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    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.

Fear

It had been 6 years.  6 wonderful years together and to celebrate our anniversary, we went back to the place we had called home for 2 years, Hawaii.  On the first night of our vacation, he proposed.  I shrieked, jumped around and did a happy dance.  I screamed “YES” and ran into his arms and kissed him.  Kissed him for the very first time as his fiancée.

Even though this trip to Hawaii was about 4 years ago, it changed my life in more ways than one.  Not only was it the trip where we got engaged but it was a trip where I stared fear directly in the face.  You see, shortly after Matt proposed, we decided to celebrate by going skydiving.  It was something we always wanted to do but never did.  We thought what better place than Hawaii and what better time than now.  We booked it and one morning, bright and early, a van came to pick us up and shuttle us to North Shore Oahu.  From the moment I woke up that morning, I was scared to death.  When we arrived, my fear overcame me.  I was chickening out.  I couldn’t do this.  No matter how much I wanted to, I couldn’t.  I came up with millions of reasons why I shouldn’t do this.  I told Matt that I was scared beyond belief and that I didn’t see how I was going to actually skydive.  I agreed to finally go along with it but only if I could back out at any point.  As I was getting harnessed in, my legs felt like jello, my stomach was in knots and I thought I might pass out.  I have never, in my whole life, been that scared.  Completely petrified.  Still to this day, I don’t know how I got on that plane.  I remember sitting there with my tandem guide as we took off and thinking how embarrassing it would be when the plane would land and I would still be on it because I was too afraid to jump.  Lucky for me, my tandem guide wasn’t going to give me that option.  We were in the front of the plane so we had to jump first.  Yes, I said first.  Before I knew it, I was at the door and being told directions on how to fall.  And then, he said the words I was dreading.  “Are you ready?” I knew there was no going back.  I could do this.  I had to do this.  I took a deep breath and said yes.  I closed my eyes and jumped.  Seconds later, I opened them.  It was incredible.  It was a cloudy and overcast day in Oahu but all I saw was bright sun.  We were above the clouds.  We were falling so fast that it felt like we were flying.  There are no words to describe how amazing it was.  I couldn’t stop smiling the whole way down.  Once we landed, tears of joy were rolling down my cheeks.  I did it.  I had faced my fear and survived.

I remind myself of this moment often.  Because many times, I let fear run my life.  If something scares me, I talk myself out of doing it.  For the past year or so, I’ve made the decision to stop fear all together.  Sure, it’s still there but it’s not in control.  If my first reaction to something is being afraid, then I know it’s something I need to do.  To take myself out of my comfort zone so I can grow.  I try and use fear now to push me farther instead of holding me back.  It’s easier said than done because fear is powerful.  But I stared it in the face that day when we skydived.  And I conquered it.  I would have missed out on such an amazing experience if I let it win.  But it didn’t.  Here’s to many more moments in life where fear isn’t victorious.

Onto a few pictures from our day of skydiving.  As you can see, I couldn’t even look out the window.  Matt, on the other hand, was excited!  And then, it was go time. Head first towards the clouds.

*note:  All pictures were taken bySkydive Hawaii.  If you are ever in Oahu and want to skydive, check them out!

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“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
– Les Brown

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March 3, 2011 - 3:27 pm

Adrienne - Great post Kim! Love the pics. Oh man…maybe I’ll muster up the courage to go skydiving one of these days…

March 2, 2011 - 5:53 pm

Rebecca Kurber - You are far braver than I! Wow!

WPPI 2011 in Vegas. The Wrap Up.

As I write this, it’s Wednesday and I am currently sitting in the Las Vegas airport.  I try and get cozy on the black vinyl chair near a window.  Night has fallen and I peer out at the lit up Vegas strip through the glass.  I’ve got my iPad perched on my lap as I try to perfect my two finger typing.  I’m exhausted.  Completely exhausted.  But in a good way.  In a happy and inspired way.

These past 5 days, Matt and I have been here for WPPI.  It has been 5 very busy days of learning and trying to soak in as much knowledge, experience and networking as possible.  The whole thing was overwhelming but I learned a lot.  Met some of my favorite photographers.  Made new friends.  Sang Elvis songs and ingested too much caffeine.

