Private Workshop Recap

millennium park, pritzker pavilion, frank gehry

A couple weeks ago I taught another 1on1 workshop to a talented lady originally from the Netherlands. She’s been in Chicago for a little over a year now and creates these great abstracts of her own (check out her Instagram account!), but wanted some guidance on shooting architecture in a more detailed/abstract way, so we […]

Out of Chicago Photo Conference Recap 2018

pritzker pavilion, frank gehry

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching at the 5th Annual Out of Chicago Photo Conference. I’ve been lucky enough to teach every year the conference has run, it’s always great seeing so many familiar faces and meeting so many new people, both students and instructors. There’s always something new to learn! […]

La Défense

grande arche, la defense

If you’re looking for modern architecture in Paris, La Défense is the most concentrated area you’ll find. It’s technically just outside of Paris, west of the city, and the major business area of this historic city. It’s a relatively compact area with a whole lot of interesting architecture. At the western-most end is the Grande […]

Architecture of the Chicago Botanic Gardens

chicago botanic gardens, chicago architecture

A few months ago the Chicago Botanic Gardens reached out to me about teaching a workshop about architecture. At first I was unsure this could work given it’s in the suburbs, away from the obvious architecture of downtown Chicago, and I wasn’t that familiar with the architecture of the gardens. We met to do a […]

Paris Scouting, stop #1

11 Quai d'Austerlitz, paris

In early January I spent 3 days in Paris doing a little scouting for a possible fall workshop. When we think of Paris, we think of that historic architecture the city is known for, but there are some really great modern buildings too. Given that I tend to be drawn the clean lines of modern […]

Intro to Architecture Series, Class 6 – Thompson Center

Week 6 of the Intro to Architecture Series Class was the final class where we went out to shoot. Week 7, the final week, wrapped up with an image share/critique, post-processing and printing of images made during the previous 6 weeks. For this final location, we headed to the James R. Thompson Center. A super […]

Intro to Architecture Series, Class 5 – Art Institute

art institute of chicago

This week we visited one of my favorite locations in the city; the Art Institute of Chicago. Of course the art is great, but in terms of photography there are some great architectural details, especially the staircases. It was tough to come away with only one series of images, so there are a few in […]

Intro to Architecture Series, Class 4 – Cultural Center

Week 4 of my Intro to Architecture Series class had us going to the Cultural Center. On this outing I focused on centered shots of the south staircase.  This is such a beautiful space with so many options. If you missed this session, registration is now open for the spring session. All the details here!

Intro to Architecture Series, Class 3 – Palmer House

palmer house hilton

Week 3 of the Architecture Series calls with Chicago Photography Classes had us going to the Palmer House Hilton. This is such a beautifully ornate location. I’ve photographed this many times so trying to come up with something different was difficult at first. I decided to focus on the reflections of architectural details in the […]

Chicago Workshop Recap

chicago skyline, north ave beach

A couple months ago Michael Muraz and I led a 2.5 day workshop in Chicago. We had incredible weather which made for a really great weekend. We started Friday afternoon with some abstracts of the Studio Gang designed pavilion on Lincoln Park’s south pond. This has long been one of my favorite locations in Chicago to […]