Looking through the lens at WordCamp Chicago 2016

WordCamp in focus

Yet another WordCamp is never just-another-WordCamp, and WordCamp Chicago 2016 was absolutely no exception. That’s why I was so glad to be shooting #wcchi from April 30 to May 1, in all its character, for GoDaddy and the WordPress community.

WordCamp Chicago 2016

It didn’t take long that weekend to realize I was keeping excellent documentarian company, including:

These and other amazing WordCamp Chicago attendees documented so many resources for those who couldn’t be there, and reminders for those who were.

Memories from WordCamp Chicago

Those that couldn’t attend will have missed ServerPress.com’s Marc Benzakein’s 6-year-old daughter, Brenna, traipsing the hallways with a camera seemingly bigger than she is. Brenna was helping her dad and me get the shots of what made this WordCamp super special — the phenomenal people, the swag, the fantastically comfortable venue.

Marc Brenna Benzakein WordCamp Chicago
Brenna and Mark Benzakein capture memories at WordCamp Chicago 2016.

They will have missed the laughter in the hallway track, the hugs from old friends, the awesome sponsor giveaways, and all the new connections waiting to be made. They won’t have seen Ryan Erwin leading his organizer and volunteer team like a boss (a really friendly in-the-trenches-with-you kind of boss). They would have missed Clare Parkinson leading the architecture walking tour through downtown Chicago, and the best mac ‘n cheese ever at the after-party.

They wouldn’t have had a chance at an impromptu portrait or a Found Art Photography WordCamp sticker from me, or at one of the precious few Gravity stickers and stress balls featuring astronaut Wapuu (squee!).

WordCamp Chicago ‘16 photo gallery

Along with documenting the core value points of each WordCamp, it’s my joy to capture some of the unique aspects — like Brenna Benzakein and her dad. I hope you enjoy this glimpse through my lens into WordCamp Chicago 2016.

Image by: Kari Leigh Marucchi of Found Art Photography

Kari Leigh Marucchi
Kari Leigh of Found Art Photography shoots WordPress WordCamps and other awesome conferences, music, food and community festivals, athletic events and dining venues. She treats event photography and even food & beverage photography as portraiture — where every shot evokes a spirit and captures a moment. Over the last year and a quarter, she's shot 12 WordCamp conferences comprehensively and is mid-campaign to continue doing it full-time. It's a community where she's found a role as Camp Historian, collecting along with her own, still photography from Camp photographers around the world, back in time to the beginnings of WordCamp culture. Follow @foundartphotog on Twitter.