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    Ken's picture of daughter Pearl Rei Ming won him an award of excellence in Communication Arts Photography Annual.  Babies and families photographed by Ken, are always seen from the point of view of 'intimate innocence.'

    Ken's work has appeared in hundreds of publications globally. Portrait Sittings, Weddings, and Special Events bring Kenneth from NYC out to the Hamptons, and down to the Jersey shore.

    Ken is very proud of his new mini-workshop program he designed especially for
    Moms & Dads to learn how to effortlessly capture memories of their child.
    Ken adores teaching  -  Lecture venues have included: ICP, SVA, West Side YMCA, City University of Jersey City,  and SJSU.
    Corporate consultations have included the Art Department at Entertainment Weekly.

    Member  -  ASMP

Modern Story : Site Specific Installation

New Kid Photography Workshop Series

#1 MODERN KID PHOTOGRAPHY – For Moms and Dads !
Fabulous digital basics taught by one of our lovely instructors.  Learn how to take your camera off the ʻAuto” setting! Discover the power of playful digital shooting to capture significant moments in your life! Receive practical advice so you may record your favorite subject with less than 10 minutes of preparation. Begin building your visual legacy. A critical overview to the wondrous program Lightroom + managing your images on your computer is also included.  Perfect for new DSLR owners. Gain basic knowledge to use for a lifetime.  A fun homework assignment will be given to bring to Class #2.
Register for 160 (we recommend sign-up for the series of three classes for 450)

#2 MODERN SHOOT – Refine your Snapshooting !
During live shooting sessions you will practice Ken’s basic set of simple camera settings.  You will practice proper exposure, framing, and strong composition.  Observe and discover the power of seeing light and color.  We demo our favorite shooting techniques.  Learn first hand by practicing side by side with your instructor and class mates.  Perfect for DSLR owners. Camera, battery, formatted memory card + USB 2.0 or FW800 card reader are required for this class.
Your homework will be to bring new images to Class #3
Register for 160 (we recommend sign-up for the series of three classes for 450)

#3 MODERN LAPTOP – Your Visual Legacy in Portraits for Generations !
Lightroom is a fantastic program for organizing + processing your newly captured memories. Maximize the beauty of your images. Organize your photos easily with collections in Lightroom’s friendly database. Become familiar with Ken’s favorite adjustment sliders in Lightroom.  Learn to use presets for speed and creativity in your image developing. We will set up your preferences and catalog settings in class.  Lightroom, a laptop, and sample images are required for this class.
Register for 160 (we recommend sign-up for the series of three classes for 450)

Set up a proper digital system for your family photos and learn to use it creatively!  Sign up for this mini series of 3 classes to fully appreciate your power as a new digital kid photographer !


#1 MODERN KID (tribeca classroom)                           SEPTEMBER 24, 2010       FRIDAY 7-10PM
#2 MODERN SHOOT (location to be announced)        OCTOBER 3, 2010              SUNDAY 2-5PM
#3 MODERN LAPTOP (tribeca classroom)                   OCTOBER 8, 2010              FRIDAY 7-10PM

Classes are intimate.  Instructor to student ratio is 1:6 so learning is maximized.

EMAIL US to Register.

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Love in Times Square !

March 1, 2010 - 2:47 pm

Francesco Tonelli - Your work never stops impressing me Kenneth.
I would get married all over again just to have you take my pictures.
Great work!

December 6, 2009 - 12:11 am

Carly - Wow, you guys look like you are a perfect match! Im so happy for both of you. Great slideshow, the pictures are stunning. Congrats!

December 5, 2009 - 10:09 am

J Nagy - These pictures capture the essence of true love! Even with all the energy of the city around you, your focus always comes back to each other…a true picture of your relationship! Your photographer did an amazing job of preserving this time in your lives!

December 4, 2009 - 4:19 pm

TONI - Gorgeous pictures, of a gorgeous couple! These pictures capture some amazing moments. Love the Times Square choice and the coloring is beautiful!

December 2, 2009 - 8:35 pm

Kate Forsatz - What beautiful photos. I love that the shots are so genuine. Your personalities and sentiments come through in the pictures.

December 2, 2009 - 6:48 pm

Sarah Willink - I love the slideshow! The photographer did a great job capturing your love and happiness! What a neat background, very unique and fun. Great job-awesome pictures!

