Author Archive for Amy Mueggenberg

Fire & glow juggling shoot – this Friday 7/14 @ 8pm @ Studio reserved

We are doing a last minute teaming up again with Studio Reserved for a private glow & fire juggling evening tomorrow (Friday 7/14 @8pm) just for our local photography groups.  As you know, the International Juggling Association (IJA) is in town this week for their annual convention.  Michael offered Studio Reserved facility for a place for their glow & fire jugglers to play a little for a group of local photographers.  I promised I’d have 15-30 photographers.  Sorry for the last minute notice, but I really think this is one you might want to rearrange your schedule for.  This just came about last night and this morning so I’m getting out to you as soon as I can.

Bring your camera, trigger, tripod and red flashlight.  

I do not have a limit on the # of photographers who can come, however I would like an RSVP so I know when I’ve hit what I promised.  This is NOT opened to the public.

One of the jugglers walking over is a world renowned fire artist & instructor named Kevin Axtell.  Here is his website:  

Please hashtag all social media photos with:  ijafest2017


And here is the info we put to the jugglers:

Hi.  If any jugglers are interested in an impromptu  glow/FIRE  juggling play time FRIDAY NIGHT 7/14 with a group of local photographers shooting – I’d like to invite you to walk on over from your convention hotel – a easy 0.7 mile walk.


Time:  from 8pm to 10:30pm (arrive any time after 7:30pm)

Address:  1200 2nd Avenue SE


Studio Reserved has a half block of empty field for fire juggling or if it rains or you’d like to play indoors, they have a large historic church turned creative studio for glow juggling.  Our group has several photographers who would be happy to hashtag IJA on social media.


Linn Area Photo Club has over 100 photographers, and I usually pull in about 15-30 photographers for this kind of shoot.


Our hosting studio:

Our photography club:


Amy Mueggenberg

Linn Area Photo Club Activities Officer


Michael Huang

Studio Reserved – owner

LAPC July group shoot – International Juggling Festival- multiple opportunities

Hi.  I have alot of info for those of you interested.  The organizers of the event – which goes Monday 7/10 to Saturday 7/15 – are all very happy to have however many from our group shooting at which ever activities we choose.  I did not promise any images – just use whatever hash tags you can find if you’d like to share.  If you have an LAPC shirt/hat – this would be a good time to wear it.

Highlights:  Thurs 7/13 – night juggling with lighted props.  Sat 7/15 – Busking at the CR downtown farmers market – “unusual, colorful characters, so in addition to all the varied action to photograph, you’ll likely get some verydistinct-looking folks”  Also Joggling and extreme juggling.  TBD:  Water Skuggling.

Details from my contact (Emory):

Here are my recommendations for photography opportunities at the IJA Festival:

1.) Glow Out To Dinner – This is scheduled for downtown at 7:30 pm on Thursday the 13th.  I believe this will be an informal gathering of jugglers who use glow props, though it might include a more organized demonstration or performance.  Glow props are typically balls, clubs, hoops, and diabolos that have LED lights built into them.  The illuminated props will offer some interesting photographic possibilities, such as long-exposure shots with the props tracing arcs and patterns through the air.  I’m puzzled, though, why this is scheduled to begin at 7:30 –  Those glow props definitely need near to full darkness to give their best effect.  So, I recommend this event for photographers if it’s dark enough.

There is almost always a night-time fire-juggling gathering at IJA Festivals, but I don’t see one on the schedule this year.  These are really spectacular for photography, with fire, faces illuminated by the glow from flaming props, and opportunities for long-exposure shots.  If a fire event is announced at the festival I’ll e-mail you with details (LAPC – if I get this alert – I’ll post an update on the website & facebook).

2.) 5k Joggling Road Race – 7:30 am Saturday in Lisbon, IA.  Since this is being run on the streets as a road race, it might be a little more photogenic than the joggling events being run at the Coe College Track later that morning (see below).  The runners might start later than 7:30 – that might be the get-organized time rather than the starter-pistol time.  I’ll try to nail the time down better if any of your photographers are interested.  The drawback to this event would be limited variety of shots – Photographers would likely need to get set up in one spot, or two nearby spots, and get somewhat similar photographs of passing runners.

