Milwaukee Art Museum | Larry Bell’s Iceberg

larry bell iceberg, milwaukee art museum, santiago calatrava

It’s been about a year since I last visited one of my favorite buildings – The Milwaukee Art Museum. A photographer I know in Milwaukee was posting some pics of this great art installation in the atrium so I figured I should check that out before it’s gone 🙂 The museum is doing winter installations […]

Using Minimalism/Simplicity In Your Architectural Images

prtizker pavilion, millennium park

Let’s start with definitions of each since they basically go hand in hand/are synonyms of each other. Minimalism is a style in art, architecture, and theatre that uses the smallest range of materials and colors possible, and only very simple shapes or forms. Simplicity is the state of being simple (free from elaboration), uncomplicated, or uncompounded. So, […]

Columbus, Indiana

columbus city hall, columbus indiana

This unique city has long been on my photo bucket list. A modernist architecture enclave, this city has designs by some of the most well-known architects of the era – I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, among others. Here’s one article explaining a bit more about the history of […]

Out of Chicago Photography Urban Conference Recap

chicago river

It’s been a very long time since Out of Chicago (OOC) has had an in-person city conference. Just last week, the OOC crew put together a fantastic, intimate 4-day conference in Chicago. It’s always an honor to be a part of their events. The other instructors and the participants are always incredible. And, last week […]

Chicago 2023 Workshop Recap

chicago theater, icm

Time for a look at some of the locations we shot during the Chicago workshop a few weeks ago! Always fun showing peope around my hometown. This year, I had a great group with everyone from out of town, mostly east coast and west coast and one from Indiana. We had, mostly, great weather. Friday […]

Northwestern University Photowalk, May 2023

bienen school of music, goettsch partners, northwestern university

It’s been awhile since I did a group photowalk so leading up to the Chicago workshop I offered a 3-hour walk around the Northwestern University campus in Evanston. This gave workshop participants an opportunity to see a different part of the Chicagoland area and shoot something we never cover in the workshops. Plus, others could […]

Burberry at Night

burberry chicago, Callison Bartluce Architects, Solomon Cordwell Buenz

There are a handful of Chicago buildings I’ve been meaning to shoot for quite a long time and keep procrastinating on it because I truly hate using a tripod. Particularly, for abstracts. I feel like I lose all creative freedom because instead of seeing the compositions I’m so focused on the damn tripod. I’m sure […]

Los Angeles 2023 Workshop Recap

petersen automotive museum, kohn pedersen fox

The first workshop of 2023 is in the books! LA’s been having some odd weather this year and it sure wasn’t the most cooperative for us but we still had a great time and got some great shots. Just gotta improvise your approach when you don’t get the sun you expect/hope for. Same goes for […]

FreshLens Photowalk

the bean, anish kapoor, millennium park chicago

Last weekend I spent a couple of hours showing the teens of FreshLens some of Chicago’s great architecture. If you’re not familiar with FreshLens, it’s a program meant to bring the arts, specifically photography, to teens of under-resourced areas of Chicago. Upon completion of the intro course, each teen receives a camera to further their […]

Photo Series | Triptychs

I’ve discussed photo series a few times on this blog and in webinars. Soon, I’ll cover this topic for the 2023 Out of Chicago LIVE! Conference. Both, in a free photo challenge (on Jan 24, at noon) and then more comprehensively during the conference on February 5. So, if this topic interests you, sign up […]