Saturday, February 28, 2015

Danielle + Luke E-Session - Springfield IL Danville IL Engagement Photography

Over the years our cameras have taken us to some pretty incredible places and put us in amazing positions to capture important moments in the lives of the people around us, but most important to us are the relationships we build with our fair queens. We had an incredible year covering Miss Georgetown Fair 2013 Danielle Brown, and we were honored when she asked us to be her wedding photographers. Danielle Brown quickly found a special place in our hearts - maybe because of how hard she worked to represent the Georgetown Fair, maybe because of how much we love the entire Brown family, or maybe because she is just that super cool. Throughout Danielle's year of service we also got to know Luke, the constant gentleman who turns out to be the smartest guy at U of I for proposing to Danielle.

So while we mainly post pictures from our personal travels and adventures with the Georgetown Fair Queen, we couldn't help but share a few pictures from Danielle and Luke's fall engagement session. We photographed Danielle and Luke in Springfield at U of I and at the family farm near Danville. Its going to be a great year and we can't wait to photograph Danielle and Luke's love story on their special day this fall. So if you happen to see two guys gushing over how happy they are for Danielle and Luke, be sure to wave because its got to be Josh and Joe Travels!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Georgetown Fair Queen: Annual Princess Luncheon to be held on March 7th with Queen Desiree Bainbridge

Being the Georgetown Fair Queen is one of the best jobs in Illinois, and the annual princess luncheon has become one of the best events. Director Karen Thornsbrough and Jill Pope started the princess luncheon a few years ago as a way to connect young girls in the community with the fair queen and the good work the program is doing, and money raised at the luncheon directly benefits the scholarship fund of the queen pageant. The princess luncheon is truly a banner event and one we look forward to most. If you are new to Josh and Joe Travels you can check out pictures from previous years with former queens Danielle Brown, Alexandria Hannan and Danielle Sacre.

Miss Georgetown Fair 2014 Desiree Bainbridge will host this years princess luncheon on Saturday, March 7th. from 11am to 1pm  Tickets are on sale until March 2nd but they go quickly.  Look for tickets at Floral n Flair in Catlin, Knights Insurance and Rustic Charm in Georgetown, and Cottage Coiffures and Berry's Garden Center in Danville. We can't wait to see all our friends at the the princess luncheon, and if we miss you this year be sure to put this on your calendar for next year and get your tickets early. This year we hear that the princesses will each get a tote bag full of gifts and a decorated cookie in addition to lunch with the queen. Queen Desiree visits each and every table, leads a dance, and signs autographed pictures for every single princess at the luncheon.

Think you've got what it takes to do the job of the Georgetown Fair Queen? The annual princess luncheon is just one part of Queen Desiree's year of service as Miss Georgetown Fair, but she can't keep the crown forever. Contestant information generally becomes available late in spring or early summer, so keep an eye on the Georgetown Fair Queen's Facebook page or get in touch with Directors Karen and Jill for more info. The Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant has the best sponsors and community partners, so be sure to connect with Karen and Jill to see how your business can be part of the excitement. And if you want to see how much fun the princesses have with Queen Desiree, just keep checking back, because as the official photographers of the Georgetown Fair Queen you can count on us to have the best pictures right here with Josh and Joe Travels!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Georgetown Fair Queen: Desiree Bainbridge at the 2015 Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant

One of the most exciting parts of Miss Georgetown's year is competing at the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant, and this year we were proud to be in Springfield supporting Miss Georgetown Fair Desiree Bainbridge. This year there were 74 young women competing and we heard this might have been the largest group ever at the Illinois state fair queen pageant. Queen Desiree was contestant 25, which meant Miss Georgetown was in the afternoon preliminary on Saturday for the first time since we started going in 2010. Georgetown Fair Queen directors Karen and Jill deliver an unmatched experience, and since we are the official photographers of Miss Georgetown we get to give you a behind the scenes look at Queen Desiree's trip to the state pageant.

