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

typically after a photo session, i post a sneak peek for the family. but when it’s the first week back to pre-K and your parents are in town visiting (i.e. babysitting the kids), you are able to put a bit more hustle into all of your work that next thing you notice, you’ve finished editing and delivering a gallery in record time.

so instead of a traditional sneak peek, here are some of my favorite photos from this family fun session that i’m absolutely in love with! this family? they are the coolest family ever! they live in new jersey, was spending some time with their family in the bay area and trekked down to south san jose to have me photograph their family which i think was pretty cool. their oldest son loves rock climbing so the location was a bit of a bonus as he got to climb, jump and have fun on most of the boulders. their littlest daughter was an amazing trooper as she was probably dealing with a bit of jetlag (our session was at 7p which probably felt like 10p) but she loved hanging out with her dads, maybe showing a small smile when it came to bubbles, big smiles while swinging but saving the best smiles and laughs for her brother who could make her easily laugh.

i’m also a bit excited because they successfully went kite flying! i can count the amount of times that i’ve been able to get the dragon kite into the air (2) and when i asked them if they ever flew a kite, they said not really. but as soon as they were up on the hill, boom, that kite was flying high. even after the sun disappeared, they were determined to get it higher. i think it’s time to buy a kite:D

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one of the many things that i love about being a photographer is capturing these moments and memories for the family to remember. the small fingers and toes, the way a child’s fingers wrap around mom’s hair or clings onto her shirt. i capture these beautiful moments of young families and it dawned on me. what about the true beginnings of a family? where the family line starts? we are very fortunate to still have my grandparents with us and i knew that i needed to head to arizona to spend time with them and do a weekend in the life session.

grandma turns 93 this week while grandpa turns 95 next month. they just celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. and they are amazing. grandma always has great stories while grandpa always has great one liners.

my trip was memorable and special. i spent time being immersed in their day to day life, hearing stories of the past, laughing at their jokes and spending quality time with them all while photographing them. and my grandparents loved having me there too. every person we met at their home, grandma would say proudly, “this is my granddaughter. she left her two little girls at home with their father so she could vacation with us. can you believe that?!” it was the cutest!

i’m not sure how i will finalize the video and photos (i’m thinking a nice big album with the quotes laid out) but here are just some of my personal favorites that just gives a little insight into their weekend. and boy did my mind and body work crazy for it. having the camera attached for 2 straight days made my wrist flare up. and my mind was working overtime remembering all the quotes. but goodness it was all worth it.

and this was just perfect. the newspaper headline one morning. just perfect. san jose photographer - grandparents - day in the life - lifestyle - personal - generations - family

“oh shoot, you’re taking pictures already?! but we’re not doing anything but watching jeopardy” – gma
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“i never did propose. i asked her to move in with me into the barracks” – gpa

“what a stinker, he never proposed. and he asked after the third date!” – gma

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“you know where i met your grandmother? at her boyfriends” – gpa chuckling

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“you know your father started walking at eight months. and he was everywhere. he hasn’t stopped.” – gma

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“these were my mother and father’s. they got them shortly after they were married which was 1917. i really treasure these.” – gma

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“i didn’t take a nap today? i was too busy to nap” – gpa

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what time are we going to bingo?” – gpa

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“i’ve never won bingo here before.” – gpa

five minutes later “i got bingo!” – gpa

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“have i shown you the library? it’s nice. they have all these books that you can borrow. and puzzles” – gpa

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“i don’t do puzzles. i’m too busy and don’t have enough time” – gpa

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“i always like the art and paintings here” – gma

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“we’re in the national wii bowling competition starting next week. we need to practice” – gma

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“we won bowling?! we won!” – gpa

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“my makeup? just blush. i always need my blush.” – gma

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“i love you” – gma

“ditto” – gpa

“did you just ditto me?!” – gma

“i did. ditto” – gpa chuckling

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“my favorite memory growing up? swimming in the hudson river. oh and there was a place we used to go too. b.a.b. you know what b.a.b was? bare ass beach. funny how memories are triggered.” -gpa

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“i like it here. but i miss having our home.” – gpa

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  • Jenna Christina - Kim, these are amazing! Love the quotes; I’m a fan of your gma and gpa now.

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    • kim ebbets - Awwww thanks so much Jenna! I was totally nervous about the whole session (not knowing what I was doing) but it worked out, them being them, me being me and capturing it as they went about their day! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tenley Clark - your grandparents are the absolute CUTEST!! I love their banter and hearing their stories, especially of how they met haha!ReplyCancel

    • kim ebbets - They are pretty stinkin’ cute :D I’m so glad that I could have done this session for them (and us) <3ReplyCancel

  • Maryam - I love this! Such a wonderful idea.ReplyCancel

sanjosephotographer_lifestyle-001-2my grandparents have been married for 69 years. grandma is turning 93 next week. grandpa turns 95 next month. after spending some wonderful time with them during my little sister’s wedding, it dawned on me that i’m a family photographer and here i am capturing these beautiful moments of young families but what about the true beginnings of the family? what about the stories of the grandparents? of how they met and how they got engaged. of their wedding day. and with that spark, i knew that i had to bring it to life. so i left the littles for the weekend so i can fly out to prescott, arizona so i can photograph them in their element. record some of their stories and just spend time with them. i’ve never done a documentary/day in the life session but i know that in the end, whatever comes from it, we will all cherish the photos and stories and the time spent with each other.

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i tend to get asked if i offer mini special days and rather than having one day where i cram in as many sessions as i can, instead i offer a short and sweet package that is close to a mini session. half hour session in an awesome location with the option to purchase digital images or prints.

plus there are two locations to choose from. all sessions will be done during the golden hour so the last half hour before the sun sets, especially if you choose the location that includes the silhouette shot:)

looking forward to capturing your awesome family! <3

location one:

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location two:

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