Bloomington, IL Center for Integrated Wellness: Exteriors (Architectural Photographer)

After finishing the interiors of the new Center for Integrated Wellness, I returned another evening and morning to photograph the exterior. Due to the size of the property and it’s orientation to the sun at sunset and sunrise, both evening and early morning shoots were required for the best results. The exterior cladding is made of mixed materials, but they are mostly monotone (grey) and highly reflective, which presented both challenges and opportunities.

Here is the main entrance, which glowed warmly at sunset:


This vantage point of the main entrance (rear left) includes the private entrance for MCO customers (near right).


The property is a single level and sprawls widely, which made it difficult to capture the entire building without making an image comprised almost entirely of sky and parking lot. This view shows the main entrance (left), mixed/contrasting materials (middle), and the MCO entrance to right.


All that highly reflective glass came afire at sunset, and I was blessed with a beautiful array of color to offset that monotone exterior.


Originally we planned to do the exteriors in the spring, once landscaping was totally finished. But the owners accelerated their landscaping timeline and added grass to the areas immediately in front of the building, and asked me to shoot the exteriors immediately. Of course, I was happy to oblige!


MCO has a separate entrance in the rear of the facility for MRI customers. I captured this image of that entrance the following morning in the warm early light just before the sun came over the horizon.


Here’s the view of Method Sports Performance’s space, also in the morning. I did some pretty serious bush-whacking at 6:00 am through summer weeds to get this shot. Behind the garage style window is the sprint turf track (lower level) and the indoor running track (upper level) you saw in my interiors post. To the far right is the pool area. It was a bit windy so I had some foreground blur, but because I am vertically challenged and didn’t have a lift, this was the best we could do!


Thank you, again, so very much, to Farnsworth for the opportunity to make images of this amazing new facility! It was an honor.


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Bloomington, IL Center for Integrated Wellness: Interiors (Architectural Photographer)

Farnsworth Group, a national engineering and architectural firm with local offices, recently commissioned me to make interiors and exteriors for a large new development in Bloomington, known as the Center for Integrated Wellness. Housing the Advocate BroMenn Health & Wellness Center, Method Sports Performance, McLean County Orthopedics, and managed by Sequoia Wellness, the multi-tenant property was developed by Signet Enterprises, LLC; built by P.J. Hoerr, and boasts many beautiful shared spaces, as well as areas belonging to each partner listed above.

It was truly an honor to shoot this property. I was on site 5 times, shooting over 4 different dates, returning for sunrise and sunset prime time, and hitting all of the major spaces. This was a large shoot, so I will share the interiors first, then post exteriors separately. This was a challenging, big job, requiring coordination with a lot of parties, and I am so pleased with the results. Congratulations to the entire team of professionals that pulled this gorgeous site together.

The main entryway faces west, and sparkles at dusk.


From the entryway, guests may go directly to MCO:


MCO also has its own exterior entrance, which leads into this main waiting area:


Throughout the building, mixed and textured materials appear in the details.


MCO patients have access to an MRI room.


And the space provides bright, modern nursing stations for the providers:


A smaller reception area features a beautiful skylight and textured wall.


Method Sports Performance offers weight training, dance rooms, an indoor track with lovely views, and a turfed sprint training area.





Nearby, guests can work out in a more typical gym space.



Via large windows, the indoor pool hall is visible from the back of the gym area. The space features a therapy pool, lap pool, and jacuzzi, all with lifts to assist clients if needed.


Even the main work areas and conference space aren’t your typical beige/boring spaces:


The conference is situated in an interior space, and looks out onto a small landscaped courtyard:


And finally, the locker rooms:


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Restoring Our 1917 Foursquare: Before and After, Under / Over Stairwell Closets (Normal, IL Architectural Photographer)

Nathan and I love our money-pit of a house, a 1917 American Foursquare, situated in an ideal location in Normal’s Highland Historic District within walking distance of the Constitution Trail, Uptown Normal, and our son’s future elementary school. We are slowly chipping away at little projects we can tackle ourselves, while saving, planning, and stockpiling ideas on Houzz for the big things down the road (i.e. new bathroom, new kitchen).