December 2, 2009 - 12:53 pm

John Mienko - Amazing pictures! Can’t wait for the wedding pics. These really capture your personality well.

December 2, 2009 - 12:49 pm

Toni Mienko - These are just beautiful! Time square… how perfect, love the coloring. What a gorgeous couple :) Can’t wait for next June!

December 2, 2009 - 10:34 am

Kristin - What an amazing slideshow! Your love and happiness is captured in every shot. Could be an ad for “Finding True Love in New York City!” I especially love all the black and white photos – so classy and beautiful!

December 2, 2009 - 8:27 am

Carol Scott - These photos are amazing! The spirit of the city and spot of your engagement is captured perfectly! So happy that they turned even better than you had imagined!

December 1, 2009 - 11:44 pm

Eleanor Scott - Loved the slide show, especially the two people in it.
Great photos, exquisite colors. This Photographer is definitely a keeper!

December 1, 2009 - 11:36 pm

Eleanor Scott - I loved the slide show, especially the two people in it.
Great photos,the colors were exquisite.
This Photographer is a keeper.

December 1, 2009 - 11:26 pm

Mary DB - I love it. Playful, sexy and gorgeous pictures. You two look so in love. You can just see the sparkle in your eyes!!

Our Old Farmhouse !

February 18, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Sugar Mom - I remembered my own childhood looking at these pics, thanks for these sweet memories!

November 16, 2009 - 7:06 pm

marygrace drucker - What great pictures! You have truly communicated feelings and a sense of discovery through your amazing pictures. You were able to convey the joy and happiness of childhood.

November 16, 2009 - 2:10 pm

val - Oh my gosh!! These pictures are amazing. The shots are so unique and exude such happiness.

November 16, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Katherine Nevidonski - Wow! These photos are great! I love that they really portray you all together as a family, and they capture the feeling of a warm fall day – a perfect day to be outside!

November 16, 2009 - 9:32 am

Katherine - I love the photos of the girls-they really capture the girls’ personalities. The black and whites were my favorites.

November 16, 2009 - 9:31 am

Mindy Gold - It strikes me that these pictures truly capture the way our memories of childhood work: that flashback to a favorite pair of shoes, the “no-front-teeth” moment, the sweet softness of little hands, the pleasure of berry collecting, the absolute thrill of your parents playing hide and seek with you. The photographer is truly gifted at catching these moments without even seeming as if he were there. The photos are so natural and intimate–and yet so beautifully composed and lit, even when everyone’s in joyous motion! And love the music with the needle scratching…took me back to my childhood!

November 16, 2009 - 9:30 am

Katherine - I love the photos of the girls-they really capture the girls’ personalities. The black and whites were my favorites and would make a great holiday card.

November 16, 2009 - 8:04 am

Tara - These pictures are AMAZING! I cannot get over how beautiful the girls look. The shots really capture the individual personalities of both Morgan and Maisie.

November 16, 2009 - 3:08 am

karen - So beautiful, so happy, so much fun!! You really captured the girls smiles and love of EVERYTHING!

November 15, 2009 - 11:14 pm

Allyson - What great pics! Love the action shots on the tire swing. How fun!

November 15, 2009 - 10:56 pm

Jess F - What great quality! they really pick up the colors of fall!

November 15, 2009 - 10:54 pm

Marissa H - These pictures came out great! They really tell a story. Enjoy.

November 15, 2009 - 10:53 pm

Meghan M - I love these pictures! Great photo quality… and So adorable

November 15, 2009 - 10:53 pm

Nicole C - Great Photos! What a nice idea! hope you enjoyed the shoot!

November 15, 2009 - 10:52 pm

Elizabeth Basile - Just viewed “Our Old Farmhouse” photo album – amazing candid shots! Captured great expressions, personalities and beautiful moments. The black and white shots were exceptional! Thanks for sharing your magnificent family photos – I loved them…

November 15, 2009 - 10:44 pm

Sarah DiIorio - Love the photos! They really capture fun and family! The vibrant contrast of the fall foliage make the colors pop. The black and white really captures simple beauty. Great work!

November 15, 2009 - 10:23 pm

Laura V - Great pictures! What a beautiful family!

November 15, 2009 - 10:20 pm

Kim - What great action shots of your family, especially your girls. I loved the way the photos were in color and also black and white.

Orange October !

