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Kenny Kim T-Shirt Version 5 – Now Available

January 24th, 2011

I am proud to announce the arrival of my new T-shirts! Version 5 marks the five years that I have been in business. Visit this link to find out more about this shirt and to place an order. They are $20 each and can be purchased today! It will be available for shipping starting on […]


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I am proud to announce the arrival of my new T-shirts! Version 5 marks the five years that I have been in business. Visit this link to find out more about this shirt and to place an order.

They are $20 each and can be purchased today! It will be available for shipping starting on February 1st. Big thanks to Promise Tangeman for coming up with this creative design!

Churches Helping Churches

10% of your purchase will go towards Churches Helping Churches – a non-profit organization dedicated to create a global partnership of church communities who seek to rebuild other churches in the wake of a catastrophic natural disaster. I have had the privilege of working with them by taking two trips down to Haiti. I really believe in their mission and would love to support them through this cause.

Photo courtesy of Bob Davis:


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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 25th, 2010

Hello everyone – I have been MIA on my blog for a long time. I thought month of December will be a time to catch up but now I’m realizing that this month is almost over also! I am so thankful for 2010 and all the wonderful opportunities and great people that I got to […]

 

Hello everyone – I have been MIA on my blog for a long time. I thought month of December will be a time to catch up but now I’m realizing that this month is almost over also! I am so thankful for 2010 and all the wonderful opportunities and great people that I got to meet along the way. I wanted to quickly write a note here to wish everyone a warm and safe Christmas and New Year. I sent out an eCard this morning to many of my friends and funny thing happened – I got Automated Reply back from just about every single person I wrote to. It is a good reminder that we need to take time off from our work and spend this time with people that are important in your life. I used the photo from Venice as my eCard but I actually had couple of other possible candidates which I wanted to share all of them here. I got this ( wish you were here ) idea while flipping through the United Hemisphere magazine. I have been fortunate to travel to many locations this year and every time I saw something breathtaking, I always said to myself that others were here to enjoy the moment with me. So hopefully I can share these moments with you through these eCards:

Have a great holiday everyone. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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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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Three Perfect Days: Seoul

September 30th, 2010

I got this idea while perusing through United’s monthly Hemispheres magazine. Every issue there is an article called: “Three Perfect Days: (Fill in the city name)” that highlights a certain city around the world. It maps out (their suggestion on) how to best view the city in three days. Ironically I got to spend three […]

 

I got this idea while perusing through United’s monthly Hemispheres magazine. Every issue there is an article called: “Three Perfect Days: (Fill in the city name)” that highlights a certain city around the world. It maps out (their suggestion on) how to best view the city in three days. Ironically I got to spend three full days in Seoul so I decided to officially name this gallery just that.

This journey and collection of photos would not have been possible without the help of my good friends and family members. I went to Seoul without planning anything and with no expectation of what to see. I ended up walking away filled with memories, tasting delicious cuisines, and a yearning to return to a place where my heritage comes from.

It was a delightful trip and one I will not forget. In another gallery I will highlight my visit to my hometown of Gwangju, Korea. But for now, here are some images from Seoul and some caption to follow.

I hope you enjoy these images and would love to hear your thoughts and comments on them. More photos can be viewed on my facebook gallery page.

Three Perfect Days: Seoul

Visual essay of my recent trip to Seoul, Korea

Three Perfect Days: Seoul

Visual essay of my recent trip to Seoul, Korea

Three Perfect Days: Seoul

Visual essay of my recent trip to Seoul, Korea

Three Perfect Days: Seoul

Visual essay of my recent trip to Seoul, Korea

Three Perfect Days: Seoul

Visual essay of my recent trip to Seoul, Korea

Three Perfect Days: Seoul

Visual essay of my recent trip to Seoul, Korea

For more photos can be viewed on my facebook gallery page.

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Speaking at South Bend Indiana & Kina Grannis Concert

June 11th, 2010

Whew. Time really does fly. Subjectively & objectively. This past month of May has been a whirlwind. I got to attend my first Chicago Blackhawks playoff game, photographed a wedding in New Orleans, shot handful of engagement and family sessions, photographed an unbelievable wedding in Italy, came back to Chicago to photograph a gorgeous Indian […]

 

Whew. Time really does fly. Subjectively & objectively. This past month of May has been a whirlwind. I got to attend my first Chicago Blackhawks playoff game, photographed a wedding in New Orleans, shot handful of engagement and family sessions, photographed an unbelievable wedding in Italy, came back to Chicago to photograph a gorgeous Indian wedding and more. June is no diferent. In just 10 days I photographed another eSession, wedding, spoke at South Bend, Indiana and got to attend a concert of an artist that I really enjoy listening to. Did I mention it’s only June 10th? I wanted to just quickly update you on 2 things:

I. SPEAKING AT SOUTH BEND, INDIANA
I was honored when Katie Whitcomb, a great photographer from South Bend, IN asked me to come out to speak at their local photographer’s meeting. So I dragged my roommate and trekked across state. I had a great time speaking to about 30+ photographers. Here are few photos from that event:

Everyone was so attentive and supported me with positive nods & smiles. I do have to admit though. We had this meeting inside of a chocolate store and the smell of chocolate was killing me!

Then I had a real treat waiting for me. My clients Cory & Sarah from a wedding I photographed in 11/11/2006 made a surprise visit to hear my talk! They drove over 2 hours to show their support. This almost brought tears to my eyes. As if being 2 hours was not bad enough, Sarah just delivered a baby three weeks ago and Cory is currently going through chemotherapy for his cancer! This couple has a special place in my heart as they are one of the reasons why I wanted to go into wedding photography in the first place. Read more about them here in my previous blog post.

I got to hold their precious baby Charis! Thank you Cory & Sarah so much for going out of your way to visit me here. I will continue to pray and think of you guys. Please keep in touch as often as you can!

And finally big thank you to Katie Whitcomb for organizing this meeting and inviting me to speak here. I look forward to coming back again. Shout out to my roommate Kenny Nakai from tagging along with me and capturing all these fun images as well!

II. KINA GRANNIS
I got to attend a concert by an up & coming talented artist in Kina Grannis. She is the youtube/online/twitter gal with a phenomenal voice & musical talent. I’m fascinated because she understands the power of the online social media and uses it to attract a huge following and allows her audience to connect with her through her transparency. This is a lesson we can all learn and apply to our business – allowing our clients to connect with us by sharing our lives with them. Everyone in the audience responded to Kina as if she was an old friend that they haven’t seen in awhile. She immediately connected with her audience just by being herself. I’ve been fan of her music and when she came to Chicago for her concert, I jumped at the opportunity to go listen to her live.

Of course being the camera geek that I am, I can’t help but to bring my camera along as my date and snapped a few photos of/for her:

Thanks for a great concert Kina. She is still on her national tour to promote her new CD called “Stairwells.” Check her out at one of the remaining cities here. Best wishes with the rest of your tour!

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