Monthly Archives: October 2008

{retro, fun, sweet & sassy – all twisted into one session!}

I have to admit… I didn’t want this session to end.  These two girls were so fun!  I seriously could have hung out and chatted with them all evening – but sessions do come to an end {sigh…}  The spirit and personality of these girls was gravitating.  Olivia and Madeline were up for anything -so we played around and fit so much into our session.  We had several clothing changes, many moments of goofiness, and just fun girl time.   I loved it!  Their mom was so great, not in any rush so we had fun with the session.  Here’s a little peek inside ;-)

All of the B&W’s were edited using my ‘Deep B&W’ homebrew, below  ‘Kara Colour’.

The two above I used ’Kara Colour’ and the two below I applied my ’1970′s Revival’ action. Kind of fun and funky! 

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Kate MarloweApril 12, 2009 - 3:02 pm

These girls are one word…GORGEOUS!!! I am in love with the older ones eyes, stunning, simply stunning. Wonderful Job Kara. My favorite one is the third one. AMAZING!

Melanie WatsonNovember 9, 2008 - 6:10 pm

Gorgeous session… I love the old truck and the parasols. You captured the sass and sweetness of being a little girl.

cyndiNovember 9, 2008 - 4:07 am

These are all amazing! Love your color! And how cute is that to put the baby legs on her arms, LOVE IT!!

Natasha WhiteleyNovember 5, 2008 - 6:13 pm

absolutely stunning!
I adore the last one!

Carrie YoungNovember 2, 2008 - 6:33 am

They’re gorgeous Kara! No wonder you could have hung out with them all day! Love their eyes!

Justine ElizabethNovember 1, 2008 - 2:04 pm

Gorgeous girls!!!! The styling is perfect and the location – to die for! Wow, your blog is my FAV to visit! A.TREAT.INDEED.

Lisa LenderinkNovember 1, 2008 - 1:26 pm

They look like they were a lot of fun. I had a couple of sessions
last week that I wished wouldn’t end too. They just made me sigh
and say, wow, I have the greatest job in the world.

They are just beautiful!

HeatherNovember 1, 2008 - 9:31 am

Wow Kara! Your clients are always dressed amazingly! I love every outfit! I wish I had cool clients like you do. And yes, mentoring please! Love your work!!

TanyaNovember 1, 2008 - 6:06 am

Absolute perfection Kara!! The girls are just gorgeous & it sounds like you all had a wonderful session.. love your “1970′s Revival” stunning!!!!

desiNovember 1, 2008 - 2:06 am

OMG!!! these totally rock! they’re beyond awesome. i am seriously impressed!

Tracy WaldropOctober 31, 2008 - 10:34 pm

Ditto, ditto, ditto. I have money and will buy any actions, mentoring sessions. Will drive to South Carolina. Would love to learn YOUR WAY> You are definately blessed and talented!! Please let me know when you put these actions into action…..

Tracy Waldrop
Asheville, NC

Lena (Elma) RegnerusOctober 31, 2008 - 4:52 pm

I don’t even know where to begin with these images, each one is awesome in it’s own way. I sure do love the color and additude in the last…

Cheryl JohnsonOctober 31, 2008 - 4:07 pm

beautiful subjects and stunning imagery – love your work Kara

TiffanyOctober 31, 2008 - 9:18 am

Amazing shots!!

april toddOctober 31, 2008 - 1:14 am

Again, you just amaze me!! These are beautiful, the last one is my favorite!!

ohana photographers - david & kimi bOctober 30, 2008 - 10:16 pm


michelle nicoloffOctober 30, 2008 - 9:27 pm

Kara …Gorgeous!!! Love your locations too!

Jodi MOctober 30, 2008 - 9:15 pm

Beautiful as always – your clarity is amazing! Yes and your actions to die for…..

Crystal DelaHozOctober 30, 2008 - 6:30 pm

I am in LOVE with that 1970 look. Especially the close up. These images are so soulful. Love them. I would pay to be mentored by you too! What about a little one on one?

HayleyOctober 30, 2008 - 4:25 pm

Beautiful models and beautifully captured!!

