Jumping back into the fire!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

I have a feeling that a bunch of us were traveling for the Thanksgiving weekend and if you were, hopefully it was safe and uneventful. I made it back from spending the holiday with my folks and as always it was great to be out in New Mexico and enjoying the great weather! It’s not that it’s been horribly cold by any stretch in Central Illinois this past month, but it sure is hard to beat mid 60’s and sunny!!!

We are jumping right back into the fire these next couple of weeks and already have a ton of work to get done! In past years things have always been a little busy right after Thanksgiving and then by about the middle of December things would start to slow down and we’d wind out the end of the year. This year that looks like that’s not going to happen! We still have a road trip to make in a few weeks and I have a feeling that we’ll be busy right up to Christmas. We kicked things into high gear yesterday and we’ll keep rocking till we get everything done in the coming weeks!

Here’s one of my photos from the Dripping Springs Natural Area in Las Cruces.

It’s time for us to get busy, so you have a great week to come!

Kev and Jan

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Page, Az.

Monday morning greetings to one and all!

We are rocking and rolling into Thanksgiving and amazingly it’s about 10 days away and to me that’s so hard to believe. I keep talking about time flying by so fast and I guess that when you are busy, it seems to go faster and faster. At the rate we are going, we’ll hit Thanksgiving and then the next thing you know Christmas and New Years will be right there just as fast! It’s crazy I tell you.

I’ve got a couple of more images to share from our trip out West a month ago and today we have a couple of images from the Page, Az. area. Jan’s got an image from Horseshoe Bend and mine is from Lake Powell. The thing that’s amazing to me is that I’ve been by Horseshoe Bend a number of times and never knew that it was there! Just South of Page about 10 miles is Horseshoe Bend and it’s really very easy to check out. There’s a parking lot just off of Rt. 89 and you have a nice little half mile walk to the area where you can view this spectacular scene. For all these years it was so close and yet so far. I guess there’s always surprises around every corner if you just look for them!

Here’s our photos from the Page, Az. area, enjoy!

We hope that you have a great week as always and thanks for checking out our snaps!

Kev and Jan

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It’s about time!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that the Chicago Cubs won baseball’s World Series last week. Now as happy as I was for myself, I was more happy for my dad. At 82 years old and growing up about two miles from Wrigley Field, he’s seen a lifetime of disappointment in his Cubs and it’s always been “Wait until next year”. Well miracles do happen and the Cubs finally did it. I talked to my dad on the phone the day after they won and he was still beaming about the nail biting game that won it all!

A couple of quick stories about my dad and Cubs baseball. When he was a kid, it cost a nickel to sit in the bleachers in Wrigley Field and he said at some point the Cubs raised the price of the bleacher seats to a quarter. He said that when they did that, the town about lost their collective minds as to how expensive tickets had gotten. The other story is that my dad and his buddies would collect bottles for their deposit money and turn them in to make money for tickets to the games. They would skip school to go to the games and the irony of that is that my dad became a high school teacher!

Enough of the baseball talk, let’s talk some football. I was able to get over to Washington, Illinois on Saturday to shoot a high school playoff game and it was a perfect day for a game and photography. Washington ended up beating Centralia 23 – 16 and I was able to get a few good photos and that’s always a good thing!

Here’s a couple of my shots from Saturday’s game!

Thanks as always for checking out our work and we hope that you have a great week to come!!!!

Kev and Jan

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It’s good to be home

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well it sure is nice to be home at least for a little while! We were on the road for about 10 days out West shooting nature photography and flew home for about 12 hours to do laundry and repack photo and video gear. We got in the Explorer a week ago on Sunday and did a week long shoot in Alabama and then we got back home on Saturday night and I spent all day yesterday working on a video from the shoot that needs to be done in the next couple of days! Wow, talk about jumping right back into the fire! It’s all good though and it was nice to be sleeping in my own bed the last couple of nights!

Speaking of being out West and shooting nature photography, we are sharing a couple of photos from Monument Valley in Arizona. As always, it never disappoints and we had a very nice day to be shooting! About the only thing that would have made it more perfect would have been a few clouds to add a little interest to the sky, but other then that we had abundant sunshine all day long and that’s always great!

Jan’s photo is of the Rain God Mesa and mine is of the Totem Pole area. For those that aren’t hikers, you might not know what the significance of the stacked rocks are in my photo. They are called “Cairns” and are used to mark hiking trails out in nature. I liked how the Cairns mimicked the Totem Pole formation in the background.

All right, we’ve got to get going because it’s going to be a busy week! Thanks as always for checking out our work and we hope that you have a great week to come!

Kev and Jan

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Recharging the creative batteries

Monday morning Page, Az. greetings to one and all!!!

Well it sure is nice to be back out West once again for a little R & R! Mind you, for some people R& R means rest and relaxation, but for us it means shooting nature photography and that’s our relaxation! It’s so good to be getting out and hiking around and seeing nature and all of it’s beauty. It’s also good to be out shooting photos for yourself and the creative freedom that it brings. There is something that is very rejuvenating for the mind and the soul and the great thing is that when we get back home and are shooting photos and video for our clients again, we will have recharged our creative batteries and that’s a very good thing!

Our first stop on this trip was to Bryce National Park in Southern Utah and it’s always a great place to come out and shoot photos. For those that have been there, you already know what I’m talking about and for those of you that haven’t, you need to put it on your bucket list and make it one day! The scenery is spectacular and there’s probably no other place like it on earth! The thing that’s nice is that you can see it with a short walk from your car or you can get out and hike the trails and see it from a completely different perspective!

