2017 Logan County Fair Queen Pageant Contestants

The 2017 Logan County Fair Queen Pageant takes place at the Logan County Fairgrounds (in Lincoln, IL) on Tuesday, August 1.

In addition to the Little Miss (ages 5 to 7) and Miss/Queen (ages 16 to 22) categories, this year's pageant features a new category—Junior Miss—for girls ages 9 to 12. More details about the pageant are available on the official website, LoganCountyFairQueen.com.

Once again I've had the privilege of photographing the lovely contestants. You can see all of the girls' photos in the slideshows below as well as on local media websites.

Wishing all the contestants the best!

 

Little Miss Contestants

 

Junior Miss Contestants

 

Miss Contestants

Changes for 2017

Friends—

Life is full of seasons and change. Our world has seen sweeping changes in 2016 and you probably have as well.

So I’ll cut to the chase: starting in January 2017, I’ll be working be exclusively “on location.” At the end of this month, I’ll be closing the studio on Pulaski Street in Lincoln. The business will continue but, at least for now, without the studio.

Backstory

When I opened the studio in July 2013, I hoped there’d be enough business in a small town to get me through a year. There was.

As I moved past that first year, the next two years brought several changes.

My photographic niches shifted from consumer portraiture to business headshots and commercial projects. As a result of my headshot marketing efforts, my business was profiled in Professional Photographer magazine, a rewarding achievement. Clients came not just from Lincoln but from Peoria, Springfield, and Bloomington/Normal as well.

I also added real estate photography to my specialties, a craft I’m enjoying. I’m planning to expand my work in this area in 2017.

And, significantly, our family has grown from six to nine children. As you might imagine, that makes our lives incredibly busy. I’ve often found the candle burning at both ends and in the middle as well.

The future

While I love making pictures in the downtown studio, more and more of my projects occur outside that space—including headshots. I’ve done an increasing amount of headshot work on location, which makes the process more convenient for my clients.

Going forward, I’ll continue to do headshots on location, commercial projects, and more real estate photography. If you need a picture, I’ll come to you. I may open a studio again at some point; for now, this approach is the best use of my time and resources and the best way I can serve my clients.

As we roll into the heart of the Christmas season, I offer a sincere “thank you” to all of you who’ve trusted me with your pictures over the last three years. It’s been my pleasure to serve you. I look forward to 2017 and hope to make your picture soon.

Cheers—

Michael
December 2016

Lincoln's Next Generation of CEOs :: Central Illinois Headshot Photographer

Lincoln Community High School kicked off its second Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) class this fall, and this looks like a stellar group.

CEO is a year-long course/curriculum that gives juniors and seniors throughout Logan County opportunities to visit local businesses, meet business owners, and have a go at starting their own businesses. The students meet early before the rest of the high school classes begin for this "hands on" practical education.

Facilitator Jason Mauhar is doing a great job with these young people. You can learn more about the CEO program, the students, as well as how you can get involved at Land of Lincoln CEO.