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August 5, 2019

10 Apps We Use on Every Shoot

Staying three steps ahead isn’t just one of our core values — it’s an everyday practice.   And for us, a big part of staying savvy means keeping up with the latest production-friendly apps. Here’s our top ten list of apps we use on every shoot — and often in between, too.
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Production Resources
July 23, 2019

These Two Things Could Win You More Jobs

The secret to winning client bids? Knowing and understanding that no two jobs are alike — nor are they won the same way. It’s often some combination of your portfolio, who you know, your strategy in approaching the job, and when you’re available — not to mention about a billion other details. That said, for all the jobs we’ve won…
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#TeamGreyHouse News
July 13, 2019

Celebrating Five Years with “An Evening of Gratitude”

An Evening of Gratitude When I began thinking about how to celebrate Grey House Productions turning 5-years old, I knew I needed to do something special, but I kept being turned off at the idea of throwing a party and having everyone applaud for me. Because really, I didn't get here alone. So instead, on March 30th, I hosted "An…
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Production PartnersProduction Resources
July 8, 2019

Studio Goals

No matter where we are in the world — even if we’re shooting in our own backyard in Chicago — we’re constantly on the hunt for the very best studio for the job. What makes for a good one? It all depends on the project! To start, we look at three key areas:  Space It’s not just about the physical space,…
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#TeamGreyHouse News
June 13, 2019

Our Core Values: Logistics & Hospitality

We recently celebrated five years in business, which was marked with a rebranding (shout-out to our incredibly talented Brand and Logo Designer, Melissa Yeager!) and a lot of thoughtful introspection — namely, revisiting and expanding Grey House’s Core Values. Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be sharing our Core Values in detail on the blog, to offer…
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Events + Networking
May 4, 2019

Creative Collaboration in a Gig Economy

GHP Executive Producer, Hannah Soto will be one of the panelists at the C3's "Creative Collaboration" event on May 15th. We hope to see you there. 🙂   About The Event What does it mean to collaborate?   “Going it alone” doesn’t mean we don’t need partners. It just means we need partners we can trust, who “get” our process,…
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#TeamGreyHouse NewsProduction Resources
April 30, 2019

3 Ways #TeamGreyHouse Makes Every Shoot Even Better

We’ve always been big on logistics and hospitality. So when it comes to shoots, there are always a few things that can be overlooked, and we embrace. Sure, they’re small details, but we try to always remember that a rising tide lifts all boats. Here are three things we practice that have a really big, positive ripple for our clients.…
Read More
Business and InspirationProduction PartnersProduction Resources
April 23, 2019

It’s Easy Being Green: Practicing Sustainability On Set

Earth Day is a natural reminder to think about our daily approach to sustainability and recycling. But when so much of our day-to-day is spent on set, the good habits we practice at home don’t always translate. Though we still have a long ways to go toward zero waste on set, we’ve managed to incorporate some key Earth-friendly practices into…
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#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
April 16, 2019

The Workbook: Creative Expression

I was recently interviewed by The Workbook. Here is the extended length of the feature interview.   How did you become involved with producing? Please describe your journey. It really first began when I was producing my own photo shoots back in 2010. But, of course, I had no idea what true production was. I was just doing what came…
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Events + Networking
October 19, 2018

Face to Face Event, Official (Cocktail) After Party!

Powered by Eventbrite Join us for continued connections at the official after (cocktail!) party of At Edge's Face to Face event, hosted by Grey House Productions, LLC.  For those who attended the F2F event, here is the change to connect with those you didn't have time to sit with at F2F.  For those who did not attend the F2F event,…
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Business and Inspiration
September 4, 2018

Paying It Forward

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, school is back in session, and summer is winding down I always find more structure seems to find its way back into my personal and professional life. I want to share something deeply personal and important to me that I've been working on this summer. Along with my fellow founders, Caro Griffin, Maggie…
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Events + Networking
August 22, 2018

GHP Hosts Vision Based Portfolio Seminar

At Grey House, one of our core values is empowerment and art, and this event provides just that! Come be empowered, we promise to give our best so you can reach your best. We are honored to partner with APA Chicago and Agency Access to bring this event to our Chicago creatives. Overview To make it in today’s market, still…
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#TeamGreyHouse News
July 17, 2018

New Studio + Office

In March 2018 we jumped out of our comfy nest of shared work spaces, and made the leap to find our own studio and production office. I don't think we had any idea what was in store, but we are SO glad we decided to jump. To kickoff and celebrate the studio finally being ready for the public eye, we…
Read More
Business and InspirationEvents + Networking
April 19, 2018

Top 5 Take Aways from the moderator of the Alternative Careers in Photography Panel

