Category Archives: Commercial

{she told me she felt beautiful}

Oh wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted and I’ve honestly missed it. It’s kind of like a journal for me.   This year I’m going to make efforts to post more.  I feel like this is my place for sharing not just my photography business images but also my life it general.  My photography is shaped by who I am and what I feel so I think it’s only fitting to share me, my life, my trials, my journeys, my goals, my failures, my happiness and my sadness here.  My photography is created from emotions that are real, gritty and raw moments in every day life.  And that translates into art…into my art.  Anyway, I just thought I’d warn you, ha.

Last night was pretty chilly here in the desert but the sun was gorgeous so I took Brielle out for some sample shots of light and different properties of light for my ‘Finding the Light’ workshop in Atlanta next week.  While I was there I coupled the shoot with a commercial session for an amazing designer I’ve been working with for years – FaithWorks4U.  As I was getting Brielle ready in my bathroom she saw the dress hanging on my closet door and asked excitedly if she could wear her gold sparkly shoes, my gold headband and my gold earrings. How could I say no, she was styling herself and doing a great job at it.  Commercial shoots never get old for her, especially if I allow her to be a part of the styling. Then she spotted a new purchase I made at Sephora.  It was gold glitter.  She excitedly begged for me to put some on her eyes.  ”It’ll go perfectly with my sparkly shoes Momma’. Again, I was swayed and dabbed a little lightly near her eyes.  After she put on the dress, she looked in the mirror and told me with a smile on her face that she felt beautiful.  I always want her to feel beautiful.  Not necessarily physically but with the person she is.  With who she is on the inside and how she lives her life and projects her spirit onto others.  I truly hope my little girl always feels beautiful.

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JessicaJanuary 25, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Kara these are amazing!!! Love her look and the lighting is just stunning.;)

Rob McBethJanuary 25, 2014 - 12:19 am

I ran across your pieces while looking for Photography blogs. I have to say that I love some of these posts. I think I’m gonna have to keep an eye on you from now on. ;)

kristyJanuary 24, 2014 - 9:38 pm

i ran across your photos on etsy which led me here. your work is amazing. and yes, she is beautiful.

ivaJanuary 23, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Hi kara, what camera and lenses do you use? i love your work!
greetings from france

LisaJanuary 16, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Ohhhhhh I needed to see some of your work tonight. So glad to see your post. Your messages are always so poignant.

Nikki AndersonJanuary 16, 2014 - 7:51 pm

You do it every time! Your images and words speak right to me bringing me suddenly weak as I fall into the emotions of your work. Please keep posting. I can’t wait that long in between posts. I don’t think any of your followers can.

MarissaJanuary 16, 2014 - 7:44 pm

You’re back! I’ve missed your posts!!! Reading this made my eyes well up with tears. Your images are so full of emotion. So very powerful!! Keep posting. Please.

StephanieJanuary 16, 2014 - 7:42 pm

OH! MY! This brought tears to my eyes…it reminds me of my very own baby girls when they are getting ready and playing in my make-up drawer…asking for lipgloss, mascara, and then twirling to see how pretty they look. I not only loved how you described the process, but the tenderness in how she felt when it was all put together. The images are beautiful, and she IS stunning in and out!!! <3

{‘Dream’ Issue of CHIC Magazine}

I’m excited about this month’s Dream Issue of CHIC Magazine.  It’s loaded with beautiful images and detailed articles.  I was flattered when I was asked to contribute with a tutorial on ‘Beautiful Backlighting’.  I love writing (when I have time) especially when its technical writing about photography.  And I love to teach so this was so much fun for me to do. And finally….being in Arizona, I worship the light for photography here and utilize backlighting for most all of my sessions.   If you’re interested in getting a hardcopy or a digital copy of CHIC magazine you can click here to order.  Hope you enjoy it!

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BethJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:46 am

Kara, your web design & photography are exquisite! Loved meeting you yesterday!

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Vicki CJanuary 18, 2013 - 10:22 pm

I need to read this article. My backlighting images are not crisp at all. So hard to keep my subject in focus when trying to get pretty backlighting. You’re such an inspiration!

