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Aruba Wedding Published in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine

August 12th, 2012

The day I met with Ary & Marco, I knew that we would be a perfect fit. Ary, with her beautiful smile & kind heart was going to be a beautiful bride and Marco’s friendly & warm personality made you like him immediately. After our initial meeting, I think Ary was disappointed because my commissioning […]

 

The day I met with Ary & Marco, I knew that we would be a perfect fit. Ary, with her beautiful smile & kind heart was going to be a beautiful bride and Marco’s friendly & warm personality made you like him immediately. After our initial meeting, I think Ary was disappointed because my commissioning rate was a bit out of their budget. But Marco, being the romantic guy he is, contacted me and wanted to surprise Ary by hiring me as their wedding photographer. So he had me come over one evening when Ary was at home sitting comfortably in her living room couch watching TV (in her pajamas!). Boy was she surprised and happy to see me. After that surprise, I could not wait for their wedding day to happen. Everything about this wedding was a dream come true. Wedding in Aruba with tropical climate and gorgeous environment, surrounded by close family and friends… what more can a couple ask for? Marco and Ary also LOVED the video work of Chris & Oliver Cinema so we went down to the Caribbean as a photo/video team. Immediately, we felt like we were part of the family. It must be the Puerto Rican culture but everyone was so nice and inviting. I even got to spend some time with them on a pre-wedding snorkeling trip.

I wanted to blog about this shortly after their wedding, but I had a funny feeling that this might be a wedding that could get published. So I held off for awhile and thankfully the wonderful staff at Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine decided to publish this in their “I Do, I Do” section. Well, just like Ary, I got a surprise of my own when they selected one of Ary & Marco’s images from their wedding as the COVER of that issue! What a surprise and honor this was! So I waited patiently until July rolled around before I could publish this. Well, needless to say, it is now August and I am finally blogging about this exciting news. It has been an extremely busy Summer with non-stop shooting so I am slowly catching up on work. I guess it’s better late than never right? So without further adieu, I present you the Cover and the featured article along with some other images from their beautiful Destination Wedding in West Palm Beach, Aruba.

Photography by Kenny Kim Photography
Venue & Catering: Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa
Videography by: Chris & Oliver Cinema

You can also checkout my promo video that Chris & Oliver made during this trip:

coconuts. big dogs. good times. | kenny kim from Chris & Oliver on Vimeo.

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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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Importance of having a good business card

September 1st, 2010

Business card these days seem irrelevant today due to the electronic information era. However, as photographers, we ought to be constantly networking with new people everyday in person. And when networking, it is important to have a business card to pass along your information to potential clients and/or people that might refer you work in […]

 

Business card these days seem irrelevant today due to the electronic information era. However, as photographers, we ought to be constantly networking with new people everyday in person. And when networking, it is important to have a business card to pass along your information to potential clients and/or people that might refer you work in the future.

In my home, I have a big glass jar that is about to spill out with hundreds if not thousands of business cards I collected over the past few years (mainly from photographers). I kept all of them because one day I wanted to talk about how important it is to have a good business card. I have seen some well-designed cards and I have seen some ones that made me ask myself: “What were they thinking when they made these cards?!” Having been a graphic designer in my previous occupation I have learned a thing or two about organizing information and have created some corporate identity materials for various clients. Having said that, I wanted to take this time to share some tips for having a good business card.

1) You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Have you bought a book because you liked a way the cover looked? How often do we make perceived judgements on people we meet based on how they dress? This is exactly the same for photographers and your business cards. Your business card is the first impression people have of you as a photographer. A well-designed card makes people think you are professional, increases your perceived value, and make them think that you are a darn good photographer.

2) Include necessary contact information such as name, email address, website and a phone number. I have seen so many cards that did not have either email or phone number. I asked several photographers what their reasoning behind this was and their reply was: “they can come to my website to get the other information.” This is true but why add another step/obstacle from them contacting you? On the same token, do not oversaturate your card with information.

3) Being a specialist does not mean you are good at portraits, weddings, commercial & sports. Stick to one thing and mention that on your card if you wish to. You cannot be a specialist in everything. Just because you can do it does not mean you have to mention it. If possible, have separate cards for different things you specialize in.

