Springfield

Ozark Empire Fair

I haven't photographed a county fair in four years, since I worked at my last newspaper. I always enjoy the earnestness of the fair, with the FFA and 4-Hers, and the way it turns into something different as the sun sets. When 417 Magazine asked me to shoot the Ozark Empire Fair, I shook off the rust and tapped into my previous experience while trying to give it a fresh look - at least for me. 

 The Sizzler entertains fairgoers at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Lucas Bouldin, of Brighton, Mo., helps harness Titan, an English shire, before a youth cart competition at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 The Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 29, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Danny Terrell, of Springfield, sings "Thunder Rolls" at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 The Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 29, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Fairgoers ride the carousel at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 29, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Katha Jackson works a funnel cake stand at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. on July 28, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.

Trailiner

Trailiner, a refrigerated trucking company based in Springfield, Mo., is a multi-generation business. I photographed the founder and CEO, H.E. “Spook” Whitener, and his granddaughter, Amber Edmondson, the company's president, for Biz 417. 

 Trailiner CEO H.E. “Spook” Whitener and his granddaughter Amber Edmondson, president of the company, at their facility in Springfield, Mo on May 18, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Amber Edmondson, president of Trailiner, at the company's facility in Springfield, Mo. on May 18, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.

Excellence in Technology Awards

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.  

Shannon McMurtrey, cybersecurity expert and associate professor at Drury University 

Shannon McMurtrey, cybersecurity expert and associate professor at Drury University 

Brandon Cash, Jason Arend and Myke Bates of Eagle Speak

Brandon Cash, Jason Arend and Myke Bates of Eagle Speak

Jeff Morrissey, chief information officer at Missouri State University

Jeff Morrissey, chief information officer at Missouri State University

Murney Associates, Realtors technology team Jim Roberts, Daniel Call,  CEO Twila Hillme, Ashley Hughes, and Kyle Drenon

Murney Associates, Realtors technology team Jim Roberts, Daniel Call,  CEO Twila Hillme, Ashley Hughes, and Kyle Drenon

Aviary Cafe's new menu

Aviary Cafe's New Menu

Aviary Cafe is very excited to announce the launch of a new menu created by Chef Kevin Mueller.

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. 

 Photos for the Aviary Cafe's spring menu photographed in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 16, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Photos for the Aviary Cafe's spring menu photographed in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 16, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Photos for the Aviary Cafe's spring menu photographed in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 16, 2017. Photo by Brad Zweerink.

SRC Electrical

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. 

 Jessica Letterman and Tyler Whitener work on starters at the SRC Electrical facility on Sunshine in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 22, 2016. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Gears for remanufactured starters at the SRC Electrical facility on Sunshine in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 22, 2016. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 Ryan Mitchum, left, and Shirley Stanton assemble alternators at the SRC Electrical facility on Sunshine in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 22, 2016. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
 The alternator assembly area at the SRC Electrical facility on Sunshine in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 22, 2016. Photo by Brad Zweerink.

Ensor Guitars

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. 

Ensor working on a repair for a customer. 

Ensor working on a repair for a customer. 

 Chris Ensor of Ensor Guitars, photographed at his workshop on Nov. 16, 2016 in Springfield, Mo. Photo by Brad Zweerink.
Chris Ensor, holding one of his Ensor Standard guitars made from Brazilian rosewood, Adirondack spruce, ebony and mahogany.

Chris Ensor, holding one of his Ensor Standard guitars made from Brazilian rosewood, Adirondack spruce, ebony and mahogany.