Back on the road

Monday morning Alabama greetings to one and all!

Well it’s that time of year when the road trip gigs are starting once again and we are ready to roll. I’ve talked about this a number of times with our traditionally busy season being the months of May, June, July and August. This year it’s already shaping up to be busy and we’ve got a number of road trips on our calendar for the next three months, so it should be interesting as it always is! If we didn’t like being out-of-town for our gigs, this would be horrible, but since Jan and I both like to travel it’s a very good thing!

We’ve got a couple more of our San Diego images to share and it’s amazing to me that it’s been two months since we were just there, it does seem like it was just last week! For those that haven’t been to San Diego, Point Loma is a peninsula West of the downtown and it provides some incredible views of the city along with the Pacific Ocean. We were very fortune to be there as the sun was going down and as luck would have it, the USS Nimitz was leaving the port and heading out to sea. It’s truly amazing to see one of these big ships in person and see it in action.

Here’s a couple of our snaps from Point Loma and the USS Nimitz.

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

Kev and Jan

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27 years and still going strong

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

In April of 1990, I started down the road to being self-employed and 27 years later here we are still rocking and rolling! It has been an amazing ride and it’s not over just yet, so we’ve got a few more years of doing photography and video for our clients and that makes us happy! We’ve come a very long way from the days of shooting film from 35mm up to 8” x 10” film for the view cameras in the studio. The transition from shooting film to digital in 2001 was a huge step and a big learning curve, but well worth the effort. The funny thing is that you couldn’t pay me to go back to shooting film after all these years shooting digitally! We’ve also made the jump just two years ago to shooting video for clients and now that video work accounts for 70% of our business. I’d also be very remiss if I didn’t mention that Jan started shooting and working with me on a full-time basis two years ago as well. A lot has happen in 27 years and there’s still more for us to do before we finally hang things up in a few years. We are so very blessed to have so many great clients that we have worked with over the years and that have supported us and what we do. I can’t ever say thank you enough for all the work all these many years! We’re not done yet, so there’s more to come!

Here’s a couple of our photos from Balboa Park in San Diego, California. What a great place to visit and to enjoy all that goes on there!

We hope that you have a very wonderful week to come and thanks for checking out our work and being part of our lives!

Kev and Jan

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Get your mulch

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

After what seemed like weeks of rain and gloom here in Central Illinois, we finally had some sun and warmer temperatures this past weekend and it sure was nice. There’s something in me that can get very depressed when I don’t see the sun enough, so I guess that rules out Seattle as a retirement city! Oh trust me, the rainy season isn’t over by a long shot, so we’ll just have to enjoy the sun when it’s out in the coming weeks!

One of the charity projects that we worked on last year was for our friends at Peoria Rescue Ministries and it’s that time of the year for homeowners and landscapers to get out and get their yards beautified for summer. PRM has an incredible program that helps rehabilitate men that need some guidance in turning their life’s around. Victory Acres is part of PRM and making the mulch is one of the great funding programs that helps keep PRM going.

We shot and edited this tv commercial for Victory Acres and it was a collaborative effort with our friends and Burdess and Associates who helped with the creative content. It’s always fun to work on a project like this because you can see that it helps those that need it and also provides a great product for our local community!

Here’s our 30 second commercial for the mulch program at Victory Acres and Peoria Rescue Ministries.

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

Kev and Jan

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A day at the beach

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

It was a miracle over the weekend here in Central Illinois and we actually had the sun come out for a few hours! Amazing! Of course by Sunday we were right back into the gray and overcast weather and it looks like the rains will be moving into the area for the next number of days.

Another one of our stops on our West coast tour in Southern California was La Jolla and Seal Rock. The views of the Pacific Ocean are always incredible and it’s just so captivating to sit and watch the waves roll in. There’s also all of the wildlife from the birds to the Sea Lions that you can see as well. We were fortunate to be at Seal Rock days after a number of the female Sea Lions had given birth to a new crop of pups. Most of the Sea Lions were soaking up the sun and sleeping on the beach and the rocks, but we did see a number of them that were swimming around in the surf. All and all it was a great afternoon to be outside shooting photos and enjoying the scenery!

Here’s a couple of our snaps for our afternoon at Seal Rock in La Jolla.

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

Kev and Jan

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Nihon no yūjō gāden

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

March has been motoring along for us and we are getting geared up for the start of our busy season! We’ve got a number of projects that are starting to come together with April and May are starting to get filled up! We’ll enjoy things being somewhat calm before the storm hits!

We’ve got more San Diego photos to share and that’s one of the things that’s so great about road trip’s like that. We are able to get out and shoot photos everyday and that makes Jan and I both very happy! One of our stops was the Japanese Friendship Gardens San Diego in Balboa Park. For those that haven’t been to San Diego and Balboa Park, it’s probably best known for being the home of the San Diego Zoo, but there’s so much more there to see. There are a number of great museums as well at the park and it’s a place that you would need multiple days if you wanted to see everything! The Japanese Friendship Gardens is one of those spots that is very calm and serene and is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We were able to spend a couple of hours there walking around and shooting photos on a very nice and relaxing day!

