Children’s Photography Workshop in Chicago..

I was able to go to a children’s photography workshop this past weekend with Chicago’s own Audrey Woulard.  She is an awesome children’s photographer and a very sweet person to boot.  It was funny because when the list came out of other photographers who were going to be there I noticed that I was the only guy.  But honestly that wasn’t something that I really ever gave a second thought.  I had an awesome time sharing stories, ideas, and getting to know some awesome photographers.

Friday evening started off with drinks at the Whitehall Lounge and then we ended up at the Big Bowl.  I was not very tired at the end of the evening when everybody was heading back, so I went out on Michigan Avenue and shot some.  I was staying at the Marriott Downtown, so I was just walking around window shopping, people watching, and taking some slow shutter speed street shots pretty late into the night.

We ended up hanging out again on Saturday night as well at the Cru Wine Bar.  It was a nice place, but honestly was not really a place that I would hang out. :)  Pandora, Lori and I ended up closing the Four Seasons’ bar after we left there and a few other places. :)  I think we traveled the bar scene from the bottom level to the top, so it was funny to see a few different places.  It was a St. Patty’s Day weekend, so there were all kinds of outfits and crazy people out that night.

I want to thank Audrey and Jessica (her assistant and also a very cool person) for their hospitality.  I also want to thank everybody who I got a chance to talk with and share ideas.  I hope that you all found the workshop experience to be as fun and beneficial as I did.  Let me know if I can help you guys out in any way. -M



This was my fortune.  I think this should have said about “22 special people”. 🙂





Audrey and Maggie comparing settings…


Pandora and Karen working hard to get some awesome shots.



I think this little girl drank like 10 Red Bulls with her Fruit Loops that morning. 🙂




And finally here is everybody…This photo is credited to Audrey’s assistant Jessica for taking this shot of us. Thanks Jess! 🙂


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  • LoraMarch 18, 2008 - 9:29 am

    Thanks, Mike for the photo posts! We had a great time! You are an awesome photographer. Smiles.ReplyCancel

  • Candy AveraMarch 19, 2008 - 7:36 pm

    Great shots Mike! It was so nice to meet you. Thanks for sharing your talent.ReplyCancel

  • MeganMarch 20, 2008 - 7:50 am

    Mike, I love all the images from your trip, what a telling fortune huh?? LOVE it!! Nice to meet you, MeganReplyCancel

  • Pandora Van NatterMarch 20, 2008 - 8:43 am

    Mike, you rock! Thanks for the great images from the workshop! You are a super talented photographer and I am glad to have met you. ~PandoraReplyCancel

  • JaymeMarch 20, 2008 - 11:48 am

    I am sooo jealous, looks like it was alot of fun and made a ton of new friends.ReplyCancel

  • ShannonMarch 20, 2008 - 12:18 pm

    Mike – GREAT shots of the workshop. I love the night shots of the city too! I’m so envious that I was not able to stay and go to the workshop with all of you. I heard there was a lot of good info. Next time! 🙂
    It was great to meet you all too, even if it was just for an hour or so.ReplyCancel

  • terMarch 28, 2008 - 6:15 am

    great shots Mike- I’m really glad to have met you! Same time next year??? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • jillMarch 31, 2008 - 11:37 am

    Hey Mike, nice to hear you had a great time with Audrey. I’m attending a workshop with her in April. I haven’t received any info regarding suggestions on where to stay or a list of other attendees. Any suggestions hotel wise?ReplyCancel