Specializing in Chicago nature photography, Chicago photography classes, nature prints, nature Christmas cards, corporate art, healthcare art, and note cards.

Mike MacDonald Photography offers Chicago photo classes, nature prints, corporate Christmas cards, healthcare art & corporate art, and stock photography.

Photography classes in Chicago that build confidence as well as knowledge. See Mike's world class fine art nature prints of Chicago's natural wonders. See our affordable line of nature posters from Chicago and beyond. See our nature note cards and corporate Christmas card collection. See our line of soothing corporate art and healthcare art. Chicago nature book entitled 'My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago' Public speaking programs that teach nature photography and celebrate Chicago's natural wonders. See what's new at Mike MacDonald Photography and Creative Eye Workshops™.

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Chicago Nature Photography
Corporate Art & Healthcare Art
Photography Classes & Private Lessons
Nature Cards & Nature Prints

Specializing in Nature Photography - Landscape Photography - Prairie Photography
Fine Art Nature Prints & Murals - Healthcare Art - Hospital Art - Corporate Art
Nature Cards - Nature Note Cards - Personalized Christmas Cards - Corporate Nature Christmas Cards
Chicago Photography Classes - Digital Camera Classes - Nature Photography Workshops - Private Photo Lessons
Public Speaking Programs - Photography Programs - Nature Presentations
Photography Tips & Techniques - Learn Photography Blog
Stock Photography - Editorial Photography - Assignment Photography

Mike MacDonald Photography, located in Downers Grove, Illinois, offers a broad range of nature photography products and services. Products include nature cards and personalized Christmas cards, nature posters, and high-quality nature prints. These fine art prints feature sublime Illinois and Midwest landscapes, excellent for corporate art collections or as soothing healthcare art in medical settings. Our photographic services include stock photography, assignments photography, editorial photography & writing. And, we offer Chicago photography classes through our Creative Eye Workshops brand, for photographers who wish to discover their own personal style.

We offer Chicago photography classes and digital camera courses through Creative Eye Workshops. Our stock photography library features photos from around the Midwest and the United States with a specialization in the rare and natural habitats of the immediate Chicago, Illinois region, such as prairies, savannas, and wetlands.

Overall, Mike's nature photographs of Chicago are a celebration of biodiversity. Each photograph tells a story and has an important educational component. But, his photographs also take on very intimate perspectives that make the viewer feel part of the scene. They transcend the visual to create an emotional experience. Nowhere is there a such a comprehensive and high quality collection of photographs that so powerfully feature Chicago's natural wonders.

Mike MacDonald's nature images have been published extensively in Chicago Wilderness Magazine, nationally in such publications as Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Boy's Life, and Petersen's Photographic Magazine, and internationally in Gardens' Illustrated Magazine.

Mike MacDonald is also the founder of Creative Eye Workshops™, where he teaches photography classes and gives private photography lessons. These comprehensive photography classes in Chicago cover both technical and creative techniques starting with beginning photography classes through advanced courses. Photography outings to various locations are regularly offered as well.

Though we hold our photography classes in Downers Grove, Illinois, photographers travel from all around Chicago to take Mike's workshops: from the nearby suburbs of Oak Brook, Naperville, Hinsdale, Bolingbrook, Lisle, Lemont, Woodridge, Glen Ellyn, and Wheaton to the south suburbs of Orland Park, Frankfort, and Homer Glen, from the near west suburbs of Brookfield, LaGrange, and Oak Park to Chicago and the north shore suburb of Evanston, from the northwest suburbs as Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elgin to as far away as Woodstock and Indiana. See Mike's insightful photography blog that celebrates Chicago nature and nature photography.

Mike is also the creator of the GET FOCUSED! Hyperfocal Distance Calculator: a depth of field reference card that is essential for the landscape photographer to get everything in focus.

To help communicate with family, friends, or clients we offer a full line of elegant nature cards, where we custom print your personalized message. Because nature is universally appreciated, so are our nature cards. Of course, we offer personalized Christmas cards, as well.

