Monthly Archives: May 2008

{Tag! I’m it! X’s 4}

I really am a team player and I love this cyber game of blog tag. I hate that I haven’t been able to play being so busy but now I’m finally able to sit at my computer and play. Woo hoo! The most recent taggers who’ve tagged me are Elizabeth and Rebecca Tyler.
The rules seem to vary from tagger to tagger so I’m going by these rules since each of my taggers may have slightly varied rules.

The Rules.
*Post the rules before you give the facts.
*Post eight random facts about yourself.
*At the end of your blog post, you need to tag 3 people and list their names

*Leave the people you tagged a comment on their blog, letting them know that they’ve been tagged.
I’ll try not to tell anything that I told you all the last time I was tagged. ;-)
1) I’m kinda a germaphobe…. I admit it. But I really try to hide this quirk since I know it’s irritating to a lot of people. I get soooo grossed out by dish towels – are they being used to dry your hands off? Or to dry dishes? Or are they used to wash the counters down? Whatever they are used for, I used them once and then they go in the wash. I’m addicted to the Clorox cleaning wipes (low-streak formula) for washing my counters and kitchen table. They ROCK! Oh on that same note – sponges are just a haven for bacteria and other nasty things – so after I use them, I rinse them off and put them in the microwave for 2 minutes – it kills 99.9% of the nastiness sponges collect. I know, I need help…. or just a big glass of wine.

2) I’m adopted. My parents were living in Idaho at the time and suffered the loss of a baby girl, Kristen, to SIDS. What’s totally weird – is my parents were supposed to get another child but their OB went on vacation and the birth mom delivered early. Well the OB taking over gave the baby to his sister in California rather than to my parents. Of course my parents were completely heart broken. But 9 months later, they got me! Another crazy thing is that Kristen had a little stork bite above her eye and I had the same stork bite over my eye {goose-bumps…} . God had a plan for our family and I’m thankful we were brought together.

3) I had a freckle on the tip of my nose as a child and I always wanted it to go away. I even remember seeing a commercial on TV for Oxy Pads, you know the blemish fighting pads, and I got so excited thinking that the Oxy Pads could take away my freckles. I insisted that we go to the store and get some. Anyway, I fell one day and skinned the tip of my nose and other parts of my face, pretty site I’m sure, and what happened? It skinned my freckle right off! I remember being so happy that my freckle was finally gone! Never-mind the fact that I may scar from falling, thankfully I didn’t.

4) I swear I was a fish in my prior life. I grew up in Southern California and we had a pool in our backyard. So from a young age, I learned to swim and immediately fell in love with the water. I was in that pool every day even in the rain. If I wasn’t in the pool I would be resting right next to the pool with one hand in the water – usually falling asleep.

5) I broke my tibia in preschool {my daughter gets her ‘accident prone’ tendencies from me}. My sister and I collided going around a blind corner – I was running to get my cool red original ‘big wheel’ bike back from her when we crashed. I still remember my big wheel and how much I just loved it…. Anyway, I had a cast from my hip to my toes and I just remember being devastated that I couldn’t go swimming. Instead I sat in the hot tub with a big black garbage bag wrapped around my leg and propped on the edge of the hot tub. So miserable for a little girl in love with the water.

6) I was voted class clown in junior high. Uh-hu, really proud of that one. Then I somehow I was elected to be the school president the following year. Hmmmm…

7) I love the piano, it just soothes me so I have a bunch of CD’s of piano music – Jim Brickman is one of my favorites. Anyway, I played the piano when I was young and when we moved we found a new piano teacher. She happened to be my ‘new best friend’s’ mom. But her mom, was the Hitler of piano teachers. If my wrists weren’t raised properly while I was playing she would slap my knuckles with a ruler. And she would write the most hateful notes about my abilities (or lack thereof) in the margins of my music sheets. I quit after a couple of months. Her daughter and I remained best friends but her mother never seemed to take a liking to me… or any of her daughters friends :( .

