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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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Back to school!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Well it looks like we survived another Super Bowl Sunday yesterday! From the pre-game shows to football to the half-time show to the commercials, it sure makes for a long day, so hopefully you survived it as well! Jan and I had a nice quiet party with snacks and adult beverages and were able to avoid all the drunk crazy fans out and about at some of the local watering holes! The other good thing about being at home is having any kind of issues with the police who had said coming into the weekend that they were really going to crack down on DWI’s! Safe and sound is always a very good thing!

We had a very nice shoot last week with our friends over at Methodist College here in Peoria. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Methodist College, they train nursing students and they graduate with a degree in nursing. They’ve been located downtown for a number of years now and the good news for them is that they purchased the American TV store out on Route 150 here in Peoria and will be moving into it sometime this summer. Renovations are under way as we speak and it sounds like it’s going to be a heck of a facility. For this shoot, Methodist College needed to get some new photos of the students for up coming brochures and their web site and they had a big challenge for us as well. They wanted us to minimize the background in the photos to hid the current facility so that these photos could be relevant for the new facility next fall! Needless to say it takes a little bit of creativity to try and hid the background and make it as non-descript as possible! The good news for us is that we were able to come away with some great photos that we are sharing today!

Here’s a few of the images that we captured for Methodist College!

It’s time for us to get to work, so 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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One down, eleven to go!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Wow, this year is off to a rocking start and with one month down and 11 to go, I can see that things are going to keep cranking along! January is in the books and Groundhog Day is Tuesday! I wonder if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow, but I’m hoping that he doesn’t!!! :)

We had a very good week this past week with a number of shoots. A couple of the gigs were still photography and a couple being videos, so that means that this week there’s going to be a lot of computer time coming up. The still images have to be processed and the videos will need editing along with some other video projects that need to be edited as well. It’s kind of funny how that all works and you’ll shoot a bunch of stuff and then you’ve got to work on it afterwards to get it finished up. It’s not too upsetting to have to be inside in a nice warm house on the computer when the weather outside in Central Illinois is less then conducive for outdoor activities. Now if it was 70 and sunny outside, I’d probably be singing a different tune, but it will be a few months before that happens. For now I’ll be happy to be inside and working on the computer! :)

I’ve got a couple of last shots from out West from Jan and I. Sure there’s 1000’s of images from our Western road-trip a month ago, but we don’t want to burn anyone out with them.

It’s time to get to work and the computer is waiting. We hope that you’re going to have a wonderful week as always and thanks for taking the time to check out our work!

Kev and Jan

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We made it!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Here in Peoria this past week, we missed all the big fun that our friends in the South and East Coast got to experience with the big snow, ice and rain storm! Everything went south of Peoria, so we lucked out and for a change didn’t have to deal with any of that mess!!! I’m sure it’s going to be a few days for everything to get back to normal for everyone out East and hopefully it will be sooner rather then later!!!

Last week Jan and I made a quick trip out to Golden, Co. for our annual MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) training and it was a long way for such a quick trip! We drove out there on Sunday and we were back in Peoria on Wednesday night, so it was a couple of thousand miles for a four day trip! We did have our MSHA training on Tuesday and for something that could be a very boring day, the Colorado School of Mines made it a very interesting and fun experience. By getting our annual certification with MSHA, we can now go into mines and quarries that require that certification. I think we’re both happy to have it done for another year!!!

Besides sharing a great photo of Jan and I with our MSHA certificates, we’ve also got a few photos from our trip out West at Christmas. It’s always great to get out to the desert and shooting nature photos of some of the things that interest us! In this weeks photos we’ve got a few photos from Arizona and some of the vegetation and even a butterfly as well!

Here’s the photo of Jan and I with our MSHA certificates and our smiles! http://kevinmay.com/kmckj25Jan16.jpg

Here’s a couple of our nature photos from Arizona! http://kevinmay.com/kmcaz25Jan16.jpg

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

Kev and Jan

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Training Day!

Tuesday morning greetings from Golden, Colorado!

Jan and I are out in Golden, Co. today for our annual MSHA mining training at the Colorado School of Mines! It’s one of those things that we’ve got to do so that we are legal to go in and shoot photos and videos at the various mines and quarries that we end up working at for our different gigs. This is the first time that we’ve taken our training at the Colorado School of Mines, so it should be interesting!

We’ve got a couple of photos from a few weeks ago when we were down in Bisbee in Southern Arizona and it’s one of our favorite little towns. Bisbee is an old mining town that has turned into a very eclectic little area with a ton of local artists and lots of little shops. There’s one main drag that runs from one end of town to the other and you can spend hours walking around checking everything out. We had a great time checking things out and then also snapping a few photos along the way. One of our favorite spots is the courthouse for Cochise County which was built in 1931 and the architecture is all in the Art Deco style of that era. Jan’s photo is of one of the front doors at the courthouse. Very cool indeed!

Here’s a couple of our photos from Bisbee, Az. http://kevinmay.com/kmcbis17Jan16.jpg

Ok, it’s time for us to get to class, so we’ve got to get going! We hope that you have a great week as always and thanks for checking out our work!!!

