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PhotoVenture IV Preview – Venice & Veneto Region

September 13th, 2011

When people talk about traveling the world, the city of Venice often gets mentioned. I have been engaged in numerous conversations regarding this city and have heard different opinions about it. Some think it’s too dirty and crowded. Some will come and go on a short day trip and treat it like it’s another pit […]

 

When people talk about traveling the world, the city of Venice often gets mentioned. I have been engaged in numerous conversations regarding this city and have heard different opinions about it. Some think it’s too dirty and crowded. Some will come and go on a short day trip and treat it like it’s another pit stop for typical tourists traveling to Italy. Some even thought it’s a city in front of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas (no joke). Then there are people that absolutely LOVE Venice. The most romantic city in the world. The ones that never been daydream of going there one day while those that have cannot wait to go back again. Regardless of one’s opinion, you cannot help but to ignore Venice. It is one of the most unique city in the world and I hope everyone will get a chance to visit her at least once in their lifetime.

The minute you walk outside the Santa Lucia train station in Venice, you get immersed into the venetian culture. It can be visually overwhelming but take a moment to enjoy the surroundings. It’s beautiful. It truly is a unique city and there’s none like it. Then imagine that you are standing on a city built on water more than 1500 years ago by people that dared to defy sea and build themselves a magnificent dwelling place on top of mud banks in a swampy and treacherous lagoon. Venice has triumphed over all these years commercially, economically, and artistically as one of the most dominant society in perhaps all of western europe. Breath-taking venetian gothic, byzantine as well as other form of architecture will visually thrill you as you ride a boat across their water canal. For most people, Venice will be a short visit as most tourists will flood in the morning and dry out by late afternoon. But to truly experience Venice, you need to stay for several days and get lost in the streets were the locals live. There are approximately 270,000 Venetians dwelling in the island and it’s surroundings and to see them in their day to day life will help you understand and appreciate Venice. Smell the fresh catch at the daily morning fish market. Sip some porsecco during their happy hour as you chat with the locals. Take a coffee break as you enjoy the sunset and music playing in the streets. Sit back, slow down and let Venice soak you in.

I have had the privilege of visiting this city over 3 times in the past couple of years and even had the privilege of photographing a celebrity wedding with Bob Davis in April of 2009. Each time I go back, I fall in love with her more and more. There is something about this city that is magical and it will grab you and not let you go. I cannot wait to go back this November – this time with a group of my photographer friends. I’m privileged to have Bob Davis accompanying me on this adventure as a special guest/speaker. Whether you are a novice or a professional photographer, you will walk away from this trip a different person. Do yourself a favor and visit Venice. She may not be around much longer. Meet her before she is gone. This will be a trip of a life time and I hope you can join us in the fall. A presto!

For more photos from my past trips to Venice, visit my Facebook Gallery: http://on.fb.me/mYELEX

For more information, visit: http://photoventure.kennykim.com/
Dates: November 14-20, 2011
Registration deadline: September 30, 2011

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…Going to the Castle of Love – Castello Di Amorosa

August 18th, 2011

There are several hundreds of wineries in Napa Valley and I am pretty sure most of them, if not all of them, make great wines. But just like in any business, In order to stand out from the rest, you have to market yourself to be different – and Castello Di Amorosa did just that. […]


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There are several hundreds of wineries in Napa Valley and I am pretty sure most of them, if not all of them, make great wines. But just like in any business, In order to stand out from the rest, you have to market yourself to be different – and Castello Di Amorosa did just that.

I first heard about the castle from my friend Kim Geis who is a resident in Napa. When she found out that I was visiting there last year, she insisted on bring me to this winery that was designed like an Italian tuscan castle. In 2010, I spent over 2 months in Italy and got to see some pretty authentic medieval castles there so it was going to take a lot to impress me. So my initial reaction to her was “a real italian castle in Napa? Come on Kim, it’s going to take a lot to impress me…” Boy was I in for a big surprise!

Driving along highway 29, we passed by Napa, Oakville, St. Helena and the famous “Welcome to Napa” sign. As soon as we entered the town of Calistoga, I turned left into the winery. As I drove long their long winding path that lead to their parking lot, my reaction took a complete different turn. “Oh wow, there really IS an Italian castle in Napa.” The owner Dario Sattui, who also owns V. Sattui winery just down the road built this castle using materials all imported from Italy – brick by brick. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I got to tour the castle with one of their tour guide Cynthia (I’m not sure what her official title is), who gave us a detailed description about the castle. I was so impressed with what she had to share. Her passion for the castle infused with little bit of humor & sarcasm made the tour very enjoyable. I have been back to the castle total of three times now and every time, I brought back a different group of people to share this experience with. I also made sure that Cynthia was the one that gave us our tour. On my most recent visit, I became their member even though I live in Chicago. I wanted to be part of what they were doing.

Next time you visit Napa, be sure to stop by this castle and request Cynthia to give you the tour. You will thoroughly enjoy your visit, not to mention their great wine. Dario took his dream and made it reality simply by doing it. Castello Di Amorosa (or Castle of Love) will inspire you to be different and teach you to follow your passion!

