A classically trained musician since childhood, Jack Carlson always had the “ear” of an artist. It was only a short step to develop the artist’s “eye” as well.

The portfolio of this certified photographer reveals images that emphasize mood and composition. Their purpose is to present a feeling in addition to portrayal of person, place or thing. Sometimes that feeling is nostalgia; other times it is serenity.

Each photograph tells a story.


  • Masters and Superior Awards of the Year
  • Commercial Image of the Year
  • Certified Professional Photographer (Chicago Professional Photographers Association)
  • Photography instructor for the Chicago Botanic Garden, Elawa Farm and The Grove National Historic Landmark
  • Additional programs offered at local garden clubs
  • Private and small-group instruction offered by appointment
  • Instruction in both digital and film photography
  • Contract photography by appointment