Kim Jew fell in love with photography when he received his first camera at Highland High School. He created a studio and dark room in his family’s garage and began experimenting with light and shadow. He attended the University of New Mexico as a pre-dental major briefly after high school, but soon realized he wanted to pursue his passion for photography. He decided to attend the Photography Institute of America in Atlanta in 1974 and, once he had graduated, opened his first photography studio in 1976 in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He now has two portrait studios with more than 24 employees and five staff photographers.
Kim Jew’s Unique Style
Kim Jew’s unique perspective changed how portrait photography was done in New Mexico. He created a signature style that blends commercial photography techniques with portraiture. He began by photographing artists such as RC Gorman, sculptor Louise Nevelson, abstract expressionist painter Robert De Niro, Sr., and Picasso’s mistress, Francoise Gilot. As word spread of his innovative style, he became one of the most sought-after photographers in New Mexico. He reached national critical acclaim and has since photographed every U.S. President since Bill Clinton; celebrities such as Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jay Leno; national athletes; governors and industry leaders such as Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson and the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Kim also has extensive experience in fine art and commercial photography, but his greatest passion is family photos and graduation portraits. He loves the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, and his biggest reward is when clients tell him they never knew they could look so beautiful. Through his lens, he sees you the way a mother sees her child, and he has trained all of his photographers on this technique. They give a sharp level of attention to every photography session and know how to bring out the best in you.
Kim Jew’s philosophy rings through every session: “Make Today a Masterpiece!”