3.) Joggling Championships – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday at the Coe College Track.  These are all the juggling track events other than the 5k – all the usual running events – 100-meter, 400-meter, relays, etc. – but done while juggling.  The good news is there is plenty of light, and numerous events to photograph, so you’ll have plenty of time and freedom to move around, experiment, and photograph from different locations around the track.  The bad news is there will be dead time between events, standing around without much to do, waiting for the next race to start.  Also, variety will be somewhat limited – I’ve taken some very good joggling photos, but it’s also the sort of event where you can wind up with 1,000 photos that all share three or four similar looks.  So, I’ll give this one a conditional recommendation – it might appeal to someone particularly interested in sports photography and running.

4.) Busking – 9:00 to Noon Saturday at the Downtown Farmers Market.  This should offer a lot of photographic possibilities.  This event is both a performance and a competition for top-quality street performers who have been invited to participate.  Street performers tend to be rather unusual, colorful characters, so in addition to all the varied action to photograph, you’ll likely get some very distinct-looking folks to shoot.  Street performers also tend to use audience participation, so you can also expect to get photos of them interacting with spectators, plus opportunities to include crowd reactions in the photos.  Outdoors, so plenty of light.  And, everyone can enjoy the shows while photographing them.  I’d expect good variety, with opportunities to capture a real street-entertainment flavor.  So, recommended for all photographers for both fun and photos.

Unfortunately, the Busking and the Joggling overlap.  It might be possible to sample both, but more practically most people would probably want to pick one.  For most photographers – other than the most enthusiastic sports photographers – busking will be a much better choice than joggling.  I’ll be photographing the busking, so if anyone from your group does photograph the joggling, please let me know since they’ll get shots that I won’t.

Go to the following link and scroll down the page to the BUSKING INVITATIONAL section – You’ll see a little more information, plus two photos that I took of previous busking events, and one from a flash-mob event:

5.) Water Skuggling– Times/Dates To Be Announced.  Scroll down further at the above events link for information on this one.  This is something totally new and totally different.  Water skiing and juggling.  (I swear I am not making this up).  I’ve never photographed anything even remotely like this before, but it certainly sounds interesting.  I’ll e-mail you with more details, probably after I arrive at the festival and can inquire further.  (LAPC – Amy will update the club website / facebook)

6.) X-Juggling / Open Juggling / Games of the IJA / Individual Prop Competition – Saturday Afternoon.  There are several options Saturday afternoon after the busking event.  The X-Juggling(extreme juggling) event is a somewhat informal competition where jugglers line up and take two tries to hit the single hardest / most spectacular trick that they’re barely able to do.  It’s a tough challenge to photograph this one well, but it can be rewarding.  No costumes and no artistic stage lighting, so the event isn’t inherently photogenic like a theatrical performance or stage competition would be.

Much of the festival is just unstructured Open Juggling in the main event hall – hundreds of jugglers filling up a huge room just doing whatever they want to do – practicing solo tricks or passing clubs in small and large groups.  Total chaos – don’t expect clean backgrounds and isolated subjects – but the open juggling is a fine opportunity for photographers to wander around, meet people, and experiment.  Some photographers will find the all of the varied options and diverse people to be particularly appealing.  You definitely wouldn’t have everybody all getting the same shots.  While the open juggling is continuing Saturday afternoon, there will also be Games of the IJA in the same venue – this is a very informal competition, will all sorts of short games, some quite silly.  As an example, there’s usually a juggling obstacle course to run.

Saturday afternoon ends with the Individual Prop Competition at 5:00.  This used to be a popular event, but participation dropped and it died out.  It’s coming back this year after an absence of several years.  If they get a decent number of participants of reasonable skill, it could offer some photographic possibilities – I always found it to be more photogenic than the X-Juggling because you’d get at least some performers in costume rather than in T-shirts, and they’d be performing extended and varied routines rather than one-shot tricks.

