Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

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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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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Lessons From the Road – Landscape Photography & Traveling

May 18th, 2010

Hey everyone! I am back in Italy again. This time I am here to photograph a fabulous wedding of Meghan & Justin next week. I’m also here to plan out the details for my next PhotoVenture in the fall as well as a small private tour that I will conducting for some of my close […]

 

Hey everyone! I am back in Italy again. This time I am here to photograph a fabulous wedding of Meghan & Justin next week. I’m also here to plan out the details for my next PhotoVenture in the fall as well as a small private tour that I will conducting for some of my close friends & family in the summer. I arrived here few days early to get adjusted to the time zone here and to do some “PhotoVenture”ing on my own. After a long flight to Rome & an hour train ride to Terni, my friend Max Brunelli picked me from the station and we went back to his home. As I was resting there, I could feel my body wanting to shut down. One of the best way to fight jet lag is to get adjusted to their time zone immediately. So rather than sleeping, I forced myself to stay awake by going for a long drive with Max to the countryside of Umbria. We drove through various parts of Umbria passing by Narni, Amelia & Todi. Along the way we stopped at numerous locations to take some landscape photos. Speaking of which, I am making an effort to capture more landscape photos this year in hopes that somewhere down the road, I will be able to make my own travel book.

Here is some of my quick attempt at landscape photography. I was falling half asleep as I was editing them so please be kind. I’ll have plenty more after my trip/wedding shoot is done:

Finally, I want to leave you with a quote from Rick Steves, a prominent expert on world traveling: “Thoughtful travel engages us with the world… it reminds us what is truly important. By broadening perspectives, travel teaches new ways to measure quality of life. Globetrotting destroys ethnocentricity, helping us understand and appreciate other cultures. Rather than fear the diversity, celebrate it. Among your most prized souvenirs will be the strands of different cultures you choose to knit into your own character. The world is a culture yarn shop, and travelers are weaving the ultimate tapestry.”

Buon Viaggio!

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Italy is Full of Surprises

February 14th, 2010

I love traveling. I love the careful and detailed planning that is required to make the trip possible. But one of the best things about going on a travel is that you do not know what this journey will bring forth. Some can be bad, some can be good and some can be unexpected. This […]

 

I love traveling. I love the careful and detailed planning that is required to make the trip possible. But one of the best things about going on a travel is that you do not know what this journey will bring forth. Some can be bad, some can be good and some can be unexpected. This trip so far has been no different. You guys all know by now that I am out in Italy again (this is like my second home) for my next Kenny Kim PhotoVenture w/ friends.. I arrived here few days early to prepare everything that we need for the workshop. I also brought couple of my good friends in Stevi & Matt Savage of Averyhouse & Kenny Nakai of Nakai Photography a few days early to show them some parts of Rome and Umbria that I’ve been wanting to share with the for sometime.

This trip has not even began yet and Italy is welcoming me with many surprises. Let me share a few with you:

1) While I was in air traveling to Italy, another photographer signed up for my workshop and have made it officially SOLD OUT. Praise God. Talk about last minute!

2) When we landed in Rome, it sudden started to snow – I mean major snow, that it took us almost an hour to get to our hotel (which should have taken us less than 30 minutes). The taxi driver, in Italian, told me that this is crazy because it has not snowed in Rome for over 25 years. At first I thought he was exaggerating (b/c of our language barrier) but later on I found out that he was being literal. Wow, it hasn’t snowed in 25 years and we just happened to arrive on the day that it decided to snow. Had I known this earlier, I would not have taken a nap right away when I got to the hotel. 🙁 I did manage to get couple of shots before I took a quick nap:

Because we all took a little nap, we were wide awake for the evening. So we decided to walk around Rome on a night shoot. I don’t usually do many shoots at night but walking around in Rome (getting lost around Trastevere) made me realize how awesome it is to use different available light to create some amazing shots like this:

Here is a normal view of Colosseum at night:

And here’s an unexpected view of the Colosseum thanks to snow by day that melted into puddle of water by night:

Pantheon is just as breath-taking at night as it is by day. I love Matt Savage’s innocent child-like response to seeing Pantheon for the first time: “This is one of the coolest place on earth!” Matt & Stevi and Kenny Nakai took some unbelievable photos here which I am sure they will share on their blogs in the future.

I almost found out that Kenny Nakai is afraid of heights. I still made him cross over the Tevere river bridge railing and stand on the other side. He’s not smiling in this photo because he is genuinely scared right now:

We walked around Max’s home town in Terni at night. We found out San Valentino (St. Valetine) is the guardian of the city. Because it was close to 2/14, they were having a chocolate festival there. I have never seen so much chocolate in my life. I learned that Nutella is not just a chocolate cream spread – it is a religion. One of amazing things we tasted were these crepes filled with Nutella inside. I think I am not a huge fan of chocolate but I can eat this any day of the week!

