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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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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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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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What Would Mary Do? (If She Had a Smart Phone)

“When the the shepherds saw Jesus, they spread the word about this child, and all who heard it were amazed. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:15-19 (NIV, paraphrased) I just finished reading the … 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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Why I Won’t Be Able to Shoot for 6 Weeks {Updated}

**Please scroll to bottom for an update!** This post is not about photography.  The topic is very personal; I debated even writing it since commercial photography is a heavily male-dominated industry and these issues may be uncomfortable for some colleagues … Continue reading

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For Photographers: 11 Ways to Generate Income During A Slow Season (Bloomington – Normal IL Photographer)

Should photographers specialize or generalize? While I believe it’s important to be known as a certain “type” of photographer, specializing in your photography skills doesn’t mean you can’t diversify your income streams. Diversification is just good business. Most photographers have to ride … Continue reading

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Davis Family Portraits (Bloomington – Normal Portrait Photographer)

This weekend, I went back to the ISU Horticultural Center in Normal, IL, for another family portrait session. But, this time, instead of a family of all girls, it was a family of all boys! Like the Gentrys, the Davis … Continue reading

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The Best Pumpkin Recipe Ever (That Doesn’t Taste Like Pumpkin) {Bloomington Photographer}

Everyone loves pumpkin recipes in the fall! (Except people who don’t. I’ve heard you exist.) So, I am excited to share the best pumpkin recipe ever. This Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe has pumpkin, but it doesn’t taste like pumpkin; plus, it has other … Continue reading

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Arches National Park (Bloomington-Normal, IL Photographer)

When Nathan, Rawley, Eiger, Chappelle and I moved from Cheyenne to Phoenix (before we moved to Illinois – confused yet? So am I), we made a worthwhile pit stop in Moab, Utah. We rested up, ate and drank at Moab … Continue reading

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What Camera Should I Buy? Advice from a Pro: How to Pick a Camera (Bloomington Photographer)

About once a month, someone asks me how to pick a “good camera,” making this my most frequently asked question (well, other than online dating advice :)). Most of them are either: having their 1st baby wanting to take better photos … Continue reading

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3 Reasons August 9th is a Pretty Big Deal Around Here

August 9, 2013 is a significant day in our family. Here’s why. Reason #1:  Five Years of Me and Nathan 5 years ago today, while celebrating my nephew Sam‘s 1st birthday, my mom took the first photo of me and Nathan together. … Continue reading

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