdom, grace, and enduring love continue to inspire us all. As we gathered together, we reflected on the countless memories she has gifted us and the invaluable lessons she has imparted. From her comforting embrace to her timeless stories, Granny's presence enriches our lives in ways beyond measure. We honor her legacy of kindness, resilience, and boundless affection. The day was filled with laughter, cherished moments, and the warmth of family as we celebrated the extraordinary life of our dear Granny. Happy 92nd birthday!

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Kayla Marie - In a Green City    In the heart of downtown Chicago, amidst the towering skyscrapers and busy streets, there resided a mysterious figure known only as the Lady in Green. Some whispered that she was a guardian spirit, watching over the city's green spaces; others believed her to be a wandering soul, seeking refuge amidst the chaos of urban living. In the heart of the metropolis, the Lady in Green remained a mystery, her true nature known only to the wind and the trees that whispered her name.






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Barilla @ Ruscello Nordstrom's in Oak Brook  

    The Barilla Pasta Company and The Ruscello Restaurant at Nordstrom's Oak Brook, hosted an engaging cooking demonstration that captivated attendees with the artistry of Italian cuisine. Set against the backdrop of the restaurant's inviting ambiance, the event brought together food enthusiasts eager to learn the secrets behind crafting exquisite pasta dishes.

Led by world renowned chef, Lorenzo Boni, the cooking demonstration showcased the versatility and simplicity of Barilla Pasta. From Mezzi rigatoni to innovative twists on traditional recipes, attendees were treated to a culinary journey that celebrated the rich flavors and textures of Italian pasta.

Throughout the demonstration, participants had the opportunity to observe the chef's techniques up close, gaining valuable insights into the importance of quality ingredients and precise cooking methods. As aromas filled the air and anticipation mounted, attendees eagerly awaited the chance to sample the delectable creations firsthand.

The event not only provided attendees with practical cooking tips and inspiration but also fostered a sense of community and appreciation for Italian gastronomy. Whether seasoned chefs or amateur cooks, all who attended left with a newfound appreciation for the art of pasta and a desire to recreate the experience in their own kitchens.


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Oliveraflower - Flower Lady    In the heart of summer, when Chicago's skyline shimmered under the golden rays of the sun, there was a lady known to wander the riverbanks, her presence as bright as the sunflower fields of the countryside. She was called the "Yellow Lady" for the radiant hues she adorned herself with. She had a deep appreciation for beauty, and she found it in the bustling cityscape as much as in the quiet corners along the river. With every step she took, her yellow dress swayed in harmony with the gentle breeze, casting a glow that seemed to illuminate the path ahead. She was a lover of beauty in all its forms, and she found inspiration in the vibrant energy of the city around her.


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Model - Oliveraflower

Stylist/HMUA - Hollypinkpro

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Chardonae - The Moon Goddess      Though the sun reigned supreme in the daytime sky, it was the Moon Goddess who held sway over the hearts of those who dared to look up and dream amidst the winter's embrace. She was the Moon Goddess in blue, with each graceful step, she painted the heavens with streaks of sapphire light, weaving tales of frost-kissed magic and silent serenity. Cloaked in garments of shimmering blue, she gazed down upon the world with eyes as luminous as the midday sun.

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Stylist/HMUA - Holly Pink Pro

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Shawnna - Lady In Red      In the heart of the bustling metropolis, amidst the sea of faces rushing by, there she stands – the Lady in Red. Her presence commands attention, a striking figure against the backdrop of towering skyscrapers and neon-lit streets. Wrapped in the rich crimson fabric that clings to her curves, she exudes an aura of confidence and allure that turns heads with every step she takes.


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Holly Pink "Transforming locks into works of art, where every snip tells a story of confidence, and every brushstroke adds a touch of beauty. I don't just style hair; I sculpt moments that speak volumes in every strand. Because behind every great hairstyle is a client who feels empowered and a stylist who believes in the art of self-expression."
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Cartagena De Indias Colombia  

       I recently had the pleasure of visiting Cartagena de Indias, and I must say it was a vacation that exceeded all expectations. This historic city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia is a treasure trove of culture, charm, and beauty. One of the highlights of my trip was the Getsemaní neighborhood, an artsy district brimming with street art, trendy boutiques, and a lively nightlife. The vibrant energy of this area is contagious, and it's the perfect place to experience the local culture and mingle with friendly residents. I left Cartagena with a heart full of memories and a deep appreciation for this enchanting city. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking a magical and immersive travel experience.

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World Fashion Festival 2023 - Day 1 & Day 3  

"World fashion is a constantly evolving, culturally diverse, and globally influenced industry that serves as a means of self-expression, reflects societal values, and is deeply intertwined with technology, sustainability, and economic factors."

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Runway LatinX 2023 - “Ritual of Fashion” Runway Show  

"In the world of fashion, individuality is the ultimate trendsetter.

Be your own masterpiece on the runway of life."

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Runway LatinX 2023 - “The Ritual of Fashion Meet the Designer Welcoming VIP Reception"  

"Embrace the runway of change, where style meets purpose. Where Fashion and Philanthropy Unite to Create a Brighter Tomorrow."

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Lakeview Taco Fest  

The Lakeview Taco Fest is a culinary event that starts with a warm tortilla cradling a world of flavors within. From the sizzle of perfectly grilled meats to the dance of fresh salsa and the creamy embrace of guacamole, the love of a taco is a journey through textures and tastes, a celebration of simplicity and complexity all rolled into one.

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Mario's Italian Lemonade/Ice    Mario's Italian Lemonade is a renowned Chicago institution famous for its refreshing and authentic Italian-style lemonades. Founded with a commitment to quality and authentic flavors, Mario's offers a wide range of fruit-infused Italian ices that are both refreshing and flavorful. These icy treats are made from fresh, natural ingredients, ensuring a delightful burst of taste with every spoonful. Whether you're craving classic flavors like lemon or strawberry or seeking adventurous options like mango chili, Mario's Italian Lemonade caters to all palates. The experience at Mario's is more than just about dessert; it's a taste of tradition and a refreshing escape from the summer heat. With friendly service and a wide array of flavors, it's no wonder Mario's Italian Lemonade is a favorite destination for those looking to cool down and satisfy their sweet tooth.

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Mural Alley in Pilsen As I strolled through the bustling neighborhood streets of Pilsen, in Chicago, IL, my curiosity led me down a nondescript alleyway that seemed to beckon with a whisper of the extraordinary. What I found there was nothing short of enchanting – an unexpected gallery of street art that transformed this humble passage into a captivating world of creativity.
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National Restaurant Association Show 2023 The National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago is a premier event that brings together professionals from the foodservice and hospitality industry. It showcases the latest innovations, trends, and technologies in the field. Attendees experience a diverse range of exhibitors offering everything from kitchen equipment and culinary tools to food and beverage products. The event also features insightful seminars, workshops, and demonstrations led by industry experts, covering topics like menu development, sustainability, customer experience, and more. With networking opportunities and a platform to explore cutting-edge solutions, the NRA Show is a hub for industry professionals to gain knowledge, make connections, and stay updated on the ever-evolving landscape of the restaurant business.

