ABQ

Morning morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well we thought we would be down in Alabama this week for a shoot, but it’s been postponed until September. Needless to say, Alabama in September temperature wise versus Alabama in June should hopefully be a little bit cooler. With all the heat that we’ve got going this week through out the US, I have a feeling that things will be a little more comfortable in a few months! We’ll see!

We’ve got a few more photos to share from our road trip to Arizona a month ago. We’ve shared photos from Jerome, Az. and Petrified Forest National Park, Az. these past few weeks and this week it’s Albuquerque, N.M. We were able to spend a wonderful afternoon walking around and shooting photos in the “Old Town” area of Albuquerque. It’s a nice little area that’s about five blocks square or so with shops, restaurants and even a few cantinas! It’s always very enjoyable to walk around and shoot photos in a setting like this because the only person that you’re trying to please with the photography is yourself!

Here’s a few of our snaps from “Old Town” in ABQ!

It’s time to get to work, so we hope that you’re going to have a wonderful day!!!

Thanks as always!!!

Kev and Jan

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Heading down the road

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

We got back from a second West coast road trip shoot this past Friday night, so it’s been nice to be able to sleep in your own bed and eat your own food!!! We’re going to enjoy it this week because we’ll be getting back on the road at the end of the week once again! I’m not complaining because it’s great to be busy and this is our traditional busy season!

A few weeks ago we were out in the Scottsdale, Az. area for a quick gig and we featured that shoot in a promo with the Caterpillar Motor Grader at the golf course. Once that gig was done we started heading back home, but we made sure that we stopped at a few places along the way to shoot some photos for ourselves. One of the areas that we stopped at was in Holbrook, Az. at Petrified Forest National Park. It’s always interesting to see and shoot photos in that area because of the amount of petrified wood that is still there and the interesting landscapes that the park provides. The other thing that I like as well is that Painted Desert National Park is right next door, so you get a two for one deal when you visit!

Here’s a couple of our shots from Petrified Forest National Park.

It’s time to get to work, there’s lots to get done this week! We hope that you have a great week and thanks for checking out our work!

Kev and Jan

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Hey Jesse, Now Jerome!

Monday morning greetings to one and all!

We are back on the road this week for a gig, so the summer season is getting geared up and we are right in the middle of the insanity! 🙂

A couple of weeks ago we were out in the Scottsdale, Az. area for a quick one day gig and then we started to work our way back home shooting photos on the way. One of our first stops was a quick trip through the old mining town of Jerome, Az. I know that a number of you have been to Jerome, but for those that haven’t, it’s a great little town that has transformed itself from it’s days of mining a 100 years ago to now being a fun little tourist destination. They have a number of shops, restaurants and even a couple of local watering holes to wash that trail dust out of your parched throat. We were able to spend a few hours there and walked around and shot some photos and then had a little food and drink before heading out on our journey. If you’ve not been to Jerome and are in Arizona in the future, make a side trip there and you’ll probably enjoy it as much as we do!

Here’s a couple of our snaps from our afternoon spent in Jerome!

For those that are wondering about the title of this weeks promo, it’s from the movie Purple Rain and it’s a line from Morris Day and the Time. Here’s a link for those that need a refresher. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2FPQvwhSDY

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

Kev and Jan

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Moving lots of dirt!

Monday morning greetings to one and all!

Jan and I just got back last night from our 3800 mile work / vacation road trip safe and sound and hopefully if you were traveling over the Memorial weekend you did as well. We’ll be sharing some of our nature photography that we shot on the rest of our trip in the coming weeks and we’ve got some good stuff to share!

One of the things that I love about what we do is that we sometimes get access to places and things that only those people that work there ever see. Being in the operating room shooting photos durning an operation when the only people that every see that are the doctors and nurses. We are so lucky to have that access and it really makes what we do interesting and fun! This past week we had that kind of access and we were shooting photos and video at a new golf project in the Northwestern Scottsdale, Arizona area. The founder of the internet domain registry site “Go Daddy”, Bob Parsons is transforming the former “The Golf Club Scottsdale” into a new property called “Scottsdale National Golf Club”. They are building new 9 and 18 hole golf courses in addition to the current 18 hole course. They are moving an incredible amount of dirt to contour the land into a more undulating area for the golf courses.

