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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 baby girl, husband and pup. For more information, head over to the website. Follow up with the latest by clicking on the links below.

An iPhone Valentine’s Day

My iPhone.  My original, first generation iPhone.  After 3 years of being faithfully by my side, she died yesterday.  On Valentine’s day.  I’m not one to get all mushy about technology, but I loved her.  Even though the power button stopped working months ago and the vibrate function only worked about half the time, I wasn’t going to upgrade until she finally kicked the bucket.  And yesterday, she did just that. So, unfortunately, a good part of my V-day was spent frantically trying to upgrade and get a new phone.  I am now the owner of an iPhone 4.  She may be faster and sleeker, but I’d be lying if I said that a part of me doesn’t miss my old one. I’m just loyal like that.

In honor of my late iPhone, here’s a look into my Valentine’s day through the lens of my new iPhone.

From left to right:

1.  Check out my new, hot pink iPhone case.  Bright and cheery.
2.  Matt.  My Valentine.  Even after almost 10 years (!!) together, he still knows how to continually make me melt.  I am so lucky to have a guy that always goes out of his way to show me I’m loved and special.
3.  I love tulips.  I woke up to these beauties yesterday.
4.  When asked where I would like to go for dinner, I said that all I wanted was cheesecake.  So, fittingly, we dined last night at the Cheesecake Factory.  We were seated in the corner of the restaurant that had this beautiful light above.
5.  Us.  ♥
6.  Anyone that has known me for a long time is aware that during my teenage years, I loved the Backstreet Boys.  Nay…I was obsessed with them.  I have grown up and changed a lot since then, but they will always hold a special place in my heart.  And with the recent announcement of the NKOTB BSB tour, they are back!  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to go to the concert but I never got around to buying the tickets. My Valentine’s day gift from Matt?  Two tickets!  That’s where we’ll be July 2nd.  Just look for the girl singing at the top of her lungs and dancin’ like a fool.
7.  I even got a Valentine from Chloe this year.  Best doggie ever!
8.  “Being married to you means so much”  It really does.  I am so proud to be your wife. I love you Matt.
9.  Cheesecake.  Glorious cheesecake!

Happy Tuesday!

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April 13, 2011 - 6:35 pm

Shauna Gutierrez - This is adorable. It’s official, I like you Ms Kimberly Chan!

Lovable, Curious and Opinionated. Chloe.

We get asked it all the time.  In fact, the questions started very shortly after we got married.  “Soooo, when are you guys going to have children?” While I try and drum up the appropriate response in my head, Matt often chimes in with “We already have a kid.  And her name is Chloe.”

Chloe.  Our squirrel-hating, tail-chasing, ball-catching baby.  Our pup.  She was the first living thing that Matt and I were responsible for together and yes, we treat her like our child.  As all my fellow dog lovers out there can attest to, dogs have a way of warming your hearts and and quickly becoming a four legged family member.  And ours?  Has a personality all her own.

She’s opinionated.  And when I say opinionated, I really mean stubborn.  We’ve trained her well but when she doesn’t want to do something, she won’t.  She has a normal route for her walks and if you turn the wrong corner, she stops.  She won’t move or budge an inch until you go the “right” way.  And if she’s not in the mood to pose for pictures, she won’t.

She’ll walk away or refuse to look at the camera.   Or pretend to be sleeping.

(Both of the above pictures are outtakes from our Christmas blog.)

She’s curious.  About everything.  Though often tentative and shy at first, curiousity always wins out.  This often involves sticking her head in grocery bags, christmas gifts or the usual “sniff down” Matt or I get after arriving back home, just so she can get a whiff of where we have been.  She spends hours each day looking out of different windows because she just has to know what is going on outside at all times.

She’s just so gosh-darn lovable.  I have never met a dog who loves people more than she does.  Anyone who’s been to our house before knows how unbelievably excited she gets when you arrive, whether she’s met you before or not.  She adores her stuffed animals and treats them like her babies.  She never destroys them like most dogs will.  She plays with them all the time and snuggles with them to sleep.  And like any little kid, she often leaves them all over the house.

We do eventually want (human) children.  Someday.  It is the next logical step but one we will be waiting on a little while longer.  In the meantime, we’re enjoying our family of 3.  We’ve learned a lot since Chloe came into our lives two years ago.  It seems funny to say, but Chloe has taught us a great deal.  She reminds us of what is really important.  Things like how essential it is to spend time with those you love.  To remember the small things in life.  Patience.  The importance of loyalty.  To not take yourself too seriously.  Forgiveness.  To always enjoy life.  Unconditional love.  And determination.

She’s a whole lot of cuteness wrapped in one pup.  Because with a face that adorable, how can you not be in love?

Happy Friday!

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Fiona + Ryan: Sir Francis Drake Wedding In San Francisco

They were born thousands of miles apart.  Raised in two very different cultures.  Despite the distance, their paths eventually crossed one day in San Francisco.  A day that changed their lives forever.  Some may call it fate, while others call it destiny.  You can call it whatever you like, but within 5 minutes of meeting Ryan and Fiona, you just know that they are meant to be together.  Forever.

Their wedding was held last Friday at the gorgeous Sir Francis Drake hotel in San Francisco. From start to finish, it was a beautiful wedding filled with special moments.  The kind that warm your heart.  Those closest to Ryan and Fiona couldn’t have been more sweet and welcoming.

Ryan and Fiona, you guys are perfection.  It was such a pleasure to be a part of your special day.  You are such a wonderful couple and I am excited to see how God will bless you and your future together.  Wishing you all the best (and then some).  Have an amazing honeymoon in Hawaii filled with fun, great weather and lots of relaxing.  ♥

A little bridal bling bling.

