This fourth-generation New Yorker moved to Hong Kong in 2006- all in the name of love! After six years, he finally tied the knot just last fall. Like most expats in Hong Kong, he started his career in Hong Kong by climbing the corporate ladder. It led naturally to much longer hours and he decided to call it quits in 2008. He then set off on a trip that changed how he felt about his life and career.
He bought his first camera and it was his only companion on the road as he wandered, snapping photos that sparked his creativity and he easily forgot all about PowerPoint presentations. He’s a self-taught photographer who learned how to do what he does through podcasts and is passionate about his work. This is his fifth year in Hong Kong as a photographer and he celebrated by moving into a new studio space located in Central.
He explained why he decided to give up working in finance, “As a financial analyst, you design, print and deliver pitch books to clients. At the end of the presentation, you collect the leftover books and toss them. In hindsight, I think that on a fundamental level that I wanted to create something tangible and of value.”
He didn’t have many roots when he first came to Asia, but since then he has grounded himself by creating special photoshoots for his clients, who often become friends. “When I connect with a client, we create great portraits and natural shots because they’re comfortable in front of the camera.”
What we love about him is that he finds inspiration in everyday Hong Kong, which is something a lot of people may take for granted and enjoys the local fare at cha chaan tangs, especially egg tarts and char siu macaroni soup!
When he first meets with a couple, he invites them into his simple open studio space that’s decorated it with some of his most memorable engagement and wedding shoots. His photography has taken him all around Asia and he’ll soon be capturing a wedding later this year in Atlanta, Georgia and New York. His chilled out approach is perfect for couples looking to capture the intimate expressions of family, friends and the wedding party!
Kenneth also runs photography classes in small groups for people to get acquainted with their new SLRs and digital cameras, demystifying all the maddening photography jargon. He wants people to enjoy this process of snapping beautiful moments as much as he does and often works with new moms who want to learn how to capture their little ones at home. He also offers private lessons for the more serious photographers, so get in touch with him if you want to get snap happy!
You’re going to need a wedding first if you’re looking for a wedding photographer, so why not check out Sassy’s guides to planning a Hong Kong wedding? Get inspired with some of our That Bride interviews!