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Monday morning greetings to one and all!

Well it’s time to get back to work after having had a very nice long Thanksgiving weekend to get away and unwind! At this time of the year, we’re all trying to get things wrapped up with the holiday season fast approaching. We’ve got a big push of video editing the next couple of weeks, so there’s going to be a lot of computer time coming up!

I’ve always talked about my Flickr page and it’s such a great place to see a lot of my images. I’ve had my images there for about nine years now and it’s been a great place to share these images over the years. One of the fun things that just happened is that my images have now been viewed more then 500,000 times. Jan also has a bunch of her images on Flickr as well and I’ll be sharing a link for her page too. We both love to shoot photos and sharing our work gives us an incredible amount of pleasure and satisfaction. Here’s a couple of links for both of our Flickr album pages and you’ll see a wide variety of subjects.

Jan’s Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/janebling/albums

Kevin’s Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmay/albums

I’ve also got a few snaps from my visit last week to White Sands National Monument, N.M.. As always it’s one of my favorite places to shoot and and with the clouds, sun and sand, it can make for a lot of great photos!

Alright, let’s get to work! There’s lots to do, so we both hope that you have a very wonderful week!!!!

Thanks as aways for checking out these photos!!!

Kev and Jan

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Thanksgiving 2015

Monday morning greetings to one and all!!!

It’s Thanksgiving week for all of us here in the US and that’s a good thing. Unless you’re working in a retail or a service industry, you’ve got this Thursday off from work and probably even Friday as well. Having a little break like that to get away from work and just relax and unwind is alway a huge positive for most of us! It’s also nice to be able to spend time with family and friends as well. It’s great to be watching a Thanksgiving parade or a NFL football game along with some great food during the course of the day. Hopefully you’ll be able to do a few of those things this Thanksgiving!

We are both very thankful for so much this year and this is a great time of the year to reflect on that. Our business has been really good and we have been busy from the start of this year and it hasn’t stopped. Most of the rest of this year is already booked with shoots and editing and we are even starting to book time in January! That to me is amazing because normally there is a bit of a lull to start any new year and then at some point, the phone will start raining and things will get going.

Here’s a couple of snaps from our trip out to the East Coast. Jan’s photo is from the Eastham, Ma. of the Nasset Beach Lighthouse and mine is of the gate at The Breakers in Newport, Ri.

If you’re traveling this week to spend time with family and friends, make it a safe one. Enjoy the time and cherish all the moments spent with them!

Thanks for checking out our work and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Kev and Jan

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DC

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

We got back in the saddle this past week from our East Coast road-trip and it’s so nice to be home for at least a couple of weeks!

While we were out shooting in the Northern Virginia area, we were able to spend a few hours in the mall area of Washington DC. It’s probably been about 50 years since I’ve been there, so it was great to see some of it again! The weather couldn’t have been nicer with the temperature at about 70 and beautiful sunshine all afternoon. It always makes things a whole lot nicer when the weather is super comfortable like it was that day.

We started our little tour at the White House and then walked into the mall and took photos at the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Washington Monument. There is just so much to see and we hardly scratched the surface with all of the memorials and museums that are there in the area. It’s one of those things that I learned a long time ago that you don’t try to do it all in one day and you save something for the next time you come back! Hopefully it won’t be another 50 years in my case!!!!

Here’s a few of our photos from an afternoon spent at the Washington DC Mall.

Let’s all have a great week to come and thanks again for checking out our work!!!

Kev and Jan

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Back to the beach!

Tuesday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Jan and I got back last night from our massive East Coast road trip where we hit 11 states and over 3600 miles in the last two weeks. We were able to work in a little time away with a gig that we did while we were out there and that made things really nice. We’ve been pushing real hard for the last number of months and you can do that for awhile, but at some point you’ve just got to get away for a few days to recover and refresh. Needless to say after all of that driving, we’re happy to be back home and we’ll be rocking up to Thanksgiving!

One of the spots that we were able to visit and shoot some photos was Virginia Beach, Va. and Kitty Hawk, Nc. In Virginia Beach were shot photos along the beach and at Kitty Hawk, we went to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. It was incredibly interesting to see where man first flew a plane and what it took for the Wright Brothers to make that historical day happen!

Here’s a few of our photos from our time spent at Virginia Beach and Kitty Hawk.

We always appreciate your 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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Spoon River College

Monday morning greetings to one and all!!!!

One of the video projects that we have been working on has finally gone on the air and we can share it with you today. Back in August we spent the day shooting video for our friends at Spoon River College in Canton, Il. We had a great day to be shooting with the weather and as you know that’s always a huge thing with me. It was one of the first days that the “kids” were back in school and everyone was happy to be back. The concept behind the commercial was to feature three different adults that had gone back to school and received their degrees and that’s a big market for colleges like SRC in today’s world. Besides shooting the interviews, we also shot some “B” roll video of some of the different activities going on at SRC to give a little taste of campus life. Besides shooting the video, we also did all the editing and the graphics work for this spot. I’m really proud of this commercial because we were able to do all of the production work ourselves.

