May is National Photograph Month, and we’re excited to commemorate this celebration that is near and dear to our hearts. With the invention of the photograph, we’ve been able to capture moments and memories that are able to be preserved for lifetimes. Let’s take a brief glimpse through time that makes our art possible today.
The History of the Photograph
It would be impossible to discuss all the inventions and milestones here that have made photography so advanced today, but we thought it would be fitting to talk about a few of the major historic developments in celebration of the month.
The pinhole camera
Although the term “photography” wouldn’t be coined until the 1800s, references to the origins of pinhole cameras started around the year 330 BC. In 1000 AD, Ibn Al-Haytham discovered that he could capture images upside down and this invention was called the pinhole camera.
The first photograph
In 1827, Joseph Nicephore Niepce took the first photograph prototype, called a heliograph. He took a metal plate, covered it in bitumen and let the sun draw the image for him. Although this was an amazing discovery, the picture took eight hours of sunlight exposure to appear and would disappear eventually. In 1939, a Frenchman named Louis Daguerre found a way to reduce the amount of time needed to make an impression and to ensure the picture didn’t fade.
The color photograph
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the color photograph was introduced to the commercial market. This revolutionized the way people viewed and shared photographs because of their closer likeness to real life.
The instant camera
In 1948, the instant camera, or Polaroid, was invented. Instead of waiting for film to be developed, you could snap a picture and have it instantly appear on photo paper right from your camera.
The digital camera
Cannon invented the first digital camera in 1984, changing the process of photograph development completely.
Without these important discoveries and inventions, we wouldn’t be able to create the art that we love making every day. Photographs are a way to preserve memories forever. Contact us to book a session with our professional photographers today.
How much is a Photograph Worth?
Some people say that a photograph is worth a thousand words. At Kim Jew Photography, we feel like that’s a gross understatement. To us, a photograph is a fond memory, an emotion and a place in time all wrapped up in one shot, a story that cannot be expressed in words alone. These are heirlooms, meant to be passed down from generation to generation that will last lifetimes. It’s part of your mark on this world and will serve as a remembrance of who you are.
From all of us at Kim Jew Photography, Happy National Photograph Month!
We get asked the question all the time: what should I wear for my portrait session? At Kim Jew Photography, we believe that your clothing can say a lot about who you are and what you stand for. Choosing the outfit for your portrait session should reflect the part of your personality that you want to shine, and the color you wear may help. Read the rest of this entry »
At Kim Jew Photography, we look at you and see someone who is perfect exactly as you are. We know that it isn’t always easy to look in the mirror and be completely satisfied with the way you appear, but we believe that each portrait we take is an opportunity to show you how truly special you are. Self-appreciation is such an important part of your confidence and we know that something as simple as taking a great portrait can influence the way you feel about yourself.
What Your Portrait Should Say About You
We have made it our life’s work to bring out the very best of your characteristics to give you a portrait that reflects your individual beauty. We aren’t here just to take your picture, we are here to spread messages of positive self-esteem to everyone we have the honor of photographing. When you allow us the privilege of taking your portrait, the final result will:
• Capture your unique essence
• Convey your personality in a natural pose that’s unique to you
• Be a one-of-a-kind portrait that you are proud to share with current and future generations
The way you feel about yourself influences every aspect of your life, including personal relationships and happiness. Knowing that you are unique and beautiful is the first step to empowering yourself to achieve greatness.
Book Your Session Today
At Kim Jew Photography, we don’t just take photos; we are artists who provide you with portraits that truly reflect who you are. Remember, you’re exactly perfect in this moment—and always. We take the trust you have given us for the past 37 years very seriously and we celebrate your individuality! Contact us today to book a session!
We would like to start this off by saying we love Instagram. We are on Instagram, and you can follow us at kimjewphotography. Instagram is amazing because it is fast and simple. It has awesome filters as well as borders. It is fun to follow what your friends and others are doing, and to be able to comment on all of the photos. However, these are not the photos you will love for a lifetime. Not many people actually print their Instagram photos and they are not the photos that your grandchildren will be looking at and cherishing in the years to come. While Instagram has its place, a Kim Jew Photo will be of highest quality and you will love it forever.
One of the hottest fashion trends for this Spring is Lace and Neon. A few of our clients have already been photographed in this trend and we are betting that we will be seeing a lot more of this in our camera rooms this upcoming season and we are ready. We think this is the perfect combo of sweet and edgy. In the studio this trend would look best with simple and soft backgrounds. It would also look wonderful photographed outside. Depending on the outfit, a graffiti wall Downtown, a street in Uptown or a field in Corrales would make for some amazing photos. Capturing full length photos are going to be ideal for this look. Remember your accessories with this trend as it is an affordable way to include it into your session. While this trend goes against the typical photography guidelines we think it is going to be amazing. For individuals such as high school seniors it is all about the one person, so anything goes. For family or group photos just make sure everything coordinates. One idea is to put one person in the trend and then build the rest of the oufits off of that one person. Check out our board on Pinterest for more inspiration. We are so excited to see what we get to photograph this Spring.
You’re a senior. You know how important your senior picture is. Not only will it immortalize you in the year book, but it will hang on the family wall with pride…for longer than you think. Read the rest of this entry »
The Power of Positive Self Esteem And How Portraits Can Play A Powerful Role in That
In John Maxwell’s latest book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, Maxwell states that many people don’t reach their full potential because they lack belief in themselves. They don’t see the possibilities that God put in them. Maxwell quotes Nathaniel Branden, psychiatrist and expert on the subject of self-esteem who says, “No factor is more important in people’s psychological development and motivations than the value judgments they make about themselves. Every aspect of their lives is impacted by the way they see themselves.”
Portraits can have an enormous impact on how people see themselves. For owners, Kim and Paul Jew, portraits taken of them as teenagers left indelible scars on them that have forever impacted their views on photography. Kim says, “When I first saw my high school senior portrait, my first thought was how boring I looked. This perception only heightened my feelings of insecurity about being Chinese, left handed and having a round face. A school portrait that Paul had taken as a 10th Grader also had the same effect. Paul says, “When I got my pictures back, I hid them in a drawer. The pictures made me look and feel dorky and ugly. I had very little confidence in myself.” Because of these negative experiences, we have made it our life’s work to create portraits that bolster a person’s positive self esteem as opposed to damaging it.
Creating a portrait that enhances a person’s self esteem involves proper planning, sensitivity, positive interaction, artistry, creativity and skill. It involves being a student of lighting, posing and camera technology. In addition, what we cannot capture in the camera, we have the expertise to enhance portraits through the magic of digital retouching technology. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to creating portraits that will make you feel good about you or your family.
If we have done our jobs well, you should look at the portraits that we create for you and say to yourself, “I like that person. That person is attractive, confident and capable of doing great things.” Our joy comes when we can play a role in contributing to your positive self esteem. We don’t consider ourselves to be in the photography business. We consider ourselves to be in the positive self esteem business. “No factor is more important in people’s psychological development and motivations than the value judgments they make about themselves. Every aspect of their lives is impacted by the way they see themselves.”
-Dr. Nathaniel Branden, Pyschotherapist and Self Esteem
At Kim Jew Photography, we believe that every person we photograph is unique and special in their own way. We love creating images that bring out your personality and that make you look good. Our monthly specials allow us to give more people the opportunity to be able to shoot with us. This month, we have great specials for senior portrait sessions. Read the rest of this entry »