Here’s a few of our shots from Bryce National Park!

Thanks as always for checking out our photos and we both hope that you have a great week to come!!!!

Kev and Jan

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Down in the park

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

We busted through another month and here we are into October and the last quarter of 2016! Amazing! We just keep knocking them out and to think that we are about seven weeks from Thanksgiving and then 11 weeks to Christmas is amazing too!

The fall season really is my favorite time of the year and with the humidity coming down from the highs of summer, it makes for better outside photos. We get those nice blue sky days which I really like and it makes everything look so much better. We’ve been taking advantage of the better weather and have been able to work in some outdoor shoots for our different clients. David Vaughan Investments is one of our clients and we try to come up with different seasonal photos of the outside of their building. We were able to get over there and get some shots before the leaves start to turn. The other fun thing is that their backyard is right next to Forrest Park Nature Center, so they have a lot of different animals that stop by for a little food in the morning. I’ve seen a ton of birds, squirrels and turkeys there at different times of the year. When we were there for this last shoot, I did get the chance to shoot some photos of my first deer at their place. There was a young buck and a couple of doe’s that had come in from the park to eat a little corn. The deer all kept an eye on me, but with a longer lens I was able to get a few shots of them before they took off to go back to the park!

Here’s a couple of my shots from David Vaughn Investments.

Thanks as always for checking out our work and we hope that you have a great week to come!

Kev and Jan

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PRM

Monday morning greetings to one and all!

Well we’ve got another busy week on tap coming up and that’s always a very good thing! It’s nice to look in the calendar and see things getting booked up for the week to come! When things are slow, I’ll look at the calendar and there’s not much or nothing booked and that’s never a good sign! When things are busy like they have been, you’ll look at the calendar and hope that there is some time available for clients and that you can get everyone worked in!

Jan and I are starting a big charity project for Peoria Rescue Ministries and it should be a good one. We’ll be shooting a full day of video on Thursday at the different locations that PRM has here in Central Illinois and then putting a video together in the coming weeks. We started this past Friday night in downtown Peoria and for those that have been by the SW Adams St. PRM location, you’ve seen the iconic “Jesus Saves” sign. They just had the sign refurbished recently and it looks great, so we made it down to shoot some video and stills at night to capture how good it looks. I was able to get some nice video that we can use in this big project and Jan shot a bunch of stills as well.

This week we are sharing Jan’s photo of the Peoria Rescue Ministries building along with their great “Jesus Saves” sign!

Thanks as always for taking the time to check out our weekly work and we hope that you have a great week to come!!!!

Kev and Jan

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Now that’s living!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well it was one of those weeks where it went from nothing to everything in the blink of an eye! Sometimes things are like that where you can be swamped with work and then nothing or in the case of this past week, it was the complete opposite. We had a couple of small gigs early in the week and then all at once we had a bunch of video editing projects that had some very short deadlines. Needless to say, the computer has been rocking and rolling these past four days and we’re pretty close to having things wrapped up on these video projects!

One of the gigs that we’ve been working on for the last few weeks was shooting some photos of College Place Uptown in Blooming, Il. CPU is located right next to Illinois State College and besides some retail shopping also includes student apartments for ISU students. Having never been there before, I really wasn’t sure what to expect of the place, but I was pleasantly surprised! If I was an ISU student, this would be the place that I’d like to live! Besides all the other amenities that they offer, they have three beautiful courtyards that were constructed by Bellas Landscaping. Now that’s living!

Here’s one of our photos of the courtyards at College Place Uptown.

Well it’s time to get rocking, so we hope that you’re going to have a great week to come!!!

Kev and Jan

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Pekin Marigold Festival

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well this past weekend sure had some great weather for us here in Central Illinois. On Saturday morning the rains rolled through and brought with it a nice cool front and lower humidities and that was a welcome change for us. I love it when it’s hot, but not so much when it comes to the high humidity that we get here in the Midwest! Oh sure there’s lots of places that are a heck of a lot worse when it comes to summer and humidity, but I’m glad that I visit those places and don’t live there!

You know that it’s getting to be the fall season when the Pekin Marigold Festival is held and they couldn’t have had better weather on Saturday afternoon. We were there to shoot some photos of our friends in the band, The Rave. The guys were back on the stage on Saturday for a set at the festival and as usual they kicked out the tunes! Lots of great music on a picture perfect day, so everyone there enjoyed the show!

We’ve got a few snaps of The Rave (Jeff, Jay, Greg and Aaron) and we’re sharing a few of those today!

We hope that you have a great week to come and thanks as always for taking the time to check out our work!

Kev and Jan

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Out in the country!

Tuesday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well for most of us, we’re back at work today after the Labor Day weekend and boy was it a nice weekend weather wise here in Central Illinois. We had a break from the rain and the hot and humid temperatures that have been seemingly with us for the entire summer! It was great to be able to turn off the air conditioner at the house for a few days and open up the windows and air out the place. Of course we’re right back to the hot and humid weather this week with the heat index back up to 100 today! At some point it’s going to cool back down, but not soon enough!

Jan and I were able to get out in the country for a nice little drive on Labor Day Monday and it was great to just check things out and shoot a few photos. Driving through farm country and seeing all the corn and soybeans and knowing that the farmers are going to get started with the harvest in the next couple of weeks will be great! It’s always fun to see them out there with the combines working the fields and bringing the crops in for the year! I’m sure at some point we’ll be getting out to shoot some of that as well!

Here’s a couple of our photos from out drive out in the country!

We hope that you have a great week to come and thanks as always for checking out our work!

Kev and Jan

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