Kevin Hagen

Kevin
Hagen

Emerging Photographer
New York
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  • Christian Oth Studio: Kevin Hagen Bio
  • Christian Oth Studio: Kevin Hagen Bio
  • Christian Oth Studio: Kevin Hagen Bio
  • Christian Oth Studio: Kevin Hagen Bio

Kevin
Hagen

Emerging Photographer
New York
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Known for his authentic, human-centered approach to photojournalism, he has covered events worldwide. “I am drawn to the beauty in nature’s power,” said Hagen, when he explained how growing up in San Diego, California shaped the way in which he covers events like the Tsunami in Japan and the wildfires in Santa Rosa. I have always been intensely curious, which I think is what makes great photographs. I am motivated to capture every angle and element of a moment.” Kevin views the art of photography as an evolution, where each experience behind the lens contributes to the way in which he approaches the next shot.

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Kevin Hagen launched his career in photojournalism after studying art at San Francisco State University. After studying the craft of photography, he went on to cover New York and national news for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and Getty Images. A native of San Diego, California, he moved to Brooklyn in 2007.

“One of the most recent weddings I photographed in Rhode Island had some exceptional moments. In the previous fall, I photographed a wedding alongside Michael Falco, and got to know the groomsmen. The same group of friends were a part of the wedding in Rhode Island, and we were able to continue that relationship as a group - it was a powerful element of the photography.”

The best things happen when the bride and groom have become comfortable with our presence

When asked how he likes to photograph people at weddings, he answered, “The best things happen when the bride and groom have become comfortable with our presence, which comes from developing a relationship with them - that is my highest priority.” A great photo includes the photographer and the subjects, and the relationship is visible in the photo. My approach to photography is a highly personal approach based on trust. Relationships develop quickly and significantly, with depth, in moments of emotion - and I love being there to capture it in an image.

Kevin was introduced to the Studio by fellow photographer, Andrew Kelly, who shares a background in photojournalism. When he’s not behind the lens, you can find Kevin surfing, reading, and distance cycling.

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