Category Archives: Testimonials & Stories

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.

A Little Bit of Wall Art

Good Monday morning! It’s a stormy one here in ole Peoria; I’m glad I got my lawn mowed yesterday, that’s for sure. I know we are all getting back into the swing of things on a Monday so I won’t take up too much of your time, but I wanted to share some exciting stories from a couple of recent clients.

On a Wall in Morton, Illinois

During the Washington Fine Art Fair back in September, I was approached by a client on Sunday morning. She had a couple of kids in tow and was in a bit of a rush, as one can imagine. Her name was April and she was interested in a few of my more rural landscape shots. She and her husband were farmers, loved the country and farming, and April had a multiple window frame for five 5″x7″ images. While I normally don’t crop to a 5″x7″, we chatted and I was able to get her some shots for the frame to complete this beautiful piece of wall art.

Framed Photography Wall Art

For those looking to do something unique and artsy with their walls, a multiple window mat and frame is a great way to spice up the scenery inside. If you’re interested, just drop me a line; I have a number of local vendors that I work with to create beautiful wall art and framings!

Here’s Looking At You… Galena, Illinois

Set of framed images arranged on a wall

Hall – Wall Hanging

Another one of my faithful, repeat clients has been working on redesigning and remodeling a house in Galena.

Her name is Pam and she loves including some black and white and split tone images from my collection to put on the walls in the new home she hopes to sell after the redesign. As I am always curious about how and where my art is used, Pam snapped this image with her iPad and passed it along.

The images on the top and left are both mine. While “Artemis” isn’t usually available in black and white, Pam made a special request and I always aim to please so we got it put together. It came out quite nice, don’t you think?

This is another type of grouping I love to see in homes as well: multiple images in frames or even as canvas gallery wraps grouped together by theme or color. Again, have an interest in some interior design and wall art? Let me know! I have a whole load of galleries and frame-smiths that I work with to offer clients specialized interior design services.

Client Story – John & Courtney

John M. & Courtney with "The Fiddle" (Spring 2012)

John M. & Courtney (Spring 2012)

About two weeks ago now, I received an email in my inbox and, after reading it, I wasn’t really sure if it was a joke or not. A gentleman named John was wanting one of my prints, “The Fiddle,”  matted and framed.

He needed the entire thing within four days to give it to his violin teacher, who was very special to him, and who happened to also be… wait for it… wait for it… graduating from high school? That’s right!

John, being a bit older than your average violin student, was looking for someone to teach him this instrument in the Peoria area when he came across Courtney, a classically trained violinist, and asked her to teach him. These two have developed a special bond, and while John says he won’t be playing with the symphony any time soon, he has learned a lot and is happy with where he is as a student.

Well, Courtney is off to college soon as she graduated high school this year and John wanted to give her a special gift that she could put in the dorms and remember why she loves music and hopefully a good memory or two of her friend and former student. John saw my image after grabbing my business card at one of the art markets I was at and requested the print.

I was touched (I have a soft spot for teachers; trust me, I cry every time I see the final scene in Mr. Holland’s Opus) so I was able to get everything arranged and John’s wife, Kathy, picked up the print from my office. My only request was that John snap a few images of him and Courtney and pass them my way to share with all of you along with this story.

It’s little things like these that remind me why I love being a photographer.

So how about you? Any of my photographer friends out there have a special client story to share? Please leave a comment below; I’d love to hear what you have to say!