Monthly Archives: July 2008

{In search of ‘Habitat’ – no better way than in a tutu. Who knew?}

I’m still here in Seattle and loving being in a ‘big city’ again – so much to inspire me here.  It’s been a blast and a whirlwind of appointments (3 in one day yesterday - crazy, I know, and now my body is feeling it by getting some sort of bug.  Ugg :(   )  But it’s been worth every minute and I wish I could stay longer to photograph those of you who were on the wait-list or who’s sessions got rained out.  I will be back and I’m excited to meet more of you and your children.  I fly to South Carolina on Thursday morning so I will spending my last two days here with family, trying to get well before flying home and organizing everything to fit into the luggage I came here with - it’s lika huge puzzle, every piece has to be placed in the right spot for it to be a success.  ;-)

This was a fun session because it was with my adorable niece and nephew!  We met them at a beach near my sisters house.  This location was amazing but I couldn’t take any of my other clients since it was an hour from Seattle – so I just soaked it in during this special session.  The beach had some cool old (but well maintained and preserved) historical buildings, old bunkers, huge gnarled tree roots that dipped into the saltwater below and other cool things that I freaked out and got excited over.   My nephew just turned five and he has such an imagination which makes things fun.  On this adventure he was in search of ‘beach habitat’ and his little sister followed in his very serious mission.   Love that girls can do ‘boy’ things (like throw rocks, dig in the sand, and squirm over seaweed) while looking so pretty in all girly-girl threads.  That’s just what Mikayla did in a fluffy little tutu.  I couldn’t resist her gorgeous sun-kissed ringlets – soooo adorable.   As we step out on to the beach she took my hand, pulled it in close to her, and said in her quiet little voice, ‘can you follow me?  I’ll take you somewhere’ – melted my heart.  I don’t get to see these two very much since we moved across the country so this was a real treat for me – complete one on one time.  I loved every minute of it!!

I had fun playing with the images below.  I used different texture and other fun techniques to get a different mood/feel to some of them. So fun :)

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JenniferAugust 6, 2008 - 10:21 am

she is beautiful, those vintage style pics are awesome!

Star BradshawAugust 3, 2008 - 10:35 pm

WOW! I love the images with the girl in a tutu and galoshes…very creative!

KaraAugust 3, 2008 - 3:25 pm

You guys are the BEST – have I told you that before? Rachel, I didn’t use Nichole V’s actions on these although I have them. I used my own actions and my own vintage actions. I don’t have all my actions on my laptop so I had to recreate the ones that I made on my home computer when I was in Seattle. Same with the vintage ones. So glad you like them. I may end up selling my actions in the future ;) Thanks again for taking the time to comment!

david & kimi bAugust 3, 2008 - 2:12 am

that 2nd image is AMAZING!! love this session!!!

amyAugust 3, 2008 - 1:34 am

Kara, we just love these beautiful pictures! Ben just saw them for the first time and he wants to get all of them! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are so talented! We love you!! xoxox

Rachel BrookeAugust 1, 2008 - 11:41 pm

I can’t get over your processing and framing – just gorgeous! Do you use Nicole Van’s actions?

AmyAugust 1, 2008 - 7:44 pm

Holy canoly!! You ROCK!! all these images on here are amazing!! Im so inspired

Angela LiddleAugust 1, 2008 - 5:09 pm

You are such a great photographer! You truly capture the essence of childhood so well! I love your processing and your vintage actions. Do you mind telling me where you got your vintage actions? It can add so much mood to a picture. If it’s a top secret I understand. Thanks for inspiring!

Kara MayJuly 31, 2008 - 12:23 am

Thanks :) You guys are so great!! What amazing comments – I love hearing from you all and I so enjoy reading your comments. I LOVE my blog readers! :)

LauraJuly 31, 2008 - 12:19 am

Wow, gorgeous pp and gorgeous niece and nephew! Love the location and the clothing so perfect!

LisaJuly 30, 2008 - 10:24 pm

You never disappoint me. Love them!

What amazing eyes they have….and I love your
pp on these.

Hope you are feeling better! Safe travels!

