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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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Year 26 and counting!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to and all!

This past week I wrapped up another year of being my own boss and I still can’t believe it! It was in April of 1990 when I decided to take the plunge and take on the challenge of being self employed and I haven’t looked back! At the time it was a very scary thing to do to be giving up the security of having a full time job and a steady paycheck to take a chance on making your own business. I was very blessed that things started out good with the business and clients hired me and got me going so that I could make it. I’m still amazed that after all these years we are still rocking and rolling. There have been so many changes with how as a photographer we made the switch from shooting film to digital and now to have added shooting video to the mix! What a photographer did and how it was done when I started has forever changed to what we are doing now, but you have to embrace the change and move forward or you’ll be left behind!

Jan and I have another couple of photos to share from the Savannah, Ga. area from a few weeks ago. Tybee Island is just down the road from Savannah and it’s a great place to have some great food and a few cold beers too! One of our favorite things to photograph are lighthouses and we’ve seen a few in our travels. Tybee Island has a great one and you can see it for miles. Here’s a couple of our shots of the Tybee Island Lighthouse.

A big thanks and a shout out to all the clients have supported me all these 26 years and I’m incredibly thankful to be doing something that I truly enjoy doing! I couldn’t have done it without you!!! :)

We hope that you have a great week and year 27 starts today, so we better get busy!!!

Thanks again!

Kev and Jan

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Bringing the sizzle!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

I’m guessing that about everyone is probably back to work today from spring break and ready to get at it! We had a busy week this past week, but not so crazy busy that we couldn’t get caught up on some things! It’s never good to be so busy that day to day things aren’t getting done and you end up spending the weekend trying to get caught up only to be right back in the frying pan on Monday morning once again! This past week was great because we had some shoots and video editing sessions and also had time to get some much needed paperwork done and didn’t have to work the weekend! Yea!

This week we are sharing a really fun tv commercial that we did for Cupi’s Motor Mall in Pekin, Il. About a month ago we featured some still photos on the Monday morning promo from that same shoot of the new Polaris Slingshot. Today we’ll be featuring the new video from that same shoot.

Shooting the still photos was relatively easy because we were looking for cool angles and we’re not trying to show motion in the shots. The biggest challenge for the tv commercials was that we were shooting in Central Illinois in late February and needless to say shooting outside with these vehicles wasn’t possible with the weather. We were wanting to give these spots a lot of energy, so shooting in the showroom really made that challenge a 1000 times harder. I knew that we would have to create the energy that we needed in the editing of the spot and once we got all the footage shot in the showroom, we were able to get everything into the computer and create the energy that we needed!

Here’s one of the first sizzle spots that we created for Cupi’s Motor Mall and the new Slingshot.

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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Garden City

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

It’s Easter week and I have a feeling that there’s going to be a lot of people off of work and school taking advantage of the spring break! I was out at the airport on Saturday picking up some of my photo gear that didn’t make it back with me on a late Thursday night flight from Canada because of weather issues and I saw a bunch of families all packed up and excited and ready to head out on vacation, so I’m sure there’s going to be a bunch of people traveling this week!

A few weeks ago Jan and I were down along the South East coast and these past few weeks we’ve been sharing some of the photos from that trip! This weeks photos are from the Garden City of Savannah, Georgia. As always, we had a great time walking around checking out the city and shooting photos. The photo that I’m sharing is from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Jan’s photo is from the Telfair Academy building at the Telfair Museums.

If your Easter week includes some travel, have a safe journey! For the rest of us we’ll be holding down the fort while you’re gone! Have a great week and thanks for checking out our work!

Kev and Jan

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Hunting Island

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

A week ago we were down South on the East coast and we were able to get out for some nature photography and that’s always fun! We made a stop for the first time to Hunting Island, South Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean to check that area out. One of the things that I really liked is that it’s a bit remote and so there weren’t a lot of people there that day. It’s one of those places that you are making the trip to see because it’s not like you can drive along the coast and stop in and check it out! They have a light house there on Hunting Island and Jan and I do love to shoot the different lighthouses around the country and that’s why we made the drive. After shooting some shots of the lighthouse, we made our way down to the beach and one of the interesting things that we saw was an area on the beach where a bunch of very large trees had all washed up. It wasn’t like there were a couple of trees, it was more like there were 50 or 60 trees. They must have washed up onto the shore from a past hurricane or a pretty good storm. We were there for a couple of hours and I think we’ll have to go back again at some point down the road and spend a little more time and explore the area!

Here’s a couple of our shots from the beach at Hunting Island.

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

Kev and Jan

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kmchi21Mar16

A early spring break!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

I always talk about how in this business things can change at the drop of a hat and you just never know what’s going to happen next. Jan and I had talked about going to New Orleans for a few days and then over to Southern Florida for a gig. A few days before we decided to go, the gig in Southern Florida was being postponed and the weather wasn’t going to be all that nice in New Orleans with rain most of the week. So at that point we were looking for a plan B and as luck would have it, the weather out East was going to be a lot nicer then down South, so we changed a few reservations and pointed the car East!

