Tuesday, March 22, 2011

KEH Camera Contributors

Editors note: There's so much experience and expertise here at KEH that it would take an entire book to share it all. Everyone comes with different education and work experience in the industry, with different specialties and skills. Since we share mini bios on our contributing writers (outside of the company), but rarely get into details about who we as KEH employees are, I thought it was a good time to share a little bit about us. I asked our top 4 regular contributors to write a little something about themselves and their experience (and then was talked into writing a little bit about myself as well).

Dennis Rouse- My background started in the repair field in 1983. I had three years ('83-'86) of Tech School in Electronic/Video/Audio Repair. While in school, I got a job working for a TV Repair shop. With 3 years of experience, Minolta hired me to repair their photography equipment in 1987. I worked for Minolta for 5 years and various other camera repair shops for an additional 6 years (for a total of 14 years in repair). 

I changed to retail sales (of photography equipment) in 2000 to work for Wolf Camera. In my 5 years at Wolf, I was a Sales Associate for 2 years, Used Equipment Manager for 1 year (buying and selling used equipment), and 2 years as a Store Manager for 2 different stores.

I came to KEH in the Spring of 2005 to work in the Returns Department. For the past 16 months, I've worked as the Sales Manager here. Something that I'm constantly looking for is ways to improve KEH's relationship with it's customers.

Michael Reese- I have a Bachelor Of Fine Arts in photography and have been shooting professionally for over 15 years. After school, I immediately began teaching youth classes and continuing education in photography and art. I am well adept in the traditional realm of photography, but my passion lies within the fine arts of the craft. My interest is in doing work outside of the normal confines of conventional photography.
My multi-media and installation works are concept-based and explore social and humanistic concerns. The photographic image many times becomes a means to an end and only a part of a larger idea. I am a loyal Nikon user but am open to many types/brands of equipment including my cell phone camera as a way to express myself photographically. My other passions include music and writing, which are all interconnected into my overall creative process. 

I am constantly exhibiting my work and have been the recipient of a number of grants/awards from the N.E.A., City Of Atlanta Cultural Affairs, Atlanta Airport and MARTA to name a few.

Over the past 7 years working at KEH, I have been in a number of departments but am currently in Technical Support.

Patrick Douglas- I've been in the photography industry for over 20 years. My interest in photography started in high school in the late 80's, which is where I built my first pinhole camera. After that I was hooked! During college, I began entering local photography competitions and photographed my first wedding. At that point, I decided to pursue art school specifically. During this time I worked for Wolf Camera & Video while photographing weddings and portraits part-time. I graduated (in Commercial Photography) from The Art Institute of Atlanta in 1995 and received the award for "Best Portfolio" of my graduating class.

Today, I am still photographing and have expanded my areas of expertise to include: nature, families, high school seniors, corporate events, weddings, architecture, and have recently started dabbling in time-lapse. I have always used Canon equipment (with an occasional "flirt" with Pentax 645AF, Bronica ETRSi and a Yashica Mat 124G). I currently shoot with Canon DSLR's and a variety of flashes and lighting equipment.

I have been at KEH since last June, where I work in the Technical Support Department, which still allows me to dabble with my favorite toys—Cameras! I also enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, fishing, kayaking, and camping and hiking throughout the southeastern United States.

Arthur Z.- Like many of you, I started taking pictures as a child. At that time, it
didn't matter what I took pictures of, I just liked getting them back 10 days later to see if any came out. I got my first SLR camera when I was 14. At that time, my goal was to be a photojournalist. I worked for the school paper in high school, as well as freelancing for the local newspaper in my hometown. When it came time for college, I decided that I wanted to become a "real" photographer. I had equipment, limited experience, but needed knowledge, so I went to the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale for a year, and then transferred to The Art Institute of Atlanta to complete my photography degree.

After graduating, I started working for a portrait studio in Atlanta. Several years later, I moved up north and opened a camera shop. It was great- I sold cameras during the day, taught photography classes in the evening, and shot weddings on the weekends. After several years however, I moved back down to Atlanta where I came to work for Wolf Camera, first as a salesperson, then managing stores for them.

After leaving Wolf, I went to work for a local photographic equipment rental house. I was a buyer for them for a few years. During that time, I had also built up a video business doing weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and family events on the weekends. One day, I got a phone call from my friend Ed, who was the VP of Wolf Camera when I worked there. He was now working for KEH, and told me that he wanted me to come to work for him. The rest is history. Fourteen years later, Ed still works here, and so do I.

I'm here Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm, working in the sales department and will gladly enter your orders and answer any and all of your questions during that time. It's because of your continued loyalty to me over all these years that has helped me bring success to KEH.
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Jenn Fletcher- I became really interested in photography while attending an arts magnet high school where I took as many photography classes as possible. I dove head first into the medium and interned at a local daily newspaper where I won numerous national press awards, which only fueled my passion more and aided me in the decision to pursue photography in college.

I ended up at The Savannah College of Art and Design where I studied photography and printmaking. During one summer, I enrolled in a study abroad program that took me to study photography and art in the south of France. Shortly after graduating I dabbled in gallery curating, event planning, visual merchandising, retail/cafe management, and photography and writing for a monthly tattoo magazine.

I have been at KEH for a little over four years now and started the KEH Blog a little over a year ago. I work as a technician and run the daily operations of the blog as editor and writer, as well as running the other social media platforms for the company. 

Outside of KEH, I run my own photography business doing freelance writing for web and print publications, teach workshops, take portraits, and exhibit my personal photography work. Most recently, I had my first photography book published, and was named one of "The South's Greatest Photographers" by The South Magazine.

I'm a fan of traveling, furry animals, peanut butter, and decorating for holidays. And I'm not a fan of pickles, birds, or bad etiquette (don't forget to write your "thank you" notes!).