Posts Tagged ‘Engagement’

Now Available: Digital Wedding Photographer’s Planner

April 19th, 2010

I am filled with emotion as I write this blog post. I am proud, humbled, amazed, thankful + probably about 10 other adjectives that I cannot think of right now when I think about the fact that I am now an author. Thank you Wiley Press for giving me the opportunity to write a book […]

 

Digital Wedding Photographers Planner by Kenny Kim

Digital Wedding Photographer's Planner - Book by Kenny Kim

Digital Wedding Photographers Planner by Kenny Kim

Digital Wedding Photographer's Planner - Book by Kenny Kim

I am filled with emotion as I write this blog post. I am proud, humbled, amazed, thankful + probably about 10 other adjectives that I cannot think of right now when I think about the fact that I am now an author. Thank you Wiley Press for giving me the opportunity to write a book that I am passionate about. I am really thankful for many people out there that have given me so many opportunities to be where I am today and this is yet another major milestone in my career.

If you had asked me five years ago what I would be doing now, I doubt being a wedding photographer or writing a book would have been my answer. The truth is, I really had no clue what I was going to do. I probably would have guessed working in sports management or managing a coffee shop or possibly working for a top design agency, or even better: a sports photographer. But my life took a different path to wedding photography, and for the first time in my life, I have found something I am really passionate about.

By picking up this book, you are either considering becoming a full-time photographer or perhaps you already started and need a little direction. While there are many planning guides available for couples, this is one for designed you, the wedding photographer. The more prepared you are the more you can concentrate on taking the photographs and getting the images that will delight your clients. In this planner you will find numerous tips and checklists from the more than 100 weddings I have photographed in the past four years, as well as some lessons I learned from other photographers. It covers everything you need to think about and plan for when it comes to photographing a wedding—from the initial meeting with the prospective clients and how to make a good first impression, through the various stages of the wedding how you can deliver the final product to the newlyweds. Just remember that nothing here is really set in stone. The beauty of this industry is that you can study books like this and make it your own.

Welcome to wedding photography. You are in a community of people who will help and encourage to you become a better photographer. Think of this book as just a starting point—the tip of the iceberg. Use it to develop your own style and explore new ways to doing things. I hope you find this profession as rewarding and fulfilling as I have.

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Engagement Session in Monterey & Carmel CA: Jane & David

April 6th, 2010

Shortly after the fun engagement photoshoot session in Los Angeles with Emi & Motoki, I flew up to San Jose to meet with Jane & David, who will be tying their knot later this summer near San Francisco area. They both met at their church in Boston while attending Harvard grad school. They picked up […]

 

Shortly after the fun engagement photoshoot session in Los Angeles with Emi & Motoki, I flew up to San Jose to meet with Jane & David, who will be tying their knot later this summer near San Francisco area. They both met at their church in Boston while attending Harvard grad school. They picked up from the airport and we drove down together to Monterey area. I have never been to this region before but heard so much about how beautiful it is down there. The anticipation made our time worth while as we drove about 1.5 hours to arrive at our destination and it did not disappoint! We spent the afternoon driving along the coast, stopping at various locations, having lunch at a pier while sampling clam chowder from restaurants, getting drenched by the waves and discovering all the eclectic backgrounds in Carmel. We also managed to take some photos here and there. In the end we captured some beautiful moments for David & Jane:

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA - Reenacting the proposal at the same spot where he asked her and she said yes

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo - Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo - Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo - Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Everyone talked about this tree so we had to go check it out: The Lone Cypress Tree along the 17 mile drive in Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

The three of us together after the shoot

Engagement sessions are advantageous for both parties. It allows the couples to have really nice moments captured that they can cherish and to use for their wedding & other purposes as they see fit. For the photographer, it really helps us to practice our craft, get to know the couple and utilize the time to educate the clients on helping them pose for photos together. Another thing is that as I spend more time with them, a connection is made and trust is built. My anticipation to see them again on their wedding day grows more and the couple on their wedding no longer sees me as their photographer but as a trusted friend that can take great photos. So I am really appreciative of the couples that are willing to spend the extra time with me in advance to have this session together.

Thank you Jane & David. Looking forward to seeing you guys again on your wedding day soon!

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Lifestyle Engagement Session – Emi & Motoki

April 2nd, 2010

Last week I traveled westbound to photograph two engagement sessions out in California. I was able to schedule the shoot so that I can photograph both of these couples on the same weekend. First stop was Beverly Hills, California better known as 90210. Emi said he first contacted me few years ago before I became […]

 

Last week I traveled westbound to photograph two engagement sessions out in California. I was able to schedule the shoot so that I can photograph both of these couples on the same weekend. First stop was Beverly Hills, California better known as 90210. Emi said he first contacted me few years ago before I became a wedding photographer during the days when I was dabbling with photography as a hobby and has been follow my work since then. She has also attended a wedding which I photographed back in Philadelphia so I knew we had many mutual friends in common. Motoki is a computer graphics expert working on Hollywood animation films. Some of his latest work you might recognize (Avatar, Star Trek, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, etc.) Even though I had not met this couple prior to our initial meeting for our engagement session, I knew the moment we met, that we were going to get along just fine.

They had selected some of their favorite locations to do their shoot and went to various places such as Lake Balboa (where the cherry blossoms were still blooming), The ever famous Grove mall, LA Contemporary Museum of Arts (better known as LACMA) and Playa Vista beach. We had so much fun during the shoot, as it gave us plenty of time get to know each other while we captured them in their natural poses. I think this session breaks my record for the number of security guards that stopped me from photographing the couple. I had 3 of them question what I was doing and gave us really hard time – I say only in LA, the land of hollywood stars, do they make this such a big deal. It was kind of fun though giving our session more of an adventure feel to it.

