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Dance, Magic, and Music

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - Matter Dance Company at Stage773

Water Ballet by Matter Dance Company for the June 2016 performance of Page Turner at Stage773.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - Matter Dance Company at Stage773

Matter Dance Company for the June 2016 performance of Page Turner at Stage773.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - Matter Dance Company at Stage773

Matter Dance Company for the June 2016 performance of Page Turner at Stage773.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - Matter Dance Company at Stage773

Pillow Fight by Matter Dance Company for the June 2016 performance of Page Turner at Stage773.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - Matter Dance Company at Stage773

Food Fight by Matter Dance Company for the June 2016 performance of Page Turner at Stage773.

It’s been a busy summer and I cannot believe how quickly it has gone! I’ve been photographing a number of events and performances since the beginning of June and I’ve done a horrible job of updating my site with new work.

These first five photographs are from Matter Dance Company during their production of Page Turner at Stage773. I took these photos in early June and I’m still in love with the performance—it was an absolute thrill to see and to photograph.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - Magic Chicago at Stage773

Robert Charles performing during Magic Chicago at Stage773.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - Magic Chicago at Stage773

Patrick Livingstone (left), with The Great Scott (top right) and Robert Charles (bottom right) during Magic Chicago at Stage773.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - Magic Chicago at Stage773

The Great Scott performing during Magic Chicago at Stage773.

These are a few of my favorite moments during the July performance of Magic Chicago. If you’ve never been before, I recommend going! It was hard to hide my curiosity and wonder during each performance while I worked. It was captivating!

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - WOZ A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater with special guest André De Shields

André De Shields performing in WOZ: A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - WOZ A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater with special guest André De Shields

Kimberly Lawson, Kevin Webb, James Nedrud, and Edward Fraim performing in WOZ: A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - WOZ A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater with special guest André De Shields

Clara D’Onofrio, David Lipschutz, Kimberly Lawson, and Sarah Wurz performing in WOZ: A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - WOZ A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater with special guest André De Shields

Heather Currie as the Wicked Witch of the West in WOZ: A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater.

Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier Photography - WOZ A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater with special guest André De Shields

Closing number during WOZ: A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens Theater.

There were so many moments during WOZ: A Rock Cabaret that I enjoyed—it was a bit difficult to narrow down the image selection. The show was beautiful, fun, and silly. Everyone was fantastic and it was a wonderful experience. If you’ve never seen this show before, I hope you get the chance to watch it the next time it comes around.

A Bunch of Cellphone Photos

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago

Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago near Sunset.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Reflections taken in Chicago

Reflections on glass: Taken at the Art Institute of Chicago’s member section (left) and taken at the Marriott Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago (right).

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Lines

Reflection in a puddle taken in downtown Chicago (left) and a photograph of light lines and clouds taken in my hometown before taking the train back to Chicago (right).

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Patterns in Architecture

Patterns in Architecture: The glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center (left) and the pattern of a building near the Art Institute of Chicago (right).

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Architecture in Chicago

Taken with the same view, but from outside of the Art Institute of Chicago (left) and from inside the museum (right). You can make out the Willis Tower through the curtains.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Waves and Fog at Foster Beach in Chicago

Fog and waves at Foster Beach.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Listen to the cat roar

Pretty flowers and The Intern letting out a giant roar.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Family fun on Mother's Day

My mom and my niece on Mother’s Day.

Cellphone photographs taken with an iPhone 6s by Michael Courier - Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago

Waves at Foster Beach in Chicago.

I recently bought a new cellphone. Not because I needed it—though I did need a new one—but because my old one died. How, you ask? Well, mainly because it wasn’t waterproof. More specifically, it wasn’t giant freaking wave proof.

Since moving from Lincoln Park to Edgewater, I’ve recalibrated my nature obsession. My old passion used to be the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool or the North Pond, but those are a bit farther away now. Now I’m obsessed with Foster Beach and Lake Michigan.

So while obsessing over the perfect wave photo on a blustery evening, I got a little too close to the lakefront edge when a wave crashed over me, soaking my body and my phone. Though it was a financial bummer that my phone died, it meant that I would get a new model with an awesomely better camera.

I bought one of the latest iPhone models, the 6s. This isn’t an Apple fanboy post, though I am fond of Apple products. This is more about the amazement of cameraphone technology from a photographer’s perspective. Though I worked with film as a kid, I sorta grew up with digital cameras. My mom bought me a Fujifilm FinePix 2mp camera as a gift in high school—and I loved that thing—though it’s a crappy camera by today’s standard.

It’s amazing that, in my pocket, I have a 12mp camera with decent quality that I can manually control. I can set the ISO, the shutter, and the aperture, while also adjusting the white balance. With another app, I can add color and contrast adjustments, while also cropping the image to make it stronger. It’s great, and it also makes telephone calls.

Is it better than my dSLR? Heck no. But it’s pretty good though, for a cameraphone.

Event Photography in Chicago

Event photography in Chicago - Photographs from a fashion show featuring the work of Mark Roscoe

The 2nd annual fashion show benefit for A Silver Lining Foundation, with work from Mark Roscoe.

Event photography in Chicago - Photographs from a fashion show featuring the work of Mark Roscoe

The 2nd annual fashion show benefit for A Silver Lining Foundation, with work from Mark Roscoe (bottom left).

Event photography in Chicago - Opening night photographs from Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center

Opening night photographs for Hazel at Drury Lane Theatre. From left to right: Ron Abel, Klea Blackhurst, and Chuck Steffan.

Event photography in Chicago - Opening night photographs from Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center

The kids of Hazel: Tyler Martin, Rowan Moxley, Casey Lyons, Ava Morse, and Roy Gantz.

Event photography in Chicago - Photographs from a fundraising event for Barrel of Monkeys

A few photographs from a fundraising event for Barrel of Monkeys.

Event photography in Chicago - Photographs from a fundraising event for Barrel of MonkeysEvent photography in Chicago - Photographs from a fundraising event for Barrel of MonkeysEvent photography in Chicago - Photographs from a fundraising event for Barrel of Monkeys

As an event photographer, what I love best is meeting new people and visiting places I wouldn’t normally attend. It requires me to—literally—think on my feet and try to anticipate and organize chaos as best as possible.

Here are a few images from events this year, and I’ll make a better effort to keep updating my event photography. These are images from a fashion show benefit for A Silver Lining Foundation, opening night photographs from Drury Lane Theatre, and fundraising photographs for Barrel of Monkeys.