Chicago Women’s March { January 2017 }

Chicago Tribune Coverage ( Click Here )

I had the pleasure of photographing this  empowering and peaceful march in Chicago on January 20, 2017. It was an extremely rare warm day in the middle of winter ( although you would never be able to tell from these photos ). This march took place to support the rights and views of women in Illinois. People came from many states and people of every gender, race and age group were represented. I would say it was a 50/50 ratio of men to women. Ill be honest knowing that it was a women’s march I wasn’t expecting it to be 50% men. It was and it was amazing. This would have never happened 20 or 30 years ago. What a transformation in time. The protesters were not just marching for women’s rights either, they were marching for immigration rights, black rights, equal pay, you name it, if you were Anti- Trump you were more than welcome. The event started out with a Facebook group that planned just a rally. The rally RSVP ended up being about 20,000 people, that’s when I decided to go. By the time the rally was set to start, 250,000 people showed up and the rally was canceled and the police claimed they canceled the protest as well because they didn’t have enough time to shut down the appropriate streets. It was amazing! Everyone was cheering each other on. Hugs, support, chants, music, tears and home made signs carried everyone through the streets. Grandparents and even babies only weeks old were in attendance. There was no violence, no angry participants and it was like the entire world was on one team. I can’t personally say that I’ve ever experienced or felt anything like it. Chicago was just one of the many large cities across the U.S. that participated and voices were clearly heard.

When I was in high school and realized that I loved photography I always wanted to be a documentary photographer/journalist. Part of the reason I never pursued it was because I was horrible at writing. I’m still not the greatest but I have started to implement a documentary feel into my weddings. I’m also a bit of a news junkie. In Chicago there is never a shortage of big events. This city never seems to slow down, its constantly changing and growing which is one of the reasons I’ve stayed here for almost a decade. As long as I’ve lived here I’ve always had two jobs and at some points three. I never worked less than 50 hrs a week. As a result of being in retail and grad school, I usually worked weekends and holidays, leaving zero energy to hit the streets to shoot a passion project. I am now a full time photographer and I have some time to finally go to pop up events at the drop of a hat if necessary. Last November I decided to participate as a spectator for the Cubs World Series win in the streets and was worried that taking my camera would be a bad idea in case things got out of control. I regretted not taking it. So when the women’s march came up I didn’t want to have any regrets. I love Chicago and I love that I live in a country where I have the freedom of speech and the right to protest. I also love all of the amazingly creative protester’s with their handmade very artsy signs. So many artists! Also a big thank you to all the Chicago Police that helped corral the masses and keep everyone safe.