Monthly Archives: December 2008

{Giving Is Awesome – Decision Time}

Thank you for the many powerful and moving stories you sent to me.  This was truly a very hard and stressful decision.  So difficult that I couldn’t just choose one person/family to give this gift to, so I’ve selected two nominees.  Even narrowing it down to two families was painful since every nominee had such inspiring, powerful and courageous stories.  I hope to donate to some of the others at a later date.  I’m currently in communications with the selected families and want to ensure I get their permission before sharing their names and stories on my blog.  But as promised, I wanted to make a post about it this evening.  Thank you again for taking the time to participate in this important project.

Merry Christmas!  God Bless.

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Alison GreenwoodJanuary 4, 2009 - 7:58 am

This is so beautiful Kara. Love the soft muted colours and the breeze in her hair.
I love your work.x

amandaDecember 31, 2008 - 12:00 am

that is so awesome of you! i absolutely adore this picture! so beautiful!

StephanieDecember 30, 2008 - 10:55 pm

You really have the kindest heart. I am sure those families will appreciate your gesture immensely. :D

Terry McKaigDecember 30, 2008 - 2:03 am

What a gorgeous photo Kara……..and what a blessing you are to the families that you are gifting to!

TrinaDecember 30, 2008 - 12:13 am

I really hope you post these sessions. Such an amazing gift you’re giving. I wish you lived in my city so we could be blessed with your presence. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your family!

ohana photographers - david & kimi bDecember 29, 2008 - 8:58 pm

you are an amazing artist and such a giving heart! hope santa was good to you! we wish many blessings to you and yours for the 09′ year!

Kara MayDecember 28, 2008 - 12:24 pm

Thanks for your sweet comments. I’m looking forward to these very special sessions and I hope to post them here on my blog ;)

jeanaDecember 28, 2008 - 1:40 am

Your images are so beautiful. I love the shots of the tree/fog
below…incredible! I hope you had a Merry Christmas.

MeredithDecember 27, 2008 - 6:17 pm

You are an angel with a giving heart. Beautiful image of your little girl. I love the mood and feel of it.

Tarah MDecember 27, 2008 - 6:16 pm

Gorgeous picture Kara. You have such a giving heart to select ’2′ nominees for your gift. It will be a gift they will treasure forever.

Michelle WellsDecember 26, 2008 - 5:22 pm

I love this image, so soft and gentle. Very sweet. I can’t wait to hear the stories from your two chosen nominees. You are very kind, it must have been such a difficult decision but such a wonderful gift for you to give.

Julie RaneeDecember 26, 2008 - 4:10 pm

Beautiful capture! Love how the wind has caught her hair.
It’s wonderful what you are doing by giving.

amanda andrewsDecember 26, 2008 - 3:45 pm

BEAUTIFUL capture! I am soooo gonna have to remember to do this next year! What a wonderful gift!

Jodi MDecember 25, 2008 - 8:23 am

Stunning image and what a generous soul you are! All the best for a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring work in 2009.

TanyaDecember 25, 2008 - 5:43 am

Bless YOU Kara for your beautiful heart!! Such a beautiful gift that you’re giving these families… one they will treasure always! Stunning photo! Merry Christmas Kara, I hope your family has a wonderful day :) ))

april toddDecember 24, 2008 - 10:41 pm

Kara, I know…making the decision was very hard for me too! Just wanted to post and say I love this picture too- I love pics with movement in them…

{the calming fog}

Thank you so much for those of you who have nominated a person/family for my give-away below. The stories I’ve gotten so far have been heart-wrenching reminding me how important it is to give to others and to give often.  There’s still time to send more nominations – just make sure you send them to  telling me your nominations story, their name and your contact information.  I’ll be posting the results on Christmas Eve (after obtaining permission from the recipient). 

I love mornings like this morning.  I woke up to deep mystical fog outside my window.  I love the quiet, calm feeling fog brings – everything seems to slow down a bit.  It’s almost as good as snow (I love snow and have been so jealous that my family and friends in Seattle are seeing snowfall – I miss it and Tyler does too).   Anyway, after I dropped the kids off at school I rushed home to get my camera and set out to take a couple of quick pictures before heading back home to packaging orders.   Here’s some of what I captured today.   I haven’t had time to look at all of my images just these few.  The second image I played around with my two of my homebrewed processings to give the image a different look.  

Image below: I drive past this old tree and decayed shack every day. Something about this path takes me to another place.  I’ll even take the ‘long route’ just to get another glance at my lonely, beautiful tree an the long narrow path.

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MekennaJanuary 4, 2009 - 6:35 pm

I haven’t checked back in a while. Hope I haven’t become a complete stranger to you now.

These pictures are beautiful on a sort of haunting level, I don’t know how you do it! Just out of curiosity, what kind of camera do you have?

