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Kira Kwon Photojournalism

Peoria Heights , IL
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4450 N Prospect Road
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 US (map)

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309-688-5472

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ABOUT US

I am a wedding photojournalist. I capture the story of your wedding day. There is always a place for some portraits of the bride and groom and their friends and family, but as much as... Read more
I am a wedding photojournalist. I capture the story of your wedding day. There is always a place for some portraits of the bride and groom and their friends and family, but as much as possible I try to blend into the background and capture the beauty of each wedding as it unfolds, from the details to the moments you never want to forget. My photography is natural, emotional, and real. I believe the "Life makes the most beautiful art." (TM)

Your choice in a wedding photographer is very important. It is a relationship that will impact your entire wedding day. For this reason, I am careful to choose weddings based primarily on the relationship I begin to form with the bride, groom, and their families from the first moment we meet throughout the interview process. I only accept two weddings each month so that I can devote the time and energy to each one that they require. I cover each wedding rehearsal which is a great opportunity for me to meet your family and friends and begin building a relationship that will help everyone to relax and be themselves as I photograph your wedding day. I often spend 18 hours with my brides and their families over the course of the wedding weekend. This enables me to capture the entire story of your journey through this momentous event.

I often return images to brides within the first few weeks after their wedding which they can view and share through an online gallery. Then I work with the bride and groom to select images for Fine Art books, Fine Art cards, and beautiful wall and table-top image collections. Your package will include one set of 25 custom Fine Art cards and a DVD of all the original images from your wedding weekend shown in your online gallery. These image can be loaded into a digital frame, uploaded to your Facebook or similar web sites, or used to make prints up to 8x10 size. Larger prints and other items such as books and cards are ordered through the studio. All studio prints are completely retouched and custom detailed.

I would love to speak with you personally about your wedding plans. Please contact me for availability. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Yes, all of my images can be ordered in black & white, sepia, antique hand-colored, and many other custom detailed options.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes, I used lenses with wide apertures that can capture images in very low light. I also have several lighting sources that I use as needed and when appropriate or allowed. Using available light is one of my favorite ways to photograph and I am always looking for new and creative ways to use light even in low and high light conditions.
Is your media preference film or digital?
All my images are digital. I prefer this medium for many reasons and shoot with professional cameras with extremely high resolution that are in many opinions superior to traditional film.
How many photographers do you work with?
I am the primary photographer on each wedding I cover. I sometimes use an assistant as I feel it is needed. If you prefer additional coverage generated by additional photographers, this is available for a fee.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
I cover all my events personally, with an additional photographer if selected.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I only accept 1 wedding per week so that I can devote the highest level of time and energy to each one and to the needs of the families they involve.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have several options for replacement coverage if I am unable to photograph the event due to an emergency. I do not consider personal or family illness an emergency unless it involves emergency hospitalization. I have thankfully never had to ask for a substitute for my weddings, but if I needed one I would refer to my local network of professional photographers and the support of my national professional organization, the PPA.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
3 cameras, numerous lenses including telephoto and wide-angle with wide apertures for shooting in low light, numerous 8GB flash cards totaling more than 100 GB in available memory, a portable hard drive for backing up all cards while on the job, 2 portable flash units and a video light source for continuous lighting, numerous spare batteries
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes, I bring two cameras and two flash units, numerous flash cards, and numerous lenses.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Full day or hourly.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, additional hours are $350 per hour and this includes the images provided on DVD and printable up to 8x10. Larger artwork may be ordered through my studio.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
It is very helpful if lunch and dinner are available for me on the wedding day so that I can eat on the fly. I don't take breaks except for maybe 15 minutes for each meal to refuel.
Do you charge for travel?
Travel outside the Peoria Area is based on the cost and time to travel - around $100 per hour of travel for non-air travel (not doubled for return travel) and one night accommodations on the night of the rehearsal for weddings more than 1 hour from Peoria so that I am on hand for preparations early in the morning. For air-travel, each package is priced separately based on travel fees and time required.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Within a few weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
A private online gallery that can be shared with friends and family as desired.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
3 months.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, unless special circumstances require otherwise and are specified in the contract.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
All packages include a DVD that is printable up to 8x10 size. Larger artwork can be ordered through my studio.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, in a private online gallery that can be shared with friends and family as desired.
What kind of albums do you offer?
A huge selection of custom designed Fine Art books with a variety of papers, finishes, crafting, and accents including fine leather and metallic photographs completely retouched and hand detailed. I will assist you in choosing the right combination of materials for your heirloom.
When will the client get the final album?
After the images are selected for the Fine Art book and the custom design is approved, printing varies from a few weeks to a few months depending on the needs of the printer and the design of the book.

