That’s a wrap on 2014!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well we are just about at the end of the 2014 and what a year it’s been! I have always likened the business of photography to riding a roller coster. When things are slow, the roller coster is climbing up the tracks and you never think you’re going to reach the top. When things are booming that roller coster is going a 1000 MPH and you never think it’s going to slow down! That’s how 2014 was in a nutshell! The first seven months of the year I couldn’t buy any work! It was slower then slow and I really was starting to question myself and thinking that maybe I was over the hill and it was time for them to put me out to pasture. Then the last week of July comes and the flood gates opened and there was more work then I could handle and not enough hours in the day to get everything done! Things have been so crazy since the end of July that I’m now just getting caught up on things that I’ve needed to get done for months! I’ll be using this week at the house to get caught up and hopefully be ready to rock for 2015! Already there is no sign of things slowing down next year and I’ve already booked a number of shoots in January and even into February! I guess that when it rains it pours!!!

Well here’s a look back at my year and they ten best photos of 2014. These are photos that mean something to me and I think “Wow, I took that!” I’ve made this into a PDF and it’s about 14 megabytes, so you’ll probably have to view it on a computer with a good internet connection.

Thanks again for being part of my year and sharing the adventures that I’ve been up too! There’s more coming and more fun to be had next year and I can’t wait to get started!!!!

Have a safe and fun New Years and we’ll see you next Monday in 2015!!!!


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Christmas Week

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well it looks like we’ve made it to the week of Christmas and that’s a good thing!!! We are starting to get to the point of the year when things are slowing down in terms of photo shoots and that’s a good thing. I’ve still got so much computer work to do and it’s going to take a number of days to keep banging on it to reduce the amount of stuff I’ve get done! In some ways, it’s good that things are a little slower and I’m able to regroup in the next few weeks and get everything cleaned up and be ready for 2015!!! The calendar is starting to fill up for January and that’s something that hasn’t happened in a number of years. It’s really a nice feeling to see that, but it also makes me realize that I really have to kick some butt these next two weeks and get my plate cleaned off and be ready to rock on January 2nd!!!!!

I hope that you and yours will have a very safe and wonderful Christmas week!!!!

Thanks as always for checking out my work, it’s very much appreciated by me!!!!


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Getting caught up

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

Wow, it was a crazy week last week with a bit of travel and flight delays! That’s always fun to be thinking of plan B, C, D, E, and even F when things aren’t going the way that they are scheduled! Fortunately for us, everything came together and we were able to get our shoots done and that was a very good thing!

I spent this past entire weekend trying to get caught up on a ton of work that was piling up on my desk. Everything from bookwork, to billing to Photoshop. It can be amazing how much stuff like that is left undone while you’re on the road and then when you back back home and it’s still there and waiting for you! Anyone that travels for business knows what I’m talking about! I look at this as a good thing because it means that I’m busy and working and that’s always a very good thing! This week isn’t as crazy and I’ll still be working on a bunch of computer projects in my spare time between shoots!!!

One of the gigs that I was doing last week was shooting at a couple of mines in Kentucky (Coal) and Colorado (Gold). One of the most enjoyable things for me on a gig like this or any other gig is the people that you meet and get to talk too. It’s always a diverse group of people and some of them can be real characters and that’s what can make it fun. You get to hear their stories and they tell you what they do and I really enjoy that part of any shoot!!!!

Here’s one of my snaps from last week in Cripple Creek, Colorado with one of the machine operators from the mine!

I have a feeling that by next Monday’s promo, a lot of you might be having some time off with Christmas being just ten days away. I hope that you enjoy the time off and the week will be a good one!

Thanks as always for checking out my work and have a great week!!!!


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Monday morning greetings from Owensboro, Kentucky!

We’ll I’ve got one more crazy week of shoots and then it looks like things will be slowing down for the Christmas holiday season as it always does! I’ll push through this week and then from there it will be time to catch up with all the things that I’ve needed to get done and haven’t had time for these past five months! There’s a lot of little things that take a lot of time like burning discs of the jobs that I’ve been doing of late. It’s probably something that will take a number of days since I’ll be burning off about three terabytes of images 25 gigabytes at a time!!!! There’s a number of other things that I need to get done before we start with 2015 in about three weeks!!! Fun, fun, fun!!!! 🙂

On a recent trip down to St. Louis, we were able to get over to the Bellefontaine Cemetery to shoot a little personal photography. It’s not like visiting cemeteries is something that I do often, but when you come across a historic one like Bellefontaine, it’s worth a visit! As a photographer, some of the things that excite me are seeing the architecture and also the design elements at a place like this. There’s lots of old school influences and history going on and some of the things that you’ll see that aren’t done that way anymore. I’m a detail person, so when I see little details in how something was done or presented, it makes for a lot of great photos!

Here’s a few of my snaps from an afternoon spent at the Bellefontaine Cemetery!

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


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It’s time to get back to work!

Monday morning greetings from Omaha, Nebraska!

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is over and it’s time to get back to work! I’m heading back from a nice week off of work and being able to spend time with my folks! It was also nice to be able to spend time in some warmer weather from what’s been back home in Peoria at this time of the year!!!!

Here’s one of my shots from one of my favorite places in New Mexico, White Sands National Monument. White Sands is just west of Alamardgo, NM and it’s shifting sands are heaven to me! At this time of the year with the shorter days, the sun is going down in the 5:00pm range and that makes for some great photos. In the summer time, you can get these same photos, but you’ll have to be out at the park till 9:00pm or 10:00pm and we all know that’s way past my bedtime!!!! 🙂

Well it’s 24 days before Christmas, so I guess that it’s time to get busy and make that final push to the end of the year!!!! I hope that you’re going to have a great week and thanks as always for checking out my work!!!!!

Thanks again!!!!


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