- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - If Raphael Rodolfi’s business, Videogenique, sounds French, it’s because the 38-year-old videographer was raised in a Paris suburb.

He’s married to Peorian Katie Couri, who met Rodolfi while studying abroad as a student at DePaul University.

The two conducted a long-distance relationship after Couri returned to school and got together again when she returned to France to work after graduating.

When she returned to the United States to be with family, Rodolfi followed. Now married with two young boys, the Rodolfi family lives in Peoria where he works to establish Videogenique, 2000 W. Pioneer Parkway, as “a one-stop shop for your video needs in central Illinois.”

Rodolfi, who worked for an advertising agency in Chicago before arriving in Peoria in 2008, said he’s refined his work over the years.

“I don’t do weddings anymore. So many others are doing that. I have two loves: promoting and remembering,” he said.

The promotional side of Videogenique offers small firms the opportunity to acquire a professionally-made video for use on their website or Facebook page.

“I love working with businesses,” said Rodolfi, sharing examples of work he’s done for local businesses such as Bard Optical, Technicraft, Pet Pantry and Joy Miller & Associates.

One of Rodolfi’s videos went viral before Christmas when Ad Age picked up the Elf on the Shelf video he shot recently for a Chicago ad agency.

He’s also done video work for the Peoria Civic Center, Peoria School District 150 and Midstate College as well as shooting meetings for Focus Forward Central Illinois and the Million Cups program, part of the Startup Peoria movement.

The other side of Rodolfi’s business involves the family. “I want to help families capture memories and the milestones of life,” he said.

That could mean getting family members to talk about the past and recording it on video, said Rodolfi.

“Creating a time capsule for people - I would love to do more of those,” he said.

Combining oral history with present-day video and photographs from the past can be brought together to make a family documentary, said Rodolfi.

His Pioneer Park studio is available for family visits or “I can go to your place,” he said. Prices depend on how much shooting and editing time is involved, added Rodolfi, estimating a completed work would cost from $500 to $1,000.

His previous studio was in Peoria’s Warehouse District, next door to the Sugar restaurant, but Rodolfi found a larger space at a lower cost at his new location.

Despite the move, he’s not abandoning his enthusiasm for Peoria’s up-and-coming Downtown scene. “I love that area. It’s going to be great,” he said.

As someone who grew up in Montgeron, the town southeast of Paris where the Tour de France was first started, Rodolfi qualifies as a keen observer of the urban scene.

Now he’s looking to capture more of that scene here in central Illinois - for business and posterity.

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Source: (Peoria) Journal Star, https://bit.ly/1xPGOau

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Information from: Journal Star, https://pjstar.com

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