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Denise
Wedding:
8/10/2012
5.0/5.0
The photos Kira took of our wedding captured invaluable moments that have already begun to slip from my memory as the days pass. Looking at the photos a week after the wedding was great fun, but it was reviewing them a few months after the wedding that I realized how impeccable her timing and keen her eye. I feel very lucky to have these frozen moments captured for a lifetime of remembrance of one of the most sacred days of our lives.
The photos Kira took of our wedding captured invaluable moments that have already begun to slip from my memory as the days Read more...
The photos Kira took of our wedding captured invaluable moments that have already begun to slip from my memory as the days pass. Looking at the photos a week after the wedding was great fun, but it was reviewing them a few months after the wedding that I realized how impeccable her timing and keen her eye. I feel very lucky to have these frozen moments captured for a lifetime of remembrance of one of the most sacred days of our lives. Read less
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Dan and Deanna
Wedding:
7/21/2012
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Absolute perfection! Kira exceeded our high expectations and beautifully captured our amazing day.
Absolute perfection! Kira exceeded our high expectations and beautifully captured our amazing day.
Absolute perfection! Kira exceeded our high expectations and beautifully captured our amazing day. Read less
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Stepahni
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Kira has been wonderful to work with! She was professional and on time. She always kept us up to date on the progress of the photos. We used her services for engagement and wedding photos and couldn't be more pleased. Brides, she does a great job making you feel beautiful on your special day and grooms she makes you feel relaxed during those intimate pictures that are ever so important to your beautiful bride! We would highly recommend her!!
Kira has been wonderful to work with! She was professional and on time. She always kept us up to date on the progress of Read more...
Kira has been wonderful to work with! She was professional and on time. She always kept us up to date on the progress of the photos. We used her services for engagement and wedding photos and couldn't be more pleased. Brides, she does a great job making you feel beautiful on your special day and grooms she makes you feel relaxed during those intimate pictures that are ever so important to your beautiful bride! We would highly recommend her!! Read less
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Anonymous
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2+ years ago
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We can't say enough about how great Kira was to work with! She has an uncanny ability to capture people's best moments without them knowing. The pictures are gorgeous and we can't wait to see the finished book. We would recommend Kira for any wedding or special event!
We can't say enough about how great Kira was to work with! She has an uncanny ability to capture people's best moments Read more...
We can't say enough about how great Kira was to work with! She has an uncanny ability to capture people's best moments without them knowing. The pictures are gorgeous and we can't wait to see the finished book. We would recommend Kira for any wedding or special event! Read less
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LaDolceVita2011
Wedding:
2/27/2010
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Kira is an amazing photographer!! She was really organized, reliable, detail oriented and flexible to our needs/ideas. She was extremely approachable and quick to respond to emails (I was planning my wedding from Minnesota). I was completely at ease with Kira. When we saw our proofs, I just about died - I can't tell you how difficult it was to choose our favorite pictures. She was able to capture emotion and candids. We ordered one of her photo books- beautiful & highly recommended!
Kira is an amazing photographer!! She was really organized, reliable, detail oriented and flexible to our needs/ideas. She Read more...
Kira is an amazing photographer!! She was really organized, reliable, detail oriented and flexible to our needs/ideas. She was extremely approachable and quick to respond to emails (I was planning my wedding from Minnesota). I was completely at ease with Kira. When we saw our proofs, I just about died - I can't tell you how difficult it was to choose our favorite pictures. She was able to capture emotion and candids. We ordered one of her photo books- beautiful & highly recommended! Read less
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KSP
Wedding:
11/21/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband Paul and I can't say enough good things about Kira. She truly exceeded all our expectations.
She was so professional, kind and patient. Kira was unobtrusive while was photographing us.
Our final pictures are just amazing. Kira is not only a photographer but an artist as well.
We highly recommend her to anyone interested in having photojournalistic wedding pictures.
My husband Paul and I can't say enough good things about Kira. She truly exceeded all our expectations.
She was so Read more...
My husband Paul and I can't say enough good things about Kira. She truly exceeded all our expectations.
She was so professional, kind and patient. Kira was unobtrusive while was photographing us.
Our final pictures are just amazing. Kira is not only a photographer but an artist as well.
We highly recommend her to anyone interested in having photojournalistic wedding pictures. Read less
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Bclose98
