Tour Through A Lens
Tour Through A Lens
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Tour Through A Lens (TTAL) is your custom photography tour experience designed to change the way you see and photograph your world. Teresa Peek, your visual instructor and local guide, will take you on an intense photographic adventure of some of Chicago's famous locations and more local/hidden gems while teaching you to see better angles and different perspectives for more interesting, dramatic photos. All tours are individually customized with your interests and camera equipment in mind. Tour options are based on time packages: 3-hr One Focus, 5-hr Half-Day or 9-hr All-Day Total Immersion. Historic sites, architecture, urban scenes, industrial grit, street photography, beautiful lakefront or skyline scenes - whatever your goal! If you're looking for something unique and a little challenging, something to get you out into the "urban jungle", Tour Through A Lens is the perfect choice! Let's chase light around Chicago together! Book your tour on the site today!
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Anoka.Debra
Minneapolis, MN4 contributions
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Oct 2021
Teresa, you’ve ruined me for future photo tours that don’t live up to your quality and preparation. Her communications were timely and specific to our group. She worked ahead of the tour getting to know our style and goals. She made it fun, adapted with light and weather changes and we came away with awesome photos and new love for the city!
Written November 8, 2021
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Cara D
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Oct 2021
Teresa did an amazing job of tailoring a photo tour to what we were looking for. She planned every detail with ease and comfort for us in mind. She communicated clearly what we should plan for and what to bring. On the day of our tour, we quickly felt at ease with Teresa. She was easy going, and great to talk with. She knew the history of the city and made getting around and learning about street and architectural photography so much fun! I learned a lot from her. She went way above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. I would definitely do another tour with her when back in Chicago--it was a terrific experience.
Written November 8, 2021
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mingo1972
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico9 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Solo
Highly recommended. Very knowledgeable and friendly, Teresa custom designs the tours around each individual’s likes and desires. On a previous tour I visited the loop and alleys. This time we went on sub-zero temperatures along the river and lakeshore. She always provides excellent information on the places we are visiting, both from a historic and a popular culture perspective. Along the way she’ll show you hidden spots and unique angles for photographing the city.
Written January 19, 2024
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bcooper434
Toronto, Canada61 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Solo
Teresa has a great understanding of photography, as well as the city. We spent a lot of time 'chasing light'. I've never understood the concept so thoroughly as a key technique until this tour. Her depth of knowledge cannot be surpassed by merely understanding camera dynamics. She was also very responsive to emails and phone calls, texts, etc. The tour was certainly catered and designed for my needs, and she does an in-depth questionnaire ahead of the meeting. I've taken many photographic tours all over the world, and most of them are the same route for everyone. So this surpassed my expectations. When in Chicago again, I would not hesitate to take another tour with her.
Written August 1, 2023
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Thank you for this glowing review, Bob! I’m glad you had such an important takeaway and hope you’ll enjoy using the tool on future adventures wherever you travel (or don’t). I will look forward to another opportunity to share more locations with you in future. ~Teresa
Written August 3, 2023
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Amanda D
Moncton, Canada1 contribution
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Sep 2022
Teresa was an awesome photography tour guide! This is the first photo tour I have done outside my own province/country so I was nervous but within 5 minutes of meeting Teresa I knew this was going to be great! She took me to places I never would have found on my own and shared with me so much history of Chicago. She had great ideas for shots, pushed me outside of my comfort zone and gave me practical tips for ways I could improve my photography. I highly recommend Teresa to anyone visiting Chicago.
Written October 10, 2022
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Thank you for the review! It was fun providing you a photo tour and nudging out of your comfort zone. I’m glad it all came together into a memorable experience for you and I hope to see you again
Written October 20, 2022
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Steve_Zuke
Calgary, Canada18 contributions
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May 2014 • Business
I had a recent business trip to Chicago. It was my first visit to the city
so I scheduled a few extra days to take in the sites. I consider myself a
"hobbyist" photographer and wanted to maximize my time shooting some of the
incredible architecture, historic sites and hotspots of Chicago.

