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STORY Chicago

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About two months ago I photographed 

Story Chicago

, a gathering focused to fuel creatives in an environment where they can be inspired and learn from the leaders of creative industries. The speakers and artists range from the fashion director of Kanye West, to Google Creative Lab genius with a mix of beat boxing, Nashville bands, temporary tattoos and all the sparkling water you can drink. 


graciously gave me several new mini-bottles to use with my machine at home and I use them every day, for those of you who know my sparkling water obsession.

Between shooting and running around I scribbled notes from some of my favorite speakers. There's something so electric about hearing from people that come from different creative fields but all their stories seem to have a similar thread of inspiration.

You know what else I loved about Story, I'm big on hospitality and this conference does not lack in creativity, sponsorship and swag. From the artistic venues all over Chicago, to the cute mini notebooks to write your thoughts in; I really appreciate the small details put into each person's experience, that means so much to me. 

There were so many great speakers. Here are a few of my favorites and a little line of inspiration I gathered from their sessions:

Tom Thum

Vocal Performance Artist, AKA “beat boxer extraordinaire” 

Believe in your strangeness, and others will too. 

Alex Chen

Creative director at Google Creative Labs

Do your brilliant ideas, even if they don’t serve an immediate function

because eventually they will..


Scott Harrison

Founder of charity water

It’s not just about water, it’s about restoring dignity.

Howard Lichter

Global Director of Creative Outreach for Nike

Problems bring innovation. Anyone can sell products, but you have to believe in the person's story you're telling.

Gillian Ferrabee

Creative Director, Cirque du Soleil Media

Everything is meaningful, but not everything has to be explained.

Brooke Shaden

Italian Vogue Photographer & Winner of Canon’s Project Imagination

There’s no excuse for not doing your art,

if you have to eat taco bell and create at 5AM before your desk job, do it.

If you'd like to go to Story next year, you can sign up


If your creative dreams need help and you can't wait for Story, check out what founder,

Ben Arment

is up to here:

Dream Year