Caterpillar has one of their 14M3 Motor graders working on this project and that’s where we got involved. While I was shooting video of the 14M3 working, Jan was shooting all the still photography. Shooting the video takes so much time and it’s very hard for me to do both things in such a short amount of time, so it’s worked out great having Jan shoot the still photography!

Here’s this weeks photos from the Scottsdale National Golf Club and these are some of Jan’s photos from that day!

It’s time for us to get to work, we’re in town for a couple of days and then back on the road next week. We hope that you’re going to have a great rest of the week and thanks as always for checking out our (and this case Jan’s) work!

Kev and Jan

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Hearth

Morning morning Arizona greetings to one and all!

Well it was one crazy busy week this last week and the craziness is continuing this week!!!

We had a pretty big three day shoot last week that was very last minute for a project that was so involved. The shoot had three different locations with models and props, so there was a lot of coordinating to make everything come together. Fortunately for us, the weather cooperated and we were able to pull everything off! We’ll be sharing photos in a few weeks when everything is out on the web!

We did a shoot recently for the Hearth restaurant in Peoria Heights and I have to tell you that it’s a really nice place! The shoot involved the staff along with some food photography and some photos of the restaurant. One of the things that I love about shooting food photography is that sometimes you get to try some of the food. In this case we did and it’s out of this world! Do yourself a favor if you haven’t tried this place and check it out and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Here’s a few of our snaps from Hearth!

It’s time to run, we’ve got a shoot to do! If you’re traveling this coming Memorial Day weekend as we are, have a very safe trip!

Thanks as always!

Kev and Jan

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Golfing PPD Style

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

Well the weather sure hasn’t been all that nice the last couple of weeks in Peoria. It’s been cold and rainy and I’m starting to sound like a broken record!!!

One of the things that we have been waiting on is the weather and having it been cold and damp, things have been a little slow to green up in Central Illinois. The grass in my yard has been growing, but some of the trees are a little late to the game when it comes to having leaves on the trees. I’ve got a number of shoots that we have been in a holding pattern waiting for things to green up so we can get out and shoot some outdoor shots for clients. Well things really started happening last week and the trees and looking pretty good. One of the clients that we’ve been trying to help out is the Peoria Park District. PPD was wanting to get some photos of Kellogg and Madison golf courses for new scorecards. Last Friday ended up being the perfect day and we jumped at the chance to get things knocked out for them! It was sunny and cool with the temps in the 50’s, but it was a perfect day to get out and shoot!

Here’s a couple of the shots from Madison and Kellogg golf courses for the Peoria Park District.

We’ve got a very busy week coming up, so we’re going to get things started! We hope that you have a great week and also thanks for checking out our work!!!!

Kev and Jan

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Always there

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

We had another good week this past week with a number of fun shoots and that sure makes life a whole lot easier! It’s always good to have work, so we are very great grateful that the phone continues to ring with calls about work.

We did a shoot recently for a new client that most of you probably have never heard of unless you’re a firefighter or a fan of Indy Car racing. The company is called Holmatro and one of the many products that they make are hydraulic tools for firefighters and rescue crews. When there is a motor vehicle accident and people are trapped inside and they need to be extracted from the vehicle, tools like cutters and spreaders along with hydraulic pumps allow these rescue crews to get in and “open” up a vehicle by cutting away metal and doors to facilitate a safer rescue. Holmatro has come out with some new versions of these tools and we were asked to shoot some photos of the tools with firefighters and rescue crews. The other fun thing that we got to shoot was some of these tools in action and to see the sheer force that they have to cut and move metal is impressive to say the least!