An honest reflection from a first time moderator. For the past three years, I've had the privilege to sit on the panel and share my experience at Columbia College's "Alternative Careers in Photography" panel. As a panelist, it can be so exciting to have the opportunity to share with others what you wished you had known five years sooner. To encourage…
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Events + Networking
February 7, 2017

The Agent / Photographer Relationship

Speakers: Patti Schumann Thu 23rd Feb, 2017 6:30pm–8:30pm Stephen Hamilton Inc. Near the corner of Fulton & Justine Chicago, IL 60607 Tickets: $20: APA Members $40: General Public Register Everything you ever wanted to know about the agent/photographer relationship. This is a tell all, show all, know all regarding the ins-and-outs of this very critical strategic alliance. The right relationship is an extraordinary…
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Events + Networking
September 1, 2015

Improv for Creatives

Blending Business Strategy With Improv Skills: Connecting Creatives Wednesday, September 16, 2015 From 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM   Creative professionals need creative ways to solve professional challenges, stand out in a saturated marketplace and leverage their networks to create new opportunities for fun, profitable projects. This means approaching networking, marketing and presentations in a very different way than “business as usual” – and that’s…
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#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and InspirationEvents + Networking
July 10, 2015

#BOMBASSPROM is a Wrap!

We’ve packed up our prom clothes and (sadly) returned our thrones. But we want to say a special thank you to each of you for making it a night we will never forget - truly a #BombAssProm ... which you can relive in this video. Make sure to also check out all of the amazing photos from Photospot (password is:…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsEvents + Networking
June 26, 2015

Successful APA Studio Night!

It was a blast sponsoring last week's APA Studio Night at TRIGGER. The music was bumping, the drinks were flowing and all the food was gone by the end of the night! Most importantly, there were great connections made between friends old and new. Congratulations to Brian Eaves for winning a FREE studio day at Trigger! Thank you to FIG Catering, Julie…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and InspirationEvents + Networking
June 10, 2015

APA Studio Night at TRIGGER Studios

Friday June 19th 7:00pm–10:00pm 1  Trigger Studio 122810 W Addison St. 12Chicago, IL 60618 Admission: Free This installment of APA Studio Night is sponsored by yours truly: Grey House Productions. We will be parking the spaceship at the beautiful new studio called Trigger. Trigger is located on Addison Street just west of California and can be booked daily. That said, this space is perfect to…
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Events + Networking
April 27, 2015

Portfolio Day

Portfolio Day | Thursday April 30th Columbia College Chicago | 1104 S. Wabash Avenue | Chicago, IL Schedule: **10am - 12:30pm Review Session One Arts Management, Dance, Makeup Artistry, Comedy Writing and Performance, Music Vocal Performance, Music Business, Fine Art, Fine Art Photography **1 - 4pm Review Session Two Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Game Design, Web Development, Interior Architecture, Product Design,…
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#TeamGreyHouse NewsEvents + Networking
April 20, 2015

Creative Estimating

Check out the details below for this great event hosted by APA Chicago. Thursday, April 23rd from 7:00pm–8:30pm Throop Studio 1500 N Throop St Chicago, IL 60642 © Lindsay Gallup. Amanda Gray and Erica Chadwick lead the Creative Estimating Workshop. We’ve pulled a couple of agency decks from the files and have recruited artist representative Erica Chadwick from ETC Creative and…
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Business and InspirationEvents + Networking
March 6, 2015

Careers in Photography Panel

Careers in Photography I’m excited to be one of the panelist for the upcoming "Careers in Photography" event on March 10th! Melissa Hennessy and the Portfolio Center at Columbia College Chicago continue to offer programs to help students make well-informed career choices. As a student at Columbia I attended many Portfolio Center events - now, as alumni, I am excited to take part in the industry events…
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#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
February 25, 2015

Big Ideas Columbia: Redefining Success

Come see GHP founder Hannah Fehrman (pictured above, being interviewed by Katherine Walters at the Museum of Contemporary Photography) and fellow Alumni in the student short film "Big Ideas Columbia: Redefining Success" screening on Thursday, February 26th at 4pm (details on poster below). Hannah graduated from Columbia College Chicago, and was excited to return to her alma mater last fall to be interviewed…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
February 16, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Quinn Wharton

Our team was excited to spend a weekend exploring winter activities at Camp Wandawega with Quinn Wharton. Check out these BTS images of our winter wonderland. The camp staff was amazing - Thanks Bill for these perfect snow balls! Mode of transport, a vintage snow mobile A special thanks to all the following people, as good production truly is a team effort. Director: Quinn Wharton Creative…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
February 13, 2015

The Antarctic Expedition

Last year we had the opportunity to partner with an amazing creative team and to bring their dream into live production. Photographer Matthew Bowie was the driving force behind the expedition, enlisting the talents of HMU artist extraordinaire Cindy Shute and savvy retoucher Brian York. Be sure to check out the write up PDN did about the project. And of course,…
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Uncategorized
December 19, 2014

