Kim Koop Photography: Blog https://www.kimkoop.com/blog en-us (C) Kim Koop Photography (Kim Koop Photography) Tue, 26 Jul 2022 04:42:00 GMT Tue, 26 Jul 2022 04:42:00 GMT https://www.kimkoop.com/img/s/v-12/u513792424-o924793168-50.jpg Kim Koop Photography: Blog https://www.kimkoop.com/blog 90 120 Ocana Engagement-Monterey {Summer 2022} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2022/7/ocana-engagement-monterey-summer-2022 Oscar and Grace were so much fun and we had a blast! The Monterey coast was incredible, stormy and the perfect amount of wind. It was an adventure! Besides the raging waves that soaked our shoes (sorry Oscar!), finding Plan B after our first location was unavailable with no cell reception (side note, last minute changes thrill me, no joke!), and the poison ivy infestation along the cliffs,  it all went beautifully!! I couldn't have asked for a better couple or location!! Enjoy! I can't wait for their mountain wedding next month!

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Destination Light Love Monterey Natural Photographer Photography https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2022/7/ocana-engagement-monterey-summer-2022 Tue, 26 Jul 2022 04:41:42 GMT
McClurg Wedding {October 2021} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/10/mcclurg-wedding-october-2021 I'm so happy to post a little snippet of Nate and Michelle's amazing day!!! I have known Michelle for years, so to say it was a gift and honor to be a part of their wedding, is an understatement! They are an amazing couple. I loved every single moment of their wedding. Surrounded by their family and friends it just made the day feel like an amazing, sweet, and fun party!!! Congratulations to the McClurgs!!! 

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/10/mcclurg-wedding-october-2021 Sat, 23 Oct 2021 03:42:04 GMT
Balakian Wedding {October 2021} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/10/balakian-wedding-october-2021 What a truly amazing day!! Curtis and Emily were radiating. What a joy to be a part of their day! My kids are obsessed with them and they are so truly special to us. 

The day went so smooth and the weather was just beautiful! So thankful for the rain the day before that cleared the air and gave us crisp blue skies! All the details were incredible and so thought out. Congratulations to you, Balakians!! You are truly loved. Here's a few sneak peeks!!

  

Venue: "The Park"

Dress: David's Bridal

Florals: LaBotaniqa 

 

 

 

 

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/10/balakian-wedding-october-2021 Wed, 13 Oct 2021 23:25:38 GMT
Duerksen {Micro-Wedding September 2021} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/10/duerksen-micro-wedding-september-2021 What a sweet time with Mark and Christine!! It was so fun to see all of the beautiful details that went into their wedding, and just the over-pouring of love from family and friends!! I don't think I stopped smiling the entire afternoon; so blessed to be a part of their celebration!! 






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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/10/duerksen-micro-wedding-september-2021 Wed, 06 Oct 2021 21:17:44 GMT
Krahn Wedding {September 2021} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/9/krahn-wedding-september-2021 What an amazing day!!! We had the best day capturing Noah and Bailey's wedding. We started off with hanging out with the funnest ladies!! So many laughs and so much love for Bailey from her girls! Then we trotted on over with the "Guys-with-Guns" and witnessed an amazing display of a secret militia on a country road; the looks from the passing cars were priceless! Hoping that earned a good amount of photographer brownie points!

Every hour was filled with laughter (especially toasting hour) and a sense of ease. Noah and Bailey are so sweet and laid back and wanted to make their wedding fun (like playing bingo!) and special for their guests, which they did!! Congratulations to the Krahns!! Here's a glimpse of their wedding day!




 

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/9/krahn-wedding-september-2021 Fri, 10 Sep 2021 15:47:51 GMT
Nate & Michelle {Engagement 2021} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/8/nate-michelle-engagement-2021 What a dreamy session with Nate & Michelle!!! I seriously loved every minute. They were such troopers with the heat and walked 5 miles with me all over Fresno State haha! Our second half was at Lost Lake, and that also didn't disappoint. I love using new locations, they were both gems! 

My favorite part though was watching them together, how very sweet and kind they were towards each other. I cannot wait for their wedding in just over two months!

P.S. Shout out to my awesome hubby (and his dad) who drove to Fresno State and changed my tire during our session, in the 102 degree heat, after I ran over a bolt on a freeway exit, yikes!