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Pilsen Fest 2023 Pilsen Fest once again brought together the vibrant and diverse community of Pilsen in Chicago for a weekend of celebration, cultural immersion, art, and music. This annual event, known for its lively atmosphere, rich heritage, and creative expression, showcased the best of the neighborhood's spirit.


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Johnnie's Beef - The Institution  

"Anticipation builds in line at Johnnie's Beef, where savory scents mingle with eager chatter, all for a taste of Chicago's iconic Italian beef."

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Dear Chandler, Dear Nephew,

     As you embark on this exciting journey through college, remember that you're stepping into a world of new experiences, growth, and endless possibilities. Embrace each challenge as an opportunity to learn and develop skills that will serve you well in the future.

College might bring moments of uncertainty but have faith in your abilities and the hard work you've put in to get here. You're capable of achieving remarkable things, and this chapter of your life will help shape you into the person you aspire to be.

Make the most of your time on campus by not only focusing on academics, but also by exploring various interests and building connections with peers and professors. Your college years are a unique blend of learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Remember that it's okay to ask for help when needed. Whether it's seeking guidance from professors, utilizing campus resources, or turning to family and friends, there's a support network eager to see you succeed.

Stay open-minded, adapt to new situations, and remain resilient in the face of challenges. Your journey through college will be a tapestry of experiences that will enrich your life in ways you can't yet imagine.

We're incredibly proud of you and excited to see the incredible things you'll achieve. Cherish this time, stay focused, and enjoy every moment of your college adventure.

With lots of love and encouragement,

Your Uncle T.



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Grand Opening, Grand Closing! It's a Graduation!  

As Chandler prepares to embark on the next chapter of his journey, I have no doubt that his exceptional achievements and remarkable character will continue to propel him towards even greater heights. His intellectual prowess, leadership abilities, and unwavering dedication to excellence will undoubtedly contribute to his future successes, whether in higher education, his chosen career path, or any endeavor he chooses to pursue.

Chandler's achievements as a valedictorian extend far beyond his academic accomplishments. He has demonstrated exceptional leadership, a compassionate spirit, and an unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on his community. I am confident that Chandler's future will be filled with even greater accomplishments and that he will continue to inspire those around him with his remarkable talents and genuine character.


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Sonny - Prom 2023 "The beauty of prom lies not only in the glimmering dresses and polished suits, but in the transformative power it holds, where dreams are woven into reality, and memories are etched in the hearts of those who dare to dance under the starlit sky of Prom 2023."

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Christian De'Mar - 40th Birthday Bash       On May 6th, we celebrated a remarkable 40th birthday party for our dear friend Christian De'Mar at the enchanting Dan Ryan Woods. The picturesque natural setting provided the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable day. From start to finish, the event was flawlessly organized, with exquisite decorations and delicious food. The live DJ's  had everyone dancing, and interactive activities kept the energy high. The atmosphere was filled with love and laughter as friends and family came together to honor our friend's milestone. It was a day and evening of pure celebration and cherished memories that will be treasured for years to come. Dan Ryan Woods proved to be an exceptional choice for a truly memorable birthday celebration.
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The Exchange - 224 S Michigan Ave If you're looking for a great dining experience, look no further than The Exchange! This restaurant truly has it all - delicious food, excellent service, and a cozy ambiance that makes you feel right at home.

First off, the food is absolutely fantastic. Whether you're in the mood for brunch or after dinner drinks, The Exchange has something for everyone. The menu is diverse and creative, with plenty of options to suit all tastes and dietary restrictions. The ingredients are always fresh and expertly prepared, ensuring that every bite is bursting with flavor.

But what really sets The Exchange apart is the service. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure you have a memorable dining experience. From suggesting the perfect wine pairing to accommodating special requests, they truly make you feel like a valued guest.

Finally, the ambiance at The Exchange is just lovely. It's a cozy and intimate space that's perfect for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends. The decor is stylish and modern, without feeling stuffy or pretentious. You can tell that a lot of thought and care went into creating a welcoming atmosphere that makes you want to linger and enjoy yourself.

Overall, I would highly recommend The Exchange to anyone looking for a top-notch dining experience. The food, service, and ambiance are all exceptional, and I can't wait to return for another meal!

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Meet Chef Tim         Working with a chef can be an exhilarating and challenging experience. Chefs are often highly skilled and dedicated professionals who demand the best from themselves and their staff. They work in fast-paced, high-pressure environments where attention to detail and consistency are crucial. I had the opportunity to work with Chef Tim Minefee at Barilla America, located in Northbrook, Il. With his guidance and expertise, I was able to gain knowledge and experience in my continuing culinary journey. It was a pleasure and memorable time working along side a world class chef! 
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LIL CHICO FROM TULEY PARK: OPENING NIGHT     The photo exhibit opening night was a stunning display of visual artistry, showcasing a diverse collection of photographs from artist/activist Isiah "ThoughtPoet" Veney . The event was attended by a large crowd of photography enthusiasts, art critics, and curious onlookers who were all captivated by the intricate details and unique perspectives captured in the photographs.


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Other artists featured at the exhibit: 

Performances by @jazstarr___ 



and is in conjunction with 

@ewrks_ service project “Creative Access”

Proceeds from both projects raising money to help support the arts program for 



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"Going Green: How People Around Chicago Celebrated St. Patrick's Day!"    

   St. Patrick's Day weekend in Chicago is a time when the city turns green, and the streets come alive with people celebrating the Irish holiday. On this special weekend, the city is teeming with people dressed in green, shamrocks, and other Irish-themed attire, filling the streets with an infectious energy.

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"The Fascinating World of Plants: Exploring the Wonders of Nature's Greenery"    

     Garfield Park Conservatory is a beautiful and expansive indoor botanical garden located in Chicago, Illinois. A visit to this conservatory is a truly enchanting experience that allows visitors to explore the wonders of nature in a controlled and accessible environment.


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) art chicago designer garfield park conservatory nature philip minefee photography plants Mon, 20 Mar 2023 15:47:48 GMT
Support Your Local Artists! I am in the pre-production stage of writing my first book, and shooting a short film focused on many Chicago artists. I am trying to raise the realistic goal of $5000.00, to procure key components of this production. This money will be used for securing talent, locations, equipment, food, travel, and final production. I estimate the cost to be upward of $10,000, therefore I have already invested  small fortune in this process. Thank you for any contributions received, even if it is only in the form of moral support.