Help Portrait

We had the absolute pleasure to serve over 300 people in partnership with Help Portrait this year!!   Thanks to all the volunteers for this year's event! And to our sponsors: Missio Dei Logan Square, Pierre's Bakery, Intelligentsia Coffee, Fluer, and Bang Bang Pie.  Help Portrait History Help-Portrait was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart and Kyle Chowning in 2008. Our mission is to empower photographers, hairstylists and makeup…
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Business and InspirationEvents + NetworkingUncategorized
December 12, 2014

APA Perspectives Gallery

We are so looking forward to this event, with many photographer's we've had the pleasure to work with showing their personal work, it is sure to be a great evening. We hope to see you there! Thanks to APA Chicago for organizing. APA Chicago will be hosting their 2nd annual Artist’s Perspective Exhibition and Holiday Party on December 12 at Throop…
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Events + Networking
October 26, 2014

Being John Malkovich

Sandro Miller is one of the most respected photographers in the industry, and by now I'm sure you've heard about his latest project: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters. What I find most inspiring about this playful tribute to some of the greatest photographic images in history is the collaborative partnership between Sandro and John Malkovich. You can see how they…
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Business and Inspiration
September 30, 2014

Doing Good Work

What good is a Producer if she is not full of great resources and has a solid crew to support her? Which is why at GHP we are always looking for better ways to do things, we comb through sources and are always eager to make new connections. So we were pretty excited to discover Flowers for Dreams, because they are…
Read More
Business and InspirationEvents + Networking
September 26, 2014

THE GRAND SPECTACLE

While this isn't really an industry event, we are still really looking forward to it. So we thought it would be nice of us to share the details with you. Hope to see you there!  THE GRAND SPECTACLE OCTOBER 4 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EVENT NAVIGATION   In partnership with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District,…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
September 24, 2014

We Run This City

Earlier this summer we had the privilege of Producing for one of Apostrophes photographers, Guido Vitti on an amazing job for Nike. We took some of Chicago's greatest Nike Run Club Members on a tour all over Chicago, from Jackson Park to Wicker Park - after all #werunthiscity Here are a few of the shots in Nike Town on the Mag Mile...
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Business and Inspiration
September 22, 2014

Chicago Creative Review

Chicago Creative Review: It's an opportunity for photographers in all genres to meet with photo editors, art buyers, creative directors, and artist agents to show their work and make new creative connections.  Meetings are one-on-one for 15 minutes each.  Professional photographers from NY to LA are welcome to attend. Melissa Hennessy is the organizer of the First Annual Chicago Creative Review.…
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Business and Inspiration
September 19, 2014

Madzilla the Movie

You would have to been hiding out under a rock this summer to have not heard about the filming and premier of "Madzilla" in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We got a few snaps from the premier and Q&A afterwards. Among the panelists, is the very talented production designer Angela Finney - whom we had the pleasure of working with on several projects. Check…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
July 13, 2014

The Tale of Two Tennis Players

Here are a few BTS from our shoot last week with Damien Thompson. Can't wait to show off what he captured.   Crew: Photographer: Damien Thompson Photo Assistants: Joe Becerra + Becca Vosler Production Assistant: Danielle Fink Wardrobe + Prop Stylist: Carson Hoerz HMU: Karen Brody Great video of Joe setting up a serve.   Thanks to Levinson Locations for…
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Business and Inspiration
July 2, 2014

Fini! – Post Production Recycling

I was eating lunch with my colleague and friend Monica Zaffarano at the beginning of this year at La Fournette (you should check it out, great panni's) and she began to tell me about this idea she was working on called Fini!. At the heart of Fini is the belief that there is a practical response to the waste that…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse News
June 21, 2014

The Logistics are Natural and Our Hospitality is Intentional

Last year while reading one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin, I came across this statement: "Start Something. Figure it out. Connect. Make the call. Ask. Learn. Repeat. Risk It." I've always loved photography, but it was when I discovered production a few years ago that a whole new world opened up to me professionally. And reading this quote encouraged…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
June 18, 2014

Dragons, Detectives, and Surgeons OH MY!