So, one possibility certainly worth considering would be to have the group come at a time Saturday afternoon when they could spend part of their visit photographing either the X-Juggling or Individual Prop competition, and the other part of their visit just following their noses and following their instincts in the general chaos of the open juggling and the Games of the IJA.  Similarly, photographers could shoot the Busking Competition Saturday morning and then come over to the event center immediately afterwards to photograph some open juggling.  I’d definitely recommend this just for the variety.  The only issue here is that you’d need to make arrangements for the events at the convention center.  Events 1-5 above, including the busking, are all free and open to the public, so anyone should be able to just show up with a camera and start shooting.  But the events listed here in #6 are inside the festival venue, so I’d recommend (email Amy – if there is enough interest in a group of us meeting up – I’ll contact the GM and see about getting us a discounted group pass for shooting).  We’re a friendly bunch, and part of our mission is to let the rest of the world experience and learn about juggling.

Also, inexpensive day passes for Iowa-local non-jugglers should be available throughout the festival, in case anyone wants to come out at almost any time or date during the festival to photograph the open juggling, other than when the big evening shows and competitions are running.

If you’re picking just one event for the whole group to attend together, busking, or busking + open juggling, will likely be your best best.  But please let your group know that they would also certainly be welcome to individually attend and photograph any or all of the other open events.

Let me know if you have any further questions.  Also, let me know what event(s) you and your group chose – I might be able to meet with your group for a few minutes before an event to make some suggestions.

I also hope your group will consider attending some of the evening shows, particularly the Cascade of Stars show on Saturday night.  This won’t be a photo opportunity (no flash photography, and it wouldn’t be appropriate to have twenty or thirty clicking shutters through the show), but I’m certain everyone would really enjoy watching the best of the performances.

Emory said he is easy to spot – “I’m usually easy to spot at these juggling events, just because I’m the guy with the big camera on the monopod.  Please invite everyone to come say hello and chase me down if they have any questions.”

Total Solar Eclipse – Mon Aug 21st

If you have any interest in caravanning down to possibly Missouri to catch the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday August 21st – pending clear skies of course – send an email to Amy at 

Of those who respond, I’ll start a group message and we can discuss details 🙂

For more information and an interactive eclipse map see:


Amy Mueggenberg

LAPC Activities Officer

Boxing Club shoot reminder – This Thursday – RSVP

Hi – Just a friendly reminder to RSVP if you plan on attending the boxing club shoot this Thursday 6/8 from 5-7pm.  I promised the coach at least 10 photographers and so far I only have 5 RSVPs.  For more details:



Photography volunteer needed for plane crash DRILL tomorrow Sat 5/20 7am

We’ve had a request to for a volunteer to take photos at the Linn County Emergency Management Airport Drill this Saturday 5/20 from 7-1.

I know it is very short notice. An LAPC member has participated in one of these drills years ago and it involve (or used to) volunteers playing the part of crash victims to allow emergency responders practice of what to do with a large scale plane crash. Back then they actually had makeup wounds so they could triage as well.

Contact LAPC activities officer:  Amy Mueggenberg via phone ASAP if available:  319-721-5063



The fire burn is on!!! This Sat 5/6 @ 7pm

May 6 @ 7:00 am10:30 pm

For more details see:

Photo of April spinning fire.

Photo Credit to Michael Huang

Upcoming LAPC Group Shoots

I was hoping that the fire dancers would have had a weekend that worked out in May, but unfortunately they didn’t.  But they are looking at their calendars for sometime later this summer.  We have no shoot scheduled for May – but keep in mine the Macro Day that Photo Pro is putting on for next Saturday.  See Photo Pro’s website for more information.

I have a couple things in the works for June, August & Sept – and hopefully that will be ironed by the next LAPC meeting.