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Archer Townsend art benjamin cottrell designs chicago designer family Fashion latonya hubbard LXAP music philip minefee photography Salon Sunday sickle cell anemia skooda chose Mon, 20 Mar 2023 15:41:28 GMT
Chandler - Always striving for excellence. Destined for greatness.  “Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) art Chicago family Fashion Milwaukee philip minefee photography senior photos Sun, 25 Sep 2022 14:19:18 GMT
Shower the baby with love and favor  

“You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known. And even that is an understatement.”

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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) art baby chicago family philip minefee photography wedding Tue, 05 Oct 2021 22:58:50 GMT
Love Is. You're nothing short of my everything.

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) art chicago family lOVE philip minefee photography Wedding Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:08:43 GMT
Courtney & Duane “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) family milwaukee philip minefee photography wedding Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:08:10 GMT
A Graduation Celebration for Victor! "The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) chicago family graduation philip minefee photography Sun, 21 Jun 2020 18:58:49 GMT
San Diego - All The Feels  

"I go down to San Diego to surf for the weekend, and I always come back perfect."


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THE ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF ART - CHICAGO 2017 Annual Spring Fashion Show  

“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.” 


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) art chicago designer fashion philip minefee photography the illinois institute of art Tue, 03 Oct 2017 04:02:47 GMT
K Styles Presents: My Mini Me Style File Series "The Photo Shoot"  

"Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they're gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that's a joy."


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Hair: NatashaRenee Robinson
Styled: Kesha Styles McBurnie 
Makeup: DV Wright





(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art baby chicago designer family philip minefee photography Thu, 11 May 2017 18:02:51 GMT
K Styles Presents: My Mini Me Style File Series "The Scene"  

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Hair: NatashaRenee Robinson
Styled: Kesha Styles McBurnie 
Makeup: DV Wright

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago designer family k styles k styles + Baron mini me philip minefee photography Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:02:26 GMT
K Styles Presents: My Mini Me Style File Series "The Show"  


"In our minds, youth stands for dreams, innovation, and new opportunities - or simply put, the future."

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Hair: NatashaRenee Robinson
Styled: Kesha Styles McBurnie 
Makeup: DV Wright

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Kesha Styles art baby chicago designer family philip minefee photography Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:52:24 GMT
"Your Perfect Find" by Paris Farrell Opening Reception at The Frame Shop    


 "To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle."

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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Paris Farrell The Frame Shop art chicago designer philip minefee photography Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:02:18 GMT
Hebru Brantley - "Eat Crap King" at Vertical Gallery Chicago         "I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life. If you're not trying to be real, you don't have to get it right. That's art."


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Eat Crap King Hebru Brantley Vertical Gallery art chicago philip minefee photography Wed, 01 Mar 2017 03:15:20 GMT
Baby Boss "Mr. Malachi"  

       I may be small, but I'm the boss!

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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art baby chicago designer family philip minefee photography Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:10:36 GMT
Do It For The Love - The Reception  


"You be my glass of wine and I’ll be your shot of whiskey."


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion chicago family philip minefee photography wedding Fri, 27 May 2016 02:15:11 GMT
Andreea DAVID Fashion Designer "Remember: Fashion Week is every week."


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Andreea DAVID Fashion Designer Andreea David Andreea David Collection Fashion Spoil Me salon and spa art chicago designer philip minefee photography spoil me salon Thu, 12 May 2016 21:31:24 GMT
Black Ice Winter Gala and Fashion Show Produced by JG Events and Adel Shaw “If what you wear says more about who you are then what you say when you speak, then my advice is to keep quiet and wear loud clothing.”


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago designer music philip minefee photography Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:28:10 GMT
Do It For The Love “To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.”

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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) animals chicago couples dogs love marriage philip minefee photography wedding wedding photographer Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:53:47 GMT
2015 Year End Review "When something seems true to me, it becomes part of me. That is how I learn."

         What can I say about 2015, a lot I guess! This year was spent taking on less projects and spending less time behind the camera. Compared to previous years, my motivation to attend so many events and find artists for creative development decreased tremendously. I felt I needed to pace myself so that I didn't start to develop any ill feelings towards my passion for photography. The life of an artist is often a tough one. There is a balance that is much needed like all things in life. I want to create as much as possible, but the creations aren't enough to sustain my lifestyle, so basically "work" has to happen to fund the movement. I have spent the majority of the year working on creative ideas, and also strategies that will increase my brand exposure. I am ready for the new year to show the world what I have learned so far. I am humbled by each and every one of you that take the time out of your busy lives, to share in a piece of mine. Thanks again! Here are a couple of shots from this past year. Enjoy.


Happy Holidays,

Philip Minefee


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago designer family philip minefee photography Tue, 22 Dec 2015 04:39:59 GMT
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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) latinofashionwk Fashion LXAP art bylatinosforeveryone chicago designer family latinofashionweek lfwistimeless philip minefee photography Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:16:04 GMT
If looks could kill Bill... "That's you, trying to disguise yourself as a worker bee. That's you tryin' to blend in with the hive. But you're not a worker bee. You're a renegade killer bee. And no matter how much beer you drank or barbecue you ate or how fat your ass got, nothing in the world would ever change that."

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Model: Sara Lai

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago chicago models chicago photoshoot designer philip minefee photography Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:12:40 GMT
"Be The Miracle" Presents SummerPalooza 2015 - An All White Party with a Purpose IMG_2960IMG_2960 IMG_2993IMG_2993 IMG_2982IMG_2982 IMG_2987IMG_2987 IMG_3006IMG_3006 IMG_3001IMG_3001 IMG_2945IMG_2945 IMG_2966IMG_2966 IMG_2973IMG_2973 IMG_2961IMG_2961 IMG_2952IMG_2952 IMG_2979IMG_2979 IMG_2999IMG_2999 IMG_3041IMG_3041 IMG_3018IMG_3018 IMG_3023IMG_3023


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion chicago family music philip minefee photography Tue, 04 Aug 2015 04:14:14 GMT
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) The Walk 2015 IMG_2082IMG_2082 IMG_2088IMG_2088 IMG_2135IMG_2135 IMG_2158IMG_2158 IMG_2186IMG_2186 IMG_2199IMG_2199 IMG_2214IMG_2214 IMG_2282IMG_2282 IMG_2357IMG_2357 IMG_2424IMG_2424 IMG_2434IMG_2434 IMG_2744IMG_2744 IMG_2476IMG_2476 IMG_2567IMG_2567 IMG_2539IMG_2539 IMG_2563IMG_2563 IMG_2659IMG_2659 IMG_2815IMG_2815 IMG_2846IMG_2846

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago designer philip minefee photography saic the walk 2015 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 23:33:38 GMT
Latino Fashion Week - Glamour "Bold people recognize that a single victory is not enough to sustain leadership. They work to create a series of actions that help the team gather confidence, speed, and power."
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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion LXAP art chicago designer philip minefee photography Fri, 10 Oct 2014 01:24:27 GMT
Latino Fashion Week - Love Your Curves "All I can say is that the only person that can stop you from achieving your goals is yourself. If you believe, then everyone else will too. Be proud of who you are and don't change for anyone."


