Student Images from the August 2021 Chicago Workshop

You’ve seen my shots from the workshop, but isn’t it more fun to peek at some of the attendee’s images for a different perspective?! Let’s dive right in! Omar Jeffries This was the first workshop where everyone was from out of town, not a single local Chicagoan! Omar joined us from Cleveland. He has a […]

Private Workshop – South Loop, The Loop, Lakeshore East

alexander calder, calder red, calder flamingo

Last week I had a private workshop with a wonderful woman who has done a couple of these 1on1’s with me. It’s always so nice to catch up, explore the city, and see how her shooting has evolved. After seeing a post of mine on Instagram, she requested we visit the Paragon. An apartment building […]

How to Use Overcast Skies to Your Advantage

chrysler building, art deco

We’re in the throes of winter which means lots of overcast, gray skies. It can make for some serious lack of motivation but it might be a new way to push yourself photographically. Sure, it’s easy to get excited by great light and get great photos when you have sunshine, but the softbox type of […]

Photographing Brooklyn’s Architecture

During last year’s New York City workshop we spent a day in Brooklyn exploring some of the borough’s new and historic architecture. The first stop was the Barclays Center designed by SHoP Architects. The exterior is made up of 12,000 uniquely-shaped panels in weathered steel that recall the color and scale of adjacent brownstone blocks. […]

Chicago Workshop Recap, 2019

As I briefly mentioned in my last post, Chicago was my final workshop of 2019. We spent three days covering a lot of ground and despite some pretty chilly weather and one night being rained out, there were still plenty of great photo ops. Friday morning started bright and early at the Adler Planetarium. Another […]

Queens & Manhattan | NYC

guggenheim museum, nyc, frank lloyd wright

Continuing another day exploring NYC. As I’ve mentioned, I was there for our workshop (Photography Unfolded). We started day 3 with sunrise in Hunter’s Point, which has nice views of Midtown. I prefer using the pavilion in South Waterfront Park to frame the city, particularly the Chrysler Building. After breakfast, we headed back to Manhattan, […]

Using Framing to Create More Interest in Your Architectural Subjects

lincoln park pavilion, studio gang architects, angie mcmonigal photography

One of our favorite ways to compose architectural subjects is to frame them. There are many ways to do this, from abstract takes to cityscape views. Let’s go through a few examples to give you an idea of what we mean. Starting with an abstract perspective. One way is to use a portion of the […]

Paris Workshop 2018 – Day 1

The last couple of months have been full of workshops! From Paris & Chicago with Photography Unfolded to private workshops in Chicago and a 3-day workshop with the Chicago Botanic Gardens (days 1&2, day 3). I have A LOT of editing to catch up on! Today I’ll share day 1 of 4 from Paris. We […]

Miami Scouting, Day 1

Last month I spent a few days checking out the amazing architecture of Miami for an upcoming workshop Michael Muraz and I will be teaching in January. It’s been over 7 years since I’ve been here and that was a much different trip, girls weekend, not a whole lot of photography 😉 This time was […]

August Private Workshop Recap

I’m back with another tour around downtown Chicago from my latest private workshop. This time I spent the day with an architect from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was in town for a week and wanted some guidance on creating architectural abstracts. Always interesting to shoot with an architect and see what they’re drawn to. […]