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

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Getting To Know You – Featuring Photo Editor Diane Rice

July 6th, 2011

Many wedding photographers want to get their work featured in a magazine or an online editorial website without really knowing what steps to go about making this happen. I got my first editorial feature on the Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine through a help of a friend/fellow photographer back in 2007. It was then that […]

 

Many wedding photographers want to get their work featured in a magazine or an online editorial website without really knowing what steps to go about making this happen. I got my first editorial feature on the Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine through a help of a friend/fellow photographer back in 2007. It was then that I got to develop a relationship with their photo editor Diane Rice. Since then I have had the privilege of getting couple more weddings and some images from other events featured on there. Rather than giving you tips on how to go about submitting work, I thought it might be best to hear the advice from the main source. I recently had a chance to interview Diane and wanted to share that interview with everyone out there that might be interested in finding out more about what the photo editors are actually looking for in a photo submission.

Kenny Kim: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you end up being the photo editor for Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine?

Diane Rice: I’ve wanted to be a photo editor ever since I was a kid and I worked on my grade-school yearbook. I loved the feeling of collaborating with a team and creating a tangible product people can enjoy. I still thumb though my eighth-grade yearbook from time to time, and it’s interesting to compare it to what I’m doing now. I guess I’ve come a long way …

I went on to study graphic design and photography in college and later landed my first job as an assistant photo editor for a local newspaper group on Long Island, New York. When I wasn’t working the photo desk or covering local events, I freelanced as an assistant wedding photographer for a friend. I loved how intimate and unique each wedding was and how important the role of the photographer was in memorializing the event. So when I moved to Florida and started working for DWH, it was a natural fit! It was a perfect combination of two of my passions — being part of an amazing team and weddings!

KK: I’m sure you guys get lot of submissions for your magazine. Can you tell us about the process you guys go through for selecting images for the featured wedding section?

DR: First and foremost it’s about great photography! After we close an issue, I’ll go though all the submissions that came in over the past month and flag my favorites. I look for solid submissions where the collection of images tells a cohesive story about the couple, from great portraits to lots of details. The real weddings we feature are about both informing and inspiring our readers. Also, It’s important for us to make sure a good range of locations are represented, so I usually break submissions down into groups according to region. Once I’ve narrowed down the selection and made my top picks, I sit down with the art director and editor. We look though the selects and determine which ones tell the best stories and give us the most visual variety between the pages.

KK: What are some common mistakes photographers make when they are submitting their work?
DR: The biggest frustration for me is an incomplete submission, such as if I don’t have the proper information about a wedding (location, date, bride and groom’s home state) or if there are only couple shots and no details. This puts extra work on me to call in the missing elements. Often I’ll disregard the wedding entirely and defer to a submission where the photographer followed our guidelines. You have to appreciate a photographer who puts the effort into making things easier on us.

Another frustration is when photographers neglect to ask the couple’s permission in advance to not only use their photography editorially, but also to share their personal details. It’s always disappointing when you fall in love with an event only to find out the couple isn’t interested in sharing their story.

KK: What should the photographers be shooting during the wedding that you guys are looking for in a wedding?

DR: All of our real weddings are anchored by one main image, which sets the tone of the story. For this we ask our contributors to shoot an artistic, candid, environmental portrait of the couple, usually a horizontal or easily cropped vertical. We like the place to shine as much as the people! The mood/style/essence is what we’re trying to capture. Our tagline is “the travel magazine for brides and grooms,” so for us it’s important to capture the vibe and unique nature of each destination, especially since many of our bides have never been to their destinations of choice prior to their weddings. Also, we love the unique details! The shoes, the bouquet, the rings, the cake, the food, the decor and very pulled-back images of the ceremony so the setting shines!

KK: Are there any specific destination locations you guys have not covered that you would love to feature?

DR: Wow, that’s a tough one. We’ve covered a pretty wide range of locations in the three-plus years I’ve been with the brand, including Easter Island, a mountaintop in New Zealand only accessible by helicopter, remote atolls in the South Pacific, and African safaris. However, I have yet to receive a submission from Greenland or Iceland. I’d love to run one … especially if they had dog sleds!

KK: What do you think is the ratio between local vs. destination weddings? Are there pros and cons to planning a destination wedding?

DR: In 2000, destination weddings made up 5 percent of the bridal market; today, they comprise 20 percent of the market — and with 2.2 million weddings each year in the U.S., that’s a substantial number.

A wedding away is surprisingly cost-effective. Many destination venues offer free planning help. Plus, you save on decor because with a destination wedding, your location supplies the theme — when you choose an amazing backdrop, it doesn’t take much to dress it up. Also, destination weddings tend to have smaller guest lists and often span a few days, which means — now that you’ve gotten your nearest and dearest together, you can actually spend quality time with them!

There are admittedly some additional logistics to consider. Planning over the phone can be tricky — it’s not like you can just run over to the florist after work to tweak your order. The trick is finding trusted vendors you can rely on to interpret your vision. Planners can be a huge help.

KK: Can you tell us a proper step for publication submission for Destination Weddings & Honeymoons?

