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Maliha Loved to Jump

Jennifer, Said, and Maliha’s First Family Photos

In this, the strangest of years, I’m constantly amazed by the dedication of families in completing their adoption processes. Jennifer and Said are no exception to that rule. Braving the quarantine procedure (and the quarantine hotel lottery), they made their way to Seoul in order to meet and take custody of their daughter, Maliha. We got together during this time to make some family photos for them before they went home. As is often the case when we move into […]

Samantha and Fernando in Damyang

Bamboo and Metasequoia with Samantha and Fernando – Pre-Wedding Photography in Damyang, Korea

Today’s session is a special one. Samantha and Fernando made the brave decision to get married during the pandemic. With Fernando currently stationed in Korea for work, they were planning to have their wedding with family back home. Unfortunately, travel restrictions put a stop to this and they decided to have another pre-wedding-cum-wedding photography session in lieu of that. That’s when Samantha reached out to me. Planning She explained their current situation and shared plenty of inspiration for what she […]

Milo with his parents - Korea Family Photographer

A Second Session with the Growing Chen Family

It’s hard to believe that it was a couple of years ago that I met Judy and Tim as they travelled to adopt their son, Nathan. We had a wonderful session, one that still remains one of my favourite post custody family photo shoots. Needless to say, I was excited to learn that they’d be visiting again to expand their family by one. Since the family would be staying for a full month due to the pandemic, we decided that […]

Autumn Family Photos in Seoul Forest - Chien Sunrise Session

An Autumn Family Photo Shoot with the Chiens

Today’s session is a two-part autumn session I had with the Chien family last year. We had some beautiful light for this early morning family shoot and an image from this set ended up making its way into my ten favourite images from last year. This shoot is very representative of how autumn typically is here, so I hope it will be helpful for those considering an autumn family photo shoot. Jenny reached out to me when the leaves were […]

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 […]