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Kenny Kim Promotional Video Version 2

March 4th, 2011

Many times, I am commissioned for weddings outside of my town which makes it impossible for me to meet the potential clients. Videos are a great way for your clients to get to know you as a person and a photographer without meeting physically in person. While meeting people face to face is still the […]

 

Many times, I am commissioned for weddings outside of my town which makes it impossible for me to meet the potential clients. Videos are a great way for your clients to get to know you as a person and a photographer without meeting physically in person. While meeting people face to face is still the best, video is another great way to make an introduction. I recently had a chance to work with Chris & Oliver Cinema to put together a video that showcased some of the places I have been to this past year and compiled a video/interview. This was debuted at my WPPI platform presentation: “Confessions of a Wedding Photographer”. Here is a promo poster for my talk:

And here is the video that was played at the presentation:

Kenny Kim Promotional Video Version 2 from Kenny Kim on Vimeo.

Hope you guys enjoyed it!

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My Schedule at WPPI 2011

February 15th, 2011

With so many things going on these days, I hardly have time to blog! But my good friend Lawrence Chan posted on his blog the schedule for his stay in Vegas while WPPI 2011 is going on. As you guys already know, if you are a wedding or portrait photographer, this event is not to […]

 

WPPI 2011

With so many things going on these days, I hardly have time to blog! But my good friend Lawrence Chan posted on his blog the schedule for his stay in Vegas while WPPI 2011 is going on. As you guys already know, if you are a wedding or portrait photographer, this event is not to be missed! This will be my 5th one attending and I am really looking forward to it. With over 15,000 photographers from all around the world, it is a week long event that will allow you to check out various vendors, meet & network with other photographers and hopefully walk away with some fun and inspirational ideas for your business. Every that I have attended, I felt like I grew little bit as a photographer.

Any ways, one advice I would like to give everyone that is attending for the first time is to soak everything in as much as you can. Do not try to be at 100 places at the same time. Pick out few things that you want to learn, people that you want to meet and really maximize those opportunities and develop good relationships with fellow photographers and vendors. I know there are lot of parties to attend to but keep in mind that those are just means to an end. You want to just walk away with a bad hangover/headache when it’s all said and done. But at the same time, don’t forget to have fun!

I wanted to quickly write up my schedule and post it here – hope to meet many new photographers as well as reconnect with some of my friends in the industry. I know it will not be possible to meet everyone but I’ll do the best I can. Feel free to follow me on twitter @kennykim and hopefully we can connect:

Sunday February 20th:
Check into MGM Grand Signature Hotel (this hotel is closer walk to the convention and much more quiet than MGM)
Heading to Pictage Party then to my good friend Becker’s [b] School Party at night.

Monday February 21st:
I will be walking around WPPI Tradeshow during the day. Come by Pixel2Canvas booth #1260. I will be there at 10am. I will have a few copies of my books to sell & sign if you want to grab one there.

Bludomain Happy Hour – I will be at Bludomain’s Happy Hour from 6:30-8:30pm. Come by and let’s hang out!

Tuesday February 22nd:
During the day I will be at WPPI Tradeshow floor.
I will be doing my Platform Class in the evening from 6pm to 8pm. Everyone is suggesting that you pre-board for classes to guarantee a seat this year.

Pictage Party – After my platform class, I will be heading to Pictage Party. You can get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/eAjRBz

Wednesday February 23rd:
Tradeshow Floor all day! I will be at Kodak Booth doing their K-Zone at 11:30am. It doesn’t stand for Kenny Zone but I will pretend that it does. I will be there with Pictage’s Simon Anderson and the famous Bianchi twins! So come by and show some love.

I might be doing a tour of Zappo’s in the afternoon. Still pending.

In the evening I will attend WPPI award night. I didn’t enter any prints this year (no time – or just bad time management on my part) but it’s always fun to see the latest trend and who’s doing what in our industry.

Thursday February 24th:
I always feel pooped out at the end of the week and always wished that I stayed an extra day to recuperate. So I will attempt to that on this day. Nothing planned yet. Maybe a fun photoshoot in Vegas?

Friday February 25th:
Back to the frozen tundra of Chicago 🙁

So here’s my schedule! It’s not 100% yet as I am sure things will come up/change. If you are going to WPPI, let’s connect. Hope to see some of you guys there. Again, here’s my twitter @kennykim so let’s keep in touch this way. See you soon!

