hi, I’m Kim.
Formal introductions and lofty meditations on why I do what I do are great and all, but sometimes you just need to know you click with a person before you hire them to spend an entire day by your side. So here are some quick fire facts about me that maybe are about you, too:

Polaroid photographs of Portland wedding photographer Kim Smith-Miller

You can call me Kim, Kimberly or Kiki, but only a select few are able to pull off Kimmy and Hey Nerd is strictly reserved for use by my older brother. (Don’t worry, it takes one to know one.)

I was born during Libra season, which means I’m terrible at making choices but also able to see the good in just about anything.

I stand at a whopping 4’11” and not a hair taller. For some reason people are always really surprised by how short I am. What can I say? Big personalities. :]

I have two cats: Franny and Felix, whom I somehow love so much despite how often they puke on my furniture. Franny is known for playing fetch and hanging out on my shoulders. Felix is known for doing all the aforementioned puking.

 

I know it’s on your mind, so I’ll just get it out of the way: my favorite flavor of LaCroix is Passionfruit, and I have very strong feelings about Coconut.

My greatest lifeskill is laughing. Like… All the time. This often leads to embarrassing moments like choking on my own spit or getting the hiccups just ’cause I’m stoked on life.

Having grown up in an incredibly small town (pop. 2000!) I got the travel bug pretty early on in life, but somehow have never had a driver’s license. My preferred mode of getting from Point A to Point B is with my own two feet. You know, small town stuff!

The first wedding I ever shot was in 2009 with these two crazy sweet kids. I met Brittney on the first day of our darkroom photography class in college and her dude Damien shortly after. The three of us have been buds ever since. Photo Nerds Never Say Die!

 

Speaking of photo nerds… I love shooting film! All the photos you see here are real deal Polaroids. #nofilter, baby!

Like any good hobbit, my favorite room in the house is always the kitchen. I once spent 2 hours inside Uwajimaya and often walk down every aisle of the grocery store when I only went there for a potato.

Three things I try to do every year: walk in the Portland Pride Parade, visit my best friend in Humboldt County where we went to college together, and go somewhere new and exciting!

 

I took German in school, even though my mom begged me to take Spanish. I still have never been to Germany. (Sorry, Mom!)

I’m kind of a nerd, a total ham and a HUGE dork. If you don’t believe me I’ll just have to do my Milhouse impression and then show you my tattoos from a video game I once played for 18 straight hours even though I’d already beaten it twice before.

I wish I was a better dancer, but I’m a pretty good headbanger.

 

Favorite food group: Cheeseburgers. No contest.

…But donuts are a pretty close second. Especially giant $10 donuts from Bob’s in San Francisco.

One time I flew to Alberta, Canada to dogsit for a fellow wedding photographer. I made sure to bring a dog loving friend with me because, you know, cat lady over here. (Just kidding, I love you Hobbit!)

A lot of my friends are musicians, and I really love Karaoke (I will 100% Shoop at your wedding if you ask me to!) but the truth is I couldn’t sing my way out of a paper bag.

 

When it’s all said and done, I’m just trying to have a good time and make something beautiful for me and you to hold onto those memories with. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be able to document our lives together.

If you just read this and thought… “Hmm, she sounds like the laidback, dorky little sister I never had but always wanted!” then I think we’d be a great fit to work together! Get in touch and let’s find out what other weird and rad things we have in common.