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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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Portfolio + Workshop III Recap

November 26th, 2010

Back in September, we traveled down to Miami, FL to host our third Portfolio + Workshop w/ Ray Santana & myself. This time we changed up the location and moved to the Four Seasons in the downtown area. We were fortunate to partner up again with Dave Cross of NAPP and Yanni Tzoumas, the executive […]

 

Back in September, we traveled down to Miami, FL to host our third Portfolio + Workshop w/ Ray Santana & myself. This time we changed up the location and moved to the Four Seasons in the downtown area. We were fortunate to partner up again with Dave Cross of NAPP and Yanni Tzoumas, the executive editor of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine join our team. Rather than trying to recap the day with words, sit back and enjoy this 2 minute video created by the talented guys at Chris & Oliver Cinema tell the story of the day:

portfolio plus miami // hot hot heat from Chris & Oliver Cinema on Vimeo.



Here are few photos from the day. I got to work with the couple covering the engagement session style while Ray covered the bride and groom portion of the shoot (These files are STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CAMERA – resized and slightly sharpened in Photoshop using BlogStomp action):




Big thanks goes out to them along with Brent Cline, Kenny Nakai and all the other volunteers and models who came down to give us a hand with this workshop. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors as well as The Four Season Hotel staff for making this possible. You can check out Kenny Nakai’s blog post for additional recap from this event.



Introducing Portfolio + Workshop IV

BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND & CYBER MONDAY SALE: Starting 12 midnight ET Friday, 11/26 until 12 midnight ET Monday 11/29 – get $200 off the registration cost! ($895 $695). This will be a special intimate Portfolio + Workshop. Ray & I will be inviting a small group of people for more hands on learning. First come first serve basis. This workshop will be the last one in Miami for 2011.

CONTEST: By registering early, you will be entered in a contest for a chance to photograph a HIGH-END wedding side by side with Ray Santana and Kenny Kim in Miami. The winner will be announced early December (or when the workshop sells out) so that he or she can make necessary travel arrangements. The wedding will take place at an undisclosed HIGH-END venue in Miami. More details will be given upon registration. Click on the image below for more information about the workshop:

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Portfolio+Workshop II Recap

January 30th, 2010

In Hollywood, most production companies will attempt to make a sequel film if the first one ends up being successful. But we all know that in most cases, the sequel is never as good as the first one. One might have expected the same result when Ray Santana and I decided to do another Portfolio+Workshop […]

 

In Hollywood, most production companies will attempt to make a sequel film if the first one ends up being successful. But we all know that in most cases, the sequel is never as good as the first one. One might have expected the same result when Ray Santana and I decided to do another Portfolio+Workshop down in Miami, FL – in just three months after launching our first one back in September 2009. But when we factored in the warm weather, gorgeous models, amazing sponsors, great teaching and enthusiastic students, we knew it was going to be another hit. The Biltmore Hotel agreed and love the idea so much that they allowed us to use their facilities again during one of their busiest time of the year (week before the Super Bowl).

I just returned from Miami few hours ago back to the cold tundra of Chicago. My normal reaction would have been to cuddle up in a warm blanket and watch some TV or sleep to catch up on rest. However I think the adrenaline from returning from such a fun/successful workshop still has not worn off. So I decided to use that energy to blog about the experience.

We had attendees that flew from various locations throughout the US and Canada. It was so refreshing to see many photographers passionate about wanting to take their craft to a new level. From the starters to the seasoned pros, they all came to learn something new – not just from the instructors but also from one another as they shared and networked. The first half of the day was filled with classroom style teaching by Ray Santana, Jim Garner, Dave Cross and yours truly. I loved how each of us brought different elements to the table. But when combined together it became useful and practical things that we can all take away. When we were not instructing, we became like one of the students all learning from one another as well. Then the second half of the day was filled with portfolio shoot. Ray, Jim and I all each took our models and spent our time photographing them in separate groups while the attendees got to jump around from different instructors to another to capture all the models. In my group I allowed each of the attendees to have a few minutes to take time to lead our group in posing the models while we helped and shared with each other our camera settings and posing ideas. We shot until it got dark and to be honest, unless the darkness stopped us, we could have gone all night long.

I can go on and on talking about this but I wanted to share with you guys some of the photos that I captured during the shoot. I cannot wait to see what the others have come up with. I mainly worked with Lucy – who flew in from Utah the night before to join us. Even she gave us some good advice on how to pose and work with models.

I got to take a few shots of another model Barbie

I got to take a few shots of another model Barbara

Here is our group - So thankful for everyone that came to the workshop.