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Portfolio + Workshop III Recap

November 26th, 2010

Back in September, we traveled down to Miami, FL to host our third Portfolio + Workshop w/ Ray Santana & myself. This time we changed up the location and moved to the Four Seasons in the downtown area. We were fortunate to partner up again with Dave Cross of NAPP and Yanni Tzoumas, the executive […]

 

Back in September, we traveled down to Miami, FL to host our third Portfolio + Workshop w/ Ray Santana & myself. This time we changed up the location and moved to the Four Seasons in the downtown area. We were fortunate to partner up again with Dave Cross of NAPP and Yanni Tzoumas, the executive editor of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine join our team. Rather than trying to recap the day with words, sit back and enjoy this 2 minute video created by the talented guys at Chris & Oliver Cinema tell the story of the day:

portfolio plus miami // hot hot heat from Chris & Oliver Cinema on Vimeo.



Here are few photos from the day. I got to work with the couple covering the engagement session style while Ray covered the bride and groom portion of the shoot (These files are STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CAMERA – resized and slightly sharpened in Photoshop using BlogStomp action):




Big thanks goes out to them along with Brent Cline, Kenny Nakai and all the other volunteers and models who came down to give us a hand with this workshop. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors as well as The Four Season Hotel staff for making this possible. You can check out Kenny Nakai’s blog post for additional recap from this event.



Introducing Portfolio + Workshop IV

BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND & CYBER MONDAY SALE: Starting 12 midnight ET Friday, 11/26 until 12 midnight ET Monday 11/29 – get $200 off the registration cost! ($895 $695). This will be a special intimate Portfolio + Workshop. Ray & I will be inviting a small group of people for more hands on learning. First come first serve basis. This workshop will be the last one in Miami for 2011.

CONTEST: By registering early, you will be entered in a contest for a chance to photograph a HIGH-END wedding side by side with Ray Santana and Kenny Kim in Miami. The winner will be announced early December (or when the workshop sells out) so that he or she can make necessary travel arrangements. The wedding will take place at an undisclosed HIGH-END venue in Miami. More details will be given upon registration. Click on the image below for more information about the workshop:

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Bondye Beni Ayiti – Photo essay of my trip to Haiti

October 5th, 2010

Last year I traveled to Tanzania with Thirst Relief to document photos for their organization. It was trip that I will never forget and this past week, I had an opportunity to go on another unforgettable trip – this time to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. As we most of you all know, Haiti was hit by a […]

 

Last year I traveled to Tanzania with Thirst Relief to document photos for their organization. It was trip that I will never forget and this past week, I had an opportunity to go on another unforgettable trip – this time to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. As we most of you all know, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010 that nearly destroyed the entire capital city of Haiti in Port-Au-Prince. Many already-established organizations around the globe stepped up to help the Haitians recover from this tragedy. Some organizations were created in response to this disaster. One of those NGO was Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago and Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. These two individuals believed that the hope of any country that has been hit with natural disaster should come from their own community and by empowering the local churches within that disaster area, you empower the local people within that community internally. My college friend, Thomas Kim was hired by them to be the executive director for this project. Since this past March, we have been trying to organize a time where we can go out there together to document photos to help convey the message to people back home in the U.S.

We were finally able to pencil out a week to make this trip possible. I also teamed with my other photographer buddy Kenny Nakai (acting as a videographer) to travel 2000 miles down to the Caribbean to meet up with Thomas who has already there for two weeks.

To be honest, I was a bit hesitant to go down there at first because it had been over 8 months since the disaster. I thought to myself that there would be nothing left to document since all the debris and rubble have been surely cleaned up by now. Boy was I wrong! The country looked like it was hit by an earthquake last week! During our four days in the heart of Haiti, Thomas, Kenny Nakai and I, along with Jacque & Johny (the local pastors that acted as our guide) traveled to different parts of Port-Au-Prince and visited various ministries and local groups. While Thomas was in meetings, Kenny and I got to document the condition of Haiti. Later on this year, we plan to come out with a book and a video presentation which Churches Helping Churches will be using to help convey the message of Haiti to the people here in the U.S.

Here are some photos that I captured during my time in Haiti. For sake of download time, I have chosen to put about 20 photos here on my blog. To view my entire 80+ images, please visit my facebook gallery. I have mentioned this before, but going on trips like this benefits in both ways. I am thankful that I can give my time and services to better help this country. But more than that, I return a better person learning so much more from their Haitians about various life lessons. I’m so thankful that I got to go on this trip and I hope you can experience what I saw through these photos.