Fiona, you are gorgeous!

A few portraits of Ryan as he waits to see Fiona for the first time.

They were both so excited to see each other.  It was such a special moment.

Since Ryan and Fiona decided to see each other before the ceremony, we had plenty of time to walk around San Francisco for their portraits.

Many thanks to Nona Tai from Floral Design Studio for such beautiful flowers.

One of my favorites of the day.  Love.

A few more portraits after the ceremony in the lovely Sir Francis Drake lobby.

Their first dance.  Full of smiles and radiating love.

So many beautiful, heartfelt toasts.

A final cheers!  Congratulations Fiona and Ryan!

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March 2, 2011 - 10:24 am

Robin - Kim, these are great! How can I get a link or some of the digital photos (especially of the ballroom!)? Ryan and Fiona were so much fun, weren’t they!

February 5, 2011 - 9:04 am

Dominique - What a matching couple! Kim, great job! Beautiful pictures!

February 4, 2011 - 4:55 pm

Melissa - SO GORGEOUS!!!!! WOW great job! They are amazing Kim!!!

Sweetly Broken

I felt challenged.  Urged.  Pushed by God to do this.  To start my year off with Jesus as my focus.  So much of my life is centered around me.  My own little world.  My focus has been on other areas of my life instead of where it should be, centered on God.

A little over two weeks ago, our pastor at church encouraged us to be part of Awakening.  21 days of fasting, prayer and personal devotion.  17 days have passed.  17 days that have been inspiring.  And difficult.  Beautiful.  Testing.  Amazing.  A mix of feelings all rolled into one.

And it is changing me.  Changing me from the person I once was into the person I want to be.  The person God wants me to be.   Watching the process unfold and seeing how God is working in my life and in the lives of the people around me is something I don’t think I can put into words.  I’ll just say that for the first time, in a long time, my heart is full.  I’ve cast aside my doubts, worries and troubles and put all my trust in God.  For me, relinquishing control is one of the hardest things to do.  These 17 days have reminded me that I am not in command.  God is.  When he closes a door, there’s a reason.  When he opens one, there is a reason.  My doubt is not trusting in him.  I don’t ever want to say no to what God is leading me to do.

I’m posting this blog because I want to remember.  Remember exactly how I am feeling today.  I’m at a point in my life where I don’t just want to live.  I want to live with a purpose.  Live a life that is Sweetly Broken.

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January 26, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Diane Angel - This sounds so amazingly wonderful! So excited to hear about your walk with God and all that you have been experiencing!

January 26, 2011 - 10:38 am

Matt - Amen!

Unwinding In Napa

He surprised me.  He told me when but not where.  “After Christmas, just us.  We need a few days to get away and just relax,” he said.  Never one to keep a secret, Matt wanted me to guess where.  He wore his poker face as I listed off places.  “You’ll just have to wait and see,” he said with a smile.

It’s our new Christmas tradition.  Instead of buying each other gifts that we probably don’t really need, we go somewhere.  Just the two of us.  Our schedules throughout the year are busy and often times don’t align.  I never get to see him as much as I would like to.  Spending time together is what matters most to me and I’m never one to turn down a trip.  So needless to say, I was excited for whatever he had planned.

It was a trip to Napa.  And I was thrilled.  I love Napa Valley and even though it isn’t too far away, we rarely make it up North to visit.  A few days away from it all was just what we needed.  Besides wine tasting and plenty of good food, I took a lot of pictures.  The Napa area has always had a special place in my heart photographically.  Years ago when we were in college, we came up to Napa for one of my photography classes to shoot.  It was one of those days I will never forget as I began my journey with photography.  My favorite subject matter in college was shooting anything abstract or graphically strong.  Hard lines.  Looking for subject matter in unlikely places.  Although the subject matter of my photography has dramatically changed, it was in these years of college and my love of the abstract that really helped me develop my own style.  My vision, my eye.  My perception through the lens of my camera has changed a lot over the years and my aesthetic continues to grow.  It reminded me of where I had been, showed me where I am now and helped me continue to dream of where I want to be in the future.

It was such a great trip; a chance to clear my head, relax and get ready for the year ahead!  Below are some of my favorites.

First stop…checking into the Avia Hotel in Napa.  This place was amazing.  The rooms were modern and chic with so many great details.

Every breakfast was spent at Bouchon.  I talked about this place in an earlier blog post found here.  Simply divine.

One of our favorite spots in wine country.  Castello di Amorosa. There’s castle in Napa?  Totally.  A little cheesy perhaps, but it really is beautiful.  And fun fact for all you fellow Bachelor fans out there.  As you may know, a few seasons ago, Jake and two girls came to this winery on one of the episodes.  According to the show, they spent the night here on the episode where they made Vienna look totally crazy.  But while we were here, we overheard one of the tour guides saying that they in fact never stayed overnight.  The whole thing was made up for TV.  So much for reality.  Too bad I’m still totally hooked on that show.  It seems to suck me in every.single.time.

This is after setting the self timer and running up a ramp like a crazy person to make it in the shot in time.  I just can’t seem to get over the fear of handing my precious camera to some stranger.  Instead, every picture of the two of us is either self-timed or with my point-and-shoot (which I will happily hand to someone else to take a picture of us).

One of my favorites from the trip.

I have a crazy obsession with doors.  All types of doors.  I have hundreds of pictures of all different kinds.  I especially like the door on the left side.  It was actually a door within a door which makes it doubly cool.

And two more snapshots of us.  Thanks to my hubs for a fantastic trip!

Happy Monday!

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