From commercial photography

New blog – F4

As part of a personal project, I have started a second blog called F4 – Food, Fotography, Flowers and Family. All of the things I am most passionate about. It’s just getting going, but should be filling up rapidly as the project progresses. This will remain the primary place for Senior and their family photos, but look for gardening tidbits, recipes, stories and pictures on the F4 blog at http://crookedwindowhouse.wordpress.com/ . Our latest post is about these beautiful babies and where you can get them instead of the ‘Meh” varieties in every box store across America

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Environmental portraits – Brewmaster

environmental portrait - brewmaster

 

Award winning brewmaster, Anthony Benjamin, allowed me to spend part of a day watching and photographing the science and magic of creating beer at Triptych Brewing in Savoy IL. One of the key things I learned is that along with the science and magic, making beer is a lot of hard work, and a lot of patience. This amazing microbrewery, just off the beaten path known as South Neil, does not offer food or wine, just a welcoming place to gather and enjoy beer that was created on site. Beers with names like “Blueberry Blonde” and “Hoppy Anniversary”  indicate immediately  that you are in for a unique tasting experience. Attention to detail, sourcing locally whenever possible and love are just a few of the ingredients contributing to the success of this unique microbrewery right here in the Champaign-Urbana-Savoy area!

Environmental Portrait – Woodworker

Environmental portrait of a woodworker

 

When Bruce agreed to be part of my portfolio, I knew he had a woodshop and that he had built a few pieces of furniture….Little did I realize the level of detail and craftsmanship that he has achieved. As paint is to a painter and stone is to a sculptor, wood is to Bruce. He begins with an idea and rough cut lumber…and through process and creativity combined skill, creates beauty that will function and last a lifetime. What a great talent to have!

Environmental Portrait – Tattoo Artist

Environmental portrait

There is no doubt that Ray Hughes Sr is an artist. It is just a matter of the medium and the materials. His tattoo studio, Vision World Tattoo in Urbana, is a 3D portfolio of his talents. He carved the dragon legs of his desk from wood given to him. He created the reception desk likewise from wood given to him and other recycled items. He built and painted the bench in the reception area. The walls are hung with his paintings and there are sketch books filled with ideas and drawings. All of this talent comes together each time he creates unique custom works of art on skin.

 

Environmental Portraits – Chiropractor

Environmental Portrait of a chiropractor

I went to Aaron, the awesome chiropractor local to me here in Fisher IL, and told him I had some crazy ideas for photographs of chiropractors and would he be interested….Lucky for me, he said yes. It was a bit challenging working around the tables and such in a small office, but I think overall we got some cool and unique images that reflect his passion for what he does!

My favorite images from this shoot as well as several other environmental portrait shoots will be available for viewing along with my senior work at the Boneyard Artwalk April 10-13. I will be at H2O Salon in Urbana and at the Village of Fisher Community Center on Sunday afternoon.

Environmental Portraits – Passion for Vacuum Tube Audio

vacuum tube audiophile

Meet Jonathan. Engineer at CERL from 9-5 and vacuum tube enthusiast 24/7! Driven for a love of high quality audio, Jonathan began exploring the world of vacuum tube audio equipment. Curiosity became a passion (and a tattoo!)  With his background in engineering and aided and abetted by Shannon Parks of Parks Audio, he now designs and builds his own vacuum tube audio equipment.

Environmental Portraits – Mr. Lucky

Environmental portrait - author and muse

 

I tell stories with pictures. Ron Hoffman tells stories with words and illustrations. Lucky, his aptly named rescue kitty, is the inspiration and main character of his first children’s book titled Mr. Lucky. Turns out Lucky is also quite a ham as he poses with Ron! Watch for the book, Mr. Lucky, online and in bookstores later this year!