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…

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