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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kmcduo16may16

Always there

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

We had another good week this past week with a number of fun shoots and that sure makes life a whole lot easier! It’s always good to have work, so we are very great grateful that the phone continues to ring with calls about work.

We did a shoot recently for a new client that most of you probably have never heard of unless you’re a firefighter or a fan of Indy Car racing. The company is called Holmatro and one of the many products that they make are hydraulic tools for firefighters and rescue crews. When there is a motor vehicle accident and people are trapped inside and they need to be extracted from the vehicle, tools like cutters and spreaders along with hydraulic pumps allow these rescue crews to get in and “open” up a vehicle by cutting away metal and doors to facilitate a safer rescue. Holmatro has come out with some new versions of these tools and we were asked to shoot some photos of the tools with firefighters and rescue crews. The other fun thing that we got to shoot was some of these tools in action and to see the sheer force that they have to cut and move metal is impressive to say the least!

Here’s one of our shots with one of the firefighter holding a Holmatro spreader with a Holmatro ram inside the car.

We hope that you have a great week and thanks for checking out our work!

Kev and Jan

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kmchol9May16

Saturday in the park

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

I’ve talked before about how much joy there is for Jan and I to take a drive out in the country. There’s just something very calming about driving on the two lane roads through farm country and seeing the sights. It’s also great to see something that you’d like to shoot a few photos of and then take a few moments to stop and grab a few snaps.

A couple of Saturday’s ago we headed South from Peoria along the Illinois River for a nice Saturday drive and wanted to seek out any photo opportunities that we might come across. One of the places that we stopped to shoot some photos was Jacksonville, Illinois. It’s about a half hour due West on I-72 from Springfield, Illinois. I’ve been by Jacksonville a number of times, but never stopped in the downtown area. I’m glad that we made the effort to see the downtown because I was very impressed how nice that it was. They’ve got a big square in the center of town and lots of little shops and restaurants around the square. We were able to walk around and shoot some photos and really had a great time. There’s lots of interesting old buildings and history in the town and I think that we just scratched the surface on everything going on there. I know that we’ll be making a trip back down at some point to walk around again with our cameras and shoot some more photos!

Here’s a couple of our snaps from a Saturday in the park at Jacksonville, Il.

Thanks for taking the time to check out out work and we hope that you have a great week!!!

Kev and Jan

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kmcJI2May16

Get it before it’s gone!

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!!!

We’re still rocking and rolling with shoots and editing last week and again this week, so we can’t complain!

About six years ago I was traveling through Snyder, Texas and came across this old abandoned gas station. I was thinking about stoping and shooting a few photos and after driving down the road a few miles and debating with myself to stop or not, I turned around and went back to the old station and took a few photos. A couple of years ago, I was in the area of Snyder, Texas again and I had a new lens that I wanted to try out on that same old gas station. When I got to the place where the gas station was, it was long gone and a new store was there in it’s place. I learned a very valuable lesson that day that when you see something like that, you better get some shots because you don’t know if it will be there the next time you stop by! Here’s one of the photos that I snapped on my first visit to that old gas station, so I was glad I made the time when I did! https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmay/4123830356

Jan and I were heading down along Rt. 24 just South of Bartonville, Il. a week ago and the saw a crane (with a wrecking-ball) next to the old Allied Miles plant along the road. It’s been abandoned for as long as I can remember and I’ve always thought about getting some photos, but never have had the time when I’ve driven by. Seeing that crane made me think that we’d better get over there sooner rather then later and shoot some photos before the place was torn down. We made some time last week on a perfect morning and were able to get a few photos and video and I’m glad that we did because I don’t know how long it’s going to be there!

Here’s a couple of our photos of the old Allied Mills plant in Bartonville, Il.

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

Kev and Jan

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kmcam25Apr16

Pink houses

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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kmcchar18Apr16

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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kmctil10Apr16

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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kmcsg27mar16

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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kmcsm14Mar16