Good evening wedding folk. I hope you have had a lovely weekend. I have scheduled this post this evening as I am actually in Romania right now, on a work trip to visit some factories.
Since starting my blog back in January, I have grown to love Twitter! I have had a personal account in the past, but never got the hang of it. However in the world of weddings, I am loving it! It is a great way to connect, and a great example of this is Maxeen Kim Photography. We got chatting one #Weddinghour and I asked if I could feature her on my blog. I wanted to find out a bit more about her, her job, and if she could offer any advice to myself and other brides-to-be. So here you go…
Briefly describe a day in the life of Maxeen Kim Photography…
A week day starts with breakfast, followed by gym (I go 2-3 times a week), answering of emails, morning photo editing session, lunch and social media updating/marketing. Any client meetings take place in the afternoon. Alternatively, if I have any maternity or newborn shoots booked, these will usually take place in the afternoon. Weekends are for weddings!
How did you get into photography?
I started out painting. My art work was exhibited here in London and I absolutely loved indulging my creativity. However, art is subjective. Not everyone likes the same thing and I wanted to use my creativity to make things that people wouldn’t just like. I wanted to make something that they would LOVE! So, I’m not entirely sure how it happened but, I traded my paint brushes for a camera and I went from painting with acrylics to painting with light. And the best part? I now create beautiful pictures that people really do love.
What do you love most about wedding photography?
The fact that every wedding is different. Your wedding is a fantastically personal and visual representation of you as a couple and, although every wedding is essentially the joining of two lives, there are no rules as to how you celebrate your love. I love being a part of the best day of someone else’s life, every day of mine.
Which is your favourite photo and why?
My favourite photo… well that’s a hard one. I think as it stands at the moment, it must be the shot of Kelly and Paul sharing a moment on a park bench during their wedding day in May last year. They are such a gorgeous couple and I was busy arranging their wedding party when I turned around and there it was! The key to being a good photographer (in my opinion) is to be aware of what the bride and groom are doing all the time. Sometimes the most beautiful moments happen so quickly, that if you aren’t paying attention, you may miss them.
What advice would you give bride and grooms when considering their photographer?
This may sound odd but, do you like your photographer? I personally like to get to know my couples before their big day. This may be through your engagement shoot, emails or just over coffee when we discuss your Big Day. This means that by the time the wedding comes around you don’t end up feeling like you have some awkward stranger following you around. The truth is, you will have the photographer around you in one way or another all day – you will want him/her to be someone you like.
And what advice would you give them on their big day? Especially if they aren’t 100% comfortable with being photographed (i.e. My fiancé!).
My best piece of advice for brides and grooms on their wedding day is don’t freak out if anything doesn’t go according to plan on the day – no one will know but you. If you’re not worried, no one else will be. As for photo’s, RELAX and focus on each other. Your couple shoot may be the only time you will have to yourselves until the end of the day. Enjoy it! If you really feel uncomfortable in-front of the camera, bring along a prop. This can be something as simple as a hat or a bottle of soda. It’s amazing how having something to hold can make you feel like you have something to hide behind.
It is clear from Maxeens work, and from her website that she is truly passionate about photography. I think this is vital when choosing a wedding photographer, to find someone who feels pride and honour in being part of your day, helping you to create lasting memories. I would be confident to say that Maxeen can offer exactly that.
Like what you see? If you want to get in touch with Maxeen, here are her details:
If you are a wedding supplier and would be interested in working together, please get in touch on Lucy@diaryofabride.co.uk. I would love to hear from you.
Meet… Maxeen Kim Photography was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by