Becka Anne DonnerJanuary 18, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Oh wow Kara! I’m sure this article rocks! You have the most beautiful work! I think you should be in every magazine!

LaylaJanuary 18, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Beautiful images! I didn’t know about this magazine. I will be going to the link and ordering my copy ASAP! EXCITED! Always a pleasure to see your work Kara <3 Layla with Blue Sky

{Vintage Crown}

I love crowns, especially vintage crowns.  When TJF Designs , creator of ‘Confessions of a Prop Junkie’ asked me to work with her on this stunning crown, I was ecstatic!  My mind started racing and I was getting so inspired from this one amazing little crown.  I thought about what I wanted to do.  And for some reason I do my best thinking last minute (literally) when it all comes together.  My mom made Brielle the gorgeous red cloak and Brielle really wanted to wear her new converse boots.  So I added them in to the pile of things to bring to the shoot and gathered a few more things…a tutu, cute lacy leggings, a brush and some hair spray.  Then we raced to the site with the last available amount of light and I feel in love with the scene that Brielle created with those new crazy boots and brilliant vintage crown.  You can find some amazing props and unique, beautiful crowns on Tabitha’s website.  She also has a Facebook Fan Page where she posts recent items added to her store as well as sales and promotions and other business happenings.

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KatieFebruary 4, 2013 - 9:18 pm

WOW!!! This is unreal!! Very beautiful and motivating to other photographers..

HallieJanuary 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

The black and whites are phenomenal!! Awesome work as always!! Brielle is such a gorgeous girl!!

Becka Anne DonnerJanuary 11, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Wow, wow, wow, wow! Love everything about these. I want this whole outfit for my daughter.

Kat GambleJanuary 11, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Get out!! This is a dream session. I’m always left so inspired by your posts and your music. Simply want to stay here a while now. Keep posting please.

LaneyJanuary 11, 2013 - 11:56 am

Flippin amazing!! Pure utter inspiration.

{a taste of Fall & a hint of late summer – Boho Style}

Oh yes, I’ve teamed up again with 2 of my longtime favorite designers.  I’ve been working with these two for over 5 years now!  I can’t believe it.  And they still amaze me with their creativity and talent.  Kait Emerson Designs newest collection are great for late summer and early fall – the Boho Collection!  I simply love this boho style and screamed with excitement when I got these in the mail!  I can’t say enough about Melissa of Nuxiemade {designer of the beautiful crochet hat shown} and Feanna of Kait Emerson Designs.  I love you ladies!  Check out these fun styles below and be sure to check out their shops {links on their names} and Facebook pages – Kait Emerson Designs Facebook Page    Nuxiemade’s Facebook Page

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Catherine VargasMay 1, 2013 - 10:42 am

Adorable pictures, congrats!
Vintage Inspired Girls

MeganJuly 19, 2012 - 9:01 am

Your daughter is absolutely beautiful and quite the model!

Natasha WhiteleyJuly 6, 2012 - 1:25 pm

ja see.. you work magic.. these are fantastic!

Feanna OttaJune 28, 2012 - 7:21 am

Love,love,love….I feel so honored to work with you and Brielle. You both are amazing!

Jeff MayJune 27, 2012 - 9:53 pm

We need a formula to freeze our daughter. She’s growing up and you are capturing her beautifully.

Kathy KeenanJune 27, 2012 - 7:24 pm

so, so pretty!!

Jessica HermanJune 27, 2012 - 6:53 pm

I want that blouse! I want everything really. Your fashion photography is amazing Kara!!

Mindy BJune 27, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Kara, I’ve been following your work for years! I usually don’t comment, but you get better and better. I didn’t think that was possible. Amazing!

LindsayJune 27, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Wowzers!!!! Absolutely beautiful. I want the whole ensemble! Down to the accessories. Gorgeous.

mugsie5June 27, 2012 - 6:17 pm

wow to the clothes and the photography. Love Brielle in all of these.