Monthly Archives: March 2008

{Monkey & Me}

Oh my…here’s another amazingly creative, hip, and fun featured designer, Beth creator of Monkey & Me unique children’s clothing. Little Briella was so giddy trying these clothes on and modeling for me. I’ve never seen her so excited for a photo session. We dressed her on-location so the clothes wouldn’t wrinkle too much and she kept saying ‘Oh this is gonna be fun! ‘{giggles emanating from her}. I was thrilled she was so into it. Anyway, getting the thumbs up from my daughter was a good sign and I instantly fell in love with the colors, and cute vintage designs. Monkey & Me designs a variety of styles from funky and hip to wild and spunky available in infant sizes all the way up to 6T. And since Beth is the designer/creator she knows all about sizing so if you’re unsure of what sizes you’re interested in just send her your child’s measurements and she’ll help you find the perfect fit! I just love this red and white polka-dot retro animals A-line dress! But I think Brielle felt sassy in all of them. If you like funky, retro, unique clothing you’ve gotta check out Monkey & Me.



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TRACIJanuary 15, 2009 - 5:14 pm

Kara I wondered if you might share where you got the hat in the pose with the Japenese dress that your daughter is wearing. If not that is ok too. I have ordered form ETSY several times and checked Nuxie’s and didn’t see one similar to her designs. I have three daughter’s and my oldest loves this hat.

Jami BroadbentApril 8, 2008 - 1:33 pm

amazing clothes. amazing photography. kudos.

BrookeApril 2, 2008 - 7:28 pm

these pictures are unreal! soooooo fun and beautiful! great job

Photographs By TiffanyApril 2, 2008 - 5:36 pm

Gorgeous shots!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!! You are on my google reader list already :) Small blogging world huh! :)

Jason LanierApril 2, 2008 - 5:08 pm


Great shots! I love the color and contrast in the pics. Very impressed with your work.

audrey habeckApril 2, 2008 - 7:46 am

thanks girl! i saw some clouds here yesterday and i thought – those look like kara’s pics! if i only had a subject!!!
you rock!

Kara MayApril 1, 2008 - 8:46 pm

Thank you ladies! These images were shot with my Canon L 24-70 f/2.8 lens – I love this lens. Crazy that I have a wide collection of lens that I I’m thrilled to have but 90% of the time I use this lens. It does so much! And Audrey – the clouds; lately the clouds here have been amazing! I plan shoots around the clouds (with my kids anyway- since I can be so impromptu with them). And contrast is the key to making them more prominant.;) HTH’s
Thanks again – love hearing from you all!

audrey habeckApril 1, 2008 - 8:36 am your daughter adorable or what?!?!? i love the effects you put on the sky and surroundings in your pictures! i’d love to hear your trick for the clouds if you’re willing to share! awesome work – as usual….fyi….i think your blog is my new favorite.

J.Stoia Portrait DesignApril 1, 2008 - 12:35 am

Wowza. What a creative designer. I love everything about it. I love the composition of these shots… the dirt road off to the distance. Its great. Q? What lens are you using for these shoots of your daughter?

kennedy & friendsApril 1, 2008 - 12:34 am

soo cute!!! i love the little trees japanese prints fabric. i have a whole stash of these prints just awaiting to become something. you have the best little model!

jennifer AndersonMarch 31, 2008 - 11:11 pm

WOW! these are the cutest ever. She definitely sports this look well. You can totally tell she was having a great time.
Love them!

Caitlin Domanico PhotographyMarch 31, 2008 - 8:24 pm

Sheesh…I don’t know what to say. Lovely, just lovely!

Kara MayMarch 31, 2008 - 6:22 pm

Thanks for your comments! Aren’t those clothes adorable?! I was just so happy Brielle was so thrilled over them. :)

Hayley Anderson PhotographyMarch 31, 2008 - 6:02 pm

Talk about STUNNING!! All of your photographs are incredible! I’m so glad you left a comment… Now I get to look at your beautiful work!

