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Tour Through A Lens

#59 of 332 Tours in Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA
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About Tour Through A Lens
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, urban scenes, industrial grit, street photography, beautiful lakefront or skyline scenes - your choice! 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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Arnt Kern wrote a review Oct 2019
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What an outstanding experience! Teresa designed two custom tours for me on two consecutive days - every single minute of them was amazing! From the excellent planning of the tours in advance, completely tailored to my interests, to the highly flexible execution of the tours... phantastic. I regret being unable to give 10 points for that. I would have never had a chance to find and see so many hidden gems between the major sights at the right time of the day in my limited time - Teresa's knowledge of the city and photographic view are exceptional. Teresa also proposed and included two important Events into my tours I had no ideas about: Chicago Open House and the Fall Bridge Lift/Boat Run. Two cherries on two unforgettable tours. Teresa: It's been an honor having been your "partner in crime". I hope you liked the "Lebkuchen" as much as I enjoyed your Chicago chocolate mints! If I have any chance in Jan/Feb to drop by for another tour - I will. And if not - there is always one more chance. Maybe I can be your guide in Singapore... :-)
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from TP_ChiPhoto, Owner at Tour Through A Lens
Responded Nov 8, 2019
Thank you for your personal touch review! You were a wonderful client for which to plan so many fun tourist and local locations. You will be quizzed on where we were upon your return (haha!). I'm amazed how much we accomplished together and glad you took away such an experience! I've enjoyed the photos I've seen so far and look forward to more after your travels. In the meantime, I'm still sampling the variety of Lebkuchen (though I think I've chosen my favorite ;-) Please thank you wife for the thought in her selections and thank you for not eating them all before we met! LOL I am now quite curious about Singapore after hearing your experiences. If I'm ever able to arrange such a trip, I'll definitely be in touch. As we're having January weather now in November, you might pack shorts for your winter return. (Just kidding!...maybe) I hope to have another opportunity to immerse you in the locals life in Chicago.
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David S wrote a review Oct 2019
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Teresa designed a custom route to photogenic spots in Chicago I would never have found. Along the way she taught me about "Urban Photography", professional and cultural graffiti, and photo composition. I've been a serious amateur photographer for twenty years, and have been on professionally guided tours in Europe, the Caribbean, and all over the US. I learned more with Teresa, and had a great time to boot. One afternoon isn't enough to cover the fascinating sights and perspectives in Chicago. I'm going back for more with Teresa.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from TP_ChiPhoto, Owner at Tour Through A Lens
Responded Oct 7, 2019
Hello David, Thank you for this eloquent and glowing review! It was much fun exploring Chicago with you and being able to show you how I see the city. I'm enjoying the photos you've shared thus far. I look forward to having you visit again!
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patrickryanzero wrote a review Sep 2019
Chicago, Illinois4 contributions
My wife gave me a gift certificate for a photo tour with Teresa and it was wonderful. I'm a trained photographer and usually have my camera out when I'm commuting to work in the Loop every day. That said, Teresa took the time to show me some areas I don't normally see and, in my haste to get to and from work, don't really *see*. Beautiful architecture, old architecture, hidden art, all of which combine to part of the story of Chicago. I shot only film and it was a lot of fun to slow down, see the area we were in, and think about how I wanted to document it all the while with Teresa telling me about wherever we were. I highly recommend taking a tour. She was very knowledgeable of the area, engaging, funny, and friendly. I still have $$ left on my gift certificate and will be booking my North Loop Tour soon.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from TP_ChiPhoto, Owner at Tour Through A Lens
Responded Sep 9, 2019
Thank you for the great review, Patrick! Your shooting with film was a good challenge for me also, forcing me to consider what was truly capture-worthy, minimizing subjects vs clicking away at many things. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos you get back and to having you on the North Loop Alley tour. Best, Teresa
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Lauder_Calgary wrote a review Sep 2019
Calgary, Canada115 contributions84 helpful votes
I was in Chicago in August and Teresa was recommended to me from a friend in Calgary. Communication ad setting up a time together was easy. I have a Canon 7D that I've gotten some great shots from , but felt I wasn't taking full advantage of its capabilities. I reached out to Teresa and we queued up a custom tour. Spent 3 hours with her, walking through Chicago, getting new insights into photography and the capabilities of this fine camera. Teresa is an excellent photographer, incredibly knowledgeable, super patient and has a great eye. Her insights and her intuitive camera sense were a pleasure to be around - I could have easily done another 3. Whether an avid photographer or new to photography Teresa has something to offer you. Looking for some new or unique views of Chicago and looking to take full advantage of local photo savvy then you've come to right place. Enjoy Chicago more fully Through a Lens !
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from TP_ChiPhoto, Owner at Tour Through A Lens
Responded Sep 9, 2019
Al, Thank you for the kind words! I'm so glad you were comfortable and have some takeaways. It was fun meeting you. I hope you return (bring Steve back with you!) and we can explore again. There's so much to see in this city. Best, Teresa
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Randy C wrote a review Aug 2019
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This was my second tour with Teresa and like the first tour, it was an excellent experience. We spent 2 1/2 hours photographing the alleys, fire escapes and street art of Chicago’s south loop. Teresa presented numerous photo opportunities and waited patiently for just the right urban scene to unfold. Her knowledge of the area, both in terms of photo opportunities and the history of the street art we saw was impressive. We learned a lot about the artists and the south loop during our tour. I highly recommend Teresa and Tour through the Lens - you’ll get great photo opportunities and learn about Chicago. It’s win win! Randy
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from TP_ChiPhoto, Owner at Tour Through A Lens
Responded Sep 9, 2019
Hello Randy, It was great seeing you again and such a pleasure meeting your wife. Thank you for taking another tour with me and trusting there'd be things of interest to your wife. How can we convince her she really does have the photography eye?? :-) I hope to see you in the future. Best, Teresa
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