Live your best creative life.

OUT OF CHICAGO
BOTANIC

Flower & Garden Photography Conference

August 23-27, 2020 

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 Butterfly 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.

Instructors

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, including Anne Belmont, Don Komarechka, Jackie Kramer, Jack Curran, Sarah Marino, Jamie Konarski-Davidson, Gerri Jones and others. 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 by Hilton in Glencoe, 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 us different?

EPIC LOCATIONS  |  WORLD-CLASS PHOTOGRAPHERS  |  HANDS-ON INSTRUCTION

We bring over a dozen photographers with multiple perspectives to one place and create an experience you can’t get anywhere else. With over 75 classes, workshops and interactive sessions to choose from, compare this to a regular photography workshop or conference, for just as much cost or more.

Workshop

  • Hands-on, in-the-field instruction.
  • Single instructor.
  • Small group.
  • One photography style and perspective.
  • Everybody follows the same schedule.

Out of Chicago

  • Hands-on, in-the-field instruction. (10 or fewer people)
  • Small group classes and interactive sessions.
  • 10-15 leading photography instructors in one place, at one time.
  • Diverse styles and perspectives from one photography genre.
  • Limited to 100 attendees for an energetic yet intimate event.
  • Meet other photographers with your same passion.
  • Social time with attendees and instructors including group meals and more.
  • Vendors and opportunities to buy and test equipment.
  • Choose from a variety of classes and excursions to create your own personalized, daily photography adventure.
  • All classes and field-sessions included in price.

Conference

  • 10-15 photography presenters.
  • Vendors.
  • Hundreds of attendees.
  • A la carte pricing for field-sessions.
  • Everybody follows the same schedule.

Our promise

Live your best creative life

Out of Chicago brings together passionate enthusiasts with world-class photographers, all in one epic location, where you learn and shoot side-by-side with the pros. Since 2014, we have organized more than 15 hands-on photography conferences in Chicago, New York City, Moab and more. We are all photographers ourselves, so we understand what it takes to be inspired, get to the right place at the right time and live our best creative life.

EPIC LOCATION

From iconic landscapes to dramatic outdoor spaces, we handpick each location for our conferences so you can get the most out of photographing a place. Inclusive of first-class conference facilities to stepping out your door for the first morning light, we promise you a perfect place to learn and play.

IMMERSIVE LEARNING

Each event brings together over a dozen world-class photographers from across the country that specialize in one niche of photography. Spend five days immersing yourself in classes and interactive sessions, learning side-by-side from the pros. This means you can learn, shoot and play in your passion with others just like you.

HANDS-ON INSTRUCTION

Get five full days of personal, hands-on instruction in the classroom and in the field. We teach it. Then you practice what you learn, with your favorite photographers at the top of their game. Pro-level photographers will lead you on daily excursions and assist you in getting the perfect shot.

WORLD-CLASS PHOTOGRAPHERS

Take your photography to the next level with some of the world’s most creative photographers in their field. We’ve gathered over a dozen leading photography instructors, each with their unique perspectives, to teach you what they know. This means we are all here with one purpose – to help you make great images.

CRITIQUE & POST PROCESSING

Receive feedback from instructors during daily group critique sessions or get post-processing help during your session. Return home with gallery ready images you are proud of.

FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

Be part of a community that is as passionate as you are about photography. Get to know attendees and instructors over several days. Stay in touch afterwards on Instagram or in our private Facebook group. Come back the following year to connect again but, in a new location.

CONFERENCE PRICE

$1800

Reserve with a deposit of $900. The remaining balance is due 60 days before the event. This event is limited to 100 attendees.
Does not include airfare, accommodation or transportation.

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

“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.”
— USHA

Become an Out of Chicago Insider