April Stokes PhotographyMarch 31, 2008 - 5:52 pm

Stunning – what a doll you have! I’m a major blog stalker of yours -you are a huge inspiration to me and many others. I anticipate every post you make and get so giddy when I see new ones! You are *talented* girl!!

Angela FieldingMarch 31, 2008 - 5:41 pm

Thanks for the blog love! Your work is outstanding Kara! The colors are strickingly beautiful!

Melissa KoehlerMarch 31, 2008 - 2:55 pm

I LOVE these clothes! How fun. You got some great images

Tiffany AmbersMarch 31, 2008 - 10:02 am

A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E* wow, what a fabulous model you have Kara! Those clothes are so stinkin cute too!! You’re images keep on inspiring me. Beautiful!!

EMarch 31, 2008 - 9:45 am

oh my goodness.. seriously way too cute.. love those boots too..

SandyMarch 31, 2008 - 8:22 am

Too cute, as always Kara! Wish I could get my kids to pose like that for me! Love the arm up in the air! :)

Oh, and the clothes are adorable, too! ~Sandy

AprilMarch 31, 2008 - 1:50 am

Just dropping in Kara. Love these shots of your Briella. Every mother should have one of these for their little girls :-)

JenniferMarch 30, 2008 - 11:15 pm

Kara, you have TOTALLY turned me on to kids clothes at Etsy!! LOVING what I can find and how unique everything is! Keep the “Fashion Features” coming!!!

MeganMarch 30, 2008 - 10:15 pm

These pictures are soo adorable!!! Brielle is sooo photogenic! You did an awesome job!

{Oh… I just had to post a few more…}

Since I have yet to put up Megan & Jessica’s gallery (it’s been a crazy week and spring break for the kidlets on top of that), I thought I’d add a second peek from their session. I love face shots so I couldn’t resist posting more. Oh so many images to choose from, can’t wait to show you more. Thanks for being patient!



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Kara MayMarch 30, 2008 - 9:51 pm

Thank you! Yes, love this age group – so fun to work with! :) Thanks again for commenting!

Erin McKneelyMarch 30, 2008 - 5:58 pm

Very inspiring photogrphy!

JessMarch 29, 2008 - 7:32 pm

I love all of them. I really want to photograph teens too.

Alex ZMarch 29, 2008 - 12:04 am

Wow, they just keep on amazing me. You truely have a gift Kara – absolutely beautiful!
-Alex, NY

EMarch 28, 2008 - 10:06 pm

Holy Moly.. wow girl these are awesome.

Caitlin Domanico PhotographyMarch 28, 2008 - 7:47 pm

Sheesh! Ditto Lindsay!

Kara MayMarch 28, 2008 - 6:55 pm

Thanks so much! It’s so fun photographing teens – they have fun with it too which is really cool. Thanks again for your comments and kind words! ;)

JulieMarch 28, 2008 - 10:59 am

These are gorgeous!

jen andersonMarch 28, 2008 - 10:06 am

oh my goodness….there’s more amazing shots?
these girls are just so beautiful and fashinable–you captured all of that!

AnonymousMarch 28, 2008 - 8:52 am

Both girls look absolutely beautiful. Great photography

LindsayMarch 28, 2008 - 8:35 am

Stunning, gorgeous, beautiful as usual Kara! Fabulous work!

{Fun, Fashion & Friends}

Yesterday afternoon I photographed two close friends – Megan & Jessica. They just so happen to be awesome babysitters too – my kids adore these two girls! And they were bummed to see me leave with Megan and Jessica as we ventured on our photo shoot. I have to say photographing Megan & Jessica brought me right back to my senior year in High School – the laughter, teasing, embarrassment and enthusiasm – it all came flooding back and was so surreal. The two could be sisters, they were that close – you know the type of friendship where you share make-up, do each others hair, make fun of each other yet encourage and support each other. That’s the type of friendship they had and it made this session one of my favorites. I could have photographed them all night but we lost light and had to end it at some point. Anyway here’s a few images from our session. I varied my editing styles since I just couldn’t resist and the possibilities were pretty wide with this age group. ;-)
More to come…

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nicoleOctober 17, 2009 - 1:52 pm

yah shes beautifull

kennedy & friendsMarch 27, 2008 - 7:12 pm

this is just amazing. i keep coming back to see your work. i can’t believe my eyes! the black and white chair is inspiring. what gorgeous girls too.

