Back at it!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

It’s time to get back to it after spending the past week in New Mexico visiting my folks. One of the things that I always enjoy about being out there is being able to get out and shoot a little photography. In Las Cruces where they live, the scenery is a heck of a lot different then it is here in Peoria, no shocker there. While we have a little flatter landscape and lots of corn and soybean fields, they’ve got the mountains and the desert. Having grown up in a Midwestern environment, it makes it more special to be able to spend time in a place that is a lot different then ours.

I’ve got a couple of goodies to share with you and the first is a little time-lapse photography of Organ Mountains in Las Cruces and some incredible clouds that were forming during the course of the day. It’s always fun to do time-lapse photography, but you have to be patient and sit and watch what’s happens. I’ve learned to just chill out and know that you’re going to be there for a few hours, so just relax! The second goodie is a great panorama of the city of Las Cruces and the Organ Mountains in the background with those incredible clouds.

Alright, it’s time to get back to work and we are jumping right back into it! Thanks as always for checking out the work and we hope that you have a great week to come!

Kev and Jan

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A good looking city!

Monday morning New Mexico greetings to one and all!

I’m out here in New Mexico this week spending some time with my folks. It’s always treasured to be able to do this and spend this time with them!

Jan and I had a fun shoot his past week. We were given an opportunity that most people never get to experience. This year is the 135 year of the Peoria Public Library and they are having a fundraiser in the middle of October to help supplement the public funding that they receive. As part of this fundraiser, we were asked to shoot some photos from the top of the Commerce Bank building in downtown Peoria showing the city of Peoria in a unique perspective. Part of the adventure was getting to the top of the building and it involves a series of three spiral staircases that are extremely tight and also very steep. The other fun is also getting all the camera gear up these staircases as well!

We had a great night to shoot the photos and that’s about 90% of the battle when it comes to this type of work! We did have one other challenge and that was the lights that are pointed at the top of the building and they were causing some major lens flare in the cameras for some of the photos! We were able to work around these challenges and came away with some interesting shots of the city!

Here’s a few of the photos that Jan and I got of downtown Peoria and it’s a good looking city indeed!!!!

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

Kev and Jan

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

We had another good week this past week with a lot of different shoots and projects! It’s always been great to have a variety of clients that we work for and I think that it helps us keep the creativity up so that we don’t get burned out photographing the same things or subjects all the time!

One of our fun shoots last week was down in Springfield, Illinois at the S & K Buick GMC car dealership. The dealership has undergone an extensive upgrade on the inside and the outside and it’s really looking good! We were contacted by Inform + Lightworks in Beacon, NY to photograph the inside of the S & K dealership. Inform + Lightworks is a lighting company and the S & K dealership used their LED lighting for the inside of the dealership. They wanted us to get a number of shots of the inside showroom to show how good and effective their lighting system is. We shot a number of angles in the show room, but this image that we’re sharing today is my favorite from our shoot. It’s a 180 degree image of the entire showroom and you can see how well lit the showroom looks! I think we really nailed this and the client and S & K dealership were both very happy with how well everything turned out!

Here’s our photo of the S & K showroom in Springfield, Il.

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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Walking on the moon!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well this past week we jumped right back into the fray after getting back from being out West the week before. It’s always nice to come back from a vacation and know that you’ve got work to do. I’ve had it happen the other way when there wasn’t anything to shoot when I got back and I’d start to wonder why I had come back home!

One of the places that Jan and I shot nature photography on this trip was Craters of the Moon National Monument in Arco, Idaho. When you’re at Craters of the Moon, if you didn’t know any better, you’d think that you were on the Big Island of Hawaii. There are lava fields that stretch out for 50 miles from the volcanos that were at Craters of the Moon and it’s amazing to see that and think that it’s here in the Western US. It’s also amazing to see some of the vegetation that has grown in some spots and then the lack of vegetation in other areas of the park. Part of the fun as a photographer is to show some of the areas and try to make creative photos of all that’s there!

