COD Photo Program Students Invite You to the Exposed Photography Showcase Tuesday, May 5th from 6 to 9 p.m. in SRC 2000 at the College of DuPage Main Campus

April 21, 2015

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The COD Photo Students in the inaugural Exposed Photography Showcase invite you to join them as they share their work on Tuesday, May 5th, from 6 to 9 p.m. in SRC 2000. Awards will be announced for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention Portfolios in the College and High School categories. We hope to see you there!

COD Photo Students Shine at Self-Employment in the Arts Conference February 20 & 21 at the Hilton in Lisle

February 21, 2015
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COD Photography student and Graphic Designer Lynn Anderson presented a 2-hour workshop on designing your own website at a Friday night session of the SEA Conference.

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Photographer Becky J. Davis’ works, “Blue Pink Diptych” and “Blue Gap” were chosen for the 6th Annual SEA Juried Art Show and were on display throughout the conference.

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Dee Hudson, Photographer and Graphic Designer, had 3 pieces accepted into the SEA Juried Art Show. From left to right: “Winter Slumber”, “Silhouette Glow” and “Tranquil Moment.”

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COD Photography Student Matt Levins stands next to his “Dreamscape 11″ image at the SEA Juried Art Show.



“Breaking in to the Photo/Video Business-How to get your First Clients and Get Noticed” Panel Discussion at College of DuPage

February 15, 2015

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Documentary Filmmaker Margaret Byrne, Telemundo Newscaster Alex Lechuga and Commercial Photographer Paul Audia shared their expertise with College of DuPage students at the “Breaking into the Photo/Video Business-How to Get Noticed and Get Your First Clients” panel discussion sponsored by the Self Employment in the Arts Conference (SEA) and the Motion Picture TV Dept.
The SEA Conference will be held this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 & 21 at the Lisle Hilton. For more valuable information on how to kickstart your career in the arts, go to



Creative Boot Camp Class 2015 Kicks Off with a Tour of Jimi Allen Productions

February 10, 2015

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The Creative Boot Camp Class visited Jimi Allen Productions, a subscription-based media, marketing and branding firm in Aurora last week.

Jimi Allen, the Lead Creative, started as a photojournalist. His passion is for people. He has photographed presidents in Washington, scientists in Dubai, missionaries in Portugal, and priests in Tibet, weddings, corporate events, portraits, and much more. Using photojournalism techniques, he aims to document his subjects and communicate a unique, inspiring story. His interdisciplinary education and visionary mindset is what fuels the culture of his studio. He has a Master’s degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University.

Jimi explained to the Creative Boot Camp students how his vision led him to build his business, develop innovative media strategies and create a new kind of community. He’s currently developing a co-working space called the Gravity Building, which is adjacent to his studio at 76 South LaSalle in downtown Aurora. 

 Jimi’s approach to development can best be described as “hands on.”

From launching his own photojournalism business with one camera out of a local Starbucks, to conceptualizing – then producing MoGa, an innovative, portable moving gallery, to designing and then reconstructing the historic home he lives in today, Jimi told students he had to create his own opportunities. The intimate, hands on connections he fostered are his calling card.

To build a profitable media marketing company, he realized he had to quickly identify what had to be changed and updated for his clients. When they were losing income due to a lack of effective business storytelling, he relied on his interdisciplinary approach.

He developed a unique, forward-thinking solution to their problem. In 2012, Jimi Allen Productions became Bureau Gravity, a subscription-based media, marketing and branding firm. At 56 S. LaSalle St., Gravity Building will begin offering desk space for rent this fall.




COD Photo Club Provides Free Family Portraits for Military Families – “Valentines for Veterans” February 7

February 10, 2015
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World War II Veteran Willard Smith and his wife Joyce participated in the inaugural “Valentines for Veterans” event at the COD Photo Studios Saturday, February 7.

Thanks again to the Valentines for Veterans Volunteers – All of you demonstrated your many talents, teamwork, and professionalism to all the veterans we photographed. It was great to see you all using the skills you learn in classes in a real-world project that gives back to the community. I was touched by your enthusiasm for this service project. and am sure the military families were, too. I hope we can do it bigger, better and serve more families next year.


Valentines for Veterans volunteers – (Back Row) Miles Boone, JoAnn Hartley, Victor Aguirre, Becky J. Davis, Robin Tryloff, Susan Krpan, Jean Jung-McBride, Frank Jackowiak, (Middle Row) Martina Magnusson, Patti Mendoza, Sally Blottiaux, Julie Klemens, Terry Vitacco. (Front Row) Deb Wesley and Jamie Matthews. (Not Pictured) Lorae Mundt, Bryan Mundt, Adam Lee and Sue Bauer Lee.


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JoAnn Hartley (Right) does a few test shots with the Valentines for Veterans volunteers before the event. (Front Row) Lorae Mundt, Martina Magnusson and Sue Lee-Bauer. (Back Row) Julie Klemens and Adam Lee.



Lightroom Editors Becky Jane Davis (Left) and Sue Krpan enjoy reviewing the photographers’ files at the Valentines for Veterans event February 7.



Photographers Robin Tryloff and Jean Jung McBride (Left to Right) listen to Joyce and Willard R Smith recount stories of World War II as they waited for the Lightroom editing to be done at the Valentines for Veterans event.




Come to Photo Club Meeting Tues. Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. in MAC 284 to help with Valentines for Veterans Service Project

January 27, 2015

Dear Photo Community,
Please come to the Tuesday, Feb. 3 Photo Club Meeting at 4 p.m. in MAC 284 to learn about
our Valentines for Veterans project and to sign up to help.
We need Photographers, photo assistants, Lightroom processors, model release and paperwork helpers,
runners, guides to show military families where the Photo Studios are, etc.
Hope to see you there,
Terry Vitacco



Free Family Portraits for Military Families-Sign Up for Valentines for Veterans-COD Photo Club

January 27, 2015

Dear COD Community,

I would like to announce the COD Photo Club’s Service Project, Valentines for Veterans.
Photo Student volunteers will photograph military families on Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.
Military families will have a FREE 20 minute professional portrait session and go home with a CD of Valentine
photos to send to their loved ones in the Armed Forces. Reservations are required.
Email JoAnn Hartley at to make your appointment.
Feel free to share this, and we hope to hear from military families that we can serve.

Terry Vitacco
Photography Professor,
Photo Program Coordinator

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