Delaney is another one of those awesome senior girls that cannot take a bad photo, and never quits smiling!!! No fear, no hesitation when I say… “Climb down those rocks or jump into that water fall!” And she does and then Awesomeness occurs! Had a blast driving all over downtown Champaign and then campus, and then back to downtown, and then back to Campus! I think it was totally worth it though cause we got some really sweet senior photos!
Yep. That’s right folks, next year’s senior portraits are under way!!! And we started off with a BANG!!!! Beautiful Mindy didn’t want to do anything “normal”, so we didn’t. We had the pleasure of photographing at the Champaign Preservation and Conservation Association Warehouse, in and around salvaged bannisters and doors, bathtubs and radiators. Then we went around the corner and into an alley…normal until you realize she was wearing a prom dress at the time!!! A girl after my own heart, we rigged a tent ( Thanks to her dad, Jeff) and piled in cushions and books, lots of books!!! We photographed her favorite boots and a beautiful sunset, and then……the paint started flying! All in all a most wonderful way to kick-off the class of 2015 Senior portraits at Laura Trovillion Photography!!!
When something is said to have floral notes or a taste of blueberry, I think wine….However in this case it is coffee, more specifically a handcrafted coffee from Flying Machine Coffee. Sharing a space with Pizza M inside the storefront called Cafeteria and Co in downtown Urbana, this unique Coffeehouse is doing coffee like you have never seen before! Sure you can get a cuppa Joe, or a latte, but how about a Rosemary Mocha or specialty tea called Orange Blossom Special? And then there the special coffees…carefully weighed and measured to exact proportions for a totally awesome brew. A must stop place for any coffee or tea lover!
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!
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!
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.
Meet Josh of the Urbana Butcher Shop on Main Street in Downtown Urbana. Josh knows good meat: Organic, free range and/or grass-fed as opposed to caged, antibiotic and hormone filled. As a trained Chef, he creates interesting and unusual offerings such as house-made Saucisson Sec, Pancetta, Chorizo, Lardo and Headcheese. His training also extends to the details, crown roasts are frenched, loins are rolled and tied and everything is wrapped in the traditional white butchers paper and tied with twine. I was fortunate to photograph the environmental portraits on a day they were cutting up a hog. Watching the process is a complete learning experience and Josh was great about explaining it to me as I was snapping away. If you are serious about food in the Champaign-Urbana Area, the Urbana Butcher Shop is a must go place!