TiffanyOctober 30, 2008 - 3:10 pm

Ok Kara, I have my money in hand. I’d love to spend it on your actions or mentoring just say when!!!
Love this set amazing!

BeckaOctober 30, 2008 - 12:35 pm

Oh I love your actions! You have so many people in line for those – add me to that and your mentoring. Gorgeous girls!!! Looks like they were so much fun to photograph.

melissaOctober 30, 2008 - 10:45 am

Great pictures! You are very creative with naming your actions too!

Nelly SoaresOctober 30, 2008 - 10:18 am

wow these are amazing! love your work, ever consider selling your actions?

{‘Why can’t I have a brother?’}

Oh what a fun and busy time of the year!  This is my absolute favorite time of the year – have I mentioned that before {wink}?  I just love the anticipation before Halloween and then the upcoming holidays and festivities that go along with Fall and early Winter.  Sometimes I wish I could just freeze time.  I love pumpkin patches as much as my kids do, I love running through hay and corn mazes with my kids giggling the whole way, I love baking breads (eggnog and pumpkin bread are my favorites to make), and I love the smell in the air and the changing colors of the leaves.  I just wish we lived closer to a pumpkin patch – it would be so fun to do a session there (and of course buy several pumpkins).  Maybe someday….but for now I’ll take advantage of local areas.   Now who are these adorable kids pictured below?!  They are some of my favorite kids!  I met them over a year ago and every time I see them (which isn’t that often since our kids go to different schools) I just want to bring them home with me.  My kids love them too.  Tyler said he wished Thomas was his brother – then he followed that statement with ‘Why can’t I have a brother, can you and daddy give me a brother?’  Jeff and I just looked at each other wide eyed and tried to explain that God gave him a little sister.  I don’t know how comforted he was hearing that but he seemed to be content with our answer.  Kids are so funny…  Anyway, I was so excited to photograph these cuties again.  Here’s  a little peek into our session.

Above ‘Kara Colour’, below ‘Faded Yesterday’ slightly tweaked. All the rest below edited in ’Kara Colour’. :)

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ohana photographers - david & kimi bOctober 30, 2008 - 10:17 pm

do you live in the land of beautiful children or what!!! wow wow wow!

MistyOctober 30, 2008 - 1:17 pm

Gorgeous. If you don’t mind my asking what kind of lighting do you use? Do you use a flash or off-camera flash, or reflectors? Just curious. You’re color is always right on the money.

Lori GordonOctober 30, 2008 - 8:03 am

Wow, I stumbled across your blog and I love it! You are an amazing photographer and these are some seriously cute subjects! Nice work!

Kara MayOctober 30, 2008 - 7:57 am

Aren’t those Christmas digs cute in the last picture? I want to get some for my kiddos – they would love them. Thank you for your wonderful comments – I so appreciate you all for taking the time to leave me a little note letting me know you stopped by. You guys are the best! Jamie, I’m e-mailing you some information on my technical stuff – lots of details so I don’t want to hog the comments with it. Be on the look out for it. :) Thanks again!

NikkiOctober 30, 2008 - 7:52 am

Just another one of your many fans giving you a big thumbs up on all your stunning photos! These kids are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your inspiring work.

JamieOctober 29, 2008 - 9:20 pm

Kara… I just want you to know how much we love you here in MN. I look to you for inspiration.. new ideas.. and goals. You are fabulous! Can I ask you which lens you are using as your staple close up lens? Such as the one you used with the girl in the AMAZING purple hat? I am not able to pull in that close with my 85 1.2… but it doesn’t look like a 50 either. Inquiring minds would love to know :)

Anna LexingtonOctober 29, 2008 - 5:13 pm

My friend sent me your blog and we want to have you fly out to take pictures of our kids. I’ll e-mail you and hope that you’ll be interested – or we could come to you! I don’t care how it’s done, I just want you to take pictures of my children.
Simply LOVE your work!!!

LaurenOctober 29, 2008 - 5:10 pm

Geez, these are incredible. I feel like I can reach out and touch them – so crisp and clean. I just love your style Kara. Amazing as usual!!

Lisa LenderinkOctober 29, 2008 - 3:37 pm

I guess they’re ok.