4) Avoid “do-it-yourself home-printed business cards”. Again invest some money and get some quality cards. Your perceived value will depend on how nice your cards are. Why ruin it by trying to save money by either doing it yourself and/or use those inexpensive services that out in the market? People may not tell you this in person, but when they get a poorly designed or inexpensive cards, they already have a preconceived value about your photography and your business.

5) Make them unique. You are, after all, one of a kind. Rather than using a predesigned template cards, have one professionally designed that represents your photography. There are many ways to make them unique (die cut, sewn, letterpress, foil stamping, etc.) Work with a professional designer to get this done.

6) Never apologize for the card that you have. Your cards represent who you are and you should be proud of it. I have received numerous cards and as people are handing them to me, they are automatically apologizing to me because of the quality, not up-to-date information, etc. Be confident and proud of your cards when you hand them out.

7) As important as it is to exchange cards, more importantly, it is essential to follow up with the people you exchanged cards with. Rather than letting it go to waste, enter their contact information in an address book. Then shortly after, send them an email thanking them for the opportunity to meet together. It will go long ways.

Finally, I am proud to share my new business cards with everyone. These were beautifully designed by Studio Z Mendocino out of California. My photographer friend Patty Hildebrand gave me a card that really stood out. I then had to ask her for the contact information for who designed her cards. So big thanks to Patty for introducing me to Studio-Z!

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (http://www.studio-z.com/)

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (http://www.studio-z.com/)

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (http://www.studio-z.com/)

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (http://www.studio-z.com/)

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (http://www.studio-z.com/)

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (http://www.studio-z.com/)

Letterpress cards designed by Studio-Z for Kenny Kim (http://www.studio-z.com/)

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Chicago Engagement Session: Justyna & Craig

June 24th, 2010

This is one of the more memorable engagement sessions I have shot so far. We were expecting a sunny day only to get rained on twice, getting kicked out of two places by security guards (surprise, surprise) and still managed to go for a bumpy boat on Lake Michigan. But despite all this, we ended […]

 

This is one of the more memorable engagement sessions I have shot so far. We were expecting a sunny day only to get rained on twice, getting kicked out of two places by security guards (surprise, surprise) and still managed to go for a bumpy boat on Lake Michigan. But despite all this, we ended up with a great eSession. What’s there to not love about it? A great looking couple in Justyna & Craig, shooting them in their “car” which turned out to be a Ferrari, getting a tour of Craig’s huge photography collection and finishing on Lake Michigan going on a boat ride? And to top it off, my good friends, who just started their Chris & Oliver Cinema production came along and filmed the session.

I met Justyna & Craig at a bridal show hosted by the Metropolitan Club earlier this year. After our initial meeting, I’ll admit that I secretly kept my fingers crossed hoping that they would commission me as their photographer. Justyna is a beautiful girl and Craig and I have a same brand watch – which told me that we’ll get along just fine. On top of that, they are the nicest people you’ll meet and Craig has an affinity for photography so it was such an honor to be chosen for their wedding day.

Here are some photos from our shoot that day. To see the video from the shoot, scroll down to the bottom:

Boys will be boys!

Boys will be boys!

Check out the video below made by Chris & Oliver Cinema. You can contact them via email. If it does not load, visit Vimeo directly.

craig + justyna // fickle weather. fast cars. fair water from Chris & Oliver Cinema on Vimeo.

Thank you Justyna & Craig! Look forward to your fabulous wedding in the Fall!

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Thirst Relief Project Update: Day 3

November 8th, 2009

Today is Saturday which means back home, many of my friends that are photographers are out shooting weddings. And if you are not you are probably out enjoying your day off. So at first I decided to take today off from blogging – it was also a great excuse for not wanting to blog. After […]


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Today is Saturday which means back home, many of my friends that are photographers are out shooting weddings. And if you are not you are probably out enjoying your day off. So at first I decided to take today off from blogging – it was also a great excuse for not wanting to blog. After sitting out in the sun all day in 90 degree weather with humidity which makes it feel like it’s over 100 degrees, the last thing you want to do is come back to our hotel and sit in front of the computer for another hour or so.

