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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. 


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.

by Kim

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Heather - Love this post. So much light and love in your life despite how hard it's been. These images are so great. As usual. I'm happy you have so many of your dad.November 22, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Daniel D - Just saw this. Great tribute.December 10, 2015 - 12:01 pm

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