October 26, 2009 - 1:30 pm

Melissa Breen - Ken, this video is absolutely amazing!! It brought tears to my eyes. I love how you catch the small details and emotion. Your work in phenomenal!

October 26, 2009 - 11:56 am

Jennie Stadelberger - Ken, You are a truly gifted individual. You not only captured one of the happiest days in their lives, but the emotion and vocabulary that you produced from myself and others who have viewed this “sneak-peek” is incredible.These photos alone can only be explained in a simple word; awe. This day was captured with your talent, the blessed beings, and wonderful vibe of every individual that suppported the wonderful couple. I cannot wait to see the remaining photos of the extravaganza through your talented eyes! You are fabulous Ken..well Beth and Noah too!

October 25, 2009 - 11:56 am

Barbara Stadelberger - These are outstanding! I cannot wait for the pictures to be ready for purchase. I have no idea how I will choose the ones I want considering how wonderful the preview has been. You captured the joy and fun that everyone had that day. Thanks for making it so special on film so we will not forget the feelings we had that very special day.
- Mom of the Bride

October 24, 2009 - 9:03 pm

Noah Ramos - Ken,
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to shoot our wedding. The shots are all truly brilliant and unique. You’re a true artist with a camera. These pictures really bring back so many memories and allow me to have memories of things that I wasn’t able to see like how the sky looked that day. Once again thank you so much.

October 24, 2009 - 12:43 pm

Paul Stadelberger - Ken, These are great! Thank you for capturing every moment of the beautiful day. Each photo gets better than the last one. Thank you for all your hard work.

October 24, 2009 - 10:42 am

Yvette Tirado - Outstanding Job Ken! Absolutely Beautiful! The love between Noah & Beth is on full display because you captured it all for everyone to see! The joy & happiness of the family and friends gathered to celebrate them is equally palpable!

October 24, 2009 - 10:10 am

Aneta Szurek - Wow, the photos are beautiful and the slideshow is amazing. You truly captured the happiness, love and beauty of this very special occasion and all involved.

October 24, 2009 - 8:08 am

Sarah DItomasso - Ken, you are amazing! These really came out beautiful! Sorry for getting in the way to fix the dress so much, LOL!

October 23, 2009 - 11:03 pm

Beth Ramos - Ken,

I couldn’t be happier! I have tears building seeing these photos. I love them all but some of my favorites include the picture of my parents laughing together, the father daughter dance, my grandfather and I, Noah’s family cheering, our pre-ceremony meeting and especially Noah outside with the girls peeking out the window at him. They make me cry and laugh all at the same time, just as I was walking down the aisle. You are an amazing talent, and I am the luckiest bride in the world to have been blessed with wonderful people around me, including you!

October 23, 2009 - 10:45 pm

Jamil Walker - Kenneth,

I’m in awe of your work. The photos of Beth and Noah’s wedding are amazing. I want to get married just so you can document the ceremony!

Ciao Bella !

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May 8, 2009 - 2:40 pm

Carly - Ken, Thank you so much for a wonderful photo shoot! Your professionalism and attention to detail are remarkable. The kids adored you and were so comfortable the entire time. The photos are absolutely amazing. My husband received them as a birthday surprise and he was blown away. I can’t thank you enough. We will cherish these shots forever. Carly

May 8, 2009 - 12:27 pm

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January 30, 2009 - 9:46 am

Kenneth - Michael, Thanks for the hospitality and great shoot!, Ken

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January 22, 2009 - 9:24 pm

Meredith - All I can say is wow! It looks like you had a very special night. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness.

January 21, 2009 - 8:09 am

joel napach - Kenneth, it was the greatest night and an unbelievable party and I am not talking about the inauguration D.C. but about Barbara and Jeff’s wedding. My wife , daughter and I had so much fun. I also wanted to Thank-you Ken for the pictures that you and your staff took of my wife and daughter.

January 18, 2009 - 7:23 am

Kenneth - Barbara and Jeff. Your family gave me the best gift a photographer could dream for. Thank you for welcoming me into your loving, kind, funny, world.
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January 18, 2009 - 1:23 am

Jeff Meltzer - It’s truly an honor to have the ‘greatest night of our lives’ posted on your site. Thanks to you Kenneth, we will always be able to relive this night and all its incredible moments whenever we want for the rest of our lives. Your talent will be forever be remembered whenever my family looks at our Wedding photos. – jeff