Kimberley Bednarski Anderson is a wedding photographer located in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She is an proud award winning member of The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers and The Wedding Photojournalists Association and is the President of the Milwaukee chapter of The National Association of Wedding Professionals. When she is not photographing weddings she likes to spend time with her two boys, two dogs, two bunny rabbits and one cat and also likes to make irreverent posts on Facebook. If you want to be her friend or maybe just tell her how cute her bunnies are you can find her at www.kbimagephoto.com
It’s SuperBowl Week … what a perfect time to get to know featured member John Kersten of John Kersten Photography and Kersten Sport Photography. I first noticed John’s amazing football and basketball photography on Twitter where I follow him @john_kersten. However, once I started to ask him a few questions, I found out he has a much bigger project he’s working on and it is simply amazing. So grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and get to know John and his work.
I asked John how long he had been a shutterbug. He replied, ” I have been photographing for 12 years. I have gotten more serious about my photography the last 4 years after my daughter was born. I purchased my first DSLR and a pro lens to keep up with her. My interest and love for college athletics led me to some freelance photography for the University of South Florida. After a few years of shooting some basketball games I was finally issued a credential to photograph their football games in 2010. The past two years has given me much needed experience. ”
I’m curious to know what John has in his photo bag. He answered, ” My bag has a Nikon D300 and a 70-200 2.8 attached to it the majority of the time. I also shoot with a 35mm 1.8 that works very well around the house and everyday life. ”
I also had to know what shutter speed he uses to get such sharp action on the field, he said a lot of these images on the blog were shot at 1/2000.
John also said, besides his daughter, he loves to photograph beach volleyball the most. “Living near Siesta Key Beach, FL has given me the opportunity to photograph some very passionate and incredible athletes competing at a sport that does not pay much at all unless you win. These athletes are traveling all over and competing because they love beach volleyball, ” said John.
So I asked John if he could go back in time, what would he tell his younger self. He replied, “I would definitely have asked my dad more questions about photography. He enjoyed shooting a lot, but I never paid attention till much later in life. I would have taken some courses when I actually had time to do so, instead of trying to learn on the fly as I am now. ”
Now the most amazing thing about John, besides his sports photography, is his personal project of photographing his daughter. So what you say? So he photographs her.every.single.day. That’s right every day he captures the giggles, the crying, the love and the changes. John said, ” My inspiration comes from my daughter. I am in the middle of a special project for her when she gets older. I have been taking an image of her everyday since she was born a little over 4 four years ago. I have no intention of stopping or breaking the streak anytime soon. She is growing up to be a very beautiful little girl and loves the camera 99 percent of the time.”
What an amazing project. Thank you for sharing.
Before I let John go, I did have to ask him his SuperBowl pick — he’s going with the NY Giants. We’ll see this Sunday if he’s right! Again, thanks John for everything and if you would like to see more of his work, you can check out his flickr stream HERE or follow him on Twitter HERE.
We are hitting the warm states this month since it’s cold here in NYC in February. This week we want to introduce you to Guillermo Quijano-Duque of Natural Touch Photography. Guillermo has been a full time photographer for six years now and calls Albuquerque, New Mexico home. Although six years doesn’t sound like a long time, he has been a photographer for 34 years. Guillermo is a native of Colombia, South America and came to the US as an exchange student in 1977. During his 20 years in the wireless industry he photographed part time after making a sales call to a wedding photography studio one day. He hit it off with the owner who trained him and showed him the business. He had the fortitude to be patient for 10 years until he was sure he could provide his customers with beautiful images and a great photographic experience.
I asked Guillermo what he loves to photograph the most. He replied, ” I love to photograph striking life moments – I prefer photos without people in them but life is ironic and made me a pretty darn good wedding photographer. I get my inspiration from my pursuit to remain a true photographer that does not rely on digital tools but strives to understand the science and art of photography more each day.”
He photographs around 60 weddings a year (that’s not a typo) and says he loves every minute of it. Guillermo said if he could give his younger self some advice when he was first starting out it would be to just go for it and start now!
So I asked Guillermo what’s in his camera bag. He said, ” Two 7d bodies and one 10d body (nostalgia), Canon 28-70 L 2.8, Canon 70-200 ISIIL 2.8, a Canon Fisheye and two 580 EXII flashes.”
With doing roughly 60 weddings a year, I had to ask him what his favorite image is that he captured. He replied, ” Of all time – I haven’t taken it yet – I have never rated one of my photos a five. But out of my wedding photos I would have to say the first photo I took of a bride and her bride’s maids during my first wedding in 2006.”
Thank you Guillermo, your work is lovely and inspiring. If you would like to see more of his work you can visit his site HERE.
We`ve worked hard in compiling the 100 Your Best Shot entries from more than 2200 entries. We had no idea that this contest would register so much interest. We love the fact that people from all over the world, ages 18-68 entered this contest. The next step, a new team of judges will pick the top 25 from this list. We will introduce you to them shortly. In the meantime, if you would like to see the top 100 – you can click HERE.
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