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Kalamazoo MI Commercial Photographer | Educational Community Credit Union / ECCU

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Kalamazoo MI Commercial Photographer | Educational Community Credit Union / ECCU

I've been so lucky to work with Educational Community Credit Union many times over the past couple of years. As a member and also as their photographer I can tell you they are always looking out for the best of their members, hence the reason they recently added some awesome new features to their mobile app, and seeing the interaction between ECCU employees and the members who are featured in their quarterly newsletter shows exactly why this credit union is consistently growing. For the fall quarter, ECCU highlighted Pilot Brian McIver and the way he utilizes the new mobile banking features as he travels around the world on a day to day basis. Here's a link to the full story: http://blog.eccu1.org/eccu-mobile-banking-soars-to-new-heights/

We began the shoot inside the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, and thanks to one of the wonderful police officers on duty there that evening, we were given access to the runway. The experience was once-in-a-lifetime for me. I kept thinking of my two boys and how much they would enjoy the up-close view of planes coming and going, the wide expanse of lights, hangars, and sunshine. It's a piece of me now. This commercial side to my work has grown substantially over the past two years; from a few headshots to newsletters to marketing shoots. I've been bitten by the 'commercial work' bug and I'm loving it. (And there are a few key people who have truly helped me along the way - mentioning my name to their friend or boss, handing out my business cards - I am *so* thankful for those individuals.) There are many additional challenges when doing a commercial shoot, from meeting the person you're photographing on the spot with no prior knowledge of who they really are or how they tick, to managing lighting challenges (while remaining a natural light photographer to boot!), to having a one to two day turnaround time on all work - and I'm finding the challenges to be so worth it. It would be such a blessing to continue growing this side of my business.

If you're read this far, thank you! It's one of my longer posts to date, but I had to share. If you like what you see below, let me know in the comments below - I love hearing from you. I read and respond to every comment, and trust me, it makes my day. And if you think I might be a good fit for a project in your office, or if you need updated corporate headshots this winter, please reach out! I'll customize the shoot based on your needs.

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ECCU | Kalamazoo MI Commercial Photography

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ECCU | Kalamazoo MI Commercial Photography

I feel so lucky to still get the chance to work with ECCU. I worked there for a little over 3 years prior to having my babies. It's the best place I've worked outside of my home. I wouldn't trade being my own boss, but I definitely recommend them as a top employer in the Kalamazoo area. Fantastic people, lovely members, and you can't beat a place that encourages you to achieve your goals and chase your dreams.

Commercial photography is interesting because instead of having my own vision for the shoot, I'm given the vision that the company has, and then I use my years of experience to bring their vision to light. In this case we were highlighting a wonderful couple in their quarterly newsletter who utilized the amazing ECCU loan rates to make a couple of dreams come true. 

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ECCU | Kalamazoo MI Commercial Photography

Yesterday at a diner check out counter, I pulled out my bright green ECCU debit card to pay for my meal. The cashier quickly said "I just joined there! Do you like it?" I laughed to myself before answering. See, before making the decision to stay home full time with my children and actively pursue my photography career, I lived and breathed ECCU. It's an amazing company, and the people that work there are even more amazing. I can attest to the fact that they love their members and strive each day to be the best possible place for you to bank.

I told the cashier all of this, and included a few fun facts, like how the credit union started in a single classroom of the old Kalamazoo Central High School in 1935 and has grown to over 36,000 members. She listened and smiled, and then said "I'm so glad to hear all of that." And I was glad she asked. I will always root for ECCU -- the credit union holds a special place in my heart, and because I personally bank there, I know they are still as member-centered as they were the day I gave my notice.

ECCU recently said goodbye to longtime CEO Chuck Cornelius, and welcomed Julie Blitchok as their new President and CEO. I was lucky enough to photograph both of them, and several of my images were highlighted in the company's 2015 Annual Report. Here are a few of my favorites from that day...

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Looking for a commercial or editorial photographer to capture your business? Elyse Rowland Photography is currently booking commercial work through August 2015. Please contact us here for further details or email elyserowlandphoto@gmail.com.

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