Favorite parts:

– PhotogUnite.  Perhaps my favorite thing of the entire trip.  Christian photographers coming together in the middle of sin city to give glory to God.  The amazing Brian Wurzell led the worship music and Albert Tate gave a beautifully moving and powerful sermon.  Loved every minute of it and met some wonderful people.

– Platform classes.  Some were awesome.  My favorites:  Jose Villa, Jasmine Star and Mike Larson.  Each gave me a fresh view on different areas within my business.


– Meeting photographers that I admire.  It pays to keep your eyes peeled while walking around.  I ran into and chatted with so many photogs that I look up to.  All of which were incredibly nice and gracious. And of course, having lunch with Jamie Delaine.  She’s a total sweetheart and it was lovely to meet her.  Getting advice and guidance from someone as talented as she is was invaluable.

– Dinner at Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris hotel.  Best French Onion soup.  Ever.

– The lights. Bright and bold.  Nothing says Vegas like the neon lights of the Strip.

– Exploring the new CityCenter.  Lots of pretty details and such lovely architecture.

– Feeling inspired.  It would be hard not to be.  I walked away from it all incredibly excited for what is to come.  What God has in store for my life.  I love what I do.  I am passionate about what I do.  It is so important to bring those two qualities into every aspect of our lives.  Welcoming it and embracing it.

– Having Matt there with me.  I’ll be real and admit that this being my first time, I was intimidated and nervous.  It was wonderful to have his support and his willingness to take separate classes and notes when I wanted to be in two different places at once.  What a guy!  I love this pic too.  We’re stylin’.

I’ve got big plans.  Even bigger dreams.  Beginning to make those dreams a reality, one day at a time.

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February 27, 2011 - 12:02 am

Kim - Thanks gals!
@ Veronica – Yes! Let’s schedule the date soon! Can’t wait :)
@ Jessica – CityCenter is amazing! We went there briefly back in July but this time Cosmopolitan was open and it’s beautiful! That’s where the purple bead pic was taken.
@Adrienne – Thanks girl! It is the best when no matter where we are, we take time to worship Jesus. Looking forward to seeing you Thursday!

February 25, 2011 - 11:00 pm

Adrienne - PhotogUnite sounds amazing! It’s always awesome when believers come to worship together no matter where we’re at :). Thanks for sharing your vegas photos. I’m glad you two had a wonderful time and I look forward to following you on your journey from big dreams to blessed reality!

February 25, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Jessica - I agree with Veronica; I especially love the purple beads picture :) Purple’s my fave! Isn’t CityCenter wonderful! I just recently shopped there and it was such a pleasure! Can’t wait to see more of your work!

February 25, 2011 - 3:06 pm

Veronica - I love these pictures, Kim. Especially the pink crystals! (Well, and the staches. Hehe). I still need to tell you when we can do engagement photos — soon, I promise!

Leaving On A Jet Plane

The last time I was in Vegas was back in July with some of my besties.  It was a reunion trip of sorts full of fun in the sun and catching up.  I even won $20!  Not by gambling.  No, I never win at gambling.  I just happened to be walking by a slot machine that had a crisp $20 hanging half out of the ‘insert money’ slot.  Gotta hand it to keen eyesight.  I may not be good at playing cards but I can spot a $20 dollar bill from a mile away.  That’s just how I roll.

We’re leaving soon for Vegas once again.  But this time for a totally different purpose.  After months of anticipation, the annual WPPI conference is here!  For all of those of you who aren’t familiar with WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International), they host an annual conference in Las Vegas with tons of great speakers, a trade show and other fun events.  I am so excited for all that we’ve got planned!  My bags are packed, schedules are printed and my camera is charged.  I’m ready for you Vegas!

I will be checking emails while I’m gone but apologize in advance if I’m a little slower responding.  In the meantime, hope you all have a wonderful President’s day weekend!  xoxo

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February 18, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Adrienne - Have fun & be safe Kim! Great blog too =D

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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