Originally from New York, Kim grew up spending winter vacations with her family snorkeling in Hawaii. It was during her summer travel in the subsequent years, however, that Kim’s curiosity for the ocean grew, ultimately prompting her move to Hawaii in 2011. After taking an Open Water SCUBA class because it “looked like something fun to do”, Kim’s passion for the ocean quickly led to certifications as a SCUBA Instructor, a Closed Circuit Rebreather Instructor and a PFI Freediver Instructor.
The underwater world also provided a diverse background for perhaps Kim’s greatest passion: photography. Photography allows Kim to share the unique and mysterious underwater world with divers and non-divers alike and earned Kim multiple roles on the Emmy Award winning “Chasing Coral”, including safety diver and underwater photographer. Kim has since provided commercial underwater photography for Omer and Atlantis Submarines and received several photographic awards, including multiple top three finishes in the Kona Underwater Shoot Out and, most notably, recognized as a National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year in 2017.