10 Years of Collaboration | PhotoGabi

As we Celebrate a Decade of The Huestudio + Company throughout 2018, we also celebrate and honor many years of creative collaboration with Preferred Partners; unique artisans that are personally-curated and extensively vetted by our team to offer exquisitely-curated event experiences.

February 2018 spotlights the extraordinary talents of PhotoGabi!

Gabriel “Gabi” Bucataru, the talented artist behind PhotoGabiregularly captures our crazy ideas, unique concepts and innovative visions with his detailed photographic eye.

As one of our preferred photographers and favorite collaborators, enjoy reading about him and his unique passions.

  1. Bucataru means “cook” in Romanian [that’s where I’m from], and that’s exactly what I want to be when I grow up. Besides being a photographer, of course. But I really love cooking.
  2. Cooking and photography seem to go together well in my world since I really enjoy taking photos of anything I might have on the menu on the days I am on dinner duty for my family. Even if it comes to having groggy, hungry kids and a wife waiting until I finish taking photos of every possible angle of the completed dish. Anything for art!
  3. Deep down I want to be a movie director. That’s when I picked up the video camera and started playing with the medium of video. Anything from writing scripts, storytelling and cinematography to sometimes acting, excites me greatly.
  4. The devil is into details, and so am I. There’s so much story under the surface of my everyday, mundane subjects. Discovering and capturing that on my camera can mean the day for me.
  5. Each photoshoot is a challenge, just like life is. That’s what excites me – be it people, portraits or still life.
  6. I love the smell of film. Literally. I grew up in communist Romania, where as a teenager tinkering with my Dad’s Soviet film camera – and having a dark room in the house – I was able to develop and see coming to life the photos I took. Since then, I got this bug which now re-appears in the form of filming with an old 16mm Bolex or taking photos on 120 format dual-reflex film cameras. The colors, grain and feel [not to speak of the scent] of film, brings something so organic about the story in them, one can almost touch it. Call it nostalgia.
  7. I take my camera wherever I go, so my portfolio varies from food [of course!] to off-roading in a sandy forest somewhere in Florida.
  8. The largest portion of my portfolio is shot for stock at the coolest Canadian co-op agency called Stocksywww.stocksy.com/photogabi ]. That’s where you’ll find me 99% posting and displaying my latest meanderings. Chances are that you might have seen one of my photos in an ad or article in a magazine or on a billboard somewhere on your trips.
  9. Each photoshoot opportunity is different, which can be intimidating at first, but it almost always ends with something new learned and discovered.
  10. Life is an art in itself, and creative opportunities are at every step. I am eager to see what’s in store, and feel privileged to be able to capture them even if only 1/100 of a second [if lighting is proper].

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View our Gallery to be mesmerized by Gabi’s Top Ten photographs, beautifully captured for discerning clients and festive fêtes. Everyone has a story.

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Photo Credits:© PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company.

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10 Years of Collaboration | Mirabelle Studio

As we Celebrate a Decade of The Huestudio + Company throughout 2018, we also celebrate and honor many years of creative collaboration with Preferred Partners; unique artisans that are personally-curated and extensively vetted by our team to offer exquisitely-curated event experiences.

January 2018 spotlights the magnificent artistry and talents of Mirabelle Studio!With a new website and fresh designs for 2018, the extraordinary Judy Lynn regularly transforms our distinctive ideas and innovative visions into spectacular, bespoke creations for discerning clients and festive fêtes.

Delight in these items and unique stories of interest as you learn more about Mirabelle Studio, one of our premier, longtime Preferred Partners.

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Ten Things about Mirabelle Studio

  1. A mirabelle is a small yellow plum grown primarily for preserving. It also inspires what I do and how I work. I create books and boxes to hold, store, and preserve life’s moments.
  2. I am passionate about combining my love of book arts and printmaking with my new focus on surface pattern design.
  3. I use traditional bookbinding and linocut tools along with a laptop to create my pieces. I enjoy this combination of old and new to create modern, functional art.
  4. Nature is an endless source of inspiration for me. This admiration motivates my commitment to supporting nature and using eco-products and practices whenever possible.
  5. I have lived in five different states and in Paris, France. These locations continuously percolate up and influence my work.
  6. I love to work with my hands and I view making things as an extension of myself. My favorite piece is always what I am working on at the moment. Currently I’m designing tree frogs and jungle foliage.
  7. I love hearing how people use my boxes. They have held diamonds, vitamins, volcanic ash, remote controls, photos, tax papers, pens, pet remains, Limoges boxes, candy, gift cards, athletic medals, and sugar packets.
  8. I earned a BFA in graphic design and minored in publishing and printing arts where I learned letterpress printing and book binding.
  9. Each piece is made by hand in small batches to ensure quality and meticulous craftsmanship.
  10. I enjoy the functional element that is inherent in my work, however, I don’t think a book or box needs to be filled. I love blank books and empty boxes because they hold the potential for something wonderful!

