The wild and magical have always intrigued Kim, even as a child. She was drawn to books like The Jungle Book, Where the Wild Things Are, Children of the Jungle, and The Chronicles of Narnia. These all peaked her interest and curiosity to travel to wild places and to see wild animals. As a child, her favorite magazines were "Ranger Rick," "Your Big Backyard," and later "National Geographic" and "Smithsonian" because of the outdoor fun, adventure, and the stunning photography of our breathtaking world.
An early influence in her life was her grandmother, an amateur photographer, author, teacher, and globetrotter. She followed her passions and inspired Kim to do the same, which ultimately led to her love of wildlife, wild places, and photography.
Kim graduated from the University of Oklahoma with an interior architecture degree and a minor in art history. Her eye for art and appreciation for beauty are clearly seen in her work.
Kim has been a professional wildlife photographer since 1999. She is known for her passionate pursuit of wild places and her commitment to portray wild animals fairly without diminishing their intrinsic simplicity and beauty. The way she captures a moment in the life of an animal is truly magical and compels people to get more involved in conservation and making our world a better place.
Kim favors shooting at eye level, which allows her to enter the life of the wild animal—to observe and authentically portray their natural behavior. This openness is rarely found in today's nature photography.
"Nothing lives in the moment like a wild animal," Kim says. "They are truly present in every moment—a lesson for us all. It is a privilege and a gift to be around them and to learn from them and ultimately to be able to share their life, dynamic, and beauty with others."
Kim's favorite locations are India, Nepal, and Africa. "These places and their inhabitants are beautiful, primal, mystical, and, sadly, ever-fading," she says. "Yet it is so easy to find passion, spirituality, hope, and inspiration there."
Kim lives with her husband, her daughter, three dogs, and two cats in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.