JOPLIN CVB :: part 1

    In the last year, I’ve begun to delve a bit more into the commercial side of photography. It’s a whole different animal than the portraiture that generally serves as my artistic (and literal) bread and butter, but a really fun and exciting animal. Like a panther. Or a falcon. 

    This post is to reveal a few shots from one of the biggest projects I’ve ever been a part of… capturing the spirit and attractions of Joplin, Missouri for the Joplin convention and visitors bureau. I’ve joked around for awhile now about how I’m ‘making Joplin look cool’  (please remember I say joked, I’m not that cool) , but right now, that really is my job, and I’m loving it. 

    18 locations and counting so far- everything from hotels to restaurants to retail locations & attractions. Couldn’t have done it w/out Alicia, the art director who came down from Kansas City to help out. It was an intense 5 days, and she was there for every bit of it.

    Here’s batch #1 of what I have so far… so hard to narrow down which pictures go in this post, but it’s a start!

A couple of my favorites to begin… George from Mythos on left, Damion from Crabby’s on the right. These guys were absolutely awesome about letting me hang out in the kitchen and get some shots of them working their master-chef magic. I would say that my main goal was to take great pictures, but honestly it was to not catch on fire.

the falls

the candy house (cutting toffee- can’t wait to show more ‘behind-the-scenes’ from here!)

Harley Davidson

every time I look at this, I’m suddenly starving. It’s a painful shoot to edit sometimes.

breakfast at granny shaffers! (an exclamation point because I get pretty excited about breakfast).

sandstone gardens

miniature circus at the museum complex

spiva gallery’s gift shop (w/ a little downtown peeking in from behind)

‘The bridge’. Definitely one of my favorites… shooting skaters & trick bikers flipping all around me…

Alicia (the terrified girl pictured below) was not so excited about guys on stunt bikes flipping over her head…

happy easters!

Happy (day after) easters everyone! Here’s an entirely self indulgent post featuring my own kiddos enjoying a happy easter. Hope you all had a good one and that tummy-aches were kept to a minimum yesterday. 


     I don’t shoot a lot of seniors. I usually leave that to david summerlin & josh carter, among others. But the ones I do get to work with, are certainly a lot of fun. Annie is no exception. nor is her brother.

      This is Annie’s brother Bryan. I got to take pictures of him when he ‘modeled’ for the ‘restore joplin’ t-shirts last fall. 

    Here’s Annie’s brother again. He tagged along on our senior shoot. Here he is giving Annie some invaluable tips on what sort of cool poses to strike to look awesome and epic. (annie was really impressed w/ his ideas, as you can see).

    Ok, so the rest of these are just Annie. I really enjoyed taking these. Thanks for being such a great subject Annie, and thanks Bryan for helping out on the shoot!