The Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, formerly named the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, opened in 2002 in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. As a professional architectural photographer in Chicago with an array of quality, pro lenses purchased specifically for photographing architecture, Miller + Miller Photography team was looking forward to the challenge of photographing the Sofitel and its unique architecture. As a Chicago Hotel Photographer team, photographing the modern Chicago hotel building was yes a challenge, but has been known to be somewhat difficult for the novice photographer, due to not only the skyscraper’s height but proximity to its neighboring, soaring Chicago buildings adjacent.
The Sofitel Hotel’s exterior building shape is a triangular prism sitting on a square piece of land, with acute angles cutting into the air like the prow of a majestic ship. Located in the historic district of Chicago crowded with perpendicular skyscrapers, the challenge was to photograph this modern luxury hotel from the street level, in a way that captures the building both flattering to the eye and imagination. All accomplished with our 10+ years of experience, strategy, and architectural specialty, professional photography lenses. For one of the images, we were able to include in one photograph both the Sofitel and the Waldorf Astoria hotel skyscrapers together, in one photographed shot. A somewhat tricky shot to compose with the two hotel’s locations blocks away from one another.
The impressive Sofitel was architecturally designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier. Photos of the southern façade of the hotel building projects into the sky with a unique knifelike edge extending 33 feet over the East Chestnut Street sidewalk. The iconic building design has been honored within a list of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. The unique hotel design is a 32-floor prism of glass featuring stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. A modern, Chicago luxury hotel skyscraper building, the Sofitel’s Gold Coast neighborhood boasts several hospitality establishments and luxury hotels. The hotel’s downtown area is steps from dynamic shopping, restaurants, nightlife and museums. A popular area of Chicago for travelers & tourists to stay downtown, the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel’s prime location is minutes away from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and more iconic parts of our famous Windy City.
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Chicago is the city where skyscrapers were invented. Since 2008, Miller + Miller Architecturally Photography has received the luxury of being hired by clients commissioning photo projects and photographing many of the finest architecturally built, skyscrapers and high-rise buildings in Chicago – from hotels to high-rises throughout the Chicago area & nationally around the US.
“Above our a few samples from our two day photography session with this university and college preparatory high school, located in the Northern Illinois and Chicago area. The day capturing architectural photography included not only campus exterior architectural photography, but also interior room photography of the old and new sections of the school, and time outdoors beyond the education section of the campus where we photographed the school, university and college sport stadium, parks and fields.
After discussing with the school’s marketing department their communication and visual needs, they booked more than one day with us and we captured pictures of the building’s recent additions and renovations to campus academic buildings, classrooms, lecture halls and more providing photos for the school’s public relations, press, development needs. The campus tour photos were incorporated into the school’s recent web design update and printed brochures. Today a year later after the shoot, our contact at the school replied saying “Thank you Sarah and Ryan. Your photography has helped our school’s marketing pieces and website standout. ”
With several public and private educational institutions in the Chicago suburbs and the metropolitan Chicago area the development department decided to updated the school’s design materials by enhancing the designs with not only a new up to date logo, information and web site, but they also contacted us for commercial photography of the students and interior and exterior building photos helping to enhance the image of the campus inviting future students to visit and enjoy the school.”