Six-Year Anniversary

The James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera House - Event Photography by Michael Courier

The stage at the James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera House.

The James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera House - Event Photography by Michael Courier

The audience at the James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera House.

The James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera House - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosted the James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera House; I also had behind-the-scenes access and got to see how the award ceremony was produced!

In May, I celebrated six rewarding, stressful, and exciting years of operating a photography business.

Instead of condensing a year of projects into a single post, I wanted to share a two-week span of work that I completed around the time I was celebrating my anniversary.

From May 6th to May 19th, I worked on 14 projects. These projects included award shows, performances, discussion panels, and fundraising events.

Though this does not encompass everything that I do, these projects highlight the variety of work that I photograph — and the type of work that means the most to me.

I love helping organizations that are mission-driven with educational components — sparking dialogue and action. Most of my work is event photography, but I love the performing arts. A sweet spot for me are performance events, events that have a performing arts component, but are engage with the public through a variety of avenues.

Thankfully, during my anniversary, I was able to combine all of my favorite types of projects and celebrate with a lot of fun work.

Panel discussion at the Chicago Architecture Center - Event Photography by Michael Courier

A panel discussion at the Chicago Architecture Center.

Fundraising Gala at The Palmer House Chicago - Event Photography by Michael Courier

In front of a step-and-repeat for Envision Unlimited, and their annual fundraising gala at The Palmer House Chicago.

Marcela Salinas performs Estado Vegetal by Manuela Infante at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier

Marcela Salinas performs Estado Vegetal by Manuela Infante at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

The Mushroom Cure performed by Adam Strauss at the Greehouse Theater Center - Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier

The Mushroom Cure performed by Adam Strauss at the Greehouse Theater Center.

Bloomsday by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Theater Wit - Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier

Bloomsday by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Theater Wit.

Panel and round-table discussions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - Event Photography by Michael Courier

A panel and a round-table discussion at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, in partnership with Free Write, working through the experience of storytelling, visualizing community, and culture-making.

Fundraising and awareness walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Event Photography by Michael Courier

Fundraising and awareness walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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