Kickin’ Off the Art Fair Season

It’s that time of the year again, kids! I’m packing up the car with mats, frames, tables, canvas wraps and all that jazz and heading out to peddle my wares down on Main Street… literally!

First stop… Canton, Illinois for the second annual “Art on Main” festival. It’s going on tomorrow, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With the weather finally warmed up, it’s a great time to head out for a quick walk around the beautiful downtown Canton square and support your local art scene.

You can get more information over on the Canton, Illinois website.

Hope to see you there!

Portrait Experience – Ivonne

Ivonne as a zombie reaching through a fence

As a client or new model, it can be pretty nerve-racking to pick a professional photographer to work with. How do you know you will get the best price or if he or she has a few screws loose? Most importantly, how do you guarantee that this person will capture the emotions and the moments they’ve been hired to capture?

While I could sit here and tell you all about how I approach my craft and my art, it’s a whole other ball game from your side of the lens. Try as I might, I could never fully describe those thoughts and feelings. That’s why I’ve asked some of my past clients and models to share what it was like to shoot with me and how they felt before, during, and after the portrait session.

Ivonne’s Portrait Experience

I met Ivonne a couple of years ago while I was still into the club scene. We started talking photography and modeling and our friendship grew from there. Not only is she a gorgeous and talented model, who is willing to explore exciting new opportunities, but she is also an up-and-coming photographer herself.

  1. Ivonne standing in brush with a leg up on a stump

    Ivonne (2011)

    How did you feel about the shoot before we met?
    A little nervous. Always am when shooting with a photographer for the first time.
  2. What made you want to do a portrait session with me?
    I really love your work and your creativity with pictures. Even before talking with you about a session, I could tell how passionate you are about photography. You don’t just take a picture for picture’s sake; you capture a moment, a feeling, and a unique view-point.
  3. What was the session like?
    It was fun and relaxed. You didn’t mind me asking a ton of questions and really explained all the different techniques and angles I asked about.
  4. How did you feel when you saw the final images?
    I LOVED the final images. You did a fantastic job of capturing the moment.
  5. Would you do another portrait session with me?
    Yes, I plan to do several
  6. Would you recommend me to friends and family?
    Yes, I would and already have.

Lady Antebellum – Peoria Civic Center 1/10/14

Lady Antebellum performing at Peoria Civic Center

I can still remember the look on her face as we rounded the corner into that dusty field outside Springfield, Illinois and her eyes locked on the concert poster hanging from the bleachers like the last leaf on an autumn tree. The realization spread across her face and we shared the same excitement at what we were about to see.

Lady Antebellum (2009)

Lady Antebellum (2009)

It was there, among the smell of fried foods and the ringing bells of the midway, that we stared in awe at the band that would define our relationship in ways we hadn’t even realized yet. They would become one of the most successful country bands in the world, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide and earning many awards including 6 Grammys’. Over the last six years, we fell in love with each other and the world fell in love with our band, Lady Antebellum.

From that first free show at Sangamon County Fair in 2009 to their first rained out show at Illinois State Fair in 2010 to the make-up rain date show at Illinois State Fair in 2011, where I asked her to marry me, we’ve never missed a Lady Antebellum show in central Illinois if we could help it.

We know every word to every song, B-sides included, and when everyone else was swooning over Princess Kate’s delivery, we were more excited that Eisele, Hillary Scott’s daughter, was born the same day. Hell… we even have a Lady Antebellum “wall” in our house!

Once in a Lifetime Moment

That’s why Friday night was one of the greatest nights of our lives. My Christmas gift to the wife (and to myself too!) was to splurge on the VIP package for the Lady A show at the Peoria Civic Center. The package not only included front row seats and a special pre-show acoustic performance by the band, but we got to meet our band. It isn’t hard to understand if you follow them at all, but they are really down to Earth, wonderfully humble, and a lot of fun.

Meeting Lady Antebellum

Once in a lifetime moments are nothing if they aren’t captured, whether in the mind or on film. In this case, I was able to do both. So, take a moment and share this moment with me and my wife and get lost in our totally obsessive fandom. Got a favorite image? Drop a comment and let me know!

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