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2017: Chicago’s Year of Public Art

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2017 the Year of Public Art with plans for special community projects, art festival, youth programs and more. Of course, this announcement has me a bit excited. Here is a link to the City of Chicago’s Year of Public Art Schedule. […]

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An Excellent Resource to Learn Photography!

  Often, my tour clients, friends and colleagues hear me recommending CreativeLive as an excellent resource of online workshops to learn or improve photography skills or even learn about the business side. Some clients seeking additional help learning their camera’s buttons or functions on their own also hear me singing CreativeLive’s praises. Why? Learn Photography […]

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What Genre(s) of Photos Do You Think You Take?

  If I were to ask what genre(s) of photos you think you take, what would you say? Let me help you out with a list: Portraits Weddings Events Sports Street / Urban Fine Art Macro Landscapes Family Travel Abstract Stills Motion Architecture ..the list could go on. Now, I’ll ask, what genre(s) of photos […]

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TTAL Special Edition: Happy Birthday, Chicago!

It has been 180 years since Chicago incorporated as a city, and what a city it is! Being 180 years old is considered young for those of you in other parts of the world where your buildings or monuments date back hundreds and hundreds of years, but Chicago has not wasted any time making its […]

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Teaching Teens Through Photography

I recently had the pleasure of teaching a group of teens in The Explorers Program, whose goal is to teach skills to live life and create impact. Right now, they are learning photography through guest photographers from various genres, and I was to focus on urban photography. It’s always a bit intimidating getting up in front […]

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Chicago: The Perfect Winter Escape?

Seems odd to say this but, for the first Winter in a long time, Chicago seems to be the place to be in the U.S. if you want to escape the snowy blizzards of the East Coast or the storms and dangerous mudslides of the West Coast. What began with frigid temps in December settled to average temperature in […]

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Love and Chicago…The Ultimate Question

Not having been born and raised a Chicagoan, I’m often asked ‘What do you love most about Chicago?’

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Thoughts From The Bus

Thoughts From The Bus

  “Thoughts From The Bus“ is a series of observations, musings and rantings from my commutes on Chicago’s public transit system, the CTA. Much of my life, I have been a people-watcher. I find human interaction, human nature mixed with a bit of psychology quite fascinating to watch from the outside. Sometimes, I enjoy creating […]

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Inspire With Photography

Today, I made a retail clerk smile and look at her job differently. How? I started talking about how I had left my camera at home and was desperately wishing I could take photos of her makeup/perfume counter displays. She asked ‘why?’ with a suspicious look on her face and in her tone. I began […]

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Removing Chicago History, Making History, Building For The Future

In the early part of 2013, I was witness to an incredible historic occurrence in Chicago and my friend, colleague and fellow tour operator, Margaret of Chicago Elevated, heard what I had done. She asked me to write a guest blog post for her Website about the historic event. I was honored to be asked […]

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