8) Lastly, I have two wedding rings. I know what you’re thinking…and to clarify, I’ve only been married one time. Jeff proposed to me with a ring that we were going to find a setting for. So we looked… and looked…. and decided that we wanted to design the ring (that looked a bit vintage) and my uncle’s best friend was a ring maker. So he made our ring. About a week before our wedding we weren’t sure if we were going to get our ring so we went shopping for another setting. We found one we really liked and decided to buy it. Well, the next day our ring came from my uncles best friend – it was beautiful! So we went back to the store we had purchased the ring from the day before (since they did have a return policy) and found that since my ring size was 3 1/4 it was considered a custom size and it couldn’t be returned. :( ….. ;-) Luckily my husband (fiancĂ©) was willing to let me have two rings.

Now I’m tagging my photog friends Brooke Drellos, Kelli France, Alicia Caine & Kara Elmore (sorry ladies…. Brooke, just getting you back ;-) )

And I don’t want to leave you without a picture so here’s little Miss Lilly….

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*Dizzy*Lizzy*June 1, 2008 - 11:54 am

Kara, I look forward to your posts and it’s fun learning more about you. My husband and I were cracking up about the plastic bag over your cast in the hot tub – he had a similar situation when he was a child. Made him chuckle ;)

maryMay 31, 2008 - 11:36 pm

Your work is gorgeous and I am just honored that you even stopped by and commented on my blog! I am so glad to have discovered you and I will be checking back to learn from you!

~Ari~May 30, 2008 - 10:37 pm

It’s so good to know more about ‘the girl’ behind the camera. Loved hearing these bits of information. And of course I ‘puffy heart’ all your images and follow your work closely.

TanyaMay 30, 2008 - 8:46 pm

Beautiful photo Kara!! I hear you on the freckles lol. love the piano, very soothing.

TawnyaMay 30, 2008 - 8:33 am

wow. loved reading your post.
your photography is beyond amazing! thanks for visiting my blog :) I will be back :)

KellieMay 30, 2008 - 1:31 am

Big wheels were the best right!! I used to turn mine upside down and play with it.

I was a lil fishie too…I had green hair growing up in Thousand Oaks.

fun facts!!

Vintage Lime DesignsMay 29, 2008 - 11:15 pm

Embrace your freckles – remember they’re angel kisses. Your story made me laugh though. And 2 wedding rings!?! Luckly girl! ;)

JinkseeMay 29, 2008 - 5:29 pm

I love your tidbits. :D What a fun person you seem to be. :) And, of course, beautiful, beautiful photo. :D

Stacy StricklandMay 29, 2008 - 4:30 pm

Kara, I’ve been reading your blog for months and I’m addicted (a true stalker). I had to comment on the adoption part – we adopted a baby girl several years ago and couldn’t feel more blessed by her presence in our lives and family. Thanks for sharing – adoption is such a gift.

LindsayMay 29, 2008 - 11:43 am

I’m with you on the piano – I love hearing it but my lessons as a kid still haunt me too. :)

AnonymousMay 29, 2008 - 7:55 am

fantastic, as usual

JessicaMay 29, 2008 - 7:50 am

Don’t worry, I’m a germaphobe too. Good idea about the sponge – I’ll have to try that. Love the picture you posted.

{EarthGroovz Designs}

Oh take a peek at my latest featured designer’s work! Kerry, the creator of ‘EarthGroovz Designs’, makes funky, hip and earth-friendly clothes! I love these dresses and I even paired them with some pants for a fun look! My daughter was feeling a little spunky in them too, she was full of attitude when I put her in the dresses. She grabbed her hat, put it on her head and went on her way (in search of ladybugs, what else?). And cutie patootie Kendall, is modeling the 18 month old size. I’ve already used these during some of my photo sessions. Love them and the many fabrics Kerry offers with her designs. I just can’t get enough of the big flower prints- they have such a fun 70′s, retro, carefree feel. And Kerry is really wonderful to work with – contact her if you have any questions!

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Sherry WardMay 30, 2008 - 12:34 am

You are SOOOOO talented. These are totally amazing… and your COLOUR!! So jealous!

