Photography has been a passion of mine since I took my first Polaroid when I was 6. Looking back at some of those photos they still bring a smile to my face. This is why I do what I do. I love how photos can be funny, emotional, beautiful, artistic, and all of these things at once. Photography is truly about capturing the moment and documenting true life. Memories are delicate and can fade away with time. When I became a professional photographer, this became my goal: create long-lasting images with artistic style, vision, and emotional connection that will last a lifetime.
I received my Business Administration degree from Colorado State University and always knew I would start my own business someday to serve the community. During my time in beautiful, scenic Colorado, I started to appreciate the artistic side of things, buying my first 35mm film camera, using a panoramic camera, creating DVD's and animation, and becoming the editor of a biannual newsletters.
You may ask about my last name and wonder where this German originated last name came from. If you're interested, there is an entire article about it as I was adopted when I was 5.5 months old and raised in Oklahoma with a very loving family, until recently I reconnected with my family in Korea. Feel free to check out that info here. You can search in my blog as well as there is another article I wrote and updated about it recently. I love talking about it, so please don't hesitate to ask me more if you're curious about adoption, Korea, or my family.
With so many photographers out there, I know style is also an important question. My style is centered around what I like to call Modern Photojournalistic Wedding Photography. I like to use colors, lighting, and the environment to capture the moment in an artistic way, but with real and emotional without intense or awkward posing. I’m lighthearted and fun, full of bad jokes, and try to make our sessions as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. I love to capture both local and destination weddings. In 2013, I helped create a new wedding blog for grooms called Wedding-Bros, with good friend and co-founder Jeremy Chou. This amazing website for grooms and men allows them to help with the planning of weddings by finding vendors, get advice on attire, and of course, the basics like song selection, to-dos and not-to-dos, and much more. And most recently in 2015, I created a team of commercial photographers with colleague Kevin Le Vu called Coverve. We capture headshots, product & food photography, real estate, and live corporate events and now provide both photo and video.
In 2016, I had the pleasure of welcoming my first born son, Kelvin. His joy and presence has given new meaning to my career as I now have experienced first hand the stages that come after marriage. He inspires me to be the best I can be everyday and I can't wait to watch him grow. Then at the beginning of 2018, I had my 2nd son, Grayson. Together we are now a family of 4, going through everyday life with love, laughter, and trying to make this world a better place for everyone.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the photos and stories. Leave as many comments on my articles as you like and join me on Facebook or Instagram. Thank you for the feedback, support, and comments. If you have any questions about my photography services, please feel free to contact me at anytime.
Awards and Publications
Top 20 Best Portrait Photographer in Los Angeles - Expertise 2016
SLR Lounge October 2016 - 14 Groomsmen Posing Cues from 14 Outstanding Wedding Photographers
La Bride - Diana & Matt Malibu Engagement Session - 2016
Southern California Bride June 2016 - Snowy Engagement session in Big Bear
SLR Lounge May 2016 - 15 Travel Photography Tips from Destination Photographers
Grooms Can Plan Too - Feb. 2015 Bride Box Pro Blog
Bored Panda - Story about my Biological Family Reunion in 2015
Best of 2013 Honorable Mention – Junebug Weddings
Rustic Wedding Chic – California Courtyard Wedding of Sarah & Tanner
Ford Amphitheater Front Page Website & Brochure
Ani Phyo Blog: NetKAL Gala Photos
Jet Fete Blog: Wei Wei & James Wedding – 2nd Shooter
Orange County Bride Magazine: Spring 2012-13 for Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens
WeddingWire.com: 2012 Bride’s Choice Award
WeddingWire.com: 2011 Bride’s Choice Award
Audrey Magazine – Kollaboration Acoustic 5
Orange County Bride Magazine: Spring 2011 – Chelsea & Michael’s Wedding
Jet Magazine: October 2010 – Alejandra & Joel’s Wedding
Korean American Journal Magazine: October 2010 – Dawen: Winner of Kollaboration Acoustic 4
Korean American Journal Magazine: May 2010 – Cover Photo – Third Generation
Korean American Journal Magazine: April 2010 – Kollaboration X
Associated Press (AP) Photo: LA Times – March 2010 – Corey Haim Photo
Utterly Engaged Issue #3: Tessa & Choon – Featured Real Wedding Story
Santa Monica College: Spring 2009 – The Bryan McLellan Memorial Scholarship
30th Annual Santa Monica College Photography Exhibit: April 4-31, 2009 – Honorable Mention
56th Annual Pro Photo Expo in Pasadena, CA: March 20-23, 2009 – 4th and 5th Place
Ford Amphitheater: Summer 2009 Brochure
Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Conference: Roller Derby Girls Photo Story – Honorable Mention
Wired.com Transportation: 8th Place Photo Contest
Wired.com Motion: 2nd Place Photo Contest
The Korea Times Newspaper: Saturday August 9, 2008 – Kollaboration Story
ABC Channel 7 KABC 5AM Eyewitness News: “Lightning in South Bay” Story
Nick Jr.: Yo Gabba Gabba (Season 2) – Episode: Animal – Background Tree Photos
Nick Jr.: Yo Gabba Gabba (Season 2) – Episode: Ride – Background Bird and Waterfall Photos