Weekly Artist Feature

This week we have with us Erin VonRuden Keogh. She is a fantastic Artist and I truly have enjoyed getting to know Erin’s work. So grab your cup of choice, relax and enjoy getting to know your fellow photographer. She has also chosen the theme {want to be like___}! Can’t wait to see what you all make of it! Have a great week everyone!



A little about Erin

I was born and raised in the Twin Cities and still live here with my family- although we detoured to Colorado for a few years.   So my oldest is actually a Colorado native, although he only lived there for about 6 weeks.  I have two boys (5 and almost 2), two dogs, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a husband of 10 years who works in video and actually teaches photography and video production at a local art college.  I work in health care and have been with the same company for 13 years.  I am a hobbyist who starting learning how to shoot in manual after my second son was born.

Can you tell us what photography means to you?

I like being able to capture moments or feelings or expressions.  I want to be able to look back when my kids are older and remember exactly what they were like at this age because I was able to capture their personality in an image.

What Motivates and inspires you?
Wanting good photos of my kids! They are full of personality.

Are you in business or a hobbyist?
I’m a hobbyist.

Can you share with us 5 of your favorite images and tell us why you love them so.


This is my current favorite- Finn, my older son picks the family Halloween costume every year. This year we all dressed as Minions.  Max, the youngest, usually hates dressing up. Not only did he actually wear the costume this year, but he totally got into trick-or-treating (well, until he realized he couldn’t eat all the candy immediately).


I had sent Finn inside for something (can’t remember what) and he came back in costume (and without whatever I had asked for), which is so typical Finn- get distracted by a costume.  That, and I love the refection of the sunset and the drops on the window!


Pretty much just love the light!  I was determined to get a good, authentic pumpkin picking picture this year.  We found an field where you could pick your own and went at just the right time.


 This was National Night out.  Finn and the older kids were taking advantage of the blocked off streets to ride their bikes.  Max wanted in.  And he always insists on wearing his helmet when driving his car.  I love that he’s staring off at the big boys wishing he was fast enough to keep up. I also love the contrast of his little car with the big cars. (Can you also use this one for the theme?  “I want to be like the big boys“)


Max adores puddles.  He loves walking down the alley behind our house after it rains b/c there are always tons of puddles.  He finds the biggest, dirtiest puddle and dives right in.  I have a lot of photos of him straight on in the puddles, thought it would be fun to catch the reflection this time.

What’s in your camera bag?

We have a Canon 6D, a Canon 35m, 50m, and 24-70m- definitely a Canon family.  I also have a speed light, which I’ve used probably three times!

What does your editing process look like?

I edit primarily in Lightroom, although I do have and utilize photoshop if needed.  I’m pretty random in how I edit- I like to do my favorite firsts and then I typically get bored with the rest and discover them again a few weeks later with renewed interest.

Anything else you’d like us to know about you?

Hmmm… I like to run (used to do marathons, emphasis on the “used to”), camp, read (when I had time before kids), eat anything covered in chocolate… oh, although I no longer use film, I learned to shoot and develop my own photos in high school on an old Honeywell Pentax from my dad.

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