What a great shoot this was! As a producer you can't ask for more, a great crew, creative photographer, and adorable talent. Here are a few BTS for our two day shoot - Thanks to Eva and Lisa for snapping these. Crew: Photographer: Nathanael Filbert Photo Assistants: Damien Thompson Ryan Bringas Will Hartman Production Assistant: Eva Deitch Prop Stylist: Sarah Blue Winslow Gerber…
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#TeamGreyHouse News
June 18, 2014

On Location: Downtown Chicago

Always a blast to work in the heart of the the city we love. Lots of fun locations across the city this week, including the Art Institute of Chicago!  
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#TeamGreyHouse News
July 13, 2019

Celebrating Five Years with “An Evening of Gratitude”

An Evening of Gratitude When I began thinking about how to celebrate Grey House Productions turning 5-years old, I knew I needed to do something special, but I kept being turned off at the idea of throwing a party and having everyone applaud for me. Because really, I didn't get here alone. So instead, on March 30th, I hosted "An…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse News
June 13, 2019

Our Core Values: Logistics & Hospitality

We recently celebrated five years in business, which was marked with a rebranding (shout-out to our incredibly talented Brand and Logo Designer, Melissa Yeager!) and a lot of thoughtful introspection — namely, revisiting and expanding Grey House’s Core Values. Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be sharing our Core Values in detail on the blog, to offer…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsProduction Resources
April 30, 2019

3 Ways #TeamGreyHouse Makes Every Shoot Even Better

We’ve always been big on logistics and hospitality. So when it comes to shoots, there are always a few things that can be overlooked, and we embrace. Sure, they’re small details, but we try to always remember that a rising tide lifts all boats. Here are three things we practice that have a really big, positive ripple for our clients.…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
April 16, 2019

The Workbook: Creative Expression

I was recently interviewed by The Workbook. Here is the extended length of the feature interview.   How did you become involved with producing? Please describe your journey. It really first began when I was producing my own photo shoots back in 2010. But, of course, I had no idea what true production was. I was just doing what came…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse News
July 17, 2018

New Studio + Office

In March 2018 we jumped out of our comfy nest of shared work spaces, and made the leap to find our own studio and production office. I don't think we had any idea what was in store, but we are SO glad we decided to jump. To kickoff and celebrate the studio finally being ready for the public eye, we…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and InspirationEvents + Networking
July 10, 2015

#BOMBASSPROM is a Wrap!

We’ve packed up our prom clothes and (sadly) returned our thrones. But we want to say a special thank you to each of you for making it a night we will never forget - truly a #BombAssProm ... which you can relive in this video. Make sure to also check out all of the amazing photos from Photospot (password is:…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsEvents + Networking
June 26, 2015

Successful APA Studio Night!

It was a blast sponsoring last week's APA Studio Night at TRIGGER. The music was bumping, the drinks were flowing and all the food was gone by the end of the night! Most importantly, there were great connections made between friends old and new. Congratulations to Brian Eaves for winning a FREE studio day at Trigger! Thank you to FIG Catering, Julie…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and InspirationEvents + Networking
June 10, 2015

APA Studio Night at TRIGGER Studios

Friday June 19th 7:00pm–10:00pm 1  Trigger Studio 122810 W Addison St. 12Chicago, IL 60618 Admission: Free This installment of APA Studio Night is sponsored by yours truly: Grey House Productions. We will be parking the spaceship at the beautiful new studio called Trigger. Trigger is located on Addison Street just west of California and can be booked daily. That said, this space is perfect to…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsEvents + Networking
April 20, 2015

Creative Estimating

Check out the details below for this great event hosted by APA Chicago. Thursday, April 23rd from 7:00pm–8:30pm Throop Studio 1500 N Throop St Chicago, IL 60642 © Lindsay Gallup. Amanda Gray and Erica Chadwick lead the Creative Estimating Workshop. We’ve pulled a couple of agency decks from the files and have recruited artist representative Erica Chadwick from ETC Creative and…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
February 25, 2015

Big Ideas Columbia: Redefining Success

Come see GHP founder Hannah Fehrman (pictured above, being interviewed by Katherine Walters at the Museum of Contemporary Photography) and fellow Alumni in the student short film "Big Ideas Columbia: Redefining Success" screening on Thursday, February 26th at 4pm (details on poster below). Hannah graduated from Columbia College Chicago, and was excited to return to her alma mater last fall to be interviewed…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
February 16, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Quinn Wharton

Our team was excited to spend a weekend exploring winter activities at Camp Wandawega with Quinn Wharton. Check out these BTS images of our winter wonderland. The camp staff was amazing - Thanks Bill for these perfect snow balls! Mode of transport, a vintage snow mobile A special thanks to all the following people, as good production truly is a team effort. Director: Quinn Wharton Creative…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
February 13, 2015

The Antarctic Expedition

Last year we had the opportunity to partner with an amazing creative team and to bring their dream into live production. Photographer Matthew Bowie was the driving force behind the expedition, enlisting the talents of HMU artist extraordinaire Cindy Shute and savvy retoucher Brian York. Be sure to check out the write up PDN did about the project. And of course,…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse News
June 21, 2014

The Logistics are Natural and Our Hospitality is Intentional

Last year while reading one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin, I came across this statement: "Start Something. Figure it out. Connect. Make the call. Ask. Learn. Repeat. Risk It." I've always loved photography, but it was when I discovered production a few years ago that a whole new world opened up to me professionally. And reading this quote encouraged…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse News
June 18, 2014

