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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

Queen Bethany and Little Miss Dani :: Illinois Pageant Photographer

 

2010 Logan County Fair Queen Bethany Rea and Little Miss Dani were recently in the studio for some promotional images for the upcoming Fair publicity materials. As always, they looked stately and regal--well-suited for their roles.

Both Queen Bethany and Little Miss Dani will be hosting a "Cookies at the Castle" event tomorrow (Saturday, May 21) for young girls in Logan County at the Lincoln Women's Club from 10-11 AM. More details are available in this article from The Courier.

Thanks once again to Queen Bethany and Little Miss Dani for letting me make your photographs.

Mott Family :: Springfield, Illinois, Child Photographer

My friends the Motts grew their family by two this past year and wanted to update their photographs for their home.  We met in the studio shortly before Christmas and had a fun time together with everyone.  Deanne had the kids prepared perfectly for the session--they looked terrific and each of the children enjoyed their time in front of the camera.  Thanks, Ryan and Deanne, for letting me make your family's photographs again.

 

Springfield, Illinois, child and family photography by Michael Gowin

 

Deanne Mott - Springfield, Illinois, child and family photography by Michael Gowin


Deanne Mott - Springfield, Illinois, child and family photography by Michael Gowin


Deanne Mott - Springfield, Illinois, child and family photography by Michael Gowin


Deanne Mott - Springfield, Illinois, child and family photography by Michael Gowin

Image in Use: Lincoln Christian Church

Lincoln Christian Church often uses photography to help illustrate ideas in a sermon series.  This year's Christmas series was entitled, "Looking for Something More" and I was asked to make the photograph.  In this case, the staff came up with the concept of a little girl peering into a chimney, looking for Santa.  We used the church's "fireside room" as the setting and Laurin Hill, the worship minister, prepared the set.  One of my daughters was the "talent" (not to let it go to her head).  We tested a couple different lighting schemes and ended up using one Alien Bee AB800 studio strobe in a small softbox to camera right and Nikon SB-800 for an accent light to camera left.  The staff was pleased with the result and my daughter loved seeing herself in the photograph.  The image was used on the sermon series slideshow on Sunday mornings as well as on the church web site (below).

 

2010 Logan County Fair Queen Pageant - the photos

Last night 15 Little Miss contestants and 8 Queen contestants endured a sweltering night on stage at the Logan County Fair. All of the contestants were troopers in spite of the conditions. Special congratulations go to Bethany Rea of Lincoln who was crowned the 2010 Queen and Danielle Phillips who was crowned the 2010 Little Miss. The slideshow below shows a few of the images; to see more or order prints, please visit the 2010 Logan County Fair Pageant gallery.
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