Author Archives: welkinlight

Ha Hanbok Family Photo at Gyeongbokgung

Hanbok Photos at Gyeongbokgung with the Ha Family

Our winter this year has been relatively mild. Despite a couple of cold snaps and a lot more snow than usual, temperatures have been well above freezing most days. December was exceptionally warm and, for a change, conducive to family photography, especially with the double layers that choosing hanbok photos provides. For this session, we headed to the, relatively, empty Gyeongbokgung and had a session to celebrate the time the Ha family had spent in Korea. Daisy and her family […]

Avison Young Gangnam Micro Retail Market Trent Magazine - Seoul Photographer

Gangnam Micro-Retail for Avison Young

For the past couple of years, I’ve been working with one of the only exclusively print design houses in Seoul, Hong Design, on a magazine called Social Innovation in the Community. It’s been an absolute pleasure to meet so many people who are focused on developing the cities of Korea for more than just profit. It’s also been a great pleasure to work with designers who are focused on print and strive for a simple, meaningful piece of art as […]

Peek-a-Boo - Hirashiki Winter Family Photo

All Smiles with the Hirashiki Family

Happy New Year, everyone! In this first post of the year, we’ll take a look at a winter family photography session with the Hirashiki tribe from back in December. As I write this, the Han River is frozen and the temperature is well below zero. Thankfully for this session, the cold hadn’t truly settled in yet and we had quite a nice day with a high of 9°C. Coupled with the beautiful soft light from an overcast sky, it was […]

Autumn Family Photography - Seoul Forest Park

Year in Review 2020 Part 4 – Seoul Family and Editorial Photographer

For the final quarter of 2020, we’ll be focusing heavily on families and scenes of Korea. While I was certainly quite busy, there are still a few assignments I won’t be able to share until next year. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy the images from this last section of the 2020 Year in Review. October – Family and Editorial Photographer October kicked off with our annual Chuseok holiday. Normally, this is an extremely busy time for travel. This year, […]

Dearman Family Photos - Seoul, Korea

Year in Review 2020 Part 3 – Seoul Family and Editorial Photographer

In this third installment to the Year in Review series for 2020, we’ll be focusing quite heavily on some of the most dramatic weather we’ve had for a long while. I spent most of this quarter working on a big commercial job that will be revealed early next year when the company has made its official launch. Until then, there are a few behind the scenes photos here and plenty of the work I got up to surrounding those jobs. […]

Adoption First Meeting Photography - Seoul, Korea

Year in Review 2020 Part 2 – Seoul Family and Editorial Photographer

Welcome back to the second installment of my Year in Review series for 2020. In this piece, we’ll focus on the few jobs that came in and a whole lot of personal work as the pandemic’s grip on society tightened. There’s plenty to see and plenty to talk about, so let’s jump right in. April – Family and Portrait Photographer April is usually the tipping point of my year here in Seoul. It is the time when I go from […]

Osbeck Family Photo Shoot - Changdeokgung, Seoul, Korea

Year in Review 2020 Part 1 – Seoul Family, Event, Proposal, and Travel Photographer

This year, as I’m sure it did for many of you, started out in the usual way. For us, that means the usual rush of post-holiday enquires flowing in the door and a lot of sessions where I work hard to look warm so my clients can feel a bit of extra warmth while they enjoy the Korean winter. January – Proposal, Adoption, and Event Photography My first session of the year was a perfect example of a winter photoshoot […]

Family Walk - Michas Post-Custody Family Photos

Michas Post-Custody Family Photos at Changdeokgung

Today’s shoot one of those sessions where there wasn’t a dull moment. We had smiles, tears, hunger, running, tenderness, and a mass collection of pine cones, but let’s start from the beginning. Niko and Jacklin had reached out to have a post-custody family photo shoot before heading home after their adoption. We scheduled an early morning session at Gyeongbokgung to avoid the crowds. That happened to coincide with a national holiday here (Hangeul Day), which I usually avoid as much […]

Playing Catch - Martin Family Photos

Of Dinosaurs and Exploration: Family Photos with the Martins

Today’s session is a blow-by-blow deep-dive into a fairly common type of post-custody session with one of my adoptive families. Oftentimes so soon after custody, kids aren’t ready to open up to a stranger and a different approach is required. The last thing we want to do is force our wants onto a little one who has been through a life-changing event, so another angle is required. I hope you enjoy this fun session with the Martin family. We all […]

Five Reasons to Have Your Custody Day Photographed

There are three main session types I offer for adoptive families. These are first meetings, post-custody family sessions, and, of course, custody day itself. While first meetings and family sessions are by far my most popular sessions, there are plenty of good reasons to have your custody day photographed as well. This is the day where your child will transition from care into their forever family and can be extremely emotional. Let’s look at a few benefits of having the […]