On Location: Downtown Chicago

Always a blast to work in the heart of the the city we love. Lots of fun locations across the city this week, including the Art Institute of Chicago!  
Read More
Business and Inspiration
August 5, 2019

10 Apps We Use on Every Shoot

Staying three steps ahead isn’t just one of our core values — it’s an everyday practice.   And for us, a big part of staying savvy means keeping up with the latest production-friendly apps. Here’s our top ten list of apps we use on every shoot — and often in between, too.
Read More
Business and InspirationProduction PartnersProduction Resources
April 23, 2019

It’s Easy Being Green: Practicing Sustainability On Set

Earth Day is a natural reminder to think about our daily approach to sustainability and recycling. But when so much of our day-to-day is spent on set, the good habits we practice at home don’t always translate. Though we still have a long ways to go toward zero waste on set, we’ve managed to incorporate some key Earth-friendly practices into…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
April 16, 2019

The Workbook: Creative Expression

I was recently interviewed by The Workbook. Here is the extended length of the feature interview.   How did you become involved with producing? Please describe your journey. It really first began when I was producing my own photo shoots back in 2010. But, of course, I had no idea what true production was. I was just doing what came…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
September 4, 2018

Paying It Forward

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, school is back in session, and summer is winding down I always find more structure seems to find its way back into my personal and professional life. I want to share something deeply personal and important to me that I've been working on this summer. Along with my fellow founders, Caro Griffin, Maggie…
Read More
Business and InspirationEvents + Networking
April 19, 2018

Top 5 Take Aways from the moderator of the Alternative Careers in Photography Panel

An honest reflection from a first time moderator. For the past three years, I've had the privilege to sit on the panel and share my experience at Columbia College's "Alternative Careers in Photography" panel. As a panelist, it can be so exciting to have the opportunity to share with others what you wished you had known five years sooner. To encourage…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and InspirationEvents + Networking
July 10, 2015

#BOMBASSPROM is a Wrap!

We’ve packed up our prom clothes and (sadly) returned our thrones. But we want to say a special thank you to each of you for making it a night we will never forget - truly a #BombAssProm ... which you can relive in this video. Make sure to also check out all of the amazing photos from Photospot (password is:…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and InspirationEvents + Networking
June 10, 2015

APA Studio Night at TRIGGER Studios

Friday June 19th 7:00pm–10:00pm 1  Trigger Studio 122810 W Addison St. 12Chicago, IL 60618 Admission: Free This installment of APA Studio Night is sponsored by yours truly: Grey House Productions. We will be parking the spaceship at the beautiful new studio called Trigger. Trigger is located on Addison Street just west of California and can be booked daily. That said, this space is perfect to…
Read More
Business and InspirationEvents + Networking
March 6, 2015

Careers in Photography Panel

Careers in Photography I’m excited to be one of the panelist for the upcoming "Careers in Photography" event on March 10th! Melissa Hennessy and the Portfolio Center at Columbia College Chicago continue to offer programs to help students make well-informed career choices. As a student at Columbia I attended many Portfolio Center events - now, as alumni, I am excited to take part in the industry events…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
February 25, 2015

Big Ideas Columbia: Redefining Success

Come see GHP founder Hannah Fehrman (pictured above, being interviewed by Katherine Walters at the Museum of Contemporary Photography) and fellow Alumni in the student short film "Big Ideas Columbia: Redefining Success" screening on Thursday, February 26th at 4pm (details on poster below). Hannah graduated from Columbia College Chicago, and was excited to return to her alma mater last fall to be interviewed…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
February 16, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Quinn Wharton

Our team was excited to spend a weekend exploring winter activities at Camp Wandawega with Quinn Wharton. Check out these BTS images of our winter wonderland. The camp staff was amazing - Thanks Bill for these perfect snow balls! Mode of transport, a vintage snow mobile A special thanks to all the following people, as good production truly is a team effort. Director: Quinn Wharton Creative…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsBusiness and Inspiration
February 13, 2015

The Antarctic Expedition

Last year we had the opportunity to partner with an amazing creative team and to bring their dream into live production. Photographer Matthew Bowie was the driving force behind the expedition, enlisting the talents of HMU artist extraordinaire Cindy Shute and savvy retoucher Brian York. Be sure to check out the write up PDN did about the project. And of course,…
Read More
Business and InspirationEvents + NetworkingUncategorized
December 12, 2014

APA Perspectives Gallery

We are so looking forward to this event, with many photographer's we've had the pleasure to work with showing their personal work, it is sure to be a great evening. We hope to see you there! Thanks to APA Chicago for organizing. APA Chicago will be hosting their 2nd annual Artist’s Perspective Exhibition and Holiday Party on December 12 at Throop…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
September 30, 2014

