Chicago, The Windy City.

Truth be told, I didn’t find the wind as much of a problem as the rain. The wind I can handle. The rain… makes it tough to get anything done. Initially we planned on visiting Chi-city for three nights; we extended that to five after being rained out two of the first three days.

Rain or shine, Chicago is an amazing city and a place I can’t wait to get back to. Heck, I’d consider moving there in a heartbeat if the weather was a little better; the people are laid back and welcoming, the beer is sensational, the sports are exciting and the food… well, the food is enormous. It’s going to take me a little while to get used to Midwestern portions. But I digress.

Megan and I had the chance to catch up with our pal Aaron Brown who is making a name for himself in the wedding photography business. If you have a moment you need to check him out. If you live in Chicago or the Northwestern Indiana area and you’re thinking about tying the knot you should give Aaron a ring. He’ll do right by you.

www.aaronbrownphotos.com

I still need to get through what’s left of Canada, Cleveland and Indy before I really get a chance to focus on Chicago, but until then, here’s a sneak peak at some of the work we did in The Windy City.

 

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Top to Bottom:

1. Tracks at the Wood Dale Metra station.

2. Cubs fan on the Metra.

3. Exterior columns at the famed Union Station.

4. Chicago-style deep dish pizza at Giordano’s.

5. Al Capone doppelganger on a downtown corner.

6. Chicago skyscrapers.

7. The Bean at Millennium Park.

8. Oriental Theatre bokeh madness.

9. Skyscraper vanishing in the fog.

10. Evening taxi run through The Loop.

11. Metra passengers, evening commute.

12. Chicago skyline from Navy Pier.

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9 thoughts on “Chicago, The Windy City.

    • Thanks, Eddie!
      I’ve been having fun lately shooting American Portraits. I’m finding people more genial and open to the prospect of having their photo taken as long as I ask – which was, for a long time, difficult in North America. Never had a problem in Asia, but suddenly I was quiet when on my own turf! We spent a bit of time shooting portraits outside Wrigley Field last week and had a blast doing it. Tomorrow we might hit up Memorial Stadium here in Lincoln and look for Husker fans… just wish it was in the middle of football season.

    • It depends – on where we might be standing, what’s in the background,
      etc. I’ll often take a “test” frame knowing full well that I’m not
      going to like the composition, but I use this to sort out my exposure.
      Then I’ll ask my subject to move or turn or whatever to another spot
      so that I can create a more compelling image. By the time I’ve taken
      three or four frames of someone and cracked a couple bad jokes they’re
      usually pretty loose and ready to give me an honest expression –
      against a backdrop I like.

      People ask me for copies all the time and I’m more than happy to
      oblige them. I’ll send out prints or email digital copies. I hand out
      business cards like they are Halloween candy. I definitely encourage
      people to contact me, as it drives traffic towards my website, blog,
      etc.

    • It depends – on where we might be standing, what’s in the background, etc. I’ll often take a “test” frame knowing full well that I’m not going to like the composition, but I use this to sort out my exposure. Then I’ll ask my subject to move or turn or whatever to another spot so that I can create a more compelling image. By the time I’ve taken three or four frames of someone and cracked a couple bad jokes they’re usually pretty loose and ready to give me an honest expression – against a backdrop I like.

      People ask me for copies all the time and I’m more than happy to oblige them. I’ll send out prints or email digital copies. I hand out business cards like they are Halloween candy. I definitely encourage people to contact me, as it drives traffic towards my website, blog, etc.

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