About a month and a half ago I went to one of my favorite cities in the world*, Chicago. This was the first time I've worked in another city at a client's request, and my first real opportunity to put the iPhone 8's new camera thru its paces.
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I was working for Interstate Hotels & Resorts creating a new package of images that will be featured on their new, refreshed website which should go live sometime in early 2018. I already work with quite a few hotels so I'm used to creating photographs tailored for the hospitality industry but this project with Interstate was a bit different in that Interstate is a hotel management company rather than a hotel company. To be more clear: Interstate is not in the business of selling room nights and food and beverage to consumers like you and me, Interstate is the business of selling management services to the owners of hotels and employment opportunities to those who wish to work in the hospitality fields. This meant the work had to be considered from the employee and owner points of view rather than the guest point of view, which would be typical for hotel and restaurant photography.

The staff of the Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago was excellent to work with and both the client and I are pleased with the results. (Note: the photos below are not clickable and have been kept at thumbnail size at the request of my client.)

The project had us working Wed-Fri but I extended my stay through the weekend because I have quite a few friends in Chicago and also because Chicago is so damn photogenic. I'd just upgraded to the iPhone 8 and this trip gave me lots of opportunities to see what it can do. It turns out I was so pleased with the new camera that I took almost all of my personal photos with the iPhone. Tbh it's made me fall in love with mobile photography again and tangentially, with VSCO again. For at least the past four years VSCO has been my only choice for editing on my iPhone. Their publishing platform, VSCO Grid, is a favorite of mine, as well, and a place where I feel a bit more creatively unconstrained than other places I might choose to publish my work. If you're so inclined, you can check out my VSCO Grid here.

My friend Jen and I, reflected in Cloud Gate, by Indian-born British artist Sir Anish Kapoor.

I thoroughly enjoyed photographing Calder's Flamingo. It was fun to play with the curves and edges of the sculpture when framing it against the van der Rohe-designed buildings which surround it.

One of my favorite finds, a real hidden gem that's under the radar (no website, no geotag!) was the Flamingo Bar & Grill. There I found a great, greasy, unpretentious breakfast for under $10. 

Until next time, Chicago!

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