Category Archives: Fine Art

{‘The August Collaboration’ – revealed}

I’ve had to keep this project quiet for months and today it’s finally been revealed!  It started with an idea….that of Lexi Vornberg’s from Lenses & Lemonade.  It turned into a work of art all surrounding a crown traveling around the country  and into the hands of  15 different photographers, each with a unique and artistic vision. I’m flattered and humbled to be a part of this talented group in presenting this unique, creative project.  Below are some images that I captured and one or two that I didn’t include in the magazines’ final production.   At the end of this post you’ll see a link-image to the magazine, please look through the electronic book to see the vision of everyone included in this amazing project.  Thank you Lexi for asking me to be a part of this amazing compilation of visual art.

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AmyApril 3, 2013 - 6:24 am

I love your background music…Expression by Helen Jane Long. Where can I find licensing for this?…I would love to use it for a slideshow. Thanks!

Also your work is breathtaking…love it.

KatieFebruary 4, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Seriously?!?!?!? How do you even get your pics this clear and color so perfect?? Great work :)

s7upidAugust 24, 2012 - 12:14 am

title: Expression,
by: Helen Jane Long,
from album: Porcelain
nice piano piece =)

LilaJuly 16, 2012 - 2:28 pm

hey, i do photography in school and i love it, but i am pretty much a beginner!you have an amazing blog and i love your pictures! especially the ones with really beautiful catchlights! so i wanted to ask if you maybe know a simple way to describe how to get such lights in the eyes? thank you very much!

NatashaJune 22, 2012 - 9:58 pm

These are all beautiful pictures… but the last 2 moved me to tears… they touched my heart. So precious. Captures the innocence of a child, playing and dreaming. How we can all become the princess!

Lynsey ForbesJune 21, 2012 - 10:56 am

L.O.V.E!! your work is amazing xx

SheilaJune 20, 2012 - 5:14 pm

These are just beautiful. Could you please share the source for the crown. It’s lovely. Thanks for sharing your art!

Heather LickliterJune 20, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Love it, Kara! The one of her eyelashes is my fave!

Stephanie TJune 19, 2012 - 12:48 pm

She is beautiful and this session is breathtaking! WOW

KymJune 17, 2012 - 9:46 am

Never mind I can see it now. It wasn’t coming up at first. : )

KymJune 17, 2012 - 9:45 am

This is amazingly beautiful. I love all of your editing techniques. Quite Stunning. Where do we go to see the rest of the compilation? Kym

LindsayJune 16, 2012 - 2:49 pm

How? How do you do it?! You take my breath awAy with every shoot you do! This hauntingly beautiful!!

Jeanne BoiarskyJune 16, 2012 - 11:49 am

Just amazing!

Kathy RasmussenJune 16, 2012 - 9:58 am

Beautiful, Kara. You are so talented.

Life with KaishonJune 16, 2012 - 8:24 am

She is so incredibly beautiful. What a wonderful project to be a part of Kara. Congratulations!

mugsie5June 16, 2012 - 7:10 am

wonderful is all i can say

RachelJune 16, 2012 - 6:34 am

Magical! You are such an artist!!!

Michele QJune 16, 2012 - 5:03 am

My heart just skips a beat when I view your work, amazing . . .

Heather DavisJune 16, 2012 - 12:21 am

Ohhhhh to be you with your camera for a day would be amazing. You tell such stories and evoke so much emotion in your images. Amazing!!!

Jenny DJune 16, 2012 - 12:20 am

You inspire me to be a better photographer. When are you going to offer workshops?

AnthonyJune 16, 2012 - 12:19 am

Wow, wow, wow!!! Jaw-dropping amazing. You’ve created a story. One isn’t stop reading.

Nicole CookJune 15, 2012 - 10:42 pm

You have such a gift, and your work only gets more and more beautiful. Love this series!

