Sound Advice

January 16, 2012

I’m usually the advice giver, that’s the way it’s always been. But sometimes we’re handed advice we don’t, didn’t ask for, or didn’t expect. Today I got my advice from my chocolate. I think I’ll listen to the chocolate.

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Thailand and Back

December 21, 2011

It’s been ages.  The last blog was from June, and since then we’ve been to Thailand and we’re back.  Our trip to Thailand was an amazing experience.  Chris and I went with a group of people from school and took the opportunity to celebrate our 6 year anniversary there.  We were there for 2 weeks, we could have used another 2 weeks there.  The sights were amazing, yet we didn’t get to see them all.  We promised ourselves that we would do it all the next time we took a trip to Thailand, and I’m determined, there will be a next time. 

Here’s a sneak peek of some of our photos from our trip.

 






Next up: More pictures from Thailand and a Cambodian Wedding we shot last month.

Kimberlianne Photography

June 27, 2011

We have been on a hiatus, if you couldn’t tell, and in this time Kimberlianne Photography emerged.  Kimberlianne Photography is the softer side of Night Spot.  Night Spot Photography was initially created to capture night life and stars of night life.  We have long since moved in a different direction, dedicated to integrating life’s moments into photographs.

With Kimberlianne Photography we continue to dedicate our work to the integration of life and photographs.  Kimberlianne Photography strives to capture ordinary individuals and show how extraordinary and special everyone is.

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Things to Come

February 15, 2011

 

Sorry friends for the lack of updates, but there are things to come.  I am working on a side project, that I hope I can reveal soon.

Til then its school and more school.

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Hanging out with Anakin

November 23, 2010

I asked him what he liked, and he said “Pennsylvania” and when I asked him why he liked Pennsylvania he said, “Because theres aminals,” and that about made my day.  Anakin is one of the brightest 4 year olds I have ever met.  He’s inquisitive, thoughtful, self-reliant, and patriotic.  He kept me on my toes leading me from one slide to another.  Anakin is very expressive, determined, and he has a vast vocabulary.

He had a little cold that day.

He told me this was his sad face.

Anakin’s a sliding machine.

Anakin had the best facial expressions.

“Daddy can you kiss it?”

Chrs (Anakin’s dad) and I went to high school together and we even went on a trip to Europe with some other people in our grade in 2000.  My favorite memory of that trip was when Chris and I made wishes at the Trivi Fountain.  We decided on the count of three to throw our coins behind our backs into the fountain.  1…2…3, we threw our coins in and apparently we weren’t the only ones that were counting because as we threw our coins, Chris got hit in the eye with somebody’s coin.  One of my favorite stories to tell, I had to add it in this blog.

Keith + Stacy

November 21, 2010

It was a case of mistaken identity.  She thought he was someone else and to her surprise he was not who she thought he was, but he turned out to be what she was looking for.

I’ve known Stacy since I was in elementary school.  She has always been a big sister to me and I was beyond thrilled when I found out that she had met someone who made her so happy.  It is so heartwarming to see how Stacy and her son Nathan have extended their family to include Keith and his son Jeron.

When Stacy asked us to photograph their wonderful family, I felt honored that she asked us to share this time with her happy family.

Here’s the slideshow!

Loving Ruckus

October 17, 2010

We had our moments when we didn’t get along.  He was a jealous creature and the fact that we had to share my mom’s love didn’t go well with him.  We’d argue and often had a battle of wills, but at the end of the day he would give me big sloppy kisses and all would be good.  As he got older and we spent more time together, I realized how valuable it was to have a friend who would never let you down, stay with you while you cried, give you unconditional love, and protect you through your scariest moments.

He has protected us in ways I never could imagine and now he’s gone.

At first I was pretty disappointed that I spent most of my birthday picking up after Ruckus every single time he got sick, but as I look at it, it was my last birthday with him, and I spent it taking care of the guy that’s taken care of all of us.  We spent our last week with Ruckus giving him tons of pills, injections, and IVs.  Ruckus and I didn’t get much sleep with his labored breathing and hacking and coughing.  I woke up every time I heard him hack, so I could relax him and rub him and hope that he would get some rest.  I spent a lot of time talking to my dog telling him things you don’t usually tell your dog, and he listened and stared at me with his big beautiful eyes like he understood how much I loved him.

