Getting creative with cityscapes

I love shooting cityscapes and I always spend some time researching good locations when I visit a new city. Sometimes, it’s hard not to shoot the obvious view and get the same shot as everyone else. So here are a few tips to get more creative with your cityscapes. I’m also including examples from a […]

The best Chicago rooftops for cityscapes

After sharing our best locations for cityscapes in Chicago, we thought we’d come back with the best rooftop locations. Elevated views are always great and Chicago has a lot of options to get something a little different! Let’s start with the obvious observations deck. Chicago has two observatories that are open year-round: 360 Chicago and […]

Using the transform tool to straighten verticals in architectural images

cta, chicago transit authority, chicago green line, chicago skyline

If you like taking photos of architecture and cityscapes, you’ve probably noticed that if you angle your camera up or down, the vertical lines of buildings tend to converge. Sometimes (not always), we want them to stay straight. And if you don’t have a tilt-shift lens, then you need to do that in post-processing. Here’s […]

Shooting different perspectives of the Eiffel Tower

Tour Eiffel - Paris, France

It doesn’t get much more iconic than the Eiffel Tower in Paris… Which is why we wanted to share different ways to capture wider cityscapes views of the French landmark. The most obvious shot is from the Trocadéro, across the Seine river. It’s a straight-forward location, with the obvious image being a centered, symmetrical composition. […]

Winter in Millennium Park

millennium park, bp pedestrian bridge, pritzker pavilion, frank gehry, chicago skyline

I’ve been excited about the completion (or near completion) of Maggie Daley park for quite a long time. First, because it looks like the most amazing park for kids and second because I’ve really been wanting the BP Pedestrian Bridge to open back up. Yesterday I finally had some time to get down there for […]

A Year In Review, 2014

I was going to title this post “The Best of 2014″, but I think it’s more appropriate to review those favorites, those “bests”, and figure out why I like those above all others. This time of year has a way of forcing us all to take stock. As we’re wrapping up 2014 and looking toward […]


urban quilt, streeterville, chicago

Yesterday I had the opportunity to shoot from a friends condo in the Streeterville neighborhood. If you’re not familiar with this area, its boundaries are the river on the south, Michigan Ave on the west and Lake Michigan on the east and north ends. If you’ve ever visited the city and walked from Michigan Ave […]

The Chicago River & iPhone Photography

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Friday I had the opportunity to chaperone my daughter’s 1st grade field trip and there might not be a better field trip than the architectural boat tour down the Chicago River. Despite having been on this boat tour a couple times it never gets old, there’s always something new to learn and it seems there […]

Bridges: Webster, Cortland & Damen

damen avenue bridge chicage

It was a day full of wandering the bridges on the northside of Chicago, some old–the bascule (drawbridge) bridges of Webster and Cortland which are most representative of the type of bridge this city is known for, afterall Chicago has the largest variety of drawbridge’s in any city in the world, to the more modern […]

Wednesday Wandering's


Yesterday was quite a random day of subject matter—low-lying fog, the Chicago skyline, street photography, architecture and abstracts. I spent the morning walking around with another mom-tographer friend who typically photographs kids and families (be sure to check out her work here and here..I love her images!). Unlike my usual days of shooting we didn’t […]