LindsayMay 27, 2008 - 4:14 pm

Kara….Kara… have I told you how much you ROCK?! Every one of your posts makes my jaw drop – seriously. If I only had 1/16th of the talent you did I’d be so feeling so cocky! Keep posting and keep inspiring!

EMay 27, 2008 - 1:02 pm

Wow Kara these are so cool

Jamie SampsMay 27, 2008 - 11:15 am

You are so talented! Love the designs, love the photography! You rock!

Jenny BMay 25, 2008 - 10:31 pm

Had to come back for more,lol. Wanted to know if you were using your speedlight on these? I love the effect. I wanna be just like you, lol.

Angie PenroseMay 24, 2008 - 11:59 pm

I need a girl!! Those are adorable. Your color is amazing!

MandaMay 24, 2008 - 10:23 pm

Wow, you do beautiful work! The rubber boots are a nice touch.

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen photos of the older girl on etsy. Has she modeled knitted hats before?

JinkseeMay 24, 2008 - 4:12 pm

Oh these are so beautiful! :D I am immediately in awe with your work! :D Thanks for checking out my blog and commenting..I appreciate that. :D I have a feeling I’ll be hanging around yours a lot! Great inspiration. :D

Stephanie McBrideMay 24, 2008 - 2:00 pm

BEAUTIFUL girls and beautiful clothes, and love the images, so bright ! makes me excited for summer!

MelissaMay 24, 2008 - 8:07 am


JessicaMay 24, 2008 - 7:08 am

Oh you keep doing it….posting more incredible photos! Wow, love these. Cute dresses too – I may have to splurge and get one for my munchkin :)

AllisonMay 24, 2008 - 6:45 am

Lovein those adorable outfits! I may just have to have an EarthGroovz for one of mine!

TanyaMay 24, 2008 - 2:57 am

I agree your colour is always amazing!! just like your photos! Beautiful models in beautiful clothes!

Jenny BMay 24, 2008 - 1:20 am


{Dirt, Tractors & Tutu’s…. who knew?}

What a combination! Even with the threat of thunderstorms looming in the dark grey sky, we managed to move quickly and have so much fun during this session. Lilly and Freeman – first off, how cute are those names?! Just as cute as the kids themselves – seriously. Freeman is almost 2 and has the most adorable pinchable cheeks and he loves playing with dirt (feeling it slip between his little fingers, digging in it and tracing his fingers in the mounds of dirt we came upon)! Truly ‘all boy’, we couldn’t pry him away from the plowed field we were in. And Lilly…. oh Lilly…she was meant to be in front of the camera! She’s adorable and magnetic, simply put.
Here’s a little sneak peek from our session!

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Jean Smith PhotographyJune 2, 2008 - 1:12 am

i am honestly DYING at that first picture…DYING!!! all of these are so great…color, composition, kids, outfits, location…everything!

Amanda AMay 27, 2008 - 12:58 pm

I LOVE that first picture! Your color is amazing!

Angie PenroseMay 24, 2008 - 11:57 pm

oh man…those are to die for!! Tutus and tractors defenitely works! love it!

JessMay 24, 2008 - 3:57 pm

I am in awe. You are such an inspiration!

Art PhotographsMay 23, 2008 - 9:32 pm

Best shots I’ve seen in a while! They are all awesome!!!

Kara MayMay 23, 2008 - 4:39 pm

WOW! I love you guys!! You made my week – seriously. Thank you so much for your sweet comments – they all made me smile. Hugs to you all!!

AmyMay 23, 2008 - 4:00 pm

these images are all KILLER!!! love them all. What cute kids!!!

AllisonMay 23, 2008 - 11:58 am

OKay, you are just killing me- how do you do it, this color, it’s like technicolor, like I can reach out and touch it, or smell it or something. Yup, I stand amazed!

nathalieMay 23, 2008 - 3:16 am

simply put….simply wonderful! ok i think tutus and cowboy boots were made for one another! these children are so so pretty. i love love the tractor on the background. thanks for always giving us something pretty to look at.

TanyaMay 22, 2008 - 11:14 pm

WOW! These are all gorgeous.. love them all! Lilly was definitely meant to be in front of the camera! Beautiful children.. your talent is amazing!