I came across the "Tour Through a Lens" website searching for photography
tours. I was attracted to the idea of a completely customized tour that fit
my schedule and the locations I wanted to visit. I contacted their founder,
Teresa Peek. She was extremely personable and asked all the right questions
to fully understand what my expectations where from the tour.

Although I wasn't looking for a technical "learn how to shoot" experience (I
wanted to maximize my time on the tour, not on my camera), Teresa provided
some great tips and tricks that I found very useful. She is a master at
composition, something I feel I lack in my work.

One of the highlights of our tour was taking the "L" train and transit
system. I would not have considered this mode of transportation on my own
but with Teresa's "how-to" guidance, I used it to get around the entire next
day.

Teresa is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the city of Chicago and its historic
landmarks. We spent the afternoon on the river walk and captured "blue
hour" at the Alder Planetarium in the evening. It was great touring
together as being on my own, I found myself looking over my shoulder, worrying more about my
camera gear than photo composition.

If you enjoy photography and are looking to experience Chicago like
never before, I highly recommend contacting Teresa at Tour Through a Lens!
Written June 23, 2014
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Andrea Gonzales
Jacksonville, FL45 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Solo
I found Teresa and Tour Through a Lens via a TripAdvisor search for "photo tours" in Chicago and I could not be more pleased with my experience. I am an advanced-amateur photographer and I had some specific ideas about what I wanted to shoot in Chicago, but I didn't want to go out by myself. I booked Teresa for a 5 hour, 1/2 day tour starting with sunrise at Navy Pier - which meant a 4:15am wake-up to meet Teresa at 4:45am (and I am pretty sure she woke up at 2:30am and she never had any complaints).

Teresa's rates are very reasonable for what you are getting - a custom, private tour with a guide who obviously loves Chicago and is extremely knowledgeable of the city's history, architecture, and transit systems. Additionally, her technical and creative knowledge of photography will help even the newest photographer capture a memory card full of beautiful images to take home.

I couldn't have been more pleased with my Tour Through a Lens and I cannot recommend Teresa enough!
Written August 14, 2016
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emcollins4
Indiana99 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Couples
My boyfriend and I recently went on a private tour with Teresa that covered several different areas of Chicago. She arranged the tour so that it would accommodate both of our interests. For me, it was the people and colorful murals of Chinatown and Pilsen and for my boyfriend it was the grittier and more industrial buildings and bridges of the city. Teresa gave us a brief history of each area, and also suggested different angles and camera settings to use as we composed our images. She stayed an extra hour with us and encouraged us to continuing exploring on our own afterwards. I definitely recommend one of her tours!!
Written July 21, 2016
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Profe68
Teramo, Italy12 contributions
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Apr 2016 • Friends
I meet Teresa at 5 am in the Hotel. She is in one word, FANTASTIC...not only she a photographer and explain and helps you with the composition, with the camera, she also is a super tourist guide...Thank you Teresa...you are a very fantastic person! I hope one day to visit again Chicago, while thank you I leaved partly of my Heart in your City and of course I will contact you and do again such a super tour as we made early in the morning.
Written April 28, 2016
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Hello A, Thank you for the high praise! What an early morning adventure we had, right? I'm so happy we had great light for your exploration. It was a pleasure meeting you and, yes, contact me for your future trip! P.S. Our little "project" worked nicely. I'll send you samples soon, now that I'm back. ~Teresa
Written May 10, 2016
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emigrimaud
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
I offered this tour as a gift to my boyfriend and it was just excellent! We are still talking about it even though it was 3 weeks ago! :) Teresa is great, we had a pleasant time with her. It is a good way to see the city differently, and she was very flexible and patient with us.
I highly recommend this photography tour! Thanks a lot Teresa! Emilie and Ben
Written May 1, 2017
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Thank you for the review! A pleasure meeting you both and what a fun experience chasing bridge lifts! Id love to see some of you captures from the day. Please get in touch for your next visit! Teresa
Written May 5, 2017
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