BEHIND THE LENS

Hi! My name is Kim, a professional (travel- and wildlife) photographer & travel blogger with a crush on Africa. Traveling our planet – 5 continents explored & 35 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 from different cultures with their own unique traditions, sounds and food! Every country has its own beauty with amazing people and hidden gems to discover.

Love affair with Life!

I’m passionate about capturing those unique and inspiring moments as lasting memories and it makes me happy to share them with you. Photography definitely is a love affair with life and my camera is the perfect instrument of expression for me! 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 our planet and I hope that my images and travel blogs will inspire you to go out and explore the world by yourself! 

Hi, this is me! Kim Paffen
KJCPaffen20161022_0014

WHY I LOVE AFRICA

Every country has its own beauty, but the southern and eastern part of 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 you don’t know what the next minute will bring. Being so close to nature makes me feel alive and free! There really is something about Africa that feels like home to me and I can think about a million reasons to visit and fall in love with Africa

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. I fell in love all over again! The life of a volunteer is very rewarding. I love working together on higher goals and see step-by-step improvement. Watch a video of my volunteer work below.

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 for promotion of their own 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.

IMG_3356
IMG_9951-4

TRAVELTOMTOM

After I started photographing, documenting and posting my travel photos from all over the world, Tom – the professional travel blogger and founder of Traveltomtom – asked me to join TRAVELTOMTOM 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 and Portugal.

You can find my articles including photos on Traveltomtom.net. A few of them even have a number one ranking on Google. Interested in working with me and/or Traveltomtom? Contact me (or Tom)! 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

Do you like my photography style and do you need stunning photos for your (online) business? Would you like to purchase my travel photos to hang them on your wall? Do you have any other photography and travel related collaboration in mind like reviews, sponsored posts? I’d love to hear from you! Find out how we can collaborate or get in touch through the contactform.