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Importance of Continuing Education in Photography

March 29th, 2010

I am not sure if everyone knows this or not but I have an older sister whom I dearly love & respect. She has always been the “academically smart” one in the family. She always came home with awards and scholarships while I ran around trying to find inspiration in life. As much as I […]

 

I am not sure if everyone knows this or not but I have an older sister whom I dearly love & respect. She has always been the “academically smart” one in the family. She always came home with awards and scholarships while I ran around trying to find inspiration in life. As much as I tried, the only award I got earlier in life was a pat on the back saying “nice try.” Sad, I know. Any ways, my sister is now the Director of Surgical Services (they say it’s one of the top positions) at a major hospital in Chicago and is respected by many of her peers. She often travels to speak at major conferences and gives seminars in her topic of expertise (which to this date I do not exactly know). To my eyes, I think she has reached the pinnacle of her career and is doing really well. Yet there is something about her I still do not get. She is still taking classes and continuing to educate herself. I asked her one day why she is still taking classes when she could be just cruise controlling on her success for rest of her career? Her reply was simple: she needs to continue to educate herself to keep up with what is going on in her industry.

I think this is very true for all types of industry – including the one that I stumbled upon in photography. In 2007, my first official year as a full-time photographer, I realized that I needed to educate myself if I was going to survive in this industry. As much as I hate classes (I vowed never to take any more after I graduated from college) I invested $$$$ on educating myself by attending numerous workshops, seminars and conferences. You name it, I probably went to it. The things I learned from there were valuable, practical and inspirational, depending on the ones I attended. All in all they were the directions that I need to get myself in the right direction.

Fast forward to today – it is end of March of 2010 and this is my fourth year in my business now. I am doing relatively okay in my business and my schedule is pretty busy for the rest of this year. I have conducted some workshops & photo trips and have even been asked to speak at some of classes at conventions. I humbly take on these tasks and consider it a privilege to do such things. But the hunger to grow and learn more as a photographer in me has not yet subsided. As much progress as I have made in my journey as a photographer, I look ahead and know that I have way more to go. There are so many forefathers and veterans in this industry that went before me and have paved the way to be where I am today and I need to keep learning and improving my craft. So in this perspective, I understand my sister and realize that I too need to keep improving myself through education.

Speaking of education, here are few educational events/opportunties that I will be attending this year in hopes to grow more as a photographer (In chronological order):


JERRY GHIONIS WORKSHOP (4/19-23): (https://www.theicesociety.com)
This is in Chicago and probably the only 5 day intensive workshop conducted by Jerry. He is probably one of the best in this industry in terms of his craft, business and marketing. Probably one of my favorite wedding photographer out there. Last I checked his workshop is sold out but I would go to the website to get more information.





SKIP’S SUMMER SCHOOL (AUG 8-11): http://www.mei500.com
This is organized by Skip Cohen, the former president of WPPI. It is a valuable time because you have so many diversity of speakers from all different background in photography. You do not need to just take classes taught by wedding photographers to learn about the wedding industry. I am looking forward to hearing from over 15 top-notch speakers all under one roof. I think of this as the mini-version of WPPI since it is located in the same building as where WPPI is hosted except smaller. I love the intimacy and the accessibility of everyone there because of the smaller size. I attended last year and really enjoyed my time there and look forward to attending this again. Come join me – if you register before April 1st I believe it is only $199 for 3 days of solid education and the opportunity to network with other photographers. Check out their site for more information.



YERVANT WORKSHOP (8/23-25) http://www.yervant.info/Chicago10.html
Yervant is another one of my favorite photographers. He is internationally recognized with numerous award-winning images and well-respected by many photographers around the world. He continues to inspire everyone and his personality is full of energy and life. He is someone I truly respect and am looking forward to spending more time with him.



PICTAGE PARTNER CONFERENCE (11/16-18) http://www.pro.pictage.com/community/ppc/neworleans
I am really looking forward to attending this event. I missed out on last year because I was in Tanzania last year but I would have loved to duplicate myself so that I could be at both places. Pictage, my online complete lab solution (which is an understatement because they represent so much more) hosts an annual conference to bring together the community to help each other grow and be inspired from one another. They are still working on this event so more information will be available later this year.

All in all, regardless of your position in your career, it is always good to have someone to learn from and someone to teach. it is a good form of accountability and will help you become a better photographer. I am really looking forward to attending these events. In between these dates, I will be busy photographing weddings and continuing to improve my business and craft. I hope to see you guys there and connect. If you have any questions feel free to follow me on twitter or facebook – I would love to connect with everyone there. Have a great week!

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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

If you enjoyed these photos, you can find more of them on my facebook page. Thank you for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment!

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Miami engagement photos: Olga & Jose

January 7th, 2010

This past weekend I escaped the frozen tundra of Chicago and trekked down to Miami to hang out with Ray Santana & Kenny Nakai. What do three photographers do when the get together? We go shooting! We teamed up w/ Ray Santana (a.k.a. Uncle Ray) to shoot his clients engagement session on Saturday followed by […]

 

This past weekend I escaped the frozen tundra of Chicago and trekked down to Miami to hang out with Ray Santana & Kenny Nakai. What do three photographers do when the get together? We go shooting! We teamed up w/ Ray Santana (a.k.a. Uncle Ray) to shoot his clients engagement session on Saturday followed by a gorgeous Jewish Orthodox Wedding on Sunday at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables – where we will be doing our PortfolioPlus Workshop on January 27th.

We will post some photos from the wedding later on. For now, here are some photos I captured of Olga & Jose. We met in the center of South Beach, Miami area. We started out walking around Lincoln Road then drove over to Key Biscayne to finish off the session with a beautiful sunset scenery over the ocean. Everything about the shoot: The couple, weather, location, was beautiful. I can’t wait to do another lifestyle engagement session here again. Thanks Ray for allowing us to tag along with you.