Well at least that was my initial thought. But after perusing through some of these days I captured today, I felt like I would be robbing the experience out of the ones that have been faithfully following out blog and facebook updates. So in my guilty conscious, I am staying up again to give you a quick update about what happened today.

Just when we think today can’t get any better, tomorrow it gets better with more and more different things we are experiencing here. (By the way, please pray for Jim Hicks. He spent the first half of the day with us then the second half of the day he had to stay in bed – we are not sure what he has right now but he’s been feeling pretty ill)

Please bear with me as these 30 images download. They will be worth the wait. We would love to hear from you or answer any questions about our trip as well. Feel free to leave them in the comment section.

We decided to pull off the side of the road to capture some common daily life activities along the road. We stopped near a stone querrying site where construction companies would come, exploit the land of various rocks then leave them empty.

After the land has been excavated they are often taken over by the people who need homes. They will build houses using what ever the materials that they can find. This photo shows a typical style of homes that you would expect to find in these sites.

Along the road we stopped again to find a group of guys working in the trenches. They have been digging since the morning. At first we thought they were digging water trenches. Turns out they were building cable lines for local phone company and also using the rocks that they excavate for stones which will be broken down into little rocks that can be sold for various uses.

That man you saw above working hard – his name is Hamad. He is 28 years old and he works all day without shoes. Most of these guys don’t get water breaks so until it is their lunch time they are constantly working digging trenches along the road.

We were led down to the lower part the town where women & children were sitting around crushing the big stones into little rocks.They also work all day.

This is the kind of environment that the people down here live in. Did you know about 80-90% of workers in Tanzania work for about a $1 per day?

The stones are crushed into these smaller rocks which are using for gardening, road paving, etc.

This child was left to attend the food for lunch. Their typical mean consists of rice & beans. Today they added a little anchovy fish to their meal which the boy was excited about.

This woman is 65yrs old and still works daily at the excavating site. She was such a sweet heart and gave me a big smile when I met her. Then she posed for me to take this shot of her.

Ever wish what kind of toy you want for your next Christmas present? Why not just make it at home like the kids in Africa do? It doesn’t take much for these kids to have fun.

One of the missionary families that is hosting us, The Buckleys, had us over for lunch. We were treated with fresh brewed, french press style coffee using coffee beans that were locally roasted. Man this was so good! 🙂

Their son Elliott was such a cute boy. He is playing with Bob Davis’ iphone here. He found the lightsaber app so he was running around the house swinging he phone like a lightsaber.

Here’s Bob experiementing with different angle for the car mount shot. I saw a sneak peak of this and it looks awesome!

Then we visited the Kigogo area in Dar es Salaam. We partnered with the Vineyard Church group that also partner with Thirst Relief. When we arrived on site, we found a group of local kids drawing water from a main pipe that was broken. The water looks clear, but it is almost always not safe to drink straight out because there are many cracks in the pipes which contaminate the water. This boy was so thirsty that he didn’t care whether the water was contaminated or not. Having clean drinking water is the most critical problem that these people have out there. I’ve heard it many times but seeing it with my own eyes changed my perspective quite a bit!

Albino kids are precious & also endangered here. Many witch doctors will convince people that their organs will bring healings. So it is common to hear about albino kidnapping stories around this area.

Here’s Bob & Anton with Edmond – the local Vineyard group leader in this region. He is Tanzanian but went to live in the US for over 13 years. He is now back at his homeland leading the group of Vineyard staff workers here. He was such a gentle and charismatic man.

Everyone loves taking photos here. I gave my camera to one of the boys to take this picture of us. I don’t know why I decided to do that cheesy post! 🙂

Waters are filled with random buckets and constantly being carried back to their homes.

I fell in love with this wall so I did some random shots and snapped some interesting compositions:



Most kids run around here in bare feet. Their idea of a soccer ball is an old cloth clumped and stuffed with various materials inside.

Edmond conducted the childrens’ ministry during the afternoon. Many kids came and gathered around him.

Everyone could use a little push sometimes. 🙂

These kids don’t have much but their faces convince me that they are content with what they have as well.

We are going to be attending a local church service tomorrow. I am looking forward to worshipping with fellow African brothers and sisters. Good night everyone!

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