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.

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    it’s not often that the lil’ one wants to dress up in her dress up clothes but yesterday morning, she ran out from her room wearing fairy wings on top of her pajamas and exclaimed that she wanted to be tinkerbell for the day and how could i say no to that. we spent our day doing errands and she had an extra bounce in her step. but one of my favorite moments was when we were in target and she was running through the aisles pretending to toss “glitter” in the air (i don’t know if it was glitter but she was tossing cheer for sure). seeing the smiles and laughs that she put on strangers faces just made my day and love how something so simple can spread cheer.

    and this photo just makes me a bit teary/feel weepy/etc. i’m 38 weeks and have hit the feeling that any moment everything will change. we’ve been trying to do as much as we can together as a family or with just the two of us to really soak in the moments. there’s been a lot more i love you’s, cuddles, laughs and hugs. as excited and happy i am that there will be a wee one joining our family (i seriously can’t wait to see the lil’ one be an older sister, she’s going to be too awesome), i still have these bittersweet moments of overwhelming love (with a hint of sadness, hard to explain) that the time between my lil’ one and i are going to be so different, new, challenging, etc. sigh…

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    when we decided that it was time to paint our fence in the backyard, i just knew that i had to make it epic and turn it into a stylized shoot. i love putting together stylized shoots so to create my own was just awesome (when i return from maternity leave, i really want to start scheduling more stylized sessions). i was also estactic when my amazing friend and photographer tenley clark was up for the “challenge” (in quotes because the lil’ one is a big ham) of photographing my vision and she totally surpassed and nailed it! 

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    after we quickly washed the paint off, we headed up to the hill so we could get some family shots while dancing with our tutus and skirts. if you follow my work, you know that i shoot some sessions on the hill near my home and we finished up our session on the hill so we could have some of the awesome silhouette photos. i can’t figure out which one is going to be printed largely for the living room, swoon. 

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    thank you so much tenley! it’s not often that photographers get to be in front of the camera and you did an amazing job making me and my family feel comfortable. you truly captured our silly, loving and amazing selves and can’t wait to print/showcase these beautiful photos in our home. and i can’t wait to brainstorm something magical with you and your family ;-) 

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    the lil’ one starts preschool on tuesday. i might be a mini-mess after i drop her off or i just might dance all the way home haha. 

    last winter, i found a vintage teacher shirt/dress that i won’t let her wear because it’s the outfit i wanted her first day of school pictures. i also came across a vintage fisher price school house with all the pieces (for a decent price too, win!) and have been eagerly awaiting giving her this present just before school. it was a pretty big hit. 

    and yup, we proudly sport the brown is the new green campaign with our landscaping. it’s been probably over a year since our grass has been watered. i hope we have a wet winter though it doesn’t sound like it (sad face). 

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    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). 

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    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 :) 

    imageand the lil’ sis totally proposed with a toe ring because she’s awesome like that!imageimage

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    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.  

    imageand 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. 

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    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). image

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    imagethirty week baby belly

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    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).image

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    she’s just full of awesomeness. 

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    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. 

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    thank you sweet husband for taking these beautiful shots (and whooooa boobs haha)

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    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.