Not~ I just got in too late and all of the rockin words
I usually used were already taken.

Love em’

Happy Fall!

Mary KateOctober 29, 2008 - 12:33 pm

Oh Kara, these are amazing! You sure know how to capture the beauty in your subjects. Your clarity and color are stunning as usual!!

elizabethOctober 29, 2008 - 10:49 am

My Gosh Kara.. these are just amazing

SelenaOctober 29, 2008 - 10:40 am

So beautiful!! You have great talent!!

jean smithOctober 29, 2008 - 9:22 am

so, so, SO amazingly beautiful!!! your color and clarity is to die for and these kids are gorgeous!

TiffanyOctober 29, 2008 - 9:04 am

These are amazing as always~

Natasha WhiteleyOctober 29, 2008 - 6:06 am

ooooh kara, I LOVE these, they are stunning!

susan robertsOctober 29, 2008 - 5:27 am

These are simply wonderful!!!!

Jenn PennOctober 29, 2008 - 2:26 am

These two have grown so much since you photographed them last year! They are so beautiful! I love the Christmas one, I can just see it on a card…

TanyaOctober 29, 2008 - 2:06 am

Absolutely stunning Kara! The colours are amazing & Faded Yesterday is just beautiful :)

Crystal DelaHozOctober 29, 2008 - 1:36 am

love the first one! I can’t decide if I love the color or faded yesterday more. stunning as always. i would die for you to take pictures of my little one :)

HelenOctober 29, 2008 - 1:06 am

Gorgeous Kara… you photograph the most beautiful children and love your processing (as always ;)

nathalieOctober 29, 2008 - 12:04 am

just so beautiful!!! would you take me in for a few days as a student? i can clean and cook too. i love the effect you give on the eyes, you manage to get the beautiful brown eyes even more beautiful!!! these two are so adorable together!!

carinOctober 28, 2008 - 11:33 pm

Kara….these images are GORGEOUS!
I love the close ups- those clear eyes, soft skin and GORGEOUS color!!!!!

melissaOctober 28, 2008 - 11:04 pm

Your faded yesterday rocks!! A couple of cuties!


Yes, I’m sooooo behind in my blogging and sneak peeks.  I have so many updates but not enough time this time of the year to post them all.  I’ll try though ;-)   Last  week I had a session with these two adorable girls.  They were so cute together – making each other laugh and just being silly (my favorite!).  Anyway, after talking to these girls I learned that I need to take my kids to Disney World – Anna told me all about it!  I’m now determined to take my kids after hearing about all the exciting things Anna and her younger sister Kate did at Disney World.  Anna agreed that I should take my kids and that they would love it ;-)   So cute – I love just listening to her excitement.    Here’s a little peak at Anna & Kate’s session.

‘Warm Vintage’ below and ‘Deep B&W’ above.

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rachel brookeOctober 28, 2008 - 7:17 pm

Warm vintage is amazing!! These are beautiful and the girls are darling.

Lisa LenderinkOctober 28, 2008 - 5:16 pm

It’s obviously a little warmer in your neck of the woods~
We were fighting off lovely sloppy rain/snow the other

Total cuteness as always! Just wonderful.

shannon lottOctober 28, 2008 - 12:14 pm

So beautiful. All of them!

Mary KateOctober 28, 2008 - 11:51 am

These are stunning! Wow, beautiful!

Megan CristelloOctober 28, 2008 - 12:58 am

ummm..cuteness is right! All of them..gorgeous!

NikkiOctober 27, 2008 - 8:58 pm

Wow – gorgeous Kara! I get so excited seeing new posts from you! :)

CindyOctober 27, 2008 - 8:57 pm

Beautiful session as always! Gorgeous little girls too.

ohana photographers- david & kimi bOctober 27, 2008 - 1:09 pm

kara may can your work be more amazing?!! you shoot the most beautiful children!

Sarah KateOctober 27, 2008 - 12:21 pm

I love your work Kara! These are gorgeous! All of your posts are so inspiring!

LindsayOctober 27, 2008 - 12:16 pm

Absolutely adorable!! Perfect pp as usual!

