Author Archives: Kara

{texting trouble maker} little prank

I know this is my photography blog but as I mentioned in my bio, I post about things other than photography sometimes.  Specifically,  things that inspire me, my family and other random posts that I see fit to share.  This falls under ‘other random posts I see fit to share’.  Some of you are my friends FaceBook  (on my personal account) and may have seen a text exchange between me and a total stranger.  Weird right?  It started when a random gentleman texted me…he had the wrong number.  But I couldn’t let this person know he had the wrong number, that’s boring and I can’t resist causing a little trouble.   I don’t take life seriously at all and I’m always sarcastic, laughing and joking.  So it wouldn’t be like me to just say – ‘hey, I think you have the wrong number.’  Naughty I know — it’s the 3rd grader in me telling me to do it.  So the text exchange is below.  It’s very clear I’m not up on all of today’s slang, I thought ‘Tryna’ was a girls name. I know, I’m cool like that. LOL Anyway, this person tried to call a few times and I’m sure when he realized I wasn’t who he thought I was, he’s out to kill me.  Ha!  I called Jeff after this exchange laughing so hard I couldn’t get words out.  Thank God he wasn’t in an important meeting and he literally started laughing as hard as I was when he read the exchange.   #ilovehim    When I read the text to my son he laughed and said ‘you know that a ziggurat is a Mesopotamian Temple right? Well, it’s Sumerian really. Why would you write to him about that?’ Yeah, I so knew that…I did it on purpose (Not really.  I thought I made up that word)  And a skrim is a mountain in Norway. Yeah….I totally knew that too. {I lie.  I had no clue.} My son teaches me something new every day.  Anyway this provided my husband, kids and I complete Friday night entertainment.  So thanks Will, if you’re out there. You are a shining light in our house and I really was really bummed when you didn’t reply to my final texts bro. You coulda ringed it…. We coulda be tight man.

Today in the mail a package arrives for me.  I thought it was from one of my designers since it was from an Apparel company.  So I casually open it in the kitchen not realizing that every member of my family has their eyes glued to me.  I open it up to find this t-shirt (see below).  Again, this made my night, my week, my month.  My kids and hubby designed this t-shirt for me.  #ilovethem  They know me so well and ‘get’ my humor.  They immediately asked me to put it on.  It didn’t matter that I JUST got in the door from the gym.  They had me put it on over my workout clothes.  So here it is!   And I love it.  They  are begging me to wear it tonight- we’re going to Studio Movie Grill to see Cloudy with a s Chance of Meatballs 2.  I think this is my new favorite shirt!

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Tilly AnneSeptember 29, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Your humor is contagious. I shared this with my boyfriend and we can’t stop laughing. Love your zest for life and positivity.

mugsie5September 29, 2013 - 7:08 am

You never change

Ken FSeptember 28, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Da bomb! Sick. I love it!!!

Michelle HenrySeptember 28, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Dying right now. Totally dying!! You can talk the talk. I’m impressed.

JessicaSeptember 28, 2013 - 5:57 pm

No way! You’re so frickin funny. I love you!

Jason MSeptember 28, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Flipping awesome. I wanna love in your house!

laurenSeptember 28, 2013 - 5:55 pm

BAHAHAHAHAAA!!! That’s awesome.

{What_______ looks like} Saturday Morning Breakfast

Hi Everyone!  This month’s ‘What____ looks like’ is our typical Saturday morning breakfast.  We usually all sit together on the weekends and eat a hot cooked breakfast at the table as a family.  Everything starts of normal, calm…average.  And soon the normalcy turns into games.  Sometimes we play 20 questions, sometimes we tell jokes, other times we talk about funny things that have happened or like this past Saturday everyone (except the photographer…me) played with the horse head.  Why do these masks provide hours of entertainment?!  It’s a plastic horse! But seriously, we can’t stop playing with it.  And so…this was our Saturday morning breakfast together.

Now hop over to Andrea Hanki’s beautiful blog to see what she’s posted and continue through the loop to complete the circle.  :)

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JennyJanuary 9, 2014 - 10:38 am

OH MY GOSH!!! I was so busy looking at other elements of the photos yesterday that I didn’t notice the horse head! I came back to keep reading your blog and saw it… I don’t laugh out loud enough and this made me crack up! Your sense of humor is sooo refreshing!

KelseySeptember 17, 2013 - 7:51 am

These look so calming and sweet. What a gorgeous home!

Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer}September 16, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Oh my gosh these are awesome. And that head, ha ha I love your sense of humor kara!!

Jason MSeptember 16, 2013 - 6:02 pm

These rock Kara! Your personality always shows through your work. That’s a gift.

Sarah CSeptember 16, 2013 - 3:02 pm

These are truly precious! I love the light and your home and getting to peek in on your beautiful family Kara!! The mask at the table totally cracked me up! I can envision that easily happening here too LOL!

Summer MurdockSeptember 16, 2013 - 3:01 pm

I mean that mask it awesome! Love how you documented this awesome family tradition! I think I’ll come to breakfast next weekend!

GeorgiannaSeptember 16, 2013 - 12:11 pm

You are seriously brilliant!!!

ShawnaSeptember 16, 2013 - 12:03 pm

This series put a big smile on my face! Love!!!

AnonymousSeptember 16, 2013 - 11:35 am

love, love, love this. Wish I had been there

JaySeptember 16, 2013 - 10:53 am

These are dope. You know I love your work.

