Commercial and Editorial Photographer Dennis Keim, Huntsville, Alabama Postcards of My Miss-Adventures Vol.1 blog links bio contact  

A Road Less Traveled

October 27th, 2014

As you prepare for the candy invasion of the Year, a very Ghoulish and Howling Monday morning to you all. Halloween is the fourth most popular spending holiday with anticipated projections of 158 million people participating spending over $ 2.6 billion on costumes. Most interesting is the projection that individuals will spend over $ 330 million on pet costumes. Happy Halloween, enjoy yourselves and be safe.

I am finally settling back into Huntsville after being on a six-week photographic journey. If has been awhile since I have spent that much time in airline seats and hotel beds but like a boy scout you just do what ya got to do. Do not get me wrong; it was a far cry from camping and camp grub so do not feel too much sympathy for me! The trip included assignments and workshops in Maine, Mexico, Nevada and Arizona.

At the end of the Vegas workshop I was given the opportunity to take a breather and open up a little headspace by foregoing another airline trip and driving from Las Vegas to Phoenix, which I gladly accepted. I knew the route and I knew that it would provide an opportunity to do a little photography along the way. I have wanted, for quite sometime, to stop in Boulder City and visit with friends Darlene and Jack Medina and this road trip gave me the opportunity to stop and do so. To say the least it was an absolute pleasure to see them and catch up on our former NASA escapades.

One of the most interesting side roads along the way is Route 66 out of Kingman, AZ. Kingman’s claim to fame is hosting a large existing section of the historical Route 66. With the historical significance of the area I had to stop and take in a few of the sites before I got back in the car seat to head south.

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Most of the drive, from Kingman is a two-lane highway, US-93 S, which offers stunning vistas of mountain and desert landscapes. I had driven the route last year and was looking forward to stopping along the way to capture some of the sites we passed by. As the day crept away from me I could only wonder what might be in store with the setting sun approaching. It goes without saying that Arizona offers some of the most magnificent sunsets that I have ever had the opportunity to capture and this evening was to be no exception. The setting sun turned out to be a “forest fire” in the sky. It was impossible to leave even though I knew I still had a few miles ahead of me before my journey ended.

As I pulled into my sisters drive way, I took a deep breath and knew that the trip had been a very welcomed journey and a much needed reprieve from flying. ENJOY!!!!!!

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A Park Done Right

October 20th, 2014

A very good Monday morning to you all. I am on the last leg of this 5-week photo tour having covered Maine, New Hampshire, Mexico, Nevada and lastly Arizona. I am very fortunate to include, as the last part of my trip, a visit to spend time with my family and friends in Phoenix, AZ. The tour has been a powerhouse travel and shooting spree. I actually was able to get a little down time from all of my air travel by driving from Vegas to Phoenix and taking in some of the sights along the way.

While visiting my sister a couple of years back the city of Mesa, AZ. announced they were up rooting a city park and golf course to make way for a new Chicago Cubs spring training ball park and supporting retail facilities. The residents of the city that used the park were concerned about losing a vital part of the fabric of their recreational community. The concern rings true in most cities when changes occur like this.

The Cubs Ball Park was finished in time for the 2014 spring season and a new community park for the residents was completed shortly there after. Like most, I was very skeptical about hearing about what the city was doing so I took the opportunity to drag my nieces and nephews to the park over the weekend and I am proud to say that the City of Mesa absolutely got this one right. The new ultramodern outdoor park offered a lot of green space, water space, along with water activities and an exceptional modern playground for families to share. The park pretty much had something for everyone except maybe, enough parking.

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All too often you hear the tales of urban planning and city revitalization but it tends to end up as just fun trips for those given the task but few with little vision for what is really needed for the community. I was genuinely amazed at the diversity of the individuals using the park and the number of different activities occurring while I was there. I got the feeling that this was the type of park that could sit anywhere in Small or Large town USA. It was a park that could make a difference for those … looking to make a difference.

If any of you city planners are listening, this just may be the park you want to visit and emulate!!!!! ENJOY!