TanyaOctober 27, 2008 - 6:32 am

These girls are so sweet! Beautiful session & the perfect Kara touch… especially the last image… STUNNING!

Jodi MOctober 27, 2008 - 12:44 am

Stunning subjects – they compliment your work and you of course add your Kara touch and produce these timeless portraits. Just beautiful.

{Classic Beauty}

I feel so lucky to have this job!  My clients are so amazing and I have a blast during each and every session.  Some sessions make me laugh, some make me think and some turn me into a kid again (okay they all turn me into a kid again).   I love it!  And this past week photographing Amelia confirmed these feelings.  She was an amazing little subject to photograph -she was willing to wear anything I suggested and had fun doing it… a photographers dream.  Anyway, she really got into the session and even wanted to see how some of the shots turned out – I happily showed her and each time she smiled with approval.  So cute – I loved it.  I enjoyed every minute of this session with Amelia.  This little girl had a classic, elegant features that again called for a vintage look in some of her images.   So like Carter’s session, I couldn’t decide on one processing for all of Amelia’s session images, so I went with several processing techniques – all home-brews. :) 

Below – ‘vintage fade’

‘Slight vintage B&W’

Another ‘vintage fade’

Same image in ‘Kara Colour’

‘Slight Vintage’ with a hand done border and overlay. I love this image – Amelia did the posing herself, she just did it so I took her picture.  What a cutie!  I loved her energy. :)

‘Very Vintage’ below with a touch of ‘fade’.

‘Kara Colour’ below and in the last image.

‘Slight Vintage’ below

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KateNovember 3, 2008 - 11:29 pm

Kara, I just got to check these out!!!Amazing!!!I know Laura is ecstatic!!! She looks so grown up all of a sudden, I can’t believe how quickly our little ones disappear…..

WandaOctober 29, 2008 - 2:13 pm

You do amazing work!! My friend put me in touch with your blog because of Hayden & Amelia’s photographs. They were both better than any I have ever seen. We are expecting our 1st grandchild in May, I have already given my daughter in law your website info…. hope to see you in the future.

rachel brookeOctober 28, 2008 - 7:19 pm

My husband just walked up and said she looks like a future news anchor because shes got such a sophistication for her age! haha how funny. I love Kara Colour and will be the 1st in line to buy it (if you decide to sell it, I mean)!

ohana photographers- david & kimi bOctober 27, 2008 - 1:10 pm

4 & 5 are perfection. pure perfection kara may!!!

elizabethOctober 26, 2008 - 7:16 pm

Ohhhh Kara.. these are breathtaking

courtneyOctober 26, 2008 - 11:13 am

WOWERS!! Kara, these are GOR-GE-OUS.
Love love LOVE the slight vintage with the border.
They are all simply perfect.

DannaOctober 26, 2008 - 10:55 am

WOW WOW WOW what amazing images…seriously I love all of these and your processing of them is perfection! She certainly is a classic beauty, watch out mom and dad!! :-)

jeanaOctober 25, 2008 - 10:24 am

These are so beautiful! I love all of them and your processing is amazing! and I just love the blue jacket.

StephanieOctober 24, 2008 - 11:23 pm

Fantastic photos, and actions! :D Love these!! What a little darling.

TiffanyOctober 24, 2008 - 10:20 pm

Ok so I’d love to be a mentee of yours!! You know I adore your work! and if you ever sell actions, I’m all over that too!!

HayleyOctober 24, 2008 - 7:15 am

Beautiful Kara. I just love her outfits:) And as always love your PP work.

april toddOctober 23, 2008 - 9:52 pm

I love how all of your session have so many clothing changes, really beautiful images Kara!! This little gal is a true Southern Beauty!

Natasha WhiteleyOctober 23, 2008 - 9:06 pm

these are all absolutely fantastic!

VanessaOctober 23, 2008 - 7:28 pm

Your work is stunning!!! What a gorgeous girl and beautiful pp! :)

Julie JonesOctober 23, 2008 - 5:58 pm

All of your processing is gorgeous! You do such amazing work with children.