MandsJuly 30, 2008 - 4:50 pm

Missed seeing your work at Beyond, so had to come here and get some eye candy! So glad I did….beautiful!

cyndiJuly 30, 2008 - 5:47 am

Wow, just gorgeous! Loving the tutu shots!! BTW, I have tagged you :)

TiffanyJuly 29, 2008 - 11:29 pm

I don’t say this lightly at all, but I think you are my favorite photographer. I just love looking at your images, they always strike a cord with me and are always so perfect. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us!

JaimeeJuly 29, 2008 - 10:37 pm

You have a new fan of your work! I absolutly love your style. I’m new to the whole photography thing, in fact I’m waiting on my camera to show up in the mail any day now. Thank’s for the inspiration!

Abi QJuly 29, 2008 - 8:50 pm

That tutu is AMAZING and I adore the rain boots with it!

KathyJuly 29, 2008 - 6:32 pm

What beautiful pictures, and beautiful children. You do amazing work.

Kara MayJuly 29, 2008 - 6:14 pm

Thanks for your sweet comments :) Glad you like the pp and the attire. So fun to see little girls expressions when I get out the tutu’s and petticoats. It’s hard to get them off these little ones they love them so much. And the mom’s always ask for a link to the hat designer. Nux – lovin’ the hats! And I’ll be featuring you again soon as you know – just waiting to get back to South Carolina ;)

nuxJuly 29, 2008 - 4:13 pm

Gorgeous kids, gorgeous shots! I really do love your work. You are very talented and I especially love your use of my hats =) heehee!

pennyJuly 29, 2008 - 2:52 pm

Love these pictures and they absolutely capture the personalities of the kids involved.
What a beautiful day and pictures to remember it by.

Melanie WatsonJuly 29, 2008 - 12:42 pm

Wow Kara… these are so beautiful!!! I love the tutu and the rain boots… such a perfect combination!!! Absolutely beautiful work!

StephanieJuly 29, 2008 - 9:25 am

these captured my heart. so, so beautiful. this is childhood at it’s best. :D

TiffanyJuly 29, 2008 - 9:02 am

Your work is so amazing!!

melissaJuly 29, 2008 - 8:00 am

BEAUTIFUL family and pictures! I love your processing.

Allison GaulinJuly 29, 2008 - 7:42 am

Love the texture work you did here. And what a beautiful neice and nephew- you certainly are a gorgeous family!!

TanyaJuly 29, 2008 - 3:23 am

WOW Kara, your nephew & niece are absolutely gorgeous!! love, love, love these photos, #2, #3 & #4 are simply stunning love what you have done with them…. loving your work :)

jennybJuly 29, 2008 - 2:50 am

Man Kara, I just love checking out your blog, your talent is beyond amazing! Your last three posts, incredable! Your little neice looks quite a bit like your daughter! Once again, thanks for inspiring.

Jenn PennJuly 29, 2008 - 1:26 am

These pictures are beautiful, you are so good at what you do! What a couple of cuties!

{Green Grass, Slimy Slugs and Two Boys}

The other day, I photographed two young boys who were so much fun.  {I know, I say every session is so much fun, but it’s true - I love photographing children, I have a blast and usually the kids do too ;-) }   Big brother Daniel, was followed by little Evan who was just a happy go lucky little guy.  His all boy voice echoed across the field as he excitedly told us what he had found.  Ladybugs and slugs – wow, what more could a boy want!  Daniel was entertaining me with some of the silly expressions -shown below (he’s bound to be an actor someday)  while Evan continued on his mission in search of more wildlife (aka insects).  These two boys really have a close bond, they didn’t argue or poke at each at all throughout our session, and their mother re-affirmed that they really are the best of friends.   So cool to see that kind of relationship between brothers. 

Here’s just a tiny peak at our session. :)  

Evan playing PEEK-A-BOO!  ;-)

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SurfinGuy503April 22, 2010 - 4:47 am

Well my girl friend just broke up with me over email about an hour ago so thought this would be a great place to start spreding her pics like she did her legs. Just go to Enjoy!


amyAugust 3, 2008 - 1:30 am

Kara, we just love these so much! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Ben just saw them for the first time and says he wants all of them! Everything about the pictures is beautiful including pictures of all other children you have taken! We love you!!!

haileyJuly 30, 2008 - 4:50 am

the GRASS!!! wonderful! your images are beautiful just amazing colour and work!

