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

Los Gatos newborn family session

this family? oh goodness i have so much love for this beautiful family. i have known mom since our freshman year at u.c. santa cruz (which i won’t say when that was as i do not want to date ourselves) and we both ended up moving to the san jose area a few years ago. since we reconnected, we have been a part of each others lives and have been blessed with having our families grow up together. so it was a pleasure to meet their latest addition to their family and capture how much love they all have for each other and their new little daughter. welcome sweet little one, we can’t wait for many more playdates with you:)


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  • Natalie - That little newborn is so precious! And her adorable siblings! This family is so blessed! :D Beautiful photos, Kim!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Hernandez - How precious! Great capture of the true families character and the location is so Spring-ish. Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Tenley Clark - I’m completely melted from all of the cuteness!!!! I absolutely love each and every image! You captured their beautiful family perfectly! Can’t wait to meet her!ReplyCancel

Vintage Garden stylized session

there is something special about participating in a vintage garden stylized wedding photo shoot. all these amazing vendors come together to showcase what they love and it shows in the details. and for the photographers, it’s a wonderland. we get to just shoot. no time limits, no rush of a wedding day, just endless time with beautiful couples madly in love.
Handles Gastropub (The Old Pleasanton Hotel)
Hartmann Studios
LC Floral Design
Event Planner:
Lindsay Lauren Events
Invitations/Print Work:
Natalia Maria Designs
Makeup Artist:
Makeup by Adele
Hair Stylist:
Ashley Strasburg (Ashley Michelle Hair and Forever Pieces)
Wedding Cake:
Kristie’s Cake Creations
Crème Si Bon
Bridal Gown:
J’aime Bridal
Cat’s CupCakery
China (plateware):
Bella Fine China
Dress Embellishment/ Headpiece:
Something Treasured


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Stunning San Jose announcement session

as an on location photographer, weather is pretty crucial to our sessions. being in the bay area of california, we tend to be fortunate with beautiful days and stunning golden sunsets so i typically don’t need to worry about weather.

for this san jose park session, the weather forecast was cloudy with zero chance of rain. awesome, right? i woke up to beautiful blue skies and white poofy clouds in the distance. the afternoon brought dark clouds that loomed over us. two hours before the session, the rain came. at this point, i almost collapsed with delirious laughter. i let the family know if they wanted to go the back up route or risk it. they chose to risk it, yay!

the clouds stayed but most importantly, the rain held off. for the last shot, i wanted to hike up the hill for some silhouette shots and in what was perfect timing, the clouds parted and the sun came out for five minutes before it set. and not only were we treated to a stunning sunset, mom surprised me by bringing her daughter’s up inspired shirt, goggles and hat which made the hill shots perfect.

goodness, after a long “what’s with this weather” kind of day, i am so happy for this amazing, risk taking and beautiful family’s session. thank you for having me a part of your special announcement and i really can’t wait to meet the little ones!

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  • Andrea - Absolutely stunning photos, Kim! Love the hot air balloons, the silhouette balloons, and that adorable little girl with the goggles!ReplyCancel

  • NIcolle - Love love love these photos… So happy for Gladys!ReplyCancel

  • Ewa "Mom Photographer" - these are stunning! and OMG!, they’re having twins! what an adventure in front of them all!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Ah, gotta love it when you get a beautifully colored sky like that! Love love the one on the hill :) ReplyCancel

  • Fizzah Raza - Okay this shoot is too adorable – the Up theme is just so cute! I’m so glad it all came together with the weather so you were able to share such a beautiful session with us. Love love love it.ReplyCancel

  • Tenley Clark - Ahhh.. these are so beautiful!! This session turned out amazing!! So glad the weather participated so all of this amazingness could happen! Just adore her little Up! inspired outfit. I want it! And the hot air balloon came out super cute!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh my gosh these are just too cute!! Plus, twins! Love the props, location and light!ReplyCancel

  • Susannah Gill - LOVEEEEEEEEE! How adorable!!! What a lucky family to be having twins and to have you create this announcement! That little girl’s shirt- awesome!!!!! Now they will have 3 adorable little ones!ReplyCancel

Baking Sneaky Chef’s Chocolate Chip Cookie

we are finally having rainy days here in california (oh goodness have we needed this), so we’ve been having fun trying to find new things to do to keep us busy. this morning, i was planning on baking sneaky chef’s chocolate chip cookies while my daughter was too busy playing with her kinetic sand (she loves kinetic sand and can spend the whole day baking “cupcakes” with it). so i was a bit surprised when she asked me to put on her apron so she could bake with me. the photographer in me would have loved to comb her bedhead hair,  put her in a more fashionable outfit and clean up the counter but the mother in me loved the spontaneity of her help.





now here’s the best thing of this recipe, the secret ingredient to make it a bit more healthier? the flour blend (whole wheat flour/wheat germ), oats and white beans pureed!


the final result? was an absolutely delicious cookie that tasted like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! such a perfect way to trick my daughter into eating a bit more beans. the cookie was a bit drier/crumblier than traditional cookies but it’s perfect for the little ones (wouldn’t make this for an adult party but definitely for a toddler party). i even caught her going into the cookie jar and i didn’t feel too bad letting her sneak another cookie into her belly:)




recipe found here: Sneaky Chef’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

i am really loving the recipes from sneaky chef’s book  and maybe next time, i will be more prepared and plan out a real baking photo session with my daughter:)

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beauty of water

sometimes your parents happen to be watering the backyard and you get inspired to create a unique backdrop. unfortunately with california in a drought, i can’t do this anytime soon for a session but at least i can file this idea away for a future session.

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