One of our first spots was the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. To me it’s always a wonderful drive going from Gatlinburg, Tn. over the Smokies to Cherokee, Nc. At this time of the year, there’s not a lot of foliage on the trees yet since it’s a little early for that, so you’ve got to look for some things to shoot a little harder then you normally might! Jan got a great shot of one of the creeks with a little waterfall and I snapped a shot of the Pink Motel in Cherokee. All and all we had a very fun day and it makes me want to get back out on the road again and shoot more photos!

Here’s our two shots from the Smokey Mountains!

We both hope that you have a wonderful week to come and thanks as always for checking out our work!

Kev and Jan

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Slingshot

Monday morning greetings to one and all!!

We got to have some fun last week shooting some stills and video of the new Slingshot vehicle at Cupi’s Motor Mall down in Pekin, Illinois. For those of you that have never seen one of the these, the Slingshot is classified as a motorcycle, but you sit in it like you would a car. It’s an open air vehicle, so it would be great on a sunny and warm day! The design of the Slingshot is very angular and in some ways it reminds me of a Lamborghini exotic car. They told us that it’s wicked fast from 0-60 mph, so it sounds like an adrenaline rush to say the least!

We’ve put together a rough TV spot for Cupi’s that we should be able to share in the coming month and we really had fun shooting it and editing that together! Here’s a few of the still shots that we got and you can see just how much fun the Slingshot is!

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

Kev and Jan

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Leap Day

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

It’s the 29th of February and apparently 2016 is a leap year and today is a leap day! Wow! Talk about some excitement!!! Do we have the day off from school and work? I guess not because we have a shoot this afternoon, so I better get some gear packed up!

We had a busy week this past week with shoots in North Dakota and in the Quad Cities (Illinois for those not familiar with the state) for a couple of days to end the week. All and all it was a very good week and there was a lot of editing time on the computer this weekend trying to get caught up with all of these projects! When it rains it pours, so you just have to take advantage of the time to get caught up like we did this weekend!

We’ve got a quick snap this week of the beautiful wind turbines that dot the landscape here in the Midwest! I always enjoy seeing these giants spinning in the wind off in the distance of a farm field making the electricity that we all use and need!!!

Leap Day is here, so let’s all get to work!!! Have a great week as always and thanks for checking out our work!!!

Kev and Jan

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bringyourmeetinghome.com

Monday morning North Dakota greetings to one and all!

We’re up in North Dakota today for a quick shoot and we’ll be back home tonight! I think that we are in for a stretch of road trips coming up in the next couple of months with a number of inquiries from clients, so it will be interesting to see what happens!

We’ve got another video project to share with you that just started running on tv this past week! bringyourmeetinghome.com is a new campaign from the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to have companies have their meetings and conventions in the Peoria area. One of the amazing things that I learned during this project is that the hospitality industry in the Peoria area employs over 5000 jobs! I was really shocked by this number just because unless you’re in that business, you don’t realize all the people that are employed by the guests that come to town!

This video that we’ve put together is the intro video that features four local Peoria people employed in the hospitality business. In the coming weeks we will be working on a video for each of these four people. Here’s the video that Jan and I made for bringyourmeetinghome.com

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

Kev and Jan

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Dog Show

Tuesday morning greetings to one and all!

It was Presidents Day here in the U.S. yesterday and some of us were working and others had the day off! It’s one of those holidays where you’re not exactly sure if people are working or not! The kids were out of school and the USPS wasn’t delivering the mail, but the garbage got picked up! It’s all good! I know if I were still a kid, I would have been out sledding all day on a vacation day like that with the snow that we had over the weekend here in Central Illinois.

One of the fun things that we got to do while we were out in Golden, Co. as few weeks ago for our annual mining certification training was being able to hang out with some of our good friends for a day or two. We always have a great time when we go out there and it’s not that we are always doing super exciting things, but it’s the time that we get to spend having fun! It’s become a tradition that at some point during our stays that we will try to shoot a “family” photo of Sharon and Ernie and their two dogs, Sophie and Chu-Chu. On this past trip, it was a little snowy and we decided to just shoot some photos of the dogs out in the snow playing fetch and burning off some energy. It’s always fun to watch them both chasing the tennis balls and racing around. Usually after about 15 or so minutes of this both dogs have had enough, so mission accomplished! The biggest challenge to getting some good photos of them is that they are racing around, so we end up shooting a ton of photos and throwing away about 95% of them because they are out of focus or blurry! It still makes it a lot of fun when you get a few shots that are really spot on having all the elements coming together!

Here’s a few snaps of Sophie and Chu-Chu out playing in the snow!

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

Kev and Jan

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