Shantell AndroschukJune 15, 2012 - 10:38 pm

I love your vision of this. Very “The Little Princess”. How do you manage to evoke such an emotional response in every shoot you do? Absolutely brilliant…

{Boston & Chicago – Winter Wonderland}

I’ve been away so much this month.  Where?  Well one of the trips was to one of the most beautiful cities in the states!  Boston!  I love it there!  I hadn’t been in 10 years so this was truly a treat.  My husband had some business there so he asked me along.  I jumped at it!  But what about the kids right?  Well we’re lucky to have such wonderful grandparents close-by, they stayed with the kids!  We owe them big for all they do for us and the kiddos.  Anyway, Jeff and I left on a Saturday morning for our snowy adventure!  It was cold and snowing when we landed – I was in heaven even though I couldn’t feel my hands or feet and my face was numb.  This to me was ‘winter’, winter in a big-beautiful-historic city.  Our long underwear came in handy since we walked or took the ‘T’ everywhere.  What a cool city!  It seems I only travel to big cities in January.  In January of 2010 I visited Chicago for the first time.  It was A-MAZ-ING!  Everyone thought I was crazy for visiting in the midst of their freezing weather, but I was thrilled to be there.  I don’t think I ever shared those pictures on my blog – so I share those here too.  :)   First up – Boston in the winter!

{Below:  I couldn’t resist the lines in the two photos below.  This door was on an unmarked building on Commonwealth.  I loved it.  And the escalator was in the tunnel on the way to the ‘T’}

{below:  random alley that I liked in Government Center (I think) and the statute of the soldier below was in that alley in front of a bar.  I liked him :) }

{below:  in Little Italy – a cool street sign.  On that same street we noticed silverware in the cement  on the stoop of an Italian Restaurant.  Cool hu?}

{above:  ‘T’ Sign – we got to know those well.  Their transportation system made life so easy there.  I wish every big city had such a slick system.}

{below:  The ‘T’ – notice that the guys on the right are in their underwear…they were musicians playing at the station.  I’m still not sure why they were in their underwear. Entertainment everywhere in Boston.}

{below:  the beautiful Capital, just off Boston Commons}

{above:  random narrow alley – cool lines.  below:  one of the many places I want to live in Boston.  Doesn’t this look cool and quaint?  Sigh….}

{below:  we stopped for breakfast 2 mornings at this great little dinner on Beacon Hill – The Paramount.  So yummy.}

{below:  view from the Institute of Contemporary Art.  I sat in this area of the building for over an hour.  So therapeutic.}

{below:  the Holocaust Memorial.  So sad, yet so beautiful.  The lines on the tall pillars (there were 6 pillars) were the serial numbers of the victims who were killed.}

{below:  random splashes of color on the waterfront}

{below:  Jeff and I named this wondering boom-box carrying man – the ‘boom-boom man’. We saw him several times in the Public Garden carrying his beach-scene-painted boom box, blasting his tunes.  We couldn’t make out what he was listening to.  Entertainment a-plenty lol.}

{below:  Artsy building among the beautiful brownstone on Commonwealth}

{below:  used books liked the exterior walls of a second hand book store Jeff and I stopped at.  :) }

Next are pictures of Chicago – Winter 2010.  Another city I love and can ‘t wait to visit again!!  So amazingly beautiful!!

{below:  The Carousel on the Navy Pier had such an eerie look, slowly moving with empty seats.  It was begging to be photographed}

{Below:  Man fishing in the ice off the Navy Pier.  They were catching alots of fish on this cold winter day}

{Below:  the next several images are taken from the Sears Tower. What a fun experience!  I walked a few miles in the freezing cold to get to the Sears tower.  I was numb by the time I got there but it was 100% worth it!}

{Below:  ‘American Gothic’.  Such a pretty setting for this statue.  They moved it shortly after I left Chicago and brought it to….guess?  Mesa, Arizona!  Really.  I need to photograph it here since that’s where I live. Crazy how that happened}

{below:  Cemetery that was calling me off the freeway on the way back to our hotel.  I thought it was beautiful.}

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VivianeFebruary 11, 2013 - 2:23 am

First time here! Your work is awesome!

ellen pattonJanuary 30, 2011 - 11:35 am

I meant LIVE. :)

ellen pattonJanuary 30, 2011 - 11:34 am

A friend sent me a link to your blog. I love in Boston and your photos are fantastic. It really is a great city (even in the winter)!

Kristi S.January 29, 2011 - 11:52 pm

Seriously!!! You are a RockStar with portraits and with travel photography! Unbelievable photos!! Now I have to visit Boston! So inspiring Kara.

annieJanuary 29, 2011 - 11:21 pm

I know I said it on FB, but these are incredible Kara x

OHANA PHOTOGRAPHERSJanuary 28, 2011 - 2:49 am

we traveled back east too this summer to shoot a wedding. wished we could of spent more time in each city. beautiful shots kara! don’t you just love the cemetery’s back east? they were so insane! we shot our couple in one, it was insane awesome!