JessMarch 27, 2008 - 6:08 pm

Love that chair and your header is amazing!

JulieMarch 27, 2008 - 4:41 pm

Hi Kara! I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say how gorgeous your images are. Keep up the good work!

audrey habeckMarch 27, 2008 - 4:38 pm

these girls are beautiful! awesome work Kara! I love it! I’ll keep checking out your blog! Thanks for the post the other day!

jen schultzMarch 27, 2008 - 11:01 am

I just found your blog via Amy Wenzel’s, and wow, I am blown away by your talent. Thanks for posting such beautiful work!

jen andersonMarch 25, 2008 - 9:49 pm

You did an amazing job! I was blown away by each and everyone. Just awesome!

joleenMarch 25, 2008 - 5:13 pm

These are just gorgeous- I esp. love #3 + #5. :)

Jeana BirdMarch 25, 2008 - 11:06 am

So inspiring. I LOVE your work and these photos are incredible…you can do it all. I love #3!! but all of them are AMAZING. Also, thanks for visiting my blog.

ToniMarch 24, 2008 - 10:25 pm

love these!!! so great! the eyes are so captivating in the first one!!!!

Rachel BrookeMarch 24, 2008 - 1:54 pm

absolutely gorgeous…

AnonymousMarch 23, 2008 - 4:31 pm

Oh my… stunning work! I found your blog through a link on Tarah’s site. After seeing your work, I’m a HUGE fan and will be visiting often! Such inspiration

Kara MayMarch 23, 2008 - 10:41 am

You guys are the best!! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Encourages me to ‘keep on bloggin’ :) These girls were such fabulous models, we had a blast! Thanks again for your comments!

EMarch 23, 2008 - 10:37 am

these are beautiful I absolutely love the one with the chair..e

Caitlin DomanicoMarch 23, 2008 - 9:25 am

So…you’re my HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you!!!!

Caitlin DomanicoMarch 23, 2008 - 8:48 am

That does help! I have NO idea how to make them…I’ve only being using photoshop for a few months (imagine that!). I will check out those sites, and maybe beg my mother in law to teach me (graphic designer)!

AnonymousMarch 22, 2008 - 10:27 pm

Wow, wow, wow. Kara, these are beautiful. Love your clarity and color – beautiful!!

Tara StatonMarch 22, 2008 - 9:07 pm

OMG that chair is amazing! Love it! Thanks for the reply on my blog!

Caitlin DomanicoMarch 22, 2008 - 6:15 pm

Whoa, these girls are so cute!!!!!!!

I love the one in the chair.

Rebecca TylerMarch 22, 2008 - 5:18 pm

Wow. These are all so beautiful as are your models. Awesome job on all of these. :o )

Lexi KaneMarch 22, 2008 - 4:48 pm

Wow, YOU ARE SO TALENTED girl! Everytime I see your work I’m covered in goose bumps – seriously. Your work captures such emotion and intensity. LOVE LOVE LOVE these pictures. These girls are beautiful.

J.Stoia Portrait DesignMarch 22, 2008 - 4:34 pm

I can’t even express how excited I am that I found your blog. It is very inspiring! I LOVE the first black and white shot..those eyes are captivating!! Also cant stop staring at the image on the stairs in color… great use of space, composition and pops of color. I am your new best blog stalker!! ;)

