Monthly Archives: March 2008

{Robin’s Egg Pink Boutique}

The first featured designer is Lisa Samartino from ‘Robin’s Egg Pink Boutique’! And oh my gosh…I’ve become such a big fan of her clothing line. Lisa, from Beverly Hills, started her clothing line just last year and is already being featured in National magazines. I love the fabrics in Lisa’s designs – they are lightweight and soft, perfect comfort for children. Brielle liked the jacket too – after I put it on her she whispered to me ‘Oh, am I a princess mommy?’ I don’t know where she got that idea since this is a jacket and not a tutu – but I went along with it and assured her she was indeed a princess. Is that bad? ;-) Anyway, if you have kids check out her clothing line – you can find it at and a growing number of high-end boutiques around the country.


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J.Stoia Portrait DesignMarch 21, 2008 - 12:42 pm

You are blessed to have such a beautiful daughter to photograph. This session, along with the baby doll session with your daughter, make me want to come shoot in S.C. Thanks for finding me and commenting.. I love getting to know new photographers!

Kara MayMarch 20, 2008 - 1:22 pm

You’re comments have made my day – thank you!

genaMarch 20, 2008 - 11:31 am

I love the coat and your photos are to die for! I just recently discovered your bolg and I am hooked! Can’t wait to see the next post.

Kelli JaneMarch 19, 2008 - 10:18 pm

hi kara–thanks so much for stopping by my blog. i actually stopped by yours last week and meant to say how awesome you are but my little one started crying so i got distracted and forgot. i love that you are featuring designers…i was thinking about doing the same thing. oh, and your daughter is BEAUTIFUL!!

Joy KaminskiMarch 19, 2008 - 7:36 pm

Lovely pix, Kara! Thanks for stopping by the blog – I’ll definitely be back here to check in!

Courtney JonesMarch 19, 2008 - 9:36 am

these are beautiful.
what a cute jacket….i’m going
to have to check out this designer on etsy.
thanks for sharing.

EMarch 19, 2008 - 6:13 am

wow.. these are just beautiful.. I am glad you found my blog.. thanks for stopping by.. I iwll be back to check out yours somemore..

Kara MayMarch 18, 2008 - 6:38 pm

Thank you for your kind words! I love projects like this so I was feeling ‘in my element’ ha. Plus, my little love affair with kids clothing was fueled. Thanks again for your comments!!

Rachel BrookeMarch 18, 2008 - 1:46 pm

You are so talented!! I knew you were good by the pictures on your blog header that are perfect. Glad i found this blog :)

AnonymousMarch 18, 2008 - 8:52 am

beautiful coat on a beautiful girl

AnonymousMarch 18, 2008 - 7:57 am

Kara_this is so cool! Your daughter is perfect for modeling this clothing. Simply gorgeous work.

Tasha S.March 18, 2008 - 12:10 am

Oh I have got to have this jacket for my niece! Stunning photos as usual Ms. Kara. Keep on blogging!

{Designer Spotlight}

Most of you know that I love being involved in styling my clients. It’s such a significant part of each session. So now I’ve become fascinated with children’s clothing and fashion trends for tots ;-) I’ve been lucky enough to photograph clothing from some talented designers that I’ll be featuring on my blog every now and then. Stay tuned… one’s coming right up. ;-)
And I hate to make a post without a picture so here’s another one of the little cutie patootie below, William.

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Tasha S.March 18, 2008 - 10:10 pm

OMG – your bw conversion is beautiful and so is this little boy!

AnonymousMarch 18, 2008 - 8:19 pm

He is just beautiful.

{baby blue eyes – this little guy was blessed with them!}

Today I photographed the cutest 10 month old baby boy! He had the most vivid bright baby blue eyes I’ve ever seen – coupled with long lush eyelashes that we women strive so hard to obtain. Why is that? Most little boys I photograph have the thickest, longest, beautiful eyelashes. Hmm…I guess that’s why they market mascara to us ladies… :) Anyway, little William’s eyes are absolutely gorgeous as is his smile. What a good sport too… it was windy but not cold thankfully and he was just chillin’ wondering what the heck I was doing holding up a black box that wouldn’t stop clicking (aka- my camera). This little man quickly lost interest in my camera and decided he would avoid looking at it and me all together (very smart boy) ;-) . But I still managed to get a bunch of cute images of him.
Here’s a little sneak peek for William’s parents! (so I’m seeing a theme in these pictures – can you guess what it is?) No worries, I got a lot of William without his hands or objects to his mouth – you’ll find them in your gallery shortly ;-)



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Kara MayMarch 17, 2008 - 5:15 pm

Thanks for your comments! He’s going to be a heart-breaker someday I’m sure ;) So glad you like the pics!

