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{What ________ looks like} iPhone pictures of life and travels

So this past month has been crazy with travel.  It’s been amazing to see several big cities and soak them up.  I opted against carrying my heavy, big camera and decided my iPhone would provide me with some of the memories I needed to keep. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have seen some of these.  If you’re on Instagram, I post a lot more pics – my name is @karaphotogirl.  I don’t have many photos San Francisco  :(  so I’ll start with our trip to NYC with the kids.  This was the kids first time to New York and they were so beyond excited to explore and see how big and fun this city really is.

When we got home, the first thing I did (after unpacking) was to get back to baking.  I love baking and my kids missed home baked bread.  And life was back to normal for a bit until Jeff and I headed out to Chicago…just the two of us.

Below capture some of the things we did and saw in Chicago.

So cold, but sunny… so I was happy to have my jacket with thumbholes and wrap over mittens type dealeos.

Above…the last picture I took in a suburb of Chicago.  Isn’t that house so cozy looking?  I had to snap a photo of it.

We got home at midnight and the first thing Brielle showed me was how she learned to sew.  Love her enthusiasm for learning.

Life resumes at home…until our next trip. 

Thanks for looking at my iPhone photos during this months addition of What ___ looks like.  Please continue onto the circle by clicking through the links.  Next is up is Suzanne Gipson Photography.

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Kris LeeJuly 22, 2014 - 12:24 pm
SummerJune 20, 2014 - 7:51 am

what a trip Kara. you captured the spirt of it all so well!

kelseyJune 18, 2014 - 6:55 am

amazing iphone work! looks like you had an amazing couple of trips!

Nichole EdwardsJune 17, 2014 - 10:19 pm

These are iPhone pictures?!! They’re full of movement and emotion. Proves you are true artist. Amazed and humbled.

Sarah CJune 17, 2014 - 5:06 pm

I can’t even articulate how AWESOME you are. OH MY GOSH. These are killer.

Your travels look amazing, love all your colors, beautiful!

BeccaJune 17, 2014 - 2:39 pm

I’m amazed at your camera phone abilities. Seriously these blew me away. Keep inspiring, it’s a gift that feeds our souls.

mugsie5June 17, 2014 - 1:59 pm


amy graceJune 17, 2014 - 12:55 pm

these are so much fun. awesome perspective. like we traveled with you.

MJ EvansJune 17, 2014 - 12:37 pm

It’s truly not about the camera, the magic is in the photographer. You’ve shown that here. I’m so impressed. These are so full of emotion and life. In awe.

ShellieJune 17, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Kara! You truly are one talented lady! LOVE, LOVE your pics. You capture even the simplest things so spectacularly. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

Brenda LeeJune 17, 2014 - 11:34 am

Your iPhone pictures are spectacular!! The variety and colors ROCK! Your moody black and whites are what I try to do but never succeed. Do you teach iphone photography workshops?

{What________ looks like} peach picking!

This weekend we braved the heat (yes, it’s sizzling here already!) and headed to the farm for some peach picking.  U-Pick fruit is one of my favorite things to do with the kids.  Thankfully they think of it as a treat so they really look forward to it.  We got to the farm at 9:30 so the sun was pretty harsh for these photos by the time we got on the hayride to head to the orchard to pick peaches.  After we filled two bags of peaches we were ready to head to some rides.  It was hot but the kids went on the roller coaster, the giant swing ride, the slides, the big air bounce pad…. again and again and again.  When they finally got tired, we headed home to plan out what to do with our peaches.

Be sure to check out the rest of this talented groups post!  Next up is Kelsey Gerhard Photography, I know her’s will be a treat!

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roxanneJune 4, 2014 - 9:03 am

the softness in these is MAGICAL! that first pic took my breath away! i love the way your colors mimic the peaches. so ripe and rich. lovely. and your children are just beyond beautiful <3

ElJune 2, 2014 - 6:40 pm

So So great! It looks so lovely and warm!

