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  • Why, hello you!

    I’m Kim. I’m a wedding photographer based in Northern California. Take a peek around to learn a little bit more about me and what I love to do. Weddings are my forte and when I’m not behind the camera documenting love, you can find me hanging out with my husband and pup. For more information, head over to the website. Follow up with the latest by clicking on the links below.

Meet Little Maddie

What a beautiful, amazing, blessed and exhausting month it has been!  Our little lovebug, Madison, was born on March 12 after 51 long hours of labor and quite the crazy delivery story (more on that in a future post).  She is the sweetest little thing and we are so in love with her.  Motherhood is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me and I am soaking up and savoring this time with her and our family.

As most of you know, I’m currently on maternity leave and will be until mid-May when wedding season starts back for us.  I will be taking on less projects and weddings for the remainder of this year and am fully booked through July.  In the meantime, patience is much appreciated with responding to emails and inquiries.  :)

So many more photos and thoughts to share, but for now, here is a look into our last month through some iphone photos.  And if you’d like to follow along with our journey on Instagram, you can do so here (Kimberly_Chan).

Thank you all so much for your love and support during this exciting time!  xoxo

Maddie 1 Month

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Babymoon-ing: San Francisco and Healdsburg

Oh, the babymoon.  One last hurrah and trip to relax and unwind before the little one arrives.  We originally hoped to make it back to Hawaii for a week but between busy schedules, buying a house and moving, it wasn’t meant to be this time around.  And as it turns out, staying local was just what we needed.  I hadn’t had the easiest pregnancy so the idea of being on a plane for 5+ hours became less and less appealing the further I got into my pregnancy.  So instead, we switched gears and planned a short stay in SF and a few days in Healdsburg.

And it was perfect.  We spent two days in San Francisco shopping for the little one, eating delicious food and visiting friends.  We stayed at Hotel Tomo which was in Japantown and had a really great time.  Our favorite meals were dinner at Hops & Hominy (their fried chicken was amazing!) and brunch at Sweet Maple which was divine.

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After a few fun-filled days in the city, we headed north to Healdsburg.  We’d both never been and had always wanted to go.  This adorable city did not disappoint.  We stayed at the H2 Hotel and I was in love.  So comfortable and modern and the rooms were huge and gorgeous.  Would come back here in a heartbeat.

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In SF, we were busy and on the move the whole time and here in Healdsburg, we just relaxed.  We wandered through the town and shops, got a massage and ate some pretty delicious food.  It was so nice to just have some downtime with my hubby.  Which is really what a babymoon is all about.

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March 6, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Meg - Love this! You guys are adorable!

As We Await Baby Chan…

Phew.  What a whirlwind of excitement, joy, stress, anticipation and anxiousness these past 9 months have been.  As we are only days away from Baby Chan’s due date and not so patiently waiting for the little one to arrive, it seems crazy how fast this pregnancy has gone by on the whole.  There have been those days where it feels like I’ve been pregnant forever and time moves by at a snail’s pace (more so in recent days) but for the most part, this pregnancy has flown by in the blink of an eye.  So much so that I realized I have not kept up blogging at all about this special time.  So get ready for a semi-condensed version of what the past 25 weeks have looked like in our lives.

One of the most amazing and exciting days of this journey was the day we found out whether we were having a boy or a girl.  Matt and I definitely wanted to find out the gender but not in the doctor’s office surrounded by an ultrasound tech or doctor or nurse.  So we opted to have them write the gender down secretly and seal it in an envelope that we took to a baker who made us a cake with the corresponding colored icing in the middle.  I ended up having to deliver that envelope to the baker and it took all my willpower not to peek or open it beforehand.  But I knew it would all be worth it to find out the news surrounded by family and friends.

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We had to wait 2 days until our party with our loved ones.  I’m terrible with secrets and waiting so it was a long 2 days.  Everyone had their guesses and so did we.  I was sure we were going to be having a boy and Matt guessed we were having a girl.  Both sets of our parents guessed it was going to be a girl.  Then the moment arrived and we found out we were having a…

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GIRL!  To say I was shocked would be an understatement.  I was so so certain it was going to be a boy and I just couldn’t believe it.  It took almost a full week to sink in.  We were so overjoyed at the blessing of a beautiful baby girl and we couldn’t have been more thankful to share that moment of finding out with our family and friends.

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A special thanks to all our loved ones who were there with us to celebrate! Your love and support means so much to us!

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The next few months were a whirlwind of packing, moving, unpacking and getting settled into our new home that we bought in September.  Moving while pregnant was a bit of a nightmare but we managed.  It definitely has taken a lot longer to settle in and get things all set up though.  I’m so used to being able to push through even when I’m tired but pregnancy has forced me to slow down.  Which I know is a good thing but it has taken me a long time to get used to not being able to do everything.

Working and photographing while pregnant took some adjusting to as well but thankfully, I really do have the best clients!  You all have made the process as smooth as possible and I’m so grateful.

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And then there’s the never-ending growing of the belly.  Pregnancy really has left me in awe of the human body and the God who made us all.  How my body can grow and nourish another little human is so amazing.  Feeling her kicks and movements has been one of the greatest things about being pregnant and even though I have yet to see her face, I’m so incredibly smitten with her.  She seems to already have a personality all her own and I can’t wait to shower her with kisses and love as I get to know her outside of the womb.  Even though being pregnant has been anything but easy for me, the ability to carry a child has been such a blessing and one that I am so thankful for each and every day.