Tracey KendallMarch 17, 2008 - 4:24 pm

stunning photos and what eyes. Great job on all of these. I love them :)

carrie@urbanbabyMarch 17, 2008 - 1:14 pm

beautiful work! look at those eyes!! (ps: thanks for your note in my blog!). -c

SandyMarch 17, 2008 - 6:29 am

Simply beautiful.

JenniferMarch 17, 2008 - 12:33 am

aww, look at thos beautiful piercing blue eyes, stunning!

Caitlin Domanico PhotographyMarch 16, 2008 - 9:18 pm


And those eyes~ wow!!

lilly paigeMarch 16, 2008 - 1:44 am

*Perfect* Kara, these are fabulous! Always excited to see what you post and these make me melt.

Kara MayMarch 15, 2008 - 1:32 pm

Thanks for your comments :) I forgot how squishy and cute little ones are at 10 months – I loved it! Gosh, mine are growing up too fast if I’m already forgetting that stage…. ;)

Rebecca TylerMarch 15, 2008 - 11:47 am

Gorgeous!! Wow. Very nicely captured. :o )

AnonymousMarch 15, 2008 - 9:09 am

Love these pictures

Landar094March 15, 2008 - 1:50 am

You aren’t jokin’ – he does have amazing eyes. You composed these perfectly. Love your eye! Stunning as usual

{Texture? Or No Texture? You tell me…}

Alright, I love playing with textures and couldn’t resist playing with some on these images that I took of my daughter this week. I can’t decide which I prefer…they both have a completely different look and feel to them before the texture and after they were applied. I’ve become addicted to making my own textures too – some work well and other’s not so easy to work with. I know textures are totally a personal preference so some of you may be looking at the textured ones thinking, ‘Oh my, she just ruined that image’ – it’s way more artsy and I know not everyone is into that much funky change. Anyway, I thought I’d post these to see what you all thought – texture? Or no texture? Thanks for your help!
No Texture applied
Texture applied

No Texture applied


With texture applied


No Texture applied


With texture applied

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Jamar ZelazoJuly 16, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Believe it or not unlike the Brits in The most beneficial Exotic Marigold Hotel, who want to leave England I’d love to retire to England. I really like that country!

audrey habeckMarch 27, 2008 - 4:50 pm

personally…i LOVE the textures! these pictures are phenomenal!!! i am in love with the picture of your daughter walking down the dirt road! it’s so classic but soo cool at the same time!

julie hMarch 20, 2008 - 12:27 am

I’m new to this world of photo editing but am excited to learn more and I love how you will comment on what you’ve done to enhance the photo. What version of photoshop do you use? As far as texture goes I think it’s more fitting for wider shots with the subject taking up less of the frame. With the photo of a closer shot of your daughter the texture takes away some of the crispness of her liveliness if that makes sense. Did you add the lens flare or was that natural?

EMarch 19, 2008 - 7:44 am

First of all.. amazing location..beautiful daughter.. second..LOVE the textures on these.. they are awesome to start with but the textures really add that extra ooommmppphhhh

KylieMarch 17, 2008 - 12:45 pm

Either way – your images are stunning – but I LOVE the ‘feel’ that the texture creates:)

Kara MayMarch 17, 2008 - 7:58 am

Yes, it’s amazing how textures can change the look and feel of an image. Thank you all again for your comments and feedback!!

Christine DavidMarch 17, 2008 - 2:06 am

Absolutely Stunning! It is amazing how a little texture can drastically change the feel of the picture. I’d have to say that my preference would be: first without and last two with. Someday I may have to have you do your amazing work on my little Washington family!

lilly paigeMarch 14, 2008 - 1:16 pm

Too too too perfect! –OMG– these photos are breath taking! Kara, your work is so beautiful. How do you do what you do??! The setting is amazing, the little coat**adorable. Wow is all I can say. Love the texture and love that non-texture.

Jeana BirdMarch 14, 2008 - 12:52 pm

These images are beautiful. I love the last one with texture…and the sky is incredible. Simply Beautiful.

KathyMarch 14, 2008 - 8:58 am

Oh my these are beautiful! I’m loving both. Such a moving image.

Kara MayMarch 13, 2008 - 11:23 pm

Thank you! These pictures were so randomly taken. We were heading home and went past this beautiful area and I suddenly decided to make a u-turn (the kids were so confused)- I rushed B out since I had her boots in the car, her coat (it was a chilly day) and I happen to have a little knit skirt for her. I whipped them on her not even bothering to take off her sweats – you can see them hanging below her skirt all scrunched up. Any, I couldn’t resist plopping her out in the middle of nowhere (for a couple of snaps) to capture this moment, feel, mood. Glad you all like them! Thanks so much for your comments an input!

kimbraliMarch 13, 2008 - 7:12 pm

ugh. love love love these. love them.
i prefer most of them without because they are just so so great on their own.