Here Stevi & Matt are patiently waiting for their Nutella crepe. Almost too patient that they are getting angry – j/k…maybe..

Now that Stevi got her Nutella, she is a happy camper. Nakai on the other hand did not get one and now wishes he did:

Max had planned another workshop after my PhotoVenture is over with a group of Italian photographers. He told me he reserved a special room for our meeting and when he took me there, I almost gasped. It is deep in the moutains at a monastery where the monks used to live – which now has been converted to a bed and breakfast hotel. This place is unreal and well preserved in time. I cannot wait to do this. Just picture a bald asian who does not know how to speak any Italian teaching these guys about American style of photography. This ought to be interesting:

We also got to visit Assisi again. We went to the Basilica of St. Francis. Normally this place is packed with tourists and St. Francescan followers. Today it was almost empty and perhaps because of that reason, the guards were not there. This church is full of of the gorgeous and breath-taking fresco art. For this reason, they do not allow any photography inside. But since the guards were not there, we decided to be rebels and snapped some shots. Max told us that this is the first time in his life that he did not witness any guards protecting the basilica:

We took a break after Assisi to relax at a nearby café bar as typical Italians would do. We sat next to this couple and I don’t know why but seeing them enjoy a cup of coffee and dessert made me smile. I took a shot of them and it reminded me of how Italians love life and enjoy it to the fullest. It put a smile on my face again. 🙂

And this last shot is pretty amazing – not only is Terni guarded by San Valentino, he also has a church there and is buried there as well. We drove by the church as they were finishing their mass and noticed these heart shaped lights leading them into the church. We couldn’t help but to take this photos for Matt & Stevi. How many couples can say that they celebrated their Valentine’s Day in front of San Valetino’s Church where he is buried? These guys are so cute together they make me sick. 🙂

Anyways, I need to hit the sack soon. We are heading back to Rome to meet all the attendees tomorrow. I cannot wait for this PhotoVenture to start and to see what surprises are waiting for us around the corner. Are you ready? Andiamo & arrivederci!

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So it begins… PhotoVenture II to Italy

February 11th, 2010

As I sit in front of this computer writing this blog, it is 7:00am and I have not slept. Part of it is because I have been going crazy trying to get as much things done as I possibly can before tomorrow. I’m also trying to adjust to the European time zone which is 7 […]

 

As I sit in front of this computer writing this blog, it is 7:00am and I have not slept. Part of it is because I have been going crazy trying to get as much things done as I possibly can before tomorrow. I’m also trying to adjust to the European time zone which is 7 hours ahead from Central Time Zone. But mainly I haven’t slept because I am so excited that what started as my vision has come to reality and is now beginning to bear fruit. Fourteen of us will be traveling in a group down to Campania region in Italy led none other than by Max Brunelli. We’ll be visiting various cities and hidden gems along the coast with planned activities as well as few surprises. We will soak it all in. Let Italy teach us about life, beauty, culture and perspective. I cannot wait to learn more about our fellow travelers to find out where they have been in their walks of life and how their journey has led them to photography.

I can go on and on but I will stop here and do one thing – which is to give a BIG BIG BIG shout out to my sponsors – especially the main ones that believed in what I am doing and have come on board to help me back this trip up in various ways.


A sincerely thank you of gratitude goes out to all the fine staff at Pictage the best online lab solution that any photographer can ask for. But they are more than that. Find out for yourself how Pictage can improve your image and your business. I’ll be talking about them on this trip as well as during my Master Class at WPPI – about the lessons I’ve learned from them.


Another shoutout goes to Roxanne Benton at Pixel2Canvas. Not only do the make amazing canvases that bring your work to life, Roxanne is such a giver. She gives and gives until you can’t take it anymore that you have to do that for others. Her passion for the industry is contagious and I just love her to death!


I was a prisoner to my monitor until I met these guys: Nathan Holritz at Photographer’s Edit – who convinced me that I can let go and delegate! Because of their photo editing services, I have the time to go on trips like this and invest in my business. Thank you. Thank you.

I wish I had the time to list every single one of the sponsors but I just don’t have to time – I still have not even packed my clothes yet. For the full listing of all my sponsors, please visit here. From books, discount codes, prizes, services, memberships, I want to thank all the sponsors for coming on board. I cherish your partnership but more importantly your friendship. Thank you again. See you on the other side.

Arrivederci!

I promise that PhotoVenture II will be a successful one in so many levels – and through you guys it will get even better. Ok, I better go pack my clothes now…