Elizabeth GLassJanuary 2, 2009 - 12:28 pm

Soooo beautiful. Definitely need to be hanging on a wall. Love your treatment too.

Natasha WhiteleyDecember 23, 2008 - 3:24 pm

Came back looking for new photos, but I gotta say these photos were so worth having another peep!

Micha EverettDecember 23, 2008 - 2:05 pm

Wow these would make amazing wall art! What beautiful pictures~

amanda andrewsDecember 22, 2008 - 10:54 pm

Holy Cow Girl!!! You are one talented lady! These are amazing!!!

StephanieDecember 20, 2008 - 2:28 am

I have yet to experience fog like this. you capyure it’s simple beauty so pefectly. :D

Jennifer Lea PhotographyDecember 19, 2008 - 7:15 pm

Kara~Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I have looked at your art a million times and love your images! So you giving me a compliment means a lot to me! Have a great weekend! Jenn in Ohio

ohana photographers - david & kimi bDecember 19, 2008 - 2:02 pm

loooooove everything about these!! wow!

hope you and your family have an incredible christmas!!

Kris LeighDecember 19, 2008 - 11:18 am

Absolutely stunning location Kara! I wish I could find a hidden gem like this where I live! Gorgeous! :-)

Kylene CleaverDecember 18, 2008 - 10:07 pm

OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE #2. I would print that large and hang it in my family room :-)

VanessaDecember 18, 2008 - 7:04 am

wow- I love these days also!!! What beautiful images and your pp- lovely!

Kara MayDecember 17, 2008 - 10:11 pm

Thanks for your comments! Yes aren’t these haunting and eerie?! Yet peaceful, mystical and dreamlike? A strange but very grabbing combination that I’m drawn to. I’m so glad you like them!

susan robertsDecember 17, 2008 - 8:21 pm

That mist is so beautiful and haunting

LillyDecember 17, 2008 - 7:22 pm

Stunning. Amazingly beautiful. You should really consider selling your fine art Kara. You could make some cash on these. I would buy one/some/them all. Absolutely beautiful!!

HayleyDecember 17, 2008 - 5:05 pm

These literally took my breath away!!! The 3rd photo with the processing you used is PERFECTION and oh how I would love to have that hanging nearby to “take me away”. The scene is so calming. You truly have captured simply beauty Kara and these peices of art I hope are hanging in someone’s home to enjoy!! Gorgeous work…and if I am not back around before the holidays…Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

elizabethDecember 17, 2008 - 4:38 pm

Ohhh My Goodness Kara I love these I hope you print a few out really big and hang them they are amazing

DawnDecember 17, 2008 - 2:28 pm

Beautiful pictures….GREAT desktop backgrounds

melissaDecember 17, 2008 - 8:10 am

Wow, these are stunning!

beckieDecember 16, 2008 - 11:40 pm

These are just lovely. I can’t even pick a favorite.

Julie RaneeDecember 16, 2008 - 10:56 pm

Gorgeous Kara! You can even make bare trees look beautiful!
Now maybe I should comment 2 more times on this post so you get the idea. ;) You cracked me up with your posts on my blog.

TiffanyDecember 16, 2008 - 10:09 pm

These are GORGEOUS!!!

Allison MooreDecember 16, 2008 - 7:42 pm

Wow, you can photograph ANYTHING and make it a work of art!! I would so buy these big to hang on my walls.

CynthiaDecember 16, 2008 - 7:39 pm

Soooo beautiful!! I want to just jump inside the pictures and feel the cool fog wrap around me. These are stunning Kara!

TanyaDecember 16, 2008 - 6:03 pm

These are so beautiful Kara!! Love the last one ALOT!!! :)

PennyDecember 16, 2008 - 4:58 pm

These are wonderful. Would make gorgeous mounted and matted pictures.

Natasha WhiteleyDecember 16, 2008 - 3:57 pm

wow kara, all of them are gorgeous, but the last really draws me in!

LesleyDecember 16, 2008 - 3:52 pm

Wow, these photos are calming yet very Tim Burton all at the same time. :D

{Giving Is Awesome!}

You know someone. You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.
You know someone. I guarantee it.
I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography – $1000 worth, to be exact. Whether it’s an albums, prints for Grandma, a bunch of large prints…it’s in your power to give them the artwork they deserve this holiday season.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a $200 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The rules:
You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-home does not qualify as sincere financial need.)
The nominee must reside in Florence, Darlington, Timmonsville or the Hartsville area. Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.
Comment on this blog entry to let me know you’ve entered, and e-mail me the full story:

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve…get nominating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season – and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

Note:  I can’t take an credit for this idea my friend Kristen Kalp (  started the project , Giving Is Awesome (  She has such a big heart and literally gave me the wording.  She’s incredible!!

Thanks you!

