Do you ever wonder what it’s like to hang out with the outrageously funny, and super talented, Kevin Hart? Well for one lucky photographer, spending his days with the hardest working comic in the world is a job. We’ve got the inside scoop, plus some really awesome cinemagraphs of Kevin Hart created by his personal photographer and friend, Kevin Kwan. Hear about Kwan’s passion for photography, and how he got to be the globe-trotting photographer he is today.
Tell me a bit about yourself. How did you get into photography?
I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and moved to Tucson Arizona when I was 17. I’ve loved photography since I was young, and enjoyed taking photos of people, friends, and families.
“I was always the photographer among my friends.”
Right outta high school in Tucson, I opened up the Yellow Pages and called the biggest Ad that there was and asked for a job. I remember the guy said, “Well, people come to my studio for me to photograph them, and even though your photos are better then mine, they come here for me, so we don’t have a photographer position. But… you can come for a free internship to see what you can learn.” That’s how it all started.
What equipment do you use?
How did you first learn about cinemagraphs?
I’m a big Drake fan, and I saw an Instagram post of him on the cover of Fader magazine, with a cup of tea on the side. Instead of just a regular still photo, the tea was swirling around in the cup. I thought it was so cool, and ended up looking into what a cinemagraph is. I found your software, and since then, have been using it to create cinemagraphs of Kevin Hart.
When did you start working with Kevin Hart? How did the job come about?
What’s your favourite part about working with Kevin Hart?
day-to-day basis, and see how his hard work has gotten him to the level that he is at… His story is just priceless. Also, I’m getting paid to travel and do Hollywood films, which is my dream. When I meet people and they ask me what I do, I tell them,
“I’m a paid tourist, and a paid friend.”