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American Made Tour

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Happy Monday to you and I trust you had an enjoyable weekend!

It will most likely come as no surprise to all that I have a love and passion for both photography and music. Growing up in a musical family set me up at an early age to enjoy many genres of music and after testing the waters I realized that being a musician, as much as I dreamed of being a rock star, may not be in the cards for my future. In college I turned to the visual arts and found that it was the prefect fit for me and for finding my path in music. Having grown up in that world it just felt like I was meant to be part of that scene and photography gave me that ticket. While working at my college newspaper I came to realize that there was no concert that we could not have access to and we took advantage of traveling the roads of Florida photographing bands such as Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Frampton and David Bowie (showing my age here) in every city including our own.

Fast forward to this past week when I was asked to shoot a concert for iHeart Media / WDRM Radio. After all these years I still get an adenaline rush when I go to shoot a music event. Generally speaking, like Bob Euker would say, you get the “front row” acccess, as close as you can get without being part of the band. You get up close and personal in front of the barriers that separate you from the thongs of fans pressing closer and closer to find their spot for the moment. Or not! In todays market, the promoters and handlers of the bands sometimes feel protecting the bands trademark far out weighs your comfort zone and such was the case for the “American Made Tour” with country musicians Brett Young, Lee Brice and headliner, Justin Moore. Not necessarily house hold names for some of us but do not tell that to their ardent fans …. They cheered and sang along with the trio of bands – All Night Long.

Access to a concert and shooting does not always go as planned and once there I found myself getting the details that I was not getting up close and personal but was relegated to the “front of the house” and only allowed to shoot the first three songs of each set. The three song rule is nothing knew but the front of the house means you are shooting from the floor or the side wings. Not my favorite thing to do jostling with the fans that for the most part tend to be somewhat taller then me. Once I find my spot, the 6’10” fan with date just feels the need to get her a little closer and ends up in front of me.  So with that in mind I went to plan B, this not being my first rodeo, to embrace my banishment from the “front row” rock star status and deal with it the best I could.

I say all of this to comment, as a photographer, you have to roll with the punches and sometimes adversity creates opportunity. As I looked to the stage I realized there were so many things going on around me that really helped tell the story of the concert, how current technology is now such an integral part of our current social structure and as I found out, introducing young fans to current music is alive and well. I was introduced to music at a very young age and I have never lost my appreciation for music or the talents of these individuals that do what they do and allow me to live my life with music as, my proverbial background. There is not a time I can relocate that music does not play some role in life’s memorable moments.

The good news is I came away extremely excited about the imagery I was fortunate enough to capture and for the most part unharmed by the jostling of the ardent country fans that attended these concerts. Like the Rolling Stones sang, “You can’t always get what you want, But if you try sometime you find, You get what you need!” On this night I think I found what I needed! Many thanks to WDRM and iHeart Media for giving me the opportunity to once again chase my youth. ENJOY!

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All the best to you!!!!
dK and Greyson

Marina Heights

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Happy Monday after a St. Patty’s Day weekend. I hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick’s day celebration whether you are Irish or were Irish for the day.

I’ve had the opportunity over the few past months to visit Arizona and take part in my neices birthday celebration, to meet the newest addition to my sisters family, my great great nephew, to shoot a wedding and spend some quality time shooting images for myself. One of my absolutely favorite places to shoot is Tempe TownLake with its amazing Marina Heights commercial complex. For the most part I have always shot it from the “other” side of the lake catpuring its reflective majestic beauty at sunset.

On my last visit I took my great neices and nephews down to the park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to get some quality “uncle” time with them. While there we walked around the Marina Heights complex and I noticed that when up close and personal the complex became its own art gallery as the buildings reflected into each other. I realized that I was not going to be able to spend the time I wanted photographing while there with the kids so I promised myself  I would find time to come back.

On one of my free nights I kidnapped my good friend and former assitant, Herb Stokes and motivated him to go with me to shoot the complex. Even as a resident, to venture aorund  it was something new for him. What we found as the sun set was a magical evolving kalidescope of colors and imagery as the bulidings came to life as the visually morphed into each other.

As we walked around the complex with every turn of a corner a new and different image appeared. It was a photographic journey that was a visual sensory overload.  Abstract art at its very best. I was truly taken back at the ever changing dymanics as we moved in and out of the buildings.

Over the past few years I have blogged many photographs from this area but never from this persepctive. I never tire coming here to Tempe to photograph the city, especially at sunset and now that I have discovered a new vantage point I would imagine it will not be my last!

