Monthly Archives: April 2008

{Arizona Series: Beautiful Sisters…}

I’m finally home again!! And it’s so good to be back with the rest of my family again! Brielle is feeling much better and went to the doctor first thing this morning, she still has signs of her illness lingering so we’ll go back again each week for tests. Thank you again for your continued thoughts and prayers, e-mails and comments. :)
So I was finally able to down load and edit some pictures today from my trip – still tons more to look at and edit but here are a few images from my session with two fun and beautiful sisters, MacKenzie & Tatum. Can you believe they aren’t even teens yet?! Kenzie is taller than me and I had to stand on my tippy-toes for most of the session ;-) and Tatum, who is 9 years old, is right behind her older sister (they must have been really good vegetable eaters when they were little). Anyway, we found a great location in the Scottsdale area of Arizona and shot in a garden of sorts. The girls were so fun even when passer-by’s stop a moment to watch.
Anyway, here’s a little sneak peek from our session.




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TayasmamaMay 4, 2008 - 2:53 pm

Oh my word! They are breathtaking!

TamiMay 1, 2008 - 12:36 pm

Kara…the eyes in your pictures are just amazing. while the colors are to die for!

SheriMay 1, 2008 - 12:07 pm

I am soooooooo in love with your work !

**Lex**May 1, 2008 - 10:52 am

Seriously stunning!! Gorgeous girls and simply amazing photos!
-Lex, NY

Jennifer Anderson PhotographyApril 30, 2008 - 11:43 pm

These are AWESOME!!! I love the 2nd and 3rd one. Wonderful work as always!

Justin^2481^April 30, 2008 - 11:13 pm

Just found your blog through Taylor’s site and I love your work! Very talented – wow. Just stunning!!

Abbie Payge PhotographyApril 30, 2008 - 10:13 pm

Glad to hear everyone is doing better and things are getting back to normal. Beautiful photos as always

kennedy & friendsApril 30, 2008 - 7:35 pm

i’m happy to know briella is doing better. i wish she continues to improve. we miss seeing her pretty happy face! much love to her.

LindsayApril 30, 2008 - 7:34 pm

Kara – these absolutely wonderful!!!! You are so talented no matter where you have your sessions. I love the guitar and the umbrella – beautiful processing as usual!!

kennedy & friendsApril 30, 2008 - 7:34 pm

just amazing…..i guess i need to find another word to describe your work…because i keep using the same one. amazing. i mean, what else could i say? stunning? marvelous? i will keep trying! the girls are beautiful. hands down.

MistyApril 30, 2008 - 6:44 pm

Gorgeous. I love the eyes in the second one!! Love the colors. I hope your little girl gets all better soon. She’s in my thoughts.

Photographs By TiffanyApril 30, 2008 - 6:02 pm

I just love them!

MelissaApril 30, 2008 - 5:28 pm

Beautiful girls and totally awesome pics!

KristyApril 30, 2008 - 4:02 pm

Those are beautiful. How do you make the eyes so bright? I would love to know your secrets. I’ve tried it on my daughter, but I can’t get them to be like that. Could it be that her eyes are such a dark brown? I would love to get some tips from you. (sorry, I know you don’t know me, and im begging for secrets) :0)

Vintage Lime DesignsApril 30, 2008 - 3:27 pm

Wow, these are stunning!! What beautiful girl. Love the lighting and the colors!!!
Glad to hear Briella is feeling better! Thanks for keeping us posted.

Caitlin Domanico PhotographyApril 30, 2008 - 3:20 pm

Ah these two are so cute. I love the processing.

I can’t believe the older one is not at least 16!

{to my mom, on her birthday…}

I’m horrible at writing poetry…. love to write but I’m awful when it comes to poetry and the rules that go along with it (I’m a rule-breaker I guess) :) But my mom is an amazing person who is so selfless and giving, I wanted to give her something special and from my heart for her birthday. She’s endured a lot lately and again is so giving of herself during this time.
Mom, thank you for being such an amazing mom and role model. I wish I could be with you today.
Happy Birthday Mom!
–God Made–
God made an extraordinary mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her laugh at the fun times
and gave her great strength during the tough times;
He made her a heart that is loving and selfless;
and a soul that is magnetic and true.
God made an extraordinary mother,
And He gave that amazing mother to me.
(Image to be inserted when I get back home to SC) :)

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Art PhotographsMay 10, 2008 - 10:51 am

Beautiful! it made me cry, that poem could have been written for my mother too.

