Little Leighton

Almost twice a year I goto NYC and I’ve photographed this little girl. Who is she? Leighton! Half Chinese Half American And she JUST turned TWO! I met little Leighton last September when I came out there for my first fashion week. Almost every 6 months I get a chance to see how much she’s grown and I get to photograph her. I think for her age she is the most animated and lovable kid I have ever met. She’s very intelligent, happy, and just loves to be in front of the camera. Photographing her is probably the easiest and a seamless effort that I’ve ever had to do.

In hopes a modeling agency in New York will pick her up ASAP because she’s so precious and I think a face this pretty and a personality of her’s would be just perfect. If you know someone in the modeling world maybe you can share his with them!

So when I came in for fashion week this past 2012 September, Leighton’s mother and I had made arrangements to meet again for another photo shoot at the end of my week stay before I headed down to Washington D.C. This was for a photoshoot for Halloween, she wanted to put Leighton in a lady bug costume.

As soon as we stepped out of their apartment, there was a church nearby and we had sat her down on the steps of the church for me to snap a couple photographs, as soon as we did that, there was a crowd around her (Mind you this is the beginning of september), saying how adorable she was and asked to take a pictures with her! It was kind of a surreal feeling.

Anyways, so I really couldn’t decide on which pictures to post so I’m posting a lot of them! And I’d love to hear which ones were your favorites!! Please comment @


Jacqueline & Socrates Trash the Dress Punta Cana

If you haven’t met me yet, I’ll tell you that I’m completely addicted to traveling and when this beautiful couple came to me and said they would like to hire me for their destination wedding in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, I was completely excited! They had seen my Cancun Trash the Dress / Wedding photos and so they inquired about doing a Trash the Dress while down there.

Needless to say after such an eventful weekend, the TTD was SO MUCH FUN! Jacqueline and Socrates were so fun to photograph and they stuck through the scary ocean waters. These are the type of couples I love photographing. They are fun, patient, and always down to do whatever it takes to (safely) get the shot. The people who love my work and want to work with me not because of price or how much it costs but for the shear appreciation of my hard work and dedication. These are the kind of couples that give me the drive and inspiration for being better than before. Thank you guys for being awesome!! 😀 I had so much fun in Punta Cana with you guys and I look forward to next year if you guys go back! Here are some of my selects 🙂

Also a special thank you to Ferdinand & Christie for helping me with the lighting. This wouldn’t have been possible without your help. 🙂

Please Enjoy,
Christopher Kim
Chicago Wedding & Destination Wedding Photographer

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Venue: Gran Bahia Principe
Make-up/Hair Stylist: Toni Scott