It’s Summer and I’m Polish.

It’s just about summer and as far as I’m concerned, that means festivities.

Now, I don’t know about where you live, but in my neck of the woods (Metro Detroit) there are fairs, events, and festivals EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  However, there is one kick-off that draws people from a really really long way off.

The Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair.

This thing is straight up awesome.  Forget the corn-dogs and elephant ears for a second – most fairs take a few days to set up the rides and pavilions.  This one takes 2 WEEKS.  It started small and insignificant about 40 years ago… as of last year, it topped 110,000 attendees.

North American Midway Entertainment puts on the show (they’re the “world’s largest traveling outdoor amusement park”).

There are, of course, many a photo opportunity at this thing.  For your viewing pleasure – here’s a little gallery from my trip to the fair yesterday.  If you’d like to check out the rest, or pick up a print, be sure to swing over to the full event gallery!  <– (link).

-Jon

A Wonderfully Delicious Series

Hey!  I shot a menu!  It was a delicious day…

You may have seen this post (in fact my very first post).  For the past 8 months or so, I have been acting as visual/marketing coordinator for a local bowling center (Wonderland Lanes in Commerce, Michigan).

There’s been stuff like advertisement photos, event coverage, high school leagues – basically full coverage.  Even busted into logo and business card designs.

Recently the hard and heavy phase of projects got under way.  Wonderland is home to The Mad Hatter Pub.  However, unlike the everyday bowling bar – this place has some tricks.  Comedy night’s a huge hit, as is Wonderband.  Basically there’s some ambiance you wouldn’t expect.

Of course the food is a welcome surprise, as well.  That’s where the menu comes in.  A little bit ago we began getting the raw “ingredients” set up for all the upcoming promotional material.  With the culinary mastermind, Bobby Durrant, the whole shoot got knocked out in one day.  Now, extra-designy Ashley Lawler is in progress of menu layout.

There’s to be a heck of an unveiling for the new items, but – for you folks – here’s a little sneak peek.

– Jon

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I’ve got an idea – Let’s inspire some people.

I put up that last post (100 Tips from a Professional Photographer) a few days ago.  Then, I was lucky enough to catch presentations by Rosh Sillars as well as one by SpiltSugar.  It got me thinking a bit.  I figured that since I have ideas, perhaps I should write a list.  The best way to advance as an artist is to try new things.  What better catalyst than an objective party’s suggestions?

But this could be bigger – WAY BIGGER.

I want everyone to participate.  Why should this be limited to one person’s concepts?

Over the past three days, I have compiled a list of photographers from across the United States and from around the world, that I follow regularly or know personally.  However, I don’t know everyone on the planet – so it’s a safe bet that I’ve missed one or two… million.  This is where I need your help.  If you are a photographer, know one, follow one, or simply know of someone that would be great for this sort of collaboration, please pass this along.

I’m looking for tips or concepts to keep in mind while we’re creating work – no long presentations, nothing proprietary to your businesses- just friendly advice.  If you were at a convention or presentation and a fan came up to you and asked for a couple tips, what would you say?

I sent the initial email to my list of people this morning.  Please forward this post to as many photographers as you know.

If you have a concept for the list or a person I should contact, please leave a comment.  Thank you so much – I look forward to hearing from you.  Let’s make something!

– Jon

Foolishly Fun

Most of you know, but for those who don’t – I rarely shoot weddings.  It happens occasionally, but it’s always a special circumstance (family and friends).

This allows myself and my clients a unique opportunity.  I know them and they know me.  This means I can get closer, more natural reactions, and a more personal level of happiness and humor than would be possible with a clients whose only interactions with me had been business-related.

On April Fools’ Day, with the fantastic help of Ashley Lawler, I shot a fairly unique wedding in Bay City at the Perre Marquette Train Depot.

Check out some of my favorite shots from the day!

-Jon

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Let’s start off with some good wholesome fun!

Alright folks – It’s time to kick off this shindig with some current work.  For the past number of months (maybe 4 or 5, but it’s really irrelevant) I’ve been working with a local bowling center to spruce up their image and show the community how super-totally-completely-awesome a night of bowling and togetherness can be.

If you are in or around the Commerce, MI area and want to go out for the night, swing by Wonderland Lanes (http://wonderlandlanes.com/) and be sure to meet Dave, the owner.  He’s awesome.

Now… pictures!

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Sirs and Ladies – Welcome to the most awesome blog ever created.

Howdy folks.  My name’s Jon Kopacz and this here’s my blog.

I’m a portrait, product, and promotion photographer in south eastern Michigan.  The majority of my clientele consists of local businesses and groups looking to do some marketing.  As such I regularly work on a lot of unique and unrelated projects.

That’s why this site is here (among other things).  Cool stuff happens and I’d like to share it with you… no, not that other guy.  Just YOU.  You know who you are…

Anyway, if you look around, you’ll find a rotating collection of previous stuff I’ve worked on as well as current projects.  You’ll also find some of the fun stuff I do on the side.  There will even be posts on interesting goings-on in the photo and design community.  Of course be sure to stop by my collection of  “people to watch.”  Either seasoned pros or up-and-comers, these folks know their business in a wide range of endeavors.

That’s all for now, but be sure to swing by soon.  Lots of fun coming your way.

– Jon K