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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago designer philip minefee photography Thu, 09 Oct 2014 03:33:38 GMT
Latino Fashion Week - Opening Night Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. It’s an expression of yourself. Every day is a blank canvas and it’s up to you how artistic you want to be.

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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) By latinos, for everyone Fashion LXAP Latino Fashion Week art beyond exceptional chicago designer philip minefee photography Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:08:06 GMT
Freedom To Be Human "There was a side of me that knew I was gonna change the game, but I didn't know how many people would respect it."

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Philip Minefee Photography | Suicide Girls | The Smoking Session from Lawrence Pearson on Vimeo.


Cressida Chillis
Ammo Vazquez 



 Holly IaintThru Pink

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Lawrence XA Pearson
Pipes, Gas Mask, and vest provided courtesy of:
Flag shirt and smoking shirt provided courtesy of:
(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion LXAP art chicago designer girls that smoke jordans philip minefee photography tattoos Sat, 04 Oct 2014 02:54:45 GMT
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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Haus Of Reign art chicago designer philip minefee photography Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:48:18 GMT
Dean Reid's Speedlite at the Beach Photographers workshop - Behind the Scenes (NO FLASH) The weather was a perfect 79 degrees, with clear blue skies. On July 19th, 2014, I had the pleasure of shadowing professional photographer, Dean Reid, at his Speedlight photography workshop in Chicago, Illinois.  The purpose of my behind the scenes coverage, was to simply watch a master at work. I am writing a book and directing a short film, and wanted to observe how Dean Reid captures that "perfect" shot. I was amazed at how effortlessly he directed the models, and was able to get such lovely poses using minimal verbal cues. He instructed the attending photographers on proper camera settings, angles, and how to correctly set up the speedlights. He also offered tips on how to keep the models skin glowing and radiant. Overall, the workshop was a huge success. I am extremely thankful for having the privilege of working with such a talented professional.

(All photos were taken without flash for behind the scenes coverage.)

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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion LXAP art chicago dean reid designer philip minefee photography Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:16:23 GMT
The 2nd Annual Red, White & Blue Birthday Fundraiser Benefiting The Wounded Warrior Project


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Host Committee:
• Jessica Larusso (Veteran - Army)
• Lonnie Rodriguez (Veteran - Navy)
• Lisa Walt (Veteran - Airforce)
• José Lopez (Veteran - Army)
• Raj Cherian (Veteran - Army)
• Alicia Roman
• Andrew Hart (Finnigan)
• Jeff Conway
• Jillian Conley
• Nishil Patel
• Peter Nicholas Stasiulis
• Vincent Anzalone
• Jordan Show

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion chicago designer philip minefee photography wounded warrior project Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:16:23 GMT
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: The Walk 2014        On May 2nd, 2014, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) held its’ annual fashion event, “The Walk 2014”. This event was held in downtown Chicago, at the beautiful and lush Millenium Park. There was an enormous tent set up, that housed the runway show and reception. As the crowd gathered, cocktail refreshments were provided along with Hors d'oeuvres. This event was the culmination of one year worth of work by the fashion students of SAIC, in order to raise money for the student scholarships.


Walter E. Massey, Ph.D.

Walter E. Massey, Ph.D. is currently the President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a post he assumed in the fall of 2010. 



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Faculty member Nick Cave was awarded the 2014 Legend of Fashion. His three segments included his original artwork known as “Soundsuits”. These suits are made of many different materials. Some are made from human hair, beads, feathers, buttons, and sequins.  

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The Walk 2014 showcased many fashion forward designs, and truly unique styles never seen before. Here you will find some of my favorite and most outstanding designs from the night.

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Shot & Directed by: Lawrence Pearson of LXAP Productions

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(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion LXAP art chicago designer philip minefee photography saicfashion thewalk2014 Mon, 12 May 2014 21:09:00 GMT
Coffee with Carlee Marincic

How would you describe your professional interests?

Anything that let's me express my personality through my work. I love doing photoshoots mainly for the fact that I always have that leeway of tweeking things to make them unique to my talents.


Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?

 I will always be a huge fan of Betsey Johnson and Jeremy Scott. They both know how to do what they love to do with passion, and I love that you can feel it through their designs.

How would you describe your style? Consider anything and everything from color to historical eras and more.

My style is very unique, and I would definitely say I am heavily influenced by the fashion of the 90's right now. Everything from big daisies on my crop top, to my dad's grungy flannel. I love being crafty with my clothes. I'm always cutting or sewing something up!
What makes Chicago fashion unique?

 So many diverse people can only mean many diverse fashion senses.


What does fashion mean to you?

 Fashion means self expression at the highest form!


What distinguishes a good model from a bad one?

Good attitude and fun to work with. 22

Describe the atmosphere when you're on a shoot. Do you play music? Do you talk with the photographer between shots?

Cool, calm, and collected! I love working with Philip! We're always on that same level of creativeness, and it's great working with people that allow your mind to just explode.






*Carlee is currently working as a freelance hair stylist in Chicago, Il.  

*Designer - Archer Townsend

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Salon Sunday art chicago designer philip minefee photography Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:53:45 GMT
Q&A Session with Mr. Karnegie League, A.K.A. Skooda Chose
Who are you and what do you do?

I'm Skooda Chose. American rap star, lol, K-Town legend. Soon to be top 5 dead or alive!!! I spit stupid dope rhymes all the time, and hit dimes!


Professionally, what’s your goal?

To gain as much prestige as possible while simultaneously changing the world for the better!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My uncle Karl told me "dont lighten up, tighten up" lol in other words go hard!
Name something you love, and why.
My family, because these are the people that love me, no matter what in any circumstance!
What makes you angry?
D**k riders!
Should art be funded?
Of course, what would life be without the arts!? Art makes life worth living, and artists need to be mentally and financially stable to create his best works in my mind!
What do you love about your work?

