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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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How to Plan Outfits for Your Brand Photoshoot

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how to automate your business workflows, emails + more Note: You should know there are affiliate links below. If you choose to use them, Emily Kim Photography may receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting your favorite bay area brand photographer! As a service-based business owner, you’re likely intimately familiar with the desire to do […]

5 game-changing automation tools for service-based business owners

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As a creative business owner, it can feel nearly impossible to ever step away from your work. I mean… who will respond to the emails? Who will make all of the things? Who will continue to market your business for you?! You get the gist.  But the truth is that as a small business owner, […]

3 simple tips to prep your small business for vacation

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As the owner of a product brand, you have a plethora of products to show off, and likely a good amount of beautiful imagery to do so. So how on earth are you supposed to choose which photos to use on your website home page?! For your product brand, the issue of choosing the right […]

Website Photo Ideas for Product Brands

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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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My name is Kirsten, and I’d like to see you write a blog (or two). Demanding? Sure. Reasonable? I think YES. Listen, I’m not here to ask for a blog from you because I’m selfish and lazy and in need of reading material (although quite honestly, part of that is true). I’m here because blogging? […]

Not a writer? Here’s why you should still blog.

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Alright. *cracks knuckles* We are getting into it today, my friends! In case you didn’t know, in addition to being a lifestyle and brand photographer for small businesses, I am also a full-time software engineer. If you’re interested in learning more about how I landed in brand photography, you can read this blog post. But, in today’s […]

The 3 Most Common Myths About Side Hustling

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Contrary to popular belief, you aren’t going to accomplish goals by shouting them into the ether and declaring it to be true.  (Okay, maybe that’s not a popular belief, but you get what I’m saying. Simply saying “I’m going to be _____ this year doesn’t magically make it a reality.) On top of that, declaring […]

Your Guide to Goal-Getting, Part 1: Review – Where are you now?

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I get it. It’s confusing. You’ll hear people screaming from both ends of the ether: “Hire a photographer!! Outsource it! This isn’t your zone of genius, so why are you spending time on it?!” Or, on the flip side… “DIY ALLLLL the way. Don’t hire ANYONE until you absolutely have to, it’s a waste of […]

When to DIY a brand photoshoot vs. when to hire a branding photographer

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Woohoo! Your quarterly photoshoot is DONE and you have a huge library of photos to use for the next few months. But…where should you put them? There are so many photos here, and it’s overwhelming! Instagram and social media always seems to be the default place to share your brand photos. You might be thinking, […]

5 places on your website where you should be using brand photos

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Seeing as I’ve recently started an email newsletter, I’ve been realllllly into all things email-related. I know. So exciting, right? I’m all about the email marketing tips and tricks, especially if they prevent my emails from landing in the spam folder. Last week, I was watching Matt D’Avella’s Increase Productivity with These Email Hacks video: […]

One Email Marketing Tip to Prevent Your Emails from Going to Spam

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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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