Here’s a few photos from a day spent at Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Thanks as always for checking out the photos and we hope that you have a great week to come!!!

Kev and Jan

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Jackson Hole, Wy.

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

The 4th of July holiday weekend has come and gone and hopefully yours was a fun and safe one! Now it’s back to work and there’s lots to do!!!

Jan and I are on our way back from a trip out West this past week to get out and shoot some nature photography and get our creative batteries recharged. It’s always been something that I strongly believe in is being able to get out and shoot some personal photography that you are passionate about to help get those creative juices going. When you’re out shooting photos for yourself like we have been this past week, it’s about pleasing yourself as an artist. As a professional, you’ve got to make your clients happy first and foremost, so what they need and want has to be the top priority. When we’re out working on personal images like this, it’s seeing things that peak your interest and make you want to capture an image that conveys what you are seeing!

We’ll have some promos in the next few weeks with some of these images from this trip out West! We’re starting today with a couple of images from the Jackson Hole, Wyoming area and you’ll get a little taste of what we were shooting last week!

We hope that you have a great week to come and thanks again for taking the time to check out these images!!!!

Kev and Jan

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A Sunday Drive!

Monday morning Idaho greetings to one and all!

It’s going to be a holiday weekend coming up with the 4th of July next Saturday! Some of you are going to have to work and others will have a three-day weekend or more.

There’s nothing like a nice Sunday drive in the car and I can remember doing that for most of my life. Being out in the country and driving around seeing places that you’ve been too before or exploring new cities and towns is a lot of fun! It’s also a lot of fun as photographers for us to see something special or unique and stop and take a few minutes to grab a few photos. Jan and I took a Sunday drive a week ago and headed from Peoria over to Keokuk, Ia. and then North along the Mississippi River to Burlington, Ia. before heading back home. All and all it was a great day to get out and listen to a little music in the car and shoot some photos!

Here’s one of Jan’s photos of a sun faced sculpture from the Nauvoo LDS Temple in Nauvoo, Il. and one of my snaps of a fire hydrant in Dallas City, Il.

We hope that you’re going to have a good week and also a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend as well! Thanks as well for checking out our work!

Kev and Jan

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Big Boy Toys

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

I’m laughing because I’m thinking this summer in Central Illinois will go down in history as the summer of rain and cutting the grass! It seems like everyday it’s raining and about ever other day I’m cutting the grass at my house!! I was out on a quick trip to the East Coast this past week for a shoot and I cut the grass before I left and then three days later when I came back home I had to cut it again! One thing is for sure, it’s really good exercise pushing the lawn mower around the yard! :)

Speaking of that East Coast swing last week, I was out shooting what I fondly call the Big Boy Toys. Big Boy Toys in my world are any large pieces of equipment that as a kid you would dream about using while you were playing with your “little” toys in the yard all those many years ago. I‘m still fascinated by how things work and enjoy watching these Big Boy Toys do their thing. You could give me a lawn chair and for hours on end I could sit there and watch a construction site or combine harvesting a farm field.

This past weeks shoot was at a rock quarry in Easton, Pa. and one of the rare things as well for me is to be out shooting photos of a brand spanking new machine. I’m thinking in my 25 years of photography, I’ve maybe shot a brand new out of the box machine less then a handful of times, so it’s very rare indeed to see and photograph at a customers site. Everything on a machine like this is brand new, so your photos are going to look great because the machine isn’t all beat up!

Here’s a few of my snaps from Easton, Pa. of this brand new Caterpillar 988K Wheel Loader!

Well it’s either time for me to get to work or it’s time for me to get outside and get the yard cut again! Have a great week to come as always!!!

Kev and Jan

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Rain, rain go away…

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

Well we’ve sure had more then enough rain here in the Midwest these last few weeks. It seems like everyday day we are getting some rain and things are getting a little soggy! I ended getting my yard cut yesterday and normally I would wait for things to dry up before cutting it, but I saw a break in the weather for a few hours and thought I’d better get it done. The whole time that I was cutting it, the ground was wet and my shoes were nice and squishy! We’d love to send some of this water out to the West Coast where they don’t have enough!!!