KimMay 22, 2008 - 9:03 pm


J.Stoia Portrait DesignMay 22, 2008 - 7:48 pm

I absolutely love the attitude you have captured with this little girl. Great style with the tu-tu, cowboy boots, and hat.. killer combination :) I give it a WOW!

JessicaMay 22, 2008 - 3:24 pm

I hate you – these are amazing! ;) Another great session!

EMay 22, 2008 - 2:05 pm

wow.. love these they are beautiful

ToniMay 22, 2008 - 12:43 pm

I LOVE that first one, and those canvas’s look great!!!

KateMay 22, 2008 - 12:42 pm

Oh WOW Kara! These ROCK (as usual)!!!! You are just amazing!

Photographs By TiffanyMay 22, 2008 - 11:18 am

WOW!! You are so talented!!
I just love your style!
Great shots as always! :)

MelissaMay 22, 2008 - 10:41 am

Great shots!

LindsayMay 22, 2008 - 10:31 am

Takes my breath away – every single one! You need to have a workshop–hint, hint.

MistyMay 22, 2008 - 8:00 am

Wow they are all so GOOD. But I love the tuto one in front of the tractor. Gorgeous. Good little models.

AnonymousMay 22, 2008 - 7:23 am

Just plain WOW !!!!

MelissaMay 22, 2008 - 6:54 am

Wow that one of her in front of the tractor is screamin’ mini-model!

Jamie SampsMay 22, 2008 - 12:58 am

I love them! Did I mnetion that I love them? You are the most FREAK OF Nature talented photographer, I have ever seen (that was a compliment, by the way!) They are amazing and the little girl is adorable! Do you know where she got her cute hat! I am so beyond impressed yet again!

**Lex**May 21, 2008 - 10:29 pm

Kara, Kara, Kara – really now…I’m freakin out here. These ROCK! Every one of them – WOW!!
- Lex, NY

MiaMay 21, 2008 - 10:26 pm

That first one just knocked me out when I opened your blog. It’s just captivating. The second black & white is also stunning. Just beautiful.

Jenny BMay 21, 2008 - 10:05 pm

Your killin me over here, lol, I feel the need to create all of a sudden! LOVE the first one, they are all perfect! Thanks for the inspiration, I have a shoot in the morning!

{Gallery Wrap Canvas Wall Display!}

Oh my lonely, boring, creamy white walls are no longer bare. I’ve been working on this project since late March and a couple of weeks ago it was finally complete! I’ve had too much going on to post it sooner (not that I have time now… sorry to my clients who are waiting on their galleries to be posted, sneak peeks to be blogged and orders to be packaged – I just needed a tiny break and decided to quickly pop these up here on my blog – then back to work on all the important things you’re waiting on.) ;-)
The walls in my entry way are two stories tall and about 18 feet wide and were just screaming for some visual attention and appeal. I couldn’t decide on a black & white display or a color display since some images just scream for color and others beg to be a classic black and white. So I did both and mixed it up! I didn’t want the images to be lined up perfectly – I wanted more of an abstract, non-linear display so I did some staggering (this will also allow me to add to the gallery if I decide to in the future without feeling restricted to one specific size). The sizes vary from 16×20′s to 30×40′s. Excuse the images – I’m used to photographing people and not the interiors of homes – the color looks a bit crazy on the images but in reality it’s a bit more tame and tolerable {wink} ).





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BlooxiawerBerMarch 15, 2012 - 9:36 pm

KABUL (Reuters) – Twelve people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest day yet in protests that have raged across Afghanistan over the desecration of copies of the Muslim holy book at a NATO military base with riot police and soldiers on high alert braced for more violence.

The burning of the Korans at the Bagram compound earlier this week has deepened public mistrust of NATO forces struggling to stabilize Afghanistan before foreign combat troops withdraw in 2014.

Hundreds of Afghans marched toward the palace of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, while on the other side of the capital protesters hoisted the white flag of the Taliban.

Chanting “Death to America!” and “Long live Islam!,” protesters also threw rocks at police in Kabul, while Afghan army helicopters circled above.