HaleyJanuary 26, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Amazing Kara! I am in love with your images! You make something so ordinary seem so beautiful and timeless! LOVE!

Terry McKaigJanuary 25, 2011 - 5:31 pm

wow Kara…….amazing images of what looks like an awesome trip!! Could look at them all day!!!

Corey SewellJanuary 25, 2011 - 1:27 pm

How fun! I love these!

{Missing Mexico….}


I can’t believe how much time has passed since my last blog post.  Gosh, I’m sorry.  I have so much to blog and so little time.  But I’m honestly going to make it a priority since I appreciate you taking the time to come by and see my little space in this vast cyber world.

As you may remember, my family and I went on vacation to Mexico in March and we are all missing it already.  The kids had a blast, we relaxed and everyone ate far too many chips & guacamole.  Anyway, the things we saw and the experiences we had were ones I hope my kids never forget.  My parents were there (we all go together every other year) and I’m so glad my children were able to experience this vacation with their grandparents too.  I tried to photograph what I could without looking like a tourist with a big black box attached to my neck.  These are some of the moments I was able to capture.


{Above}  Native to Mexico this nice man kindly allowed me to photograph him.  His look of worry and heartache haunts me.



{Above} Brielle, in her new handmade Mexican Dress that Grandpa bought for her.

{Below}  Taking a break from exploring the markets.



{Above}  A bridge colorfully painted by children who live in this small town.  I loved the unique artwork each child dedicated to their space.

{Below}  Tyler’s hard work in bartering.  He was so proud of his thoughtful spending.  We were too.


{Below}  Cobblestone Streets…I fell in love.


{Below} Funky archway.


{Below}  A beautiful old church we visited. I loved the blue glass windows in this church.




{Below}  A food truck drove passed us on this narrow alleyway.  I couldn’t resist photographing all the vibrant colors.  Made me hungry too. :)




{Above}  We ate lunch and had drinks at  peaceful restaurant on the beach.  Yummers.

{Below} And we played.  Tyler bought this slingshot for his daddy with some of his left over money.  Now they both have slingshots.  Boys.  :)



{Above} Tyler, quietly waiting for our food to come.

{Below} More refreshments.


{Below}  No this is not beer.  It’s pineapple juice and Brielle drank every last drop – I think she liked it.



{Above}  This man stopped at our table while we were eating lunch hoping to entertain the kids.   He terrified them with his talking doll so we kindly tipped him so he could move on.

{Below} The peaceful quiet streets in Bucerius.






{Below} Gorgeous chandelier at our resort.  I would love to have a miniature one in my house.



{Below}  The maids would leave a different ‘towel animal’ on the kids beds each day. This was one of their favorites.


Swimming – both kids are fish!   :)   And we convinced Brielle to come out for a quick nourishment break here (rare, she won’t leave the pool for anything).  :)   Tyler got brave with the waves. He wants to boogie board next time :) web-mex-brielle-swim




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JulieJune 4, 2010 - 9:36 pm

Love these, Kara! You captured such beauty while on your vacation. Glad to hear you had a great time!
I loved seeing all the other babies and children you have captured recently too. Always a pleasure to visit your blog.

AmiiMay 3, 2010 - 1:41 pm

Kara, you never cease to amaze me with your talent. I just love every single image!

MandsMay 3, 2010 - 7:51 am

Kara your work is always so inspirational! so many of these could be sold as artworks in their own right…and your kids look like they had an amaizng time too…you can see that Mexico cpatured your heart :-) Hugs my friend.

MichelleApril 30, 2010 - 2:28 pm

Oh my gosh Kara, the way you see things just amazes me. Emotion, texture, light, color… you have a gift.

PattiApril 30, 2010 - 10:41 am

Gorgeous imagery!

hayleyApril 29, 2010 - 9:14 am

You have such an amazing way of telling stories with your camera. Thank you for sharing :) These images are stunning as always Kara!!

YvonneApril 29, 2010 - 7:15 am

I can see why you miss Mexico! These are fabulous!!!!!! Love all the images you got around town and of the people. Gorgeous!