When we bought the house, it had been vacant for a year. The fenceless yard was a jungle, fascia paint was peeling, tile was sagging in the bathrooms, and multiple layers of wallpaper was peeling in much of the house. But, as soon as we saw it for the first time, we knew it was our house. While neglected in more recent years, prior owners still had the foresight and historical appreciation to preserve the original trim, stain, and hardwood floors throughout. And, importantly, it had a dining room large enough to fully extend our heirloom dining table.

After we moved in, some of the practical challenges posed by old homes quickly became realities. In this post, which will be the first of a series in which I show before and after images of our various projects, I will show you how we solved one of the classic, although somewhat unglamorous (ok, mundane) annoyances of old homes: impracticably shaped and small closets, smooshed under or over stairwells.

With four levels, we have two such closets: one near the main entryway in the hallway leading to the kitchen, and one in what in what’s intended to be the master (but we use it as Rawley’s room so he has space to play).

I had to live in our house for a while and reconfigure the closets in all sorts of ways before I figured out the best solutions and found the best products. When I was researching options, I didn’t find many helpful ideas online, so I hope this post will save someone else some time and energy!

If you live in a cold or temperate climate, you understand that closets matter-especially entry/coat closets. So, to kick this home-reno series off, here’s the nitty gritty; please don’t judge us based on what you see in our closets. 🙂

This is how the under-stair entry closet looked when we took possession of the house, and then again shortly after moving our things in:


Pegboard held cleaning supplies, and two clothing rods went across the wall, one in front of the other. Once both racks were full, accessing coats on the rear rod was a total pain. Shoes were in a jumble on the floor, in a hanging organizer, and in another door rack. Hats and gloves were in big crates on the shelf, which were hard to reach and impossible to see into (at least for short little me). Vacuum and other supplies in front of the clothing rods blocked access to coats and hats and gloves. In addition to all of that, it needed paint and plaster repair, and the vintage light fixture had paint all over it, because someone didn’t take the time to take it down whenever they put up the last sloppy coat of paint.

In general, this closet made us cuss a lot, and wasn’t easy to use with guests.

The first thing we did, after removing the pegboard and shelving, was hire our favorite local painter to repair the plaster and paint, and I personally scraped the light fixture until it was good as new. (Paint color – Apollo White, California Paints)


Instead of putting hats in bins, I ordered some low-cost accordion hat racks and hung one up high on each side of the closet. We replaced only one of the 14″ deep shelves after repainting, adding felt pads to the bottom so we could slide it easily as needed. Instead of bulky, opaque, fabric bins, I found narrow and deep, clear, acrylic bins at the Container Store, and ordered one for each family member’s hats and gloves, plus one extra. Now we can see the contents and find things more quickly.


Instead of rods, the renovated closet uses triple-swivel hooks, in an antique brass finish that matches other original hardware in the house. These particular hooks can be folded flat when not in use. On the door, instead of a shoe rack, we now have an elfa mesh (platimum) door system (also purchased at The Container Store) that contains some of my camera gear, keys, the random hat or wallet, handbags, and even a briefcase.


Scarfs hang on a scarf organizer, and instead of a pile of shoes on the floor and more hanging on the door, I found a perfectly sized shoe rack, again at The Container Store, that holds up to 50 pairs of shoes. I added 4 Boot Stands for my tall boots, which sit on the floor.


When all this was added up, we suddenly had a functional closet with plenty of space to walk all the way back to the shoe rack. We can find our things, and I am no longer embarrassed to have guests hang their coats in our entryway!


Next up was the over-stair closet in Rawley’s bedroom, which is supposed to be the master bedroom (in theory). While large enough for quite a bit of storage, the closet is configured in such a way that makes it totally impractical for two adults to share it, and since it’s over our main stairwell, the floor can never be leveled.

Similarly to the entry closet, when we moved in, the clothing rod went right across the closet just inside the door, which meant you had to push aside the clothes in order to access all that storage space and shelving in the back. While fun for kids to use as a cave, it wasn’t so fun for me when I was trying to get something out of there. The paint and walls were in terrible shape; the trim need caulking, and the light fixture was basically a hole in the ceiling with a bulb and chain, rather than a switch, casting little to no light into the back of the closet.



We prioritized renovating Rawley’s room, so that we could move him out into another bedroom before we need it for a baby (more on that another time). So, we emptied his closet and moved him into the future baby’s room, and had our trusty painter come in to spruce it up.