Here’s the new commercial for Spoon River College!

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

Kev and Jan

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Doing what we’ve got to do!

Monday morning greetings from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport!

Jan and I have a couple of weeks of shoots on the road starting today, so I had really hoped that we wouldn’t have had to work this past Sunday, but you have to do what you have to do! We were going to be shooting some architecture photography this past Saturday for our friends at the Farnsworth Group, but as we got closer to the weekend the weather wasn’t looking very promising. The skies were going to be completely socked in with clouds and that never makes for good photography. Sunday looked to be perfect and as much as we didn’t want to shoot on Sunday, we had to do it. I’m very glad we did because the weather was perfect and that sure made for some great photos!!!! It really doesn’t effect what we do inside, but it sure does on the outside. Blue skies really make a building pop and look good!!!

Here’s a couple of snaps from Sunday and we are so glad that we do what we have to when the conditions are perfect!!!

We hope that you’re going to have a great week as always and thanks so much for taking the time to check out our work and see what we are doing!!!

Kev and Jan

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You can trust your car to the man who wears the star!

Monday morning greetings to one and all!

We were rocking and rolling with all kinds of different gigs this past week, so things are still crazy busy. I continue to be amazed how much is going on and we have been doing our best to keep caught up on everything!

One of the gigs this past week was a number of shoots for our friends at Homeway Homes. Homeway is a great company here in Central Illinois that builds houses and also commercial buildings. We have been traveling around Central Illinois shooting photos and video testimonials from Homeway customers for a couple of weeks now. One of our stops was the town of Dwight, Illinois about halfway between Chicago and Bloomington on I-55. Dwight was also one of the many towns along famous Route 66 and one of the spots is the historic Ambler’s Texaco Gas Station. Ambler’s Texaco stopped pumping gasoline in 1999, but it has the distinction of being the longest operating gas station along Route 66. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here’s one of the snaps from our visit to Ambler’s Texaco in Dwight, Illinois.

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

Kev and Jan

PS, for those of you not old enough to remember the title of this promo, here’s a Texaco TV commercial from the 1960’s
https://youtu.be/b1zxOTDHIBQ

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FTW Stockyards

Monday morning greetings to one and all!

Well it sure was one crazy week last week! Lots of shoots, traveling and time spent at the airports and it was good to get back home this weekend. Of course that didn’t mean is was a leisurely weekend, with shoots on Saturday and Sunday and a bunch of computer time spent editing photos and video from the past week. All and all it was a very good week, so we’re not complaining!

One of the things that we were able to do last weekend in Texas was get out and shoot some personal photography as we talked about in last Monday’s promo from the Dallas Arboretum. One of the other places that we got to spend some time shooting at was the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards. It’s one of those areas that’s got a great mix of old buildings and lots of history and that makes for some fun photography. To me, seeing small details that others might see but pass over is always one of those things that I know that we are looking to photograph!

Here’s a few of our snaps from a day spent that the FTW Stockyards.

It’s time for us to get busy, we’ve got another cranking week of work so we can’t be messing around!

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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Red Power Round-up in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunny Monday morning Peoria greetings to all,

I had a crazy week last week, but it was fun! One of the things that I got to shoot was the Red Power Round-up in Madison, Wi. and the event is all things International Harvester and put on by the IH Collector’s Club. It’s a three day event and in those three days, I shot over 500 different machines from turn of the century tractors to trucks to lawn mowers. We set up a make shift studio indoors and the people would drive in their machines and we’d shoot them. You could see that these people have a real passion for this and there is also an incredible amount of time and money that goes into restoring these beautiful vehicles! The other thing that I got from chatting with some of the different exhibitors is the pride that they have in their vehicles from the smallest goodie to the biggest tractors that we saw! Here’s a nice montage of snaps from the event!

Thanks as always for checking out my snaps and I hope that you have a wonderful week!

Kev

P.S. In the bottom right photo, you’ll see me with one of the smallest tractors that you’ll ever see!

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Side Trips

Monday morning greetings from Las Cruces, N.M.

One of the things that I have always tried to do when I’ve been on a road trip for work in the past (when time allows) is to try and get out and shoot some pictures in a city that I’m working in. This doesn’t always happen becuase of a busy schedule or the weather isn’t great for taking photos. I have learned that if you don’t get out and enjoy some off time, your road trip won’t ever be a lot of fun!

Jan and I were down shooting photos for a client in Oklahoma which we featured in last weeks promo. We had great weather and it sure made a difference in how our photos turned out! We ended up making a side trip on the way home and spent a day in Oklahoma City. Jan had never been to the OKC Memorial and I wanted her to see it and to also be able to take some photos there as well. For those that haven’t been there, it’s very powerful and moving at the same time. I don’t know how you could go there and not think about what happened all those many years ago. We ended up taking photos for a couple of hours and each of us went our own way and photographed what we wanted. All and all, a number of great images for our time at the OKC Memorial.

Here’s a couple of images from each of us and what we saw that day.

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

Kev and Jan

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