iHotel Renovation Photos | Urbana-Champaign Campus Hotel

I have had the pleasure of photographing many weddings at the iHotel in Champaign, but I was honored to have been asked to photograph their recent renovations as well! The furniture in the common areas gets rearranged on occasion, plus new carpet and curtains were added to the guest rooms. They also needed some updated images of the iCafe and Houlihan’s areas, the “green roof,” and the courtesy vehicles. I can’t wait to be back for another wedding, but it was especially fun to see a little of the behind-the-scenes of one of my favorite local hotels. And the staff at the iHotel can’t be beat — both on the guest services side and the conference side. Everyone is so welcoming, kind, and helpful. I’m happy to keep building on our great working relationship!

Irrigation Propane Testimonial with GROWMARK FS | Agricultural Commercial Photography

I spent a morning with the GROWMARK FS Propane division a few weeks ago. They were doing a propane testimonial video with a couple of farmers and a couple of their propane salesmen to talk about the advantages of using propane for irrigation systems. I was doing the still photos while another team did the video portion. We met in my old stomping grounds of Mason County, and had a high percentage of Illini Central graduates involved in the project!

Full sun is rarely my friend on a wedding day, but for a commercial project like this it works really well (except when you need to have a person facing the sun). The white propane tanks and delivery trucks bounce light really well though too so they helped me out quite a bit as natural reflectors.

I love these types of projects and always look forward to getting back to my ag roots. If you can envision something similar for your own project or business, shoot me a message and we can see if it would be a good fit!

Moderation Maven | Personal Brand Photography Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my friend Leia’s session for her business, Moderation Maven Nutrition! We did the first part back in February when it was still very chilly, so we waited until summer to do the second part outdoors. Leia’s main request was that most people associate the color green with nutrition, so she wanted her headshots to be with a different color. She mentioned something warm-toned, so I thought on it a bit and we both loved the idea of this coral/pink wall. It was perfect!

Part of the Moderation Maven’s mission is to dissaude common myths about food, agriculture, and dieting, so we tied part of that in with the diet magazine she picked up that morning.

For the next section, we went right around the corner to a sidewalk where we did some exercise/stretching/running photos. I love the aviators and the bright green shirt she chose from the Illinois Marathon.

Lastly, we met up at a popular meeting/restaurant space where she grabbed a juice and chatted with a client about reading labels and what to look for when choosing foods and beverages.