Charlottesville, Va


Genuine Expressive Thoughtful

Creating Images To Be Cherished For A Lifetime

meet Me

About me

I’ve loved pictures for as long as I can remember!! In high school I was on the yearbook staff and was editor my senior year. I loved creating layouts and filling them with pictures! I always wanted to learn how to take better photographs but never really pursued that until a few years ago! Once I started taking classes, I couldn't learn it fast enough!! 

When I graduated high school I pursued a career in medicine - Radiologic Technologist 1st, then Radiation Therapist and finally Medical Dosimetrist. Medical what??? I've only met one person outside my field that knows what that is. It is an obscure profession but believe it or not has a lot of similarity to photography (at least in my opinion). I design treatment plans for cancer patients using radiation. The physician gives me tumor volumes on a CT scan and I design beam arrangements such that I don't overdose any critical organs like your lungs, heart, kidneys, etc. Setting exposure and some of the camera design reminds me of the physics behind Radiation Therapy.

It has been truly rewarding career and I still do that full time but now I have a second career I love filling my weekends with Photography!! 


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An Obsession

My Other Obsession
 

My Why

Legacy

How it all Started

It was 2010 when Michael and I first met! We married in 2011 and we wanted to have hobbies that we could do together. He was a hobbyist photographer so I thought photography would be a good couple’s hobby. I signed us up for a personal enrichment class in photography! Michael owned a Nikon D80 and we shared it for the first couple of classes. I was hooked. I loved learning about photography! It became obvious that we needed a second camera so we got Michael a new D7100. I kept the D80 and used it for quite some time. It was old but I was determined to do the best I could with it. Our instructor always gave me a hard time asking when I was going to upgrade and he constantly referred to it as a D-Ancient!! I eventually did upgrade to a D7100. We kept taking classes, but I wanted more so I enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography in the Professional Photographer’s Course. It was amazing and I learned to take full control of my camera. I haven’t looked back!! I graduated in 2017!!!

How It All Started

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It was obvious, after a couple of classes, that I liked portraiture and became obsessed with it! I wanted to learn as much as I could! Michael likes landscape and so do I but portraiture is my favorite.
I want to create images for my clients that they will love today and for the rest of their lives, images that they will always look at and remember when, images that their children and family will cherish as well! I also know that most of us want images of our parents, siblings, children and spouse to remember them by when they are no longer with us.

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I cherish images of my Grandpa! I lost him when I was 17. I always felt a special connection to him growing up and for 30 years I’ve missed him. Pictures are what I have left and a few momentos that belonged to him. They make me smile and remember him when I look at them! So I believe in getting in front of the camera whether you want to or not because it will leave a legacy for our families and loved ones that they will treasure when we are gone.

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I have this portrait of me when I was about 2 years old I think. The story goes that the local photographer in our town wanted to enter this image he took of me, in a photography contest. He did and it won an award!! I don’t know any more details than that but how cool! Several years later he offered it to my mother. She bought it and it hung it in my room growing up! A number of years later when I was out on my own, I asked if I could have it and she let me. The photographer, Pete Comer did a beautiful job! I’ll always be grateful that he chose that image, sold it to my Mom and now I have it!!

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I'm an avid trail rider and I spend most weekends lost out in the woods riding trails with my buddies and my horses! It is truly my happy place where I get to relax. Angel is my grey mare who has taught me more life lessons than I could ever list. We've come a long way together and she and I have learned so much! She is truly my partner and she no longer gets called wretched mare!! I'm always so very proud when she gets compliments because I know how far she has come. Copper is everybody's friend and has never met a stranger! Seriously, if you've got something in your pocket, he'll be after it! If it is a treat he'll forget everything he knows and focus only on the treat. I nicknamed him Fabio because he is  handsome, quite the ladies man,  and he hates to get dirty! He is always clean! Angel on the other hand will roll in every bit of mud she can find! Michael tells our Grandkids I love them but the horses come first! LOL!

