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I’m Emily, and I’m a brand photographer for passionate small business owners who are ready to scale and want to stand out online as local industry leaders.

I, my (dog) daughter, and my fiancé are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here at Emily Kim Photography, I provide creative, strategic marketing imagery that are in line with your business goals.

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Color Psychology for Photoshoots

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How to Plan Outfits for Your Brand Photoshoot

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New year, new website! Well, kind of. Even if you don’t plan on rebranding or totally revamping your website this year, it’s still important to refresh it every few months. What better time to do this than the start of the new year? Updating your website is important for two reasons: It keeps it fresh […]

2022 Website and SEO Checklist

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Somehow, it’s been 6 months since I transitioned from my corporate tech job to being a full-time entrepreneur. If you didn’t know, prior to being a full-time brand photographer, I was a software engineer. Quite the change, right? 😂 Anyways, I’m feeling 6 months older and wiser, so I wanted to share my findings with […]

What 6 months of full-time entrepreneurship has taught me

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Man oh man, was this the shoot of my dreams, or what? If you know me, you know that I wear headbands. A lot. I wear a lot of headbands, a lot of the time. So, when Laura from La Bella reached out to me to photograph her headbands, I may or may not have screamed in […]

La Bella Shop – Christmas and Holiday Product Photography for Headbands

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Service providers, this one’s for you 💪 If you haven’t overdone things and made yourself practically crazy as a service provider, ARE you even a service provider? In other words: why is it so commonly accepted and normalized to overdeliver on our services and end results, while also overworking ourselves to oblivion? Why do we […]

3 Ways to Overdeliver WITHOUT Overworking Yourself

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If you’ve landed on this blog post, you’re probably either: an entrepreneur and business owner, and you’re looking to get your brand photos done soon. a photographer, and you’re interested in niching into personal brand photography. So today, I want to chat a little bit about my background and past experiences, and how they were […]

Personal brand photography: how I got started

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Updated for October 2021 You just upgraded your iPhone. As the top of the box slowly separates from the bottom, you can’t stop thinking about all of the AMAZING pictures you’re going to take. You set it up and open the camera app for the first time. “Omg, I can’t wait to test out the […]

Quick iPhone camera trick for higher quality photos

iPhone Settings Hack

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Today, I’m sharing what’s in my camera bag! I like to keep my setup lightweight and portable, so you’ll see that I don’t usually carry a ton of equipment. For photographers, I hope this helps you if you’re looking to build a simple gear list. For brand clients and those looking to book a photoshoot, […]

What’s in my camera bag?

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Woohoo! We’re finally at the end of our Indoor Lighting 101 journey. Today, I’m teaching you the basics of how to edit indoor photos like in the Lightroom Mobile app like the pros. If you’ve always wondered how to get the light, bright, and vibrant look – read on! Part 1: How to find & […]

Indoor Lighting 101, Part 3: How to edit bad light

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In last week’s post, we talked about how to use and manipulate natural light. But, what if you don’t have natural light in your home? Well today, we’re solving this quarantine problem of yours by learning how to make artificial light look natural! Part 1: How to find & manipulate natural light Part 2: How […]

Indoor Lighting 101, Part 2: How to get a natural light look without natural light

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Today, I’m sharing Part 1 of Indoor Lighting 101! In this first installment, we’ll be talking about how to find and manipulate light in your home. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3, where we’ll dive deeper into my indoor lighting photography tips and techniques. In these intro tutorials, you won’t need a fancy camera […]

Indoor Lighting 101, Part 1: How to Find & Manipulate Light in Your Home

Indoor lighting photography tips and techniques - how to find and manipulate light indoors

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I’m Emily, and I’m a brand photographer for passionate small business owners who are ready to scale and want to stand out online as local industry leaders.

I, my (dog) daughter, and my fiancé are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here at Emily Kim Photography, I provide creative, strategic marketing imagery that are in line with your business goals.

tell me more...

crowd faves

on the blog

Color Psychology for Photoshoots

5 Dream Bay Area Studio Rentals for Your Next Shoot

5 Tips for Optimizing Images on Your Website

How to Plan Outfits for Your Brand Photoshoot

goodies you'll love

Access My Free Resource Library

Branded Stock Photography at the EK Stock Shop

Free Preset for
Lightroom Mobile

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