 I love the reaction I get from my work...I need n!gg*s to say I cant believe your words! <jay z voice>

What’s your favorite body of work?
VULTURE KULTURE (Release Date: 3/10/2014)
What role does the artist have in society?  
The artist is a very integral part of society! We're like the motor oils that keep the vehicle of everyday life rolling. We create the music you listen to while you're driving, partying, watching tv, having sex, etc.  We help create these memories that people will cherish for lifetimes!
Is America so superficial that the best lyrical artists are surpassed and outsold by generic mainstream artists?
I dont think so. In reality lyricist are winning. Artists' like Ye (Kanye West), Em (Eminem), Hov (Jay-Z), K Dot (Kendrick Lamar), Rozay (Rick Ross), and Schoolboy Q are selling at the top of the genre. That other sh!t is microwavable, here today gone today! The catchy hooks and beats are definitely needed to grab the audience attention, but the lyrics are going to keep people a fan of your music! Long live the lyricist
(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago family music philip minefee photography skooda chose Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:35:30 GMT
10 Questions with Tesheena Marie "The world is your runway. So always walk tall and strut your best stuff."


How would you describe your professional interests?

Being that most of my career I haven't fit the typical fashion model measurements, my professional interest is to build a resume of great work as a model that will aid my interest in building a women's fashion brand to empower women of various backgrounds. The experiences that I've had being a proportion in between the standards, has made me pay attention to the fit accommodations in women's clothing. I hope that my example will lead more women to shine against society's boxes of what is beautiful in the fashion industry.



What's your background in modeling? When and why did you get started? Was it for the glamour? The money? Pure kicks?

I started out in h.s. at a modeling club after school. I was an artist and designer working on sets and was dared to hit the runway. Id been in heels since 6th grade and my mom is a diva, so it was nothing. Lol. During college for fashion design, I really started to pursue modeling because everyone told me I had the height and look. I found that I had a natural gift for runway. I Spent my first year of modeling doing trunk shows for department stores in downtown Chicago, and for designers coming out of the Merchandise Mart. That's where I was approached by a rep for Ford Models who suggested I submit to become one of their plus size models. I didn't get their attention the 1st 6 times I went to their office, but that's what motivated me to pursue this industry. It was not until my 7th audition, I got called into their office for a development contract. I worked with Ford for a year and a half. I completed two seasons of fashion shows, the Magic show in Vegas, and learned a great deal about the fashion industry. Since then I've worked as a freelance model for various production companies, trade shows, and a touring company.


Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?

My favorite model of all time is Naomi Campbell because she has broken so many barriers in the industry and has proven to be absolutely timeless on the runway. Everyone loves Tyra (Banks) as their model idol, but I love her more as a business woman. She is a prime example of how to show the world that there is no barrier for what women are capable of. Tyra exudes diversity, versatility and an essential perspective. However, this new comer Kate Upton has me in awe! Im happy, that as a model with curves she exists at her level. That woman is finally giving us "MEAT" in fashion!

My favorite designer would have to be Diane Von Furstenberg. Her brand embodies the image of a strong, sexy woman with many roles to play in life. She designs for real women, not just fashion models. Others, like Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs just understands a woman's body and how women want to be sexy yet classy. Every season I always want Bebe and Louis Vuitton's entire collections.


Which fashion magazines, websites, blogs, and catalogs do you visit most often?

Im obsessed with Women's Wear Daily. I want to know what the editors, buyers and fashion Gods of the industry deem the hottess, latest, before the public. Also Vogue, W and In Style magazines. Blog wise, I like Fashion Bomb Daily and Ford Model's blogs.



Where do you generally shop?

I love target because I'm a mom, but Zara, Express, H&M ,and im also a huge thrifter. I go nuts in thrift stores. I tend to find a lot of great designer label pieces just unworn, with tags still on them. There is nothing worse than wasted fashion. Dont buy it, if you're not going to wear it. You must love or need it, lbs.


What's your fashion mantra?

"The world is your runway. So always walk tall and strut your best stuff." Lol. Something my Diva Mom has always told me.



How would you describe your style? Consider anything and everything from color to historical eras and more.

My style is a sexy but classy type. A Dorothy Dandridge meets artsy hippie. I like to mix a little classic beauty elements with my urban artist vibe.



Out of all of the photos the photographer took of you, which is your favorite and why?

Thats hard to say and not fair, I have so many, lol. Umm.. ok, Shining Armor... the whole sunrise shoot, and the Butterfly shot. All were ART. They could also be brand ads in my opinion.


What makes "Chicago" fashion unique?

Chicago fashion tends to pull from a multitude of influences. We're never just on one track, we aim to be different and have a lilttle shock value.


What advice do you have for other aspiring models?

Study your craft. Practice. Everyone has to practice. Mirror time and walking practice. It builds confidence. It shouldn't be about vanity but angels and perspective. Know how you look at every angle. Y'all can thank me later, lol.




How do you prepare for a modeling shoot?

I try to get sleep at least 8 hrs. Water, lots of water and eat a large, but healthy meal at least like 12 hours before the shoot. I will do tear sheets from magazines, help with posing ideas on the side to keep the shoot fluid. A short workout for like 30mins.


How would you describe working with the photographer?

I think we vibe well together.  He's technical but will catch you in the moment from an artistic eye. It's always a pleasure working with him too because he gives you good direction when he wants something specific but lets you do you. Phil provides a great deal of balance. Fun but serious. 



(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago designer philip minefee photography Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:35:25 GMT
Laila's 1st year "I see who I want to be, in my daughter's eyes."



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The Pomeroy Apartments Annual Holiday Party “Love the giver more than the gift.” 

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PMP X SKOODA CHOSE X IRIDIUM CLOTHING CO. "Whatever you do, strive to be the best in the land."


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Featured clothing by Iridium Clothing Co. includes:

Iridium x Rik Villa Paisley T-Shirt

Perforated Leather V-Neck

Vegan Leather R-B-W Biker Sweat Pants

Leather Hexagon Pants

Twill Cotton Camo Pants



(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Iridium Iridium clothing co. art chicago designer music philip minefee photography skooda chose Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:16:43 GMT
NEXT Fashion Chicago 2013 “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.”



Mandel Productions along with Marco Foster



Hosted by:

- DANIELLA GUZMAN-Morning New Anchor, NBC5 Chicago

- ALICIA ROMAN-Meteorologist, NBC5 Chicago

- Marco Foster - Red Carpet Host




• Tamra Ellingson

• Gary Gonzalez

• Elena Bobysheva

• Meekis

• Cleons Clothing Co.

• Sarah Church

• Niala Conte

• St. Frimpong

• Contessa Bottega

• Mira Couture

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago designer marco foster philip minefee photography rose mandel rose mandel production Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:38:11 GMT
Vibrant Magazine - "Style Hard & Vibe Free" Fashion Show It's YOU. It's ME. It's VIBRANT.

Vibrant Magazine

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion VIBRANT MAGAZINE chicago designer philip minefee photography Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:57:40 GMT
Archer Townsend Fall Preview 2013 at The Underground Chicago Welcome to the party life...


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Archer Townsend ArcherTownsend Chicago Fashion TheUnderground fall2013 philip minefee photography Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:22:15 GMT
African Gala Nite - Behind the Scenes  
A smile can hide the truth, the mouth can whisper lies,
but the eyes always reveal what's hidden below the surface!


