As Ken Munyer prepared for a service trip to Nicaragua as a FOCUS missionary, he saved for his first Nikon camera and planned to document the trip as a way to give to and share with his community. “I like to think that God revealed to me my passion for photography and for serving others during that mission trip,” he says.
Ken began shooting events at nearby parishes soon after returning home, and set about pursuing photography more seriously. He met a mentor at a wedding Ken was shooting for free, and was amazed by the Lord’s providence as word-of-mouth bookings began to fill his schedule. “Money is not a goal,” says Ken, “but I firmly believe that wealth comes out of a heart of service that is oriented towards God.” Kenneth Munyer Photography LLC was established in 2019.
A Marine Corps veteran who deeply values spiritual and emotional excellence, Ken strives for excellence in his business, as well, capturing the tender intimacies of a wedding day while hoping future generations see the vivid reality and joy of human love embodied in his clients’ images.
God is in beauty. He is in the present moment. And, on top of that, every person is made in His image and likeness. What I see when I photograph weddings is the tenderness of the bride and groom; the emotion in their family members; and the mind-blowing truth that their big day is going to go by in what seems like a flash. The gravity of this gives me the energy to properly empty myself in humility and immerse myself in their moments.
I want my clients to experience the same emotion twenty years from now that they experienced today when looking at their pictures. And I want their children and grandchildren to see the love and the humanity of the their ancestors in a vivid and lucid way...so they can think to themselves, Wow; Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa weren't so different from us after all.
This interplay with God, with eternity, with the present moment and all the raw emotion in details in between is how my Catholic faith influences my business. The genesis of this business the Lord has blessed me with came from a mission trip. It came from a genuine desire to serve by using my talent, skill, and heart God's given me. I simply want to always be a pencil in His mighty hands, to endure the cross of the Little Way with joy knowing that, in the end, it is all to glorify His Kingdom.
Top 1: First official Wedding (2019)
2: Jamming out in front of the barracks during field day (2011)
3: Portrait in front of Mt. Suribachi (2014)
4: The ascent to the peak of Mt. Fuji (2014)
5. Nicaragua Mission Trip with FOCUS (2018)
Testimony from the Mission Trip! Good times! (Click here, or the above photo!)