Visit Mike MacDonald Photography Online for:

  • Art Gallery featuring nature & wildlife products from The Heart of NatureTM & Chicago Nature SeriesTM Collections including:
    • Limited Edition Photographic Prints (fine art photographs) featuring universal themes of nature from Chicago, Illinois and the United States.
    • Fine Art Nature Prints & Landscape Murals: A print is not art unless the photographer, himself, performs the actual color work and color management. But, most do not, especially the most famous photographers. Either they're too busy, but most often, don't understand the process. It is impossible for a lab technician, even if told, to capture the nuances and essence of what the photographer wished to express. The print becomes diluted by the lab tech's personality and personal choices. The print is not made by the hand of the artist, but of a hired hand. It is not the art of the photographer. But, a Mike MacDonald photograph is made by Mike, himself. Starting as transparency film or a digitally captured file, over a period of days, Mike meticulously brings into existence a truthful print that that transmits his intentions and emotions, a print that emits the essence of his own personal experience.
    • Corporate Art: Decrease worker stress, increase worker productivity, and reduce sick days by bringing the tranquility of nature into the office with one of Mike's breathtaking nature prints or murals.
    • Healthcare Art: Perfect for hospitals, cancer & oncology units, medical centers, and waiting rooms, Mike's sublime nature prints and murals feature familiar examples of everyday scenes in hopes of bringing a little normalcy and peace to patients and their families.
    • Nature & Wildlife Posters featuring an affordable way to own a Mike MacDonald photograph.
    • Nature Cards (note cards / greeting cards): Our powerful nature cards feature many nature images from every season ranging from spring wildflowers to summer prairies, fall colors to Midwest winter landscapes, flowing rivers and wildlife scenes to natural ice sculputures. Because of the variety, you can buy an assortment for use as Christmas cards, thanks you cards, and birthday cards. And you save with quantity discounts!
    • Personalized and Corporate Christmas Cards: Let us custom imprint your personalized message and name on the inside of any our art cards. Personalized Christmas Cards are the obvious choice, but how about custom printed thank you cards to your employees? Or, consider sending Thanksgiving cards or New Year's cards to your clients (minimum order of 50).
  • Stock Photography Research from stock photography nature library of Mike MacDonald. Call toll free 1-877-MAC-FOTO or Email Us with your nature stock photography research request. Our stock photo researcher will contact you.
  • Stock Nature Photography Library includes wildlife and nature photographs from Chicago, Illinois, The Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan), The West (Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah), The Southwest (Arizona), The Nortwest (Oregon, Washington), Florida, United States national parks and national forests.
  • Editorial Photography & Travel Photography for editorial & magazine assignments worldwide.
  • Photography Classes including digital camera classes, photo composition courses, and landscape & nature photography workshops. for beginning to advanced photographers who wish to discover their own personal style (see Photography Class Schedule)
  • Private Photography Lessons to accelerate your photography to the next level.
  • Nature Photography Techniques & Tips featuring several how-to articles.
  • Nature Photography Blog for Nature Lovers & Photographers that celebrates nature and biodiversity through Mike's journeys in the wilds of Chicago.
  • Public Speaking Programs about photography and nature for photo groups, libraries, organization meetings, and corporate events.
  • GET FOCUSED! Hyperfocal Distance / Depth of Field Calculator: Use this handy reference card and, in a glance, know how to set your camera to maximize the depth of field for that landscape photograph.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES by Creative Eye Workshops™ are conveniently located, offering a wide variety of photography classes in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Illinois, (near Naperville, IL). Because we are located off the 63rd Street/Hobson Road exit of I-355 and close to main thoroughfares like Warrenville Road, Ogden Avenue, Belmont Road/Finley Road, 75th Street, Butterfield Road, and Route 53, we are quickly and immediately accessible from nearby towns like Bolingbrook, Lisle, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Oak Brook, Westmont, Woodridge, Plainfield, and Aurora. But, because of our accessibility, students come from all around to take our weekday evening photo courses, including those from Oak Park, La Grange, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, and the city of Chicago. Students have driven from as far as away as Indiana, McHenry County, and Evanston because they know that we offer something better and different.

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Chicago nature photography, photography classes, nature note cards and personalized Christmas cards, and fine art prints by Mike MacDonald Photography
6200 Belmont Road
Downers Grove, Illinois 60516
(630) 852-8448

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