Photos by Kim E – San Jose family photographer » San Jose Family photographer

we finally bought a bubble gun, i think that we waited to long to have this easy fun in our home:)

happy spring and here’s to many wonderful evenings of outdoor playtime, flower picking, bubble play and i’m thinking of an outdoor movie night photo play date. who wants to make fun cardboard car boxes and come over to have an outdoor movie night while i shoot it with the kiddos? no date set yet but want to put the feelers out if anyone is interested especially since our backyard is perfect for outdoor movie night:D

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after we spent our time at clarion alley, we headed to dolores park so we could let the twins relax, roam around and capture a few more traditional photos. dad was awesome and made a stop at bi-rite creamery (the line was surprisingly small at that time) so they could cool off. one thing that we did not know was that dolores park was in the middle of a huge renovation so most of the park was under construction and with it being a gorgeous day, the park was packed. even when we set up a blanket, newcomers would plop down right behind them while i was in the middle of shooting so there was a lot of careful navigation and photoshop cloning to ensure that they weren’t in the shot. plus this spot in front of the palm trees was on a small hill so we had to make sure that the super active twins didn’t roll down the hill (and well to be honest, make sure that i didn’t roll off the hill in the middle of shooting). so maybe a bit challenging but still a lot of fun just hanging out with their awesome selves.

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i have to say aren’t these the best shirts ever?!

oh you fancy huh? well no diggity-no doubt because california knows how to party (heehee).family session with twins at parkfamily session with twins at parkfamily session with twins at park

i will admit that shooting with seven month old twins is really tricky and can be difficult to capture them both looking at camera or when you have one staying still, the other will roam. there may or may not have been some head swapping but i will never disclose which ones:)

anyway, this photo here is one of my favorites because it makes me laugh as it shows a small example of shooting with the twins. right when i wanted to capture a sweet photo of her looking at mom, bam, a foot in the face followed by her brother giggling while sister is completely unfazed by it. i have a feeling that this is something that occurs regularly with them.

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thank you again for such a wonderful and fun day, i’m so glad that i could capture your beautiful family!

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this family session is pretty much one of the bests not only because of their awesome selves at an awesome location but because we got to include the amazing twins! last april, i was fortunate to take part in putting together their baby announcement of twins so to now have their family session with their complete family was exciting.

during our consultation, mom mentioned she was thinking of an urban session with graffiti as the backdrop. we joked a bit trying to think of graffiti backdrops in dublin or san jose (as that is where we both are from) but figured that if we’re doing this, we should go big and have their family session at clarion alley in san francisco. we spent part of the early afternoon slowly walking down the alley looking at amazing art work and trying to stay cool because who would have thought that it would have been a ridiculously humid day?! luckily the sun hid behind the clouds for most of the alley walk but we sure did feel the hot stickiness. here’s just part one of their fun family session at clarion alley. check out the link for part two at dolores park.

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family session with graffiti murals

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not only did i love having their family session at clarion alley, i really enjoyed changing it up a bit with the post-processing for this series. because of the urban backdrop, i wanted to have my edit style feel a bit more urban with a hint of pretty grittiness (ha is that even a thing? well it is now heehee) so it was fun to change up my traditional editing style for something a bit different. hope you like it too:)

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  • Tenley Clark - These are SOOO cute!! I love how you utilized the awesome location. And those sunglasses and her outfit? I mean come on! Too flippin’ adorable!!ReplyCancel

my eldest daughter can be a camera ham most of the time (some photographer’s children run away from the camera, mine totally hams it up) but there are times when she’s over it. this was that kind of day. after a long play date, i knew that she would not want to deal with taking pictures so i figured something out that would work to my advantage to capture some simple saint patrick’s day photos (as crafty as i am, there are times where i just don’t have time to set something elaborate up to take holiday photos, this was that kind of day).

i quickly set up a ridiculously easy and simple leprechaun game. i told her that a leprechaun hid something in the small clover patch in the backyard and gave my daughter a magnifying glass and hung back so she could discover it. boom, easy peasy heehee!

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and this image? it is now a favorite moment that just screams childhood to me, her excitement and true joy over finding the little fairy that the leprechaun left for her.

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…though only for a second as once she discovered the fairy, she left me for the sand box. at least i got my moments:)

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i found this amazing yo-yo quilt a few years ago at an awesome store in simi valley called aubergine. it was tucked on the bottom of a shelf behind some milk glass bottles. i grabbed it quickly and did a mini dance when i saw that it was only forty dollars. many of you know that i love old quilts and wonder about it’s history. especially this one. it feels really old. some of the fabric has disintegrated in my fingers when i tried to sew up some of the sections. it also smells of strawberries (like that strawberry shortcake doll from the eighties) and i can’t wash it as it wouldn’t survive. i rarely use it for sessions though i did use it once with my oldest daughter last year which yielded some of my favorite photos of her. so of course i had to do some photos of it with my littlest (so glad there was no spit up moment ha).

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sometimes i wish i knew how to sew so i could create my own yo-yo quilt (aw man, who am i kidding, just so i could make my own quilts! i’m sure i would save money from purchasing them but i love the history and softness that comes from old quilts. though if i wonder if i would spend more just on the time/fabrics of making my own, ha).

and i may have mom goggles but i love her eyes. depending on how the light shines on them, they can be grey or blue. i know that babies eye color can change in the first year so we’ve been curious if they will. i have brown, dad has hazel, emilia has brown so we are really hoping her’s stays blue (both granddads have blue eyes so we know where she got them from). we love calling her baby blue.

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  • Ewa - OMG! I love quilts, too. I’ve been planning to make one for soooo long but never have much time for that.ReplyCancel

    • kim ebbets - Right?! It would be a whole other creative outlet which is great but even more time consuming! I keep saying maybe one day though :)ReplyCancel