Hot potato!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!!

One of the two best things that happens here in the Midwest in the fall is the cooler temperatures from summer and the other great thing is IHSA playoff football. These high school kids have all played a season of football and now the best of the best are competing in the playoffs. They will have playoff games for a few more weeks with the championship games being played at the University of Illinois in Champaign on Thanksgiving weekend!

One of the things that I really like is to have a high school football payoff game that’s played on sunny Saturday afternoon and I get to shoot it!!! Brimfield/Elmwood played a St. Thomas Moore from Champaign, Il. on Saturday and I was able to shoot it and I had a blast!!!!

Here’s one of my snaps from the game and indeed that football can be a “Hot Potato”!!!!

I hope that you have a wonderful week to come and thanks as always for checking out my work!!!!


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If you build it, they will come!!!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

It was a long time coming, but the Caterpillar Visitors Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum had their grand openings this past Saturday! These projects have been talked about for years and it was great to see both of these buildings finally completed. This is going to be huge for the city of Peoria and I think that we’ll see other development downtown as well and that will be great!!!!

On Saturday, CVC and PRM had a joint ribbon cutting ceremony and the event started off with Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman arriving on a new Caterpillar locomotive and it was pulling a number of Caterpillar products as well. It was one heck of a way to make an entrance!!!! A number of people responsible for making these projects happen gave some speeches and then the ribbon cutting happened! After that, both facilities were opened to the public and the crowds flocked in! I was only shooting photos at the CVC on Saturday and I’ll have to get over to PRM at some point soon!!!!

Here’s some of my shots from Saturday and the inside of the Caterpillar Visitors Center! Hopefully you’ll be able to make it to see both facilities and enjoy all the hard work that was put into these projects!

Have a great rest of the week and thanks as always for checking out my work!!!!


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A game-changer

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all,

Sometimes a product or service comes around and you can just tell that it’s going to be big and have an impact on what you do and how you do it. I got a new camera about a month ago and I can already see that it will be taking me in new directions. Canon came out with the 5D III about six months ago and I waited for any bugs to be worked out that usually happen with a new product launch. Besides a number of technical features that I won’t bore you with, the camera also shoots HD video. Now to my photography friends, this really isn’t anything new becuase still cameras have had this capability for a number of years. Shooting video isn’t something that I really want to do, but I can see where at times I can be doing a little bit for an added bonus for the client.

I was shooting in a couple of coal mines in Indiana and Kentucky last week for Central Fabricators (they make buckets for earth moving equipment) and besides shooting the stills, I was able to flip a switch and shoot a little video as well. When I got back to the see this video on the computer, I was blown away by the quality!

Here’s one of the snaps from the shoot and we had a perfect day! Here’s also the same scene shot on video and it’s worth checking out as well!

Thanks as always for taking the time to see what I’m doing and I hope that you have a great rest of the week!!!


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Harvesting season is here!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to all!!!!

It’s that time of the year here in the Midwest when the farmers are out harvesting their crops. Here in the Peoria area they have gotten a lot done and when you drive around you’ll see how many fields have been harvested!

I was out shooting some harvesting shots with my friends at LG Seeds this past Thursday morning and it was one of those days that was just beautiful!!! It was a nice cool fall day and lots of sun and it sure made up for a long hot summer!!! We were able to get a number of great shots and I’ve got a couple that I’m sharing with you today!!!!

Thanks as always for checking out my work and I hope that you have a wonderful week to come!!!!!


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Chevrolet and the University Of Illinois

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

I did a shoot for Chevrolet last May over at the U of I in Champaign, Illinois and I’m now able to share the first part of that shoot. Chevy has teamed up with the U of I to do a promotion with the football and basketball teams and I got hired to snap the shots! Chevy wanted shots of some of their different cars with Memorial Stadium (football) and Assembly Hall (basketball). I went over a few weeks before the shoot and scouted the locations and did some quick test shots for the people in Michigan. We looked at the weather and picked what ended up to be a perfect day, beautiful blue skies and lots and lots of sun!!!! For the different ads, we shot individual shots of the cars at each location and then did a group shot of all of the cars as well.

Today I’m sharing the group shot at Memorial Stadium!!!

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


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