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Bling On The Desert Floor

October 15th, 2014

Happy Hump Day to you all! My apologies for the tardiness in my posting of my Monday morning blog but being on the road has gotten the best of me. It seems that my trip to Cancun and then on to Vegas took its toll on my time and posting.

It has been a crazy couple of weeks when you think of going from Cancun to Vegas and this week’s workshop has been grueling both in time and energy. But all in all it has been an absolute delight working with the models and aspiring photographers. Our shoot locations have been stellar this year. It is always a pleasure to meet new people and the models have stepped up their game and done an exceptional job.

The Vegas Supershoots (Supershoots.com) is one of my favorite workshops and as much as I like photographing the sparkle and twinkle of the city lights it is the models that I like to feature. We have been very fortunate with the weather and it has made for some spectacular images.

It seems that this lady who is an alumni of the Vegas workshops always brings her “A” game and this year was no exception. Ms. Fauna Cero always seems to find me just at the right moment and always has the perfect compliment to finish out the day. Her amazing beauty was captured on the first day of shooting on the Dry Lake Bed.

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If I am not mistaken this second lady, along with Fauna, may just be a repeat offender from last year. They both have a way of making your job so easy and making you look so very good. Ms. Morgan Mulholand, coming all way from the Bay Area seems to know no bounds or the word no. When asked it she can do it, she just finds a way. How could not want to spend as much time with her or more importantly both of the beautiful and very talented ladies. I would be remiss if I did not also mention the exceptional talents of our MUA’s, Ms. Alta Dekoven, Ms. Kristie Imageri, Ms. Wynete Tyree and Mr. Daniel Mata. Without these exceptionally talented individuals none of this would be possible. So without further ado, Ms. Morgan soaring ever so high at sunset!!!!

What goes on in Vegas … gets captured!!!!! ENJOY!!!!!

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Island Time

October 7th, 2014

Hopefully this Tuesday morning finds you all doing well and working steadily for the weekend.

I am writing you today for the second part of our shoot from Cancun Mexico. We have been knee deep with a commercial and lifestyle shoot for Royal Resorts. Most of our time has been spent on property, not saying that it is a bad thing, but we have had little time to get out amongst the locals.

On one of our days off we had the opportunity to go swim with the dolphins, which turned out to be quite the experience. While waiting for our scheduled swim two of the “water cabs” were taking others out to snorkel.

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The weather has been amazing for our weeklong shoot with the Royal Resorts and our hosts have been fabulous. There was some concerned that our shoots may be interrupted by thunderstorms but so far we have been very lucky shooting their newest property, the Grand Residences. The days have been long but the shoots have been spectacular with a few raging sunsets.

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And what would a commercial shoot be like without one or two behind the scenes photos, thanks to my very accomplished assistant Ms. April Berardi.

So here is to a few more days in Paradise and then back to the states.

ENJOY!!!!

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Office With A View

September 29th, 2014

And a very good Monday morning to you all. I would hope that you were blessed with a wonderful and enjoyable weekend and that you are off to a good start with your workweek.

I find myself writing you today from Cancun Mexico where I have the very fortunate pleasure to be involved in a commercial and lifestyle shoot for Royal Resorts. The negotiation to get here has been a long time in the making with a few hurdles but it is good to say, “We have arrived!”

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I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be here and capturing the essence of their flagship ship resort, Grand Residences. The weather is amazing as you might well imagine for this time of year and we are looking forward to a spectacular week of shooting and working with our Royal Resorts contact Ms. Trinity Houston. To say this is monumental would be a huge understatement but it is a challenge that I am so looking forward to. And of course when I say “we” I am referring to my assistant extraordinaire, Ms. April Berardi, whom I have had the pleasure to work with on numerous projects in the past. It is extremely gratifying to know that I have someone as multi-talented as April covering my back. I would be remiss if I did not also give a special shout out to Rich and Cindy Drinkard who were instrumental in making the introduction and assisting in process along the way.

Stay Tuned, we are off to the beach. ENJOY!!!!

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dK