I would love to hear your thoughts, comments and questions after viewing these images. May you continue to pray for Haiti and the people there. Thank you.

Im standing on top of a hill that was created by rubbles piled on from destroyed buildings to get this shot of Port-Au-Prince.

I'm standing on top of a hill that was created by rubbles piled on from destroyed buildings to get this shot of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti.

Almost all the buildings had some type of structural damages from the earthquake that has not been fixed or altered since January. It looked like the quake happened last week.

Almost all the buildings had some type of structural damages from the earthquake that has not been fixed or altered since January. It looks like the quake happened last week. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti.

Almost all the buildings had some type of structural damages from the earthquake that has not been fixed or altered since January. It looks like the quake happened last week.

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Camp Corail - just outside of Port-Au-Prince. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Spending a week with these guys has been an awesome experience. Looking forward to doing it again in the near future. Click on the images to visit my facebook gallery which contains more images from Haiti

Bondye Beni Ayiti means God bless Haiti in Creole, their official language. If you are interested in finding out more about Churches Helping Churches, please visit their website at: http://www.churcheshelpingchurches.org. You can also follow them on twitter @churcheshelping.

I also like to take this time to thank the following sponsors that have stepped up to help support this project: Asuka books, Photographer’s Edit and Pixel2Canvas. An impact of a project is always greater when others partner up for things like this.

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Announcing Portfolio + Workshop and KK PhotoVenture!

July 29th, 2010

I’m very excited to announce my two upcoming events in September & March: 2) Kenny Kim PhotoVenture III – Emilia & Romagna Region March 14-20, 2011 http://photoventure.kennykim.com I am elated to announce this workshop again. We are visiting a whole new region that I have not fully explored. On this journey, we will start by […]

 

I’m very excited to announce my two upcoming events in September & March:

2) Kenny Kim PhotoVenture III – Emilia & Romagna Region
March 14-20, 2011
http://photoventure.kennykim.com

I am elated to announce this workshop again. We are visiting a whole new region that I have not fully explored. On this journey, we will start by visiting Florence and a couple of cities surrounding its beautiful Tuscany region. Then we will march up to one of the richest and developed regions in Europe called Emilia – Romagna. It has one of the oldest university in the Western World and filled with numerous Renaissance cities such as Modena, Parma, Ferrara and Bologna. If you are a wine, food, fast cars and art lover, this region covers it all. We will have two photoshoot sessions: one with model bride/groom & another an engagement session – giving us chance to add some great images for our portfolio and few classroom times to learn more about our business. Kenny Kim will go over his workflow, networking & marketing tips and share some of his insights on how he approaches the wedding day as well as other topics related to weddings.

So expect to see various treasures Italy has to offer. Our Italian tour guide Max Brunelli has planned a wonderful tour and excursions. Arrive with excitement and leave with memories that you will cherish for years to come. Improve your portfolio working with Italian models. Participate in teaching & learning times organized by Kenny as well as other attendees. Best of all, get ready to have some fun – besides, there is no better way to spend your tax write-off! 🙂

Visit http://photoventure.kennykim.com for more details. I can’t wait to see you there!


1) Portfolio + Workshop III at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, FL
September 8th, 2010 with optional mixer on the 7th evening and Q&A on the morning of the 9th.

This workshop is co-teamed with Ray Santana & I along with special guests Dave Cross (Senior Developer, Education and Curriculum for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) & Yanni Tzoumas (Co-founder, Publisher and Executive Editorial Director of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style New England magazine).

Ray Santana, with his extensive background in photography will help you with various technical camera-related topics such as settings (WB? Kelvin Temperature? Manual? P?), getting clean images straight out of the camera, the little things that we overlook while shooting, general lighting, working with vendors, workflow, plus much more.

Kenny Kim will share his unique path of how he started out in this industry and explain his branding, networking & marketing tips. He will also share tips about how to go about planning a perfect wedding day from a wedding photographer’s perspective.

For the first time ever, Yanni Tzoumas, the publisher & executive editor of highly acclaimed Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine will offer his perspective on the wedding industry, insight into the editorial review process and even spend some time doing a portfolio critique for what to submit to a magazine.

Dave Cross, Senior Developer, Education and Curriculum for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals is one of the leading educator in Adobe Photoshop. He will be demonstrating how to take advantage of Smart Objects, Layer Comps and more to create re-useable templates that will save you time and inspire your creativity as well as some basic helpful tips & techniques about Photoshop.

Visit http://www.portfolioplusworkshop.com for more information.