I never could understand how hard it would be to make the decision to let one of your most beloved best friends go.  To some it may seem silly to cry over a dog, but of course to me he was always more than that.  He meant something different to everyone in the family.  He was my dad’s close companion after his heart attack.  He was my mom’s closest thing to a grandchild.  He was my brother’s best friend.  He was Chris’ friend and protector.  He was such a special guy and I hated watching him suffer.  We had been through a lot throughout his life.  We survived his hip injury as a puppy, his broken toe and subsequent toe removal, his seizures and prostate issues, and as recently as a month ago his bloat and surgery.  He had always pulled through, but this time was different, there was no pulling through this one.

On our last full day together we did some of his favorite things.  We went for a walk and then spent some quality time with Lindy.  We all spent some time with him and gave him extra love.  I’ll always love my special guy and he cannot be replaced.  We’re still adjusting to not having him around, still stepping around him, expecting him to meet us at the door, and waiting for him to join us in the bedroom.

Puppy, we miss you, love you, and we’re waiting for you to come home.

Our last full day together.

His last Lindy date.

My gorgeous guy about 2 years ago.

Here’s our Ruckus SLIDESHOW
Music: Count on Me by Bruno Mars

We also want to thank the wonderful staff at VCA Lakewood for always taking care of Ruckus when he came in and really showing how much you care.  We especially want to thank Dr. Balsam and Dr. Smith for doing a wonderful job with Ruckus.  After his last surgery Dr. Smith made sure to call us every other week or so to see how Ruckus was doing.  He was there with us until the end and it means so much to us all that he did for him.

Goodbye 25

October 1, 2010

This is officially my last hour of being 25.  Goodbye early twenties, hello late twenties.  When I was younger, on the day before my birthday I would write about everything that happened to me in a year of my life.

At 25, I started a new school full of a lot of changes, it’s been a difficult transition, but I’m almost used to it.  Did I still want to be in school at this age? No, but I’m okay with where I am because I know it’s going to lead me to bigger and better things.

I decided to make some bold career moves, and I’m still trying to make bold moves.  I was thrilled to hear Jasmine Star speak at Cypress College, which motivated me much more to do what I’m doing.  Chris and I also had the pleasure of attending the ShowIT Freedom Tour and being in the presence of some very talented people.

I lost my grandfather earlier this year, and it was one of the toughest times  in my life.  I still see him in my dreams, at the store, and I still look for him at parties.  Life still feels weird without him.

I made and lost some friends this year.  It’s opened my eyes to some things about human nature, and I learned a lot about others and I learned about myself.  It”s been painful, especially the last few months, but I’ve learned that I’m a stronger, more mature, and more level headed person than I used to be.

I celebrated 5 years of friendship and love with Chris and I am so glad that he’s still a part of my life.  He still makes me laugh and smile like no one else.

I spent my last 25 year old day getting a hair cut, getting my eyebrows threaded, shopping, and getting a massage.

So goodbye 25, hello 26.

My new birthday haircut.

Danny and Laura’s 10th Anniversary

October 1, 2010

10 years ago, I was a junior in high school and I still had never fallen in love.

10 years ago, Chris was fresh out of high school and also had never fallen in love.

10 years ago, Danny and Laura were freshman in high school, lab partners, and starting their love story.

I was honored to be able to photograph this session with Danny and Laura to celebrate 10 years of their love story.  They compliment each other so well like peanut butter and jelly.  She’s the sweet jelly and he’s the nutty  peanut butter.   Yes, I just made that reference, but it’s so true.  My heart melted every time I caught Danny looking at Laura like she was the most amazing person in the world (which she is, by the way).  Laura’s laughter through out our session was a testament at how much Danny makes her happy.  Trying to get Laura not to smile when she’s around Danny is impossible, but that’s okay because she’s got a beautiful smile.

So Laura and Danny here’s to 10 wonderful years, and many more!

We had some under the pier fun!

I just love the way they look at each other.

So Amazing

Did you know Danny was an undercover model?

Here’s the slideshow!
Music: Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

I’m not going to lie, watching the slideshow made me a little emotional.

P.S.  Sorry Danny and Laura, I couldn’t bear to put your slideshow together with Push It by Salt N Peppa, just didn’t do you guys justice, but I still think it’s a great choice.

Sneak Peek: Laura + Danny

September 18, 2010

We had such an amazing time shooting a portrait session for my friend Laura and her boyfriend Danny.  We had a ton of fun in Newport Beach and I couldn’t wait to share a few of the images.  I’ll blog the session real soon!