Haleigh RohnerApril 28, 2010 - 7:57 pm

Totally felt like I was there. You captured so many details. Love that portrait of the Mexican man… award winning. I love them all!

J'LynnApril 28, 2010 - 1:16 pm

Such gorgeous images and subjects!

KateApril 28, 2010 - 9:12 am

Oh Kara these are beyond fabulous! Let me go pick my jaw off the floor…Wow! Stunning! You are so truly talented!

TanyaApril 28, 2010 - 5:07 am

Amazing photos Kara, full of detail & colour! so glad you guys had a wonderful time in Mexico! :)

annie jonesApril 27, 2010 - 5:38 pm

Oh Kara you’re absolutely right! I LOVE the guy, his eyes and the depth…..eerie! Stunning as always, so happy you had an amazing time!!!! Looks fantastic…lots of alcohol I see too :)

michelletwApril 27, 2010 - 2:28 am

Wow Kara, these are truelly stunning and the colors are amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

VanessaApril 25, 2010 - 1:29 pm

Wow Kara! You captured phenomenal moments.

Sarah WheelerApril 24, 2010 - 11:05 pm

it looks like an amazing trip! beautiful photos, thanks for sharing :)

ElmaApril 24, 2010 - 9:10 pm

I want to go to Mexico now! Love what you captured – I know I would not have seen many of these. Great eye and fun PP on these too. I hope you make a book from these!

ShannonApril 24, 2010 - 9:10 pm

Wonderful images. Your style comes through so clearly in these. I also have to say you have two of the most adorable children!

Tiffany BurkeApril 24, 2010 - 11:03 am

Wow Kara, these are so beautiful! What a story they all tell. You have such a refreshing way of viewing things, hope to see more from you :)

sherry bolesApril 23, 2010 - 11:42 pm

At least you have some gorgeous images to remember your trip!

laneApril 23, 2010 - 10:25 pm

ok kara i think these are stunning! honestly stunning! the ones of you son pouring sand in the bottle and your daughter flipping her skirt are perfection to me. Talk about capturing childhood. really beautiful!

Kirstin RoethelApril 23, 2010 - 9:39 pm

Your children are so cute! I love the children’s wall of art; it beautiful!

MonicaApril 23, 2010 - 9:34 pm

What a feast for the eyes. Wow, your photo albums must be stuffed full! Every image had so much impact!!! Bellisimo.

Jen HarrApril 23, 2010 - 4:13 pm

These are completely delicious! Looks like you have some great memories captured. I hope you’re framing some of these…beautiful!

s h e r r yApril 23, 2010 - 3:53 pm

So glad that you guys had a wonderful trip! The second photograph is SO powerful. And everything in Mexico seems to be super colourful <3 I would love to visit one day.

Camilla PhotographyApril 23, 2010 - 3:25 pm

Those old stairs in the church…I wanna shoot there so bad! Gorgeous! And that pic of your daughter with her little underwear showing. So stinkin cute!

Michelle KaneApril 23, 2010 - 12:55 pm

Pure magic! Wow, Kyra! The details, moments, editing, your vision… everything here is just a joy to look at and what great storytelling through your images. LOVE!!

shannonApril 23, 2010 - 12:31 pm

these are seriously amazing! i kept thinking “oh, i love that one, that’s my favorite. wait, no…that one. no, no…that one!” haha
looks like a fantastic time. really wonderful!

Sara PattonApril 23, 2010 - 10:36 am

That little girl is just so beautiful!! I love your soft post processing and gentle texture application too. :)

KarenApril 23, 2010 - 8:59 am

wow, i can see why you miss it! thanks for sharing your fun trip! and next time, can i stowaway in your suitcase? :)

patti mApril 23, 2010 - 8:44 am

wow, what a treat to see mexico through your eyes! Soooo not the traditional vacation pics…. these are like fine are, really enjoyed seeing them, thank you so much for sharing!

MaryApril 23, 2010 - 6:59 am

What beautiful pictures!!!!! WOW, looks like you had a wonderful trip!!!!! Did anyone get a picture of you on the trip?

michelle nicoloffApril 23, 2010 - 12:24 am

just gorgeous Kara! I love them!!!