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Fresno Love Photography State Wedding https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/8/nate-michelle-engagement-2021 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 22:10:56 GMT
Regier Wedding {Summer 2021} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/7/regier-wedding-summer-2021 As I think back to Vincent and Sadie's wedding, I smile without a hesitation. What an amazing day celebrating two incredible people! After shooting their engagement session and seeing how easy and fun they were together, I knew their wedding day would be no different!

Their day wouldn't be complete without a vintage car, the most amazing wedding dress, a muddy and friendly mascot that followed us around (Mudge, you're the cutest!), and 108 degree weather!  

What I loved most about Vincent and Sadie's wedding was seeing so many different people generously and joyously serve. The entire day felt like a warm hug and a party all at the same time. I'm so incredibly excited for them as they start this journey!


 


 











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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Weddings https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2021/7/regier-wedding-summer-2021 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 06:34:40 GMT
The Warner Wedding https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2020/6/the-warner-wedding What an INCREDIBLE wedding Ellie and Hayden had Saturday! I'm still over the moon excited just thinking about the day! Hayden and Ellie are one of the most genuine and sincere people you will meet. Their love for each other and others were so evident at their beautiful wedding. I am thrilled to watch their journey continue on!

Their wedding day started off at a beautiful Air BnB in Reedley, then the ceremony took place at the amazing Hillcrest Tree Farms! The 100 degrees did not stop us from having a blast. What a sweet, relaxing, and lovely day! Congratulations, Warners!

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Hillcrest Tree Farms

Caterer: Merritt Catering

Dessert: Ampersand, Mainstreet Cafe

Photography: Kim Koop Photography

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Photographer Photography Reedley Weddings https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2020/6/the-warner-wedding Wed, 24 Jun 2020 06:28:56 GMT
Easter Gals https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/4/easter-gals Oh how I love these girls! I have been photographing these sweeties since Ruby was 2 ! Their mom is one of my dearest friends whom I cherish so much! She has been one of my biggest supports throughout my photography journey!

I have so enjoyed watching these girls grow and blossom. And from what you can see in the first pic, they enjoy taking their pictures more now haha! In fact, when its time for a shoot with these girlies they run the show! They know exactly what they want and we just have a great time running around and laughing while we do! Enjoy these beautiful girls in their Easter best!!

 

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(Kim Koop Photography) https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/4/easter-gals Sat, 20 Apr 2019 18:58:38 GMT
The Koop Kids https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/4/my-kiddos It seems a bit ironic I'm posting this sweet session after a rough day with these three! Whew, parenting is no joke some days. Sometimes I feel like I can climb and run up Mt. Everest; I am super woman!!! And then there's day like today where I can pretty much pinpoint exactly what they'll be talking to a therapist about in 20 years. Oops. Anyone with me? 

All to say, I'm thankful for God's grace tonight! In which I am in constant need of. I'm thankful that every morning and throughout the day there are new mercies waiting for me, whenever I need it. I'm thankful my kids so freely and easily forgive me when I say " I'm so sorry _____, Mommy messed up again! Please forgive me". Done and done. I have so many lessons to learn from them!

I will have to say throughout this session I had to keep reminding myself of these blessings and how they are gifts, even when I was trying to get the perfect shot and they are completely goofing! I might have gone a little nuts at times! I mean, this mama just wants one picture! Haha, I feel all you families out there; family photos are no joke! But I pulled out some of the tricks that I use on my client's kiddos and we had a great time. I'm thankful they were up for an adventure in a field at 8am on their spring break! I love seeing each of their personalities (ahem, that middle child!) in these images and have already ordered a large canvas (of the last image, my favorite!) and prints to hang up on my walls. The craziness was worth it to be able to relive these moments in their lives as their sweet faces continue to lace my walls with remembrance of the "good days". 

Now...onto the pantry for some chocolate therapy! Enjoy! 

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(Kim Koop Photography) Families Family Light Love Natural Photographer Photography pictures Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/4/my-kiddos Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:20:02 GMT
Hansen Family https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/4/hansen-family First of all, I just have to say I am SO impressed by this family!! Ryan just published a book, titled End Average, (check him/the book out here: www.endaverage.com), Jenna homeschools their kiddos, and did I mention they have 4 cute kiddos?! And the list goes on! They live with so much intentionality and their joy is contagious!

Now, to say this photoshoot was an adventure, is an understatement! We encountered cows, about 50, which proceeded to follow us wherever we decided to shoot; we always had an audience (watch out for the cow-pies, kids)! Random dogs from properties nearby also joined us and wanted to be in on the fun, which Jax (their oldest) decided to name "Blackout" :) And to top it off, they got into a fender-bender on the way to our session! So, I'm hands down impressed they even showed up with smiles! 