Doing Good Work

What good is a Producer if she is not full of great resources and has a solid crew to support her? Which is why at GHP we are always looking for better ways to do things, we comb through sources and are always eager to make new connections. So we were pretty excited to discover Flowers for Dreams, because they are…
Read More
Business and InspirationEvents + Networking
September 26, 2014

THE GRAND SPECTACLE

While this isn't really an industry event, we are still really looking forward to it. So we thought it would be nice of us to share the details with you. Hope to see you there!  THE GRAND SPECTACLE OCTOBER 4 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EVENT NAVIGATION   In partnership with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District,…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
September 24, 2014

We Run This City

Earlier this summer we had the privilege of Producing for one of Apostrophes photographers, Guido Vitti on an amazing job for Nike. We took some of Chicago's greatest Nike Run Club Members on a tour all over Chicago, from Jackson Park to Wicker Park - after all #werunthiscity Here are a few of the shots in Nike Town on the Mag Mile...
Read More
Business and Inspiration
September 22, 2014

Chicago Creative Review

Chicago Creative Review: It's an opportunity for photographers in all genres to meet with photo editors, art buyers, creative directors, and artist agents to show their work and make new creative connections.  Meetings are one-on-one for 15 minutes each.  Professional photographers from NY to LA are welcome to attend. Melissa Hennessy is the organizer of the First Annual Chicago Creative Review.…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
September 19, 2014

Madzilla the Movie

You would have to been hiding out under a rock this summer to have not heard about the filming and premier of "Madzilla" in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We got a few snaps from the premier and Q&A afterwards. Among the panelists, is the very talented production designer Angela Finney - whom we had the pleasure of working with on several projects. Check…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
July 13, 2014

The Tale of Two Tennis Players

Here are a few BTS from our shoot last week with Damien Thompson. Can't wait to show off what he captured.   Crew: Photographer: Damien Thompson Photo Assistants: Joe Becerra + Becca Vosler Production Assistant: Danielle Fink Wardrobe + Prop Stylist: Carson Hoerz HMU: Karen Brody Great video of Joe setting up a serve.   Thanks to Levinson Locations for…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
July 2, 2014

Fini! – Post Production Recycling

I was eating lunch with my colleague and friend Monica Zaffarano at the beginning of this year at La Fournette (you should check it out, great panni's) and she began to tell me about this idea she was working on called Fini!. At the heart of Fini is the belief that there is a practical response to the waste that…
Read More
Business and Inspiration
June 18, 2014

Dragons, Detectives, and Surgeons OH MY!

What a great shoot this was! As a producer you can't ask for more, a great crew, creative photographer, and adorable talent. Here are a few BTS for our two day shoot - Thanks to Eva and Lisa for snapping these. Crew: Photographer: Nathanael Filbert Photo Assistants: Damien Thompson Ryan Bringas Will Hartman Production Assistant: Eva Deitch Prop Stylist: Sarah Blue Winslow Gerber…
Read More
Events + Networking
May 4, 2019

Creative Collaboration in a Gig Economy

GHP Executive Producer, Hannah Soto will be one of the panelists at the C3's "Creative Collaboration" event on May 15th. We hope to see you there. 🙂   About The Event What does it mean to collaborate?   “Going it alone” doesn’t mean we don’t need partners. It just means we need partners we can trust, who “get” our process,…
Read More
Events + Networking
October 19, 2018

Face to Face Event, Official (Cocktail) After Party!

Powered by Eventbrite Join us for continued connections at the official after (cocktail!) party of At Edge's Face to Face event, hosted by Grey House Productions, LLC.  For those who attended the F2F event, here is the change to connect with those you didn't have time to sit with at F2F.  For those who did not attend the F2F event,…
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Events + Networking
August 22, 2018

GHP Hosts Vision Based Portfolio Seminar

At Grey House, one of our core values is empowerment and art, and this event provides just that! Come be empowered, we promise to give our best so you can reach your best. We are honored to partner with APA Chicago and Agency Access to bring this event to our Chicago creatives. Overview To make it in today’s market, still…
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Business and InspirationEvents + Networking
April 19, 2018

Top 5 Take Aways from the moderator of the Alternative Careers in Photography Panel

An honest reflection from a first time moderator. For the past three years, I've had the privilege to sit on the panel and share my experience at Columbia College's "Alternative Careers in Photography" panel. As a panelist, it can be so exciting to have the opportunity to share with others what you wished you had known five years sooner. To encourage…
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Events + Networking
February 7, 2017

The Agent / Photographer Relationship

Speakers: Patti Schumann Thu 23rd Feb, 2017 6:30pm–8:30pm Stephen Hamilton Inc. Near the corner of Fulton & Justine Chicago, IL 60607 Tickets: $20: APA Members $40: General Public Register Everything you ever wanted to know about the agent/photographer relationship. This is a tell all, show all, know all regarding the ins-and-outs of this very critical strategic alliance. The right relationship is an extraordinary…
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Events + Networking
September 1, 2015

Improv for Creatives

Blending Business Strategy With Improv Skills: Connecting Creatives Wednesday, September 16, 2015 From 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM   Creative professionals need creative ways to solve professional challenges, stand out in a saturated marketplace and leverage their networks to create new opportunities for fun, profitable projects. This means approaching networking, marketing and presentations in a very different way than “business as usual” – and that’s…
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July 10, 2015

#BOMBASSPROM is a Wrap!