TanyaJuly 29, 2008 - 3:19 am

These boys are so handsome! gorgeous photos Kara, love your storyboards, just awesome!

ShelbyJuly 28, 2008 - 3:26 pm

I love that first series!

elizabethJuly 28, 2008 - 3:26 pm

they are simply adorable

Allison GaulinJuly 28, 2008 - 11:32 am

I love love love the ones of that handsome little guy in the wagon! Really great shots of the two of them, too!

Jennifer UrbinJuly 28, 2008 - 9:37 am

You have an amazing talent…I think I found a new blog to stalk :)

laurelJuly 28, 2008 - 9:06 am

Your work is just stunning! I love the contrast and color, and great clothes. This gives me some fresh inspiration for my own work, so THANKS!

melissaJuly 28, 2008 - 4:05 am

Oh my what handsome little boys. Great job on the pics!

Kara MayJuly 28, 2008 - 12:53 am

Thanks so much for your comments. These boys were so fun and expressive – made for great pictures. And the hats – they were made by Nuximade – (their link). And I will be featuring them on my blog again really soon. Nux is always coming up with new colors and designs – she’s amazing! Stay tuned – when I get back to South Carolina I will be featuring them here :) Thanks again for taking the time to look at my blog and comment!

PaigeJuly 28, 2008 - 12:45 am

Seriously, awesome work girl. Looking at your blog is like going to the candy store – so much to look at and I drool over everything I see. Love these! Oh and those hats – adorable!!!
Side note: I think you should put a warning at the top of your blog cautioning viewers that ‘content may be habit forming and addicting’. :)

StephanieJuly 27, 2008 - 9:18 pm

These are priceless. That first one looks so classic and timeless. :D Love the color. Great, great job! :D

TiffanyJuly 27, 2008 - 8:32 pm

These are STUNNING!!
You are seriously an amazing photographer!!

SherryJuly 27, 2008 - 8:05 pm

I really like the connection you’ve captured in these…especially in that first one!

LindsayJuly 27, 2008 - 4:44 pm

OMG – these are fabulous! Love the vintage processing in all of them. You can see the bond between these boys. Love these!

RebeccaJuly 27, 2008 - 12:15 pm

SO darling! I always love your work!

JenJuly 27, 2008 - 11:09 am

Oh my gosh Kara – so beautiful! I knew you would capture them perfectly. I can’t wait to see them all!

AngieJuly 27, 2008 - 10:34 am

Just adorable!

ohana photographyJuly 27, 2008 - 4:34 am

ok the wagon images = huge wall canvas story boards!!!! wow pure awesome!!!

{Sparkling Brown Eyes…and ‘the Reflection’}

Little Cosette…..what a cutie-patootie.  She just turned two and showed me with her two little fingers just after arriving at our location.  And what a little trooper Cosi was, we went on a bit of a hike during this session and Cosi hung in there.    I should always mention that there’s a possibility of a good work-out during my shoots since we either walk a distance or carry heavy props from venue to venue {it’s really not that bad  ;-)  I promise.} Anyway, it was a gorgeous day and we stopped to listen to the birds along the way.   Here’s a quick peek at our session.  Note: I’m editing these quickly on my laptop so bare with me till I get back to SC where I do my real editing. 

I was reminded again after opening my images to edit, that I should never wear red, orange or any other bright colors {look at the close-up of Cosi’s eye}.  Isn’t that crazy?!  I had to edit my shirt color out of every image so it wasn’t distracting (or look like ‘red-eye’).  I know better since this isn’t a first – thankfully it’s an easy edit.  ;-)

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ryanApril 29, 2012 - 6:26 pm

random question: I love the song on your website, what is the name?

amyAugust 3, 2008 - 1:36 am

These are beautiful Kara! I especially love the red tutu!

