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

there are times when as an on location san jose photographer, that you have to think quick on your feet for a back up location. originally our session was planned for one of my favorite spots tucked away in almaden. i even took my daughter there earlier in the week to check out the lighting and to get some fun photos in of my daughter (personal blog link). luckily i always leave early for a scheduled shoot because this time as i started getting closer to the hills (where there is no cell service), i discovered that the roads were blocked due to a fire in the almaden quicksilver park. there aren’t too many spots to make a u-turn but i was able to get out before being blocked in and find cell service so i could let the family know to turn around too. and during that call, we had to think what next? oooh no pressure. rather than rescheduling for another week when we could shoot at almaden quicksilver park, we decided that we should give lake almaden a try (i’ve only shot a fundraiser walk at the lake before so wasn’t too familiar with the entire park). the side of the lake that i’m most familiar with (the almaden side) is always super busy with very little shade and made me nervous. but the bocce ball side of the park has a jogging strip that is much quieter with some small pockets of isolation. and it ended up being perfect with a nice mix of backlit images framed with peppercorn trees and a lake in the background. so happy that we ended up here, what a a beautiful spot to discover. phew!

anyway, here is the wonderful sneak peek of this fun family! thanks for strolling along with me trying to find some sweet spots and for letting me worry just a little bit. you guys were wonderful and i love the energy and fun that we were able to capture:)


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as a photographer, i love when families welcome into their home their latest addition so it’s always the biggest pleasure to capture the freshness of a newborn. so remember this beautiful session with this awesome family who was expecting a new addition? well he’s here! i was overjoyed to head into their san jose home to capture all the amazingness and beauty of this family. and their session was a lot of fun. older sister had a blast showing off her little brother, giving him lots of smooches, showing me all of her toys and books and even taking pictures for me (my back up camera with a pancake lens is perfect for little ones to “assist” me). thank you for welcoming me into your home so i can capture all the sweetness of your family and here’s your sneak peek, yay!:)sanjosephotographer_newbornsanjosephotographer_newbornsanjosenewbornphotographer-001-2

aren’t his diapers cute overload?! i have heard of the honest company but did not know that they made diapers with these amazing prints! when i got home, the first two things that i did? start transferring the images from the session and then googled the honest company to check out their diapers. i may have to place an order or two once my little one arrives (with the skull and mustache prints, of course! heehee)sanjosephotographer_newbornsanjosephotographer_newbornsanjosephotographer_newbornsanjosephotographer_newbornsanjosephotographer_newbornsanjosephotographer_newbornsanjosephotographer_newborn

and of course i want to show one of the photos that my assistant took! the only editing adjustment was brighten the exposure but this photo was all her. it was so cute watching her take pictures and she seemed to enjoy it too. though i’m sure mom and dad might have had mini moments of worry with her and the camera but she was super gentle with it and treated it with a lot of care. it was really cute to watch (though she might want to start taking more pictures in the future now? :) sanjosenewbornphotographer-001-3

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  • Tenley Clark - Aww.. these are too adorable! I mean from the red hair and the skull and crossbones diaper (I just learned about these diapers too!) to the amazing light and all of the super sweet moments captured with their beautiful new addition! Such a lovely lifestyle newborn session!ReplyCancel

  • Iryna - Too adorable! Especially with the red head and it looks like the little one is going to have the same color.
    And so much happiness in these images!ReplyCancel

  • Iryna - And would have thought the diapers could be a fashion statement? :-) ReplyCancel

as a san jose photographer who’s originally from los angeles and still has family here, i love being able to head down to los angeles and photograph amazing families and great new locations. and this family was absolutely amazing as we explored, played and choo-chooed our way through travel town (which is a train museum tucked inside of griffith park. it’s open daily, free and has a miniature train ride, perfect for kiddos and train enthusiasts). it was their first time at this awesome park and i’m sure that this little one could have spent the whole day trying to climb on top every train. i’m so happy that we could spend the morning exploring and even celebrating an early birthday for him, he turns two in just a few weeks, yay!


and although not the typical family shot, i love these shots of them inside of an empty train. the lines and vastness of them inside just looks awesome plus i love that look of wonder on his face:)


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  • Tenley Clark - I absolutely love this session! Such an amazing and unique location and so much sweetness in the images you captured of this adorable family! And how cute is the little man with his little faux hawk =)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Great photos! Love the photos inside the train! He is so cute!ReplyCancel

one of the my favorite things to do when shooting personal projects is to slow down and shoot with film. there is something about the patience needed to compose the shot, think about your exposure and light and then cross your fingers (or toes) that your toddler doesn’t move too quickly therefore altering the whole set up you just spent so much time on:)

these photos were taken a few months ago and i completely forgot what was shot but that’s what makes it exciting.  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) but rather will sit in the car going through all the images twice, maybe three times. i ooooh and aaaah over images that came out beautifully and say d’oh when it doesn’t (all d’oh photos goes into a photo album for my daughter so she gets to feel special with her own album). 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



kodak portra 400 (swoon my favorite film) – shot at hidden villa 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. 

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  • Tenley Clark - I just got so excited to see these and had totally forgotten all of the things at hidden villa! I need to go get mine processed too! These are too awesome! I just love that there are some of you with E too!! Those are SO sweet! Good job M!ReplyCancel

goodness this maternity session just glows!

i originally met this glowing mama through a facebook group and reached out to her when i heard that she was from the netherlands. my husband is also from the netherlands so we thought that it would be great to have us get together for adult and little ones play dates (great for my daughter as it helps immerse her in hearing more dutch around her). we’ve been successful a few times with get togethers though we still need to have our bbq:)so when i heard that they were pregnant with their second and would like me to do their maternity session, i was happy to be able to capture this wonderful moment in their lives.

though the day of our session, i was a bit worried with our evening full of this beautiful sun because earlier in the day, the temperature hit 97F (36C)! way too incredibly hot for a session, especially for a pregnant mom and little one. luckily by the time we arrived to the san jose barn at 7p, it cooled down and we were able to enjoy the evening. their little one had a wonderful time exploring and seeing some chickens, turkeys and even a deer. she loved being in the outdoors exploring the beautiful surroundings.

and swoon, just look at this amazing light from our evening, mama was already glowing but with this gorgeous setting sun, she radiates.

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and speaking of the netherlands, i was excited to practice my preschool level dutch on this sweet little one. my pronunciation is pretty bad (though it seems that i can understand dutch pretty well. i was so surprised at our vacation last month at how much dutch i understood) but if it’s one thing that i really know how to say, it’s barn animals in dutch:)

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on a side note, photographing maternity sessions are exciting for me. not only do i love seeing how much love there is for the future little one but it’s makes me excited for my own maternity session. it probably won’t be until august but i’m already planning something awesome for my maternity session, giggle. and i’m not shooting my own maternity session though it would be interesting to attempt with a toddler and a remote shutter again:)

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  • Laura Hernandez - These are too cute! Way to catch the light at the golden hour perfectly. :) ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - That first one with the flare is PERFECTION! Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Tenley Clark - Love all that gorgeous golden light!! She really does radiate! How cute that you got to speak Dutch with the little one (who is adorable!). So excited for your maternity session! Whoop whoop! =)ReplyCancel

  • Paige - i love family maternity session. and her bump is adorable.ReplyCancel