We’ve packed up our prom clothes and (sadly) returned our thrones. But we want to say a special thank you to each of you for making it a night we will never forget - truly a #BombAssProm ... which you can relive in this video. Make sure to also check out all of the amazing photos from Photospot (password is:…
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June 26, 2015

Successful APA Studio Night!

It was a blast sponsoring last week's APA Studio Night at TRIGGER. The music was bumping, the drinks were flowing and all the food was gone by the end of the night! Most importantly, there were great connections made between friends old and new. Congratulations to Brian Eaves for winning a FREE studio day at Trigger! Thank you to FIG Catering, Julie…
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June 10, 2015

APA Studio Night at TRIGGER Studios

Friday June 19th 7:00pm–10:00pm 1  Trigger Studio 122810 W Addison St. 12Chicago, IL 60618 Admission: Free This installment of APA Studio Night is sponsored by yours truly: Grey House Productions. We will be parking the spaceship at the beautiful new studio called Trigger. Trigger is located on Addison Street just west of California and can be booked daily. That said, this space is perfect to…
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April 27, 2015

Portfolio Day

Portfolio Day | Thursday April 30th Columbia College Chicago | 1104 S. Wabash Avenue | Chicago, IL Schedule: **10am - 12:30pm Review Session One Arts Management, Dance, Makeup Artistry, Comedy Writing and Performance, Music Vocal Performance, Music Business, Fine Art, Fine Art Photography **1 - 4pm Review Session Two Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Game Design, Web Development, Interior Architecture, Product Design,…
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April 20, 2015

Creative Estimating

Check out the details below for this great event hosted by APA Chicago. Thursday, April 23rd from 7:00pm–8:30pm Throop Studio 1500 N Throop St Chicago, IL 60642 © Lindsay Gallup. Amanda Gray and Erica Chadwick lead the Creative Estimating Workshop. We’ve pulled a couple of agency decks from the files and have recruited artist representative Erica Chadwick from ETC Creative and…
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Business and InspirationEvents + Networking
March 6, 2015

Careers in Photography Panel

Careers in Photography I’m excited to be one of the panelist for the upcoming "Careers in Photography" event on March 10th! Melissa Hennessy and the Portfolio Center at Columbia College Chicago continue to offer programs to help students make well-informed career choices. As a student at Columbia I attended many Portfolio Center events - now, as alumni, I am excited to take part in the industry events…
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December 12, 2014

APA Perspectives Gallery

We are so looking forward to this event, with many photographer's we've had the pleasure to work with showing their personal work, it is sure to be a great evening. We hope to see you there! Thanks to APA Chicago for organizing. APA Chicago will be hosting their 2nd annual Artist’s Perspective Exhibition and Holiday Party on December 12 at Throop…
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Events + Networking
October 26, 2014

Being John Malkovich

Sandro Miller is one of the most respected photographers in the industry, and by now I'm sure you've heard about his latest project: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters. What I find most inspiring about this playful tribute to some of the greatest photographic images in history is the collaborative partnership between Sandro and John Malkovich. You can see how they…
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September 26, 2014

THE GRAND SPECTACLE

While this isn't really an industry event, we are still really looking forward to it. So we thought it would be nice of us to share the details with you. Hope to see you there!  THE GRAND SPECTACLE OCTOBER 4 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EVENT NAVIGATION   In partnership with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District,…
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Business and Inspiration
August 5, 2019

10 Apps We Use on Every Shoot

Staying three steps ahead isn’t just one of our core values — it’s an everyday practice.   And for us, a big part of staying savvy means keeping up with the latest production-friendly apps. Here’s our top ten list of apps we use on every shoot — and often in between, too.
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July 23, 2019

These Two Things Could Win You More Jobs

The secret to winning client bids? Knowing and understanding that no two jobs are alike — nor are they won the same way. It’s often some combination of your portfolio, who you know, your strategy in approaching the job, and when you’re available — not to mention about a billion other details. That said, for all the jobs we’ve won…
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July 13, 2019

Celebrating Five Years with “An Evening of Gratitude”