Faded yesterday – tweaked as always ;-)

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Pamela TelgenhoffDecember 16, 2008 - 9:25 am

Love your work! Love your blog too.

pamelaDecember 15, 2008 - 3:49 pm

awww, this is awesome- go you! this post made my eyes tear (a lot).

love, love, love (did i type LOVE) your RED boots! sooooooo super Christmas.

StephanieDecember 14, 2008 - 1:11 am

If I lived there, I would completely do this!! Hey..I might just try this out on my blog! Absolutely wonderful. :D You’re such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your talents with others. :D

Kara MayDecember 13, 2008 - 11:05 pm

Thanks everyone!! I’ve received lots of stories and it’s already killing me. Why can’t I do this for everyone who’s been nominated? I wish I could since this is so hard and everyone is so deserving. Please keep the stories coming. Thanks for taking the time to write me.

Mary MarantzDecember 13, 2008 - 11:09 am

that’s such a cool shot!! Good for you for getting involved in such an awesome cause!!

robinDecember 13, 2008 - 10:22 am

oh how i wish my best friend lived close to you…

ohana photographers - david & kimi bDecember 12, 2008 - 12:59 pm

wow what a giving heart you have kara! good luck to the lucky winner!! have a blessed and awesome weekend!!

EllenDecember 12, 2008 - 11:55 am

Thanks for the opportunity to help make someones Christmas a little brighter by sharing your talents. Wouldn’t it be a better world if everyone was as giving. I have sent you an email submitting a family in the area.

TanyaDecember 11, 2008 - 8:16 pm

A beautiful idea! Bless you for your beautiful heart & giving spirit! Gorgeous photo too! Merry Christmas Kara xx

Lisa LenderinkDecember 11, 2008 - 6:15 pm

What a great idea! You truly have an amazing

Merry Christmas Kara!

LillyDecember 11, 2008 - 1:43 pm

Such a lovely gift!! Great shots here too. You are soooo darn creative, blows me away!!

Natasha WhiteleyDecember 10, 2008 - 6:20 pm

ah man, wow!!! gorgeous photo of you!
that is a stunning gift to give Kara!

elizabethDecember 10, 2008 - 3:54 pm

such a great idea.. and love these photos..

CyndiDecember 10, 2008 - 6:58 am

Kara, you are such an awesome person and so giving!

AngieDecember 9, 2008 - 11:52 pm

Wow! What a great gift!

Leslie KerriganDecember 9, 2008 - 8:42 pm

Hey kara! What a great way to celebrate the spirit of giving this holiday season!! I sent you an email nominating a friend of mine in Hartsville. Please let me know if you consider this deserving family!! Thanks for doing this!

KimDecember 9, 2008 - 7:23 pm

Hey Kara- You are incredibly kind. What a gift this will be to a family. I have an awesome, not to mention beautiful family I would like to nominate. However, they don not live in the specified area. They would be happy, however to come to you! Please let me know if I can nominate them.

Jessica WickDecember 9, 2008 - 7:17 pm

Such a giving heart. That’s just adds to your talent – amazing and giving!!!

MeredithDecember 9, 2008 - 7:16 pm

What an amazing gift!!! This is so wonderful of you Kara!!

kelli :)December 9, 2008 - 1:17 pm

Wow….totally made me cry!!! this is AMAZING!! you are soo sweet :)

kymberli q.December 9, 2008 - 11:23 am

You are awesome, Kara! Great giving!! :)

{Designer Spotlight: Kate Emerson & Nuxiemade}

You all know what a huge fan I am of these two designers. I use Nuxiemade hats in almost all my sessions and the kids {and moms} love them!!  She’s coming out with some new designs after the holidays – I can’t wait!  And Kate Emerson is starting her new Spring line – here’s a little sneak peek at one of her adorable knot apron dresses.    Brielle felt like such a princess in this dress – she kept dancing and twirling around during our mini session.  And when we got home she insisted on keeping on her ‘flower princess dress’  coupled with her princess crown and sparkly shoes.  I had to convince her to take it off to go to bed.  She’s all girl {except for her devotion to ’little creatures’ – aka lizards, ladybugs, any bug really}.  Anyway, thanks for stopping by more spotlights to come. 

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florDecember 30, 2008 - 12:34 pm

Beautiful photos! Love the colors.

Micha EverettDecember 23, 2008 - 2:08 pm

This outfit is rocking I have to check this designer out WOW!

Natasha WhiteleyDecember 10, 2008 - 6:21 pm

I love everything about this session!

CyndiDecember 10, 2008 - 7:01 am

Oh my gosh Kara, she is so gorgeous!! LOVE that dress and with the leg warmers tdf!! Your photography and color is brilliant!!

