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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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Holiday Mini Session Kickoff – Phoenix, AZ (Bloomington-Normal IL Photographer)

Last weekend, I spent a lovely and fast weekend in Phoenix with friends and family, celebrating my nephew’s first birthday (check out his cuteness on my Instagram feed) and squeezing in a couple of shoots – one portrait session and … Continue reading

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20 Years.

Thinking of loved ones and our life in Oklahoma City today on the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, and praying for peace. (See more images of the Oklahoma City National Memorial in my original post.)

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Family Portraits at Camelback Bridge in Normal, IL (Bloomington – Normal Photographer)

Last week I had the honor of making family portraits for this gorgeous group, whom I met through our mutual friend (and client) Katie. We met on one of our first warm, sunny, spring days, where the Camelback Bridge on Virginia … Continue reading

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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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Another Group Portrait of Howard and Howard for “SuperLawyers” (Peoria, IL Photographer)

Last fall, I was invited back to the offices of Howard & Howard law firm in Peoria, IL, to capture a group portrait for publication in the January 2015 Illinois issue of Thompson Reuter’s SuperLawyers. Like last time, there was … Continue reading

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New Client Mailers (Marketing Ideas for Photographers)

It’s been a long time since my last major photography marketing push, and now that we’ve settled in one place for a while, it was time to invest in another big outreach effort. Here was my process: Throughout this summer and fall, I … Continue reading

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Our 2014 Holiday Card (Normal Bloomington Photographer)

While last year’s holiday card was nearly impossible to top, in keeping with tradition, we managed to pull together another funny and unique Christmas card this year. Since we bought a house this summer, we decided to conserve time and … Continue reading

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Thankful.

For those of you that suffer through my long, rambling, personal posts, this one’s for you. 🙂 It’s been quite a year for my family! Most significantly, along with proud first-time parents Ryan and Natalie, my family welcomed Miles Alexander in early … Continue reading

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Another Unique 60th Birthday Celebration (Central Illinois Event Photographer)

If you know me, or are a regular reader, you know I always say I have the best in-laws ever! Such a fun family, full of love and laughter. The latest party was this weekend, when Nathan’s Aunt Sharon turned 60, and … Continue reading

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March of Dimes Illinois Valley Signature Chefs’ Auction, Utica, IL (Event Photographer)

Last week, I was honored to cover another March of Dimes Signature Chefs’ Auction, this time, in Utica, IL. While very similar in nature to the Signature Chefs’ event in Normal, IL, this one did have it’s own unique touches … Continue reading

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Exteriors – Custom Modern Home (Bloomington Normal Architectural Photographer)

Steve Kibler is an architect based in Chicago. Recently, he commissioned me with making a series of exterior photographs of this recently completed residence in Bloomington, IL. The home is uniquely beautiful! I arrived in time to make some full daylight images, then stayed … Continue reading

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Family Portraits on Illinois Wesleyan University Campus (Bloomington Normal Photographer)

Mother Nature gave us one last beautiful fall day this week in the BloNo area, and we took advantage of it, squeezing in another fall mini portrait session – in addition to last week’s – with this gorgeous family! We met on Illinois … Continue reading

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Fall Mini Sessions in Oklahoma City, OK and Bloomington-Normal, IL

On my way back from my recent trip to Phoenix, I enjoyed reconnecting with one of my best friends, Amy, and her daughter that I’d never met, and also with my loyal client-friend Monica and her family. Since returning to BloNo, … Continue reading

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Illinois Wesleyan University – 2014 Homecoming Festivities (Normal, IL Event Photographer)

Last weekend I had the opportunity to work as part of a team of photographers covering Illinois Wesleyan University‘s 2014 Homecoming celebration, including the festival activities on the quad, the Alumni Awards Luncheon, and tailgating prior to the football game. … Continue reading

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March of Dimes Signature Chefs, Normal Illinois (Event Photographer)

I was honored to document the March of Dimes of Illinois‘ annual Signature Chefs fundraiser this week, held at the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Normal. Such a unique and fun event, full of creative details (eggplant and cabbage centerpieces!), beloved … Continue reading

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Professional Portraits for Phoenix Defense Attorney Melody Harmon

My final Phoenix assignment this past week was at the Law Office of Melody Harmon, who is a mutual friend of Kellie, and the 4th attorney I’ve photographed in recent years. (See Gilling Legal Group and Howard & Howard posts, … Continue reading

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Christmas-Themed Mini Session (Portrait Photographer)

In addition to SMILE Biscotti, while in Phoenix, I had so much fun making Christmas portraits of these three hilarious and energetic boys, Jake, Cole, and Drew, whose parents are old friends and also former clients. Their mom, Justine, in addition … Continue reading

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