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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from your friends at KEH Camera!  How will you be celebrating?  Dressing up, distributing candy, or perhaps just enjoying a scary movie at home? 

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a fun and safe holiday!  With all the pumpkins and festive costumes, there will be plenty of great photo opportunities.  Remember to take lots of photographs!   

Photo Contest Reminder!

Don't forget to enter our Photo Contest for a chance to win a $200 KEH Camera gift certificate!

The last day to enter is Monday, November 26.  Click here for more information, details and rules.

Good luck!

Creating Meaningful Moments

Creating Meaningful Moments: By Nicole Klingler and Chantri Keele

If you are a professional photographer it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day work of emails, ordering, invoicing, editing and designing. Then there’s packaging, delivering, social networking and blogging as well. How often do you return home from a shoot, pull the card out of your camera and set it on your desk- all while saying the same silent prayer over and over praying nothing happens to it? Or are you the type who (instead of laying it down) puts it directly into your card reader, starts downloading the images, waiting on pins and needles to edit a few for your client? Unfortunately, we aren’t always this excited! Not only that but does your camera come out of the bag between shoots? If you answered no then you aren’t alone. It’s the burnout, the winter blues, in a funk, stuck in a rut… Whatever you want to call it! To beat it… it’s time to put MEANING back into your art form!
As our busy fall/winter season drew to a close at True Atelier, we talked of our goals for the new year. We had just wrapped up our last magazine shoot for 2012 and were anxious for some time off. Though the shoot was amazing, we didn’t have any desire to dive right into editing the files. It was shortly after we started our conversation that we realized we had both expressed the same goals! We wanted to spend more quality time with our kids, and work on the delicate balance of life. To keep tidier homes and actually have meaningful moments with our children. We expressed our desires to take more pictures of our kids as well as write about them and our day to day experiences on our blog. Our goals for 2013 were the same, and at that point the steps to successfully achieving them easily came about.

1. We must purposely seek out everyday moments with our family that can be captured meaningful in our downtime
  • we can make a list of moments to consider documenting such as; a beautiful morning, our daily routine, a lovely meal, our child playing in the nursery, the cat in front of a dreamily lit window, reading time, a quiet moment with your partner or spouse, a piece of art, a miracle of nature, a moment of perfect happiness
  • getting used to documenting these types of things will have us looking for and creating moments and scenarios to experience with our children and loved ones that can become lasting and  meaningful memories
  • this helps us in our personal and family relationships, aiding us in achieving balance
  • learning to find meaningful image opportunities in these everyday circumstances helps us to be better at creating and capturing real and meaningful moments with our CLIENTS in our professional settings
2. Actually being IN the images, rather than just behind the camera, will make these captured moments all the more meaningful to us as well as our family members
  • be a part of at least ONE meaningful image a week by being in FRONT of the camera, instead of behind it
  • we do this by using a remote trigger/ transmitter system and setting our cameras focus mode to an automatic setting that will find the main focus according to the camera’s computer (more on this to come!!!)
    3. Create a schedule for sharing, insta-gramming, and blogging your images
    • when we create a schedule for this, as well as an on-going list of what will be documented next, we don’t lose momentum and we have a sense of accountability
    • our families will have a consistent documentation of our lives and precious momements
    • our clients that follow our blog and other social media platforms get to know us better as people, not just photographers (photographers are people too:-)
    We have found that by implementing these steps, we are able to find joy in our work, even during the stressful and busy times. We are remembering and focusing on the reasons many of us picked up a camera in the first place…. to document our lives and families. We are more successfully achieving a balance between work and family, and creating a lasting legacy for our children. Remember that on our deathbeds, we are never going to regret that we didn’t work more, or spend more time at the office or on the computer, but we will regret the fleeting moments and memories that weren’t created, savored, and captured for years to come. Give some of these tips a try and we promise that meaning and balance will be a greater part of your life and business.
    Nicole Klingler and Chantri Keele are Idaho based, national wedding and portrait photographers with an affinity for all things styled and editorial. Their work has been featured on popular photography resources like SENIOROLOGIE and LEMONADE & LENSES, as well as in print in CHIC MAGAZINE, the IDAHO WEDDING GUIDE, and IDAHO WEDDINGS magazine. Nicole and Chantri love sharing what they have learned with other photographers in the industry through blogging and classes. Check them out at , through their other social media platforms found above, or visit them at their studio in the historic downtown of Idaho Falls.

    Tips for Photographing in the Fall

    Tips for Photographing in the Fall by Jessica Feely

    When fall rolls around, it can provide the loveliest of backdrops for your subjects. In some areas of the country, the trees are a canvas of oranges, yellows and reds. You can use these colors to help your subject and image pop. Here are some tips and ideas for great photos during the Fall.

    Time of day. Early morning and an hour before sunset are known as the best times to photograph subjects outside. It provides flattering soft lighting on their face. Position yourself so the morning light filters through the tree leaves and creates a backlighting effect. It could really make those Fall leaves stand out even more. 

    Lens choice. A longer lens will blur the background behind the subject, while a wider lens has less compression but still a soft look. If you are shooting portrait photography, I’d recommend a longer portrait lens, such as a 50mm, 85mm, or 70-200mm. If you are shooting landscape photography, a wide angle lens such as a 24mm, 35mm, or 17-35mm can really show off more Fall landscapes. 

    Get Creative. Rake a pile of leaves together and have your subject throw them in the air. Add some motion to your images by jumping into a pile of leaves. Find a Christmas  tree farm and have your subjects hide and seek while you photograph them having fun. 

    Contrasting Colors. You can find these naturally in nature with the changing of the leaves. If you are photographing subjects, place them in front of bright colored trees or bushes that contrast or compliment the colors they are wearing. A red sweater or scarf would look beautiful in front of a yellow background.

    As you head out this year for fall photos also remember to scout for good locations. You’ll want to visit them sooner than later because the leaves won’t last long. Mark down the locations of your favorite spots so that you can visit them the next year. Make sure to dress warm and have fun!

    Artificial Depth of Field Creates Interest

    KEH Photoblog - Artificial Depth of Field Creates Interest

    We'll be sharing various Photoshop tutorials for all types of users, from Amateurs to Advanced.  If you have any topics you would like us to cover, please email

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