a traveler. a photographer. a wife. a mother. a muser. a lover of northern california. a child of southern california. a beer connoisseur. a scuba diver. a roller coaster enthusiast. a renowned chef in her own kitchen. there is no rhyme or reason in this tumblr. and my name is kim. all images and content © kim ebbets unless otherwise stated. all rights reserved.
the first time we went to sonoma’s train town, i had just moved up to the bay area and i surprised the husband with a weekend getaway to sonoma. even though we weren’t at the stage of talking about kids or marriage yet, in the back of our minds, we knew that this place would be perfect for an adventure weekend.
we were such babies haha!
and now six years later!
they do have a really awesome train (last time it was a steam train, this time it wasn’t) that takes you into a little petting zoo/town area. the town area is awesome as it has a mini school, firehouse, saloon, shop, even a mini-outhouse so it was perfect for exploring. the only thing that we didn’t care for is that the stop at this place is about five to ten minutes which isn’t enough time for a lil’ one to really enjoy and we didn’t get a chance to see the animals. she kept asking to go back but unfortunately, the only way to get there is by purchasing another train ticket since you can’t walk over to this super cute section. big bummer though if you’re ever in that area, it is worth a visit (even if you don’t have a lil’ one and have a train enthusiast for a husband haha).
guys, i can finally talk about it. the lil’ sister is getting married!!! she met an incredible, smart and beautiful woman by chance (okay chance, persistent and best $1 spent for facebook messaging, ha) it’s going to be such an amazing and beautiful wedding and life together for them. i can’t wait for the big day (i’m a bit bummed that i won’t be able to shoot it as i get the honor of being maid of honor but it will be a lot more fun being a guest :) but i got to shoot the engagement announcement and i love how they came out and totally let me do whatever i wanted :)
and the lil’ sis totally proposed with a toe ring because she’s awesome like that!
there are many times when i’m online and click on a youtube video, i start to cry (mostly because it’s one of those sappy, touching, popular videos that circulates) and the lil’ one will come over to me and say something along the lines of “this makes you sad? it’s okay. i hug you.” which of course makes me hug her tight and give her lots of i love you’s. tonight before i even pushed play on the videos floating on tumblr regarding the sadness of robin williams, she came over to me and asked me “if i was going to cry?” i told her yes because there’s a lot of sadness but when she’s older, i can’t wait to watch her laugh (and cry) over the genius that was robin williams. she smiled and said “deal. i hug you now to make you laugh.”
and here is what she looked like while being so unbelievably empathetic, sporting tattoos all over her body and face paints all over her face. i couldn’t help but laugh and squeeze her tight.
and now with her in bed, i will watch hook followed by some other old favorites to laugh and cry and remember the genius and amazingness of robin williams. rip.
the lil’ sis was in town for the day so we spent some of the golden hour evening at the barn. ever since i found this quilt top at an antique store (love antiquing in prescott, az as i found this gem for $14!), i’ve been envisioning this for a session so i’m glad that i could bring it to life by directing what i wanted while being in front of the camera. the photographer perfectionist in me knows that these aren’t super sharp but i really heart them (due to having my camera set to back button focusing which confuses most and backlighting can be tricky but the lil’ sis and husband did some great shots).
thirty week baby belly
how the lil’ one modeled for me when i was testing out a location for this ah-mazing session (the link goes to the session at this location, pretty much a magical and fun session that i’m still swooning over. i may also be a bit sad that i’m almost done with sessions for the next few months as things will be hectic with a wee’ one and all).
she’s just full of awesomeness.
i just hit the third trimester (this pregnancy has flown by but i guess that happens since i spent three months traveling) and i’ve hit that stage where i’m just tired, exhausted, cranky, tired, sore, etc. i just don’t feel like me and see myself as frazzled, swollen, frizzy, dirty (toddler food prints plus food on the belly constantly) who barely gets out of the comfy maternity yoga/stretchy pants. and it’s for these silly reasons that i have barely gotten in front of the camera. i have had these grand ideas for weekly/monthly photos but just never took the time because i felt like i needed to get myself together for it. otherwise i would feel like what was captured was how i internally envisioned myself.
tonight we went to the local park so i could take some test shots for a shoot this weekend. i spent the first forty minutes taking pictures of the lil’ one and the husband. i was watching the lil’ one play, the husband hanging out next to my camera and i had a mental debate of whether i wanted pictures or not. i was not dressed, my hair never combed and i felt blah. but having me in the picture with my daughter during this short phase of my pregnant self (we’re pretty done after this) won over. and seeing the photos from this evening, i have been just silly and ridiculous to not want to get in front of my lens. because i see the beauty that my husband and daughter see, not the internal crap of how i constantly feel. and that? that makes me feel like i need to get out of my head and remember to be in the photo much more for myself and for them.
thank you sweet husband for taking these beautiful shots (and whooooa boobs haha)
i took the lil’ one to a location that i’m photographing on saturday so i could check the summer lighting (it’s in a valley so the sun goes behind a mountain quite early so needed to see what time it hides). it’s quite entertaining to see how much of a ham she is when she models for me. most of the time she’s all about funny faces or sticking out her tongue.
apparently, photosbykime turned 5 today… seriously i’ve been writing here for five years?! weird. time flies i guess :)
happy father’s day all!
a bit bummed to not be sharing this father’s day with the husband as he’s still up in the bay area but we had an early father’s day celebration to make up for it. also bummed that my dad is out in prescott with his parents so today, we’re going to hang out with my mom celebrating amongst ourselves :)
the husband and i met quite randomly in 2006 at a halloween party. one of our first dates was skydiving. the next plane soaring. followed by more adventures traveling all over the world (i quit my job to travel the world - europe and southeast asia - for three months mostly solo. he came with me to the netherlands, belgium, london, germany and france). it’s probably safe to say that early in our relationship, even though it was long distance (he lived in the bay, i lived in l.a.) with a few big hurdles, we knew that there would be more than just dating. and so during a trip to spain in june 2008, after a long day of drinking in barcelona with some old college friends, i woke up to coffee, crossaints, red roses and a beautiful proposal (and the wickedest hangover haha).
he proposed on friday the 13th, june 2008.
today makes me think of that day and the amazing journey that we have been on and for many more adventures in life/love that have yet to come.
plane soaring - monterey:
cape point, south africa:
the cavern, livermore UK:
this spring in the netherlands before we become a family of four: