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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

I love small and intimate ceremonies!  Nothing is quite as special as a couple declaring their love for each other in front of their closest family members.  They invited a grand total of 10 guests, I came in at number 11.  It was such a warm + beautiful day, and by the end of it I felt like part of the family.

The ceremony was held overlooking Mt. Rainer at the Seattle Tennis Club, followed by some portraits at Volunteer Park, and then dinner at The Herbfarm.  If you haven’t been to the Herbfarm, I would highly suggest checking it out if you have a special occasion coming up.  They give a tour of their garden (which was spectacular!) and you get to taste the different flowers and herbs that will later be served in your 9 course dinner. I didn’t have dinner that night, but I did have some sort of herb infused water.  I’m pretty sure it was the most delicious water I have ever tasted. (or maybe I was really thirsty, not sure which it was)

Laura + Kyle, thanks for making me your 11th guest. ♥

Laura’s awesome dress by J. Crew

Kyle’s dapper suit by Hugo Boss

Gorgeous! flowers by Maxine’s Floral

  • Jen - oh, goodness. what a dream. beautiful as always.

  • emma j photo - the lighting in these pictures are AMAZING! love them

Don’t you want to just squeeze this guy?  He couldn’t help striking a few poses in the breeze while I was photographing his human.  I want a Newfie, bad!


  • Jess - OMG! This guys is a dreamboat!

  • Marybeth - who is this guy! i need him.

  • katie clay - My newfie loves the wind too! They are the funniest dogs.

  • Heather - Cute! The one with his eyes closed cracks me up.

  • kathie heidenreich - I am a fellow dog lover. What great photos!


  • Lena - Growing up we always had a newfie. They are the best dogs ever!

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  • Jess - OMG! Love those pics of the dogs and Mulder! Such good lookin’ animals!

  • Amy Mabie - These look really awesome! They are good lookin’ animals.

  • Chris - These are great, Kim! You really captured them all, they look sexy.

  • Heather - Awww…it’s Mitch! My old ankle spraining buddy! What adorable animals. Love the pics Kim!

  • aga - Fun! I would so get an enlargement for my walls of the b&w nose and the one under it, but then again, they’re all great!

  • claire - IN LOVE with those first few

  • Gina - I can’t get enough of that little Lola’s face.

  • Christine - how adooooorable!!! :) that last shot looks like the kitty’s flying! :)

  • Sarah - Oh my goodness I love the ones of the dogs, especially with their noses pointing towards the camera :)

The weather up here in Seattle has been unseasonably warm and wonderful lately.  So in honor of Global Warming, we took a little hike up Rattlesnake Ridge, just off I-90.  It’s a super beautiful hike, with an amazing view from the top.  You should really go check it out sometime.  The last few shots were taken from the top.

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[ all shot w/ the canon 45mm tilt shift, of course ]

  • Kat Speyer - Breathtaking, Kim! I’m loving the tilt-shift look. Lens or post-processing?

    That’s a great hike, isn’t it? I’m going to post some pics from a fall hike I took with my dad to Colchuk lake later this week. We live in an awesome place.

  • Lucas Mobley - Beautiful place Kim! I sure am looking forward to some good hikes this spring.

  • kyle hale - That last image is beautiful.

  • Christine - Kim, these are beautiful! Totally makes me miss the PNW. :( Love the angles and the colors, and especially love the T/S! :)

  • Grace - So delicious and dreamy. I want to be where you were.

  • Katie - I ADORE these! I need to rent the TS and play with it. You take amazing pictures with it!

  • Sara - These are gorgeous! I love, love, love your landscape work. You see the world in such an amazing way.

  • Jess - Love those shots Kim, TS is awesome!

  • ryan flynn - nice! such a great hike. good place for a swim, when it’s hot out.

  • Heather - Beautiful! I love the effect of the tilt shift. Your pictures make me want to go hiking!

  • Michelle G - I love rattlesnake ridge and your pictures are awesome! It’s so beautiful up there.

  • claire - holey moley that last shot is amazing! you make me want to get into the mountains asap!

  • Keri - nice!!! I might need to buy a print from you one of these days…or trade? ;-)

  • Kim Seidl - wowow. i wish i could teleport myself there right NOW. of course they’re all incredible as per usual, but that last one kills me.