Category Archives: Shooting and Editing

Post-Production Before-and-After, Part 2: Smoothing Pavement / Removing Object (Central Illinois Architectural Photographer)

As I mentioned in my prior post about correcting color and eliminating distracting background elements, I try to whatever extent possible to make images that don’t require major work in Photoshop, especially in portraiture. However, in certain situations, using Photoshop is necessary (and … Continue reading

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Post-Production Before-and-After, Part 1: Color Correction / Removing Background Distractions (Normal, IL Photographer)

I’ve used Photoshop relatively rarely in the history of my career as a photographer. I feel strongly that it is more important to be a good photographer than it is to be a good Photoshopper. Additionally, when it comes to portraiture, I have a philosophical … Continue reading

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Winter Family Portraits (Normal Bloomington Photographer)

Recently, I made family portraits for my lifelong friend Julie and her family in the snow. During my recent visit to their home in Anderson, IN, we snuck out on a snowy, cloudy, wintery morning for a family mini session. … Continue reading

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Balman Family (Bloomington Normal Portrait Photographer)

I met this family of three precious and oh-so-photogenic girls through Katie shortly after moving to Illinois, and it’s been a pleasure getting to know them! Recently, we met at Ewing Park (Jersey Road side) in Bloomington, IL, for a portrait … Continue reading

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Banker Portrait for MSP Communications Published in “Independent Banker” Magazine (Central Illinois Photographer)

Recently, I drove up the Illinois River on a sunny, snowy day to Hennepin, IL, where I was assigned by MSP Communications to make a portrait of Terry Judd. Mr. Judd, who serves a board member of North Central Bank, … Continue reading

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Group Portrait of Howard and Howard “Super Lawyers” for Thompson Reuters (Peoria Photographer)

Recently, I was commissioned by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers to make a group portrait of successful and rising star attorneys at Howard and Howard‘s Peoria, IL office. Neither the time slot nor the location was flexible. Knowing a group of attorneys wouldn’t … Continue reading

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How To Make A Tacky Family Christmas Card (Bloomington – Normal Portrait Photographer)

Step 1:  Decorate hearth with tacky Christmas decorations you normally leave in the garage, including the Jersey Shore ornament and dancing sock monkey elf. (Actually, let’s be honest, I usually put those out anyway.) Step 2:  Attempt to get baby … Continue reading

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