Spring 2014: Change of Direction
Thu, 10/04/14 – 19:18 | Comments Off

I created this photo around a year ago when I found myself getting serious about jumping back into the world of electronic music.  It’s a world that I actively left behind around 15 years ago …

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Spring 2014: Change of Direction
Thu, 10/04/14 – 19:18 | Comments Off

Early DJ setup at the studio

I created this photo around a year ago when I found myself getting serious about jumping back into the world of electronic music.  It’s a world that I actively left behind around 15 years ago to focus on my (at the time) radio career and photography studio. The scene had become something I didn’t really care about and a lot of the music coming out back then left me shrugging my shoulders.  I had lost my passion for something that I once pursued at the expense of most anything else.  It was time to move on.  However, I kept my vinyl (records), because in the back of my mind I thought that maybe someday I might want to hear some of my old favorites again.

Fast forward to around a year ago.  I was noticing that my passion for music was on the rise again; I like a lot of what is being produced these days and I see a scene that has matured.  Today’s electronic music is accessible by people of all ages and I was starting to consider getting back into the swing of things.  I also realized that I was likely to discontinue offering my wedding photography service.  As with anything creative one can only do the same thing for so long before that which originally made the activity creative and fun to do is lost.  In other words; I just wasn’t “feelin’ it” anymore.

I gave it until the end of my short season last year before making the final decision.  I took a look around and recognized that the local market is well-served by a variety of quality wedding photographers.  Some who have been around much longer than me still going strong.  Others whose names I had never heard before but nonetheless sport impressive online portfolios who are well on their way to carving out their niche.  Then there was me; ready to step out of it all for a while.

I did have a time of reconsideration: At the start of 2014 I thought I might try to shop my “all film” photography service but I soon realized that the market isn’t looking for what I was offering and I wasn’t really worried about it.  I had the confirmation I was looking for that helped me to recognize that my season as a professional photographer had come to a close.  Some time away from the work that goes into running a photo studio is what I need and whether or not I re-open the service is something I will look at again down the road should I find that spark that will reignite my passion for photography.  It’ll happen, I have no doubt.  When it will happen, I have no idea.

So, what’s this electronic music thing about?

I will have much more on that when I kick off a new series of weekly mixes starting on Friday, April 18 May 2nd.  Check back here then for more information about show schedules, upcoming mixes, music currently in production and more!

Shockwaves Radio: 28 Mar 2014
Sat, 29/03/14 – 21:35 | Comments Off
Shockwaves Radio: 28 Mar 2014

Shockwaves Radio – 032814 – Jeff Wros – DJ Piccadilly by Jeff Wros on Mixcloud

DJ Set: 27 Mar 2014
Sat, 29/03/14 – 21:33 | Comments Off
DJ Set: 27 Mar 2014

The Thursday Tester 032714 by Jeff Wros on Mixcloud

Shockwaves Radio Mix
Sun, 23/03/14 – 3:35 | Comments Off
Shockwaves Radio Mix

Shockwaves Radio – 032314 – Jeff Wros – DJ Piccadilly by Jeff Wros on Mixcloud

Getting ready for a summer series and I thought I’d share a practice session with you! Thanks for visiting and …

Me at ORD
Tue, 25/02/14 – 0:11 | Comments Off
Me at ORD

I have been exploring my catalog as I prepare for the 2014 season and ran across an image that I wanted to share.  I created this photograph in 2008 while waiting to catch a flight …

Television Commercial Demo Reel
Sat, 22/02/14 – 1:17 | Comments Off
Television Commercial Demo Reel

I put this together back in 2006 when I was working with Cumulus Media to create custom 3D animations and television commercials for several of their stations nationwide. Most of the commercials in the video …

Freedom of the Press: US #46
Tue, 18/02/14 – 1:42 | Comments Off
Freedom of the Press: US #46

As I mentioned in a previous post: this site will not only showcase the work that I create but also highlight issues and situations worldwide that catch my attention.
An example of “attention-getting” comes from my …

Meanwhile, at Ocular Objects…
Mon, 17/02/14 – 2:53 | Comments Off
Meanwhile, at Ocular Objects…

I don’t plan to cross-post everything I’m working on over there but, once in a while, I like to remind us all, including myself, that the Ocular Objects website exists!  See more of what I’m …

Human Cost of Sochi Games
Fri, 7/02/14 – 16:43 | Comments Off
Human Cost of Sochi Games

Happy world games, everybody!  Check out the video from VICE, below.

 

Ukraine
Tue, 21/01/14 – 23:20 | Comments Off
Ukraine

I have been loosely following the news from Ukraine and thought I would share a couple of videos that I think helps to give us a glimpse of what it’s like to be in the …

VICE dot com
Mon, 20/01/14 – 23:27 | Comments Off

I would like to invite you to click on the various links found on the right-hand side of the main page under the heading “Inspire”. There you will find a short list of those …

Las Vegas Project 2014?
Tue, 5/11/13 – 0:27 | Comments Off
Las Vegas Project 2014?

