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so not only has the oldest been having her cute story telling time but she’s been a big help trying to get her ready too in the mornings. this morning i caught her doing her sister’s “hair.” i think that as long as she doesn’t try to give her a haircut, we’re good:)i never knew how possible it was for my heart to swell with every sister bonding time that i witness*.

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and we’ve hit my favorite stage, the discovery of the toes. she gets so happy every time i change her diapers because she gets to say hello to her dear friends again. heart eye face (heehee).

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* it’s not always sweet bonding though. there are still bouts of older sibling jealousy and cries for attentions but it’s hard to photograph those moments:)

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okay maybe not tea for these littles, more like milk:)

i have been wanting to do a tutus and tea party with my daughter and her friends for the longest time but since her girlfriends live out in oakland and we’re in south san jose, it can be hard to coordinate the time. i know when carina is older that we can include her but it’s going to be awhile until she can partake with this cuteness. this time after an epic play date full of dress up,  sand building, rock climbing, slide chases, and filling the bellies with toddler junk food, we knew it was time to add another layer of fun to their date and let them have their very own tea party with cookies and twirling tutus.

i was very impressed at them for sitting patiently while i was dialing in my settings while these delicious cookies stared back at them. their reward for doing such a great job was of course, digging in.

i may have also been holding my breath while they used the tea set. i received some amazing china from my grandparents over the summer and they were the perfect size for this. but as soon as the cup and saucer were in their hands, they treated them so delicately. phew.

and goodness these girls. they were each amazing in front of the camera and they are the sweetest friends already. which is of course perfect since mom and i go back to the very early days of high school!:)

when your littles and friends get together, what are some of their favorite things to do? i personally love backyard play, they can roam/explore while us moms can relax and enjoy each others company. i’m so glad that this time i made sure to pick up my camera to capture all their sweetness/wildness in their togetherness. i am still sometimes in shock that my daughter will be turning four in two months. this short period of childhood seems to escape so quickly.

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  • Ewa - These are so sweet! And I love your fence!!! <3ReplyCancel

    • kim ebbets - Aww thanks! I painted the fence just so I could stylize my own maternity session with Tenley, heehee :) ReplyCancel

we’ve lived in our neighborhood in the south san jose area for two and a half years and i still feel very lucky to live in such an amazing place. as a photographer, i have found so many gorgeous gems (rustic barns, empty horse stables, awesome hill) for me to photograph within walking distance. plus some spots up in the hills that i have yet to photograph or even explore. and then i’m reminded in february of a beautiful patch of yellow mustard flowers that pop up right in the park. i really wanted to capture some lunar new year flower picking with flowers for our home. in fact there are two little fields of them and i can’t wait to photograph the other one. i could easily walk out my front door in pajamas and shoot in these sweet mustard fields which is just awesome!

now to get my daughter to spend some time with me and the camera, i may have had to bribe her with a few things. first was that she could wear her “elsa” dress. yes, i am aware that she’s just wearing a light blue dress with lace. however if it’s in the colors of elsa blue or anna purple, she will believe that they are frozen dresses. which i personally think is way cuter and cheaper than buying official frozen dresses. second, i told her that she could pick a bouquet of flowers for the lunar new year. and third was a giant lollipop. it was a pretty hot day and this was mid afternoon so she didn’t last too long but she lasted long enough for me to take some photos and to enjoy some of her lollipop before it conveniently got “lost.”

and one of my favorite things about capturing my daughter at this stage is her accessorizing. i love how she has childhood literally written all over her. temporary tattoos, bandaids and crusty food on her face.

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anyway, chúc mùng nạm moi | happy lunar new year! wishing everyone a beautiful new year full of love, happiness and prosperity! enjoy the year of the sheep, goat or ram. ewe decide what animal ewe want to celebrate:)



			
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one of the things that i’m really proud of accomplishing every year is putting together the yearly photo books*. it’s so important printing out your photos and have them live than to disappear into the digital hard drives. i love to see the photos scattered throughout our home (and my clients homes) though my favorite is listening to emilia tell me stories about when the photos were taken and be proud whenever i put up new photos. as carina is getting older, the sisterly bond has become stronger and emilia loves to take out the albums and show carina the albums.

of course as a photographer, i have hundreds of thousands of photos of my family and these photos could have easily become lost deep into the digital hard drive. but at the end of every year, i spend a few nights creating albums. the best way that i have learned to do this is to categorize each album by month/event and have them all nested by year on my hard drive (actually on my laptop, desktop, two external hard drives and cloud back up – super important to always back up your photos). when it’s the end of the year, i import the year into lightroom and use their perfectly integrated blurb to create my photo album. once the album is laid out, i export directly to blurb and then order the book through their website. and of course one of the great incentives of doing it at the end of the year (besides being able to have everything organized) are all the great sales. my books tends to be a few hundred pages so using their end of year coupon sales is great savings. at the beginning of the year, i have a beautiful 12×12 hardcover book with all photos from the previous year that we cherish.

i also have hundreds of photos on my cell phone and i don’t want those to get lost too. so after i’m done with the big book, i export the photos that i took (mostly through instagram since i love instagram) and put together the yearly adventure book of cell phone images using artifact uprising. their 5×5 albums is perfect for instagram photos and their paper stock is nicely weighted with a real subtle pearl sheen. i also wait until the end of the year for the savings too:)

and yes if i’m this crazy organized/obsessed about the yearly photo books, you know that both girls have their baby books filled out too:)

even though carina looks highly unamused, emilia was telling her lots of stories. she told her of all the dutch adventures we had last year and when she moved on to her baby book, she was explaining that the sonogram photos were of her in my belly and the hat that she wore when she was first born. seriously sweet and carina was loving it.

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* i’m a few years behind on putting together all of our world travel books which is one reason why i’m so obsessed about the family books being put together. i knew that i could easily put their photo albums off and then i would be years behind and never catch up which is something that i didn’t want. i’m hoping to get around to the travel books this year:)

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