An Evening of Gratitude When I began thinking about how to celebrate Grey House Productions turning 5-years old, I knew I needed to do something special, but I kept being turned off at the idea of throwing a party and having everyone applaud for me. Because really, I didn't get here alone. So instead, on March 30th, I hosted "An…
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Production PartnersProduction Resources
July 8, 2019

Studio Goals

No matter where we are in the world — even if we’re shooting in our own backyard in Chicago — we’re constantly on the hunt for the very best studio for the job. What makes for a good one? It all depends on the project! To start, we look at three key areas:  Space It’s not just about the physical space,…
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#TeamGreyHouse News
June 13, 2019

Our Core Values: Logistics & Hospitality

We recently celebrated five years in business, which was marked with a rebranding (shout-out to our incredibly talented Brand and Logo Designer, Melissa Yeager!) and a lot of thoughtful introspection — namely, revisiting and expanding Grey House’s Core Values. Over the course of the next several months, we’ll be sharing our Core Values in detail on the blog, to offer…
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Events + Networking
May 4, 2019

Creative Collaboration in a Gig Economy

GHP Executive Producer, Hannah Soto will be one of the panelists at the C3's "Creative Collaboration" event on May 15th. We hope to see you there. 🙂   About The Event What does it mean to collaborate?   “Going it alone” doesn’t mean we don’t need partners. It just means we need partners we can trust, who “get” our process,…
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April 30, 2019

3 Ways #TeamGreyHouse Makes Every Shoot Even Better

We’ve always been big on logistics and hospitality. So when it comes to shoots, there are always a few things that can be overlooked, and we embrace. Sure, they’re small details, but we try to always remember that a rising tide lifts all boats. Here are three things we practice that have a really big, positive ripple for our clients.…
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April 23, 2019

It’s Easy Being Green: Practicing Sustainability On Set

Earth Day is a natural reminder to think about our daily approach to sustainability and recycling. But when so much of our day-to-day is spent on set, the good habits we practice at home don’t always translate. Though we still have a long ways to go toward zero waste on set, we’ve managed to incorporate some key Earth-friendly practices into…
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April 16, 2019

The Workbook: Creative Expression

I was recently interviewed by The Workbook. Here is the extended length of the feature interview.   How did you become involved with producing? Please describe your journey. It really first began when I was producing my own photo shoots back in 2010. But, of course, I had no idea what true production was. I was just doing what came…
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Events + Networking
October 19, 2018

Face to Face Event, Official (Cocktail) After Party!

Powered by Eventbrite Join us for continued connections at the official after (cocktail!) party of At Edge's Face to Face event, hosted by Grey House Productions, LLC.  For those who attended the F2F event, here is the change to connect with those you didn't have time to sit with at F2F.  For those who did not attend the F2F event,…
Read More
Production PartnersProduction Resources
July 8, 2019

Studio Goals

No matter where we are in the world — even if we’re shooting in our own backyard in Chicago — we’re constantly on the hunt for the very best studio for the job. What makes for a good one? It all depends on the project! To start, we look at three key areas:  Space It’s not just about the physical space,…
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Business and InspirationProduction PartnersProduction Resources
April 23, 2019

It’s Easy Being Green: Practicing Sustainability On Set

Earth Day is a natural reminder to think about our daily approach to sustainability and recycling. But when so much of our day-to-day is spent on set, the good habits we practice at home don’t always translate. Though we still have a long ways to go toward zero waste on set, we’ve managed to incorporate some key Earth-friendly practices into…
Read More
Production Resources
July 23, 2019

These Two Things Could Win You More Jobs

The secret to winning client bids? Knowing and understanding that no two jobs are alike — nor are they won the same way. It’s often some combination of your portfolio, who you know, your strategy in approaching the job, and when you’re available — not to mention about a billion other details. That said, for all the jobs we’ve won…
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Production PartnersProduction Resources
July 8, 2019

Studio Goals

No matter where we are in the world — even if we’re shooting in our own backyard in Chicago — we’re constantly on the hunt for the very best studio for the job. What makes for a good one? It all depends on the project! To start, we look at three key areas:  Space It’s not just about the physical space,…
Read More
#TeamGreyHouse NewsProduction Resources
April 30, 2019

3 Ways #TeamGreyHouse Makes Every Shoot Even Better

We’ve always been big on logistics and hospitality. So when it comes to shoots, there are always a few things that can be overlooked, and we embrace. Sure, they’re small details, but we try to always remember that a rising tide lifts all boats. Here are three things we practice that have a really big, positive ripple for our clients.…
Read More
Business and InspirationProduction PartnersProduction Resources
April 23, 2019

It’s Easy Being Green: Practicing Sustainability On Set

Earth Day is a natural reminder to think about our daily approach to sustainability and recycling. But when so much of our day-to-day is spent on set, the good habits we practice at home don’t always translate. Though we still have a long ways to go toward zero waste on set, we’ve managed to incorporate some key Earth-friendly practices into…
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