Here’s a few of our photos of the Japanese Friendship Gardens.

It’s time for us to get to work, so 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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Some Like It Hot

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Now if you are living in the Southwestern US this past weekend, Some Like It Hot might have described the weather over the weekend! I was watching the Nascar race from Phoenix on Sunday and it was a toasty 95 degrees there! That’s probably a little too much heat, a little too soon for even those living in the Southwest!

One of our stops to shoot in San Diego was the Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island. It’s an iconic hotel for many reasons and when it was built back in 1888, it was the largest wooden structure in the world! It also was featured in the 1959 movie, “Some Like It Hot” with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon and Marilyn Monroe. It’s amazing inside and out and it’s like stepping into a time machine to a by gone era. We had a great time walking around and shooting some photos while checking everything out.

Here’s a couple of our photos from Hotel del Coronado!

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

Kev and Jan

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Surf’s up

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well for those of us in Central Illinois that thought that winter was over, mother nature brought us back to reality that winter’s not over just yet! Sometimes that happens and we can catch a late winter cold snap or snow storm in March and even into April. It looks like we got a couple of inches out here at my house, so spring will have to wait a little longer!

One of the fun things about our trip out to the West coast a few weeks ago is seeing things that we don’t have here in the Peoria area! Surfing is one of those activities that we don’t have in the Midwest, but it’s something that I could literally sit and watch for hours on end and never be bored. We saw all ages out there surfing from young kids to adults that were a little more seasoned, but still out there having a blast! Surfing is a way of life and a culture and it’s a sport that screams youth, so there’s always a lot of energy going on. As photographers it can be challenging to shoot as well because the action is all over the place and it’s always moving. It can be really hard to get good action shots, but I think that we got a few!

Here’s a couple of our surf shots from SoCal!

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

Kev and Jan

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A taste of spring

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

March is here and we are rocketing along in 2017 putting the first two months of the year in the rearview mirror. We’ve had a very mild winter here in Central Illinois and I’m not complaining in the least! Everyday that we get past gets us closer to summer and that makes me very happy. I’m ready to see things start to green up a little more around town and with the warmer temps that we’ve seen, it should be happening sooner rather then later!

Another one of our stops a week ago while out on the West coast was the San Diego Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, Ca. While our Central Illinois vegetation is dormant for the winter time, it’s anything but dormant at SDBG and flowers are in bloom and that’s always great to see! Getting out and shooting nature photos like this is our therapy and it’s amazing how walking around and shooting some photos can relax you. It’s also fun to see different plants and flowers that we just don’t have here in the Midwest as well.

Here’s a few of our snaps from a day at SDBG.

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

Kev and Jan

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R & R SD Style

Tuesday morning greetings to one and all!

Wow, it’s been a month since you last heard from us, but we’ve been busy! Lots and lots of video editing and we’ve been working on some last minute projects for the big ConExpo show in Las Vegas next week! Our work is going to be shown at the show and that’s a great feeling!

We were able to get out of town last week for a few days for a little R & R and it was an overdue time away. We had planned to get away last Christmas, but we needed to shoot some stuff for a big job that we have been working on, so we postponed the vacation. Sometimes stuff like that happens, but we’ve learned to roll with the changes that life can sometimes bring. Last week we had a couple of jobs that got postponed and I told Jan we needed to take advantage of the time and get out of town for that much needed R & R. So, sometimes things work out the other way as well! We were able to get out durning the week and shoot some personal photography and that was really something that we both really needed because it had been a long time for us to do that.

One of our spots to shoot was the Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla, Ca. and as you can see from the photos, it was a perfect day!

It’s time for us to get to work, we’ve got a busy week of video shooting!

Thanks for checking out our work and we hope that you have a great rest of the week!!!

Kev and Jan

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The Great White North

Monday morning Timmins, Ontario greetings to one and all!

We’ll it’s the first Monday morning photo of 2017 and you’re probably thinking, “Wait a minute, it’s almost the end of January, where the heck have the promos been for this year?” That’s a darn good question. The bottom line is that we just aren’t shooting the amount of still photography from week to week that we have been in the past to justify sending out a weekly promo. Video work has taken over our business and we are just inundated with video projects. We are shooting more and more video and also doing a ton of video editing as well on projects that we are shooting and one’s that we aren’t shooting, so it’s keeping us very busy! Back two years ago in January of 2015, we made the official announcement that we were shooting video besides shooting still photography and our video business just exploded. Last year in 2016, video work has now become 70% of what Jan and I do and the world of still photography is less and less for us from a business standpoint.

So what does it all mean? Going forward, the weekly promo photos will be sporadic as you’ve seen already this year. We might go weeks where we don’t have anything to share and then you might see a weekly photo for a number of months at a time. We only want to send out our best photos and also ones that we have shot recently, so you’re not looking at our library of images!

With all that said, here’s a photo from Sunday in Timmins, Ontario. This is the McIntyre Head Frame and it is the only building that remains from the McIntyre underground mine. The mine has been closed since 1988 and the property has been fenced out for safety.

Well it’s time to get to work and unfortunately the wind chill this morning will be about -20, so that’s going to be fun!

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

Kev and Jan

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