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An intimate, hands-on photography experience at the Chicago Botanic Garden with some of the world’s greatest garden photographers. Limited to 100 participants.


“Out of Chicago connects photographers with their photography heroes by organizing hands-on, intimate photography conferences in amazing locations”

Join us for a unique, hands-on photography experience at the Chicago Botanic Garden. You’ll learn new photography techniques, create memorable images, make new friends and leave transformed.

Chris Smith, Founder, Out of Chicago Photography


Hang out and learn from ten of the world’s best flower and garden photographers

Practice what you learn

Photograph alongside the instructors in intimate excursions to the Chicago Botanic Garden

Be part of something special

Eat, sleep and drink photography with a community of photographers that are just as passionate about garden photography as you

Group meals

The opening night dinner and catered group lunches each day are included in the ticket price

All instruction is included

All classes, excursions, post-processing help, one-on-one help and critique sessions are included in the ticket price

We've got you covered

There are no hidden fees. We’ll even organize car pools to the Garden so that you won’t need to pay for a membership, admission or parking

Frequently asked questions

Check out the FAQ for all of the details on the event


“What type of images can I expect to make?”

Check out these garden images from our instructors to give you an idea


  • Register today to save your spot

    Choose "Conference only" or "Conference and Hotel"

  • Book a flight

    Book your flight to arrive August 26th and depart August 30th

  • Prepare for a life-changing photography experience!

    We'll take care of the details

  • Workshop August 20
    • One day
    • Four instructors
    • Instructor-led excursions to the Garden
    • Online instruction before the event
  • Conference August 26-30
    • Five days
    • Ten instructors
    • Instructor-led excursions to the Chicago Botanic Garden
    • Online instruction before the event
    • Entrance to the Chicago Botanic Garden
    • Opening night reception and dinner
    • Catered lunch each day
    • Group critique sessions
    • Post-processing sessions
    • One-on-one help sessions
    • Private Facebook Group for attendees and instructors
    • Access all video courses on Visual Wilderness via a free 10-day trial
  • "Out of Acadia was indeed something special for me.  Having not one or two but over a dozen amazing professional photographers with varied backgrounds to learn from provided an enriching experience I will always remember.  I was also extremely impressed by just how well organized the Out of Chicago team was in making the event run so smoothly.  I will definitely be back!"

    Jeremy Michigan
  • "From beginning to end, the Out of Acadia conference was an absolutely amazing photography experience. I was repeatedly struck by the fact that the instructors seemed to be as excited to be there as the attendees were, and how easily and happily they shared their expertise. I came home with a newfound passion for photography, new friendships, many happy memories, and more than a few pictures I plan on hanging on my walls. Thank you Out of Acadia/Chicago for making this week the learning adventure of my lifetime!"

    Kira Massachusetts
  • "Out of Chicago allows exceptional access to top pro photographers and instructors while in great locations. Everyone there has the same things on their mind - having the best photo experience, learning from others, and making great images."

    Cos Seattle

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We've got you covered

We will take care of all of the details so that you can focus on photography.

Out of Chicago Instructors are here for you

Our instructors are all here to help you make the best images possible and to walk away with new skills for the future.

Small group sizes

Excursion groups will never have more than ten attendees so that you can get individual attention from the instructors.

This is WAY better than sitting in front of your computer

You can’t get this experience through Facebook, Instagram or Youtube. The only way to get this kind of photography experience is to be here.