As you can see the scenery was dreamy and the light was just perfect. But the part that made it the best was this beautiful family and their fun kiddos! I had so much fun goofing around with the kiddos and a few of them even wanted a turn taking a picture of the cows. Loved it! 

Enjoy this sneak peek from this sweet session and stay tuned for the rest!

 

 

 

 

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(Kim Koop Photography) central couples light love natural photographer photography reedley sanger valley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/4/hansen-family Wed, 10 Apr 2019 04:02:00 GMT
Albert & Monica {Engagement} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/albert-monica-engagement Hey All! Happy Wednesday! Whew this week has flown by, yet again! I was so excited to share this session and didn't want to keep these two another day waiting to see a little sneak peek from their session!

Albert and Monica were a JOY to work with! They were nominated by a family member for a free engagement session with me, and won! It was amazing getting to know them. Our session was at Reedley College down by the river, which is just screaming with spring right now! Between the light, scenery, and A & B, it was pretty magical! 

I think we laughed at least half of the session and spent most of our time talking about our kids; on the parenting ups and downs and how crazy, yet FUN it is to have our kiddos! These two have been together for 17 years (can I get a clap?!) and I just loved watching how they interacted with each other! So sweet watching their love and deep connection together. I'm so glad I could make it "so easy and fun" (Monica's words) for you two! Enjoy!

 

 

 

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(Kim Koop Photography) Central Valley Couples Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/albert-monica-engagement Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:31:28 GMT
Nanchas {Family 2019} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/nance-family-2019 You guys. I LOVE family sessions. Probably because I have so much fun interacting with and watching people! My dad and I (when I was in Jr. High and High School) used to go to the mall and just people watch. We would grab an iced coffee and just sit on the benches in the mall (after we'd window shopped, of course!) and watch people. It was one of my favorite memories we shared together.

I was so excited when Christy asked me to photograph her family (extended)!  It was her mom's birthday gift, and I just love that. What better birthday gift than memories and images you will have forever?! Each family is so different and unique and wonderful in their own ways; there are no two alike! I really enjoyed spending time with the Nance family. The location was their beautiful country home east of Dinuba; and the skies were PERFECT. Because it was overcast, we were able to capture the beautiful landscape of the orange orchards in the background, as well as the beautiful Sierra Nevadas! And if you live in the Central Valley, you know its a treat when you can actually see the mountains and not just the haze! 

I have a tradition of praying on my way to every shoot. It's important for me to do that because this business means more to me than just a paycheck. I am able to, for a short time, interact with people and bless them in some way with my talent and also what I have to offer from my heart; my story. Sessions are more to me than just a transaction, they are an opportunity for me to bless someone and glorify God in how I interact with my clients. I had specifically asked the Lord for an overcast session knowing the beautiful scenery I could capture if it was! What a gift that the cloud cover rolled in. I don't see God as a vending machine giving me everything I ask for (thank goodness for that!), but it's such a gift that's personal to me when He does. So thank you God! Here are some of my favorites from the session. Enjoy! 

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Family Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/nance-family-2019 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 05:25:21 GMT
Ensz {Family 2019} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/ensz-family-2019 Spring is here! We had a beautiful break from the rain and enjoyed the gorgeous blossoms (which will soon be delicious donut peaches this summer)! Our session took place in a small part of their 60 acre farm, which they farm on top of a full-time job and LOTS of kids activities! Wipes me out just thinking about it! As Doug said in our session, "when you farm 60 acres by yourself, and literally spend your blood, sweat, and tears working it, you will take pictures on the farm". Haha, well said. And I'm so glad we did! 

The Ensz family are friends and fellow-church goers with us. We are in the same adult Sunday school class and our kids are in lots of church activities together as well! I have loved getting to know Jill more throughout the years and am blessed by her friendship. I was so honored that she asked me to photograph their family! Their kiddos are so sweet and fun. Little Julia gave me a workout; she is a busy one year old! I loved spending time with all six of them and can't wait for our next session. Here are some of my favorite images, enjoy!

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(Kim Koop Photography) Central Couples Families Love Photographer Photography Reedley Valley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/ensz-family-2019 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 05:03:02 GMT
Daniel & Bethany {Mini 2019} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/daniel-bethany-mini-2019 I so enjoyed my time with Daniel and Bethany! They were also winners for my Valentine's Day mini shoot, and I was so excited to meet them! They are expecting baby #3, and so I told them to picture our session like a little vacation/break from the kiddos haha! One thing I've found I enjoy most is being able to pull aside couples during a family session and being able to capture them as a couple; taking a break from being "mom" and "dad" and rekindling that fire between them!

