Welcome to the Garden Photographic Society


The Garden Photographic Society is a friendly club for anyone who is interested in and enjoys a wide range of photography. Beginners and advanced professional photographers are equally welcome. Whatever your skill level, you will benefit from our programs and activities. You do not need to own a fancy or expensive camera! Mobile phone photographers are welcome. The club meets twice per month on Thursday evenings at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. Working together, we build friendships, enjoy members’ images, share ideas, and participate in activities that encourage participants to advance their skills and learn new photographic techniques. We are part of the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association.

Please see our calendar for program information and meeting dates and times. Each month we typically have one program meeting and one meeting for competitions. Members can submit color or monochrome prints or Digital Projected Images (JPEG format) . If you are interested in giving a presentation at one of our meetings, please use our Contact Form to get in touch with the program director. There are many opportunities to volunteer in our club, and we are always looking for help.

The guidelines for the 2020 Nature In View show are now available. Please visit the Downloads page for a copy.


Our next competition night (#5) will be on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm in the Pullman Room.

Our next program will be on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm. We’ll be meeting in the Pullman Room at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. We hope you will join us for this outstanding presentation!

Our speaker for this meeting will be Karthika Gupta. She will present a program on “The Art Of Storytelling in Travel Photography.”

About Karthika Gupta:

“I am a culture, people, editorial and travel photographer based in Chicago – home to deep dish pizzas and cubs baseball. I have always been fascinated with photography as a medium of expression. But it wasn’t until I became a mom for the first time, that I found myself having an insane desire to capture every minute of my beautiful life as a parent. Forever an adventurer, I dove head first into this creative life and haven’t had a moment’s regret ever since.

I am forever inspired by the mountains especially the snow-capped ones. I am from India and have lived more than half my life in Bombay. My tolerance to extremely loud noises and twenty conversations all happening at the same time is an acquired talent. I grew up on street food and copious amounts of tea – the kind with milk and lots of sugar!!

I come from a family of educators and love sharing my knowledge of photography with others. To that end, I write photography articles for several different online photography schools and also teach photography courses – online and in-person.

All said and done, at the end of the day, I consider myself a storyteller. Stories hold a very special place in my heart and I have had the incredible good fortune to document some incredibly special moments for my clients.”

For more about Karthika Gupta, visit her website at: https://karthikagupta.com

We are very privileged to have Karthika join us for our March program meeting. Please mark your calendars now and invite your friends to attend as well.


Did you miss the 2019 Nature in View show at the Greenhouse Galleries in Regenstein Center?

You now have another chance to see it! Visit the Nature In View Gallery on our website. See the Chicago Botanic Garden in a new light! In this exhibition, photographs of the natural world feature the work of Garden Photographic Society members. Their remarkable images capture fleeting moments of beauty—from the morning mist to the first spring bloom. Society members have held their meetings at the Garden for more than 30 years, appreciating it as a special place to perfect their craft.

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