Saturday, May 23, 2015

Georgetown Fair Queen: Contestant Info Meeting for 2015 Pageant to be held June 27

As the official photographers of the Georgetown Fair Queen we've been having a great time with Miss Georgetown Fair 2014 Desiree Bainbridge, and with summer right around the corner it won't be long until Desiree crowns the 2015 fair queen in August.

Think you've got what it takes to do Desiree's job? We're looking forward to meeting all the contestants on June 27th at the Georgetown Fairgrounds. The June 27th meeting is an informational meeting where pageant directors Jill Pope and Karen Thornsbrough will talk about everything they have planned for this year's pageant, plus you'll get to hear from Queen Desiree and find out exactly what it takes to do the job of one of the busiest fair queens in Illinois. Visit the Georgetown Fair Queen website and be sure to RSVP and let the directors know that you plan to be there on June 27th.

In addition to doing a lot of appearances and engagement activities in the community, the Georgetown Fair Queen spends a lot of time in front of the camera. You might remember the farm portraits we did with 2013 Queen Danielle, or those really cool pictures we did with Queen Alex when we were hunting for a queen. The pictures in this post are previews from our spring promo shoot where we did pictures of Queen Desiree and her safari pageant theme. We can't wait to see how the pageant comes together in August, but until then these pictures give you a hint of what Queen Desiree and the pageant crew might have in mind.

From her trip to the state pageant in Springfield to the annual princess luncheon, the Georgetown Fair Queen spends her year actively engaged in the community, and we are right by her side to photograph those moments. Being the Georgetown Fair Queen truly is an experience of a lifetime. We can't wait to meet all the contestants, so be sure to say hi when you see Josh and Joe Travels!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Georgetown Fair Queen: Desiree Bainbridge at the 2015 D102 Egg Hunt in Danville, IL

The D102 Easter Egg Hunt in Danville has got to be one of our favorite events with the Georgetown Fair Queen, and we were thrilled to be there this year with Miss Georgetown Fair 2014 Desiree Bainbridge. With three giant egg patches and a special area for little kids, our friends at D102 put on a great event. D102 is active in the Danville community, so look for their red truck at the same parades where you see Miss Georgetown Fair.

The egg hunt was just the start of our day with Miss Georgetown. We spent the entire afternoon with Queen Desiree shooting pictures to be used in advertising and the pageant program. That should be a tip that summer is fast approaching. Think you've got what it takes to do Desiree's job? Get in touch with directors Karen and Jill or watch for information about the annual contestant tea to be posted right here at Josh and Joe Travels!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Key West and the Florida Keys: Islamorada Fish Company and World Wide Sportsman Bass Pro Shops

Islamorada is one of our favorite places in the upper Keys, and we especially love going to the Bass Pro Shops World Wide Sportsman store. We've blogged about Bass Pro at Islamorada before, so you might remember that it is home to the original Islamorada Fish Company and the Zane Grey Lounge. Inside the store is the Pilar, and outside are more fishing boats than you can count. We always stop in Islamorada when we visit the upper Keys, so we hope you'll stop, too, on your next trip.

Also in Islamorda is Hooked on Books, a locally owned bookstore where you can find lots of books about the Keys and South Florida history. This time Joe found a copy of Crackers in the Glade: Life and Times in the Old Everglades, which was perfect because he has been spending a lot of time lately researching his native Floridian family tree. You might remember the trip we took to Big Cypress and Everglades City, and we've got some ideas about our next trip that are really exciting. If you beat us to Big Cypress, slow down and be especially careful at the panther crossings. And if you see two guys with cameras in hand standing beside the smallest post office or the Smallwood store, be sure to wave at Josh and Joe Travels!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Georgetown Fair Queen: 2015 Princess Luncheon with Queen Desiree Bainbridge

The annual princess luncheon with the Georgetown Fair Queen has become a tradition and we were thrilled to be at it again with Miss Georgetown Fair 2014 Desiree Bainbridge. With a big thanks to our friends at Floral n Fair, the Georgetown Fair banquet hall was turned into a princess wonderland. We were excited to again do the photo booth pictures with the queen, but we think the princesses were far more excited about everything else going on at the luncheon - from dancing with Queen Desiree, diving into their treat bags, ripping open cotton candy and enjoying lunch with the queen, it was a fantastic day. Among the smiling faces, we loved seeing so many of our former fair queens and their families. The princess luncheon is a big event and couldn't be possible without the fair family volunteers. And most of us never even see the small army of volunteers in the kitchen, so be sure to thank the Georgetown Fair board members when you see them. Proceeds from the princess luncheon directly benefit the Miss Georgetown Fair Queen pageant scholarship fund.

We saw a lot of friends at the princess luncheon, so be sure to mark your calendars and be watching for announcements for next year. Tickets go fast so grab them quickly. Contact pageant directors Karen Thornsbrough and Jill Pope if you are interested in becoming a sponsor and join the best fair queen team in Illinois. If you are looking at our pictures of the Georgetown Fair Queen and think you've got what it takes to do the job of the busiest fair queen in Illinois get in touch with Karen or Jill for contestant information or watch our blog for info about the queen's tea contestant orientation coming up this summer. Queen Desiree will crown the next Miss Georgetown Fair Queen in August, but until then she has a lot to do! We are looking forward to the D102 egg hunt coming up soon so keep an eye out for Queen Desiree in the community and you might even see her entourage with Josh and Joe Travels!

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!