Fashion show featuring Sarah Church, RFD by Rachel Frank, Blank Nation Apparel, Allilamodie Original Clothes and Loveborne. 

Hair and make-up for all the models by Adel Shaw, Louis Chevere and Sarah Pelso

Models: Kimberly Bucki, Shannon Lee, Caitlin Carani 

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Salon Sunday 4 - The Morning After  

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."



  Asymmetrical Striped dress

 The Gage Motorcycle Jacket, our Favorite Tank, and our Favorite Leggings

 Mixed Media Tank and Scarf Top

Printed Baseball Tee

Hoodie Dress

Striped Maxi Dress

The Gage Motorcycle Jacket, our Favorite Tank, and our Favorite Leggings




Designer - Archer Townsend

Wardrobe Stylist - Tyaisha Robinson Generation Style

Hair/Makeup - Marquita Gatling-Johnson Beautiful ArtistryCarlee MarincicKelsey Moravec

Videography - Lawrence XA Pearson Lxapproductions

Models - Beba Georgieva, Taylor Griffin, Nataliya Govdyak, Catherine McCafferty

Photography - Philip Minefee

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Archer Townsend Fashion Salon Sunday chicago philip minefee photography Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:01:00 GMT
BROADWAY ROCKS FASHION “Fashion has the power to magically transform you, when you look good, you feel good.”


- Fashion Show Producer/Director: Rose Mandel, Mandel Productions

- Artistic Direction & Hair/Makeup: Adel Shaw, Spoil Me Salon & Spa

- Soundtrack by: Laura Bee

- Show MC: Jeff Conway


Fashions by:

- Cleons Clothing Co.
- Sarah Church
- Meekis
- Just Human by Yemonja Smalls
- LH Couture

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion chicago philip minefee photography spoil me salon and spa Mon, 08 Jul 2013 03:53:56 GMT
Jax Turyna         Jax is definitely one of a kind. As beautiful as she is, she is equally down to earth and an overall pleasure to work with. I had the chance to catch up with her in between the various projects she is involved in. We took a stroll along the beach and decided to just go with the flow of things. I was simply blown away by her presence and demeanor in front of the camera. I have a lot more in store for future collaborations with the lovely Jax Turyna. 




MUA - Holly Pink 

Holly IaintThru Pink

Model: Jax Turyna Jax

Videography: Lawrence Pearson


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Jax Turyna chicago jax philip minefee photography Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:46:28 GMT
"COME SAIL AWAY" Fashion Show and Fireworks on the Beach
Featured Designers: 
- Ramsey J. Prince 
- Rosina~Mae
- Angelique's Boutique
- Fly2Buy
- LV Jordan
- Indio Beer
- Nancy Angelair Salon 
- NENA Cosmetics
- CALM Natural Eco-Friendly Skincare
(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion benjamin cottrell designs chicago philip minefee photography Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:28:04 GMT
World Premiere of Choke On That J Davis Entertainment / Diesel World Productions released the eagerly-awaited “CHOKE ON THAT” sketch comedy DVD exclusively at the ICE Theater-Lawndale in Chicago IL on Saturday June 22nd, 2013.

“CHOKE ON THAT” is an uncensored, controversial sketch comedy, straight from the mind of Jay Davis. “CHOKE ON THAT” is a culmination of real life scenarios Jay Davis has experienced over the last two years. Sketches ranging from the hilarious prank show “You’ve Been Sh***Ed On” to different awkward moment situations he has encountered. “CHOKE ON THAT” is in your face, jaw dropping, sketch comedy that is guaranteed to bring more laugh out loud moments then any DVD of its kind.

Performances by: Sean Mornroe, Comedian Spidah, B.Self, Clark Jones, Jay Washington, and Lem Slaughter. Also special appearances from the Jay Davis Show: Rashida "Buff Bay" Lucas & Marvin "M-Dubs" Phipps.


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) chicago choke on that jay davis philip minefee photography teampervert Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:04:47 GMT
Antony & The Tramps @ The Hideout Chicago  

“We call it American Gypsy, because it wanders but isn’t lost.  Its a tramp, you can’t get lost when you’re in love with where you are.”

Formed in 2011, songwriter/director Antony Ablan began his search for a band–a group of musicians that could handle, with grace, the wildly eclectic and dynamic changes in mood of his writing.  “It was several months of working with all sorts of great players before I found the right fit.  When it clicked it was so obvious to me, I knew these were the right musicians, it finally worked.”

The Band
Kedgrick Pullums Jr. // Woodwinds, Organs, Pianos, Vocals
Joseph Messing // Guitar, Vocals
Chris Palmerin // Drum Kit & Percussion
Mattie Livensparger // Organ, Percussion
Erick Memmesheimer // Percussion
Daniel Huber // Electric Upright Bass
Antony Ablan // Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Vocals, Miscellaneous
And Guest Musicians:
Anthony Moser – Background vocals on Hayward Song
Johndavid Profit // Trumpet on Song for Sweet Thing
Megan Schillinger // Background vocals on Ninas Dream
Party of Tramps // Background vocals on Gypsy Crow #3 and Gold Rush

Excerpt from

Elephant Painting by: Antony &The Tramps from Brian Barnhart Jr on Vimeo.


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) american gypsy antony & the tramps bands chicago chicago bands music philip minefee photography Mon, 13 May 2013 00:02:48 GMT
Lee England Jr.  

The photographs from this collection are some of the very first images produced under the "PMP" brand. 

I had the opportunity to photograph Lee England Jr. in the summer of 2011, while he was street performing at the Taste Of Chicago. If you have never heard him play his violin, you are truly missing something special.  His dedication to his craft is heard in every song that he plays.  Over the years I have watched him grow as an artist. The first time I heard him play was in the student center at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale). He had a crowd of people standing around him, calling out random songs, as he played each one by either memory or ear. The feat was remarkable, because it was all done by one man and one violin. In the years thereafter, I have watched him share the stage with countless musicians. I have the pleasure to call him a friend, and watching his climb in the music industry is definitely an inspiration to me and my work.



Lee England Jr. on the violin


Lee England Jr. on the violin


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) chicago lee england jr. michael jordan of the violin music philip minefee photography street performance violin Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:59:47 GMT
Young Chop Presents 8TMG  


             Young Chop is a record producer from Chicago, Illinois, who is signed to Warner Bros/Chappell and Glory Boys Entertainment. 8TMG is Young Chops' label imprint. His artists include: Johnny May Cash, Rampage, YB, King Rell, King James, Roland Green, Louie Baggz, Starso Bangz, and Da Famous Lil Dave. Johnny May Cash, is releasing his first mixtape in the summer of 2013. He has appeared on songs such as "Louie Gucci" by Chief Keef, "Nothing" by Lil Reese, and "Trust None" by Chief Keef. Their debut mixtape entitled Young Chop Presents 8TMG, was hosted by DJ Victoriouz. Young Chop plans to drop another collective group project that is currently untitled.

