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Vancity Vendor – Kunio Photography

August 19th, 2011 by Jeannine

Kunio Photography

Kunio Photography’s Jun Ying is as enthusiastic as they come. This recent SFU design grad may be new to the wedding industry but his passion runs deep. He believes that nothing tells a story better than raw emotion captured in photos. In every photo session, he strives to photograph those special moments, especially during weddings… that way, the bride and groom will be able to relive their big day on a whole other level.

While at SFU, Jun learned about cameras during one of his courses, and that was enough to encourage him to pursue photography. He is mostly self-taught, and in 2009, he started Kunio Photography. His starting package costs $1560 and includes 6 hours of coverage, a DVD with hi-res images, 8 creatively retouched photos, and a simple website. He also designs high quality wedding albums, which start at $450. He says he keeps his photoshoots lighthearted and provides a fun experience for his couples, which, in turn, is a great way to help them feel more comfortable about being in the spotlight.

October 17, 2012 Update: Kunio Photography has re-branded into Kunioo.com – they now offer both photography and videography services. Pricing may not reflect what’s written in this article.

A Few Words With Jun…

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
Passion and personality, I believe the best pictures are those that show strong emotion from their heart, and I show my passion and my emotion when capturing images where naturally the couple would open up their heart in front of my camera and show their emotion. To be able to trigger or capture that emotion is my ideal way of photographing. What more? I am fast, and I am psyched, people describe me as ninja photographer, and my partner as a dancing camera, together we capture life.”

How would you describe your photo editing style?
“Natural, I do not focus my photography in editing, so I edit in the most natural style as possible, which is to match the color that I see with my eye. I also value black and white photos, I believe B&W photos focus on emotion and the subject the best due to the strong contrast.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Expressions, I love capturing expressions during their special day, I love seeing expressions when I present the couples with the photos. It’s something that I tell everyone why I chose to be a photographer, simply because of the satisfying feel when the couple said I have done an amazing job and capturing every detail and moments that they were not aware of. I know I did a good job when the couple just enjoys the photo giggles and smiles on their face.”

What was the most creative shot you took and how did you come up with it?
“It was during winter and it is snowing outside, only thing that came in to my mind was, I want to take photos right now! Without hesitation I contacted people that I need and off to cypress I go! It was one of the most exciting and challenging creative photo sessions that I have done. The snow was really deep, one wrong step then my whole leg would sink in to snow, then I will need a few moments to drag out my leg before the photoshoot can continue. The bride was fearless and her husband is on the side ready to launch a towel on to her for warmth. All hard work paid off when we saw amazing photos!” For more photos from this shoot, click here.

Which part of the wedding is your most favourite to shoot and why?
My favorite part of the wedding is on the dance floor. Dancing is the time when it’s fine to be goofy and hyper after a full day of being formal, it is the time when people can just be their self and enjoy the special day to the fullest. I love wild hyper dances!”

Where is your favourite place/part of the city to take pictures for a shoot?
I love anywhere that has trees, fences, grass, and basically anywhere that shows sign of nature. I love it the most when tiny bit of sunrays shine down between leaves and shine on the bride and groom’s body, the photos always turn out amazing.

Do you draw inspiration from other photographers?
“All the time! Looking up at people is always the way to improve for me, there are just so many amazing photographers out there for inspiration. It is always amazing to see how other photographers capture moments!”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Enjoy every moment of your wedding, it’s once in a life time, don’t leave everything to the last minute and let someone else be in charge of time management. I have seen too many weddings and there never seem to be enough time and schedules are usually delayed. Don’t worry about things too much and let your emotion run and the photographer will make sure they are all captured.”

To contact Jun, visit his website.
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