Chicago Nature Photography
Corporate Art & Healthcare Art
Nature Cards & Nature Prints
(class instruction and private lessons)
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.
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
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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6200 Belmont Road
Downers Grove, Illinois 60516
630-852-8448 / 877-MAC-FOTO
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