On Thursday night I left for Chicago and ended up having the most amazing 4 days of my life. My only regret is that I didn't have any time for shooting, with sight-seeing, teaching workshops, hosting a meetup, etc. If it had been just me on the trip I would have probably not done the sight-seeing, stayed out of Chicago city, and sat in abandoned houses....so I'm glad I had my friends with me to make me see the sights, because I actually did like them a lot!
I shot this during my second workshop there and used a miniature house that the workshop space had in the lawn. I was excited by it because I could see how it would come together, and I know I couldn't find a house like that in real-life (at least not anytime soon). Ironically, the day after shooting this, I went to the Art Institute of Chicago and saw the most incredible set of miniature scenes depicting life from different time periods in Europe and America. All of this renewed my desire to shoot in miniature, so I might explore that more now.
I love trips like the one I just had...reminds me how being open to new things can be so good for creativity, and I feel totally renewed and energized! Going out to shoot self-portraits today, woohoo!
Model: Olivia Clemens