Once caulked, repaired, and repainted, rather than replacing the rod across the doorway, we installed an inexpensive but very sturdy Rubbermaid Fast-TrackRubbermaid Fast-Track adjustable closet system along the length of one side wall, using the 12-inch shelf so it wouldn’t protrude out too far into the closet.

Our favorite local old-home electrician moved the light fixture into a center location deeper into the closet for more even lighting and added a wall switch to replace the pull cord (via the walk-up attic). We found art-deco style switch plates that almost exactly matched the existing ones in the bedroom for the new switch.


We painted the closet with California Paint’s Peyton Place (walls, treads), but used a slightly darker color from a rejected paint sample bottle called Beauport Green for the risers, to help hide the inevitable scuff marks. I added a rug at the top of the closet for comfort during hide and seek, and non-slip stair tread pads to protect the paint on the treads from wear and tear.


Now, Rawley can easily find clothes and toys and books on the back shelves, we have extra shelf space above the rod for storage, and I can walk into and our of his closet with ease! After this facelift, it’s a closet that can grow with him and provide plenty of hanging and storage space for a teenager or adult.

I’m hoping to share more posts in the (near!) future about other transformations, including the backyard/fence, the basement renovation, and kids’ rooms makeover. Those should be a bit more charming that the closets, I hope. 🙂 If you like before and after posts like this, check out my previous ones about our bungalow in Bloomington, and mid-century pint-size ranch in Phoenix.


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Recent Published Images and Fine Art Wholesale (Bloomington Normal Photographer)

Licensing previously created images continues to be a steady line of business, usually because buyers find my keyworded images via this blog. Panera Bread approved the image below for publication in Restaurant Business earlier this year for a related story. (See additional images from this shoot for Walton Signage in my original post.)


Following coverage of a local event, the image below was also published.


One of the images from my Praying Monk series was selected by a religious music publisher for the cover of a CD release (right side, below). Images from this series were also licensed twice this year to a Scottsdale-based wholesale fine-art buyer for a 3×4 foot canvas installation at a new Phoenix area hotel.


Praying Monk image (right) copyright Holly Baumann Photography.

To [newer] photographers…As a general policy, never relinquish your copyright, and write non-exclusive licenses to protect your ability to derive residual income over time from your image creations. Periodically, I sell full rights when 1) the buyer is able to pay a commensurate rate and 2) I am unlikely to ever sell the images again (such as for the magazine portait above).


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First National Bank of Steeleville for LaMacchia Group (Southern Illinois Architectural Photographer)

Late last year, I was commissioned by LaMacchia Group again; this time to shoot a bank in the quiet, all-American town of Steeleville, in Southern Illinois.


I spent the night nearby, so that I could shoot interiors just before and during the grand opening (challenging!), and a few dusk exteriors.


From my hotel that night, I finished and posted proofs for their review, then returned the next morning to finish up exteriors based on our assessment of what was still needed.


It was bright sun that day, but the images still turned out very well, and we were all pleased with the results! Here’s a full daylight exterior, before the removal of a pesky/distracting light post:


And after:


Thank you to LaMacchia Group for another opportunity to make images for you!

And to my readers…I’ll be catching up on my blog over the next few weeks after a long break. More on that later!


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Carter Law Firm Portrait for Thompson Reuters SuperLawyers (Central Illinois Portrait Photographer)

The 2016 edition of Illinois SuperLawyers, published by Thompson Reuters, features the portrait I made recently for James Carter of Carter Law Offices based in downtown Peoria, IL. As usual for this three-peat client, I made several portraits, and the law office chose the one they wished to appear in the ad. I worked with a single speedlight and 24×24 softbox (camera right) and 48″ white reflector (camera left).


Thank you for another opportunity to partner! It is always an honor to be invited back.


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World Prematurity Day: Our Year as a March of Dimes Ambassador Family

Nathan, Rawley and I had the great honor of serving as the Bloomington-Normal March of Dimes Ambassador Family in 2015. And, like most volunteer experiences, we received far more than we gave.

In recognition of World Prematurity Day today, November, 17th, here’s a look back at our experiences in the Ambassador role this year!

