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

Marina Heights

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!!

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

Luck of the Irish

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

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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~dK~

Pensacola Mardi Gras

February 27th, 2017

A very Happy Monday morning to you and happy day before “Fat Tuesday”. You know they are going to rocking in Nawlens!

A month or so ago I received an email from a friend of mine saying that she was going to be in a community play in Gulf Shores, AL and asked if I would be interested in coming down. As most of you know I am up for any excuse to travel to the panhandle. So knowing I had a few open days before I was going to be on travel, I said yes, sign me up. It appears that DeAnn and her husband David Milly have found a fit in the community since moving to Orange Beach and the play is an annual production hosted by a group of visitors that travel a little further than from “northern Alabama”. On the night we went she indicated there were major flaws but I enjoyed it and would have not known the difference.

In addition to the play invite I knew there were friends of mine, Kim and Henry Garrett, that had made the journey down to the coast in their sailboat from the shoals area. They had begun their journey back in November and were on the tail end of the trip before pointing their hull north and heading  home. I was actually able to get over and go out on a day sail with them. You never know if the wind will be blowing and sure enough it was the one day with very little wind but it is better than any day in the office. I captured the boat reflection while sitting in the Palafox Marina and Yacht harbor.

With their invitation to go day sailiing, there was also an FYI that Pensacola was hosting one of their Mardi Gras parades downtown that evening and we should just make a full day of it. Who doesn’t like a good parade so it was an easy YES! As we made our way up Palafox to one of our favorite watering holes, the streets began to fill up with “hunters of the beads!” By the time we finished our pre-celebration happy hour the streets were lined with the treasure hunters and beads were flying.

I must say I was very impressed with the number and style of the floats in the parade. Nothing compares to the padgengtry in Mobile or New Orleans but it was a good representation of the coastal celebration and beads were plentiful. So plentiful that I found myelf dodging and weaving to avoid getting hit in the head by them. Of course I did take some time out to grab a few for myself. Who doesn’t love to be adorned in vibrant Mardi Gras “loot”? To the winner go the spoils, Enjoy!!

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Laissez les bon temps rouler!!!!

Juxtaposition

February 20th, 2017

A very Happy Monday morning to you all and Happy Presidents Day. What a beautiful weekend we had to get out and share. I had the pleasure of getting invited to hear the Huntsville Symphony play Wagner Saturday evening and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip.

It was such a glorious day on Saturday that I actually spent the day walking around downtown, once again, with camera in hand. As I began my photographic journey the word Juxtaposition (the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect) began to strike a cord and I began to think just how could I portray the city with that thought in mind, capturing the old next to the new. It did not take long for the idea and vision to take hold. Our city is blessed with the contrast and it was up to me to see just how I would be at fulfilling my mission.

As I walked the streets I thought back to my previous tours of the city and began to look for those contrasting elements that not only provided a glimpse of the old and the new but also provided a variety of color and textures. As I pointed out in a recent blog, as an artist you are hopefully blessed with the ability to look at things in a different way and your art becomes an extension of that blessing and vision. It became a very interesting journey for me to take a day trip looking at the city with this very unique singular perspective as my challenge.

The one thing that I continually tell people is that I do believe I am truly blessed to have found my passion in life (or it found me) and that I feel very fortunate to be able to continue on this visual journey. I wake up everyday looking to tackle what ever photographic task is put before me and if not then I try to find something that will challenge me. It was an extremely satisfying visual experience to walk the streets of Huntsville and take a look at the ever-changing landscape of the city with a different and unique perspective. I hope you – ENJOY!

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