Chiberia 2024, take 2

lake michigan, ice abstracts

Long on my list has been to get some drone shots of the ice patterns on the lake or river. With this cold snap we’re having, I took the opportunity to head over to Navy Pier + the lake near Ohio Street Beach yesterday. The river hadn’t yet frozen over but the lake had some […]

Toronto 2023 Workshop Recap

one bloor east, hariri pontarini architects

Finally, I’ve gotten through all the workshop edits! It’s been 4 years since I’ve photographed anything in Toronto so it was really great to lead a workshop here after so long. I had a really incredible group of photographers join me and we had phenomenal weather! Let’s take a look at what we saw over […]

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 […]

Vintage Cars + Art Deco + Palm Trees | South Beach, Miami

south beach miami, vintage cars, art deco

A couple of weekends ago I made a quick trip to Miami for a friend’s wedding. So happy for them and was looking forward to some sunshine and warmth. Well, I got one of the two – it was so cold, seriously, about the same temps as Chicago. Oh well, a change of scenery is […]

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 […]

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

Yet another favorite San Francisco stop, The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption designed by local architects John Michael Lee, Paul A. Ryan, and Angus McSweeney along with internationally known architects Pier Luigi Nervi and Pietro Belluschi. I’ve seen many photos of the interior, particularly the ceiling, which is understandable and we’ll get to those soon. However, […]

“Sphere”, San Francisco

Sphere, Hyatt Regency San Francisco , charles o. perry

Sculptures are one of my favorite photographic subjects. Especially those that have great curves. Throw in some cool lighting and there are endless opportunities. You can imagine my thrill when I stumbled upon Sphere by Charles O. Perry in the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. It’s a 40-foot high geodesic sphere consisting of 1,400 pieces of […]

Mira San Francisco

Mira, San Francisco , studio gang

If you’ve been following me long enough you know I adore any design by Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang Architects). So, when I saw her newish building, Mira, being developed in San Francisco I knew I had to get there to shoot it! As luck would have it, I found myself in SF the last week […]

Olafur Eliasson's "Atmospheric Wave Wall"

olafur eliasson, atmospheric wave wall, willis tower

Another outing in the snow. And another piece of great Chicago public art, the relatively new Olafur Eliasson’s Atmospheric Wave Wall at the Willis Tower. After last Monday’s blizzard, we had a bright sunny morning. Taking advantage of that light, I thought I’d make some snowy images of this fun new sculptural wall. Inspired by […]