Back at it

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well it sure was nice to sleep in my own bed last night! What a crazy past month it’s been with all of the road-trips and driving for these different shoots all over the US. Sometimes it’s like that and you just push through it and know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel and for the next three weeks it will be good to be here in Peoria! Yea! The final tally on all the driving was 9840 miles in the car! Yes, that’s a lot of miles in one month!!! It’s a good thing that there’s creature comforts like Sirius XM radio in the car to help keep you going when you’re out in areas where there’s not a whole lot going on! All and all I was able to slug through it and my butt’s not too sore from sitting in the driver’s seat all those many days!

This last little trip for Thanksgiving week took me out to Southern New Mexico to spend the week with my folks and it’s always so nice to see them and spend time there. The weather couldn’t have been nicer with abundant sunshine and temperatures in the mid 70’s to high 70’s all week! That’s my kind of paradise! I was able to get out everyday for a hike and to shoot some nature photography and it’s always wonderful to be able to do that! I know what I’ll be doing in retirement!!! 🙂

Here’s one of my snaps from Soledad Canyon just outside of Las Cruces, N.M.

It’s time to get busy and there are lots of loose ends on a few projects that we’ll be tackling in the next few days, so it’s time to get started! We hope that you’re going to have a great week to come and thanks as always for taking the time to check out our work and seeing what we are doing!!!

Kev and Jan

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A week of thanks

Monday morning greetings from Oklahoma City!

Well it sure was a crazy couple of weeks of driving and the final tally on the rental car was 5718 miles for the three shoots over that two week period of time! I made it back home on Saturday evening and was able to regroup a little bit and sleep in my own bed before heading out again yesterday for a week in New Mexico with my folks for the Thanksgiving holiday. Needless to say after this week of driving it will be good to be back in Peoria for at least a little while before heading out once again!!!

Both Jan and I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week and to me it’s always been a good time to be a little reflective about how things are going. Now I don’t think that any of us probably has the perfect life with everyday and everything being perfect all the time. We all have our moments, but that’s what life is all about and you just have to take the bad with the good. I do think that we are very blessed that we have so many wonderful clients that hire us and see the value in what we do. Jan is finishing up her third year working with me and I’m very happy that we have been able to do so much and spend so much time together having fun while we are working and traveling for our gigs! Life can be short, so enjoy everyday and be grateful for all that you have and who you are!

Here’s a quick snap from my time in Utah a couple of weeks ago when I was able to get out and shoot some nature photography for myself and this always makes me happy!

It’s time for me to get going, I’ve got about 670 miles of driving today to make it to my folks place! Jan and I both hope that if you’re going to be traveling this week to spend time with your family and friends that you make it a safe one and come back home in one piece. Thanks as always for taking the time to check out our work and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Kev and Jan

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Rolling down the road

Monday morning Georgia greetings to one and all!

Well it was a crazy week this past week and the fun’s not over yet! I was out in Utah for a shoot last week and everything worked out great and we had a good shoot. As sometimes happens, shoots can come up at the spur of the moment and I had a request for a last-minute shoot this week in Southern Georgia. I had driven out to Utah because of the amount of gear that was needed, so that was 1350 from Peoria to Salt Lake City. I spent the weekend driving from SLC back over to Georgia and that was another 1880 miles. Now the fun really begins, after the gig in Georgia I’ve got to drive up to Connecticut for a gig this coming Friday and this was another last-minute gig that came up late last week. So the drive from Georgia to Connecticut will be another 930 miles. Once I finish the Connecticut gig on Friday, I’ll start heading back to Peoria and that we’ll be another 965 miles to get back home. Just when you thought that the driving would all be done for a while, it will be Thanksgiving week on the 20th and I’ll be heading out to spend the week with my folks and that’s another 2750 miles of driving round trip! ‘m going to need a vacation after all of this driving! 🙂

Here’s one of my snaps from the drive from Salt Lake City to Georgia on the back roads in Utah!

It’s time to make the doughnuts, so we hope that you’re going to have a great week and thanks for taking the time to check out our work!!!

Kev and Jan

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40 Years!

Monday morning greetings from Salt Lake City, Utah!

Yes, the road-trips have started again! Denver two weeks ago and then back to Peoria for last week and now this week in Salt Lake City for another photo and video shoot! The good thing is that we enjoy it because if you didn’t, it sure wouldn’t be a lot of fun!!!

We don’t always get the chance to share some of the video projects that we work on, but this week we can! This has to be the biggest video project that Jan and I have ever worked on and it wasn’t that it took weeks and weeks to shoot, but it was the time that it took to edit putting everything together that was so extensive and time consuming!

David Vaughan Investments is one of those companies in the Central Illinois area that you’ve probably never heard of, but they are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. In this day and age when companies come and go at the drop of a hat, being in business for 40 years really says something about the company and the people who work there. To mark this anniversary, DVI worked with another one of those companies that you might not have ever heard of, Burdess and Associates to put together a video celebrating the 40 years of business. lol, the funny thing is that most people in Central Illinois have no idea who I am either, so I like to think that like DVI and Burdess, we all fly under the radar when it comes to the general public.

Unless you’ve worked on a project like this, you really don’t have an idea as to the time that it takes to make all the elements come together. It all starts with concept meetings on what the video will be about and the look that we are after. From there we interviewed the principal players at DVI and after that is when the heavy lifting really began. If you think about it, we had to whittle down two hours of interviews into a seven minute video to span the 40 years of DVI. I give a huge amount of the credit to how well this video turned out to Barb Massey and Mark Burdess from Burdess and Associates. Barb was able to craft the story from all the interviews and Mark was responsible with the look and feel of the video. Trust me, without their help on this DVI video, it never would have looked and sounded as good as it does! It takes a team of people to put something like this together and in this case we spent days and days and days together working on the editing of the video over a two month period of time! That’s a crazy amount of time, but well worth the effort when you see the finished piece!

Below is a Youtube link for the DVI video that Barb, Mark, Jan and I put together. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!

Alright, it’s time to get busy in Salt Lake City, so 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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