Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

In the business of photography things have always been “Feast or Famine” as far as having work goes. Last week was one of those famine weeks! Until things start to green up a little bit here in Central Illinois, there’s not always a lot going on work wise. I had a couple of shoots get postponed because of the weather and that does happen a bunch when you’re trying to shoot outdoors at this time of the year! Fortunately the next couple of weeks are going to be of the feast variety and that will be a welcome change! Having a week with not a lot to do just gets boring and I’m always the type of person that likes to be busy. As our Boy Scout leader said to us many times, “Busy hands are happy hands!”

Since I wasn’t out shooting photos for clients this past week, I did the next best thing! “Prost!”

I hope that you have a wonderful week and thanks again for checking out my work!!!!


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Driving the back roads

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

I was up in Necedah, Wi. last Thursday for a quick shoot and was able to drive home that day on the backroads in the country! Sure, I could have taken the interstate to come back home and would have made it back in four hours, but I wanted to see some site and shoot some photos! I’ve always said that when time is critical and you have to get somewhere fast, the interstate road system here in the USA is wonderful! You can get from point A to point B in a very short time and for some road trips, you just have to get up and go! If you truly want to see the country, the two lane roads are the way to go! For me it’s always fun to travel through areas and towns that you’ve never been and just see the sights. It takes a bit more time, but is so worth it in my opinion! When I’ve got time, the backroads is where I want to travel!!!!

Here’s a few snaps from my backroad adventure from last Thursday afternoon in Wisconsin and Illinois!

I hope that you’re going to have a great week as always and thanks for checking out my work!!!! 🙂


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“We’re getting the band back together”

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

It’s been more then 25 years ago that I started working with a local 80’s band called “The Rave“! We first started working together in the late 80’s to shoot some promo shots of the band and we had a lot of fun! The guys were up for about any crazy idea that I had at the time and we’d be serious in some of the shots and then real goofy in the others! The guys started to get a following and starting doing gigs in the Midwest because of their high energy shows! I was able to get out with them a few times to shoot some of the live shows and it was always a lot of fun! At some point the band broke up as most bands do! The guys all went their separate ways until just a few months ago! They all decided that they’d like to get together after all these years and do it again! They have been practicing for a few months and are just about ready to start playing some gigs!

Of course before you can start doing gigs, they need some promotional materials and that’s where I come in once again after all these years. We decided to do a shoot in a local warehouse and as they were before, the guys were up for more of my crazy ideas once again. We had a blast shooting and a lot of laughs and fun as well! I have no doubt that when the guys hit the stage once again, they’re going to kick it out like they did back in the day!

Here’s “The Rave”!!! Aaron, Jay, Jeff and Greg from the late 80’s and now again in 2014!

Here’s also a link for the bands Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1432997386921392/

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


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The happiest day of the year!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

Yes, the day that we set the clocks forward and start daylight savings time is the happiest day of the year for me! I’ve talked before how in the fall that when we set the clocks back to come off of DST, in my opinion it’s the most depressing day of the year! On that first day that the clocks are set back and the sun is going down at 4:30pm it just kills me!!! The days are shorting in the winter time and then to also have it getting dark at 4:30pm is just horrible!!!!! Yesterday to have the sun going down after 7:00pm and knowing that the days will be getting longer is a wonderful thing!!! I for one will have a smile on my face even more then I do now!!!!

The other really nice thing besides DST is that it looks like winter might be on the way out in Central Illinois! We’ve had a very long winter that I’ve talked about way too much in my Monday morning promos this year! It looks like we’re going to have more normal temperatures in the next few weeks and that is a welcome change! More sunshine and warmer temps are never a bad thing!!!!!

Here’s a couple of snaps of winter going bye-bye. The snow is melting and that is a very good thing!!!

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


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Haliaeetus Leucocephalus

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

And you’re probably wondering what the heck is a Haliaeetus Leucocephalus? Yes, it’s the American Bald Eagle!

It’s been that time of year when we can see the Bald Eagles here in Central Illinois. I was over at the Mississippi River this past week to try to find some eagles to photograph. It’s getting to be the end of the season when they are more visible, so with the cold weather and the rivers being iced over in spots it’s about as good a time as any.

If you’ve never seen a Bald Eagle in person, there are a couple of things that really stand out about them. The first thing is their size, they are a very large bird and if you’re able to get close to them, it’s very apparent. One of the other things that I really noticed is that when they are flying close by, you can hear the whoosh of the wind as they flap their wings. They are incredibly powerful and also can fly very fast!

Do yourself a favor if the opportunity presents itself and get out and see these birds!!! You won’t be disappointed!!!! Here’s one of my snaps from last week of our national symbol!!!

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


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