LindsayApril 29, 2008 - 7:13 pm

Very beautiful poem Kara! Hope your mom has a great birthday!

momApril 29, 2008 - 8:36 am

Kara, thank you for the poem. You made me cry!. I have always been grateful to have such a wonderful daughter.

MelissaApril 29, 2008 - 8:03 am

That was beautiful, great poem!

Happy Birthday to your mother!

{all of your thoughts and prayers are working…}

First off, you are the best! You’re kind words, thoughts and prayers are hard at work and I know they are making a difference. I’m in such awe over the overwhelming support I’ve received – your comments, e-mails, and some wonderful surprise gifts sent to our room have just brought me to tears. You all don’t know how much your friendship and support means to me and my family- thank you sooooooo much!
The doctor’s at Children have come to the following conclusion – her lab results show that she has contracted Shigella (similar to E-Coli – yuck!) coupled with nephritis and HSP (the disease mentioned below). That’s the reasons for her high fevers, added stomach pains, and other not so fun symptoms. Then we got the exciting news that she could leave the hospital after getting a round of antibiotics to start treating the Shigella (her HSP just has to run it’s course – there’s no treatment except for monitoring her kidneys with weekly urine tests and then with monthly tests)!! Brielle is coming back to her little happy-go-lucky self; she’s talkative and giggling, she’s walking well (although she’s wobbly on her legs and has fallen more than once scaring her a bit), and she’s eating & drinking more. I’m so glad to have her out of the hospital (although I’m sooooooo thankful for the wonderful care she received). And I am selfishly so happy to see things outside of little B’s hospital room. We sat outside tonight just soaking up the beautiful sunset here in Arizona, then bathed and now she’s soundly sleeping.
Anyway, sorry for all the details, we are just so happy to be discharged and will be heading home back to South Carolina on Tuesday! It will give Briella time to be up to traveling and if she regresses, we are close to the doctors who treated her.
Thanks again so much you all!!!! You don’t know how much your words, prayers and support have meant to me and my family. I wish I could give back to you – really… it’s meant the world to me. I’ll hopefully be back to posting soon. It kills me not to be posting more, but I will certainly be making up for it when I get back home! :) Thank you and XOXO’s to you all.

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TayasmamaMay 4, 2008 - 3:02 pm

Oh my I’m so sorry you have to go through this :( I’m glad she is getting better and I hope she is heaps better by now! big hugs and take care! You are in my thoughts!


EApril 29, 2008 - 12:26 pm

I am so happy to hear this news.. will continue to keep her in our thoughts and prayers…. No Child should ever be sick ever..No Parent should ever have that fear..I had a very sick child a few years ago..almost died from appendicitis that went as bad as possible so I know how scary all this can be… but sounds like she is well on her way to recovery. THANK GOD.

***ARI--ANNA***April 28, 2008 - 12:46 am

Kara, I’m so happy to hear the Briella is out of the hospital and is on the road to getting better. Can’t wait to see her sweetness posted on your blog again. And of course Tyler too – what a handsome little man he is.

BrookeApril 28, 2008 - 12:15 am

oh Im so sorry, I swear your the 3rd blog I have read about children having problems. best wishes and many prayers. It always makes you look at your life with a better perspective …in a way can be a blessing.

Paige Taylor PhotographyApril 27, 2008 - 11:34 pm

Oh I could jump up and down I’m so relieved Briella is doing better. We’ve been praying for her and have prayer chains going in our community for her. Pray for continued healing and good health. HUGS!!!
-Paige, NY

Tara ZornowApril 27, 2008 - 11:25 pm

Oh goodness! I’m so glad she is getting better! Your images are just beautiful, thank you so much for your comments. I will say a prayer for your beautiful little girl and your family.

Laura OwensApril 27, 2008 - 10:17 pm

Arg! (sorry for the double post! I didn’t know what I was doing :o )

Take care!

Laura OwensApril 27, 2008 - 10:08 pm

Kara – I just checked-in on your blog and read what has been going on. I can only imagine the valley of fear you all went through to get to where you are now. So glad to hear Brielle is in her way to recovery. Know that we are beefing-up the prayers for you from Dacula, GA. Take great care!

