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Hello 2011!

First off, I don’t want to start the new year without thanking all of my beautiful 2010 clients!  Watching you all fall in love, get married, and have babies was the highlight of my year!  I am truly so grateful and blessed to continue to do what I love to do, and it’s all because of you.  Honestly, I’m still not sure how the business keeps rolling in.  Being a professional photographer was a dream of mine since I was very little (like, 8 years old), so it’s still unbelievable to me that it’s a reality.   Thank you!

For me, 2010 was all about slowing down and focusing on what was important.  I took a lot of “me time” and because of that I was pretty quiet on the blog and on social media sites.  The computer ruled my life in 2009, and I wasn’t going to let it run 2010.  I’ve had lots of ideas throughout the past year that are still brewing and growing, and my hope is that they become reality in 2011.

The New Year started for me with a crashed hard drive, some important files lost (and then found!),  and a week long sickness that is finally starting to subside. (not really a great start)  But now that the first week is out of the way, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I’m ready to dive into 2011 with enthusiasm and wonder!  Instead of listing my gazillion goals for 2011, I thought I would share a quote that I would like to live by in both my personal and professional life:

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi

Here are some iphone snaps from my 2010.  Looking forward to what 2011 will bring…

♥ Kim

It was a rainy Monday in November, but I must say, it was pretty memorable for a Monday…

Tom + Kelly met at summer camp when they were just teenagers.  They had a summer romance and sadly parted ways at the end.  They kept in touch for awhile, but eventually lost contact and lived their own lives.   That is, until they found each other on Facebook years later.  (oh, the powers of social media!)

Tom and Kelly live in Alabama (Tom is also a great photographer- check him out HERE), but decided to fly all the way to the rainy northwest in November to say their I do’s in a very private ceremony at the Tree House Point in Issaquah WA.   (Which sounded crazy to me at the time- who would pick an outdoor northwest wedding in November if you didn’t live here?  But I’m glad they did, because it was awesome!)  Tom has always loved the northwest, and thought that the backdrop would be perfect for their elopement.  There were 5 of us total: Me, Tom, Kelly, the Officiant, and 2 hotel guests that served as witnesses.  (By far the smallest ceremony I’ve photographed to date!)  Tom and Kelly were clearly estatic that they were getting married!  It was truly an honor to see two people so in love finally getting what they want most in life- each other!  (maybe this is a tad cheesy- but I can’t help myself)  Congrats you crazy love birds!

I hope this giant posts makes up for my lack of post over the last two months.  Where does the time go?

Tom seeing his soon-to-be bride for the first time all dressed up:

  • Cozbi - LOVE love LOVE these photos Kim! WIDE range and a great unique-of-all-unique nuptials!

    I really adored these!

  • Dennis Bullock - Wow what an amazing setting!

  • michèle - The colors are just to die for. Gorgeous.

  • Deann B. - So awesome, Kim. I love all the emotion… I think photographing elopements is the new black. ;)

  • jen - holy cow. how did i not know about this place?! i want to go there… and have you be my paparazzi ;) stunning.

  • Gina - Totally worth the wait for these pics. The ones with the orange leaves are my favorite. Beautiful.

  • Tom - Jen, I saw it on an article about tree houses online. When I showed it to Kelly she said we have to get married there! I’m so glad I agreed.

    I told Kim that I was jealous of her getting to shoot a wedding there. I knew with her talent, the backdrop, and not to mention the couple ;) that she was going to get some killer shots. Boy was I right, these exceed my every expectation. I could not be happier with our choice of venue or our choice of photographer.

    Just a side note Kim, I learned that a 580 EXII and an 85mm 1.8 WILL survive almost 2 days OUTSIDE in the rain. In my bliss I set my bag down and didn’t realize it until we were in Seattle. I just dried them out by a fire and they worked good as new. Couldn’t believe it!

  • Winnie Forbes - Wow! Again…WOW!

  • Amanda Caines - Oh, Kim, I love this one. I can feel the love, and his expressions are priceless. Beautiful job.

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s November 1st already!  It’s been an entire month since my last blog post, shame on me.  I just wanted to say hi and let you know I’m working hard on making albums, finishing up weddings, and working on something special that I hope to share with you soon.  October was awesome and was mostly spent on the road with my hubby.  We drove down the California coast, all the way to Arizona, and back up through Mammoth Lakes, CA.- visiting family and friends along the way.  We didn’t make it to San Diego (my hometown), but I hope to make a trip down there soon…

I hope to have some new posts up soon!

Mammoth Lakes, CA.

  • Keri Pinzon - Hurray!

  • rhys - really looking forward to seeing what youve been shooting


Please note that I will be out of the office from Oct.1-Oct.19.  All print and album orders placed during that time will be processed on Oct.20th.  Thanks for your patience!  There will be TONS of new personal work to share when I get back, along with some fabulous weddings from the summer that I didn’t have time to blog about before my departure.  I will have some email access, but phone might be the best way to get  in touch with me…

Pip will be holding down the office while I’m away.

  • kim seidl - aaah! too cute!! have a wonderful time and can’t wait to see photos!!

  • kayla j - Have a great time!!! a well needed vacation!!! We will need to chat when you get back about my wedding :)