Competing at state is just one stop in Queen Desiree's year as Miss Georgetown, and we are already thinking about the princess luncheon and other events we have coming up. If you want to find out what Queen Desiree does next, keep checking back for pictures right here at Josh and Joe Travels!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Georgetown Fair Queen: 2014 Holiday Pictures with Queen Desiree Bainbridge

As the official photographers of the Georgetown Fair Queen we get to do lots of great pictures with Miss Georgetown Fair 2014 Desiree Bainbridge. This year we were excited to do a set of holiday pictures that Queen Desiree could use in Christmas cards for friends and sponsors of the Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant. We had a lot of ideas for these pictures so we hope you love them as much as we loved shooting them with Queen Desiree. And we were especially glad we went with a role of white seamless instead of a cloth background with Karen pulled out the fake snow! With the new year approaching fast, Happy Holidays from your friends at Josh and Joe Travels!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Georgetown Fair Queen: 2014 Queen Desiree Bainbridge at Festival of Trees in Danville

The Georgetown Fair Queen is one of the busiest fair queens in Illinois, and this year we were thrilled to be with 2014 Desiree Bainbridge the weekend she visited Festival of Trees at Palmer Arena in Danville, Illinois. We'd seen some pictures, but as the Georgetown Fair Queen's official photographers we had yet to experience the annual event for ourselves. So this year we cooked up a plan with directors Karen and Jill to start the day bright and early for a photoshoot at the fairgrounds, and then spend the day with Queen Desiree at the Festival of Trees and be with her that night in Danville to get a few shots of her in the night parade.  Queen Desiree worked the ticket table at the festival, but we were most excited about her appearance at the book tree for story hour.  It was pretty incredible how the entire floor of Palmer Arena was transformed into a winter wonderland, and it sure is the right place to get your fill of Christmas trees and gingerbread houses.  Festival of Trees is just one of many appearances Desiree Bainbridge will make during her year as Miss Georgetown Fair 2014 so keep checking back to follow her adventures with Josh and Joe Travels!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Kansas Road Trip 2014: Kansas City Sauer Castle

Sauer Castle in Kansas City is on the historic registry and some even say its haunted, so we couldn't pass up the chance to go look for ourselves. And looking is about all you can do since the property is closed to the public and there are no tours. The "castle" was built in the 19th century and still looks pretty cool today even though it has fallen into serious disrepair. We read online about some recent thefts and even a few efforts to restore the castle, but when we drove by it appeared completely vacant. There are a lot of ghost stories online but most of them seem to be more local legend than fact. As far as we can find online no credible ghost investigators have been allowed inside so there is mainly a lot of speculation. Joe found out about Sauer Castle doing online research about haunted places in Kansas City so don't be surprised if you see it pop up in your searches. Sauer Castle is located in a pretty isolated little area near Rosedale between interstate 35 and the Kansas River, and the hills and winding roads added a lot of anticipation to an adventure that ended with Sauer Castle behind a tall fence full of no trespassing signs, so we took a couple pictures from the street with astonishingly the same view as most of the other pictures you'll find online. We had a lot of fun exploring it though, which is something we like to do a lot at Josh and Joe Travels!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Kansas Road Trip 2014: Kansas City Riverfront Heritage Trail

We visited Kansas City this year in the fall in what must have been one of the prettiest weekends we've every been in Kansas, so the morning we went to the city market we couldn't help but walk around the neighborhood a little and explore. Since the city market is very near the river it probably won't surprise many locals that we ended up at the Riverfront Heritage Trail, and boy did we wish we had bikes. River towns like Kansas City have a lot of history and you can read about some of it on the signs along the trail, but even if you aren't into history you'll still love walking or biking the corridor. And crossing the pedestrian bridge is an adventure of its own. Even if you think you're not afraid of heights we double dog dare you to the elevator, which even though we've heard quieter freight trains move through Emporia, it did get us up and down in one piece. The fightin' conchs tend to stick out like a crimson thumb in KC, so be sure to wave if you are on the riverfront trail and happen to see Josh and Joe Travels!