Back at the first of this year I made the announcement that we were starting to shoot some video for clients. I’ve been truly amazed at the number of projects that have rolled in this year. We just did another one last week where I was shooting video images and Jan was shooting still images for the client, so that was a lot of fun!

We have learned so much in the past few months about the whole process and ways to do things better. There are technical things that we never had to deal with shooting still images and now we are learning about video. One of the biggest things that we’ve learned was getting better audio for a video commercial like the ones we’re sharing today. There was some trail and error in the beginning, but with the help of a incredible video mentor, we are getting things where they should be! These spots are a great example of that!

We’ve been doing a series of TV commercials for our friends at Goldfine and Bowles. We learned so much about audio recording doing these commercials and ways that we could make it sound even better. Like anything else in life, we learn from our mistakes and try to not make them again!

Here’s a couple of our new spots for Goldfine and Bowles!

Thanks as always for checking out our work and we’ll keep rocking and we hope you will as well!

Kev and Jan

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Off they go

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well we sure had quite the Sunday of weather in Central Illinois. In the afternoon the thunderstorms really heated up and the winds were rocking. I heard on the radio that about 10,000 Ameren customers were without power at some point yesterday, so that’s a pretty good storm!

We were recently helping out our friends at UnityPoint with some photos. We were trying to show some of the projects that the UnityPoint Health – Methodist / Proctor Foundation has funded. One of the many projects was this project that we are featuring today. When a child is going in for some surgery at the hospital, there is a point where they have to leave the parents and head in for that surgery. This can be a little scary for the child to leave the safety of mom and dad, so to ease that anxiety they get them all “gowned up” and ready to go. Once they do this, they have a couple of battery operated cars that the kids can drive to surgery. It might not sound like the biggest thing in the world, but it’s probably that little bit that makes things a little easier during what could be a very stressful time for the child.

The one funny back story to this shoot was that we had three sisters aged 7 to 4 and we were going to have the oldest one drive this little yellow Hummer for us. Well as sometimes does happen, she got scared and didn’t want to do it. We then tried the middle sister and she wanted no part of it either and then on to the youngest sister and the same results. We ended up putting the youngest sister in the Hummer and the nurse pushed the gas peddle and as soon as the other sisters saw what was happening, they both couldn’t wait for their turn. I think we got this photo with the youngest sister, but we photographed all of them so they would each have a turn driving the Hummer. Sometimes when you think something isn’t going to work like this, you get lucky and get the shot that you’re after!

Here’s one of our photos from this great project that was funded by the UnityPoint Health – Methodist / Proctor Foundation.

We hope that you’re going to have a great and thanks for taking the time to check out our work!

Kev and Jan

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In the Limelight

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Jan and I are rocking and rolling as always and things have been pretty darn busy of late and we can’t complain about that!

One of the things that I’ve always enjoy seeing is live music! It doesn’t matter what type of music it is, to see musicians playing live has a wonderful feel and there’s an energy that you get from them and their music. I can recall from my days here in Peoria when I was going to Bradley University, a bunch of us would get out to the Second Chance (for those from the Peoria area and also old enough to remember that place) and catch some local and regional bands. It was a great venue to see bands and I really miss the place! Well not to fear, it looks like we’ve got a place here in Peoria that’s fitting the bill as a local place to see live music. The Limelight is a entertainment complex on the North side of Peoria and it’s a great venue to catch live music. I was there for the first time yesterday for a “Generations” show with local bands from yesterday and today. My guys, The Rave who I’ve photographed for over 30 years and featured here on the blog were there and did a 10 song set of original music. Let me tell you from a photographic standpoint, 10 songs sounds like a lot of time to get photos, but it’s not! I was really banging the motor drive on the camera and trying to get as many images as I could in such a short amount of time! It was a great show and as always the guys rocked!!!!

Here’s a few of my snaps of The Rave rocking the Limelight!

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

Kev and Jan

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