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
I came across Kira Kwon by a chance viewing of her work on display at my favorite local restaurant while getting carryout. What luck, I went home checked out her work on her website and immediately called the following day and set up a date to meet. Kira's work is fantastic, I had thousands of photos to choose from, not just of my husband and myself but of everyone, wedding party and guests alike. I was able to give prints to aunts and uncles of their children and wedding party attendants and their significant others of themselves. Kira is wonderful at capturing events in the moment and uses her expertise to fade out backgrounds and make individuals pop in pictures. Not only does Kira have "the eye" for great photos, but she is a real trooper, her reasonably priced package we chose included engagement photos, her covering the rehersal and rehersal dinner and the wedding day itself, she was with me the day of my wedding from 9a.m. to 9p.m. I couldn't have asked for more. I have been in wedding where the photographer was very brash and demanding and the photos were just photos, with Kira you get a great and fun attitude and photos that look like art.
I came across Kira Kwon by a chance viewing of her work on display at my favorite local restaurant while getting carryout. Read more...
I came across Kira Kwon by a chance viewing of her work on display at my favorite local restaurant while getting carryout. What luck, I went home checked out her work on her website and immediately called the following day and set up a date to meet. Kira's work is fantastic, I had thousands of photos to choose from, not just of my husband and myself but of everyone, wedding party and guests alike. I was able to give prints to aunts and uncles of their children and wedding party attendants and their significant others of themselves. Kira is wonderful at capturing events in the moment and uses her expertise to fade out backgrounds and make individuals pop in pictures. Not only does Kira have "the eye" for great photos, but she is a real trooper, her reasonably priced package we chose included engagement photos, her covering the rehersal and rehersal dinner and the wedding day itself, she was with me the day of my wedding from 9a.m. to 9p.m. I couldn't have asked for more. I have been in wedding where the photographer was very brash and demanding and the photos were just photos, with Kira you get a great and fun attitude and photos that look like art. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
The photography was excellent. As the bride, the aspect I enjoyed the most was the feeling that no aspect of the wedding day was missed. Kira Kwon made sure that she was around for every major moment throughout the evening and then some. At the same time, she blended into the background so that guests were not really aware they were being photographed. On top of the wedding day festivities Kira Kwon was there to take photos of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, which also proved to be just as memorable as the wedding day. If you are looking for high quality photography, I highly recommend Kira Kwon. I am beyond pleased with our wedding photos and am thrilled with the amount of the wedding day captured on film!
The photography was excellent. As the bride, the aspect I enjoyed the most was the feeling that no aspect of the wedding Read more...
The photography was excellent. As the bride, the aspect I enjoyed the most was the feeling that no aspect of the wedding day was missed. Kira Kwon made sure that she was around for every major moment throughout the evening and then some. At the same time, she blended into the background so that guests were not really aware they were being photographed. On top of the wedding day festivities Kira Kwon was there to take photos of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, which also proved to be just as memorable as the wedding day. If you are looking for high quality photography, I highly recommend Kira Kwon. I am beyond pleased with our wedding photos and am thrilled with the amount of the wedding day captured on film! Read less
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JodiRose
Wedding:
9/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Kira did an amazing job with our wedding photography. It rained on our wedding day, but Kira was able to find great spots inside the hotel where we got ready. Our pictures turned out beautifully, and she was able to capture all of our emotions on our big day.
Kira did an amazing job with our wedding photography. It rained on our wedding day, but Kira was able to find great spots Read more...
Kira did an amazing job with our wedding photography. It rained on our wedding day, but Kira was able to find great spots inside the hotel where we got ready. Our pictures turned out beautifully, and she was able to capture all of our emotions on our big day. Read less
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kvan3
Wedding:
9/5/2009
5.0/5.0
Kira did a beautiful job! From the moment my husband and I met her she felt like part of the family. She is genuine, fun, and has a wonderful eye for photography! Our photos are amazing. She truly captured every moment in its entirety! I have and will continue to recommend her to everyone I know!
Kira did a beautiful job! From the moment my husband and I met her she felt like part of the family. She is genuine, fun, Read more...
Kira did a beautiful job! From the moment my husband and I met her she felt like part of the family. She is genuine, fun, and has a wonderful eye for photography! Our photos are amazing. She truly captured every moment in its entirety! I have and will continue to recommend her to everyone I know! Read less
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