If you aren’t familiar with the work of the March of Dimes, I’d encouraged you to spend a few minutes watching this short video, and read our story to understand why the work of the March of Dimes is so important to our family!

“Roasting for Rawls” Coffee Fundraiser, February – April 2015

As Ambassador Family, we tried to raise as much as we could to support the work of March of Dimes. In addition to cash donations, Nathan roasted coffee at home and sold it, donating all of the profits to our March for Babies Team (see below)! We shipped orders all over the US to friends and family.

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March for Babies, April 2015

These walks are held all over the country! Find one in your area! This year, we walked with our whole family, and shared the stage with Town of Normal Council member Kathleen Lorenz, who is also an active supporter of the March of Dimes.



On right: Kathleen Lorenz


For us, prematurity is kind of a family thing. Rawley wasn’t the first preemie in our family! Nathan and both of his siblings were born prematurely (between 32 and 35 weeks); my niece Hannah was born at 35 weeks; Nathan’s sister’s identical twin boys were born around 34 weeks. We support March of Dimes in honor of all of them!


After a short program, we walked down the Constitution Trail with hundreds of other purple people.

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One of the greatest rewards of being involved with the March of Dimes is becoming friends with their amazing staff! I am going to miss them next year! Here we are with Valerie, the local Community Director.

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Can Shake, Normal, Summer 2015

I stood in the middle of the road with Valerie, Kathleen, and another preemie mom for a couple hours one hot Saturday morning to collect spare change to benefit the March of Dimes. Honestly, I was skeptical of this particular effort before we began. But it totally restored my faith in humanity! So, so many people gave; we raised hundreds of dollars. Some shared their personal stories of prematurity and loss. It warmed my heart to see so many people willingly give – and not run us over. Thanks, people of BloNo!



5K On The Runway, Chicago O’Hare, September 2015

We drove up to Chicago for the night in late September to participate in the super cool 5K on a new runway at O’Hare International Airport! United Airlines is a major corporate sponsor of March of Dimes. We ran with about 5,000 other people, then hung around for a great party and some up-close time with airplanes and runway snow plows. It was truly unforgettable.

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One of the best parts was meeting the 2015 MOD National Ambassador Family!



Radio Interview on WJBC, Bloomington, September 2015

To help promote the Signature Chefs event on October 1, Nathan, Valerie and I did a radio interview for a local news station. Cool bucket list item!


Signature Chefs Bloomington – Normal, Bone Student Center

The culmination of our efforts was the night of 10/1/15, at the Signature Chefs event at Bone Student Center at Illinois State University (ISU) in Normal, IL (Nathan’s alma mater). The Honorary Chairs for the evening were Larry and Marlene Dietz, the President and First Lady of ISU. They were exceptionally generous with their time and efforts for this event, and went the extra step to invite us into their home beforehand so we could all get to know one another before the main event.


Photo Credit: Lyndsie Schlink, ISU Photographer. Posted with permission and courtesy of ISU.


Photo Credit: Lyndsie Schlink, ISU Photographer. Posted with permission and courtesy of ISU.

Signature Chefs events are held all over the country, and are so much fun! Most events open with cocktail hour, then local chefs set up food stations and serve signature dishes all evening. The program includes comments from the Chairs and the local Ambassador Families, who share their personal story of prematurity. This year, that was us! (I thought Nathan would cry…but I did.)

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March of Dimes’ brand color is lavender / purple, as you’ve no doubt noticed by now. 🙂 We went all out in color-coordination! (Rawley’s purple pants: J. Crew kids; My dress: Boden [PSA: Most Comfortable Dress Ever. Get one.])


Photo Credit: Lyndsie Schlink, ISU Photographer. Posted with permission and courtesy of ISU.

Here we are with the Dietz’s, also in their purples!


Photo Credit: Lyndsie Schlink, ISU Photographer. Posted with permission and courtesy of ISU.

An amazing, amazing year of beautiful memories, blessings, and redemption of prior struggles. We are truly blessed!

We urge you to support the March of Dimes on this World Prematurity Day. We can say, without any doubt, that their work developing surfacant and other treatments is what directly saved Rawley’s life. Many families aren’t as lucky, and we know that. We remember them, and we say thank you from our hearts to everyone that gave this year in Rawley’s honor.


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