Author Archives: Mosaic Collective, LLC

About Mosaic Collective, LLC

I am Holly Baumann Ambuehl, founding member of Mosaic Collective, LLC, which was founded in early 2017 and is based in Central Illinois. I own and operate Mosaic Collective with my partner in business and life, my husband, Nathan. Mosaic Collective, LLC houses our rental property, my consulting contracts (with the nonprofit and public sectors on various work), and also my commercial and portrait photography business, which has been doing business as Holly Baumann Photography since 2008 long before the formation of our LLC. My blog posts feature client work, but I just love to write, so I also write about owning a business, food and drink, travel, and sometimes, my personal life! I am always honored when clients trust me to capture their vision, and equally so when my readers converse with me about what I've photographed or expressed here. I hope we'll have an opportunity to collaborate professionally and/or become friends. I'd love to hear what you think! - Holly

Custom, Modern Lake House – Exteriors (Lake Bloomington, IL)

It’s always a great honor and compliment when a former commercial photography client commissions additional work. So, I was thrilled to shoot again on behalf of architect and structural engineer Steve Kibler, of Kibler AE, LLC. This time, his design is situated … Continue reading

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Chicago Skyline at Sunset – River Cruise (Architectural Photography)

Last week, I checked off a bucket list item: taking a sunset architectural boat cruise through downtown Chicago. We launched as the sun began to set, just after a rain shower. The boat deck and chairs were wet, so most … Continue reading

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Extended Family Portrait Session at Constitution Trail’s Camelback Bridge (Normal Family Photographer)

We recently had the honor of creating portraits for our brother-in-law’s extended family. Shooting a large group in the summer can be challenging (heat, bright sun, etc.), but the newly created public patio under the Camelback Bridge in Normal was … Continue reading

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Shooting with Medium Format Camera / Film inside US National Parks (Landscape Photography)

Since we drove on on our long summer trip, I was able to pack a lot of camera gear. I shot intermittently with my iPhone 7s, my DSLR (Nikon D700), and my medium-format film camera, a Rolleicord (see below). My mom … Continue reading

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Grand Tetons National Park + Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Landscape Photography)

The second half of our Epic Road Trip in July was spent exploring the Grand Tetons National Park, Jackson, Wyoming, and Jackson Hole Ski Resort. We drove into the Hole over Teton Pass from the Idaho side at about 11:30pm, after … Continue reading

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Glacier National Park, Montana and Waterton Park, Alberta, CANADA (Landscape Photography)

Getting to Glacier required 4 days of driving, via Madison, Minneapolis, Fargo, Bismarck, Medora, Glasgow, and Coram. We stayed in a cozy 1930s little cabin in Coram, near Glacier Distillery, West Glacier, and Whitefish (which we adored so much we … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park (Medora, North Dakota)

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is home to wild horses and free range bison; it’s a beautiful place (and the least visited National Park)! On our long road trip this summer, we approached the park from Medora, which is a charming … Continue reading

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The Ambuehls, “On the Hills” (Glacier, Waterton, and Grand Teton National Parks)

Our last name means “on the hill” in German, and there’s no place that we are happier. In this post, which is the second in a series in which I am posting images made on our long summer road trip, … Continue reading

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Small Town 4th of July; Coram, Montana (Low-Light Photography)

If you follow Holly on Instagram, you know we three (and our dog, Eiger!) spent 2+ weeks this summer on an epic road trip through North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. This was a “photographer’s dream trip, and I brought several kinds of … Continue reading

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Interiors, Exteriors for Specialized, Bloomington Cycle and Fitness, Coffee Hound (Bloomington, IL Architectural Photographer)

Specialized Bicycle Components recently contracted me (Holly) to make interior and exterior architectural photography at Bloomington, IL’s new multi-tenant development called the Foundry, which houses: Bloomington Cycle and Fitness (one of their vendors, and a space which also includes a … Continue reading

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Rustic and Colorful Family Portraits (Bloomington, IL Portrait Photographer)

I can’t get enough of these faces from the family portraits I made recently for Kendra and her family! Kendra, as you may remember, is the designer behind our wonderful new logo and many other personal projects like birthday invitations … Continue reading

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Center for Integrated Wellness – Published Images (Bloomington, IL Architectural photographer)

I made a set of architectural images (interior and exterior) last fall of Bloomington’s new Center for Integrated Wellness. (See more images and read more on my original post.) Two of the partners on this development are now featuring my … Continue reading

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Newborn Portraits (Normal, IL Portrait Photographer)

After several months of planning, learning, organizing, and regrouping, it’s time to get back in the swing of blogging again. Nathan and I recently organized a new business, Mosaic Collective, LLC, which now houses our rental property, my photography business (dba … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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