 

We talked about our love for documentaries and somehow got onto a tangent about Ted Bundy. I told Daniel the only way he could mess up with the "nuzzle" shots were looking like a serial killer at Bethany! We were cracking up. So I think I'll just nickname the nuzzle shots "just-don't-look-like-Ted-Bundy" from now on. They were both so sweet and kind. Their love for the Lord emitted from them! Daniel and Bethany I hope you enjoyed our session as much as I did, thank you! 

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(Kim Koop Photography) couples families family light love natural photographer photography reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/daniel-bethany-mini-2019 Tue, 12 Mar 2019 04:56:00 GMT
Thong {Family 2019} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/thong-family-2019 I was so excited to meet Tiffany and her family! Tiffany works with my husband at the hospital and so I felt an instant connection since booking with her. They ventured out to Reedley and we took advantage of the beautiful blossoms in bloom!! The bees didn't bother us either, added bonus ha! I enjoyed spending time with the four of them and Pirate the pug! I just love when families include their pets (AKA family members) in a session. Thank you Thong family! You are such a sweet family! 

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Families Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/thong-family-2019 Tue, 12 Mar 2019 04:39:38 GMT
Jason & Dorothy {Mini-2019} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/jason-dorothy-mini-2019 Jason & Dorothy were one of my Valentine's Day mini sessions giveaway winners! (Whew, that was a mouthful!). I was so excited when I pulled their names out of the hat because they are an extra special couple to me. I had the honor of shooting their wedding last summer! 

It was so fun to reconnect and spend some time together. Jason and Dorothy are so fun and laid back! They are just such sweet people and their love for God and life is so evident! Dorothy just emits joy and laughter and I love watching them interact with each other! We had a beautiful session in a dreamy mandarin orchard and used it just in time before they were picked! So excited to share these with you!

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(Kim Koop Photography) Central Couples Engagement Love Photographer Reedley Valentines Valley Wedding https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/jason-dorothy-mini-2019 Tue, 12 Mar 2019 04:28:59 GMT
The Story of C.O.B. https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/the-story-of-c-o-b C.O.B. stands for Clean, Organize, and Beautify; it’s a phrase my mom and I coined years ago together after our love of, in other words, making the world beautiful around us. My mom and were best buds and loved a lot of the same things. But in order to fully understand the meaning behind COB (I’ll just shorten it without the periods in between), I have to go back a little bit.

The strong bond that my mom and I shared wasn’t always there. Growing up, in fact, we butted heads a lot and I felt closer to my dad in the teenage years. But when my dad passed away after a battle with metastatic kidney cancer my junior year of high school, things changed. Both of my older brothers out of the home and it was just my mom and I. We had to get close real fast, because all we had was each other. I was hurting and grieving, and being a teenager I was completely wrapped in my own world and hurts. I honestly don’t think I realized or thought about how my mom was alone after losing my dad. I can’t imagine.

I still remember a day vividly in my mind when this all shifted. I don’t know what we were doing, but my mom and I were in the living room together. I was being extra quiet and not wanting to talk (I was kind of a pill as a teenager, I know!). She was trying to get me to open up and I just started crying and saying how I was hurting and missing my daddy and telling her she didn’t understand what I was going through. She looked at me and yelled “do you realize I’m hurting too?! I just lost my best friend of 28 years! The boys are out of the house and you’re here, and this is what our relationship is like!” I was stunned. It was the only time I heard my mom yell like that. There we were, two hurting souls having a yelling match in the living room. 

And that was it. From that day on, our bond strengthened, day by day, and we began to stick together like glue. Attached at the hip. We needed each other more than ever. 

That is not the end of the story. My mom isn’t sitting here with me laughing about our various adventures and eating dark Dove chocolates together. Life from that point on would get harder. Three years after my dad died, my mom was diagnosed with stage IV triple negative breast cancer. My healthy, lean, active mom discovered a lump and had it checked out right away. After a lumpectomy and treatment, she was in remission. But it came back. Then chemo and a double mastectomy. It came back again. She fought so hard, and yet she lost the earthly battle. I lost my best friend.

