HI. NICE TO MEET YOU.
I’m Daniel Kim.
The man behind the camera at Daniel Kim Photography.
I love riding bikes, muay thai, brazillian jiu jitsu, cats, my fiance Ash, cobb salads, good coffee, paper products, going to galleries and museums, and a clean computer desktop. I’m easy going. I love to have fun. I love being around people who love to have fun. I love Sunday brunches with Ash. My fiance is the best. I believe in living life to the absolute max, pedal to the metal, 100mph, don’t stop till you drop, dance your socks off style. If you’re reading this and you see me at a friends wedding, stop by and say hi! I love meeting new people.
WHY I STARTED PHOTOGRAPHY
I’ve learned everything on how to shoot about the small intricacies and details of love from my own love story with my fiance, Ash. It’s both a sad and happy story. Following the passing of my mother, I had saved up enough money and was on my way to buy a new bass guitar when I stopped into a camera store and bought a camera for no apparent reason. Literally, I had no clue why I even bought it. Just walked right into a Ritz Camera and bought it. I had no idea what I was doing, I had never taken a photography class in high school, I wasn’t the best in art class. Looking back, I was probably scared that I wasn’t able to hold on to life and was attempting to immortalize my world into a 4x6in rectangle.
WHY I STARTED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
And then a year later, I met Ash in my Women’s History class, and ever since, it was game over for me. I was blessed to have such a life made wonderful again by such a lovely person. It’s a good realization when you realize that life is way better now. And it’s an even more stunning realization when you figure out that it’s because of one person. I saw the heartbreak of my father when he lost my mother, and that’s when it hit me that it’s love that we live for. I was fortunate to able to see both extremes of love early in life: the loss of love and the gaining of love. There would be no Daniel Kim Photography without the story of Appa+Umma and Daniel+Ash. I saw how important love is for the nourishment of the soul.
And it has lit a fire under me to help other couples in capturing their own story.
I want to get to know you! I want to hear how you two met and be a part of your big day. You can call, text, video chat, or email. Click the CONTACT link at the top and let’s talk.
Mamiya 645 AFD Medium Format Film Camera
Canon EOS 1V 35mm Film Camera
Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 5D (backup camera)
Pentax Asahi 35mm Film Camera
Wista SP 4×5 Large Format View Camera
Canon 580 Speedlite EXII External Flash
Nikon Speedlite SB-25 for Slave Flashes (x2)
35mm L f/1.4 lens
24-105 L f/4.0 lens
70-200 L f/2.8 lens
80mm 2.8 Mamiya lens
80mm 1.9 Sekor C lens
Pocketwizard Pluss II Transceiver (x3)
Pocketwizard Mini-TT1 for Canon
Tempe Camera Lab for film developing and scanning.
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Seagate and Western Digital External Hard Drives
*All images are always backed up on site to a portable external hard drive, and further backed up onto a desktop external hard drive at home for safe keeping. The portable hard drive is kept in a bank vault. Just in case my house burns down, or a burglar ransacks my house.