KELSEY MAIKO BOCK | MAIKO MEDIA
I'm Kelsey. I work full-time multidisciplinary freelancing in photography, wedding videography, & branding design. Sounds like a lot to specialize in, but keeping my projects and work fresh is something I heavily value. I grew up in the heart of Japan until I was 18 and moved to Indiana for higher education. I married my wonderful stud of a husband in 2012 and we started a fair trade and social justice company called Bound For Freedom in St. Joseph, Michigan. He's really great at running the business and we're looking to expand on some exciting new dreams. If you book a wedding with me, he just might be there snap some of you too.
I am drawn to romantic, wistful, minimalistic and authentic storytelling. Whether it is through photo or video, my goal is to capture the heart. I pride myself on being a non-intrusive photographer, I will do everything in my being to get the BEST shots of the day, but I WILL let you enjoy your guests and dance the night away.
A couple tidbits about myself ... flea markets are a weakness of mine, anything authentic and original inspires me, when I first moved to the States in 2008, it took me a year to understand the extent of sarcasm, I dedicated basically two decades of my life to the art and game of volleyball and I am absolutely in love with the man Jesus, He is everything.
I am officially based in Southwest Michigan now, but I've traveled to NSW, Australia, the US Virgin Islands, Hawaii and all over Japan and the United States for creative work and weddings as well as several European and Southeast Asian countries for education and missional work, so no place is too far!
Things I hold dear every day: Breathing in optimism. Exploring the unknown. Pursuing what brings life. And allowing my heart to be provoked by beauty every day.
If you see that we're a good fit, maybe we should chat!
Rustic Bride | Rutledge + Riva
Artfully Wed | Chris + Maddy
Bridal Musings | Jeff + Crystal Wedding Film
The Wedding Mag | David + Emily
Junebug Weddings | Andrew + Nora Wedding Film
Maintaining Me | Mommy Blog
Wedding Day Magazine Online
Life & Thyme | Culinary Storytelling: Photography & Words;
Life & Thyme | Culinary Storytelling;
Project Wedding | Midwest Real Weddings;
Mary + Tyler
I don't even know where to begin when it comes to Kelsey and Maiko Media. I had the privilege of Maiko Media doing the videography at my wedding as well as designing my wedding invitations! From the beginning Kelsey was accessible, helped me in the brainstorming process, listened to my vision for the day and put my heart at rest. Her attention to detail was excellent and went above and beyond what I had dreamed of. One of my favorite things about Maiko Media is her ability to create a video that tells YOUR story. When Kelsey shows up to your wedding, she has a knack for picking up on your personality and is able to capture that on camera. When I watched our wedding video for the first time I was amazed at how she totally captured our day and the emotions that surrounded it. I'm so grateful to have worked with her!
Hannah + Luke
Living in Japan where taking engagement photos is still a new thing, I was having a hard time finding a photographer that had the eye I was looking for. It just so happened that Kelsey would be in Japan during the most beautiful season - cherry blossom season - to do our engagement shoot! I was afraid my awkwardness would show up on the photos, but Kelsey has a way of directing and guiding gently behind the camera, allowing you to be your best and natural self. The day was like a dream - and she captured it so beautifully. I also had the privilege of having her shoot our wedding in the States. I am grateful that these are the photos my children and grandchildren will see of us years from now. Kelsey truly captured history for us. I also really appreciated her flexibility, punctuality, and advice on so many things. Definitely consider Maiko Media for documenting your memorable and historical moments!
Seth + Allie
What can I say! Her pictures speak a thousand words! Kelsey did our engagement, wedding and anniversary photos and they could not be better! She is not only a fantastic artist and photographer, but has a wonderful cheerful spirit! She has a certain natural authenticity to her pictures and captures such perfect moments beautifully. When we were looking for someone for our wedding, I kept looking for photographers that were affordable and had an artistic look to their photography, and I remember looking at Kelsey's photography and knowing she had exactly what I was looking for! She also is able to take pictures and edit them quickly and exquisitely! Every time I have received our photos I have been blown away! I can't ever stop looking at them and can never figure out which ones are my favorites because I end up loving all of them! If you are considering any photographer for wedding, newborn, family or any type of occasion, choose Maiko Media, you won't regret it!