Melanie WatsonJuly 29, 2008 - 12:45 pm

ahh.. although it may have been a mistake I love the “self portrait” in Cosi’s eye… too fun. What an adorable little girl. Great job! :)

Jenn PennJuly 29, 2008 - 1:27 am

Wow, the pictures of Cosi are so beautiful! Sherrie said it perfectly: Precious Moment eyes. What a doll-baby!

brookeJuly 28, 2008 - 7:31 pm

stunning session! I love it! I struggle with the eye thing sometimes too! I also wonder if they have that red brown in there eyes already if IM supposed to change you? anyways beautiful as always

Michelle ParsleyJuly 28, 2008 - 8:52 am

Beautiful girl. Lovely images! I hate it when I get reflected in the eyes too!!!

KathyJuly 27, 2008 - 2:35 pm

Just love my little Cosi, especially the retro one. Thanks for giving this Grammie a beautiful Sunday morning surprise.

ohana photographyJuly 27, 2008 - 4:35 am

holy smokes! i have no words for these. no words. well, maybe one. wow.

TanyaJuly 27, 2008 - 12:36 am

Oh Kara, she is just gorgeous!! she has the most beautiful eyes!! Amazing photos as always… #3 just beautiful, love your processing! Mum & dad will over the moon with these!

pamelaJuly 26, 2008 - 5:04 pm

awwwwwwwww…. she is tooo cute! i too adore the 3rd picture, what a great capture and love your processing. These are wonderful the family should be super please. =)

HayleyJuly 26, 2008 - 3:09 pm

Gorgeous Kara. Love the colors and her eyes are amazing!! :)

tamiJuly 26, 2008 - 2:54 pm

kara…work is stunning as usual! you captured that precious, look of wonder and caution in this sweet age.

Scrappin MammaJuly 26, 2008 - 2:13 pm

Ooh, but I like the reflection of you in her eyes! Maybe I am just thinking from a scrapbook perspective. I can see the title of the page now “In her eyes” or something like that!!

Kara MayJuly 26, 2008 - 10:22 am

Thanks ladies! I’m having a blast photographing in Seattle again!!! Ang, I don’t know if I’m photographing anyone you know – I was all booked up before I could even let the SCL crew that I was coming :( Maybe my next visit. I’m seeing the girls tonight so I’ll tell them you said hello. ;)

AngJuly 26, 2008 - 5:44 am

Beautiful shots. If you see the SCL ladies tell them I say hello. I’m eager to see your shots from those we know. :) Enjoy your visit to Seattle.

sheenaJuly 26, 2008 - 2:10 am

oh wow…..these are STUNNING! she could not be any cuter!

Shari DeVoogdJuly 26, 2008 - 12:54 am

Kara, these are gorgeous!! That 3rd photo took my breath away. :)

nathalieJuly 25, 2008 - 11:42 pm

gorgeous gorgeous…tres gorgeous!!! i’m bias to brown-eyed girls!!!!! this is amazing as usual! sorry i dissapeared again. you know me. always up to something! many hugs!!!!!!!!

LaurelJuly 25, 2008 - 11:18 pm

Those eyes are simply AMAZING!!!!! WOW!!! What a capture! I can’t get over how crisp and clear they are. I certainly enjoy looking at your blog!

courtneyJuly 25, 2008 - 7:22 pm

gorgeous kara! i love the them all.

SherrieJuly 25, 2008 - 5:45 pm

those are the most precious moments like eyes I have encountered. she’s like a cartoon character. your petticoat pictures are adorable!

re: your comment. yes, I want to pick up the U2 read, also. sounds like it’s packed w/ neat observations.

Michelle MoralesJuly 25, 2008 - 3:08 pm

WOW! I love these! The post processing on the 2nd one is stunning!!

Hillary HowlandJuly 25, 2008 - 9:58 am

Ohhh these are beautiful! What a pretty little girl! Love her eyes.

KristinJuly 25, 2008 - 9:37 am

Kara..These are gorgeous! I love the vintage one too :) She’s a doll!

Allison GaulinJuly 25, 2008 - 7:52 am

Kara, this little girl is such a doll. YOu captured the most darling expressions! That’ too funny about the red shirt- I would never have thought it would cause a red eye effect! I learned something new today!

MelissaJuly 25, 2008 - 4:06 am

I agree, stunning. She is a beautiful little girl! I love the vintage one.

CarolJuly 25, 2008 - 2:12 am

Absolutely stunning!

