Monthly Happenings – May 2012

There’s loads of fun things going on this month as the summer art and shooting seasons get rolling. Here’s a few of the places you can join me for some photography and education or just to see some beautiful images.

Peoria Strobist Modeling Workshop

Melanie (2011)

Melanie (2011)

The Peoria Strobist group was founded about three years ago now as a sister group to the Peoria, Illinois group on Flickr. This was due to a rising interest in off-camera lighting techniques in the Peoria group. Over the past few years, interest has ebbed and flowed like the tide so my fellow administrators of both groups decided to chat about things to do to boost attendance.

While last year we spent most of our time hosting educational meetups and holding themed photo challenges within the group, this year we are taking a different tack. Along with the meetups, I am happy to announce that we are putting together a couple of workshops. These workshops are designed to be educational, but with a clearly defined goal and a higher level of models/teachers.

The first workshop will be held this weekend, Saturday May 12 and I’m proud to lead this event. The registration fee is $30.00 (all proceeds go to the models and stylist) and will feature five models, both male and female, with different themes including grunge/urban/outlaw, 1920’s glamour, sports/fitness, fashion, and more! If you’re interested in joining us, the details are over here on Flickr and you can shoot me an email to register.

PCC Retouching Class

Artsy (2012)

Artsy (2012)

Another group I am happy to be a part of is the Peoria Camera Club. Every year, I help with the marketing of their annual seminar and have been able to schmooze with David duChemin and Ben Willmore over the past couple of years. In addition to the annual seminar, their meetups, photowalks, and weekly meetings offer an outlet for local photographers.

Anyone who knows me knows I love to teach and I love editing/retouching portrait images so I’ve joined the two into a special retouching demonstration/presentation for the Peoria Camera Club meeting on Tuesday, May 22. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and are held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Peoria. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us for a solid hour or more of my favorite retouching techniques for portraits.

Whether it’s softening skin, removing blemishes, whitening teeth, slimming waistlines, or adding some pop or texture to a portrait image, I’ll cover it all. I’ll even share my secret “5 Retouches I Do On Every Image” so you don’t want to miss this!

Artists on the Boardwalk

The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer which can only mean one thing: the start of art fair and market season! I’m excited to share my images with all of you at even more venues this summer.

The kick-off event for me will be the Artists on the Boardwalk, held on May 25 at Junction City here in Peoria, Illinois. This event features the best local artists, amazing food, and a great atmosphere with live music floating through the air as you stroll along one of the only remaining boardwalk in central Illinois.

As for me, I’ve got a whole load of new images and new products to share so stop on out.

Mention this blog article and I’ll even give you 10% off any purchase in my booth!

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