Kev and Jan

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Getting caught up!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

We got back home this past Monday from our Christmas holiday break out West and it’s great to get away for a bit of time! We didn’t have any shoots this past week, but that’s ok because there was a bunch of year end things that had to get done for the business. It happens every year and sometimes these things don’t get done until February and that’s not good. Some of the things are clerical and others are computer related, but they all need to get done before you start with a new year or things can get very disorganized and that’s not good! We’ve got another quick road trip coming up next week to get our annual certification for MSHA. That’s the certification that we need when we go to most mining operations in the US, so we’re heading out to the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Co. for our training! It should be fun!!! :)

I’ve got a couple of photos from our little Western adventure a few weeks ago and these were taken in the Chinle, Arizona area. We had to take a bit of a detour on the way out West because of the winter storms that hit the Midwest right after Christmas. Our little detour took us through Chinle and we never want to pass up a chance to shoot some nature photos. On our detour, we made it over to Canyon de Chelly National Monument outside of Chinle. My photo is from the road to Chinle and Jan’s photo of Spider Rock at Canyon de Chelly.

We’re going to get rocking this week and get some more stuff done before we head out of town once again! We hope that you’re going to have a great week and thanks as always for checking out our work!!!

Kev and Jan

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It’s time to get rolling!

Monday morning Oklahoma greetings to one and all!

Jan and I are headed back home for a week out West and it was a very nice way to end last year and get ready for 2016!

At the beginning of this year I made two big announcements and needless to say, both have worked out great! The first one was that Jan was joining me full time and the second that we were now shooting video. Jan has been a huge asset this past year and I couldn’t be happier. She has done it all from being a roadie to shooting stills when I’m shooting video or as a second shooter to being a photo stylist. Even on the smallest of shoots when we might be shooting people, Jan has been making sure that everything looks great from the clothes, to the hair and those little things have made a huge improvement in the photos. Having a second set of eyes looking at what we are doing is making a big difference in how things are looking!

The second announcement was that we were officially shooting video in 2015 and I’m still amazed at how much of the business that it’s become. We’ve come a long way this year and have learned so much about all of the gear and what needs to happen to put a video together. We finished up the end of the year with a ton of video editing projects and I’ve had to learn some new editing software along the way and getting a lot more comfortable with the programs that we are using.

One of the most asked questions that I get asked is how much video work are we doing and what is the percentage of that work. Here’s a breakdown for 2015 and it even amazes me: 45% of our shoots were stills only, 33% was video and 22% was a shoot that involved us shootings stills and video for the same project. So you can see that video has become over half of what we are doing and that surge propelled us to our second best year in 25 years of business. To put that in perspective, 2013 was my worst year in business and it was ugly! Two years later in 2015, we have had the second best year ever and that’s an incredible turnaround. At this point, the skies the limit!

Here’s a look back at the Top Ten photos that Jan and I shot this past year. We’ve tried to give a nice overview of some of the different projects that we’ve worked on and also some of the personal images that we’ve shot for ourselves.

Ok, it’s time to get busy. We’ve already got shoots and editing lined up to start this year and we are ready to go!!! Join us in 2016 for a shoot!!! We love to help clients with their projects and are loving what we are doing!

We hope that you both have a wonderful 2016!!!

Kev and Jan

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On the road again

Tuesday morning greetings to one and all from Moab, Ut.!

Well it sounds like we escaped from Central Illinois just in time on Sunday morning. Central Illinois got rocked pretty good with winter storm Golaith and there were 60,000 people without power (including my house), that’s sure not a fun way to end 2015. We have been following what’s going on with social media and also listening to WMBD radio on the internet. It’s one of those deals where you’re glad that you’re not there, but if you were there, you’d be hunkered down waiting for the utility crews to get the power restored! God bless those men and women out there working in the cold and the rain trying to get people’s lives back to normal! You know what they say, you don’t miss something until it’s gone and in this case it’s lights and heat!!!

I’ve been so busy these past couple of weeks with video editing, I haven’t had time to be out shooting photos, so this weeks promo is Jan’s photo from yesterday in Grand Junction, Colorado. It’s funny how you can get so busy with everything else and not have time to do one of the things that you truly enjoy doing! The good news is that all changes this week and there will be lots of nature photography coming up!!

Here’s Jan’s photo of the formations and the snow in Grand Junction from yesterday!!!

With New Years coming up this Friday, let’s all have fun, but be safe and responsible as well!!! We want to see you rocking and rolling in 2016!!!!

Have a great rest of the week and thanks again!!!

Kev and Jan

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Tis the season

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

It’s hard for me to believe, but it’s Christmas week. It really has snuck up on me this year and I was thinking that we had another week, but I was wrong. It’s that time of the year when things from a business standpoint really slow down and there’s not too much going on. For the most part, clients have finished up their projects for the year and are in clean up mode. It’s a good time to get the desk cleaned up and papers filed and put away for the year. I know that I’ll have to work on that as well after the first of the year and that’s always a good feeling to start the year off on a fresh step.

I’ve got a time-lapse video to share with you today from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. These are always fun to do, but they do require a lot of time depending on how long you would like the video to be. For this video, I spent a couple of hours and in some sense it can be a little boring because once you set up the camera and get started, you just have to be patient while the camera does it’s thing.

Here’s my time-lapse from White Sands National Monument. https://youtu.be/TowFZkYHA4o

We hope that you’re going to have a very Merry Christmas and Holiday season this coming week! If you’re traveling to visit family and friends, be careful and safe out there. We want you to come back in one piece! Thanks as well for checking out our work!!!

Kev and Jan

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