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One of my new favorite places to hang out in Washington DC is the West End Neighborhood Library. Not because of the books, even though books are great, but it’s because of the stunning architecture. I mean those windows are amazing but I love the they are stacked one on top of each other. It’s so cool and makes for very interesting photographs. I especially like how you can see the reflection of the clouds in them. It’s a great reminder that you should always look up when walking around the city.

But you may also remember this library from a previous blog post because it’s actually attached to Bluestone Lane. It’s been a little more than a year since I first blogged about it but even the interior is of this place amazingly beautiful. Since my first visit in February 2018, I’ve had many brunch and lunch dates here and I still can’t get over it. What’s really cool is that these “V” columns continue into the library too.

So if you’re into these types of architectural images, definietly join me in Chicago in July this summer. We’re going to have a week packed full of cool buildings to photograph plus so much more. There may or may not be a baseball game in the mix too.  I also made this video talking more about what to expect while we’re there. So if you have any questions about anything, feel free send me a message whenever. It’s going to be such a good time! As a matter of fact, Andrew and I are planning a trip out there sometime soon to start scouting locations. Can’t wait! Pizza is callin’ my name! and yours too if you join 🙂

My camera settings for this image is F4 at 1/3200th sec at ISO 400 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm zoom lens.

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Now for my very special news:

I’m so excited to announce my very first travel workshop! Join me and my friends at Focus on the Story for a truly memorable and exciting week long photography workshop in CHICAGO! I can already feel that it’s going to be fantastic. No matter your skill level, I will be leading you through daily photo excursions with one-on-one critiques to support group sessions that will further your skills as a photographer. By the end of it all, you’ll definietly leave the windy city with images you’ll be proud of and lots of great stories to tell.

What makes this workshop different than others is that it’s a very “Go With the Flow” mentality. That means we tailor each excursion depending on weather conditions AND what is best for the group. I’m here to help you to achieve your photography goals and it won’t happen with a cookie cutter curriculum.

The focus of the workshop will be a mix of street, landscape and architectural photo opportunities. We are limiting the amount of participants so I can make sure to focus on your needs and to create a strong shared experience among the participants. So I hope you’re as pumped as I am because I can’t wait to hang out with you for a week in one of the most exciting cities in America.

Click here for all the full information and please let me know if you have any additional questions about any of this.

The above image was captured in O’hare airport. It’s been a while since I’ve been back to Chicago and looking forward to exploring the city with you all! My camera settings for this image is F4.5 at 1/320th sec at ISO 1600 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm wide angle lens.

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I heard that there are no direct flights from Washington DC to San Diego. Is that true or am I making that up?  I wasn’t sure if our search results were affected since we were traveling with a dog but that seems a bit odd…

Either way, it gave us a cool opportunity to check out Chicago’s O’Hare airport during our layover to the west coast. I had always seen this hallway on instagram and thought it was so cool. I’m so glad I got to see it while we were looking for the pet relief area for Frankie. LOL.

If you have never seen it for yourself, this is a super long hallway with rainbow colored lights connecting two different parts of the airport. Perfect for finding all different kinds of compositions and cool images. I even saw a group of girls taking some pretty cool portraits here. This image is the last visual I tried. We were on one of those moving walkway things and I figured I would try a long exposure to see what would come out. I balanced my camera on the hand rail which was a bit shaky but I thought the final result looked pretty cool. It kinda describes what it feels like traveling. Super cool but kinda hazy, am I right?

My camera settings for this image is F/14 at 2 seconds and ISO 125 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm wide angle lens.

PS, we never found the the pet relief area. It was all good though. Frankie was such a good boy on the flight, he didn’t even seem phased. He just sat on my lap the entire time. Both ways. I would love to take him on more adventures with us now that I know he is such a good traveler.