St. Patrick’s Day through the lens

Saint Patrick’s day is coming up and we couldn’t help but reminisce of all the hundreds of pictures we’ve taken over the years during this holiday when everything seems to turn green. From parades in Rockford, Illinois to the Chicago River, we’ve covered it all and would like to share some of our memories.




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Niagara Falls in November

Most people visit large bodies of water when it’s nice and warm outside, especially if it’s further up north. However, we’re not most people so we do everything different. Niagara Falls has always been on our list to visit and we were beyond excited when we had the chance to see this huge wonder up close and personal.

Now, we must say that we pulled these pictures out of the archives. We made the trip to Buffalo, New York a few years back and never posted these pictures before. Looking at them, we thought they were too nice not to share with the rest of the world. Also, we’re kind of itching to go back to Niagara Falls again especially with all of our new photography gear. Though, we will wait for warmer weather because having that mist freeze on our clothes last time was cool but beyond cold.

Fun Fact: There is a statue of Nikola Tesla as you’re walking up to the waterfalls.

Which one is your favorite image? Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? Do you plan on going? We’d love to hear your thoughts and have you share your experience. Let us know in the comment section!

Stroll On State 2021

After taking a year off in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rockford’s Stroll on State parade came back to the downtown area and it did not disappoint. The northern Illinois city hosts a celebration every year to kick off the holidays and help support small businesses in the area. Luckily, this year we couldn’t have asked for better weather and an amazing turnout from local residents as well as visitors.

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Fall Photography

Picture perfect

The leaves are turning different colors, some are falling and covering the grass, the weather is perfect for cute hoodies – to some this is the perfect time for a photo shoot. Fall is one of those magical times of the year where everything can look like a movie scene. Now of course, this might depend on the geographic location but for the most part fall has its unique look and feel.

Plan for the shoot

Just because it’s beautiful outside doesn’t mean your photo session will be a walk through the park – well, metaphorically speaking. Like any other photo shoot, make sure to scout your locations (yes, more than one). Don’t just tell your client to meet you somewhere because you never know what could have happened since the last time you were there. This is also another reason why you should always have more than one location in mind for the photo shoot. Just like in life in general, it’s always good to have a Plan B.

Different looks

There are different stages of autumn when it comes to photography. You have the time in late August when temperatures usually start falling into the 70’s and people are comfortable wearing hoodies and sweatshirts, especially closer to sunset time – aka “golden hour”. Then you have mid-September when the leafs really start to turn colors and you can capture some splendid shots no matter where you are. This is a good time for wide shots to show off the colorful nature around your subject. And last but not least, the early to mid-October dates where leafs are usually on the ground by now. This scenery is perfect for lower shots of your subject(s). Think of a female model laying in the orange leafs or couples cuddling on the ground. Again, the dates could be a bit off depending on your geographical location so take it with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind

While everything can look amazing, you have to focus on the things that wont be in the pictures. Keep an eye out on the weather, because it can start raining out of nowhere. Also, remember that mosquitoes can be horrendous and will ruin your whole portrait session. Advise your models to bring bug spray, or if you want to seem amazing, bring some yourself and offer it to your models. Plan ahead when going to a spot that requires walking some distance to get to. If you’re heading out the day after it rained then you have to keep in mind that the trail might be flooded or muddy so you might not even be able to get to your destination. As always, think safety first and then think about the shot!

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Enjoy the beauty of autumn

2021 Winnebago County Fair

The 100th Winnebago County Fair took place mid-August in Pecatonica, Illinois during the summer of 2021. KB Digital was there capturing moments for years to come. As we wrap up summer and everything nice that comes with it, at least we have pictures to enjoy and memories to remember. If you’d like to purchase an image, please contact us.

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Equipment used:
Camera: Canon Rebel T6i
Lens: Canon 70-200 f2.8
Lens: Tamron 18-270mm
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8
Monopod: Altura 62″ monopod