• Featured in Nailed Magazine

    Photo by Mike Boening http://www.mikeboening.com

    My photography from East State Penitentiary was recently featured in the online Magazine called Nailed.  Check out the piece featuring my work along with the written words of Shenyah Webb.

    NAILED is an arts and culture magazine that features candid writing, essays, art, poetry, fiction, comics, interviews, letters, photography, and more. NAILED was founded on five defining adjectives that we constantly strive to reflect in the content that we publish: artful, passionate, raw/honest, challenging, and intelligent. We publish new content daily, with a focus on relevant, cultural topics and personal struggles. We are interested in unbarred, exposed writing that is not typically found in online zines.

  • Chicago Streets Workshop – August

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    Be prepared to hit the streets of The Windy City again this summer when we explore some of the most interesting neighborhoods in the North Chicago area.  Join Olympus Visionary, Mike Boening and One of Detroit’s best urban photographers, Alanna St. Laurent as they lead a street photography workshop Saturday and Sunday, August 22ndand 23rd, 2015. Chicago is an amazing city where the River runs green on St. Patrick’s Day and the pizza is Deep Dish.  With over 2.5 million people calling “The Windy City” home, there aren’t too many places better for capturing street scenes in America.  The bustling day time foot traffic leads to a fast paced night life.  No matter where you go, you will find Chicago to be one of the most interesting cities in America for anyone who loves street photography.  So come and enjoy a couple days to learn and be immersed in photography.  Take the time to unplug from your daily routine and grab your street gear as we hit the streets in some amazing Chicago neighborhoods as well as meet new photographers with the same passion as yourself.

    This will be our 3rd Chicago workshop in the last year and we expect this one to sell out like the others so be sure to sign up early.  The neighborhoods of North Chicago are amazing, eclectic and diverse, the best ingredients for some great street imaging.  We will explore Lincoln Park, some of the Near North Side on the shore and of course West Town that includes Wicker Park. We keep our groups small, no more than 10, so we can focus on getting you to some of the most interesting places to capture daily life.


    Here is a short video of last summer’s Chicago workshop (video by Alanna St. Laurent)



  • Photowalk – Autorama (free)


    Do you have a passion for beautiful cars and love to capture images of them?  Do you like observing and taking images of interesting people?  Well then, let’s mix the two together and go out and capture some images at the upcoming Autorama being held inside Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI on Saturday, March 7th.  We will meet at 10:00am to discuss taking images inside the show and talk about some theme challenges I will have for you.  We can shoot till 12:30pm and then head over to Grand Trunk Pub for a bite to eat.  The cost for show tickets and lunch will be yours but the actual photowalk will be free.  I am going to limit this walk to only 6 photographers to keep the group small.

    Auto shows like Autorama have celebrated and paid tribute to innovative workmanship that can improve vehicles of yesterday and today.  This is a fun show to see what can be done with metal and four wheels.  Many times these shows have as many interesting people as they do cars so get your small camera gear and let’s get out there to capture something interesting in the town that brought the automobile to the world.

    To register and get more information on this free photowalk please go here

  • Small Town to Downtown Workshop


    Mirrorless Minutes is proud to announce their first photography workshop called  Small Town to Downtown taking place Saturday and Sunday July 18&19, 2015.  Join Olympus VisionaryJamie MacDonald and Mike Boening as they travel to their favorite spots in the Michigan countryside and in Detroit.  This workshop will be kept small, only 10 photographers, so early registration is encouraged.   Knowing that we have some miles to cover from the city to the country, we will be including transportation in the workshop fee.  Our travels will be together in one vehicle so we can reduce the time between locations and parking in the city.

    Mike will take us to some very interesting spots to capture the feel of Detroit and its urban art scene.  Saturday morning will start by visiting the grand architectural magnificence of Michigan Central Station.  The train station is abandoned but we can capture images of the location from the outside, which can be amazing.  We will not be entering into abandoned buildings on this trip.  After the train station our travels will lead us to some of the coolest Urban Art locations in the city.   We will go to a few of the well-known urban art areas as well as a couple that are less known but offer some amazing views.  Next will be one of the coolest areas in Detroit, Greektown.  We will visit the area with some time to take pictures as well as dine in one of their many great restaurants.  Once full and rested we will head over to the People Mover for our next location, the Millner Center parking garage where we can capture amazing images of The Renaissance Center, GM’s World HQ, and other landmarks from atop the garage.  Following our nighttime session you will be taken back to the Workshop HQ.

    Sunday morning we will meet VERY early and head out to the country portion of our trip.  Jamie is putting together some amazing places to capture rural Michigan at its best.  We will explore farmlands to old country roads and points of interest in between.  After a full morning of shooting we head back to the Workshop HQ for our post processing session.  A room has been reserved for our class to select and process their best images of the weekend.  A couple hours will be spent on post processing and selecting your best 5 best images for our class slideshow to end the day.

    This workshop is expected to give you the chance to unplug from your daily routine and focus on the hobby you love, photography.  You will meet like-minded people and find that the camaraderie built during the weekend will last long past Sunday.  Give yourself the opportunity to experience a great time with some great people capturing great images.  An Early Bird Registration Fee is available for a limited time so act now.

    Click here for detailed information and registration

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  • Chicago In The Streets – June 29&30, 2015

    Photo by Mike Boening http://www.memoriesbymike.zenfolio.com


    We have been able to make an adjustment to our meeting areas allowing us to pass the savings on to you

    I am happy to announce that the Chicago, In The Streets Workshop is up and open for registration.  We sold out this event last year and we have made this year’s even better so register early.  We keep the group small, only 10 people.  Alanna St. Laurent and I will take you to some great places in the Windy City.  The workshop itself is 2 days long and it starts the day after the fantastic Out Of Chicago Photography Conference which make our workshop a great add on to spend some more time in this great city.  On Monday we start with a short presentation on technique and tips for street shooting and then head to the Wicker Park Neighborhood for the day.  On the way we will ride the “L” and subways getting some great opportunities to capture the daily life of Chicago and it’s hippest neighborhood, Wicker Park.  That evening we will go out to the area near the iconic Chicago Theater getting some light trail images and working on our night street photography.  Be prepared, it’s a full day, but it will be a blast.  On Tuesday we will go into the Loop/Financial District and catch what Chicago looks like on a busy weekday.  This will be a different look from the touristy weekends and should be rewarding for capturing striking images.  In the afternoon we will meet back up at the Workshop HQ and have a post processing session as well as a class slide show with some of your favorite images you captured the last two days.  The workshop will end near 4:30pm on Tuesday the 30th.

    Photo by Mike Boening http://www.memoriesbymike.zenfolio.com





    My workshops are designed to instruct and assist while you get to know your fellow photographers, who like you, want an experience that enhances their photography passion.  I want you to be able to focus solely on the photography and learning some new techniques along the way. When you leave the workshop you will have learned new skills, but more importantly you will have met friends in photography that last well beyond our final slide show.  I believe strongly in this approach and I still attend workshops regularly to achieve the same sort of learning and camaraderie.

    Starting today and going through February 15th there will be an Early Bird Special taking the price of the workshop to $149.00 from the regular $175.00.

    Detailed information and registration can be found on the event page by clicking here.

    Dates of workshop are Monday, June 29th and Tuesday June 30th.  There will be an optional meet and greet session held on Sunday evening June 28th if you are in town and can make it.