Here is our group - So thankful for everyone that came to the workshop.

I think we made a pretty good team

I think we made a pretty good team

We would like to thank everyone that came to the workshop – instructors and the attendees. Please leave a comment here with links to your blog and twitter so that we can follow up with what you guys have done. Follow us on twitter @PP_Workshop as we will keep you posted on more events and news in the near future.

We also would like to thank ALL our sponsors that believed in what Ray & I are doing. We could not have done this without your help! Big thanks to: Our models Lucy, Thalita, Ken and Barbara for doing an awesome job in helping us capture some amazing images. To Ines Di Santo for sending us incredible wedding gowns. To Xquisit Events for providing us with amazing flowers. To the Biltmore Hotel for allowing us to use their beautiful venue again despite their busy season. To all our friends that gave us a hand before, during and after the workshop. By the way, check out Kenny Nakai’s blog for some behind the scene coverage of this workshop. Thanks Kenny for helping us out.

We cannot wait to do this again. We have some awesome ideas in the works so stay tuned for more! Portfolio+Workshop

In the mean time, I have another workshop coming up in two weeks in Italy. If you are interested in traveling with a group of photographers around one of the most beautiful place on earth (Italy) on a PhotoVenture of a lifetime, visit this site.

For more, visit: My Portfolio | Resources For Photographers | Twitter: KennyKim | Facebook Page
contact@kennykim.com | 800-539-1294


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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

For more, visit: My Portfolio | Resources For Photographers | Twitter: KennyKim | Facebook Page
contact@kennykim.com | 800-539-1294

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Portfolio+Workshop II at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami FL

November 13th, 2009

Back in September Ray Santana & I hosted a workshop called Portfolio + Workshop with the one and only [b]ecker as our guest speaker. We even had the pleasure of the SEO guru Lawrence Chan (tofurious.com) make a special guest appearance. Attendees from all over the US, Canada & Panama congregated to the historical Biltmore […]

 

Back in September Ray Santana & I hosted a workshop called Portfolio + Workshop with the one and only [b]ecker as our guest speaker. We even had the pleasure of the SEO guru Lawrence Chan (tofurious.com) make a special guest appearance. Attendees from all over the US, Canada & Panama congregated to the historical Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables – Miami, FL. The atmosphere was amazing, people/attendees we met were eager and great folks that wanted to step up in their wedding photography, gorgeous models and just overall a great time together. By the way, visit Kenny Nakai’s blog for more indepth coverage of this workshop.



Here is Ray & I giving our talks to the attendees. Ray is a fun guy but when it comes to giving sound advice about photography, he gets serious!
Portfolio + Workshop
Portfolio + Workshop

As an instructor, I didn’t get too much time to shoot the gorgeous models that we had provided but here are few shots I managed to capture. Please continue to scroll down to read more about the announcement of our next workshop!

The historical Biltmore Hotel is one of the Leading Hotels Around The World. It is over 100 years old and many famous people have graced their stay here. This is an ideal place for a wedding or other special events.
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Big thanks to our awesome models Mike & Gisela, Desi & Herly and Yessi! They helped us capture some amazing images for the attendee’s portfolio.
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Portfolio + Workshop
Portfolio + Workshop
Portfolio + Workshop
Portfolio + Workshop
Portfolio + Workshop
Portfolio + Workshop
Portfolio + Workshop



We could not have asked for better attendees. They were all there with good attitudes, eager to learn and share with one another. I had so much fun getting to know them and look forward to seeing their success! I saw that many of them have already starting applying what they learned into their business. So cool!
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Introducing: Portfolio+Workshop II – JANUARY 27, 2010 – Miami, FL
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We had so many requests to do something like this again. So Ray and I have put together a program that will hopefully continue on the energy of what we started out originally. This time we have the pleasure of having Jim Garner from Seattle, WA and Dave Cross from NAPP Jim was recently recognized by American Photo Magazine as “One of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World.” Jim Garner has a unique style that consistently wins accolades and awards Nationally and Internationally. Dave Cross is Senior Developer, Education and Curriculum for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and is involved in all aspects of the training that is provided to NAPP members, including the content of seminars, conferences and workbooks. We are excited about partnering with them for this workshop. Please visit the website: http://portfolioplusworkshop.com or follow us on Twitter: PP_Workshop for more information.

For more, visit: My Portfolio | Resources For Photographers | Twitter: KennyKim | Facebook Page
contact@kennykim.com | 800-539-1294