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Central New Jersey Wedding: Vanessa & Rob

December 31st, 2009

This was my third wedding that I got to take pictures for a photographer. It is always an honor when they ask you since they have high standard for photography. I had the pleasure of teaming up with Ahmet Ze & Tomas Flint for this wedding. Vanessa is a photographer and Rob is a videographer. […]

 

This was my third wedding that I got to take pictures for a photographer. It is always an honor when they ask you since they have high standard for photography. I had the pleasure of teaming up with Ahmet Ze & Tomas Flint for this wedding. Vanessa is a photographer and Rob is a videographer. They go together like hand and a glove. They met at a wedding and quickly became friends. Three months later, Rob asked her hand in marriage and now make quite a team. Vanessa is also a full-time school teacher, speaks multiple language and can also be a model. 🙂 She has second shot for me in numerous occasions and I was thrilled to be there to photograph her wedding. I knew someone like Vanessa deserved a great guy and Rob did not disappoint. We expected a snowy or freezing cold weather for a December wedding but it turned out to be a sunny & gorgeous day.

The wedding ceremony took place at a small beautiful chapel called the Church on the Hills in Ocean, NJ

She had 11 bridesmaids. Yes, 11! :)

She had 11 bridesmaids – Yes, 11!

Her flower girl Olivia also got ready there

Her flower girl Olivia also got ready there

Olivia had a smile that could melt anyone!

Olivia had a smile that could melt anyone!

Vanessa was a dream bride / model

Vanessa was a dream bride / model

The ceremony took place at The Church on the Hill in Ocean, NJ - Father walked her proudly down the aisle

The ceremony took place at The Church on the Hill in Ocean, NJ - Her father walked her proudly down the aisle

They sealed their vow with the rings

They sealed their vow with the rings

Then we took some bridal photos at Monmouth College - where Vanessa went to school

Then we took some bridal photos at Monmouth College - where Vanessa went to school

We finished our photoshoot at The Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, NJ where the reception took place

We finished our photoshoot at The Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, NJ where the reception took place

It was a picture perfect wedding

It was a picture perfect wedding

Congratulations again to Rob & Vanessa!

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PhotoVenture with Kenny Kim & Friends

November 18th, 2009

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller I have always entertained the idea of hosting my own workshop someday and I did not want my very first one […]

 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”St. Augustine


“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”Henry Miller

I have always entertained the idea of hosting my own workshop someday and I did not want my very first one to be here in the States. I wanted something different – something where people can put them outside their everyday life and experience the world from a different perspective. One of the reasons that I loved about and chose photography as my profession is that it allows me to pull all of my life experiences together and put them into one bowl – a bowl which can then be used to offer and to share with others. There are many wonderful workshops out there for photographers that want to better themselves technically but I felt that there was a need for something that will allow them to discover themselves as a photographer WITHIN them. And sometimes you don’t have the opportunity to do this unless you step out of your ordinary life and do something extra ordinary.

For this reason, two months ago, I organized a workshop (calling it PhotoVenture) where a group of photographers traveled across the pond to Europe with one mssion: To discover and explore the best secret part of Italy in Umbria & Tuscany region. Guided by a local tour expert Max Brunelli, we arrived with sponge-life open minds, ready to soak in everything that this trip had to offer to us. Boy, what a trip it was! In a span of one week, we traveled to over 28 different locations all throughout Tuscany & Umbria. Some parts were filled with tourists and adventurers like us and other parts were tucked away hidden from outside visitors. But we left each place changed and inspired as a person and as a photographer. My words will not do justice to what we experienced there, so I will share what others have said about this workshop as well as share the images that I have captured there.

“I am so thankful to have been a part of the first launch of this one-of-a-kind workshop.  My life has been enriched by new lasting friendships, and through embracing life’s lessons and partaking in Italian culture, I have truly been changed. I cannot wait until the next PhotoVenture!”Jenn Gaudreau (http://www.jenniferkathryn.com/)

“Memories of my trip to Italy in September will always be a part of me and I hope to only add more in the future. It has been a little over a month since I returned and I am realizing this was so much more than a photographic experience, it was an experience that was life changing…” Lisa Carpenter (Check out Lisa’s blog post about her experience here: http://www.lisacarpenterblog.com/?p=1367)

“As a new photographer I was somewhat nervous about going on my first workshop until I was met at the airport by Kenny and everything fell into place. The way PhotoVenture immersed me into their culture and location immediately & is a wonderful and stress-free way to learn new techniques and gain life long friendships.”
Trace Johnson (http://extremefocusphoto.com/)

If you have 6 minutes to spare, let me take you on a journey to Italy with me. Sit back and enjoy. Let the photos pull you in. There are two ways to experience the show. You can 1) click to play the sideshow or 2) click on each image one at a time – there are 103 total. I recommend you doing option 1. (Big thanks to Triple Scoop Music for this amazing instrumental song & David Jay’s ShowIt ShowItFast and BlogStomp for the making this slideshow possible) Be patient and let the slideshow download all the way before playing.

I hope you enjoyed the slideshow. We are going on another PhotoVenture in February 15-22, 2010. This time we will be explore the region called Campania Felix (affectionately named by the natives). Some of the cities will include: Amalfi Coast, Positano, Rovello, Capri, Pompeii, Sorrento, Napoli and more. We have model engagement shoots and various surprise tours lined up for our attendees. If you are interested, please visit: http://photoventure.kennykim.com
Hurry, there is only 1 seat left (out of 15)!
PhotoVenture

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