{Could it be Spring… finally?! Oh and April & May are booked}

Is it here? Is Spring really here? As I tiptoed out of my bedroom this morning before the kids woke, I realized that today is the day I’ve been dying for. The first day of Spring was finally here! The sun is shimmering but wow it’s so windy! My hair whipped me in the face as I got out of my car and headed into the gym this morning – it didn’t feel like spring, but I’m sure it will in no time!
So yesterday afternoon I took Tyler on a little mini-photo session. He gave me about 10 minutes to run to 3 locations all within 100 yards of each other so it made it pretty painless. I think Tyler has mastered his ‘serious look’. What a cutie, the moment the camera comes out it’s either ‘serious Tyler’ or ‘happy smiles Tyler’. So here’s a few serious and one token smiling image of my little man. I did different processing on all of them. And I used some textures to add dimension to 2 or 3 of them (you’ll know which ones when you see them). ;-)
Oh and on a side note: I currently have no more openings in April or May and June is starting to fill. I also have started booking sessions for Fall. I know that seems so far away, but some people are thinking ahead and booking now (very good idea). Just so you know, this year I have a holiday order cut-off – November 16th will be the deadline. This will allow my lab time to process all your orders before the Christmas. I can’t believe I’m talking about Christmas and it’s the first day of Spring!

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LeahMarch 31, 2008 - 1:44 am

Just found your blog and glad I did your work is all amazing. Your kids stuff is so bright and beautiful, great composition. Senior work is great too. CAn’t wait to see more, bookmarking you! May I ask what type of actions you use for your color intensity?

ClarityMarch 25, 2008 - 11:20 pm

My sweet Kara! I love ALL your pictures. I can’t believe how grown up Mr Tyler is…what a heartbreaker! We love and miss you, hugs to you and the family.

AmyMarch 25, 2008 - 9:55 pm

WOW, your son and daughter are beautfiul, and you truly have an amazing gift of capturing them. I love all your textures that you apply, very fun!!

BrookeMarch 23, 2008 - 11:02 pm

that b and w one ROCKS! thanks for stopping by my blog …but once i clicked on your and saw your work Im feeling like I suck hahaha. Im newer and someday will be as good :) bravo

KimMarch 22, 2008 - 4:34 pm

Awesome photos Kara!!

A word to Kara’s potential clients: think now about the fall!!!! dates for most photographers fill up fast. I only have one session left open for the rest of the YEAR!! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL OCTOBER 1st to think about HOLIDAY photos. :-)

Tara StatonMarch 21, 2008 - 4:26 pm

Love these! He is so handsome! Do you make your own textures or do you buy them? If you don’t mind me asking.

Rebecca TylerMarch 21, 2008 - 12:29 pm

Adorable little man you have there. My son has gotten to the point where he just simply won’t look at me when I get the camera out. haha. This mini session has made me a bit envious. :o )

JodiMarch 21, 2008 - 9:43 am

I just found your blog through Elizabeth’s. Love your pictures – just gorgeous stuff. I love the difference between the first and last pictures of this post – from attitude to sweet as pie. What a cutie!
And if you don’t mind sharing, WHERE did you get that scooter shirt?? :)

Naomi PMarch 20, 2008 - 10:27 pm

Adorable – he looks like a little model. Love the outfit, love the processing, love it all

Kara MayMarch 20, 2008 - 9:01 pm

Tyler takes his mini-sessions pretty seriously – ha! Thank you for your kind words – always so encouraging. :)

BeccahMarch 20, 2008 - 5:24 pm

Gosh girl you freakin rock_ These are soooo amazingly amazing_ You’ve got such a talent! Rub some of that off on me – please!

JeffMarch 20, 2008 - 5:19 pm

He doesn’t look so much like my little boy in the ‘serious’ pictures anymore. Way to go Ty!
Love, Dad

JenniferMarch 20, 2008 - 4:56 pm

Beautiful images as always! Your little man’s gonna be a heartbreaker!!

Caitlin Domanico PhotographyMarch 20, 2008 - 4:43 pm

What a little stud!!!!!

I love the processing!! Where do you get your textures?

RachelMarch 20, 2008 - 4:18 pm

Wow, your son is adorable! And these shots are amazing. I love your processing – absolutely gorgeous. Keep’em coming Kara.