DR: The first thing I ask is that photographers obtain permission from each couple before submitting their photography, and that they confirm the wedding qualifies as a destination wedding. By DWH standards, the couple must travel 100 miles or a two-hour drive from home. All submitted weddings must have been shot in the past year. I generally ask photographers to submit 100-150 images, including environmental portraits and lots of details via CD/DVD. Oh, and don’t forget to send a copy of the submission form. You can download our submission guidelines and view upcoming deadlines here:
http://www.destinationweddingmag.com/real-weddings/submit-your-wedding

KK: Any other advice would you give to photographers or in general?
DR: Never stop learning — keep up to date on the trends, read blogs and photographer forums, pick up magazines and study what kind of images are making it into print. Photography, more than many arts, is a medium of the moment, so we need to stay informed and keep our fingers on the pulse of society. And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with it! Shoot what you love and what charges your creative mojo!

Thank you so much Diane for your time and sharing! You can find out more about the magazine by visiting their website or joining them on facebook. You can also follow Diane on twitter @DianeRicePhoto.

I have couple of workshops coming up that you guys might be interested in:
1) England one day workshop hosted by Sarah P Photography – September 21, 2011. Corsham, Wiltshire, UK. Visit this website for more information:http://store.kennykim.com/england_workshop/

2) PhotoVenture IV with Kenny Kim & Friends – Special Guest Bob Davis
November 14-20, 2011. Venice, Italy & the areas surrounding that region. Visit http://photoventure.kennykim.com for more information.

At both of these events, I’ll be going over some topics related to destination wedding photography. Hope to see you at one of the events!

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Portfolio + Workshop V – Chicago, IL

May 2nd, 2011

My buddy Ray Santana & I started Portfolio + Workshop with a goal to help photographers get their wedding business started on the right track. The first four workshops were held down in sunny Miami but this time we decided to take it on the road. Our next location was obvious: we wanted to bring […]

 

My buddy Ray Santana & I started Portfolio + Workshop with a goal to help photographers get their wedding business started on the right track. The first four workshops were held down in sunny Miami but this time we decided to take it on the road. Our next location was obvious: we wanted to bring Portfolio + Workshop to the coolest city in the U.S.!!! I might be a bit biased since I am from here but if you come to visit, you’ll agree with me (Just stay away during the winter ;-)) that Chicago was the perfect place to host our next workshop.

We gathered at Kenny Nakai’s brand new studio in Chicago. Nathan Holritz of Photographer’s Edit joined us as our guest speaker as well as our sponsor for this event. Many friends in our industry have gathered to make this event possible. Big thanks goes out to Lillian at Starlight Makeup in Chicago for the amazing job styling the bride & the groom models. Gorgeous bouquets were designed by Grace at Vale of Enna Flowers. Charlene at Sweet Chic Events, Inc. & Pure Kitchen Catering provided a sweet table top for everyone to photograph.

Big thanks goes out to: Pixel2Canvas, Photographer’s Edit and Album Crafters for their support in sponsoring this workshop along with Camera Bits and Kubota Image Tools. We also like to thank Courtney Hildebrand from Modern Luxury Media for paying us a visit to talk about the importance of advertising.

All in all Portfolio + Workshop V was a big success and we are glad that photographers that attended this workshop left with valuable lessons and tools to help them get their business started. Here are some photos that were captured of our models during our photoshoot session the second day:

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Experimenting with Vintage Action using Kubota Image Tools

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Here’s our group. I think some of us were a little bitter from the cold weather (hint: Uncle Ray). 🙂

Portfolio + Workshop Chicago Photoshoot

Our goal during the shoot was to help the photographers learn how to capture these kind of images right out of the camera. Most us put our gear in Auto mode with AWB and spend countless hours behind the computer trying to perfect our image. Instead we taught everyone how to use proper color temperature and exposure to get the results in your camera. These images were pretty much out of the camera with a little saturation & sharpening added along with a touch of skin softening – three quick actions using Kubota Image Tools) will help everyone to learn and perfect the craft of using your camera as a tool to capture what you see. Hope to see you guys at the next workshop. Stay tuned for our next location in the future. For more information, visit the website.

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Kenny Kim PhotoVenture III – A Quick Wrap Up

March 25th, 2011

We just finished our PhotoVenture last week in Italy. What an unforgettable time with some amazing people. It’s hard to describe all that has happened in just few photos and a blog post – nor will I attempt to. For now, I want to share an image of our group and a video that Rob […]

 

We just finished our PhotoVenture last week in Italy. What an unforgettable time with some amazing people. It’s hard to describe all that has happened in just few photos and a blog post – nor will I attempt to. For now, I want to share an image of our group and a video that Rob Adams Films has made from this trip. It’s just a teaser of what’s to come. Meet our handsome group:

Meet our amazing group

Here’s a short video showing a glimpse of what we experienced (with more to come):

We cannot say enough about these group ragamuffin bunch and the fun we had learning, growing, experiencing & rediscovering our passion for photography together. Big thanks to all the attendees that made this journey possible. You all played an integral part in this experience! Until next time… PhotoVenture IV???