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.
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:
i love getting back film from months ago (maybe february or march?) especially when i’ve completely forgotten what was even shot. i can never wait to get home to open up the envelope (and rub my fingers over the sticky residue that keeps the envelope closed, you know what i’m talking about) and will sit in the car going through all the images twice. as much as i love shooting digital, i never feel the excitement (and a bit nervousness wondering if the images will even come out) that i do when it comes to film. don’t think that i can ever transition to only film but for personal projects, it’s perfect.
kodak gold 200 - expired film - shot at the barn
kodak portra 400 - taken at hidden villa ranch in los altos
film was developed at a small, local shop in downtown san jose (foto express). i’m always tempted to send out my film to a well known lab down in l.a. just to give them a try but in the end, the local shop always wins out because i love working with the owner. even though i go in every few months, he seems to remember me and that’s just pretty awesome.
since we have a overwhelming amount of strawberries, making some “cupcakes” was the perfect way to bake away some of the strawberries. this time around, i thought that it would be fun to really let the lil’ one take control of the baking. so with clean hands, an apron and lots of towels standing by, i let her bake. i lightly helped with measuring but for the most part, she did that too. i did help with mixing the batter because that was just hard for her to do. i also helped with pouring the batter into the tins, i let her attempt one and it didn’t work out too well. the mess wasn’t as bad as i thought that it would be. if anything, the real mess was my camera at the end of this, poor thing was covered in flour. anyway, here is her baking strawberry oatmeal crump top “cupcakes”.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cup strawberries, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons butter, cut into bits
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Line muffin tins withbaking cups or grease tins with cooking spray.
In a large bowl mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder.
Add oil, egg, milk and stir until there are no lumps.
Fold in strawberries. Set aside.
In a separate bowl mix together the ingredients for the crumb topping with your fingers until crumbly.
Fill the tins 2/3rd of the way full and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes until they are lightly browned. Now we did run out of the crumb top and had a few muffins that were bare and i actually preferred that much better than with the oatmeal topping.
original recipe found here: Strawberry Oatmeal crumb top muffins
i know, i’ve been so bad at updating my tumblr and barely even wrote about all the fun adventures that we did while in the netherlands. sigh. main reason why i haven’t been posting? somehow i forgot my password and then would get locked out and i hate filling out captcha information so i would just say f-it and close out my desktop (luckily my mobile kept me signed in so i could at least give tumblr love to you guys). now i finally remembered my password so hopefully that means that i can get on here more.
anywhoo, we’ve been back for just over a week and it’s been hectic of course. struggling with jetlag, being sick, being pregnant and heading back into photo sessions has been keeping me a bit busy. so this weekend, we thought that it would be good to have an adventure day with the lil’ one. so we woke up early and drove down to watsonville to gizditch ranch so we could pick strawberries and ollialiberries. driving early was perfect as the morning fog was still present so it wasn’t too hot. by the time we were done, the sun was coming out and it would have made the picking brutal. we even packed a lunch so we could hang out at their pie shop and picnic benches and let the lil’ one enjoy the day.
what a perfect way to spend our day together.
berry picking was such a great idea and much cheaper for all of our fruit. i’ve also been busy making strawberry oatmeal cupcakes (blog post coming soon, the lil’ one pretty much did it all herself!), berry water, popsicles, fruit rollups and just about gorging on all the fruits. mmmm. apparently, it’s the only thing that hits the spot with this pregnancy. weird.
i haven’t been able to relax and process photos to upload here (totally have been lazy and just been doing it to instagram, feel free to follow the adventures here: instagram.com/photosbykime) so here’s a total photo dump of some of our adventures.
we spent the first week out at a beach house in den hague with the family and she was of course, always spunky.
we went to rotterdam to take a harbor cruise boat ride.
we went to an adventure park that was pretty amazing. a beautiful lake with rides, nooks of kid surprises and best part? there are very little regulations here so the lil’ one was able to do adventures that she has otherwise been too small to do back home. like bumper cars…
solo paddle boating…
helicopter flying with zero restraints…
and a giant water slide…
and even with all the adventures, one of her favorites to do is spending time in oma’s and opa’s garden. everyday we go on an adventure (so more photo dumps to happen, i’m sure. goodness are we exhausted) and she is going to be so bored when we finally head back home. ha! :)
oh just hanging out in the netherlands and before sharing to the rest of the world soon (i.e fb), just really wanted to share this here :)
my simple photo recap from my shutterfest journey is up on my work blog here:
i would have posted it here but i already packed my laptop that has all the images and i’m heading out way too soon for the netherlands so it was easier to do this but i wanted to post because, the trip? amazing. my mind is still full of all the new ideas on how to branch out even more with my business and that is just exciting and scary.