I know this blog post is titled the “Beverly Hills” engagement session, but we chose to save some of the more iconic locations in Beverly Hills for their wedding day. So you will see some more of that in the future. Here are some of my favorite photos from their day. You can also view them on my facebook page

We were fortunate to still find Cherry Blossom trees at this time of the year. This is very significant in Japanese culture!

We were fortunate to still find Cherry Blossom trees at this time of the year. This is very significant in Japanese culture!

The #19 is significant to them - it is their wedding date, when they first went on a date, when he first asked her out, etc...

The #19 is significant to them - it is their wedding date, when they first went on a date, when he first asked her out, etc...

We then hung out at The Grove mall - people thought they were celebrities because I was shooting them like a paparazzi

We then hung out at The Grove mall - people thought they were celebrities because I was shooting them like a paparazzi

I have always wanted to photograph at this location. It was little crowded that day but through different angles, i was able to crop them out of the background

I have always wanted to photograph at this location. It was little crowded that day but through different angles, i was able to crop them out of the background

These guys are perfect for each other and I cannot wait to spend the day with them again for their wedding this summer. Thanks Emi & Motoki for a fun-filled afternoon.

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Peggy & Nate’s New York Engagement Session

March 27th, 2010

Now that WPPI is over, I have been anxiously waiting for this year’s weddings to start. Shortly after the convention, I flew out to the east coast to start my shooting season. Peggy & Nate are a cute couple from Boston area and I have been fortunate to photograph their wedding in Aruba next month. […]

 

Now that WPPI is over, I have been anxiously waiting for this year’s weddings to start. Shortly after the convention, I flew out to the east coast to start my shooting season. Peggy & Nate are a cute couple from Boston area and I have been fortunate to photograph their wedding in Aruba next month. They wanted to do their engagement session in NYC so I gladly flew out to do so. New York is one of my favorite locations to shoot. We started out meeting by having lunch together and got to know each other little bit better. I had met Nate already before at a previous wedding in Chicago (David & Yeena) but this was my first time meeting Peggy. From the first hug I could tell that Peggy is a sweet girl and that it was going to be fun photographing them together. My good friend and great photographer Ahmet Ze from New Jersey came to give me a hand that day. Peggy brought one of her bridesmaid Sharon give her a hand. Together we made a great team and it was a fun day of shooting in New York City. Here are some images from the shoot:

Peggy & Nate New York CityEngagement Photos

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Photos

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Photos

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Photos

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Photos

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Photos

Peggy & Nate New York City Enagement Photos

Peggy & Nate New York City Enagement Photos

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagements

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagements

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Shoot

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Shoot

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagement Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Thanks to Ahmet Ze for this photo of all three of us:

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

Peggy & Nate New York City Engagemtent Session

I am really looking forward to Aruba and spending time with Peggy & Nate down there as they celebrate their wedding under the warm sun!

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Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas Wedding

January 16th, 2010

Few months ago I had the pleasure of traveling down to The Atlantis Paradise Island, a dreamy vacation getaway location located near Nassau Bahamas. This was my 4th time going down there so the natives consider me a Bahamian now. During the cold season, nothing beats spending a few days in paradise so I always […]

 

Few months ago I had the pleasure of traveling down to The Atlantis Paradise Island, a dreamy vacation getaway location located near Nassau Bahamas. This was my 4th time going down there so the natives consider me a Bahamian now. During the cold season, nothing beats spending a few days in paradise so I always look forward to their warm climate and friendly staff at the Atlantis resort. This is my third wedding that I got to photograph here. Joe & Jina got married here in October 2007 (their wedding was featured in the Destination Weddings & Honeymoon publication) and Jason & Riley had their beautiful wedding in December 2008.

We started out having an informal gathering at the Plato’s Lounge and Patio in the Royal Tower so that all the guests could mingle and get to know one another. We then had the rehearsal at the Cloisters located near the One & Only Ocean Club (where the James Bond Movie Casino Royale was filmed. Also many celebrities have their own weddings & events here). This was where the ceremony was going to take place. It was then followed by a cocktail hour at outside the Dig Deck overlooking the sunset and a sweeping lagoon views as the guests enjoyed some drinks before the big party. The reception was held at the Fathom’s private dining area where they had their dinner while enjoying the underwater view of ocean life and ruins. All in all, this was a special event for me to photograph. (I even got the garter from the bride since I was the only single guy there!). I hope you enjoy these 20+ collection of images that were taken by Bob Davis & myself. Please be patient as it downloads:

Conch shells are popular souvenir items at the Bahamas

Conch shells are popular souvenir items at the Bahamas

One of many beatiful scenery at the One & Ocean Club

One of many beatiful scenery at the One & Ocean Club

Doing some creative shots of their invitation & save-the-date cards

Doing some creative shots of their invitation & save-the-date cards

Atlantis has one of the biggest exotic marine life exhibits in their acquarium

Atlantis has one of the biggest exotic marine life exhibits in their acquarium

Getting some creative shots at the Reef resort in Atlantis

Getting some creative shots at the Reef resort in Atlantis

Atlantis Paradise Island landscape view

Atlantis Paradise Island landscape view

Atlantis Paradise Island landscape view

Atlantis Paradise Island landscape view

Wedding reception at the Fathoms Lounge inside the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Wedding reception at the Fathom's Lounge inside the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Wedding reception at the Fathoms Lounge inside the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Wedding reception at the Fathom's Lounge inside the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

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