Laura OwensApril 27, 2008 - 10:02 pm

Kara – God bless! I just went to your blog and read up on what has happend. I can only imagine the valley of fear you all traveled to get to where you are now. So glad to read that Brielle is on her way to recovery. Prayers coming from Dacula, GA to you!

Laura (pish posh girls)

Madison Street PhotographyApril 27, 2008 - 1:35 am

Kara, we miss you! But know that we are thinking of you here in Michigan and pray for your safe trip home. Looking forward to your next post and seeing pictures from your time in Arizona :) Always checking your blog – I’m addicted!

Angie PenroseApril 27, 2008 - 1:16 am

Oh man..poor little thing! Glad to hear she is feeling better. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Especially when you’ve got so much going on. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!

Sugar & Spice Artistic ConceptsApril 26, 2008 - 11:30 pm

Oh wonderful to hear that your sweet Briella is on the mend. What a scary ordeal you and your family have been through. God bless you all and I can’t wait to see more of your breath taking posts!
- Meg

ClarityApril 26, 2008 - 10:29 pm

My sweet May family…I am so sorry to hear that you are all going through this. I am happy to see that B is feeling better and that you are on your way back home. We love you and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Know that we are sending mental hugs and squeezes to all 4 of you.

Much love, Clarity

The Monkey and MeApril 26, 2008 - 8:49 pm

So glad to hear that that sweet baby is doing better. Oh what a sigh of relief. Poor momma, I cannot imagine. You must be exhausted. I wish you a safe trip, and lots and lots of rest for all of you.

Sheye RosemeyerApril 26, 2008 - 4:33 pm

Dear Kara
I am so thrilled Brielle is feeling better.
With love

Kelly Porter PhotographyApril 26, 2008 - 2:44 pm

Oh so happy that Brielle is starting to feel better. We’ve been praying for her and missing seeing her little sweet face on your blog. Thank you for the updates!!! Still praying for good health and complete recovery. You have been through so much. Hugs,

TamiApril 26, 2008 - 10:23 am

Oh, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family!

AnonymousApril 26, 2008 - 10:16 am

I am so glad Brielle is doing better. We will continue to keep you in our prayers!
Aimee Rogers

Caroline PollardApril 26, 2008 - 9:32 am

Kara, so happy to hear B is doing much better! Get some rest! I know Tyler cannot wait for you both to come home!

MelissaApril 26, 2008 - 8:36 am

Yay, so glad to hear little B is getting better. I have been praying for her daily as God lays in on my heart to do so. It is such an overwhelming joy when, after your kids are sick and they start feeling better, they start getting their spunk back. I so LOVE seeing them return to their normal self. You can take for granted their funky little attitudes until they are sick and then you miss their craziness. So happy to hear Brielle is getting giggly again!

Thanks for the nice compliments. You don’t know how much that means to me to have a pro like you compliment an amature like me. It brought a huge smile to my face. Can’t wait to brag to hubs about it. LOL

Keep on keeping on, you’re a huge inspiration to all!

JessApril 26, 2008 - 2:57 am

I had know idea glad to see you guys home.

Vintage Lime DesignsApril 26, 2008 - 1:43 am

So glad your little lady is on the mend. Still praying for you and your family. Miss your beautiful pictures but I know that you will be posting when she’s better and it’s so worth the wait.

JenniferApril 26, 2008 - 12:19 am

Kara, I’m so happy to hear that Brielle is on the mend!! What a a scary thing to go through for you all! Good luck and we’ll keep the thoughts and prayers coming!!

{very sick little girl…}

Life has a way of changing things up on you….I’m not home and won’t be home for several days unfortunately. Briella has been pretty sick most of our trip and it got really bad the morning we were supposed to leave (she lost a lot of blood) and not to be gross but the morning we were supposed to leave she woke up with her diaper completely full of blood. We took her to the ER and Jeff and Tyler traveled back to South Carolina. She also has developed 50+ bright red lesions all over her body, her joints are swollen, and her gums, lips and mouth have been bleeding and she hasn’t been able to walk (I think her joints just hurt too bad). They have diagnosed her with a disease called HSP ( Henoch-Schönlein Purpura). Kinda rare so I’m so glad that we’re being treated at the Children’s Hospital in Phoenix where they have specialized care. Seeing my little girl in this much discomfort is heart-breaking but I know that she will get over this rough time and that she’s in good, caring hands. Anyway, we’ve been in the hospital for 3 days and it sounds like we won’t be going to South Carolina till after the weekend. I just wanted to keep you all posted since I mentioned posting pictures and session sneak peeks soon. Thanks to those of you who have sent me e-mails and left sweet comments on my blog after hearing she was sick ;-) You’re thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
I’ll post more updates as soon as I can.

