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Special Chicago Features

In recent weeks, Tour Through A Lens has been both a source of information and a highlight of a “Top Eco-Friendly Things To Do in Chicago” list. When I started this company, I wanted to give visitors a reason to really explore the urban environment, the beautiful architecture and cityscapes of Chicago with someone they […]

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A Temporary Change at Tour Through A Lens You Should Know

  If you’ve been on a photography tour with me, there’s a 70% chance you’ve heard me talk passionately about a citywide annual event put on by the Chicago Architecture Foundation: Open House Chicago. Open House Chicago is an opportunity for curious people like you and me to see buildings and spaces normally either closed […]

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Why You Will Want To Take The Alley Photo Tour

This Summer, Tour Through A Lens introduced a new tour, the company’s ONLY group tour: Alleys of Chicago Photo Tour. Why would you purposely go into alleys? Take a look!   NOTE: There are still spaces available for next Friday’s tour, August 11, 2017, at 1:00pm!    

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Happy Father’s Day: “World’s Best Father”

A fun little Father’s Day tribute     You may have seen this post on Social Media outlets a few years ago. It went semi-viral in the photography world. If you haven’t seen it, take a look! This is a photographer being creative, having fun and spending time with family. Being Creative With His Daughter   […]

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More Than A Photo…And Why It’s Important To Your Photography

Have you ever noticed how much you remember about a photo you took so long ago? Ever wonder why? Let’s start with a little exercise: Choose one photo from a trip or outing taken a year or longer ago and ask yourself Where was I? What stopped me to take this photo? Who was I […]

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My Grandpa, A Dream and A Challenge

On the day I was notified my grandpa died – my most treasured relative with whom I’d had a bond from the day of my birth – I was to lead a Chicago group on a worldwide photowalk challenge. When I received that call, though, I had a decision to make: Contact the group to […]

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How To Hold Your Camera Properly And 3 Reasons It Matters

Nearly all of my clients hear me use the phrase “Cradle your lens” when we’re out on a tour and, if they’re reading this, they’re probably laughing a little like we do when they hear me softly remind them. What does the phrase mean? Well let’s start by assessing how you currently hold your camera when […]

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Chicago’s Beloved Flag Earns Its Own Day!

Do you live somewhere that has a cool flag celebrated by all? No? Then please allow me this opportunity to do a little dance to celebrate Chicago’s awesome red, white and blue on its anniversary! Chicago is a unique city in that it has managed to capture the hearts of its people and honor its […]

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Thoughts From The Bus

Thoughts From The Bus

Thoughts From The Bus Series – Unspoken thoughts, opinions and wonderful people watching opportunities while living in a large city

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2017: Chicago’s Year of Public Art

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special EventsĀ 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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