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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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Aruba Wedding Featured on Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine

August 2nd, 2010

My first caribbean wedding in the Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas was featured in the Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine about two years ago. Since then, I have been fortunate to travel around various exotic locations to photographs wonderful weddings. I am excited to announce that my work will be featured on this fabulous publication again […]

 

My first caribbean wedding in the Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas was featured in the Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine about two years ago. Since then, I have been fortunate to travel around various exotic locations to photographs wonderful weddings. I am excited to announce that my work will be featured on this fabulous publication again – on back to back issues!

First issue, which will hit the newsstand in couple of weeks will feature an article about finding your location in the caribbean for your wedding. The staff at DWH chose my image from Aruba wedding of Peggy & Nate (shot earlier this year) as their opening spread to this resourceful 10-page article about finding the right location for your destination wedding in the caribbean:

Here is the image that they chose for their opening spread:

This will be in the Sept/Oct issue and will be out in just couple of weeks so be sure to check it out when you can. Second issue (Nov/Dec) will feature their full wedding in their “I Do, I Do” section. I cannot wait to see this and this will be available later on this year. I will be sure to post it when it becomes available. I just want to take this time to thank Diane Rice (Follow her on twitter: @DWH_Diane), the Photo Editor for Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine and the other wonderful staff there for selecting my work to be a featured in their magazine. Also I would like to thank my clients Peggy & Nate Lao for giving me the opportunity to do what I love!

Please take time to visit my previous post about this wedding. I could be bias but I think it’s worth the look again. 😉

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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.

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Tuscany Wedding of Meghan & Justin – Montepulciano, Italy

June 15th, 2010

Few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling across the pond to Italy to photograph a wedding for Justin & Meghan. I had to sit back and think really hard about how I wanted to blog this wedding – I spent a week with this couple and their friends & family – some of […]

 

Few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling across the pond to Italy to photograph a wedding for Justin & Meghan. I had to sit back and think really hard about how I wanted to blog this wedding – I spent a week with this couple and their friends & family – some of the nicest and down to earth people I’ve met (And they are from the midwest!) It was tough for me to decide because SO many memories were made from this trip and with over 2,000 final images – I was a bit overwhelmed with how I wanted to portray this wedding in such short blog post. I know picture are worth 1,000 words but I sometimes wish there was one photo that could describe thousand photos!

The wedding took place at the wonderful farm house (agriturismo) of Paolo and his family called “Il Greppo.” Talk about small world. I met Paolo last year while I was on my first PhotoVenture tour. My tour guide & best friend in Italy Max Brunelli met Paolo together. He told us about his farm house but little did we realize 8 months later we would be there photographing this couple’s wedding. The world truly is a small place. Il Greppo is situated just outside of Montepulciano, in the heart of Tuscany where some of the best/finest wines are produced. Two of my favorite wines Brunello Di Montalcino and Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano are from this region.

Meghan is gorgeous and Justin isn’t too shabby either. He has a contagious laugh that makes everyone around him laugh. They are truly unique people and they wanted their wedding to reflect just that. For example, they decided to take their honeymoon before the wedding. And in doing so, Meghan & Justin were able to come out and planned this wedding just the way they dreamt it. With the help of Cristiana, the wedding coordinator in Italy, they were able to do just that. Cristiana, along with Max, helped them plan out the detail of the wedding with Meghan and everything that went to this wedding made it so memorable. All in all, it was an unforgettable experience and I feel like I’ve gained some good friends through this wedding. I can go on talking about it, but I will let the photos do the talking from here.

I managed to make a set of collages (24 in total), to describe the week’s worth of experience. I certain hope you guys enjoy them and I, as well as the couple, would love to hear your comments:

These are some photos from that week. Most of them are from events that took place days before or after the wedding:

Thank you Meghan & Justin – and your family and friends for the incredible week! I will be photographing another wedding in Italy later this year. I am looking forward to working with Max on this wedding again. Can’t wait! 🙂 And I must admit, Max, Cristiana and I make quite a wedding team! 🙂

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