2019 Tough Mudder in Rockford, IL

The weather could not have been better for the 2019 Tough Mudder Chicago obstacle course race in Rockford, IL.

2019 Tough Mudder by KB Digital

KB Digital was there as thousands of people took part in the annual race. (See our pictures from 2017) Lots of muddy faces walked and ran the course through 20+ obstacles to make it to the finish line and receive that orange headband that says I DID IT. Some obstacles were quit a tough and some of course were fun. The electric strings were quite silly to watch, pun intended. However, our favorite is always Everest, that big rounded wall that you have to run up to the top.

Man hangs by his shirt at the Everest 2.0 obstacle at Tough Mudder Chicago.

We did not make it to too many obstacles as, well, it was quite a journey and we were not going to drag our cameras around for miles. We did enjoy the dance party though, and some of the dancers seem like they forgot that they came for an obstacle course and not the beats. For next year, we do wish more signs are posted around the airport to better direct traffic. Check out or photos page for the full photo gallery of the event.

KB Digital hired as official media for Fall For Rockford 2019

KB Digital hired as official media of the Fall For Rockford festival for second year in a row.
KB Digital and Fall For Rockford logos.

It’s official – for the second year in a row, KB Digital will be the official photo and video service for the Fall For Rockford festival in downtown Rockford.

Over 5,500 people attended the inaugural music festival in the forest city and this year that number is expected to be surpassed by quit a bit. Last year’s event was a huge success especially being something new to the area since the On The Waterfront festival discontinued back in 2019. The event is hosted by the River District Association of Rockford, which helps promote businesses and lifestyle within the downtown district.

KB Digital was there last year for the first ever Fall For Rockford to capture all the fun moments. Our end product was over 50 high-quality pictures and a couple different videos, including a 30-second teaser and a 2-minute showcase of the event. We are honored to be hired by the RDA again for the second year in a row to cover this fun fall festival and we’ll push ourselves to deliver an even better product this year. This year we plan to incorporate something new and different into our footage, which we believe will add just enough flare to the content.

We would like to thank the RDA and last year’s artists Adam Doleac , Julia Cole and Jay Allen for working with us and the amazing shout outs to Rockford, Illinois. For pictures from last year and additional information, please visit the links below. We can’t wait to kick-off FFR 2019!

Shooting Snoop Dogg in Rockford

Last night was one for the record books. KB Digital was front and center at the Snoop Dogg concert in Rockford, Illinois, which also featured Warren G and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

Snoop Dogg performs live in Rockford, IL.

It’s amazing being able to photograph big stars but it’s even better when that star is someone you grew up listening to. Snoop Dogg put on quite the show and the crowd just loved jamming out to the older hits. Ever tried taking pictures while telling your body not to dance? Yeah, it was one of those moments.

The beginning started off great, just a couple of us photographers in the media section between the barricades and the stage, but then it went down hill. Random people tried coming up front, some being ‘all-access’ pass holders, some just trying their luck and of course security wasn’t having any of it. Needless to say, they ruined it for everyone, even us authorized media personnel. That didn’t discourage us as we continued scouting the stadium for different angles, and we were not disappointed.

Snoop Dogg and Warren G on stage in Rockford, IL.

The hip-hop artists performed at the Rivets Stadium, technically located in Loves Park, but the Rivets are associated with Rockford. We were not able to obtain the exact attendance count but it seemed like quite the crowd. While Rockford may not have been a feature destination on Snoop’s tour list, it sure felt like it.

Spectacular fireworks light up the sky after Snoop Dogg’s set.

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The Real America

In times, such as the ones we are living in today, it is important to realize what America really is. While we do not mean for this post to be about politics, we understand many will see it that way regardless of what is said.

Going through our archives this morning, we ran across a picture that we took over a year ago. The photo shows students of all different backgrounds singing the national anthem with the American flag in the foreground. This was an event at an elementary school in Rockford, IL, where students honored military personnel and veterans. What a coincidence that we came across this photo just days after two mass shootings took place in our nation. What does this photo have to do with mass shootings? Well, it is obvious that the El Paso shooting was targeting the Latino community, maybe even more specifically Mexicans. The shooter believed that America stands for white supremacy… connecting the dots yet? This photo is what the real America looks like, people of all races coming together to make this a better nation.

As a photography service, we work with clients of many different backgrounds for private projects. We also photograph many public events where we see the so called “melting pot” that really exists here… and we love it. Think about America without all the cultural foods that these different people bring, no it doesn’t sound fun at all. Listening to the same genre of music, it all sounds alike…. boring! We won’t even get into the history of America, that is a whole different topic that could take us forever to write out.

We just hope that this picture opens your eyes! We hope you see the beauty and true meaning of what it is to be an American! United states for the united people.