Fast forward five years after losing my dad, my mom married a sweet man named Ray. He had recently lost his wife to ovarian cancer of 30 years, and I believe so strongly they were gifts for each other. He would lovingly tease my mom (and I) about constantly COB-ing. Jonathan and him even started a COB-ers anonymous spouse support group, haha! Even the short stay hotels they would stay in at Stanford for breast cancer treatment was a part of the COB equation. My mom would lie in bed at night thinking about all of the things she would change in the room; how she would have the curtains be a different fabric, the walls could use a fresh coat of paint, etc. Ray would just laugh saying “Becky you don’t even live here!” But that was my mom. That’s how she saw life, to make it better. More organized, cleaner, and prettier. She would always say “If something has a place, its much easier to put back”. Isn’t that true. She kept our house tidy and organized growing up, but it was the warmth and peace she had that made it feel like home. She saw beauty in everything all the while laughing and bringing joy to everyone she met. That’s my mom. 

Friends, I do not tell you this story to have a pity party. And admittedly there were years that I wanted just that. And there are some days, that I do sit and cry and wrestle with what has happened. Losing my parents will never be something I “get over” or “move on” from. ButI can tell you that I see the good and beauty in the hard hard stuff; amongst the deepest pain I have experienced. And yet even with going through tragedy, God has given me such a JOY that only comes from knowing Him and His peace. I sense His goodness; it’s something that is at the core of my being that I cannot shake or deny. 

For years, I have held the COB acronym to myself because I felt like if I started sharing it, it would lose its meaning and I would lose the special-ness of our saying. I wanted to hold on tight to it in fear of letting the memory go and disperse. On the contrary. I love that I am able to share a piece of my mom with you all (because if she was here, I know you’d love her!). She’s so much a part of me, I want to share that. COB-ing is a part of me. It’s not something I just enjoy doing, it’s my DNA makeup and how I see life. I could COB all day if allowed! So there it is my friends. The story of COB. Use it, share it freely. And when you COB think of the bigger picture; beauty can and need sto be added to this world.  

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(Kim Koop Photography) beauty Cleaning love organizing https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/3/the-story-of-c-o-b Fri, 08 Mar 2019 04:53:21 GMT
Raquel & Tony {Maternity} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/1/raquel-tony You guys. This session!!! Not only was the location and light dreamy, but Tony and Raquel were just beyond amazing!! Raquel is a sweetheart and I have so enjoyed getting to know her better through a MOMS group at our church. And Tony is just as nice in person as on TV! 

I had so much fun getting to know Tony and Raquel through our session! I love being able to give my couples beautiful images of themselves together even years after their wedding! 

We ended our session adding in their sweet little kiddos! Tony and Raquel you are an amazing couple and parents! I can't wait to see what three looks like in your home!! 

 

 

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(Kim Koop Photography) Central Couples Dinuba Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley Valley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/1/raquel-tony Sat, 26 Jan 2019 20:39:27 GMT
Huebert/DeFore https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/1/huebert/defore A little late on this post, but I had to share! One of my business goals for 2019 is to blog often. So stay tuned! This session was SO much fun! I have come to realize I absolutely love meeting new people and connecting with them. This family was no different! Despite the cold weather, we had a great session! The favorite part of my family sessions are my "couple time"! I love pulling away couples during family sessions for a few minutes and capturing them and their love! Here's a sneak peek from this sweet family!

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Families Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/1/huebert/defore Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:11:40 GMT
Ben & Katie {Anniversary} https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/1/ben-katie As 2019 has arrived, I am sitting here reliving the last 12 months of Kim Koop Photography (KKP). It has been a year of great joys, some challenges, and lots of growth. I am seriously blown away by my amazing clients who I have loved getting to know more this year (new and old!).  As I think back to my most favorite moments and highlights, those memories are filled with my couples. I have absolutely loved showing love stories off! As 2018 grew to a close, I consciously started making an effort of capturing my couples amongst family shoots...because who gets couples portraits after they've been married-am I right?!  I quickly realized that this feature was becoming my most favorite part of my shoots. And that's when it hit me. THIS is what I want to feature, LOVE! So as 2019 starts, you will be seeing more of...couples! Whether that's engagement, weddings, or an anniversary shoot, thats what I will be focusing on this year for KKP! I'm excited to share more in this journey as the weeks come. I have loved capturing you and your love and can't wait for what this year brings! Here's a little taste of a sweet anniversary shoot of my sister-in-law Katie and her hubby! Enjoy! 

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(Kim Koop Photography) Couples Engagement Light Love Natural Photographer Photography Reedley https://www.kimkoop.com/blog/2019/1/ben-katie Wed, 02 Jan 2019 04:58:33 GMT