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I believe in photography because I have to slow down and really look at people, take some time with them and then I get to appreciate their outer beauty while I’m photographing them. But it also makes me appreciate their inner beauty! Everyone in front of my camera is incredibly beautiful or handsome!! 

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I Believe

I believe in laughter because it is one of the happiest sounds I've ever heard and it can bring a smile to anyone's face!

I believe trials and tribulations grow our character and without them we wouldn't have any! 

I believe snuggles with my dogs and cats should happen everyday because animals matter and deserve to be loved and treated kindly and humanely!  



I believe in finding that thing you are passionate about and dedicating time to it routinely because life is too short to not do things that bring us joy and peace!  



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I believe in saying what you mean and meaning what you say because it keeps us honest with others and honest with our feelings! 



I believe in drinking sweet tea because I'm a good southern girl and it makes me happy! 



I believe in kissing your spouse hello and goodbye always because nothing in life is guaranteed or promised!



I believe in paying attention to the details because that is how we continuously improve! 



I believe in never giving up or giving in because I believe perseverance and commitment will make a marriage last!



I believe fear means go because fear is what holds us back from pursuing our dreams and being who we were meant to be! 



I believe in building fences not walls because boundaries with ourselves and others keeps us emotionally healthy, walls isolate us and keep us from deep & meaningful relationships! 



I believe in creating images that will be cherished for a lifetime so that as we grow older we can look back at those images and they will tell the story of our lives! 



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'Couples & Families

Kind Words

-Ali

"Thank you to everyone for your kind words on the photos from my photoshoot. I can honestly say I have never felt more beautiful in my own skin. Thank you again Kimberly Forbes for taking such beautiful photos. It was a pleasure working with you. "❤️""

Our beautiful pictures taken by the best, @kimberlyjadeforbes ! We had so much fun making these memories with you on my papa's farm. Losing him four days ago was such a heartbreak, but seeing these pictures will forever remind me of him ❤️

-Morgan


Hi Kim! I just had to tell you today was my first day back at work and everyone was raving about how fantastic and amazing the pictures came out!!!! Thanks again so so much for all your hard work! I can't wait to get the pictures printed.

-Noel

Kim, I love ALL my pictures of my Will. Thank you so much for working with him and being so awesome!!



-Lisa

- Kara, Andrew & Baby Girl

Thank you so much for playing this special role in our lives - from helping us to create our wedding album to photographing this sweet time in our life & marriage. Thank you so much for the support & excitement you have shared with us in this new season of our lives. We are so grateful for you! Many, many thanks and all the best

Hi Kim,
I just wanted to let you know the pictures (of Morgan & Jordan) are wonderful!!! I love them you did such an awesome job. Thank you so much for your hard work!

-Sandy & Jim

MOB & FOB

Investment

Starting At
$200

Portrait Session

Starting at $1500

Weddings

Includes 10 hours of coverage by myself and a second photographer and an online gallery for viewing your images. From there on out, everything I do is custom-tailored to suit your individual needs.

Includes a 2 hour session at the location of your choice (within an hour of Charlottesville, Va), up to 4 people and a online gallery for viewing your images. Contact me and we can customize your session!

$900

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$1,000

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Collection 02

$1,500

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Collection 01

$900

Fill first behold grass kind sixth thing lights wherein every face void beginning, heaven years multiply upon every shall which deep all forth the from. She'd years beginning. 

Collection 03

$1,000

Fill first behold grass kind sixth thing lights wherein every face void beginning, heaven years multiply upon every shall which deep all forth the from. She'd years beginning. 

Collection 02

$1,500

Fill first behold grass kind sixth thing lights wherein every face void beginning, heaven years multiply upon every shall which deep all forth the from. She'd years beginning. 

Collection 01

Thanks for stopping by

I'm hoping you'll be back soon to see what I've been up to! In the meantime, let me leave you with a thought! What is your legacy and what do you want to leave your family with. I'm hoping one of your answers is beautiful images you and your family can cherish for a lifetime. We all have a story so come let me document it for you whether it be silly and funny or serious and dramatic!

Genuine Expressive Thoughtful

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