Friday, September 25, 2009

A work in progress...

I have just spent the past couple hours working on my website and blog... and what can I say.... it is still a never-ending work in progress. I am truly amazed at the people who can blog daily... and stay on top of this. To me, it is a challenge and I am working on it. I have gotten in the very bad habit lately of just using my TWITTER updates as blog posts... As of this weekend, I am taking down that option and if you want to see what I am doing, right now... FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. I am also planning to work on posting longer, more indepth blogs here. Hopefully, due to excellent work from Acapella 360, the company that helped me launch my new website... I will have a better BLOG in place in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, check out my FACEBOOK page and become my friend to see what I am up to. I am hoping to book a bunch of gigs in October.... so if you need something photographed... Let's discuss.

Let me know what you think...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

uploaded pics to facebook from Andrew Bird, SK6ERS, Carbon Leaf & more. Editing more photos today and planning the rest of the week. Ideas?

(updated: September 25, 2009)

(One of my favorite shots from Carbon Leaf and Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers at the Park West) © 2009

(Andrew Bird at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago) © 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Photo shoot # 2 of 3 this week at a retirement home in the burbs honoring World War II veterans. Very inspiring to be around true heroes!

Thanks to Betsy Shepherd for hiring me to shoot and document these very fun events honoring the vets. It was all based on a ceremony to launch the photography of an excellent photographer named Tom Sanders. Check out his amazing work HERE. He has been traveling the country photographing WWII vets.

Here are a couple of my favorite shots I captured during the events:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Just posted U2 shots from last nights show to Facebook. Heading back to Soldier Field to enjoy the show tonight on field!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

(The Edge and Bono of U2 perform at Soldier Field, Chicago) © 2009

(L-R: Norm Winer, Tom Marker, Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., John Farneda and Lin Brehmer) U2 visits the WXRT-FM studios) © 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Time to learn something new. Assisting photographer David Bergman ( on a shoot in Chicago today. Check out his work!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

We have a winner. Thanks! That was me! " RT @willhogefan1: @willbyington sitting next to guy in orange right?"
At AVP womens's volleyball final heard i was on NBC - Free 8x10 to whoever sends me a pic of me on TV.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

People don't believe me when I tell them how close to Wrigley Field I actually is video proof:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Photos from Pearl Jam @ Check them out! Bought a mega millions ticket- what would you do with $252 million?
RT @Chicago: Very Cool Budweiser commercial filmed from the Brown Line in Chicago! Love this: (via @Chicagoist)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Working my booth at the Lake View Music Fest at Addison & Sheffield. Mention this tweet & save 10%. Come say hello!

Friday, August 21, 2009

On way home from a photo shoot, saw Rachael Ray filming her show & she winked at me! Maybe she'll stop by my booth!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Festa T-Shirt photo shoot...

For the last couple years, I have been the photographer for one of the most innovative and creative t-shirt companies around that produce a great line of original t-shirts. They also put on some of the best Bar Crawls in the country... This past Tuesday night, we did another shoot with two great models. The future shots will be seen on Check out their website and follow them on Twitter (@festa_tshirts) or Facebook. Basically the idea is that we shoot a BUNCH of blank t-shirts, and then Wayne will work magic with the shirts to photoshop in a variety of designs and locations. See samples on the website.....

Below are two shots that we did on location outside their offices in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago. These might not be the best of the shots, but Wayne sent me two shots of me at work... and I thought I would try to find what I was looking at through the lens at almost the exact same moment. Let me know what you think!

Thanks to Wayne Watrach (@gratyngrogg) for the photos of me at work. Most of all... if you need a photo shoot of your own... for you, your business, or you know someone looking for a photographer.... Let me know. Booking fall shoots now....


Great video of the Golden Knights Parachute team dropping in on Wrigley at last Friday's Cubs game:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Amazing article about inspiring new model for the music business. Congrats @imogenheap. Check this out:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Photo shoot with the excellent band The August this afternoon and (since I missed them a month ago) seeing Cowboy Mouth tonight! Who's in?

