|The view from my hotel room|
The last weekend in October, I left my family for a short trip to Chicago. The “official” purpose of the trip was the Zenfolio Zoom Tour, where I would learn about all kinds of ways to make my website better. Hopefully in the next few months I will be implementing what I learned.
“Unofficially”, I wanted to take pictures in Chicago and visit with my dear friend Vicki.
I signed up for a workshop with John Batdorff, to walk the streets of Chicago and to see it from the perspective of a resident. I was not disappointed – no only did John show me lots of cool places to shoot, I learned a lot about shooting subjects that do not have eyes. This is a struggle for me you know.
With John, I practiced seeing in black and white – spotting patterns within a scene or subject, and thinking about black and white conversions while I shoot. I am by no means a landscape or architectural photographer, but I love how learning an unfamiliar type of photography can bring so many ideas and inspiration to the type of photography that I DO shoot. And it was FUN. Between shooting locations John and I chit chatted about our families, our photography, and very interesting things like the difference between a Booty Call and a Butt Dial. But that’s a story for a different day.
|Don’t forget to look up!!|
A bonus Chicago tip from John: The Ghirardelli store gives out a free chocolate to each person that walks in. Dessert on John! (don’t worry, I won’t tell everyone you’re a cheap date)
Lunch with Vicki, shopping on the Miracle Mile, and some street performances rounded out the trip. (Vicki I won’t tell the story about how you mailed post cards to my girls 4 years after they were written…love you xo)
|Even the pigeons were cold|
|Yay for beautiful friendships…|
Tressie Davis is a portrait photographer located in Chelsea, MI. Portrait work may be viewed at www.tressiedavis.com.