Ram’s Gate Winery | Backen & Backen

ram's gate winery, backen & backen

Earlier this year I spent some time on the west coast – Mexico, Los Angeles area, San Francisco area – creating images for a client centered around design inspiration. One of those SF area stops was Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma. While this wasn’t all-encompassing of how I’d shoot this space for the winery or […]

Design project for St Regis

Over the last year, I’ve been working with the St Regis brand to create images for design inspiration. A bit of a mix of my fine art style + the more documentary type of commercial work. However, with a stronger focus on details of both architectural elements and landscapes. Fun and a bit nerve-racking to […]

Dying of the Chicago River – St Patrick's Day

drone photography, dying of the chicago river, chicago river, st patricks day chicago, chicago skyline

The city of Chicago surprised us over the weekend dying the river green! Like last year, they had planned to cancel this annual St Patrick’s Day tradition because of Covid. So, this was a fun surprise on a very beautiful day. In the 21 years I’ve lived here I’ve never photographed this so I decided […]

North Shore Congregation Isreal

north shore congregation isreal, Minoru Yamasaki, okw architects

It’s always exciting to realize there’s an architectural gem around Chicago I have yet to photograph. This building certainly is that and I have one of my students to thank for the introduction! With all this online teaching, a recent class I taught at RS Chicago Photography Classes consisted of each student photographing either one […]

Lakeshore Winter Sunrise Droning

lake point tower

Last week we had some warmer, sunny days so I decided to drag myself out of bed at the ungodly hour of 4:30am to get ready and get down to the lakefront for some drone shots. Mainly of the St Regis Chicago for a client project but there’s one shot in particular that I grabbed […]

"Constellation" in the Snow

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

And, I’m back for more shots of Calatrava’s Constellation sculpture at River Point Park. You’re all gonna get sick of me constantly shooting this, lol. But I couldn’t resist the bright red against the snow and the snow on its “feathers”. I stopped by last Thursday, but given my schedule and the sun deciding to […]

Winter Light & Droning at the Lincoln Park Pavilion

lincoln park nature boardwalk, studio gang architects

Well, here I am again getting out of the habit of shooting. So, new year, new plans to get back into the habit of making images. Last week we had a couple of warm days so I spent some time at one of my favorite Chicago spots, the Studio Gang-designed Lincoln Park pavilion. It was […]

“Constellation” Drone Shots – Sun + Snow | Santiago Calatrava

I recently took (and passed 😉 ) the FAA drone pilot certification exam (Part 107) so this will be a fun addition to upcoming shoots! To get a little practice, I thought I’d go back to Calatrava’s Constellation sculpture at River Point. Fun shooting here this way. Here are a few takes… This last one, […]

First Drone Shots…

Baháʼí House, drone photography

Drones have been around awhile and it’s been long on my list to get one and figure out how to shoot with it. I finally made the leap so I thought I’d share my initial shots. The two above are my first two shots with the drone. The next stop was the Baháʼí House in […]