Ken Kneringer – Photographer – Programmer
It seems as if I have spent a great deal of my life on a computer in one shape or another. It started back when I was a kid. My Mom had a boyfriend that worked with computers, I would spend countless hours on a 300 baud modem playing Star Trek on an unknown mainframe. Since then I have spent a large chunk of my time on the planet doing programming, building websites, retouching in Photoshop, and processing thousands and thousands of images – all in front of a computer monitor.
I have worn many hats over the course of my life. My first job was a cook at the Landmark restaurant in Milwaukee WI at the age of 14. Since then I have been a taxi driver, a bouncer, a truck driver, an auto body painter, an air-conditioning service tech, a sound engineer, a real time programmer, a portrait photographer, and a controls engineer. I found out over the years that my one true gift is that I instinctively know how things work, especially digital systems.
It was during my time as an air-conditioning and refrigeration tech (I believe it was around 1982 or 1983) that I ran across my first computerized energy management system. It was nothing but a glorified time clock with 24 outputs made by Enercon Data Systems. When it failed and there wasn’t anyone available to fix it, I decided to give it a go. The programming was all done with a 10 digit keypad and an enter key. Countless hours were spent figuring it out, but I knew this would be my future. Realizing that controls was going to be my forte, I formed my first control company that same year specializing in pneumatic controls and energy management systems.
Since then I have been certified by Control Pak Corp, Robertshaw, Sauter, Barber Coleman, Carrier, Teletrol Systems, Honeywell, Tridium, and others. I have worked for smaller mechanical companies, but spent a majority of my time as a self employed consultant and programmer.
Photography was always an interest, but never a priority. After seeing a book by Robert Hurth in a local camera store, the light bulb went on and in 1986 I opened a small photography studio in Philadelphia specializing in Boudoir Photography. The studio was great fun and gave me the opportunity to learn photography from some of the best in the business. I continued consulting and real time programming to help make ends meet at the studio.
In 1996 my programming took me to Indianapolis Indiana to do a multi million dollar project with Cummins Engine in Columbus Indiana. I closed the studio in Philadelphia, packed my bags and off I went.
After a short time I missed my studio and in 2000 I opened Studio K Photography with the intention of doing weddings on the side. A couple of weddings later I found that I wasn’t cut out to be a wedding photographer. I started to photograph high school seniors and knew that I had found an new focus for my photography. And then 911.
911 was a wake up call for a lot of people including myself. I was sitting behind a computer at my day job for 12 to 14 hours, drinking 10 cups of coffee a day, and smoking two packs of cigarettes. I needed a change. So I quit my controls job and decided to do photography full time. Over the next 11 years Studio K became one of the top studios in the country for Senior Pictures and Pageant Photography.
Studio K Photography
While at Studio K Photography, I photographed hundreds of high school seniors over the years and had the honor of serving as the official photographer for Miss Indiana USA, Miss Teen Indiana USA, Miss Indianapolis, and many others. I worked with models from the Ford Agency, several smaller boutique agencies, as well as a Playmate of the Year. My clients were wonderful and I am so honored to have worked with each and every one of them.
Ken Kneringer – Instructor And Shooter
During my time at Studio K I had the opportunity to work with some of the best organizations in the world. I was an instructor and fashion shooter for the Senior Portrait Artists, Seniors Ignite, Professional Photographers Of Indiana, Professional Photographers Of Ohio, Professional Photographers Of Illinois, Professional Photographers Of America, the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild, and After Dark. I also served as President of the Daguerre Club, and the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild.
Ken Kneringer – Achievements
I earned a Master of Photography Degree and a Photographic Craftsman Degree from the Professional Photographers Of America, and a Certified Professional Photographers Degree. I have been published on multiple occasions, and have had prints in both the PPA Showcase and the PPA Loan Collection.
Studio K Photography Closes
In 2008 the world changed again. Professional photography took a huge hit during the 2008 recession. People just didn’t have the money to spend. Over the next 4 years Digital Photography was becoming easier, cheap, and it seemed like everyone that could afford a camera was now a “professional photographer”. Clients flocked to these “photographers” that were offering “professional” work at amateur prices effectively driving most professional studios out of business. In 2013 Studio K was burglarized 2 different times taking everything we owned, and with the waning senior portrait business, personal and health issues, I elected to close the business.
Ken Kneringer – Current
Today I am working in the controls industry again. I primarily do Honeywell and Tridium but still service and program legacy Teletrol Systems stuff. I also help out local photography organizations by speaking or teaching Photoshop and/or Web Marketing/Wordpress for photographers.
I am looking forward to the next part of my life. My love of cameras and photography has encouraged me to start photographing knives. I started making my own knives, and leather briefcases as well, hoping to keep busy after I retire.
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