Bryan Bevel has opened The Pitch Pizza and Pub in Springfield. I shot this for Feast when he was still remodeling his restaurant, so we took the photos at Fellers Food Service Equipment, which was kind enough to let us use their kitchen. For the shoot, Bevel made one of his pizza creations, the Philly.
I made a series of portraits for Biz 417's Excellence in Technology Awards feature in the March/April edition of the magazine. All of the subjects were easy to work with and interesting to talk to. I especially liked getting to work with the guys at Eagle Speak, who I see around all over the place and photographed at events, but hadn't spent any real time getting to know them.
I was able to photograph Aviary Cafe's new menu earlier this year, which features more dinner options inspired by French cuisine. This was a fun challenge because I was photographing the dishes just before they were served to the staff, who were tasting them for the first time. I had to work fast, but I had everything set up and ready to go and was able to make the pictures quickly.
I photographed Blueberry Crostadas at the Market House Cafe and Bake Shop in Ozark and Kringla Sweet Pretzels from Butcher + Baker in Springfield to illustrate a feature on breakfast sweets for Feast magazine.
I photographed some of the workings of the Springfield ReManufacturing Corporation's Electrical facility for Biz 417. Besides getting to shoot at SRC, this was fun because their new facility is in the old G.E. (and later Regal Beloit) plant where my dad spent his entire career. I remember touring the plant as a child during special events and the occasional visit during his work. Some places seem smaller once you are older. This one is still huuuge.
Chris Ensor makes custom guitars at his home workshop in Springfield, Mo. This was the first time I've seen a musical instrument being made, which always seemed like a bit of magic was involved. It still does seem a little magical to me, with a level of detail, delicacy and finish that I would not be capable of.
A new line of delicious cakes are being produced at the Aviary Bakery by Alie Huck. This shoot for Aviary focused on their new cakes to be used for advertising and collateral.
I photographed BKD for a Biz 417 feature on local firms that have made it big.
PILR TECH is a software development company in Joplin, Mo.; photographed for BIZ 417 for a story about workplace culture.
I can't say I've ever thought about how oval frames are made, much less about how they were made 150 years ago. Like everything old, crafty and made of wood, it's actually super awesome. During a recent trip to the Boston area, I took a tour of the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, which has been operating in one form or another since the 1860s - originally powered by a water wheel. It's a rare surviving example of a small business from the early industrial revolution and it still looks the part of a 19th century workshop.