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Madison Street PhotographyApril 27, 2008 - 1:34 am

Kara, we miss you! But know that we are thinking of you here in Michigan and pray for your safe trip home. Looking forward to your next post and seeing pictures from your time in Arizona :) Always checking your blog – I’m addicted!

Alex Ryan Art & DesignApril 26, 2008 - 1:50 am

Oh this gets me teary – lifting you and your family up in prayers right now. I feel like I know your little girl from reading all your blog posts. You have a lot of people out there praying for Briella – virtual hugs and kisses.
Keep the faith,

AnonymousApril 26, 2008 - 12:15 am

XOXO to you and little Briella. Breaks my heart hearing about this. Praying for you and your sweet family Kara.
–Lex, NY

Martha BravoApril 25, 2008 - 11:19 pm

I hope Briella gets better soon and that you can go back home safely.
Keeping you guys in my thoughts.
Take care

kennedy & friendsApril 25, 2008 - 11:11 pm

Kara, my thoughts are with you. I know how hard it is for a mom (and dad too) to see her child hurt and not be able to fix her pain. I pray that little Briella will be healed. I know you were at the right place for something like that to happen so she can received the best care possible. Keep us updated when you can. I know Briella will pull through this, especially with so much good thoughts and prayers coming her way. Hang in there girls.

Photography by MarianneApril 25, 2008 - 10:31 pm

So sorry to hear. I found your blog on Beyond and wanted to let you know that she is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Carrie YoungApril 25, 2008 - 9:03 pm

Sending all my get well vibes to you Briella :o ) May you be smiling & running around again soon. Much love Kara xox

Tara StatonApril 25, 2008 - 7:56 pm

Oh I am so sorry your little girl is sick. Lots of prayers and good thoughts for her! Hope she feels all better soon!

Tanya GabriellaApril 25, 2008 - 6:38 pm

Oh….MY…..Kara…I’m so sorry about Brielle. I noticed that you had not posted anything in a while and thought that you might be on vacation. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We spent quite a lot of time at Children’s here in San Diego with Gavin and they took such good care of him and I’m sure that they will be just as wonderful there. I will check back for an update. Much love and hugs for you guys. Tanya OXOXOXO

Caroline PollardApril 25, 2008 - 2:51 pm

We miss you & Brielle back here in SC!!! Jeff said Brielle is doing a little better today, eating and such…our thoughts and prayers are with you and your little one! Hoping for a speedy recovery!


ginaApril 25, 2008 - 2:41 pm

kara, i hope briella feels better… i sent some balloons & a teddy bear up to her to cheer her up… i don’t know you, but your work has inspired me and i hope that this will put a smile on her face for at least a second… praying for you…

ShannonApril 25, 2008 - 1:40 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. I hope that she gets better soon.

gillianApril 25, 2008 - 1:08 pm

I work at WaMu in Capital Markets, here in Florence. Someone had told me a while back that ‘Jeffs wife’ was a photographer and gave me your website. I was amazed when I saw your work! I would love to see about scheduling a session for my 4yr old sometime, possible a family session too. I was shocked to read about what happened with your little girl! I can only imagine how scared you all were! ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.’ Proverbs 3:5


Photographs By TiffanyApril 25, 2008 - 12:25 pm

Oh I am sorry to hear about this~ I am glad to see from your comment that she is starting to feel a little better~ Keep us posted! My thoughts are with you!

JenniferApril 25, 2008 - 10:48 am

Kara, I’m so very sorry! How terrible and scary. I’ve never heard of that disease before. Our prayers are with Brielle and your and your family. Please keep us posted!!

AnonymousApril 25, 2008 - 10:47 am

Oh I am so sorry she is going through this, I will be praying for her and for you guys to be strong and trust in the Lord during this time, Blessings

Alicia Gould PhotographyApril 25, 2008 - 10:43 am

i am so sorry for all you’re going through! You’re in my thoughts.