Kara MayOctober 23, 2008 - 5:20 pm

Have I told you all how much I love your comments?! You really are incredibly awesome blog readers, I’m very lucky. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving comments! I’m so glad you like my work and it’s so great hearing from you all!! XOXO

~Dizzy Lizzy~October 23, 2008 - 5:16 pm

Simply amazing! Your work is pure eye candy – I come to your blog when I’m blue and it lifts my spirits and makes me smile. Keep making us all smile.
P.S. I come here even when I’m not blue since I just can’t go long without seeing your work.

shannon lottOctober 23, 2008 - 12:06 pm

I love how your clients always have the cutest outfits! She is a classic beauty. Great as always.

BethanyOctober 23, 2008 - 8:22 am

Add me to your mentoring/workshop list! I’ve been stalking your blog religiously – your work is so inspiring. I would love an opportunity to learn from you and meet you. Unbelievable beauty in all you capture.

CarrieOctober 23, 2008 - 8:19 am

Perfection!! Beautiful girl and I love that vintage looking hat!!! Gorgeous work as always Kara.

nathalieOctober 22, 2008 - 10:00 pm

awww kara…this is fantastic. what a pretty girl. i can’t wait for someday get some of the mentoring from you….after you sleep, right?! you are so inpiring. i will get my cs4 next week and i can’t wait to play with it.

Tracy WaldropOctober 22, 2008 - 9:59 pm

I absolutely LOVE THESE!! You are soooo talented. Put my name on the list for future workshops please…

Tracy Waldrop
Asheville, NC

CaitlinOctober 22, 2008 - 9:27 pm

I had to look up “bokeh”. Thank you for the new term! (and the compliments!)

MandsOctober 22, 2008 - 7:15 pm

Just stunning Kara…your work always inspires me

Crystal DelaHozOctober 22, 2008 - 2:02 pm

Oh I love love love the first one! That is a beautiful photograph and you PP is just perfect as always!

jean smithOctober 22, 2008 - 10:55 am

GORGEOUS images! i noticed you were “naming” each picture. do you sell actions?

Anna ClaireOctober 22, 2008 - 10:04 am

Kara, I know you hear this all the time but I can’t help but say it again. YOU HAVE AN AMAZING GIFT and you are such an inspiration. This little girl is beautiful and if I were her parents I would be freaking out over what to get, what size, b&w or color, oh the decisions they are going to have to make.

Sarah KaineOctober 22, 2008 - 10:00 am

Holy Moly Kara!!! These are stunning!! I love the vintage looking hat, the cropped jacket and the whole look! She looks amazing all the styles you used – attire, location, poses and processing. Unbelievably perfect!

melissaOctober 22, 2008 - 9:21 am

Wow, these are gorgeous! What a beautiful little girl too. Your processing rocks!!

CaitlinOctober 22, 2008 - 8:00 am

Such dramatic beautiful eyes!

Kathy CarlisleOctober 22, 2008 - 12:13 am

I think that you’re too much! The last few posts have totally grabbed at my heartstrings and I was too vareklemt to comment. I love your work as always and appreciate you sharing. K

Lisa LenderinkOctober 22, 2008 - 12:05 am

I agree with everything that has already been said.

Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful…and I will definitely be
in line if you ever do decide to sell your actions.

Your work is truly inspiring and obviously you are
incredibly talented and your “special brews” only enhance
your true gift of photography.

Your work makes me smile.

TanyaOctober 21, 2008 - 10:30 pm

Kara these are so BEAUTIFUL!!! I couldn’t choose a fav. from these it’s just too hard!! your processing in just divine!! I really do hope one day you sell your actions.. they are just incredible, but then I understand if you don’t, they are like nothing i have seen!! Amelia sounds like the perfect model.. she is beautiful….. gorgeous work my friend :)

Jayme TigheOctober 21, 2008 - 10:19 pm

Love them all Kara! What a beautiful girl… you captured her wonderfully.

Jenn PennOctober 21, 2008 - 9:56 pm

What a classic beauty she is! Great photos!

KristinOctober 21, 2008 - 9:53 pm

Kara…love, love, love these! Especially the 6th pic. Great work as always!

michelle nicoloffOctober 21, 2008 - 9:23 pm

Kara…love them…gorgeous! I cannot wait until you sell your actions!