BrimsMay 27, 2014 - 3:59 pm

So happy to see some new pictures! I want to sample the peaches! Brielle looks timid on the swing but gorgeous as always! !

Mindy YoungMay 20, 2014 - 5:44 pm

We don’t get peaches a few more months but this makes me want to go for sure! Such beautiful kids. You’re I trouble as they get older. Keep posting. I wait anxiously for each one.

BethanyMay 20, 2014 - 10:01 am

Full sun and you make it look so easy and beautful. Wow!

Marta PotoczekMay 20, 2014 - 8:06 am

Amazing! That’s what makes great childhood memories :)

Kari AnneMay 19, 2014 - 7:46 pm

You amaze me. Now I want peaches and I want to be a kid again. Very inspiring.

SummerMay 19, 2014 - 7:09 pm

yum…nothing like fresh picked peaches…this post makes my mouth water Kara. And that first roller coaster picture? SO awesome…that one is my fave but these are all really good!

kelseyMay 19, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Oh, I want to go peach picking! What fun – and that roller coaster picture is amazing.

Elizabeth CMay 19, 2014 - 3:14 pm

This brings back memories of childhood. You make peach picking look so magical. Love your powerful work woman!!

mugsie5May 19, 2014 - 12:45 pm

These are wonderful!

{What_______looks like} Easter Egg Dying!

This weekend was the weekend  the kids have been waiting for.  Ever since we put up some Spring decorations, the kids have been asking when they can dye Easter Eggs.  This is one of the first times we’ve done Easter Egg dying this early (I know, it’s not that early but for us this is a major success).  The kids woke up early and while Jeff golfed on this gorgeous sunny day, we got started on s0me fun!  Brielle takes her time and spent hours thinking and decorating her bowl of eggs.  So when Ty was done decorating his eggs, the silly antics began.  Here’s a peak.

Be sure to click through the rest of the photographers and complete the circle.  The next photographer is my dear friend, Sarah Cornish with My Four Hens Photography…her work is truly breath-taking.

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Jedi MamaMay 26, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Oh, my lands! I just found your blog, quite by accident, and I really and truly LAUGHED OUT LOUD at these snapshots of the kiddos with those funky-eyed glasses! I know EVERYONE these days says, “LOL,” and I also know that they don’t mean it, because they probably just grinned a little bit. But no. Not this time. I literally laughed out loud, right here at my computer, all by myself, and now I want to find some great glasses exactly like those and make MY boys wear them! Best candid shots of EVER. And… because I have this “thing” for photography… because I WANT to take better pictures, but the manual modes on my camera actually scare the snot out of me… I had to scroll through several of your blog posts. I ADORE your photography style! Love it! Well-played!

Oh my gosh your kids crack me up, I love these photos. And the pictures are so beautiful, those flowers are incredible!

SummerApril 18, 2014 - 11:53 am

man you are on the ball…we always dye eggs the saturday before easter. These are lovely Kara! Love the glasses, flowers and masks…

roxanneApril 15, 2014 - 1:12 pm

i absolutely adore the flower easter!! and the humor in these… your pup in the glasses kills me!!!! beautiful kids, home, pics. xo

Marta PotoczekApril 15, 2014 - 10:42 am

Love them all! But the one with the dog cracks me up :) )))

Elizabeth CApril 14, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Awesome photos! Love that you capture such happy memories that your kids will cherish. I dig the glasses and animal heads!

FaithApril 14, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Adopt me! This looks like so much fun. I’m not on the ball when it comes to Easter, this is motivating me. :)

Paige MarieApril 14, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Always love coming to your blog. You amazes as a mom and a photographer! I’m always inspired.

DeeApril 14, 2014 - 12:03 pm

These are fantastic. I love how happy your kids always are.

