BEHIND THE LENS

Hi! My name is Kim, an award winning travel- & wildlife photographer and travel writer with a crush on Africa. Traveling our planet – 5 continents explored & 36 countries visited – introduced me to a wealth of different landscapes, wildlife, cultures and amazing experiences. Memories that will last a lifetime. Meet the world through my lens!

PASSION FOR TRAVEL AND PHOTOGRAPHY

My passion for photography developed after my urge to travel the world. I travel to learn and understand the world a bit better and it has taught me the value of memories and people over things. People and cultures from all over the world inspire me and I love to explore the beauty our life has to offer; from amazing landscapes and breathtaking sunsets to endangered wildlife and meeting inspiring people with their own unique traditions, sounds and food! Photography is a love affair with life and my camera is the perfect instrument of expression for me on my journey around the world! I love the experience of being behind the lens and the challenge of deciding how I want to capture a moment. I feel blessed that I’m able to travel and capture our planet the way I see it. I hope that my images and travel blogs will inspire you to go out and explore the world by yourself! 

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WHY I LOVE AFRICA

Every country has its own beauty, but being on the plains of Southern and Eastern Africa gives me that special feeling. In Africa I feel somehow more grounded and I’m able to connect to nature, the people and myself. It forces you to be in the moment because – in the bush – you don’t know what the next minute will bring. Being so close to nature makes me feel alive and free! I’ve visited over 10 African countries; some of them more than once and there really is something about Africa that feels like home to me. I can think about a million reasons to fall in love with Africa. Asia, however, is the continent with my favorite food (from Sushi to Thai Curries) and where I love to travel as well.

Photography and Conservation volunteer

In the past I have had the privilege of living and volunteering in a private game reserve in South Africa which was one of the best experiences of my life. I was happy to contribute to vital conservation within the reserve and motivated to learn more about wildlife photography, improve my photography skills and go on game drives to shoot photos for educational initiatives. It’s also the place where my passion for wildlife photography was born. Africa kept calling so I went back to volunteer again. Same continent, different country: Zimbabwe. The life of a volunteer is very rewarding. I loved working together on higher goals and see step-by-step improvement. If you are thinking about volunteering abroad, please do your research and find an ethical organization. Look carefully at the work you will be doing and how it affects local people. Remember that if you don’t have the skills to do a job at home, you shouldn’t do that job overseas either.

Wildlife Enthusiast 

As a wildlife enthusiast and wildlife photographer I keep going back to Africa; for its nature, the people and my love for our beautiful – and sadly endangered – wildlife! I’ve also been working for different lodges around Africa, where I combine wildlife photography and lodge photography to promote their business. With my wildlife images I hope to spread awareness about the critical facts some animals are facing and that it will inspire others to contribute to wildlife conservation. The fight for our wildlife has never been more important, so I hope my images can be a small reminder of lives worth saving.

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TRAVELTOMTOM

Traveltomtom (also known as Tom Grond) has been traveling the world continuously for 7 years, living nomadic with no fixed base and has built a loyal and engaging audience over that time. Traveltomtom is listed Top 50 Biggest Travel Blogs in the World!

As a content creator I joined the Traveltomtom team in 2018, to create more high quality content for the platforms’ followers and partners in the travel and tourism industry. For Traveltomtom I traveled to for example Uganda, Madagascar, Israel, Portugal, Canada and South Africa. You can find my articles including photos on Traveltomtom.net. 

Interested in working with me and/or Traveltomtom? A mediakit is available upon request.

CAMERA GEAR

A frequently asked question is what camera and lenses I use, so here is all my camera stuff.  

MY CAMERAS

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 7D
GoPro Hero 5 Black
iPhone 8

MY LENSES

Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
Canon 17-55mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

IN MY BAG

Benro Traveller Backpack 300
Benro Travel Tripod with ballhead
Lenspen
Cardholder with CF + SD Cards
Hahnel Captur Remote
Imagetank

OTHER ACCESSORIES

Joby Gorillapod with ball head
Canon Speedlite 580EXII Flash
NISI Filterset
Hama Card Reader
Blackrapid Cross shot
Stealth Gear Beanbag

WORK WITH ME

Want maximum exposure for your online business or do you need stunning photos to display your business, tours or accommodation at its very best? As a photographer I can offer you the best high-resolution images for your website, sociale media or other (printed) media including promotion of your business through the Traveltomtom platform. Inquire for the different packages and to discuss the possibilities.

Interested in purchasing some of my travel photos for online use or as Fine Art Prints or Wall Art? Do you have any other photography and travel related questions or collaborations in mind like hotel- or tour reviews and sponsored posts? I’d love to hear from you! Find out how we can collaborate or get in touch through the contactform.