The complex is truly an visually inspiring artist canvas.

 ENJOY!!

Keep us in mind for any of your upcoming photographic adventures.      Have Camera – Will Travel … Corporate, Advertising, Editorial and Art.

All the best to you!!!!
dK and Greyson

Luck of the Irish

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Hello and a very merry “Top of the Morning” to you one and all! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day “week” to everyone that is Irish and all whom wish to be Irish.

Huntsville celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday with a blistering cold “Parade of Green” downtown with well over a 125 participating entries. By its very nature, the festivities and the parade are full of frivolity and this year was no excrption. In spite of the cold and the threat of an afternoon rain, parade goers lined the streets in hopes of going home with green beads and candy.  I never tire of seeing the excitement on the children’s faces or the enthusiasm of a few adults that may have already indulged in a libation or two of Irish pride! Kegs and Eggs for breakfast!!!!!

I was very pleased to hear that Jo and Bruce Weddendorf had been selected as the Grand Marshalls of this year’s parade. They are co-owners of the Straight to Ale Brewery that resides at the new 805 Campus. Bruce and Jo are very much a part of the new entrepreneurial movement that is once again making the city such a vibrant place to live and one of the leaders in the craft beer growth in the state of Alabama.  You never see them without a smile on their face. Straight to Ale, along with many other local breweries, is putting Huntsville on the national map and what better day to be recognized than on St Patrick’s Day.

Unlike years in the past where I have walked the parade route and photographed the many colorful participants, this year I had the pleasure to be invited to join some friends and ride in the parade. Of course it was not just any ride but a very special one – a Santa owned 1962 “Red” Buick Special convertible. As cold as it was you would have almost thought we were in the Christmas parade. I had the pleasure of occupying and photographing from the back seat along with my good friend “Stanta” Stan Miller and his very worthy Santa helper, Ms. Karen Peavyhouse Lingar. As he “HoHoHo” his way along the route, you could see the kids get excited as they were taken back by the joyous sound.  Even when you include the blistering ride down the interstate, I must say it was still one very enjoyable and memorable day.

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Best Regards …..
Happy Leprechaun Day!!!!
~ dennis keim ~

There’s Gold in them Hills

Monday, March 6th, 2017

A very Happy Monday morning to you and Hello from Phoenix, AZ.

I am back in Arizona, less than a month from my last visit, to shoot a wedding and taking a few extra days to spend time with my family and friends. The highlight of the trip will most likely be getting to see my great great nephew Greyson who is now a whopping 11 lbs. and almost 8 weeks old. The little guy is doing rather well and I would like to send a thank you to Laura Olsen / Laura Liz photography for taking the time to do a very special baby portrait session with Greyson!!!!!

On one of my free days we decided to take a drive north to one of my favorite hideaways, Jerome, AZ. Jerome was once a very thriving mining community that during its 77-year life (1876-1953) produced over 33 million tons of copper, gold, silver, lead and zinc ore that was said to have been valued at more than $1 billion dollars. As the ore deposits became exhausted the mines began to close and in the mid-1950’s the town had dwindled to less than 100 people, down from a population of  over 10,000 in the 20’s. In the early1900’s the town played host to a thriving business community of banks, hotels and stores where many were associated with alcohol, gambling and prostitution mainly due to the fact that the population was almost 78% male. In 1903 the N.Y. Sun proclaimed the town to be one of the “wickedest towns in the West.”

So fast forward to 1953 with the mining boom busted and the town looking to other means of support. In an effort to save the town from oblivion,the town leaders sought and were granted status as a National Historic Landmark in 1967 which encouraged tourism. The current state of the community boasts a wide selection of galleries, restaurants, craft stores, wineries, coffee houses and a myriad of historical artifacts and buildings including a museum. When you stand on main street you look to the north and see what is left of the mines and the Douglas Mansion which is now a State Park. 

The town is a hidden gem that sits between Prescott and Sedona. It is a town that truly embraces the past but is firmly fixed on its future. You will find travlers weaving in and out of the many retail stores or refreshing themselves in the one of the saloons or restaurants. The town boasts a lot of lore including many haunted tales emanating from the hotels. If you are looking for the best burger in town stop in at the Haunted Burger café. If shopping is your thing stop by the Nellie Bly and look at their exceptional collection of Kaleidoscopes. It is a day trip well worth the drive, Enjoy!

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Have Camera – Will Travel … Corporate, Advertising, Editorial and Art.

~dK~