AnonymousApril 14, 2014 - 11:51 am

great fun

amy graceApril 14, 2014 - 10:27 am

the flower art is just so gorgeous, kara. spring, everywhere.
your kids are so spunky and cute together. and your dog too :)

{What________ Looks Like} Commercial Photoshoot ‘Outtakes’

Yep, we’re back with a great group of talented photographers in 2014′s ‘What_____ Looks Like!  I loved doing this last year.  And although we got super busy and skipped a few months, it’s something l look forward to.  It’s a project with no rules and no boundaries and I love that!!   I’m thankful to be a part of such a supportive and fun group of fellow photographers.

So this month….I’m a little bummed.  I’ve been sick and my families been sick this past week.  So rather than posting photos from this week, I decided to dig into my files and find some unusual and silly outtakes from some of my commercial shoots.  I have more outtakes than I know what to do with but I grabbed just a few to share here.  In every shoot, there are outtakes.  Brielle is always excited for our shoots but she yawns, has a silly moment or has a bug fly into her eye.  I love her goofy personality.  She’s so full of life and I love seeing every aspect of her personalty  during our shoots.

Complete the circle by clicking through to the next photographer, DeAnna McCasland.  Her photos are worth your time.  Stunning!!  Thanks :)



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BrimsMarch 12, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Love your site! Brielle looks so happy and your work is amazing!

GtsgovindMarch 3, 2014 - 2:35 am

Hi… Kara.. your blog has impressive photography and i no words to praise your photography and blog. Photography Career is provided by Bsop makes student’s career in Photography.

DanMarch 2, 2014 - 2:57 am

We have been traveling for three years via Motor Coach as wife is a surgical travel nurse and I am a photo hobbyist living with Multiple Sclerosis. Check our site out periodically as we will visit yours.

Love the pics, beautiful family.

Good day.

Tina kempFebruary 27, 2014 - 7:27 am


ElFebruary 13, 2014 - 6:50 pm

Kara, isn’t she the loveliest little soul! I can almost see exactly the kind of kid she is from these wonderful images! xo

Wendy VonSosenFebruary 13, 2014 - 12:18 pm

These are so much fun! We have a horse head that gets lots of use here at our house. I adore how these images reflect the personalities of your kids. Just beautiful!

Michele QFebruary 13, 2014 - 6:47 am

These are so very awesome!

andreaFebruary 10, 2014 - 9:22 pm

she is such a beautiful little thing, and so much personality! love these outtakes kara :)

DeeFebruary 10, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Love, love, love this post! Brielle is a doll and I just lover her personality. So much like her momma. :)

KelseyFebruary 10, 2014 - 8:19 pm

So cool! And just beautiful.

Sarah CFebruary 10, 2014 - 8:02 pm

I seriously wish we could get our girls together. I have a feeling they would get along so well! These are precious and I am always in awe at what an amazing home you have. I swear everything you touch is gorgeous. You are such a talented woman but even more so getting to meet you in person last year was such a gift. I only wish we lived closer together. Miss ya to pieces!

deanna mccaslandFebruary 10, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Love these! Your children are gorgeous! Esp crazy over the unicorn shot! So great

Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer}February 10, 2014 - 4:12 pm

I’m so glad you save these, they are so fun to look back on!

amy graceFebruary 10, 2014 - 3:32 pm

how reassuring to know we all are human. i could never, ever make pictures as polished as you do. it’s crazy. and sheesh is your daughter a stunner.

mugsie5February 10, 2014 - 1:09 pm


Desiree MFebruary 10, 2014 - 12:12 pm

What a fantastically clever post! These Outtakes are adorable. Your daughter is the perfect model.

Tracy deanFebruary 10, 2014 - 11:51 am

These are the best!! So look forward to your posts.

FarrahFebruary 10, 2014 - 11:49 am

Love this post! So creative. Hope you feel better soon.

SummerFebruary 10, 2014 - 10:43 am

outakes are the best…lovely Kara! xo