Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

...From the Kims
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Me & Hubs

So lately I've been trying to take more photos of me and Hubs so that we can start to fill our empty frames. He is very impatient with my trial and error techniques, but I think we got a few funny ones.

And how could I end without posting a picture of our baby. These moments of her sleeping are few and far between because usually she is up and about tearing something apart. oh Zoe!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Self Portraits...again!

This is what one does when they have nothing to do at home. They photograph themselves because their trusty sidekick dog won't sit still long enough to be photographed. Instead, the sidekick dog decides to jump on its owner while she's busy trying to take some self portraits.
The reason I decided to do this is because a while ago when I was taking a photography class, we had to do a self portrait series. I didn't know much about my camera at the time so I wasn't too thrilled with the results. Now that I know a little more about how to use my camera and have a MUCH better lens and camera, I decided to redo this project. Yes I'm a little bit of a narcissist. Can't you tell?

I guess I should've polished my dresser before I took this. That scratch on the bottom drawer has Zoe's name written all over it. She's in trouble now!

Testing out some free textures I found online. Cool stuff! Gotta love the web!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Now You See It...Now You Don't!

I was in a nostalgic mood and started looking through our honeymoon photos. There was always this one photo that I kept telling myself how much I loved IF it weren't for that stranger standing in the background. Well now that I'm ALOT more Photoshop savvy, I decided to fix it and just *poof* erase him.

Now you see him...

And now you don't! Oh, and I also decided to make it sepia.

Zoe Modeling My New Chair

I took these when I first got my new accent chairs. I thought I could get Zoe to model on them for me. haha Dave would not be pleased to see that I let our dog on furniture. I can't help it though, she's so cute! She deserves to be sitting on furniture and not on the cold, dirty floor.

For those of you who watch "America's Next Top Model", I believe Zoe is "smising" as in the words of Tyra Banks. haha
This is her inquisitive look.

And this must be her shy and innocent pose.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Nothing says Christmas like snow in Central Park. I know it's only been 3 months since I left NY, but I forgot what winter feels like. So I went through my photo archives and found one of my favorite shots of Central Park. I can't believe I'll be there in a couple of weeks. Better pull out the winter gear. Yikes!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Meet The Spies...

...pronounced "Speez". Being a military family themselves, they are one of our closest friends here in Oceanside, CA. As a matter of fact, we wouldn't be living in the house we are now if it weren't for Dawn's resourcefulness. And that's only one of the many things she and Dan have helped us with as we transition into our new life in California. Their son Isaiah is a total hoot and Zoe has developed a liking to him. Almost a little too much than he'd prefer.

So one rainy Sat. morning, over Thanksgiving weekend, Hubs and I managed to take a long hike (half a block to be exact) to their house and take family portraits of them. I had such big visions of an outdoor session, but b/c of the rain and my 30 min. time limit, we decided the fireplace would be the best backdrop. Here's a tidbit of what I caught.

Monday, November 30, 2009


This was my first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner. After 33 years of hating to cook, I was finally able to reach deep into my culinary instincts and whip up a meal that could've fed 10 people. Too bad my dinner was only for 4 people. haha Now it looks like the hubs and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving up until Christmas. So much for going on a diet after Thanksgiving.
So here's what was on the menu:
12lb Turkey, Baked Ziti, extra Stuffing, String Beans with Shallot, Corn on the Cob, Zucchini with Parmesan, Mashed Potatoes, Mac N Cheese (this is different from the one I used to cook), Salad, and Dinner Rolls. Gotta love the candle holders from Home Goods!!

Hubs insisted that I photograph him cutting the Turkey. This was also a first for him and ridiculous Hubs spent half an hour researching online on how to cut a Turkey. I said, 'what could be so hard about cutting a Turkey? Just take the knife and slice!' haha You did good Hubs!!

I figured I might as well show you my finally finished Living Room. But actually, I did change the floor lamp shade to something else and then plan on spray painting the base white. So..hmm...maybe I should've waited till I did all that. Especially since I have yet to fill all the empty frames. Gotta take more photos I guess!!

I am so proud of my bargain hunting skills!! I found the two side chairs on craigslist for only $275...FOR BOTH! What a steal!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Zoe - a growing pup

My newest obsession to photograph is none other than our puppy, Zoe. She's the cutest and funniest looking dog both at the same time. Her ears are so big, sometimes when the wind blows really hard, she looks like she's going to flap away. But she has been nothing but a bundle of joy for us. I'm so glad we have her. Especially since she's the only one who doesn't mind constantly being photographed. Actually...I take that back...she does mind sometimes. haha

Friday, November 13, 2009

Diane + Danny

Before I left NJ to live with my husband down in Mississippi, I had this lovely couple allow me to test my photography skills on them. They are such happy people, and they are very good at being naturally and beautifully happy with each other. Thanks guys for being the "model couple"!!