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This next step into parenthood is so huge and one that at times terrifies me.  The fact that another little soul is completely dependent on Matt and I overwhelms me.  But I know we’re not alone in this.  God will help guide us and give us strength and has surrounded us with such a great support system of family and friends.  Even through the uncertainty, I’m beyond excited to be a mom and start a family with my best friend.  The fact that this little girl is part me and part him is truly amazing.

Matt and I have been together for 13 years and even though this next stage will be a huge adjustment for us both, I can’t wait to see him as a dad.  I know he is going to be incredible and that no little girl will be loved more.  So thankful to have him by my side and as my partner in life.  He really is the best.

A few weeks ago, one of my closest friends who also happens to be a talented photographer took some photos for us to remember this special time in our lives.  Many thanks to AnnaLisa Banuelos for these photos that will warm my heart whenever I see them.

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Baby girl’s due date is March 7 which means she could be here any day now.  It fills my heart with such joy to know that in a matter of hours or days, we will get to hold this beautiful blessing in our arms and shower her with love.  Prayers for a smooth and safe delivery much appreciated and we can’t wait to update you all on her arrival.  Till then, thank you all for your love.  xoxo

Follow along on Instagram (Kimberly_Chan)

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March 6, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Nicole - I love all the pics! You look positively radiant =) So beautiful. Can’t wait to see pics of the little one.

March 5, 2014 - 8:05 pm

Kari - Kimmy & Matt: it has been so wonderful to watch you 2 grow closer as your precious little one is gaining more strength each day and getting ready to make her debut into the world! It will be an amazing journey, and you will be wonderful parents! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see pictures of your sweet bundle of joy! Lots on MN love!

Kari

March 5, 2014 - 12:49 pm

ShopSaveSequins - Squeeeee! BEST WISHES!!! XO, Vaness

March 5, 2014 - 2:07 am

AnnaLisa - I couldn’t be happier for the two of you! What a beautiful way to take us through your pregnancy journey. Both Matt an you will be amazing parents! I’m sure of it :) . Love you friend. XXOO

March 4, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Marcela - So excited for you guys :) Praying for easy delivery and healthy mommy and baby girl!

Nicole + Lyman: A Sainte Claire Hotel Wedding In San Jose

Romantic surprises on a wedding day are like a second helping of ice cream as a child, extra special and sweet.  Wedding days are always extraordinary and memorable but it really is a joy to see the bride or groom do something to make the day even more beautiful.  Over the years of photographing weddings, I’ve seen and photographed many of these special gestures, from a heartfelt note, to a meaningful gift, to surprising the other person with an unexpected moment throughout the day.  Nicole and Lyman are two very talented people and music has a special place in their relationship.  Lyman with his band had planned to preform at their wedding reception.  But little did he know, Nicole had also planned a performance of her own.  The look of surprise and happiness on his face was priceless and such a special moment to be a part of.

And their wedding day was full of lovely touches like these.  Nicole and Lyman were surrounded by such welcoming friends and family.  It was clear how much this special couple means to their guests and how much love surrounded their big day.  The Sainte Claire Hotel was the perfect spot for their reception filled with special fall details that reflected their warm autumn wedding day.

Nicole and Lyman, thank you guys for being the type of clients that are a dream to work with.  It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you both and witness a love and a bond between the two of you that is truly wonderful.  Wishing you the brightest future filled with God’s blessings.  xoxo

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A heartfelt thank you to my talented friend AnnaLisa Banuelos for second shooting.

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February 6, 2014 - 1:23 pm

ZZ - Absolutely beautiful pictures!!!!!! You definitely captured the moments! <3

January 29, 2014 - 7:27 pm

AnnaLisa - So beautiful Kimmy!!! I sighed looking at these. You’re amazing :)

January 29, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Jana - So beautiful kim!!!! I love the images on the stairs!!!!❤️

Nicole + Lyman: A Bay Area Engagement at the Ferry Building, Presidio and Hidden Villa

There are those clients that you meet for the first time and instantly love.  And upon meeting Nicole and Lyman a little over a year ago at a coffee shop in Burlingame, I knew that they were one of these special couples.  I was so excited to have them as clients and their wedding was our last one of 2013.  It was one heck of a beautiful celebration and I can’t wait to share more soon.  But first up is their equally as lovely engagement session which also happens to be one of my favorite sessions from this past year.

We started their shoot at the Ferry building in San Francisco as these two have a shared love of food.  After breaking for burgers at Gott’s, we headed over to the Presidio as dusk hit.  Light wasn’t on our side, so we wrapped up their session on another day at one of my favorite South Bay locations, Hidden Villa in Los Altos.  Nicole and Lyman were total naturals and their love for one another shines so bright.  The session ended with Lyman serenading and playing the guitar for Nicole.  So gosh darn sweet.  I’m truly blessed to have such awesome clients!

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January 20, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Melissa - Wow these are gorgeous! What a sweet couple too!

January 14, 2014 - 9:43 pm

Nicole M. - I love looking at these! It was so fun to work with you and Matt. I’m excited to see the wedding pics =)