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april 30, 1975 marks the day that saigon fell and the end of the vietnam war. my parents married on april 19 and left vietnam on april 23. it’s been awhile since i heard the story of my parents journey (which included participating in operation babylift) from guam to the states  and will need to have them share it to my daughters when they are older.  in college, i took a vietnam on film class and part of my final, i videotaped my aunts, uncles, grandfather and parents difficult and long journey to safety in the states. some of their stories are heartbreaking but also full of hope and love. i need to go and transfer the vhs footage to dvd and transcribe the interviews as i don’t want to lose the footage or their stories. for many, today is a day of reflection of a day that changed history for so many vietnamese americans and vietnamese.  as my girls get older, i will continue to educate them on this day as well as their families history but until then, i will show them photos and stories so they can reflect plus to get them excited for their trip next year.

here are just some photos from my journey back in 2010. my wide angle lens broke during the trip so i shot our time there on the 50mm which helped me see vietnam with a different perspective.

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four years ago, this beautiful and spirited girl came into our lives. my smart, sassy, spunky and beautiful girl emilia.

and what better way to end her birthday then to venture up the hill for sunset wearing her new wings and dress and try to catch the wind with her vintage schwinn tricycle.

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happy happy birthday to my girl. my baby. my muse.

and of course, have to include a shot of my other two muses and loves:)

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  • Ewa - How wonderful! What a great way to celebrate b-day!!!
    Happy B-Day, btw!!!!ReplyCancel

    • kim ebbets - Thanks, there was definitely a bribery of birthday cookie to get her to participate ha :)ReplyCancel

  • Tenley Clark - These are GORGEOUS!!! These need to be printed and hung up!! Which I know you will because you’re awesome at that =)ReplyCancel

    • kim ebbets - Thanks so much!!! I was pretty giddy about some of the shots since they were close to what I was envisioning which is rare when it comes to that age range haha! I might be running out of wall space at some point ha!ReplyCancel

last year (link for last year’s shutterfest conference recap) i had the honor of being one of the first to attend sal cincotta’s shutterfest photo conference in st. louis, missouri, a kickass photo conference that makes sure you shoot, learn and party. this intimate conference was amazing as it gave us all the wonderful opportunity to learn from amazing speakers, take hands-on classes and network with great photographers. this year was even better. it was held at the st. louis union train station which is a phenomenal location. every where you looked, there were photo shoots being done and you could watch and learn, ask questions or even shoot. awesome right?!

one of the unique features of shutterfest is the ability to really shoot. there is a program called rent-a-human which is what it sounds like. with over 250 models, you can rent a model and take them out shooting. you can create your own theme, bring your own wardrobe or create something that’s been on your wishlist for ever. on my first day there, i went to borrow the 135L from canon (with canon being a sponsor, we were able to rent camera or lenses free of charge. i got to test so many wish list lenses, sweet perk right?!) and was immediately able to rent a mom and daughter to test out the lens.

here are just some photo highlights from this incredible conference. if you’ve been thinking of doing a photo conference but want something more intimate and unique, check out shutterfest. there’s a cap on attendees (around 1500) with it’s affordable price including everything from hands-on classes, intimate workshops, awesome platform speakers, rent-a-human, gear rentals and incredible vendors (lensbaby was there and i got to test out their new velvet 56 before it is even available to purchase! sweet goodness i want). it’s so important for myself (and i believe photographers) to continue educating, grow and network with other wonderful creatives and this conference encompasses all of that.

i have gone for the past two years and i have wondered if i will be attending next year. and i think that i will be skipping next year (not because i didn’t love it, i really do) because i want to try another conference or workshop. it’s so important for me to push myself each year with my photos and business so i want to try a conference that is something new that might push me even further. maybe another personal mentorship with a photographer i admire or a workshop. either way, each year i take time for myself and my business to push myself so who knows what i’ll do. and besides, i can always go back for shutterfest 2017:) shutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographer

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and yes some people are dedicated. he shaved the logo onto his head. another shutterfester? got the logo tattooed! now that’s dedication and love for shutterfest! shutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographershutterfest conference, photosbykime, san jose photographer

 

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guess who just turned one?! this little one! to celebrate her turning one, we wanted to showcase the love, fun, craze and wild dynamics of their beautiful family of five. and so we came up with the perfect location in los gatos with a few awesome ideas to let them have a real family fun photo session.

on the day of the session, i received the best text ever from mom: asking if it was okay for the two older kids to wear their darth vader and cookie monster outfits. i think that i over enthusiastically texted back YES. many of us have encountered the days (even weeks) when your child does not want to wear anything but. and that’s one of the many beauties of childhood, the fun of playing dress up combined with a bit of the stubbornness of not wanting to take them off. but i think that it’s awesome because as much as we would rather have them wear something else, it’s a part of their short childhood and i love encouraging that, even for family photos. i will note that the kids did wear their nice clothes underneath the costumes and surprisingly, once they arrived at the location, they wanted to get out of them. funny kids.

this session just totally explodes with everything that i love about family sessions. learning about what makes a family unique and bringing that into their sessions. together we create something unique and full of their personalities that they look back and reminisce about the fun photo shoot while having beautiful photos to cherish for the years to come. and knowing that their children will look back at these photos and see all the fun they have as a family just strengthens why i love what i do.

anyway, here’s just a glimpse of their family fun photo session: a light saber duel, cupcakes, cupcake frosting war, pirate boat racing, rubber ducky racing, unbelievable amount of splashing in the creek and endless cuddles.

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  • Kristen - What a fun session! The paper boat is adorable! Love the creativity!ReplyCancel

    • kim ebbets - Thanks so much!!! Apparently making paper boats are much harder when you’re a grown up :)ReplyCancel

i’m a uc santa cruz alum and this was my first trip to wilder ranch! i’ve been to the beaches surrounding it but somehow have never gone into this state park and wow, i need to go back with the girls. the moment i stepped foot on it’s ground, i was in love with it’s subtle blend of rustic and victorian charm with amazing pockets light. so yes, this maternity session at wilder ranch in santa cruz was perfect.

what i love the most about maternity sessions is capturing the intimacy, togetherness and quietness that both mom and dad have. it’s their time to cherish each other before two become three and that was this session. sweet moments between them surrounded by beauty. already so much love for their little and so much for each other that i think it shows with these moments.

i had a very hard time narrowing down this blog post with a few favorites because, well, they are all favorites but here is just a small snippet of some of my favorites. thank you mom and dad for a stunning session and can’t wait for his arrival plus capturing his life at home with you guys (and folks, they have an incredible nursery that i’m super excited to photograph gaaah!).

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this road that we shot at was also popular with the bicyclists so there were a few times that we had to pause to let them through (all while the sun was quickly escaping and those are long shadows that would also get in the way!). dad’s expression and mom’s expression towards him? well for those of you that know him can just imagine what was being said/thought:D

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  • Kristey - KIM!! I am in love with this session! So many great poses and use of the gorgeous setting, and sun! Fantastic!!ReplyCancel

    • kim ebbets - Awww thanks so much Kristey! This is definitely one of my favorites too, just so much love for it all. X!ReplyCancel

  • Ewa - Wow! What a beautiful session! The light is amazing… and the couple is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • kim ebbets - Thanks so much Ewa! Aren’t they beautiful, they got out of their car and I just loved their wardrobe too :)ReplyCancel