Kimberly AnneSeptember 16, 2013 - 10:52 am

Really!? I wanna be a part of your family. Your house rocks and you guys always look like you’re having fun. I’m jealous. And your images!!!! You’re amazing Kara!

StephanieSeptember 16, 2013 - 10:50 am

You are amazing! You can take an everyday moment and it looks artful and inviting. I want to have just 1/16th of your talent!!

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{What_______ looks like} turning 8

It’s that time again!  I know, I wasn’t able to participate last month and I hate that.  Things have been crazy this summer with traveling, the house remodel and the kids being back from their trip.  When they got home from being on their adventurous road trip with Grandma & Grandpa May I wanted to soak in every moment with them that I could and that meant pushing personal projects aside (boo!).  But I’m back!  This month, on the first of August, my baby girl turned 8 years old!  Yes, 8!  The picture above was Brielle when she was 6 months old.  She was born with thick black hair.  Very different from my blonde little boy.  But soon light brown hair sprouted and her tips were black from birth.  Still trips me out.  Ha!  Brielle couldn’t believe she was turning 8 either and was beyond excited for the day to begin so we could celebrate and tell stories of her birth and her as a baby.  I loved every minute of her excitement!   We started the day with a fluffy pancake breakfast, in the afternoon Jeff surprised Brielle by coming home by noon then we were off to play to at Dave & Busters for some games and prizes.  That night Brielle requested a home cooked meal.  What did she want?  She wanted a blue cheese iceberg wedge, steamed broccoli and a juicy prime cut steak (Jeff cooks the best steak), too bad I’m not a red meat eater.  But she devoured it!  For dessert she wanted a Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting and ice cream.  She was in heaven ;-)

Oh and I had to capture my baby the day she turned 8 so when Jeff got home we quickly snapped a few photos before we went off to play.

The next day Grandma Rasmussen flew in to be with Brielle to celebrate her birthday!  She was beyond excited!  And when Grandma is in town in the summer, swimming in the pool is top priority.  We don’t want Grandma to go home but we’re thankful she was able to spend this time with us and the kiddos.

Thanks for taking the time to pop by my blog.  Complete the circle and visit all of the other talented photographers in this project.  Click here for Wendy VonSosen‘s post.  She never disappoints!  :)

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Keith BachandJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:25 am

I love your work! The emotion you capture is amazing.

andreaAugust 9, 2013 - 10:47 pm

she is so incredibly beautiful kara. happy birthday to your sweet girl :)

Jenny CrugerAugust 7, 2013 - 12:17 pm

She is stunning!!! Beautiful work and little lady!

JulesAugust 6, 2013 - 1:50 pm

omgosh … she is so so beautiful! she has so much sparkle and sweet personality that shines through in these images. happy birthday to your gorgeous girl!!

amy graceAugust 6, 2013 - 11:53 am

that face. i recognized it right away. she will carry that beauty with her forever. what a strong and sweet and loving connection the two of you share…every year, it is such a shock. but we know them at every age, and we see it in them. it looks like such a wonderful celebration. xo

yiyiAugust 6, 2013 - 6:37 am

I like her very much

shannon sewellAugust 5, 2013 - 8:51 pm

she is just so beautiful… i love that age- still little but the conversations- they begin to turn into these mini-adults in their thoughts and senses of humor. absolute best :) happy birthday to her!!

SummerAugust 5, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Your daughter is STUNNING! Seriously beautiful portraits of her. wowza. My almost 8 year old daughter had tons of dark hair that turned light brown too…black tipped hair? I can relate to that! Love these Kara!

Wendy VonSosenAugust 5, 2013 - 6:23 pm

She is beautiful! Those eyes are stunning. It looks like she had an amazing birthday. I love the one with Grandma at the pool. I love that she still gets in with them. What a fun grandma!

Lindsey BAugust 5, 2013 - 4:25 pm

she was as beautiful then as she is now. My goodness..but there seems to be a closeness between you….you can tell in how she lets you photograph her. Love it…happy birthday sweet girl.

Sarah CAugust 5, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Happy Birthday to your princess! My gosh, she was stunning as a baby and even more gorgeous now if that is possible. It does really go way too fast. My son Wesley will be 9 in November and Noah turns 7 in November so she is just in the middle age wise. It creeps up on you for sure. These photos are stunning as always!!

MindyAugust 5, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Such a beautiful post! Your family is beautiful. Very inspirational photography!

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We’re back!! Bloom Basics is back!

After the wonderful responses from the two Bloom Basics courses Stephanie Moore and I have taught, we’re back to teach it again!!  And we can’t wait!!   The course takes place on the Bloom Forum in a private classroom so if you’re not a Bloom Forum member you will just need to sign-up for a couple of months so you have access to the classroom.

Who is this course for?  For those of you who have a DSLR camera and want to know how to shoot in manual mode and learn how to edit in photoshop.

I’m continually amazed with prior students and how far they’ve come after taking this course.  Several have started their own photography business after taking this course and then completing our second course ‘Defining Yourself’.

Are you really going to be able to learn in an on-line course?   I 100% believe that our teaching methods make on-line learning easy.  We utilize video explanations when needed and some of the course material is presented via video, photos, diagrams, etc.  I’m a visual, hands on learner so we really strive to give as much visual guidance and teaching in this course.

Our prior courses have sold out so be sure to purchase a seat before they’re gone.

Please contact me at with any questions you might have or for pre-registration links.

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Karie WheatleyJuly 17, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Very interested! Would like to find out more information.