Friday is a holy day and the official weekly holiday in Afghanistan and mosques in the capital drew large crowds, with police in pick-up trucks posted on nearby streets.
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Armed protesters took refuge in shops in the eastern part of the city, where they killed one demonstrator, said police at the scene. In another Kabul rally, police said they were unsure who fired the shots that killed a second protester.

Seven more protesters were killed in the western province of Herat, two more in eastern Khost province and one in the relatively peaceful northern Baghlan province, health and local officials said. In Herat, around 500 men charged at the U.S. consulate.

U.S. President Barack Obama had sent a letter to Karzai apologizing for the unintentional burning of the Korans at NATO’s main Bagram air base, north of Kabul, after Afghan laborers found charred copies while collecting rubbish.

Muslims consider the Koran to be the literal word of God and treat each copy with deep reverence. Desecration is considered one of the worst forms of blasphemy.

Afghanistan wants NATO to put those responsible on public trial.

In neighboring U.S. ally Pakistan, about 400 members of a hardline Islamist group staged protests. “If you burn the Koran, we will burn you,” they shouted.

To Afghanistan’s west, Iranian cleric Ahmad Khatami said the U.S. had purposely burned the Korans. “These apologies are fake. The world should know that America is against Islam,” he said in a speech broadcast live on state radio.

“It (the Koran burning) was not a mistake. It was an intentional move, done on purpose.”

Most Westerners have been confined to their heavily fortified compounds, including at the sprawling U.S. embassy complex and other diplomatic missions, as protests that have killed a total of 23 people, including two U.S. soldiers, rolled into their fourth day. The embassy, in a message on the microblogging site Twitter, urged U.S. citizens to “please be safe out there” and expanded movement restrictions to relatively peaceful northern provinces, where large demonstrations also occurred Thursday, including the attempted storming of a Norwegian military base.

The Taliban urged Afghan security forces Thursday to “turn their guns on the foreign infidel invaders” and repeatedly urged Afghans to kill, beat and capture NATO soldiers.

Germany, which has the third-largest foreign presence in the NATO-led war, pulled out several weeks early of a small base in the northern Takhar province Friday over security concerns, a defense ministry spokesman said.

(Additional reporting by Amira Mitri in TEHRAN, Imtiaz Shah in KARACHI, Sabine Siebold in BERLIN, Writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Michael Georgy and Ed Lane)

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PatriceJune 22, 2008 - 12:32 pm

Color me green with envy – I want to be like you when I grow up! I just love it!!

JessJune 14, 2008 - 11:02 pm

This is FANTASTIC!!! Wow, what an impact! I would love to do something like this in my home one day…

And hey- thanks for the blog love! I was browsing through your old posts today- you’ve got some serious talent girl! Awesome! :)

CharmaineMay 30, 2008 - 10:46 pm

I totally love the wall.. I have a large long wall in my house that needs something like that.. Gives me ideas. thanks

Wendie DeLanoMay 29, 2008 - 11:12 am

Oops- the above comment from ddelano was actually me. I didn’t know it was defaulting to him :0)


ddelanoMay 29, 2008 - 11:07 am

love, love LOVE it!!! Oh if only I had a nice big wall to work with in my tiny home… You are so talented Kara- I am addicted to your blog.

The Monkey and MeMay 26, 2008 - 6:30 am

wow! That looks amazing! I would love to get my hands on some of those large prints! You must tell me how.

Bev RobisonMay 23, 2008 - 8:41 am

Greetings from your newest blog stalker! LOL! Your work is amazing, as always. I’m always anxiously waiting for you to post something new on the forum. TFS!!!

MeganMay 23, 2008 - 7:46 am

I L O V E this wall, all the portraits are all so fabulous!! you have beautiful vision!!

KimMay 22, 2008 - 9:02 pm

This looks so fantastic. I want something like it in my house! Great JOB!

LindsayMay 22, 2008 - 6:10 pm

Unbelievable Kara!!! Come do that for my house! I’ll have to work out some kind of finance plan to pay for it….love it girl!!

nathalieMay 20, 2008 - 7:54 pm

ahhhh-mazing!!!! very kara may!!! this is unbelievable. what a beautiful display!!!!

