I Can't: Photograph

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Event Overview

Do you nod at below? 

Want to take better photographs but aren't sure how?

Look at other people’s photos and think, “Why don’t my images look like that?! What are they doing that I’m not?"

Have a fancy camera you never use because you’re not sure how?

Want to be a better phone photographer? And to know what ONE app you should have?

Think good photos happen because of expensive gear you don’t have?

Know what you like in a picture but can’t replicate that?

Think photography is super technical and thus not you?


If you nodded, I Can’t: Photograph is for you.


I Can’t: Photograph is part of Mac & Cheese Productions' I Can't series, where adults state they're unable to do something, they try it with a bunch of other adults who also "can't," and everyone proves themselves wrong and not only does the thing, but enjoys it and says, "That wasn't so bad. In fact, kinda fun. Good for me! What's next?!" Past I Can'ts have included yoga, improv, find love, draw, have a dog, adult my money, organize my home, ask for money, put on makeup, and buy a home. Other upcoming I Can’ts include camp and bake.


For this I Can’t edition, Mac & Cheese is partnering with photojournalist and fine art photographer and educator Hillary Johnson.



When Hillary was little, she took her first photos with an early Polaroid camera. She had the child’s ease of simply seeing and doing without thinking. Later as a young adult photographer even making basic images felt nearly impossible. Now, decades later, she has travelled the world, worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines, and loves making work in a way that returns her to those early roots of making pictures from a more relaxed and grounded place. She loves teaching others to make pictures from that same place.



Hillary will share secrets that've had the biggest impact on her ability to make successful pictures and have fun doing it. She'll help you understand how to cultivate a mindset to see and make pictures differently and how to shift from a click happy, quantity approach to a slower, quality-based, intentional approach. You’ll have a chance to practice what you learn and share your images, and you'll leave with simple concepts, specific seeing and composition tools, and a newfound confidence.


Itinerary —

  • Learn

  • Apply (you’ll go make photos on your own in the neighborhood)

  • Share, review, and reflect

Dress comfortably as you’ll be walking around outside and shooting from different angles, heights, etc.

What to Bring

Camera or phone or both, and applicable cords. If you bring a camera, bring an SD card and card reader. Optional: BYOB/snacks if you'd like, something to take notes with.

Minimum age

All ages welcome

Cancellation Policy

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A TEDx speaker and one of Brazen Careerist' s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch, Saya has discovered how to turn her love of creating community, challenging herself and those around her, and enjoying life to its fullest into her “job.” Via her company Mac & Cheese Productions℠, she helps others (and herself) live a Life of Yes℠. Saya is from Evanston, went to Boston College, and resides in Chicago.

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