About Kenny Kim
Kenny Kim has always been fascinated by the visual arts, especially the connection between art and photography. This passion led him to study graphic design at the University of Illinois where he also became a Web designer. But he eventually realized that the greatest outlet for his artistic expression and technical skills would be through his passion for photography.
With the launch of Kenny Kim Photography in 2006, his vision instantly resonated with his audience, and Kenny Kim Photography very quickly grew into a nationally recognized studio. Kenny has captured over 150+ weddings in locations throughout the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and in Italy.
HIS PAST WEDDING CLIENTS INCLUDE:
- Yul Kwon (winner of Survivor Season 13 – reality CBS TV Series)
- Hollywood Actress Salma Hayek & Francois Henri Pinault*
- NBA Star Carmelo Anthony & TV Celebrity Lala Vasquez*
- Chicago ESPN Radio Analyst Carmen DeFalco
- ATP Tennis Pro Kevin Anderson (Currently ranked 30 in the world)
- Collegiate/Professional Athletes Kurt Kittner, Cory Bradford, Brian Randle, Roger Powell & More
* Commissioned as the second shooter by Bob Davis
HE HAS BEEN CONTRACTED TO PHOTOGRAPH FOR:
- University of Illinois Basketball, Football & Tennis team games and special events
- David Foster, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Three Doors Down, Chris Tomlin & more
HIS WORK IS FEATURED IN:
- Destination Weddings & Honeymoon, The Knot, Chicago Social Bride, Shutterbug, KoreAm
- Journal, WIND & The RangeFinder Magazine
- Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Online Publication Blog
HE IS PROUD TO BE PART OF:
- Kodak’s Approved Speakers and Mentors for 2011 & 2012
- Top 20 A-List Destination Photographer by Destinations Weddings & Honeymoon Magazine
- Platinum list member in highly acclaimed Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine
- One of the top photographers in Chicago by Junebug Weddings
- voted by the Knot as the Chicago’s Best of Weddings in Photography in 2010 & 2011
- He is also an active member of WPPI and has received special honors in the WPPI 2010 Awards of Excellence 16×20 International Print Competition.
Kenny is the author of “Wedding Photographer’s Planner” & “Digital Wedding Photography Photo Workshop” – both which are comprehensive books for wedding photographers to help them plan for and execute a successful wedding day shoot. Published by Wiley Press and available online & in all bookstores. http://www.kennykim.com/books
Kenny currently resides in Chicago but covers weddings all around the world. He loves to travel and explore new culture. He is thankful everyday for the privilege to call his passion in life his profession as well. Here is a promotional video about Kenny Kim and his approach to photography:
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT KENNY KIM:
NATE L: I met Kenny three years ago at a friend’s wedding and have kept in touch with him ever since. After seeing his gorgeous work, I knew one day he would be the one to photograph my wedding. We had the pleasure of Kenny joining us in Aruba earlier this year to capture our special occasion. Extremely warm and friendly, Kenny makes you feel like family from the moment you meet. He made an effort to get to know us as a couple, and even took the time to get to know our wedding guests! He NEVER makes you feel like you’re on the clock and is willing to go above and beyond to please his clients. At the same time, Kenny was very professional and took his work seriously. He even arrived a couple days before our wedding to scope out the venue and the island, looking for the best scenic photo ops. Our pictures did not disappoint.
With a background in graphic design, Kenny is a talented photographer who really knows how to work the camera and light together to make your pictures come to life. Thanks to Kenny, we had our wedding featured in two issues of the Destination Weddings and Honeymoons magazine.
If I ever got married agian, I would call him up right away. =P
G.O: Cnce in a while, you get to meet people who are truly talented and destined to do what they do. kenny kim is one of those people. He is gifted and has the true eye to capture the most brilliant photographs. I have had the honor of knowing Kenny and seeing him metaphorphasize and integrate his graphic design skills into the photographer he is today, and really his work really speaks for itself. Anyone can have a camera, learn to point and shoot… but very little can do what Kenny does.
If you ever need a photographer to capture any special moments in your life- kenny kim is the person to go to. he is professional, kind, and driven. you will not be disappointed. i guarantee it!
ISIS M: Unless you are a veteran practitioner of embracing only the present, and casting off the past- photographs matter. One might argue that outside of your commitment to each other, photographs are the most important consideration of the event. Your photos are not just artifacts from your wedding. For the bride and groom who are enduring the stress of the event, the photographs may *be* your first opportunity to experience the event worry-free. And from multiple angles, literally. I can’t emphasize enough that one must not skimp on photography. Get the best. Get Kenny Kim. The absolute essence of my sister’s wedding was captured by Kenny. He learned each member of the wedding party’s name, thereby facilitating his loving direction of shots. I knew Kenny was good during the shoots, but nothing could have prepared me for the art he pulled from my family’s special days in Aruba. Beyond the work, there is the man. He is honest, kind, interested, and a person of integrity. If you have contracted with anyone for anything, then you know integrity is central to the transaction. Last night we watched a slide show of my sister’s wedding, with Kenny. The work is inspired and-off-the-hook good. Kenny is the only way to go. He is a the only photographer I would recommend.
