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

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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Maine

September 22nd, 2014

A very good Monday morning to you all! I hope you were out and about and took advantage of the wonderful weekend weather.

Last week I had the extreme pleasure to make a return trip to Maine, traveling from a workshop I had instructed at in New Hampshire, with some dear friends Kelly and David Vann. Maine is the eastern most state in the U.S., the number one exporter of Blueberries and is the least densely populated state east of the Mississippi with about 83% of it forested. Most impressive is that Maine’s 230 miles of coastline is host to 66 Lighthouses of which 57 are still active. Each and every lighthouse has it’s own very unique personality. The oldest (built in 1791) and one of the most impressive of light stations is the Portland Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. George Washington originally commissioned the Portland headlight in 1787.

My last trip to Maine was over 10 years ago where I spent three weeks on a magazine shoot in the north. I can honestly say I fell instantly in love with the beauty of the Northern coastal and vastly wooded scenic nature of the state. It was quaint, the people were very hospitable and enchanting and the scenery was breathtaking. I had the visual pleasure to see and capture the state from the ground, air and sea from a vantage point that most that have lived there may have never had the opportunity to do so. It is a mystical and whimsical state.

This fast and furious 2-½ day trip to Maine started off by heading south to Kennebunkport, which is home to Walkers Point, summer home of President George H.W. Bush. Our hotel was actually a half-mile from the compound and as luck would have it, the city was expecting the Presidents arrival the day after my departure. As we passed by the compound on Wednesday, it was a flurry of activity and full of Black customized SUV’s. Needless to say, my invitation to lunch did not arrive in time for me to delay my departure.

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Maine is known for its lobster and clams and I must confess that we did our best to sample all we could, making it our mission to find the best lobster roll and clam chowder in the state. At the end of our dining journey, with all the votes cast, it ended in a tie between the Portland Lobster Company in Portland and Roberts Maine Grill located in Kittery. The one defining factor may have been the Blueberry Crumble desert at Roberts. I am pretty sure that put us in a Maine dining euphoric state of mind.

When not enjoying the oral coastal delicacies of the area, we spent our time touring and road tripp’n. It became a photographic delight capturing the essence of the harbors with their plethora of the boat dinghies, the lighthouses, the multi-colored lobster buoys and the butter fragranced lobster pounds. As much as it had a familiar feel, I was very surprised at just how different the landscape was in the southern part of the state versus the northern part, which I was so familiar with. The southern part was open with the majority of the coast dotted with houses while the north is populated with small boating communities surrounding the protected harbors and very heavily forested as you head inland. As much as I loved being back in Maine, I found myself pondering the beauty of the north over the south, the solitude of the quaint coastal harbors versus the more opened landscape of the south. There is no doubt that both areas are a photographers delight but I would have to exclaim that the north lent itself to the more adventurous! As much as I enjoyed the visit, next year I think I will share the North and all it has to offer by returning the favor and extending an invitation to my friends.. Enjoy!!!!!!

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~ dK ~

 

New England

September 16th, 2014

Happy Tuesday morning to you. It seems more and more of late that my travels are interfering with getting my Blog out to you on Monday morning. I do apologize but as the story goes, I am on travel and it appears that for the next month or so my bed will be some other place then Sweet Home Alabama

I find myself this week up in the New England area where we have just completed another fabulous Supershoots photographic workshop (www.supershoots.com). This even was held at Oliver’s Lodge in Meredith, New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. It was an exceptional location with an incredible group of photographers, models, make-up artists and professional instructors. I must say I was very sad to leave and already looking forward to the next event to be held there in September 2015.

The second part of my weeklong journey has me traveling with friends to Maine to spend a few days in the area. On our trip over we ran into one of those scenes and moments that tend to take your breath away and have you doing U-turns in the middle of the highway. As we were traveling east towards Mount Washington we came across the Mount Washington Hotel tucked neatly back from the highway with an exceptional mountain range behind it. The hotel, which opened in 1902, is a member of the Historic Hotels of American and was declared a Historic Landmark in 1986 and once you see it you know without a doubt why. The view was absolutely breathtaking and well worth the time spent in capturing its majestic nature with such an incredible vista. It was just one of those moments you have to stand in awe.

I hope you enjoy the view and look for more to come from the New England states!

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Field of Dreams

September 8th, 2014

Happy Monday to you all! With the weatherman’s prediction of potential rain all weekend it actually turned out to be a good weekend for getting outdoors.