(updated 8/20/09) - Here are a couple of my favorite shots of The August from the very quick, hungover shoot we did last Saturday. Do you have a favorite? Let me know.

You can see more from this shoot on my facebook at:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Leaving "the goods" movie premiere afterparty at Rockit. Insane night... Just took a picture of Jeremy Piven w/ two army sargents. Nice.

(updated 8/20/09) - Here is the photo of Jeremy Piven at Rockit. Showin' respect to the troops. Awesome.
Just saw this... Jet Blue offers $599 pass for unlimited flights in a month! - where would you go?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lollapalooza 2009 pictures are posted...

Lollapalooza 2009 has come and gone again... It was 3 days filled with music, friends and lots of insanity. I will post a re-cap soon... but some of my favorite shots have all been posted to my facebook and can be found at:

Check them out and let me know what you think!
Working on new contests for my photography! Also check out my buddy Scott Derenger on TLC tonight. Details at:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Phish concert at Toyota Park... Great night for music!

(updated: 8/12/09) This was my view from in front of the soundboard...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Never thought I'd say this... Just went from photographing Snoop Dog to Lou Reed! Gotta love Lollapalooza! Pictures online this week!

(updated 8/12/09): Here are just two of the shots... from Snoop Dogg to Lou Reed.

(Snoop Dogg at Lollapalooza 2009 - Photography by Will Byington © 2009)

(Lou Reed at Lollapalooza 2009 - Photography by Will Byington © 2009)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Just left Lolla and now heading to Martyrs for the excellent band The August! More music and drinking is a good thing... Right? Bring it on!
Photographing Lollapalooza day #2.... Ben Harper about to go onstage! The adventure continues...

(updated 8/12/09): One of my favorite shots from the start of Ben Harper's set...

(Ben Harper at Lollapalooza 2009 - Photography by Will Byington © 2009)

Friday, August 7, 2009

heading to photograph Lollapalooza day #1... major storms predicted for today in Chicago. Hope it misses us. Great music to be seen...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

posted shots from Paolo Nutini,Erin McCarley, Matt Hires's Chicago show as well as Pete Yorn's XRT studio X to

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

long night of editing photos ahead... Pete Yorn, Paolo Nutini, Erin McCarley, Wrigley Rooftops, Friends, and the magician @chicagotim hannig
Photographing XRT's Live From Studio X with Pete Yorn

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Doing a photo shoot w/ magician @timhannig and then the Paolo Nutini / Erin McCarley concert at the Vic tonight!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Trying my first update from the new phone! Took this shot today at Wrigley! Go Cubs Go!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

just got the new iPhone 3Gs. What applications should I download? What's the biggest iPhone lesson you now know that you wish you had known?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

One of most creative photographers working today is a mentor of mine David Bergman. All-Star shots of Pres. Obama:
A great birthday yesterday and excellent extra inning Cubs win last night - awesome. Thanks for the wishes and thoughts! Now back to work...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thank you for the birthday wishes! Blown away by the thoughts- they mean a ton. Tonight, I'll be in the bleachers for the 1st place Cubs.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

taking care of some work on a beautiful day in Chicago. Listening to Cubs game across the street. Taste of Lincoln tonight with Tonic!

Friday, July 24, 2009

just saw a great Cubs win... heading to Lincoln Park Zoo for Pat McGee/Brett Dennen/Matt Nathanson! Great night of music!

(updated: 7/27/09) - I did not take many photos, but here is one of Matt Nathanson. An EXCELLENT show by all three bands...

( Matt Nathanson at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Photo by Will Byington © 2009)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Most of you know. biggest Cubs fan around but have to give it up for Mark Buehrle for throwing a perfect game today in baseball! Just sayin.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In Naperville getting drivers license renewed and dinner w/parents and granddad who is in town. 3 generations of William Hunter Byington's!

(updated: 7/27/09) ( Three William Hunter Byington's - myself, my Dad and Granddad © 2009)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Photographing the Billy Joel and Elton John show at Wrigley tonight! Hopefully, will see @benjydavis at MARTYRS (update) if I can make it!