Young Chop - Notable Production Credits

Chief Keef - Back From The Dead

Finally Rich (Love Sosa (with Dougie), Hallelujah, I Don't Like, Hate Bein' Sober (with 50 Cent & Wiz Khalifa), 3Hunna, Finally Rich, Kobe)

King Louie - Showtime (Pack So Loud, Want It All, Rap S#!+)

Gucci Mane - I'm Up (Super Cocky)

Ace Hood - Body Bag 2 (Yeen Bout Dat Life)

Starvation 2 (Root of Evil (intro), Fu(k Da World, MOB ft. Choo Choo

GOOD Music - Cruel Summer - I Don't Like (Remix) (with Kanye West, The Twilite Tone, Noah Goldstein)

Soulja Boy - Juice II (1000)

Young & Flexin (Foreign Cars)

Big Sean - Hall of Fame - (Guap, Mula)

Detroit - Woke Up

French Montana - Mac & Cheese 3 (Ocho Cinco, Yayo (with DJ Spinz), Hatin On A Youngin, Devil Want My Soul)

Pusha T - Wrath of Caine (Blocka)

Cassie - RockaByeBaby (Turn Up ft. Meek Mill)


*Special thanks to BIG BEN STAXX

Instagram @djbigbenstaxx

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) 8TMG Young Chop chicago music philip minefee photography Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:44:08 GMT
Downtown 88     The celebration of the life and talents of renowned Chicago artist Hebru Brantley, has simply been called the "best party of the year, so far". The party was held at Lacuna Artists Loft Studios in Chicago, Il, and sponsored by Hennessy Black Cognac and Skyy Vodka. The event brought many Chicago socialites together for a fun night, filled with creative artworks and classic hip-hop tunes spun by Q-Tip of the legendary group, A Tribe Called Quest. This was a must attend event on my list, and it definitely lived up to the hype. Check out more work from Hebru Brantey at

Downtown 88



(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Afrofuturistic Art DOWNTOWN88 HebruBrantley art cHICAGO downtown 88 hebru brantley philip minefee photography Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:56:47 GMT
Make A Wish for Sickle Cell Anemia Fundraiser & Mixer If the money we donate helps one child or can ease the pain of one parent, those funds are well spent.

Make A Wish for Sickle Cell Anemia Fundraiser & Mixer

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Latonya Hubbard chicago designer lh couture music philip minefee photography Wed, 10 Apr 2013 05:02:27 GMT
The FINE ART OF FASHION Performance & Runway Show Fashion is never in crisis because clothes are always necessary.


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion benjamin cottrell designs chicago designer music philip minefee photography Sun, 10 Mar 2013 16:41:46 GMT
Salon Sunday 3 - Behind the Scenes Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

Special Thanks to the Team:

Videography: Lawrence Pearson 

LXAP Productions

Reptiles and Fox: 

Vino Vendettareptiles Thekobracommander   

Hair and Makeup:

Marquita Gatling-Johnson of Beautiful Artistry

Jennifer Jane Whitehead

Scherronda Thomas


Ashley Nigl

Jacquelyn Mitchell

Melissa Chaidez

Shannon Lee







(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion LXAP Salon Sunday chicago philip minefee photography Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:36:09 GMT
Designing for SCA Red Carpet Celebrity Hosted Fashion Show The only genuine elite is the elite of those men and women who gave their lives to justice and charity.


Marisa Buchheit



Kiara Lanier


Jax Turyna


Mel Montesi



Dominique Jordan




(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion chicago designer designing for sca latonya hubbard philip minefee photography sickle cell anemia Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:29:17 GMT
Salon Sunday 3  

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. 



Special Thanks to the Team:

Videography: Lawrence Pearson 

LXAP Productions

Reptiles and Fox: 

Vino Vendettareptiles Thekobracommander   

Hair and Makeup:

Marquita Gatling-Johnson of Beautiful Artistry

Jennifer Jane Whitehead

Scherronda Thomas


Ashley Nigl

Jacquelyn Mitchell

Melissa Chaidez

Shannon Lee


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion LXAP PMP Salon Sunday beauty chicago designer fox philip minefee photography snake Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:07:12 GMT
The Arrival  

Having a baby is like falling in love again, both with your husband and your child.







*Photography & Video Production by Philip Minefee Photography

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) baby chicago family newborn philip minefee photography Sat, 19 Jan 2013 04:18:11 GMT
Laila Renee Whitaker  

“A perfect example of minority rule is a baby in the house.”


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) baby chicago family newborn philip minefee photography Sat, 19 Jan 2013 02:18:49 GMT
Salon Sunday 2 - The Trailer A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. 


Video shot and edited by: 

LXAP Productions
Special Thanks:

MUA - Holly IaintThru Pink
Hair - Carlee Marincic
Model - Rachel Williams
Model - Jacquelyn Mitchell

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion LXAP Salon Sunday chicago philip minefee photography Tue, 01 Jan 2013 15:59:08 GMT
Need a Personal Trainer?

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) chicago family fitness j.hollins music philip minefee photography workout Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:46:11 GMT
Model Behavior Recap of Models from different events.


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion art chicago designer philip minefee photography Mon, 24 Dec 2012 17:32:05 GMT
Hebru Brantley - Brothers of the Robbing Hood Closing Event  

Hebru Brantley - 
Growing up, black exploitation and science fiction depicted in cinema urged Brantley to express himself visually. Visual artists such as Romare Bearden, Keith Haring, Basquiat and Black Folk art also influenced his up-bringing. Toppled with an affinity for mythological comic heroes and Japanese anime, Brantley began infusing the two worlds in his work.
The paintings depict triumphantly defiant beings with raw emotion, drawing from youthful expression. They capture the universal essence of the human condition through an energetic portrayal of urban characters. The work comes about spontaneously, utilizing a vast array of mediums such as wood, found objects, spray paint, coffee and tea. He constructs multi-layered, textured environments referential of the complex, urban life. Brantley tells the stories of his peers and of the spaces which they occupy.
He earned his BA in Film in Atlanta and went on to design and illustrate for media production and clothing companies. His former work in graffiti art influenced the transition to canvas where he began to make a name for himself in the contemporary art scene of Atlanta. He now lives and works in Chicago.
*Excerpt from 


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Cover Art: Skooda Chose – Vulture Kulture Picture by Philip Minefee Photography. Graphics by Danelle Walker.


Damn, it’s been a long time since we’ve heard a new project from Skooda. But stress not, the Chosen One is back. He’s set to drop his forthcoming opus, Vulture Kulture, at the top of February. I’m told there will be videos and leaks in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for the return. Today we have the cover art. Check it out above.



