Kim Heck is a wedding photographer from Germany.
Thanks for taking the time and answering our questions!
1. When and how did you start with Photography?
I loved to take pictures since I was a little girl. My dad always had a good camera and he was filming and capturing each vacation, trip or whatever happened with it. I’ve aways loved and still do love watching those videos. I don’t know why or if this is a usual thing but I can’t remember much more of my childhood than the things that have been captured on those tapes. As they hold such important memories they are very precious to me. When I then was 15 and I got to know Markus, who still is my boyfriend today, his dad had a Canon Starter Kit – he never used it, so I did just take it to shoot some of my girlfriends. Since that day lots of things have changed – my style, the way you use social media, how to do networking. I grew up (at least a bit) but one thing didn’t change at all. I still long for making epic memories and I know how much they can mean if you just capture the right moments at the right time. They can get everlasting.
2. What inspires you the most?
There is nothing that inspires me the most. It’s lots of things and the combination of them. I think to cut it short, it’s life as a sum of experiences with things I’ve experienced so far that inspire me in my work. All the small moments. For example the moments when I was younger watching all the cheeky high school movies such as Lizzy McGuire, Cinderella Story… My power of imagination started in these days. I was dreaming of how my future will be. That kind of dreaming was as if I was writing my own movie script – I tried to direct things in my head. So not so different then what I do today with photography. So it’s the everyday life that inspires me. How people interact with each other, how good or bad things happen and how people go through these times. Making a new acquaintance is always inspiring. & sometimes when I tend to loose this sense for imagination – then a good conversation, music or nature or the combination of these things can bring me back to it.
3. What do you like to do, if you are not behind the camera?
Good question. I had a short but heavy period of depression when I was 18. Struggling with bad migraine for 12 years at that time and pain included everyday. Back then I was wishing so bad to only have no pain. Since I feel better I like to just live and enjoy life, the way I want to. I like to be spontaneous and go out. I like to watch sundowns, to have a good picknick. I love to meet friends and play billiard. I love to do a barbecue. I love to do horse riding. I love to cook together with my babe. I love to take a walk in the sun. And I also love to just chill at home and watch a Netflix series on a rainy day. Almost everything I wasn’t able to do back when I had headache almost each day.
That’s also why my „life quote“ is to do more of what makes you happy, to cherish your life and to just live it. Don’t be to hard with yourself, because none of us will survive this life.
4. Where was the best location you’ve been so far?
My favorite travel place has been the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Epic islands with crystal clear blue water and much to explore. The best shooting location so far has been Lanzarote/La Graciosa. Nothing is comparable with the light and tones on this volcano islands! But ask me again in 1.5 years when I’m back from my world trip… 🙂
5. Which equipment do you use mainly?
I mainly shoot with a Canon 5D Mark3 and my 35mm lens. For details and portraits I love my 100mm macro as well. I just bought a used 85mm and I’m excited to try it. But so far the 100mm was also great to get a very close and blurry background and amazingly focused couple. I also love how brilliant the tones look if you use the 100mm for portraits.
6. Do you have any tips to direct your couples how to pose?
There is a lot of tips, but the thing is to get the right one for the right couple. That’s why I try to let my couples be themselves as much as possible. The most important thing for me is that they really have trust in me and my work. That’s why no matter what kind of shooting it is, I will have lines and lines of texts, I will phone / skype or even meet them before we shoot. Then I can guess what advice might be the best for them. Are they overall adventurous? So I can make them run, jump, roll over the floor and let them just get weird. Or are they more two cuddle people? Then I will add slow music, make them look in each others eyes for a long time and I will make them touch each other in certain ways. Above all I love to show my couples what I’m doing. This is so important especially with couples who are in front of the camera for the first time or for those who are very self critic. Show them! Talk good to them! Praise that they’re doing good.
7. What would you do now, if you hadn‘t become a photographer?
Seriously, no idea. I guess I would have started a job in a creative agency or something like that. I would have realized that it’s not the right thing for me (I’ve already worked as an intern in such an agency once) I’d have quit that job and opened a coffee or I’d do something social. It would for sure be something that would have a deeper meaning to me.
THANK YOU KIM!