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Meet Koreatown Senior Designer and Photographer: Aaron Kim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Kim.

Aaron , please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Back in 2012, I was working as a full time web designer in a boutique design agency along with very talented artists. It was a great job, but I was stuck behind a computer all day and didn’t get to interact much with clients.

I think it was the nature of my job at the time that lead me to want something new and fresh, something that I could learn and potentially become well versed in. I had always been drawn to fashion photography since college. I had never shot anything related to fashion, but I made up my mind that that was what I wanted to learn.

I started by using Model Mayhem, and popular online Model Community. I knew I had to start somewhere, and I wasn’t going to try and approach a modeling agency with a bunch of wedding portraits, and Model Mayhem was the place to start. It was rough at times, fickle models not showing up to a shoot, college students just trying to make an extra buck to pay for school, but it was a great way to learn how to interact and guide a model.

I did this for a while until I caught a lucky break by shooting with a model who was represented by an agency in LA. From then on, I shot for that agency as much as I could, building my portfolio and experience. I started working with amazing and talented models, and was soon shooting for agencies such as Ford, Elite, Wilhelmina, and Photogenics LA. Since then I’ve been published in fashion magazines, both print and digital, and have been working with Fashion labels and designers around LA to help capture their amazing work and talent.

Has it been a smooth road?
It is a hard industry to break into, and by no means have I broken into this world yet. You start to realize how saturated this city is with really talented photographers, and you feel it when you try and approach Fashion labels and brands.

How would you describe the type of kid you were growing up?
Growing up it was clear my future was in the creative field. I always excelled in my creative courses, but not in other subjects. I was a bit shy, spent most of my time drawing, and was always out skateboarding.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Thats a tough question to answer. I didn’t really have a conventional childhood as I had moved around a lot. I was born in Northern California, and moved to Spokane WA soon after. And when I was around 9 years old, my family moved to Africa. I have a lot of good memories, so it’s hard to pick just one.

What are your plans for the future?
My goal is to become a Creative Director for a digital agency. I would love to pursue fashion photography on the side, but I don’t see myself doing that full time.

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