*Excerpt from

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Skooda Chose art chicago designer music philip minefee photography Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:52:02 GMT
J. Hollins  

Chicago native, J. Hollins is highly respected amongst his peers for his ability to masterfully fuse the traditions of rock, gospel, funk, hip-hop, blues, and soul, all while keeping his lyrics fresh and reflective.  He has worked with a number of industry heavyweights including, Grammy award-winning singer Mary J. Blige and Grammy-nominated producer Chucky Thompson. After much success in the UK as a writer, J. Hollins stepped away from a lucrative deal with a major recording company to release his first full-length solo album, The Chronicles, in 2005.  Despite the album not reaching mainstream success, J.Hollins captured a faithful audience that resulted in unbelievable sales for an indie artist. In 2010, he released his second album, The Soul Renaissance LP.  The album produced a number of radio hits, including Toast and the international smash Because of You. J. Hollins is now poised to release his next project This is Me Volume II. J. Hollins first offering from This is Me Volume II is a string, bass drum driven, heartfelt hip-hop and r&b hybrid titled, Me and My Pen; produced by Carlos Wilder. Me and My Pen will be available on iTunes, Amazon and everywhere digital music is sold November 27, 2012. This is Me Volume IIis slated for release in 2013.





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Live a good life and it will be easier to explain...


Artwork by Hebru Brantley


Artwork by Hebru Brantley


Artwork by Jennifer Cronin


Artwork by Hebru Brantley


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Hebru Brantley Jennifer Cronin art chicago philip minefee photography Thu, 13 Dec 2012 03:09:58 GMT
Holidays with the Grant Family "Family is not an important thing. It's everything." 


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Grant art baby chicago family holiday philip minefee photography Tue, 11 Dec 2012 01:58:26 GMT
Salon Sunday - The 2nd  


Gorgeous hair is the best revenge. 
Ivana Trump 



The Team:

MUA - Holly IaintThru Pink
Hair - Carlee Marincic
Model - Rachel Williams
Model - Jacquelyn Mitchell
Videography - LXAP Productions



(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion LXAP Salon Sunday art chicago designer hmua models philip minefee photography Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:14:20 GMT
With. Out. Home.  

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. 
Sholom Aleichem 
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. 
Frederick Douglass 


Some pain experts are now advising that physicians recommend cannabis therapy in addition to or in lieu of opiate medications to "reduce the morbidity and mortality rates associated with prescription pain medications.
A hungry man is not a free man. 
Adlai E. Stevenson 
I don't like people who take drugs. Customs agents, and police for example. 
You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming. 
Emily Carr 
There's lots of things that can be solved with cash. 
Danny Boyle 
The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. 
Charlie Chaplin 
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. 
Winston Churchill 
(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) D.A.P. HOMELESS art chicago family money philip minefee photography poverty Tue, 20 Nov 2012 06:53:27 GMT
Jones Eagles 10 Year High School Reunion  

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. 


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Jones Eagles art chicago family high school philip minefee photography Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:40:54 GMT
Beau Ideal - “I Live” Fashion Show and Celebration of Life

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Beau Ideal Fashion art chicago designer philip minefee photography Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:56:55 GMT

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RITUAL OF COUTURE by Monàrrez Collection - Fashion Show Hector-Javier Monàrrez  and Factor Model Management with hair and makeup provided by the amazing BEAUTIQUE SALON & DAY SPA. Photos taken at the exclusive Union League Club of Chicago. 


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Monàrrez Collection art chicago designer philip minefee photography Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:31:54 GMT

Have you ever seen a butterfly with a nose ring? This was the first time I have had such an encounter.


Award for most menacing looking butterfly goes to..........


Have you ever seen a butterfly smile?

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) art butterfly chicago family nature museum philip minefee photography Sat, 17 Nov 2012 06:01:51 GMT
Vogue Magazine Creation Designer Dalia Luz Acevedo



(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Dalia Luz Fashion art chicago philip minefee photography Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:08:52 GMT
"Skooda Chose" in Chiraq - Home Of The Brave  


Skooda Chose


one of the Premier rappers in the windy city of Chicago, is blazing his way to worldwide stardom. His tales are the perfect balance of  street life in America, as well as shout outs to events and people from history. His intelligence is clearly evident in his lyrics.  For example on the song “Heir Chose” off of his highly acclaimed TFM2, he use statements like “…nothing surprise me, four words, come at me wisely”. In the same song he says “like Lenin to the Bolsheviks (The Bolsheviks, founded by Vladimir Lenin), know what I am so I boast of it, liquor pour toast of it”. This young mans’ wit and wordplay is truly a gift, and his catalogue is definitely worth a thorough listen.


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Skooda Chose art chicago music philip minefee photography Fri, 16 Nov 2012 05:41:44 GMT
LXAP Productions 220827-085306 EAST FREEHOLD 7211K NaimarkPhoto

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) LXAP chicago family philip minefee photography Fri, 16 Nov 2012 05:32:36 GMT
Rasheena White  

A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. 
Anne Roiphe 


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Rasheena White art chicago designer family philip minefee photography Fri, 16 Nov 2012 05:29:32 GMT
BC Project Awareness Foundation Red Carpet Fundraiser  

Beauty is not caused. It is. 



(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) BC Project Fashion art chicago designer philip minefee photography Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:05:00 GMT
Red Carpet Concierge of Chicago Fashion Awards 2012  

For me, it's important to anticipate where fashion is heading. 
Miuccia Prada 


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Fashion Awards Red Carpet Concierge art chicago designer philip minefee photography Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:41:03 GMT
MsSheena Marie - FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER, MODEL, CUSTOM DESIGNER, & PAINTER "When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt."                                                                              

                                                                                                                                     Henry J. Kaiser 




(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion MsSheena art chicago designer diva issues philip minefee photography waves Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:25:39 GMT
Rachel Williams


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Rachel Williams art chicago designer philip minefee photography Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:12:03 GMT
Monika Anelle Modeling for Ellie Day  

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things. 
Jean Cocteau 


(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Ellie Day Fashion Monika Anelle art chicago designer philip minefee photography Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:03:01 GMT
Melissa Chaidez

(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Chaidez Fashion Melissa art chicago designer philip minefee photography Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:23:32 GMT
"Salon Sunday" - Sugar Skull Superstars My idea for the shoot was to combine the image of the "walking dead", with that of beautiful women. This shoot took place in Chicago a week before Halloween. Special thanks to my team on this project:  MUA: Holly IaintThru Pink Hair: Drake Xristofano Models: Mafer LunaRachel Williams Tia GodSent.





(PHILIP MINEFEE PHOTOGRAPHY) Fashion Salon Sunday Sugar Skull Superstars art chicago designer philip minefee photography Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:28:25 GMT