Stephanie McBrideMay 20, 2008 - 5:35 pm

hey there, thanks for the comments on my blog, nice to meet you. you do some pretty amazing work! i am jealous of that entry way. it looks great! come do my house…oh wait i dont have walls tall enough for something like that!
cant wait to see more of your work!

KristyMay 20, 2008 - 4:04 pm

all I can say is “WOW” It’s amazing!! I love it!!

Sarah J.May 20, 2008 - 1:42 pm

You’ve been hearing this all day… but ‘I’ want to be you someday! drool….

Rachel BrookeMay 20, 2008 - 1:23 am

This is the happiest wall EVER!!!
I’m impressed by your work. These shots display your wonderful talent and punch of bright colors!

Angie PenroseMay 19, 2008 - 11:42 pm

Oh my word! That looks amazing! What a great idea. You have so many beautiful photos posted on your blog. You are so good!!!

HayleyMay 19, 2008 - 8:55 pm

This display is absolutely stunning!! :)

Caroline PollardMay 19, 2008 - 6:33 pm

You finally got all of those boxes unpacked and the goods up on the wall! It looks fantastic! I was so tempted to open one of the boxes when I was there! Hope all is well with you and the rest of the familia!


JessMay 19, 2008 - 11:57 am

Yes, I have been thinking and thinking of what to do on my walls. Inspiring. Now I just need to wait for those specials on the canvas.

EMay 19, 2008 - 11:08 am

so cool I really need to do that..get some prints on canvas

Jean Smith PhotographyMay 19, 2008 - 9:47 am

thanks for stopping by my blog! i opened up your blog, and all i say say is..WOW…you have some RIDICULOUS talent. I am just in awe…love your work. and your wall…oh you wall…i am truly in love!!!

MandyMay 19, 2008 - 8:07 am

You have such a beautiful spot to hang all of your work…its amazing!

TanyaMay 19, 2008 - 1:49 am

Kara this looks amazing!! Absolutely beautiful canvases!!

KariMay 19, 2008 - 12:52 am

Fabulous! I found you on ILP and had to visit your blog as your name grabbed me! My parents named me “Karimay”. I go by Kari now but I have never met anyone with a name as similar to mine. Your work is to die for…

Jenny BMay 19, 2008 - 12:45 am

Wowsers! I just got my first two canvas wraps and am hooked! I love it!

LeahMay 18, 2008 - 1:26 pm

CAnvas fever!

Brenda McKainMay 17, 2008 - 11:53 pm

I just saw your display on Tarah’s recent blog post raving about you. Wow, you are sooooo talented! I hope to be half as good as you someday. So incredibly motivating!

Kara MayMay 17, 2008 - 10:28 pm

Thanks guys!! You’re the best!! Tyler, the picture I took of the gallery is pretty bad and the lens is a wide angle that distorts things a bit :( SO in reality the pictures are level (my husband is anal and used his level on every picture;) ). I should’ve taken a better photo of this since it does look crooked in the picture I posted. Thanks for your comments :)

Tyler K. ClevelandMay 17, 2008 - 10:17 pm

um…just to let you know, the top left one is crooked. :P O please, this is so Inspirational. I want to become that.

Vintage Lime DesignsMay 17, 2008 - 4:07 pm

Gasp… wow, this is simply stunning! Pure inspiration. Your work always breath taking!

MelissaMay 17, 2008 - 1:44 pm

Fantastic! It’s perfect!

JenniferMay 17, 2008 - 12:14 pm

I love Love LOVE it!!!!!

**Lex**May 17, 2008 - 10:38 am

Freakin unreal!! W*O*W* Sometimes I hate you girl ;) So very impressive and inspiring! As I always say – gorgeous work Kara!
–Lex, NY

AllisonMay 17, 2008 - 7:41 am

This is incredible too, Kara. Very impressive display- you have to make sure you get clients into your house- you will sell a ton of mounts this way!

MiaMay 17, 2008 - 1:12 am

The display looks fabulous. Care to care the vendor? The canvasses look like great quality.