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 […]

Chiberia 2024

montrose harbor, chiberia 2024

We didn’t get all the predicted snow the last few days but they sure got the cold temps correct! Yesterday, I braved the frigid temps, -4 degrees when I was out shootign around 11am, who knows with the windchill, guess I should’ve looked. I stayed pretty close to home and headed to Montrose Harbor to […]

Private Photwalks Recap | Fall 2023

Typically, I do these photowalk recaps individually but things have been a little crazy lately so I decided on a couple of things. There are a couple of reasons for this. So, I decided the iPhone would free me up to maybe see things a bit differently and use it as a sort of sketch […]

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 […]

Student Images – 2023 Chicago Workshop

Time for the student images from the recent Chicago workshop! Always a favorite post to share. So fun seeing the different interpretations made of the locations we visited together. Sandi Spaulding This was Sandi’s first workshop with me, so nice to have her explore Chicago and capture some unique takes on the Chicago Cultural Center, […]

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 […]

Indiana Dunes & The Chicago Skyline

indiana dunes state park, chicago skyline, sunset

Long on my photo bucket list has been to shoot the Chicago skyline from the Indiana Dunes State Park. At certain times of the year, the sun sets directly behind the skyline and with a telephoto lens you can capture this stunning view. Last Friday, I finally got over there and lucked out with a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Downtown Wanderings

Last Friday we finally had some sunshine, along with some pretty cold temps, which seems unavoidable in the winter. Oh well, despite the cold, I think I finally have a little project idea in mind. I need sunshine and clear skies so I had to take advantage of the right conditions. I’m not going to […]