Marie Laigneau’s Street Photography Workshop in Chicago

Marie Laigneau’s Street Photography Workshop in Chicago

Besides presenting at the Out of Chicago conference (see my previous article), I also attended Marie Laigneau’s street photography workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I thought I would share the pictures and talk about my experience.

Marie Laigneau is an awesome street photographer living in London. Her work is quite stunning and it was a pleasure to meet her and follow her workshop. Though I was only “tagging along” as a fellow presenter, I got quite a bit out of this workshop.

After presenting the basics of street photography and what to look for, Marie led us through the streets of Chicago. It was great to see her work, and she took people in a small groups to help them shoot. We shot in the loop and around the river, which provided different environments.

As a cityscape and architecture photographer, a street photography workshop was quite a challenge. But it’s always good to try new things. I got a glimpse of Marie’s perspective, and it was illuminating. She shoots on the go, without much preparation. She barely stops to take a shot and moves on. This way of shooting is completely new for me, because I spend most of my time shooting on a tripod. I realized that I was framing a scene and waiting for the right people, which some street photographers do. I was drawn to architectural backgrounds, shapes and patterns, which is not surprising.

All in all it was very enjoyable. I strongly recommend Marie Laigneau’s street photography workshop if you can attend one.

Here are the shots I kept from that day. I don’t think any of them is fantastic but there are a couple I kinda like. Let me know what you think!

4/3 | State St - Chicago, IL

4/3 | State St – Chicago, IL

Two and a bridge | Wabash Avenue Bridge - Chicago, IL

Two and a bridge | Wabash Avenue Bridge – Chicago, IL

Talking about the weather | State St - Chicago, IL

Talking about the weather | State St – Chicago, IL

Between Worlds | Wabash Avenue Bridge - Chicago, IL

Between Worlds | Wabash Avenue Bridge – Chicago, IL

Behind The Lens | State St - Chicago, IL

Behind The Lens | State St – Chicago, IL

The Two Workers | Riverwalk - Chicago, IL

The Two Workers | Riverwalk – Chicago, IL

I See You | Riverwalk - Chicago, IL

I See You | Riverwalk – Chicago, IL

5 Comments

  • Angie July 31, 2015 7:23 am

    Pretty good for not being a street photographer ? I really like the color Wabash one with the umbrellas and the one where you’re looking through the two guys with the cop near the center .

    • Michael July 31, 2015 9:21 am

      Thanks Angie! The Wabash one must appeal to your architecture side. I know that’s why I like it. It was a interesting experience!

  • Angie July 31, 2015 10:27 am

    Definitely! If I ever do street, which is rare, except when I travel for some reason, there’s always an architectural foundation. Not surprising:)

  • Doug Knisely September 14, 2015 12:03 pm

    Nicely framed and interesting images. I especially like “Behind The Lens,” and the architecture anchors are very effective.

    • Michael September 14, 2015 4:43 pm

      Thanks Doug! I definitely tend to use architecture because it’s what I’m used to shoot

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