Heather MeyersMarch 13, 2008 - 1:30 pm

hey thanks for droppin by my blog Kara ;o)

That last image couldn’t possibly be any more perfect (with texture). The combination of the moody clouds…red coat…artsy twist….simply stunning!!! :o )

jenMarch 13, 2008 - 8:59 am

what a cool location you found…great road.
i love everything about each phoot…i really can’t pick a favorite, but the textures are awesome!

Kara MayMarch 13, 2008 - 7:49 am

Thanks for the comments! So funny, yesterday was the first time in a long time that I had time to go blog hopping. I looked at one viewers blog then the blogs they were linked to (or had comments from), and then I went to the blogs they had comments from, and on and on and on. And I can’t resist posting comments on peoples blogs that I visit,everyone has such a different view and eye about the world around them- it’s fun to see that. Anyway, it was fun and thanks for coming and checking out my blog and leaving such sweet comments. :)

Jamie T.March 12, 2008 - 5:42 pm

I admit it, I’m a blog stalker of yours, have been for a long time. Love your work, I’ve never seen anyone photograph and post process the way you do. Anyway, I like the textures – gives it a moody feel. Very inpsiring work.

TaraMarch 12, 2008 - 5:33 pm

I am a textur girl all the way, but I kinds like the second one without, and the others with. I love your work by the way! You are very inspiring! :) I have been keeping tabs on your blog for a little while now.

BethanyMarch 12, 2008 - 4:35 pm

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! :o ) And by the looks of your commentors, we know a lot of the same people! I also wanted to invite you to our new photo forum, we have loads of fun! The Sweet Spot Photo Forum!

Scrappin' MammaMarch 12, 2008 - 3:43 pm

I think it all depends on what the pictures are going to be used for. I like them all! How do you do the texture? Is there certain software you use? I am so jealous! You take such GREAT pictures. And your kids are so gorgeous!!

ToniMarch 12, 2008 - 2:36 pm

Hi Kara May! Thanks for visiting and posting on my blog! I love your photos! I really love what you’ve done with the textures and keeping the colors so rich and vibrant. I was beginning to think I was the only one these days doing the bright colors. I’m adding you to my permanent blog link list!

Rebecca TylerMarch 12, 2008 - 2:21 pm

LOL..meant to say “I’d”. I am lost without spell check. hehe.

Rebecca TylerMarch 12, 2008 - 2:20 pm

Ohhh, that is a tough one. I’s have to agree with 1 and 2 without but the last one with texture. All of these are gorgeous!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. :o )

MeganMarch 12, 2008 - 1:49 pm

I like them either way, but I agree with what Hayley said. Hey–thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

Kara MayMarch 12, 2008 - 1:48 pm

You guys are the best! So it looks like some of the images look better without the texture and some with. Glad to hear your input – thanks for commenting :) Oh and Sandy – I try not to put too much texture over the subjects face otherwise it’s distracting, KWIM? And Lindsay the coat is a hand-me-down from my friend Melissa. Her little girl Izzy is older than Briella so she was nice enough to give me some items that she outgrew!
And the black riding boots were a Nordstom find – I just couldn’t resist :) Thanks again for all of the wonderful and helpful comments!!

Photographs By TiffanyMarch 12, 2008 - 1:27 pm

Wow!! Your photos are fantastic!!
Yes, the Love Affair workshop was amazing!! I really had a great time and I learned a ton from the teachers and the other attendees!!
I highly recommend it! :)

LindsayMarch 12, 2008 - 12:40 pm

I can go either way on these photos. They have such emotion in them, with the texture and without, just different emotion in each. Where did you get that adorable jacket and the black riding boots? Great clothing choice compliments the feel of these pictures.

JenniferMarch 12, 2008 - 10:48 am

the first two no texture the last one screams texture, your colors and location are awesome. Beautiful work!

AnonymousMarch 12, 2008 - 8:38 am

Oh Kara, these are just gorgeous. Your textures are done perfectly. They are hard to do properly and you clearly have mastered that.
I also love the look of the non-textured. I’m not much help am i?
Love it all – very impressive work.

SandyMarch 12, 2008 - 8:17 am

Love the texture! Adds so much warmth to the photos.

Do you erase back over her face?

Tater & HaleyMarch 12, 2008 - 12:21 am

I love them all with and without, but if I had to choose for these images… I love the first without texture (I focus more on the beautiful sunrays and your little girl) and the last two with texture (the texture completes them). Everything is really tastefully done. Great job!

Tyler K. ClevelandMarch 11, 2008 - 11:00 pm

Woah. These are so professional! (which you are). Besides the setting, subject, and mood, the textures additions really do add a 4h dimension to each photo. I love them both.

tez301March 11, 2008 - 7:44 pm

Both images are amazing with and without the textures! Wow, i can’t decide. Beautiful lighting and processing. The warmth and crispness is to die for!

Caitlin Domanico PhotographyMarch 11, 2008 - 6:24 pm

I’m a sucker for cool textures–my vote: texture:)