With the Huntsville Stars 2014 season coming to an end and the possibility of this being the last season played at Joe Davis Stadium, it was very fortunate for all their ardent fans that they found themselves still alive and headed to the playoffs. By virtue of winning the first half of the season, the Stars found themselves playing in the Southern League’s best-of-five North Division championship against their rivals, the Chattanooga Lookouts. The first two games were to be played in Huntsville with the remaining played to a series ending in Chattanooga. If the Stars win the series, they head to the Southern League Championship to play the winner of the South playoffs. If they lose they pack their bags for Biloxi where they are suppose to play next season. The Stars have won the title 3 times besting the rest in 1985, 1994 and 2001.

On the first night of the playoffs a group of us headed down to the ballpark to catch the first of two games in what may be the final swan song for the beloved Huntsville Stars. It was a glorious evening that was accentuated by a 45 minute rain delay allowing for the umpires call, “Lets play ball!” to be broadcast right at sunset. It was a spectacular sunset and a glorious way to start the game. Some of my friends had not been there in years; some had never been to a game at the stadium. But with beer and peanuts in hand we settled down to take in all that the tradition of Double-A ball had to offer. It is, as you know, Americana at its best!

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It turned out to be an exceptional evening under the stars and lights with the Stars making some exceptional plays on defense to keep the game close but at the end of the evening they came up one run short. On Friday night they shut the Lookouts down and evened the series 1-1. As the series goes, Huntsville lost the first and third games while winning the second and fourth to even up the series. Tonight they play a “winner-take-all finale” that will be hosted in Chattanooga with the “Lets Play Ball” call at 7:15 pm.

It maybe every child’s fantasy to play in the big league and it all begins on the “field of dreams” where their fantasies flourish and take hold. On any given summer evening in America, these dreams can and do become a reality starting as early as the Pee-Wee leagues. For the Huntsville Stars and all of the players, past and present, that have given so much to the game and to our city, we tip our hats one last time and say, ‘Well done Stars, well done!” ENJOY!!!

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Labor Day

September 2nd, 2014

Happy Tuesday morning to you. I hope that in spite of the inclement weather you were able to find a way to enjoy your Labor Day weekend! If nothing more than sitting at home in front of the TV, most of you are now were aware that college football has arrived.

Some of my fondest memories growing up are associated with the Labor Day weekend. Knowing as a kid that it was our last weekend before school started in Florida, made it that much more imperative to make the most out of the weekend. Like most Americans it was a weekend closely associated with travel and some form of water. My dad was a boater so our time was directly spent on the lake or in the gulf.

I was fortunate enough to start this Labor Day weekend slightly early by meeting a group of friends in at Guntersville Lake on Thursday evening and heading over to the bat cave. It seems that one particular great horned owl has taken up residence there in the evening and it dining out on the bats. As the sun was setting the river became a wash of orange and blue and it was just a spectacular sunset.

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And as promised, the great horned owl did appear and the show continued under the mask of darkest, quite the “Wild Kingdom” kind of moment. The low light did not offer much in the way of photography but just to sit and watch this act of nature take place was worth the price of admission. It was breathtaking to see this majestic bird take flight and hone in on its prey as the bats began to exit the cave in mass under the cloak of darkness. Thanks to Mike, Matt and Julie for the invitation and the greatest show on earth, well at least for that Thursday evening.

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With the arrival of Friday and the official start of the weekend I headed over to Decatur to start what eventually ended up being a 4-day extravaganza of boating on the Tennessee River and skirting in and out of the marinas dodging rainstorms. The storms were particularly severe at times so boating became a secondary aspect of the weekend as we fellowshipped with other boaters in the marina doing what you do best on these types of festive weekends, watching college football, eating a lot of wonderful food and drinking our fair share of our favorite libations. The rain storms subsided and the sun broke through Sunday evening allowing for a sunset cruise and as most of you know Monday became we had all hope for, an absolutely amazing day to be out and about on the river. It was like every one was sitting on ready the minute the sun rose because boats were every where on the Tennessee river. It ended up being the perfect Labor Day for being on the river.

Being on the river for Labor Day brought back incredibly fond memories of how my last weekends of “freedom” were spent growing up in Florida. I am very thankful to all my friends for the invitation to spend time with them on the water and to relive a little bit of those times. ENJOY!!

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