{Dimples + Melt-Your-Heart Smiles= Rex and Julia }

Yes, these two siblings are absolutely adorable!  They have the cutest little dimples and bright sparkles in their eyes – it’s clear they are brother and sister.   And I have to say, Rex is one of the best big brothers I have seen – he was so good with Julia when she was having a little ‘reflective moment’ (aka girl drama over not being able to ride on her Dora toy – we girls can relate) ;-)    Rex tried to distract her and offer her comfort until she finally calmed down – it was really sweet to see. 

Anyway, the weather was gorgeous this past weekend in Seattle and these kids were ready to show me around.  Rex started by showing me his football and his cool dinasour boots.  And Julia, who’s not quite two yet, fell in love with my petticoats & tutu’s as well as several of my hats (a photographers dream….)   I promised I would try to blog while I was here so I’ve done what editing I can on my laptop so I could share a few of the images from this session.  :)   Thanks for stopping by– more Seattle sessions will be posted soon so stay tuned. :) Showing me his big muscles ;-)


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amyAugust 3, 2008 - 1:36 am

These are so awesome! What beautiful smiles!

Jenn PennJuly 29, 2008 - 1:29 am

These two are precious! Spent the day with them at the zoo and they are delightful! Love Rex’s toes!

KathyJuly 27, 2008 - 2:37 pm

These are beautiful and fun all at the same time. What great kids.

TerryJuly 27, 2008 - 11:28 am

These kids make me smile. They both have such sparkle and cute looks and you captured them well. Hope the parents like them as much as I do.

MaryannJuly 27, 2008 - 10:24 am

What gorgeous kids!! Wow, that little girl’s face is so angelic – gorgeous!! And big brother, how cute is he? The parents will be thrilled over these Kara.

elizabethJuly 24, 2008 - 9:49 pm

I love these ..every single one..

Helena RutanJuly 24, 2008 - 8:33 pm

Killer! How cute are those red boots?!

maryJuly 24, 2008 - 11:08 am

i love those! the lil’ guy has polished toes…now that is a great brother!

TiffanyJuly 24, 2008 - 9:34 am

WOW ~ These are so amazing!!

Jason LanierJuly 24, 2008 - 9:11 am

These shots really are adorable. Great job with the color and capturing the moments that only kids can give. Great job!

Kara MayJuly 24, 2008 - 12:21 am

Thank you so much for your comments :) Yes, they are just precious!! Little Julia’s face is so angelic and perfect. And isn’t Rex a sweet big brother? Love seeing that connection between the two of them. It’s been hard to edit on my laptop – my husband told me these images look darker than my normal editing – so I may have to tweak them a bit when I get home. ;) Thanks again for taking the time to comment – I love hearing from you all. Oh and Tanya, I know of several vendors for petticoats if you’re interested – just e-mail me at :)

LisaJuly 23, 2008 - 11:30 pm

Well Miss Kara~ You have outdone
yourself this time.

I love love love these. You are just
rockin the house.

Your colors are the bomb.

I know the family is over the moon
for these.

TanyaJuly 23, 2008 - 8:49 pm

Oh what gorgeous kids!! Kara your work is just amazing!! you take the most beautiful photos… always crystal clear & with such gorgeous colours!!! Love #2…. BTW I love your petticoats & tutu’s too!!!! We don’t really have these in Australia have to get them in from the States!!

Allison GaulinJuly 23, 2008 - 3:21 pm

Kara! These are beautiful. I just love these sweet little ones. I just want to hug that little guy who helps out with his sister- how perfectly sweet.

ErinJuly 23, 2008 - 3:12 pm

These are so cute. I love all of the fun shoes.

Rachel BrookeJuly 23, 2008 - 1:19 pm

Yep, it melted my heart. As always – beautiful colors!

RebeccaJuly 23, 2008 - 11:22 am

Absolutely love that 1st one. She is a little beauty (love her outfit too!)..and those chubby little knees are priceless. :)

reidJuly 23, 2008 - 10:40 am

I’m biased because they’re my niece and nephew, but my God those are great pictures! You really captured the essence of my two favorite kids :)

MelissaJuly 23, 2008 - 10:28 am

Wow, those are fantastic pictures. What cuties, I can see why you had fun with this session.