Jen BertochApril 22, 2010 - 11:41 pm

Oh Kara! These are AMAZING! I feel like Im there just looking through your photos. I love the colors, textures… and just the happiness they bring! :)

tamiApril 22, 2010 - 11:16 pm

SO good to see you back in cyber world! your captured from mexico are stunning….love the texture there and your eye.

{the way I see…}

I’ve driven along this long country highway dozens of times.  Each time I see more and more that I ache to photograph.  Photograph it the way I see it (or want to see it).  This is my interpretation – very ordinary but also aged with decaying beauty.   Most would pass these on the road and think they were just an eye sore and I admit, billboards are such an annoyance to me but sometimes one or two will stick out and beg to be photographed.  And I love old metal signs – I can’t pass one without  wishing I had my camera with me.  Anyway sorry this post is so short – I have a busy week ahead of me and wanted to make sure I posted before things got too crazy.  Thanks for taking a peek :)

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northierthanthouMay 23, 2013 - 6:52 am

I love the small trace of color in the diner photo.

Misty BrogdonMarch 31, 2011 - 10:36 am

I love what you did to these signs..
I pass them everyday on my way to work..=)

Jayme TigheFebruary 9, 2009 - 12:17 pm

Stunning work Kara! Amazing… truly!!

Angela PursellFebruary 4, 2009 - 5:14 pm

These are wonderful! Love love love them!

Vanessa de VilliersFebruary 4, 2009 - 4:40 am

They rock!!!! Kara you have a kind of magic you spread upon your photographs! :) :)

Cheryl JohnsonFebruary 2, 2009 - 6:50 pm

love your processing

Denise SnyderFebruary 1, 2009 - 7:43 pm

I love these Kara!!!

ohana photographers - david & kimiJanuary 31, 2009 - 1:29 pm

oh how i love old signs like that and old drive-ins. love these kara may!

StephanieJanuary 30, 2009 - 2:52 am

Ohhh, I like! :D I have a little diner that I pass on the way out of town, too. It looks nothing like this, but boy if it did, I’d be all over it! :D Wonderful job on these. :D

ChelseyJanuary 29, 2009 - 11:57 pm

You are so right – begging to be photographed! Lovely pp – perfect framing too! And seeing the spots below… I SO wanna come out location hunting with you!!!

AmyJanuary 29, 2009 - 7:49 pm

Wow love the funky fun pics!! I heart everything old and rusty, so much character!! you really have a great eye for these things and i love your processing!! you rock

MandyJanuary 29, 2009 - 9:27 am

Coming to your blog is like visiting a place in my dreams Kara. You are amazing. Your talent is out of this world. Beautiful photos and processing.

Sylvia BorgoJanuary 28, 2009 - 12:13 am

Kara! You must promise me that you will one day consider packaging your post processing techniques and sell them as actions. I’m addicted to them!

elizabethJanuary 27, 2009 - 2:37 pm

wish we didnt live so far apart.. I would love to hang out and go shooting with you .. these are awesome

Crystal DelaHozJanuary 27, 2009 - 11:16 am

ooo, i love these! you are such a rockstar ;)

Kara MayJanuary 26, 2009 - 5:16 pm

Thanks ladies! I thought these were fun. I may start selling fine art pieces soon since there’s been a pretty big demand ;)

MarcyJanuary 26, 2009 - 5:14 pm

Not only are you amazing when it comes to children, but your landscapes and fine art are STUNNING! I want these!!

TrishaJanuary 26, 2009 - 5:11 pm

*Drool* the would look amazing printed on canvas! Love your eye!

VanessaJanuary 26, 2009 - 9:20 am

These are totally awesome. My husband and I really want pictures taken at a place like this. We found a small country gas station off the highway that we love. Now just need to set up a time and place and photog :)

Natasha WhiteleyJanuary 26, 2009 - 3:59 am

absolutely stunning!
you have such a creative eye! I’m in awe!

KateJanuary 26, 2009 - 12:49 am

The most ghetto things are always the most fun to photograph :] love these!

amanda andrewsJanuary 26, 2009 - 12:20 am

Love these through your eyes! Ofcourse i’m pretty sure nothing could be an eyesore from your view :)

tamiJanuary 26, 2009 - 12:14 am

LOVE that “hot spot” sign! AND your processing!

rachel brookeJanuary 25, 2009 - 11:45 pm

It’s all how you choose to look at it, right? These are very cool and grungy (in a good way!)