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50 years in love!

50th Anniversary portrait

They met at a dance. She was there with her girlfriends and he was there with the guys. The got engaged on her graduation and married a year later in June. Karen and Gary Kuhns are celebrating 50 years in love this June. Be sure to congratulate them!

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 Portraits – The Urbana Butcher

 

Environmental Portait -chef/butcher

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!

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.

A Love Story – Edwards Celebrate 45 years

Love stories

 

Once upon a time, many years ago, a young man was responsible for taking the daily deposit from his job to the bank. And day after day, he made sure to stand in the same teller’s line. Eventually, he worked up the courage to ask her out. She was unsure though, maybe she shouldn’t go with this brash young man from her teller line. “Go” said her co-workers, “its not like you are gonna marry him…” So she said yes.  And she did. Now they are happily celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary on April 5! Congratulations to Larry and Dorothy Edwards!

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!