One of my resolutions for 2014 and beyond is to travel more.  To prepare for the new year I recently got away at the last minute for a quick trip to Las Vegas and have …

Fall Project 2013 Introduction
Fri, 13/09/13 – 21:14 | Comments Off
Fall Project 2013 Introduction

I consider September 15 through October 31 to be my absolute favorite time of year here in the Midwest. Over the past few years I have been creating photographs that represent my point of view …

Amanda & Jose
Mon, 2/07/12 – 21:19 | Comments Off
Amanda & Jose

Amanda & Jose were a lot of fun to work with and be around!  Here are a few fast selections from their Princeton, Iowa wedding weekend.

Henry County Farm
Sat, 30/06/12 – 23:30 | Comments Off
Henry County Farm

Somewhere down the road, perhaps years down the road, I’ll create a formal collection of my favorites over the years of creating fall-time images.  This one came from a farm in Henry County just before …

Pre Wedding Bowl
Sat, 30/06/12 – 23:27 | Comments Off
Pre Wedding Bowl

Film photograph created at the bowling alley at the Outing Club in Davenport.  In this photo the groom takes the edge off with his groomsmen, above, and a few frames of bowling with one of …

Lavender Crest Winery Wedding Preview
Sat, 23/06/12 – 0:26 | Comments Off
Lavender Crest Winery Wedding Preview

Let’s see if I can’t get some new posts on the site!  Here are a few from yesterday’s wedding in Colona, Illinois!

Portland Cello Project: HD Slideshow
Tue, 1/05/12 – 0:00 | Comments Off
Portland Cello Project: HD Slideshow

I am planning to make the trip to Madison, Wisconsin on May 3rd to catch Portland Cello Project and would love to invite you to come along!  Before the show, I thought I would share …

Jessica & Andrew: HD Slideshow
Sat, 21/04/12 – 23:35 | Comments Off
Jessica & Andrew: HD Slideshow

Another great wedding weekend in the Quad Cities!  For the second weekend in a row I teamed up with Rick Jennisch who was the lead photographer and portrait guru.  As was the case last week …

Carly & James: HD Slideshow
Sat, 14/04/12 – 23:17 | Comments Off
Carly & James: HD Slideshow

Today was a great day of photography as I teamed up with my friend Rick Jennisch to create wedding day images for Carly & James in Rock Falls, Illinois!  My role was to create candid …

SK Model Portrait: Session Six
Sat, 24/03/12 – 22:52 | Comments Off
SK Model Portrait: Session Six

Here are some selections from a model portrait/portfolio session I photographed in the Quad Cities with SK Model Management (Rock Island, IL).  Thanks for looking!

Quad Cities Wedding Photography: Melissa & Casey
Sat, 24/03/12 – 22:34 | Comments Off
Quad Cities Wedding Photography: Melissa & Casey

Today was a fantastic start to the 2012 wedding season in the Quad Cities as I joined fellow photographer, Jesse Inskeep, for a day of team coverage at Renwick Mansion in Davenport, Iowa. Congratulations to …

Where Them Blog Posts?
Fri, 16/03/12 – 22:55 | Comments Off
Where Them Blog Posts?

What?  No blog posts in a week?  Why them’s fightin’ words!
I have spent much of this past week working on adding content to the QCPhoto.com gallery site which I expect to bring online in time …

Spring is Springing
Fri, 9/03/12 – 3:21 | Comments Off
Spring is Springing

With the weather about to change for the better I visited the shed to see about the tractor.  I think it’s going to need some TLC this season!  A battery charge, hydraulic fluid, oil change, …

SK Model Portrait: Session Five
Thu, 8/03/12 – 10:40 | Comments Off
SK Model Portrait: Session Five

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and I thought today would be a great day to get some new material up!  Here are some selections from a model portrait/portfolio session I photographed …

Wedding Preview: R+D
Wed, 22/02/12 – 0:01 | Comments Off
Wedding Preview: R+D

I’m working on narrowing down selections for the next wedding feature I will be posting later this week!  Over the course of the next few months I will be adding selections from weddings I photographed …

Presidents Day
Mon, 20/02/12 – 3:06 | Comments Off
Presidents Day

I work very hard to be politically ambiguous and it is not without some trepidation that I write this blog post today.  Why?  Because I am very much aware that the subject of these photographs …

Sparklers: The New Speedlight
Fri, 17/02/12 – 12:11 | Comments Off
Sparklers: The New Speedlight

Available light photography at a Des Moines, Iowa, reception.  This is the third time I found myself on-location photographing for this particular family!  I’ve got some of the best clients around!  Anyway, the nighttime turned …

SK Model Portrait: Session Four
Thu, 16/02/12 – 12:09 | Comments Off
SK Model Portrait: Session Four

Session Four was an abridged session featuring only a few different changes of clothes as, I believe, this was a pick up session to complete the model’s portfolio.  Photographed in the Quad Cities: the District …

Iowa City Wedding Photography: Beth & Matt
Wed, 15/02/12 – 11:07 | Comments Off
Iowa City Wedding Photography: Beth & Matt

Beth & Matt were one of my wonderful Iowa City couples who were a lot of fun to be around!  I met them to photograph what would otherwise be called their “engagement session” just a …

SK Model Portrait: Session Three
Tue, 14/02/12 – 13:42 | Comments Off
SK Model Portrait: Session Three

As was the case with the first two sessions the temperatures outside made photographing a challenge for the model.  I was always amazed at how each of them dealt with the 20-35 degree weather.  Often, …