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Hi there!

Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the web. My name is Kim and I am hobbyist photographer in Austin, Texas. Yee-Haw!

I share my home with my husband, three crazy kids and one rescue dog. 

My photography mainly invloves my family, our friends and our life. I also have a passion for photographing animals. I volunteer my time photographing some of the dogs at my local county shelter--I love telling their story and showcasing their personalities to help them find their forever family. 


Kenzi

My friend recently rescued a new puppy. Her name is Kenzi. Isn’t she the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen?! I AM NOT a small dog person and I even managed a little squeal when I saw her.

I am also not one to “dress up” an animal. But due to her cuteness, I let it slide this time.

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Harley in Hutto

At the beginning of the year, I started following One Eleven East on Instagram. One Eleven is a new event and studio space in historic downtown Hutto. I was in love the moment I saw its windows, its white walls, its wood floors and its historic yet modern feel. I felt inspired and it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way. I just knew a shelter pup would be so fun to take pictures of there. Knowing a shelter dog certainly isn’t their target demographic, I contacted Erika, the owner, anyway, and explained the work I do for the shelter and asked if she would let us bring a dog there for a shoot. To my delight, she said yes! I was so excited. My partner in crime, April, always chooses the dogs we work with. Harley was the perfect choice.

Harley was a perfect gentleman and as you can see, so handsome. He is another hidden gem available for adoption at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. To learn more about him here.

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Each month, One Eleven hosts a social event. The next event is Derby themed and they are generously donating a portion of ticket sales to the shelter. How awesome is that?! The link will tell you how to purchase tickets.

 

Gratitude

It’s hard to believe another holiday season is upon us. I’m going to be honest, I won’t be sad to say goodbye to 2015. I need a new year. It’s been a hard, hard year. Most of you know, I lost my dad on August 1st. The grief really is unbelievable. I think about him everyday and miss him so much, at times, I can hardly breathe. It’s hard to even know what grief like this looks like unless you’ve experienced it. It’s like I’ve joined some club that I didn’t really want to be a part of so early in my life. I sort of feel like I’ve been walking around in a fog for the last 6 months.

We aren’t the only family who has experienced intense grief this year. I have friends who have also lost a parent or a loved one. I think we are all ready for a new year.

Despite all the sadness and grief, I have been digging deep to find gratitude. This is the season of gratitude after all.

This year, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to photograph over 30 dogs that were or are looking for a home. Giving back–in whatever way that is–is so good for the soul. My time there has given me more this year than these furry friends will ever know.

Some of my friends from this year.

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I am grateful for the opportunity to shoot stories for Georgetown View Magazine. I sometimes feel the world has become so self-centered and people only do things when it benefits them or wonder what is in it for them. The stories the magazine publishes highlight such wonderful organizations, people and events that do such marvelous things in our community. It’s so nice to know that there are people left in this world that do things out of the goodness of their heart, for the betterment of the community and the people who live in it. It really is up lifting. I always leave my shoots and shed a few tears thinking about it.

Some of the various things I’ve shot for the magazine this year.

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I am also grateful for these three people who call me mom. I am so impressed by their resilience and sweet hearts. I love to hear about all the things they remember about their PePa. The most recent was– PePa sure did like protein! They have soldiered on this school year despite sadness and grief that I know is extremely difficult to process.

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I am grateful for all of these people. I think our collective strength together is what is getting us through. And I’m grateful to all of the people who have helped us along the way with meal offers, help with the kids, dog, offered words of support, cards, etc. It really has meant so much.

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And, finally, I am especially thankful for all of these.

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This one in particular is one of the last images I took of him. His eyes are closed and it appears he is inhaling as if to preserve the smell of Enzo in his memory.

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Finally, I am grateful for how much my dad loved Christmas. It will be a sad time without him this holiday but I am going to do a few things to honor him. He LOVED luminaries. He would line our driveway with them on Christmas Eve. So this year, I will do that and know that light is him shining bright.

