Out of Chicago Botanic

Flower & Garden Photography Conference | August 29- September 2, 2021

Spark your creativity in a diverse, botanical paradise with 5 days of flower and garden photography, shooting side-by-side with the pros.

Immerse yourself in 385 acres of gardens as you photograph landscapes of contrasting colors, shapes and textures, including dahlias, cactus flowers, water lilies, lotuses, hummingbirds, butterflies, native plants and roses at the Chicago Botanic Garden. From the Japanese Garden to the Sensory Garden and English Oak Meadow, wander the garden paths as you push your creativity learning to capture flower personalities, use diffusers and reflectors, shoot garden landscapes, post-process textures and more.


Shoot side-by-side with some of the world’s best flower and garden photographers.

Out of Chicago Botanic brings over a dozen leading creative flower and garden photographers together for an intimate conference experience. Ranging from garden landscapes to macro scenes, learn hands-on a variety of creative photography styles and diverse perspectives from this all-star team. Each day you will go in the field to shoot side-by-side and photograph all the prized places in the Chicago Botanic Garden. With this many creative photographers in one place, we promise to deliver an inspired, mega-workshop and photography experience.

“It was an amazing week. In all different kinds of ways. You learn a ton of information from phenomenal photographers. It’s something for everyone.” — JEANINE

Location & Accommodation

Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois

Experience 385 acres and 27 spectacular prized gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden, including the Japanese Garden, English Walled Garden and Oak Meadow. Classroom sessions take place at the Embassy Suites Northshore by Hilton in Deerfield, Illinois, an all-suite hotel that is set-up as a perfect basecamp for photographers, with first-class accommodations, conference facilities and an awesome happy hour! The Chicago Botanic Garden is conveniently located just down the road, where daily hands-on excursions take place. This is the perfect place to learn, play and be inspired.

“It was wonderful to be among so many people who didn’t think I was crazy for wanting to shoot all day, every day.” — LINDA


What makes this conference unlike any others? There is none other like it. Over five days, explore 385 acres of gardens as you shoot side-by-side with over twelve of the best flower and garden photographers in the world. Each day choose who you want to learn from and where you want to go. From the Japanese Garden to the English Oak Meadow, Sensory Garden and more, you won’t want to miss out on this epic photography experience.

  • Slowing down and practicing mindfulness in photography
  • Learning to find compelling subjects that capture emotion
  • Learning macro and flower photography basics and effective camera settings
  • Learning about light and how to work with it to create impact
  • Composing for macro photography, small scenes and grand landscapes
  • Learning to use aperture creatively
  • Learning creative techniques to capture flowers and gardens in new ways
  • Workflow tips from capture to print
  • Post-processing tips from the pros
  • Learning to see and process for dramatic black and white images
  • Experimenting with new techniques such as light box photography and water drop refraction
  • And much more

“The program was filled with amazing photographers. Whether you are a beginner or pro, this conference is for everyone. Highly recommend!” — BETH



Reserve with a deposit of $900. The remaining balance is due 60 days before the event. This event is limited to 100 attendees.

What’s Included?

Opening dinner and 3 lunches
Hands-on instruction from the top photographers in the field
More than 75 scheduled sessions to choose from for a personalized learning experience
Daily hands-on workshops and in-the-field excursions
Personal one-on-one sessions and small-group image reviews
Private Facebook group to connect with your fellow photographers to coordinate carpools

What’s Not Included?

Hotel, Airfare and Transportation
Membership to the Garden
Most dinners are on your own so you can go out with fellow attendees and instructors​

“Thank you for enriching our lives by bringing us all together with such beautiful, passionate instructors. They gave us so much inspiration. So many life lessons. Not just photography.”


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