Jodi BellApril 25, 2008 - 9:40 am

Kara, my thought, prayers and well-wishes are with you and your little princess. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can do anything at all for you.


cmbresolveApril 25, 2008 - 8:16 am

I’m so sorry your little girl is sick – that must be so scary. My daughter is about the same age and it’s so hard when they don’t feel well. I hope she starts to feel better soon. Courtney

EApril 25, 2008 - 7:57 am

Oh My Gosh.. there is nothing more terrifying then when your child is sick.. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.. Please keep us posted as to how she is getting on.

Much Love


Jessica KettleApril 25, 2008 - 2:18 am

Hi Kara, thanks for your nice comment! I always love getting feedback from other photographers. I am So sorry about your little girl! I cannot even imagine what you are going through or how scary this must be. We’re keeping you in our prayers!

On a lighter note, I was looking at your work and it is AMAZING. I love your style! Then I realized why. You’re a Seattlite! I was born and raised on the East Side (Bellevue/Redmond). Us Northwesterners have to stick together!

LaurieApril 25, 2008 - 1:29 am

great to hear that she is doing better…. so scary when kids get so sick. Hope she gets better really fast. Laurie

LindsayApril 25, 2008 - 1:19 am

Hugs & prayers you way! So sorry to hear the news of briella. But I’m so glad to hear that she’s starting to act more like the little girl she was before she got sick. Take care of yourself and know that I’m praying for you and your family.

LaureenApril 25, 2008 - 12:48 am

gosh – I’m so sorry Kara, what a scary time for you all. So glad she’s starting to seem more like herself – sure hope she’s on the mend and back to normal soon…take care,

Kara MayApril 25, 2008 - 12:36 am

Well, I’m starting to see a twinkle of my little b coming back. She actually ate a bit o dinner tonight – I was thrilled. She also wanted to ‘cheers’ me before taking a sip of her water (her little routine)and she’s getting a little sassy. All signs that she’s on the upswing. This disease just runs it’s course so she doesn’t need any meds except for pain medications and meds for other aspects brought on by the illness like bladder infection meds, etc. Such a strange disease… a lot of the med students here have been coming into our room (since this is ‘teaching’ hospital) in groups of 4 to 8 to look at her, exam her and ask questions. I figure the more they learn about it and the more care she gets, the better. Anyway, thank you all again soooooo much for your support, thougts and prayers. You don’t know how much it means to me. I’m so lucky to have such caring blog friends. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks again you all!

KateApril 25, 2008 - 12:28 am

Oh Kara, you and your family are in my thougths and prayers. Wishing Briella a very quick recovery.

Vintage Lime DesignsApril 25, 2008 - 12:16 am

OMG Kara, I wish I could give you both big hugs right now. Hang in there and know that you have a lot of people praying for Brielle. Try to get some rest and keep us all posted when you get the time.
Take care, Kris

Jenny BApril 24, 2008 - 11:11 pm

I just searched to find out more about what your daughter is going through! It must be so scary to watch your little one in pain. From what I read it is something that just has to go away on it’s own. Please know I am thinking of you and your family. My prayers are with you all. God Bless. Jenny

kymberli q.April 24, 2008 - 10:58 pm

I will keep her in my prayers. I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope she gets better soon. :(

Stephanie StremlerApril 24, 2008 - 10:30 pm

Oh my! That does sound heart breaking–poor little thing! You are in our prayers as well!

Caitlin Domanico PhotographyApril 24, 2008 - 9:06 pm

Oh wow, I’m keeping you in my thoughts….hopefully she feels better quickly!

Abbie Payge PhotographyApril 24, 2008 - 8:55 pm

awe…that poor little sweetie! having somthing happen like that is never easy, sending wishes for a speedy recovery.
With thoughts,

SandyApril 24, 2008 - 8:46 pm

Kara, Please know that you, Briella, and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have three children myself, so I can only imagine what you must be feeling.

Please take care,

MelissaApril 24, 2008 - 7:29 pm

Oh Kara my heart is breaking for little Briella and for your entire family. I’ve never heard of that disease before. Please know that I am crying out to God on Briella’s behalf. I pray He give you all the comfort that only He can give and that the doctors do whatever it takes to speed her recovery. Praying for you all here in Michigan!