Turning 5!

She has turned 5! I don’t think I realized how much she’s matured this summer because I was so busy. I looked at her this week while she was swinging all on her own and realized the preschooler in her is nearly gone. Replaced by a little girl. This week she started her very last year of preschool. Hard to believe at the end of this school year, I will be done with the drive I’ve been doing three days a week for 8 years.

Happiest of years to you sweet girl!

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Yogi

Have you met Yogi? If not, let me introduce you to Yogi, or as Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter calls him, their resident grumpy dog.

When you meet Yogi, he acts like he really doesn’t want to meet you, but he really does. On the inside, Yogi just wants to be your lap dog and given love and give love back. He really would prefer a home with adults only, but let’s be honest, at times, who doesn’t?! LOL.

I’m sharing him here because it’s the first small dog I’ve photographed at the shelter and he made me giggle. He sure does look pretty in pink, don’t ya think?!

Come by and meet Yogi. Don’t let his attitude fool you. Bring treats and you will win him over.

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South Congress

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to meet up with other photographers for a photo walk on South Congress. The weather was perfect and spending time with old and new photo friends is always fun.

Can’t wait till next time.

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Around the field

For those of you that may have been wondering why I haven’t shared much so far this year, I am here to tell you that baseball keeps you busy. The boys have just finished the spring season of baseball. We’ve never played baseball before and until you have experienced youth baseball in 2015, I’m not sure you can understand how it can take over your life without even realizing it.

I am not a baseball person. I don’t think that anyone could ever convince me to be one. I do, however, enjoy the occasional baseball game at a ballpark and I do really enjoy watching my kids do something totally new to them, learn, make new friends, catch up with old friends and stretch their minds and muscles.

It just takes SO MUCH TIME. I feel like it’s all we’ve done since January.

I am also not a sports photographer and don’t have the equipment to properly catch “the action” on the field. To document the season, I mostly chased light and focused on moments in and around the ballpark.

So I share with you. Around the ballpark.

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If you have made it this far, you are some kind of awesome. That is quite the recap. But there you have it. Basically my life since January.

Now, onto SUMMER!

Jex, Riku and Ranger

Some of my newest fur friends at the shelter

Meet Jex. Sweet, sweet girl who we took to Southwestern University for a field trip. She was tons of fun.

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Meet Riku. Such a silly boy who LOVES the water.  He jumped in the kiddie pool the second his lead was off and was wet and dirty for our entire session.

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Finally, Ranger–not MY Ranger, but still a special boy with a sweet heart. Must be something in the name.

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The best part of this post is that all three of these dogs are either now in a forever home or foster. Always the best part of taking their pictures is hearing when they’ve finally left the shelter.

Reggie

Had the opportunity to meet another sweetie available for adoption at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. His name is Reggie. He is nine and way past puppy stage. He was so calm and attentive when we were out and about. As a candidate for his Canine Good Citizen certificate–he has been working hard at all his manners-down, stay, sit, etc. He’s doing an excellent job. Oh and he also loves hot dogs!

For more information about him, you can see him here on the the Long Time Lovables facebook page. While you are there, you should like the page, if you haven’t already. It’s so great to see what all these dogs are capable of when just given a chance.

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Saying YES!

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not much of a “YES” mom. I tend to always think of what will happen if they do whatever it is they are asking to do–like argue, get hurt, over stimulated, etc. Sometimes, the no is very much justified–like, NO, you may not put your sister in xyz and close the lid. But, other times, I could say YES and see what happens. This was that kind of day.

When we were in Houston with my dad a few weeks ago, on a whim, we drove to Galveston. We had ZERO beach wear and the weather was kind of yucky, but when they asked to play on the beach (and I’ll admit with Dan’s encouragement), I’m glad we said YES. They had so much fun getting wet, dirty and sandy. They had to drive back like that, but they had fun and found joy in being together and enjoying the foggy beach.

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