Here’s one of our shots with one of the firefighter holding a Holmatro spreader with a Holmatro ram inside the car.

We hope that you have a great week and thanks for checking out our work!

Kev and Jan

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Saturday in the park

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

I’ve talked before about how much joy there is for Jan and I to take a drive out in the country. There’s just something very calming about driving on the two lane roads through farm country and seeing the sights. It’s also great to see something that you’d like to shoot a few photos of and then take a few moments to stop and grab a few snaps.

A couple of Saturday’s ago we headed South from Peoria along the Illinois River for a nice Saturday drive and wanted to seek out any photo opportunities that we might come across. One of the places that we stopped to shoot some photos was Jacksonville, Illinois. It’s about a half hour due West on I-72 from Springfield, Illinois. I’ve been by Jacksonville a number of times, but never stopped in the downtown area. I’m glad that we made the effort to see the downtown because I was very impressed how nice that it was. They’ve got a big square in the center of town and lots of little shops and restaurants around the square. We were able to walk around and shoot some photos and really had a great time. There’s lots of interesting old buildings and history in the town and I think that we just scratched the surface on everything going on there. I know that we’ll be making a trip back down at some point to walk around again with our cameras and shoot some more photos!

Here’s a couple of our snaps from a Saturday in the park at Jacksonville, Il.

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

Kev and Jan

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Get it before it’s gone!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

We’re still rocking and rolling with shoots and editing last week and again this week, so we can’t complain!

About six years ago I was traveling through Snyder, Texas and came across this old abandoned gas station. I was thinking about stoping and shooting a few photos and after driving down the road a few miles and debating with myself to stop or not, I turned around and went back to the old station and took a few photos. A couple of years ago, I was in the area of Snyder, Texas again and I had a new lens that I wanted to try out on that same old gas station. When I got to the place where the gas station was, it was long gone and a new store was there in it’s place. I learned a very valuable lesson that day that when you see something like that, you better get some shots because you don’t know if it will be there the next time you stop by! Here’s one of the photos that I snapped on my first visit to that old gas station, so I was glad I made the time when I did! https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmay/4123830356

Jan and I were heading down along Rt. 24 just South of Bartonville, Il. a week ago and the saw a crane (with a wrecking-ball) next to the old Allied Miles plant along the road. It’s been abandoned for as long as I can remember and I’ve always thought about getting some photos, but never have had the time when I’ve driven by. Seeing that crane made me think that we’d better get over there sooner rather then later and shoot some photos before the place was torn down. We made some time last week on a perfect morning and were able to get a few photos and video and I’m glad that we did because I don’t know how long it’s going to be there!

Here’s a couple of our photos of the old Allied Mills plant in Bartonville, Il.

It’s time to get busy, so thanks for checking out our work and we hope that you have a great week to come!

Kev and Jan

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Pink houses

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Jan and I had another rocking week this past week and that’s always very nice. We had a nice mix of shoots from stills to video along with some video editing as well. We also started shooting on our first pro bono charity video project and we will have a few more shoots in the coming weeks and then we’ll put it together and can share it at some point once it airs on TV and social media.

It’s great to travel overseas and see different countries, but we have so many great places here in the US that you really would never have to travel abroad if you didn’t want too. We have so many different regions of the US from the big cities on the East Coast to the Gulf Coast to the Rocky Mountains to the Desert Southwest to the Pacific Northwest and all points and places in between. There is something for everyone, so get in the car or on a plane and check it out!

We are sharing a few photos from our East Coast trip a month ago and this weeks photos are from Charleston, SC. What a wonderful city and so much to see and to do! Lots of great food and beverages as well!!! 🙂 We were only there for a couple of days on this trip and so we tried to hit some of the places that we hadn’t seen when we were there for the first time in 2012. It won’t be our last trip to Charleston and I know that we’ll be back again at some point down the road!!!

Here’s a few of our snaps from a couple of great days in Charleston!

Thanks as always for checking out our work and we hope that you have a great week!!!

Kev and Jan

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