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Crystal DelaHozDecember 9, 2008 - 2:39 am

Brielle is just gorgeous!!! What a fun little model you have. I only pray that my daughter will start to want to look AT my camera someday :)

michelle nicoloffDecember 9, 2008 - 1:24 am

Kara…your daughter is beautiful and you are so blessed that she loves the camera :) As always beautiful images!

Elizabeth GlassDecember 8, 2008 - 11:49 pm

Oh! You captured such joy in these. What a beautiful little girl. This looks like a magazine shoot.

Julie RaneeDecember 8, 2008 - 11:26 pm

Your girl is beautiful! Love your color and processing. And that dress . . . sigh . . . I want one.

AbiQDecember 8, 2008 - 11:14 pm

Ohhhhhhhhh! I love these! And what an amazing beautiful little girl and freakin awesome outfit!

Carrie YoungDecember 8, 2008 - 6:26 am

ooooo I love that dress! :D As always your daughter is beautiful as are your photo’s :D

Jodi MDecember 7, 2008 - 11:33 pm

Stunning Amazing Gorgeous but just the norm for you young Kara.

ohana photographers - david & kimi bDecember 6, 2008 - 4:41 am

kara kara kara wow wow WOW! that’s it that’s all i can say! you amaze me!

MeredithDecember 5, 2008 - 11:27 pm

I can’t breathe
These are just stunning!!!!
I have to have that outfit,
that hat,
those leg-warmers,
your gorgeous daughter,
and of course your extreme talent!

StephanieDecember 5, 2008 - 12:05 am

What a charming dress!! I love the hat as well. The second shot screams volumes of happiness. :D Great job!

TanyaDecember 4, 2008 - 9:00 pm

Gorgeous dress & model!! I love the fresh, vibrant colours… no wonder Brielle felt like a Princess.. beautiful hat too! I love the locations you used for this shoot… amazing work as always :)

rachel brookeDecember 4, 2008 - 8:00 pm

Man you kill me with these posts!! The perfect clothes and your daughter is just gorgeous. So cute!

TaraDecember 4, 2008 - 7:57 pm

Kara your work is awesome and I love checking your blog often. I just did a kids session and I kept looking at your shots for inspiration. thank you! Love your creativity! I hope you are able to do a post on processing or gear at some point.

PaigeDecember 4, 2008 - 2:31 pm

money – I need money! I want these outfits and I want your talent (something money can’t buy). Hope Santa is good to me this year :)

Lena (Elma) RegnerusDecember 4, 2008 - 2:00 pm

She IS a beautiful princess. Everything works, her clothes, the colours, the images and HER :)

DannaDecember 4, 2008 - 1:13 pm

OH MY GOODNESS………these are just WOW!!! seriously so gorgeous.

susan robertsDecember 4, 2008 - 12:23 am

That is a gorgoeus little dress! She looks adorable! My DD would sleep in that dress and the sparkly shoes :)

Jessica WickDecember 3, 2008 - 10:39 pm

You’re seriously going to make me break the bank kara!!!! OOOOOOOOOOHHHHH I’m going to be in so much trouble for spending but maybe Santa will come and bring a nice gift for me — uh I mean my daughter. Love these and your photography isn’t bad either, drool. :)

CindyDecember 3, 2008 - 10:35 pm

Your daughter is stunning – really she is. Your work blows me away everytime I see it. WOW these are just amazing!! Love the outfit I have to check out these links!!

melissaDecember 3, 2008 - 6:14 pm

Aww, gorgeous, EVERYTHING! Love those leg warmers, they are too cute!

AngieDecember 3, 2008 - 3:42 pm

Love the photos and that dress is darling!

KateDecember 3, 2008 - 3:36 pm

You get me into more shopping trouble with these FABULOUS designer spotlights! LOL! Can’t wait to check out Kait’s spring line. Brielle is a wonderful little model! These are as usual AMAZING!

christy funkDecember 3, 2008 - 3:19 pm

These are beautiful! The little girl, the dress and the photography! I really wish I had a girl for your dresses Kait! I can’t wait for Friday night at Belly Sprout!

KarenDecember 3, 2008 - 1:08 pm

wow! i love them all! you truly do amazing work, girl! and i just adore your daughter…she’s precious! funny, i’ve got a “treasure box” that looks exactly like your luggage…impeccable taste, woman! ;)

KaitemersonDesignsDecember 3, 2008 - 1:01 pm

I can’t Thank you enough for yet another Fabulous session.. The photos are simply gorgeous! Brielle is a beautiful princess and stunning model. Thank for the Spotlight on Kait Emerson and giving everyone a sneak peek what’s coming soon from Kait Emerson.

cindyDecember 3, 2008 - 12:52 pm

Love that outfit! Where are the stockings from? Love those!!

Leslie RoarkDecember 3, 2008 - 10:47 am

OMG.. Gorgeous pictures and I LOVE the hat and outfit! I will be ordering from both places for my little girl.. I’m sure of that!