L.K: Both my husband and I cannot express how wonderful Kenny is! As many have already stated, he is not only a talented photographer but also a great person and friend. Despite having known Kenny for a few years, he remained professional and made sure that we were satisfied clients. Kenny took the time to get to know the vision of our wedding and work out all the details that were involved with the wedding day and photos. Equipped with his knowledge of us and the wedding details, he did a great job of making us feel comfortable during the shoot and integrating our personalities, quirks, and history to make the photos meaningful. The photos are absolutely beautiful and are captured in such an effortless way…
CHRIS K: Not sure where to start with Kenny. I guess I’ll start with the fact that he’s the kind of photographer that you don’t remember as a business, he’s the kind of guy you remember as a great person and a friend.
Kenny was our engagement and wedding photographer. He went above and beyond what was expected and necessary to ensure that both my wife and I were 100% comfortable with him and his plans for us, and he put an emphasis on getting to know us and our quirks to portray us as naturally and as best as he could.
A typical complaint about wedding photographers seems to be the turn-around time for pictures. That definitely does NOT apply here. All of the originals came back to us in a beautiful DVD (it came in a beautifully bound leather book with a photo of us on the front) package before we could even finish unpacking from our honeymoon.
SANDY K: Kenny was the photographer at my friend’s wedding this past weekend. One word…fabulous! If I ever get married in the near future, there’s no doubt who I’ll be calling. Not only were his pictures just stunning from the few I got to see when he took them, but he was so open, friendly, professional, and just a fun person to have around! I can’t recommend this guy enough…If you want a photographer who can make your special day memorable beyond words, and capture all those small moments that makes the day unforgettable, give him a call!
JUSTYNA D: Kenny Kim is not only our incredible wedding photographer, but he has also become our friend. He has the kind of warm personality that nobody forgets. As a wedding photographer, he has the ability to make everyone comfortable around him- from your flower girls, to your grandmother.
Our wedding photographs are absolutely breathtaking. I can honestly say that I have never seen better work– and let’s just say I read a lot of wedding magazines when I was engaged.
Kenny genuinely cares about you, and goes above-and-beyond to ensure you have your photographs to you as soon as possible. In fact, he set up a laptop to preview images during our reception. The following day, he emailed a few preview images to us knowing that we were leaving for our honeymoon. I highly recommend Kenny!
ALAN B: There are so many great things to say about Kenny and his photography. Kenny did our wedding & engagement photos this past spring. For us the photography was high on our priority list and wanted nothing but what we felt was the best. If you check out his blog or website his talent speaks for itself – effortless, artistic, candid photos that capture the most beautiful essence of that moment. So many times I look at my wedding photos and I see a look on my face or my husbands face that brings back the exact feeling that was going through me at that time – it is with this sort of excellence and rawness that Kenny so beautifully executes in every shot. Sure, there are many photographers out there who do a great job, but the ease that Kenny exudes as well as his kindness and professionalism sets him apart. In choosing Kenny as our photographer I never once doubted or questioned the product he would deliver,and to us that meant everything .
MEGHAN B: Kenny Kim was suggested to us through a friend of a friend and after just talking to him on the phone my husband and I instantly knew he was going to be fun to work with! Not only did we get amazing, priceless images but we gained a great friend in the process. Kenny did much reconnaissance work before hand and had the most amazing locations picked out since we had no idea what we were looking for. He made every one of our guests feel very comfortable in front of the camera and was able to capture everyone at their best moments. I would highly recommend Kenny Kim for anyone looking for a professional who really is a great guy and is really great at what they do.
DIANNA D: Kenny photographed my wedding outside of Rome Italy and did an amazing job. If you are looking for an awesome photographer who can capture not just the couple but the beauty of the entire event, this is your guy! I couldn’t recommend him more, he is a pleasure to work with and has so much talent. Our family and friends said that his photo’s didn’t feel contrived, just in the moment and I think that really captures what Kenny brings to the table.
LEILA K: I have said this time and time again, Kenny is an amazing photographer, a wonderful person and if you can make “one” special request for your wedding, you have got to hire him! My husband and I will both agree, the best decision we made besides getting married was having Kenny and his team be a part of our special day.
I have known Kenny for years and to have someone like him who is kind, thoughtful and professional to work with during all the hustle of planning a wedding, it was so comforting to know we had the best photographs we could have imagined from our special day.
I would be repeating much of what has been said about him already but it just goes to show the consistency in his work and his personality. Kenny was extremely flexible, very accommodating, he goes above and beyond what you would expect from a photographer, the turn around on his photos are efficient and above all his photographs are amazing.
Still to this day, I visit his website to check out his latest work. All the time wishing I had this talent. Every time I look at one of my photographers, it brings tears to my eyes because I can feel the emotion he captured in that moment and it makes the memory of my wedding day seem crystal clear once again.
I would be truly blessed if I could work with Kenny again in any capacity. Check out his website, his photographs and I believe it speaks for itself.
ANGELES K: If you are looking for a super talented wedding photographer, who truly is a genuine awesome person, give you wonderful customer service and a great product? Look no more and give Kenny a call. He’s amazing and you will not go amiss. My first hand experience with Kenny was at my sister’s wedding back in 2007. He made such a wonderful impression with me, that when I got engaged I immediately had to call and book him for my wedding.Kenny’s photography is like a symphony for the eyes. I’ve been following his work and it never ceases to amaze me how beautiful and talented Kenny’s images are. Every year he just gets better and more finely tuned with his craft. Kenny is not only talented, but personable and goes above and beyond a typical photographer. He takes the time to get to know you and your family. Even though he is busy photographer, he turns his images around more quickly than I expected.My wedding day is forever captured in these gorgeous photos that will last me a lifetime. I’m so happy that I choose Kenny to capture those moments on one of the best days of my life.