(updated: 7/27/09) - Sadly I did not make the Benjy Davis show at Martyrs..... But I did get to photograph Billy and Elton. A GREAT show....
( Billy Joel and Elton John at Wrigley Field. Photo by Will Byington © 2009)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rascal Flatts rocked Wrigley last night. Now onto Sunday Funday - Sheffield Garden Walk with @HelloDave2 and Poi Dog Pondering - you going?

(updated: 7/27/09) - Here are some fun shots from last weekend.... Summer in Chicago continues...

( Rascal Flatts at Wrigley Field. Photo by Will Byington © 2009)

( Mike Himebaugh of Hello Dave at the Sheffield Garden Walk. Photo by Will Byington © 2009)

(Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering at the Sheffield Garden Walk. Photo by Will Byington © 2009)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

photographing Rascal Flatts/Darius Rucker show at Wrigley Field tonight. I have one pair of tickets to the first who wants them..# is on FB
change of all-access photo pass to Rascal Flatts. Gonna say hello to Cowboy Mouth and then will be at Wrigley. Text if around!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Another fun music weekend in Chicago -shows by @blackberrysmoke ,@cowboymouth, @HelloDave2 and more! Sheffield Garden Walk is where i'll be!

(updated 7/27/09) - saw Blackberry Smoke at Joe's. They are one of the best bands on the road today.... if you have not heard them, check them out right now at:

(Blackberry Smoke at Joe's Bar in Chicago. Photo by Will Byington © 2009)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

on a rooftop watching Billy Joel & Elton John on a great Chicago night. A few pictures coming soon.

(updated 7/27/09) - here is a shot from the rooftop of the stage being set up at Wrigley:

(The view from the Wrigley Done Right Rooftop for the concerts. Photo by Will Byington © 2009)
found I could get a ticket for Billy Joel and Elton John within first 9 rows at Wrigley for face value... but over $200 seems too much!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

"Sometimes when you bring the thunder - you get lost in the storm" -Kenny Powers on East Bound & Down. Along w/ Entourage - some of best TV!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Listed first item on for sale - a limited edition 16x20 canvas stretched print of an Amsterdam canal:

Past few weeks... some favorite photos...

As those of you who follow my adventures know... Summer in Chicago is my favorite time of year and there is never a shortage of fun to be had and excellent shows to photograph and enjoy. To put it mildly, it makes it tough to stay on top of editing photos... and most of all on top of posting blogs. At times, I do ok with this... but my belief in life is that I would rather be out living it than writing about it. I am getting better... but hey... it is an adventure.

So without further ado.... a BIG recap of some of my favorite shots from the past weeks... More coming soon. Let me know what you think - I love the feedback.

( Ryan and Ken of Sister Hazel at the Lincoln Park Zoo. June 26, 2009 Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)

(Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows at the Taste of Chicago. June 27, 2009 Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)

(Michael (L), Kevin (C), Tom (R) of Better Than Ezra at the House of Blues. June 27, 2009 Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)

(Tyrone Wells at the Chicago House of Blues. June 27, 2009 Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)

(Marty Lloyd of the Freddy Jones Band at North Ave. Beach. June 23, 2009 Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)

(Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies at the Taste of Chicago. June 30, 2009. Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)

(Buddy Guy and his protege Quinn at the Taste of Chicago. July 4, 2009 Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)

(Unknown. July 4, 2009 Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)
I love many things about this photo.... but most of all, it shows what I have been thinking for a while now... everyone....and in this day and age, I mean everyone... is a photographer! Love it.

(Sunset over Wrigley. July 8, 2009 Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)
This was out the front windows of my apartment.... an amazing sunset over Wrigley Field. Love the sky... heard from a friend that the awesome colors and clouds were due to a volcano that burst in Russia a few weeks ago. Insane.

