Chicago | {Workshop and more!}

Just last weekend I was in Chicago for a few days and thought I would share a peek at what I was lucky enough to see (and do) while there. A workshop with Audrey Woolard is what brought myself and a friend there. It was a wonderful workshop, focusing on shooting in full sun and working with some great “tweens” who were not only beautiful girls, but all very sweet and fun to get to know. On the first day of the workshop, we had gorgeous weather…about 75 degrees and not a cloud in the sky…talk about a perfect fall day! The second day was even warmer! An added bonus on the second day was that it was the day of the Chicago Marathon, which is one of the six major world marathons…and the course took it RIGHT in front of the studio! How lucky were we…getting to see the VERY first group going by, including the handcyclers and then the first group of runners (with the top finishers being in that group!). Of course, we all had to take a few photos of the runners, who could pass up an opportunity like that, as well as a chance to cheer them all on! I traveled with a good friend, Connie, and we had a day on each end of the weekend to see some of the sights. I’ve been to Chicago before, but Connie had not, so it was fun to show her some of the highlights!

Chicago_0001Millennium Park


Chicago_0002A friend mentioned something about popcorn…OMGoodness, if you ever go there, stop at Garrett’s and try their mix…it’s delicious and irresistible!!Chicago_0003Traffic and lots of skyscrapers…so much to see!Chicago_0008It was really impressive to see the well planned bike system they have in the downtown area!!Chicago_0007More fun and views at Millennium Park!Chicago_0004Navy Pier…it was under construction, so there was less to see than we’d hoped for.Chicago_0005The skyline view from Navy Pier was stunning!Chicago_0006A little fun with a photo looking over the Chicago River at night!

Chicago_0009Saturday morning…shooting in full sun, with Audrey explaining positioning, settings and more!
Chicago_0011One of our beautiful models…such a natural!Chicago_0010Another great model…we were lucky to have such fun girls to photograph!
Chicago_0012And the last of our models…she was a character, so pretty and a great sense of humor!!Chicago_0013These girls all rocked it during the workshop… 🙂Chicago_0014The wheelchair participants…very impressive and so intense! The top photo has the male winner, the one in the middle in the white shirt!Chicago_0015This is the first group of runners…they were amazing! The winner was Dickson Chumba of Kenya, who was in the back row in these photos, in the middle in the yellow shirt.Chicago_0016What determination all of the participants showed, it was really awe inspiring!Chicago_0017The front female runners, with Florence Kiplagatin, also from Kenya, in the front (in the red), being the top female finisher.Chicago_0018Some of our workshop participants watching the marathon runners.Chicago_0019Nighttime at Millennium Park at Cloud Gate, or “The Bean” as I call it!! 😉Chicago_0020Some fun at the Crown Fountains at the Millennium Park!Chicago_0021Chicago_0022The Art Institute of ChicagoChicago_0023Chicago Tribune TowerChicago_0024Under the Cloud Gate at Millennium ParkChicago_0025The beautiful and historical buildings in the downtown area are incredible…so amazing to see these buildings!Chicago_0026Oak Street Beach with Lake Michigan behind us.Chicago_0027Chicago_0028Chicago_0029View from the Willis Tower…103 floors up. The building is 108 floors tall and the second tallest building in the US.Chicago_0030Chicago_0031The W at City Center…our home during our visit in Chicago!Chicago_0032We had clear skies during the flight back home…with some great views!!Chicago_0033A gorgeous sunset welcomed us back to Seattle…it couldn’t have been any more perfect! A great trip, wonderful workshop and great memories!!