Brittany + Noah
I was one of those brides who refused to believe she wanted videography. That is until I was only a few months out, not knowing exactly what I wanted, but knowing that we would want to see all the things I knew we'd miss on the happiest and most chaotic day of our life. I was referred to Kelsey from our photographer, and saying yes to her was the easiest part of planning I did! Kelsey saw our wedding in a way that brings me to tears just thinking about it. She has a beautiful eye, an incredible way of just understanding you, when we had never met prior to our wedding day. When we received the trailer, not knowing what to expect, I literally watched it on repeat, tears rolling down my face. It was exactly, and yet nothing, what I expected. It was perfect. I would (and have) recommend her to ANYONE looking for an amazing videographer who just so happens to be a fun person to hang out with on the happiest day of their life.
Dustin + Stacy
Kelsey did both our wedding photography and highlight film. I was worried that it might be a daunting job for her, but she handled it amazingly. It was so much fun working with both Kelsey and her husband, Austin. They made everything so easy and natural! Kelsey caught every little moment that we were hoping for on our wedding day. She really has a talent of telling a love story through her photo's and films. We have gotten so many compliments on her work! We could not be happier!
Sin + Stephanie
Kelsey has known me since I was four. We grew up together and have gone through every stage of life together. Kelsey was always my most talented friend. She could pick up anything and be great at it. But little did I know about her artistic abilities until the end of high school and into college. All of a sudden she had this creative outlet that was flawless. To this day, her skills amaze me. To have Kelsey as our wedding photographer meant the world to me. I am so thankful for every moment and expression she captured. Quite frankly, there are parts of the wedding I don't remember. But the photos Kelsey took bring life to those blurred memories. And everything I felt on my wedding day, from excitement to nervousness, to love & happiness, she captured. As cliche as it might be, her photos truly do speak a thousand words. And her skills of editing and enhancing her photos bring out the beauty in her work without compromise. I am so thankful for Kelsey and her lovely assistant, Austin. The beauty in her pictures is something I can tangibly cherish forever.
Maiko Media was absolutely fantastic to work with! Prior to the wedding, Kelsey worked with us to develop the perfect package that fit our needs at a price we could afford. Throughout the wedding day, Kelsey and her assistant photographer were very easy to work with. They were fun and made us laugh, which helped calm our nerves and helped us be at ease. It's so important that photographers are personable. It honestly seemed like they were just old friends that we had known forever, rather than photographers we had only known for a few months. After the wedding, Kelsey finished our pictures and sent them to us very quickly. We actually got to see our pictures before we returned from our honeymoon! And the pictures, my goodness, the pictures are beautiful. They captured all of the romantic, sentimental, touching, happy, and silly moments we wanted. The quality of the photographs is simply spectacular. We highly recommend Maiko Media for any photography needs you may have!
Julius + Terah
I am blessed beyond words to have been referred to Kelsey Bock. We had the pleasure of working with Maiko Media through our engagement photos as well as wedding photos and video. It is hard to put into words how pleased we were with every aspect of their art and could not have chosen a better option for this life-changing event. They are the most kind individuals that truly made this event a day to remember! Thank you Maiko Media for your kind hearts and professionalism! We cannot wait to work with you again!
Andrea + Chad
Pretty much from the day we got engaged, my husband and I knew that if we could only pick a couple of things to splurge on for the wedding, our photographer was going to be one of them. We are so happy we did! Kelsey was absolutely amazing to work with. We met her first when she shot our engagement photos and what amazing photos! We could hardly wait to see what she would capture on our wedding day, and she and Evelin, her second shooter, were simply perfect. They captured so many moments that flew by far too quickly! Kelsey and Evelin arrived bright and early to capture all of the pre-celebration moments and fit in everything we wanted - helping to orchestrate a first look between my husband and me that we will never forget. Throughout the day, Kelsey and Evelin blended in so easily and we, our families, and guests were left with treasured memories. So many moments of love, laughter, and happiness! And we weren't kept waiting; Kelsey had our photos to us about a month after the wedding. They are stunning! We couldn't be any happier and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.