July we are doing the international Juggling Festival in Cedar Rapids.  Its July 10-16.  Specifically, we’ll be hitting the Joggling (Juggling while running) competition and the XJuggling (Extreme Juggling) on Saturday July 15.  I’ll post a where to meet up as July gets closer.   For more information:

I’ll keep you updated 🙂

Amy Mueggenberg

LAPC Activities Officer

Group shoot reminder for this Sunday 2/19

Just a quick reminder of the Paramount Theater shoot coming up this Sunday 2/19 afternoon.  Still plenty of room to RSVP.  For more details:

Wildflower workshop in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

LAPC member Bob Lancaster is offering LAPC club members a Wildflower Workshop in GSMNP in April.  This is a great opportunity at a great price.  Please see his website for more information.


Photo Editors needed for Capturing Hopes annual Dance Marathon Feb 3&4

LAPC Club members – I was contacted today by a group in Iowa City that does something similar to Help-Portrait – but just for pediatric cancer families and they do it at the annual Dance Marathon coming up in a few weeks.  They have all the volunteers they need except are short 10 photo editors.  Please read Brent’s message below and contact Brent directly if you are interested in helping them out or if you have any questions.

Sincerely ~ Amy ~ LAPC Activities Officer.



It was great to talk to you today.  As I mentioned on the phone Capturing Hopes is a non-profit, volunteer organization that partners with professional photographers to capture images of families impacted by pediatric cancer.  These images often capture the grace and beauty of these children and families, forever Capturing Hopes.
We are partnering with Dance Marathon at the University of Iowa again this year on February 3 and 4th during their “Big Event”.  During this event college students will dance for 24 hours in support of kids with cancer who are treated at the University of Iowa.  Last year they raised over $2M during this event and they have set a goal of $2.8M this year.
Over the years we have changed how our delivery to the families look. Starting last year we started digital delivery of images so families get them quickly and on any media they choose.  We have a partnership with Photo Pro in Cedar Rapids for discounted printing if they choose to use this option.
This year we will have 5 professional photographers taking pictures from 5 till 11 on Friday night and then 2 on Saturday from 9 till noon.  Before these images can be sent to families they need to be edited.  To assist with this effort we will be providing extra large “white” backdrops to hopefully reduce or eliminate the need to stretch the backdrops. Once images are edited and watermarked we will again use an automated digital delivery system to all families.
Editing Needs:
We would like to have 3 editors per photographer as each photographer will photograph ~4 families per hour.  We tell the families we will return between 12 and 20 edited images but photographers often shoot about 100 images of each family.  This is a lot of images to sort through, determine which images to keep and then edit.  Our goal is to edit as much on site as possible this year so we can deliver images at the end of the weekend.  If this isn’t possible we can send images out to editors with an agreement that edited images will be returned by Feb 13th.  This is a critical need as some of these families are very sick.
These images are provided to families at no cost.  All photography costs are covered by Capturing Hopes and our partnerships with various organizations including Dance Marathon.
In an attempt to shorten this email and get to the most important information for you and editors.
Need:  10 – 15 editors
When:  Feb 3Feb 4, 2017
Where:  IMU (Iowa Memorial Union), Iowa City
Times:  We will have slots starting at 6pm Friday through 6pm on Saturday
     Alternative Plan:  Capturing Hopes can distribute images digitally to editors by Feb 6th, editors to edit and watermark images and return no later than Feb 13, 2017.
What:  Editors need to have computer with Lightroom or Photoshop
Items Provided:  Capturing Hopes will provide parking, food and beverages, media to transfer images between photographers and editors.  We will supply the watermark to be placed on all images.  If there are any editors that would be willing to work Friday night and then again on Saturday a hotel room could be provided.  A dedicated space will be provided for editing and we will provide a tour of Dance Marathon’s “Big Event” so you can fully understand what you are a part of.
Sorry this is longer than I originally planned but wanted to give you all the detail that I could upfront.  If you have any questions please let me know.  I have included a link to our website.  These pictures are several years old but it gives you a good idea of what we do.  Thank you again for taking time to talk with me today.
Brent VanWey