Tara McMullen is one of our favourite wedding photographers to work with in Toronto. Her work is as beautiful as her personality and we always look forward to catching up with her during the few weddings we shoot together each season. That was especially true last year, as we had been dying to hear about her recent move from the city to Prince Edward County where she had decided to renovate and live in an old church with her son, Lachlan.
So in between all the dancing at Jess and Misha’s wedding, she told us about all the recent changes to her life, touching on a few of her favourite things about Lochy, before asking us a simple question: “would you two be interested in documenting a day in the life of me and Lachlan?”
The question filled us with excitement because we ourselves had always dreamed of putting together a lifestyle piece for Tara and her son. We were deeply inspired by the glimpses of their relationship we had seen on instagram and had she not asked us then, it would have been a matter of time before we asked her ourselves.
Windy City Nights II is all about my continuing passion for shooting night timelapse photography in a city I truly appreciate for its inspiring views and beauty. This project is a continuation of my first Chicago Timelapse movie and I have been shooting for the past 18 months in my spare time in this amazing city to try and capture what your eyes do not see normally. There is something special about looking down on streets of gold and taking in the view.
Windy City Nights II is also about making new connections with Chicagoans and meeting new people who have assisted me throughout my journey. I truly appreciate all the new connections I have made who helped make this movie possible. My journey has been interesting with lots of rewards and filled with challenges. Chicago is not an easy city to get around with a few hundred pounds of gear and hauling it up to rooftops and other tight spaces where it sits in awkward places for long periods of time. After spending hours and days setting up shots and developing them, it's nice to see a pretty image come to life in the form of a timelapse. It really makes me appreciate this city and all it’s uniqueness it offers. It’s not an easy process as any timelapse photographer will tell you; however, it’s very rewarding in the end. I continue to learn and am always being inspired by a rich photography community Chicago has to offer.
The gear I used to make this project are Canon 5D Mark III’s and Canon 1DX’s camera bodies as well as numerous Canon L and Cine Lenses. Motion control gear I used was the Kessler Second Shooter paired with the CineSlider and the DitoGear OmniSliders. Software used to process my timelapse sequences were LRTimelapse, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.
For more information about my work or to inquire about licensing please contact me via my website at chicagotimelapse.org
For information about video production work, you can contact my team here: threadedfilms.com