(Libby and Emily. June 2009. Photography by Will Byington ( © 2009)

Finally, posted this shot for two sisters that I did a shoot with recently as a gift for their Dad's birthday. Love the shots we came up with, this is one of the ones they gave as a gift. I am always available for custom photo shoots, portraits, headshots, etc. What would YOU like photographed?

As always, please follow me on twitter at: or friend me on Facebook for the most up to date work and pictures...

Thank you as always for your support!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

editing and printing some photos for clients and looking for new work - anyone need a photo shoot or a great gift? Let me know!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Today, half past noon... when the clock strikes 12:34:56, 7.08.09 - for probably the only time in our lives... what will YOU be doing?
Just uploaded pictures from Barenaked Ladies, Pat McGee, Booker T and the Drive By Truckers, Guster, Buddy Guy and friends all to Facebook
watched the Cubs loss tonight, but saw them win Monday... so 50/50 not too bad... we will see if they can win the series on Wed.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

just launched a new site with friends. Are you the hottest girl of Wrigley? Want to win $1000? Enter now at

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Great night in Chicago. Happy 4th of July. Saturday = Grant Park for XRT's concert with Buddy Guy, Guster and Booker T & the DBT's. Come on!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

home from excellent night with friends! Saturday do it again! Cubs Crawl in Wrigleyville, Counting Crows at Taste, Better Than Ezra at HOB.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sister Hazel and Josh Kelley at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago tonight! Should be an excellent night of music. Text me if you are around!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

editing pix from weeks fun blog post this afternoon.Fun to be had this weekend. Sister Hazel,Better Than Ezra & more.Who's in?
Watched the LSU Tigers win the college world series with Better Than Ezra band and crew at Rockit Bar & Grill.It wasn't Alabama but Go SEC!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Photographing Better Than Ezra for a free show in Pioneer Court on Michigan Ave downtown Chicago! They play at noon! Come by if around!

(update) Here are a couple shots from BTE's lunchtime show on Wednesday:

(Photography by Will Byington © 2009)

Better Than Ezra will be playing at the House of Blues in Chicago on Saturday, June 27th. Should be a very fun night!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Editing weekend events photos and trying to see if I can get enough done to go see the Freddy Jones Band free tonight at North Avenue Beach!

(Update) Here are a couple of my favorite shots from The Freddy Jones Band show for Chicago's Olympic Day at North Ave. Beach on Tuesday night:

(Photography by Will Byington © 2009)

If you have never seen this Chicago original.... CHECK THEM OUT.... Excellent music and original songs.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day Dad! This shot is from the Friday before Father's Day as I was on the rooftop with my Dad (L) and my Uncle Pat (R) from Birmingham, AL. Go Cubs Go.

Heading to Wrigley Done Right rooftop for a WE ARE CUBS FANS book signing during Cubs game. Taste of Randolph tonight!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cubs win! Holy Cow. Taste of Randolph next. My Book Signing at Wrigley Done Right rooftop on Sun-$75 tickets if interested! Food&drink Incl.

Friday, June 19, 2009

@ cubs game rooftop with my Dad and uncle. Cubs need some runs! Happy Early Father's Day Dad!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

heading to Northerly Island for 2nd time this week. Tonight's show: Robert Randolph & Family Band with OAR. Go Cubs today!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Still avail-2 excellent seats for Wed Cubs v. Sox for sale. Sec. 425 Row 10. right under press box. Face Value.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

heading to Buddy Guy's Legends club to photograph Buddy's Anniversary Party. Another Rainy night in Chicago! Go Cubs if they play!

(update) A few shots from Buddy Guy's Anniversary Party:

(Photography by Will Byington © 2009)
Father's Day:order anything (prints of Chicago,Bands,WE ARE CUBS FANS book,Europe by Wed night & get 20% off!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cubs win in the 9th, posted Kenny Chesney shots to Facebook and getting ready to join some friends to head for the 311 / Ziggy Marley show!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

@ soldier field watching Kenny Chesney.... have to admit.... a great show!

(update) Here are a couple shots from Soldier Field:

(Will Byington Photography © 2009)