Moving and grooving!

Monday morning greetings from Lafayette, In.!

We’re back on the road for the next couple of weeks, so our first stop is a shoot here in Lafayette for the next couple of days and then we’ll be heading back out West after that. It’s that time of the year when we are still in our busy season for another month and a half right up to Labor Day weekend, so we are ready for it!

We had a great shoot this past week for a new client for us. Fort Transfer is a trucking company based out of Morton, Illinois and unless you’re in the farming business, you’ve probably never heard of them. They deliver bulk liquid farming products to all 48 states in the continental US and also up to Canada as well. We had a lot of fun shooting a variety of photos of the operation and some of the people that worked there as well. One of the fun shots that we are sharing today is a little action shot. When something that moves like a vehicle (car, plane, train, truck, etc.), it’s always great to use a slower shutter speed and allow the background to have a little blur. It’s really helps give the sense of speed and motion.

Here’s one of our photos from our day with Fort Transfer.

Day one is about to get started, so we hope that you’re going to have a great week!!!

Thanks as always!!!

Kev

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Down at the park

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

If you had last Monday off of work for the 4th of July, this is going to be one of these weeks that’s a “long” week. By that I mean we are back to the typical five day work week and it’s always a little tougher for a week like this when you’ve had a short work week the week before. I think the other thing that amazes me too is that this summer is just rocketing by at what seems like light speed. In another month or so, we’ll start hearing people talking about the kids going back to school and then it’s going to be Labor Day weekend and the start of the fall season and high school football! Amazing!

Jan and I have had quite a busy summer season with all of the road trips that we’ve been on for some of our different gigs these past few months. Road trips are always good, but it can make it hard to get things shot for clients here in Central Illinois. We have been trying to shoot some images for a client of the Pekin, Illinois area for a couple of months and working it in between road trips and we weren’t having a ton of luck. As always, the weather can play havoc with us wanting to shoot on only the best days weather wise and the weather not cooperating. Between the summer rain storms and the higher humidities, it can really try your patience! We finally were able to hit a stretch of time in the last few weeks where all the elements came together and we were able to get out and get some of the photos that we needed! I’m sharing one of those iconic Pekin, Illinois images of the Lagoon at Mineral Springs Park.

As always, we appreciate your taking time to check out what we are doing and shooting!!!! Have a great “long” week as well!!!

Kev and Jan

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Hanging on the coast

Tuesday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

Most of us probably had the day off yesterday for the 4th of July, so that means it’s going to be a short week and there’s never anything wrong with a four day work week! Maybe the only thing better then a four day work week is the whole week off and I’m sure that some of you might be taking a little vacation time as well this week to make it even better!

Jan and I were down in Texas last week for a shoot and it was a little toasty to say the least. We had a great shoot, but man was it hot each day and we were outside shooting, so the adult beverages tasted really good each night. It was nice to come back to Peoria and have it be about 25 degrees cooler, but that’s not going to last so we’ll enjoy it while it’s here.

A couple of weeks ago we were out shooting in the Washington and Oregon area and as we always like to do if the weather is right is to stay for an extra day or two and go out and shoot some photos for ourselves. We were able to take a bit of a drive along the Oregon coast for a day and it was really fun to see the ocean and that makes me realize that I’m not here in the Midwest. The weather wasn’t as nice as we would have liked, but as always we just made the best of it and still were able to get a few photos.

Here’s a few of our photos from the Cape Meares Lighthouse along the Oregon coast.

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

Kev and Jan

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On the road again!

Monday morning greetings from Oklahoma City!

Yes, we are back on the road again this week! That’s one of the questions that I get a lot of late is how much we are on the road for work and if we enjoy it. The answer is yes. Jan and I are very fortunate that we both love to travel and it doesn’t matter to us if it’s for work or for fun. The good thing on a business road trip is that if time permits, we try to work in some personal days as well to get out and explore and shoot some photos for ourselves. To me being able to get out and see the country has been something that I’ve always enjoyed since I was a wee lad and that was couple of years ago!!!

This is the last set of photos from our Scottsdale shoot a month and a half ago. The last stop on our drive home was Santa Fe, N.M. and as always, it was great being there!. To be able to walk around the downtown shooting pictures and enjoying all the culture and architecture is amazing! Talk about old school!!!

Here’s a few photos that Jan and I shot on our day in Santa Fe!

Well it’s the week before the big 4th of July weekend, so if you’re going to be taking some time off, be safe on your travels! We’ll do the same!!! 🙂

Have a great week and thanks again for checking out our work!!!

Kev and Jan

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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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