Effingham’s Wonderland in Lights

CGP_0048I spoke earlier that it was important to see the red stream of lights through the Wonderland in Lights display in Effingham. These red lights are from the tail lights of cars passing through the displays.

There are two important reasons why they should be in the image:

The first reason is that it shows that people are actually visiting the display. Magazines and tourism departments (among others :) ) rely on visuals to captivate and draw their audience. It tells a story. People are coming to see the lights. When I made this image one vehicle came by with a young girl looking out the window pointing and singing Christmas carols. We tell stories through memories. Magazines, tourism departments, and businesses that rely on visuals depend on storytelling.

The second reason is that providing context separates a professional image from a tourist image. I took my iPhone and made some nice looking images of the individual lights. But what does that image show? What does it convey? It shows artistry, but it doesn’t tell a story. Context provides the reader more information to a story. The above image allows people to see that the display is being viewed and gives motivation to go see it as well – something tourism departments LOVE to see.

Context is a huge part of storytelling. The ability to put someone or something in context allows the reader to be there if he/she couldn’t. It allows the reader to feel they’ve been there. It’s a key component of my storytelling.

I hope everyone had an opportunity to see the lights this year. I had a chance to take my mentee through the lights and he sang songs from the radio while we passed through! It was his first time seeing it and I could tell he definitely enjoyed it.

Come see Piotrowski Studios at the Effingham Bridal Expo!

2016 Flyer

Friends! Guess where Piotrowski Studios will be on January 10, 2016?!?!?! That’s right I’m returning to the bridal show and I can’t be happier! It’s been a long journey to get back here and we’re going to start it off with a bang! So here goes…

Piotrowski Studios partners with some of the area’s most talented artists. I’m teaming up with Holli from Holli’s Flour Shop to provide a special offer. Piotrowski Studios will pay up to $150 of your wedding cake by Holli’s Flour Shop if you book the both of us!* Yep, that’s right – $150. Just to give you a little extra room in your budget to add that special something to your wedding. :)

I can be reached at 217.821.0342 or at info@piotrowskistudios.com for more details!

*Offer not valid if client cancels Piotrowski Studios to do wedding photography

Rising Stars

ARTCASESMAs many of you know, one of my passions is to photograph sports.  I’ve had a few parents of student athletes ask if I photograph sports for private clients. The answer is:

“Yes! Yes I do!”

I’m happy to announce the addition of “Rising Stars” for Piotrowski Studios’ clients.

Moms and dads, I see many of you at your student-athletes games photographing them participating. Often, you don’t get to watch your child participating. “Rising Stars” lets you accomplish both! I’ll photograph your student-athlete in action while you watch them!  You can’t be in the stands cheering on your child and photographing them at the same time.

As an award-winning photojournalist, I know how important it is to be in the right spot at the right time to make visually exciting images. I’ll capture those memorable moments that you and your student athlete will remember such as the spikes, the dunks, and most importantly the friendships made while participating in athletics.

“Rising Stars” comes to you as a custom designed art case (Great to display on an end table or night stand!) with a personalized USB drive that contains images of the student-athlete from three (3) sporting events for $225 or just the USB drive and one (1) sporting event for $75.

I can be reached at 217.821.0342 or at info@piotrowskistudios.com for more information.