Visit their colorful site to learn more + view our Gallery for photographs of past, bespoke offerings by Judy Lynn of Mirabelle Studio.

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“I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.”

– Steve Lacy

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company.

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From Heaven Above

Exclusively commissioned as a special birthday/holiday gift, three elegant sets of personal notes and envelopes, beautifully crafted on handmade papers, were scripted by the talented Joi Hunt of Bien Fait Calligraphy in various classic styles of pointed pen calligraphy.

Presented in custom boxes and exquisitely tied using hand-dyed botanical silk ribbons, this personal gift was truly extraordinary + a genuine work of art!

“My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness.”

– Michelangelo

“When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.”

– Akhenaton

Allow the creative team of The Huestudio + Company, and our personally-curated artisans of Preferred Partners, to design and create a perfect gift for you and your beloved!

You’ll be glad you did!

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2017.

With Gratitude + Thanksgiving

Turkey. Dressing. Pomegranates. Pumpkin + Pecan Pies! A bountiful harvest of of joy and blessings.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, our wonderful friends and Preferred Partners at Fun To Eat Fruit, featured our branded logo on edible apples, pomegranates and miniature pumpkins, among other fresh fruits. These fun, and oh, so whimsical edible fruits have charmed everyone!

Branded fruits were used throughout to decorate our corporate offices, as well as, utilized to set thoughtful and healthy place settings. We also playfully designed + created our version of a branded “pumpkin pie”. #NoCookingRequired

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

– William Arthur Ward

So, wherever your holidays may take you throughout our wonderful world – and whatever your Thanksgiving holiday traditions might be – plan ahead and always be prepared.

You just never know who might surprise you with an ‘unexpected’ visit!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Huestudio + Company!

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“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”

– William Blake

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2017.

All Treats! No Tricks.

[Preferred Partner Spotlight: Katherine Anne Confections]

Kaleidoscopic. Kind. Kindred. Knockout! Known. Katherine Anne!

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On this last day of October 2017, we are all about sweet treats! No tricks from us.

We are honored to spotlight our longtime, and oh, so delicious preferred partner, Katherine Anne Confections! Creating local-focused sweets in Chicago since 2006, we highly recommend their scrumptious confectionary delights for every special occasion you might wish to celebrate.

All artisan confections are handmade completely from scratch with an intense focus on local, organic and fair-trade ingredients.

Decadent truffles are lovingly rolled + dipped by hand. Classic flavors include Lemon Poppyseed and Toasted Coconut Rum – however – innovative and limited-edition seasonal flavors [over 175 flavors are created each year!] spotlight Peanut Butter Coconut Curry or Goat Cheese Walnut, offering the unique chance to taste and try something new!

Silky caramels are made with local wildflower honey and organic agave nectar, instead of corn syrup. Popular flavors include Rosemary Sea Salt and Chocolate Walnut + are perfectly packaged to delight guests as charming favors in delicate flavors that are soft, floral and delicious!

Soft, pillowy marshmallows are made with local wildflower honey instead of corn syrup, with a slight touch of sea salt.

Perfectly toasted for creating exotic s’mores or melted in Katherine Anne’s rich, European-style sipping chocolate [named “one of the best 15 in America” by Fodor Travel], each marshmallow is simply delectable right out of the bag! #Yum

We simply love their packaging, crafted from handmade, cream-colored paper – and – gift bride + groom clients of The Huestudio + Company with our signature “Something Blue” appreciation gift, showcasing their 7-piece truffle box elegantly tied with a special tag, created in pointed pen by Bien Fait Calligraphy.

Merci Katherine Anne Confections for always creating exceptional, unparalleled and elegantly crafted confections for us, and for so many in the Chicagoland area, and beyond.

We love and adore everything single confection that you design and create! #HuestudioPreferredPartner

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“A life without sweets is not much worth living.”

– Pawan Mishra

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Photo Credits: © PhotoGabi exclusively for The Huestudio + Company, 2017.