Pigeon Hill Brewing Company Business Cards

Let's have a beer and talk business.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company is one of Muskegon's newest additions to the micro brew community, and they're a fine example of the craft that gave west Michigan the reputation for being Beer City, USA.

With the goal of expanding and distributing down the line, they brought us on board to create their business cards. You know we love working with breweries, as referenced here, so we jumped at the opportunity.
When you visit their taproom you'll find it's the ideal place to meet up with friends, it really feels like your neighborhood gathering place. And they've paid homage to a little Muskegon history which makes for fun conversation.
Business cards are always a fun project for us to design because they're such an important piece of your overall brand. After all, they're often your first impression. Think about when you meet a new business contact for the first time - exchanging business cards is typically one of the first gestures of the meeting, so why not make sure you offer up the best impression possible?
Next time you're setting up a business meeting on the lakeshore, head on over to Pigeon Hill, grab a pint, and exchange business cards.

Mary Poppins Has Arrived in Grand Rapids

One of my favorite movies of all time is Mary Poppins. Proof being that when I visited New York City a few years back it was on the top of my list of shows to see on Broadway. I went, I saw, I loved. So, now that we've been working with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for almost 4 years (has it really been that long?!?) I've been waiting for Phantom, Wicked, or Mary to make their way to the stage and this year I got my wish.

When you see Mary Poppins at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, you'll notice there are some differences between the stage show and the movie. But, this performance is a show stopper. You will especially love the song and dance involving Bert's rooftop crew as they "Step in Time." The local talent that we have here in G Rap is phenomenal and this show was a prime example.
These photos are a little different than some of the stuff we've done for Civic in the past. You see, we've been wanting to do a personal portrait project with the theatre for some time now. I knew from the moment the season was announced that with Mary, we would finally make this happen. 
Unbeknownst to anyone else (at least I hope no one else heard us cursing under our breath) we had some major technical difficulties when setting up for this shoot. We actually shot these in a room full of mirrors that were partially hidden by a curtain. Our emergency backdrop wasn't cutting it and we had issues with the lights. Additionally, we had ever-changing scenarios of cast members coming in and out (we shot this during a performance and cast members stopped by in between their scenes). So there were times when we (finally) had the perfect lighting scenario for one person and in popped a group of 15. They had two minutes until they had to be back on stage so there was no time to rig up a new lighting scenario for all of them. We made do, we had so much fun, and I couldn't be happier with the results.
The costumes, wigs, cast, and crew were nothing short of amazing.
Who doesn't love some supercalifragilist fun?
Feed the birds... who doesn't remember that song? And, no one in the audience would even believe this was the same gal that played the evil nanny, Miss Andrew. She had to have been my favorite character. Unfortunately, due the the time restraints between her scenes, we didn't get much time with her as the crazed nanny, so we had some fun with Bird Woman instead.
Now all I have to do is convince Civic to add Phantom or Wicked to next year's lineup. Can you even imagine the fun we could have?!? Fingers crossed....

Women in Technology :: Part 2

If you've ever been a part of an engineering meeting, or sat amongst a group of IT professionals, you may have noticed a trend. A large number of people in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields tend to be men. Efforts are being made on many levels to bring more women on board, and it's starting as early as elementary school.

June is national Women in Technology month and just like last year, I spoke with a number of women in high profile STEM positions who had some very interesting insight into being the minority in their role. The article was picked up by MiTechNews, which was a perfect outlet, considering the subject. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Women in Tech :: Grow. Learn. Succeed.
"In an industry of constant change and evolution, Amanda Regnerus has at times found herself lacking the confidence that she would be able to make the change or learn at the pace that was needed to keep up with the IT industry. Her admission to those fears may come as a surprise, considering Regnerus is the Vice President of Marketing at US Signal Company, a global technology enterprise." + Continue reading the entire article.

A special thanks to those who contributed:
Follow them on Twitter to keep up with the latest tech trends.
Carrie Borchers :: IT Resource Director of Sales :: @csborch or @itresourceinc
Nicole Johnson :: Cisco Systems Engineer :: @tech_nicole
Deidra J. McClelland :: The Skye Group CEO :: @skyegroupgr
Patti Phillips :: Cisco Mid Market Account Manager :: @cisco
Becky Puckett-Wood :: Experis Managing Director :: @experis_us
Amanda Regnerus :: US Signal Company Vice President, Marketing :: @aregnerus

Working 9 to 5

What a way to make a livin'....

Only in our case it was more like photographing 9 to 5, which is the latest selection at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

Just like each of their other shows this season, we got to photograph the promotional piece, which is the photograph that gets put on their posters, advertisements, on social media, and anywhere else they want to promote the show. The promotional shots are some of our favorite work that we do for the theatre because we can really have some fun with things. You may remember Sherlock Holmes and Les Miserables were some great pieces that we got to photograph this season.

The theatre had some fun with our photograph on their Facebook page.

The show runs from May 30 through June 15. If you're thinking about getting tickets, you'll want to act fast. I just went online to get ours and seats are going quickly. This is going to be such a fun show!

Photographing a Theatre Classic :: Les Miserables at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

We recently talked about how we had the opportunity to photograph the promotional shots for the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre's upcoming show, Les Miserables. Now the initial dress rehearsal has come and gone and the show is in full swing.

 When we stopped by to shoot the rehearsal we were blown away by the amount of great shots up for grabs.

Not only did we get to see the show from behind the lens, but we also got to see it as an audience member, off the clock. Both experiences offered a completely different point of view, and I must admit, we were not disappointed. In fact, we've been shooting for the Civic Theatre for 3 years now and Matt said this was the best show he's seen there. The costumes, sets, and musical numbers were just superb! We truly have some incredible talent in the west Michigan area.

My Experience Grand Rapids used one of our shots when they featured the show on their Spring Arts Preview post.

eightWest did a recent interview with a few of the cast members and they used some of our images to accompany the story. They did a fantastic job showcasing all the work that goes on behind the scenes of a production this large. The show runs through March 30, but it is selling out quickly. Get your tickets today at www.grct.org.