Yearly Archives: 2009

{A New Little Hero Entered Heaven’s Gates}


I  want to share with you a story of a little hero named Aldo Rubio.  He was a happy, loving, and honest little seven year old.  On Thursday night, he was playing with three of his friends across the street from his house.  They found a hole in the chain-linked fence leading to the canal and being curious little boys, they decided to explore. One of the boys (11 years old) fell into the canal.  With bravery and selflessness, Aldo jumped in the deep canal to help his friend to safety and in doing so, Aldo was pulled further into the cold waters.  There’s nothing to grab onto in the swift deep waters of the canal, so sadly, Aldo was swept away leaving his friends powerless and running for help.  A man driving by saw that one of the boys running was soaking wet & frantic and asked what happened and then immediately called 911 for help.  Rescuers, firefighters, and helicopter teams searched for Aldo in the cold murky waters and sadly discovered his lifeless body  12 hours later, 60 yards from where the boys fell in.  My heart breaks today.  He was in my son’s class at school and I had the joy of seeing him each week when I volunteered in his classroom.  My interactions with him were always sweet and warm, he always made me laugh or smile over his gentle and sincere words.  I enjoyed the time I got to spend with him – helping  him with his reading words, exploring books to add to his ‘reading book bag’, and playfully greeting him in the mornings.  He was always happy and that was infectious to everyone around him.

Tyler doesn’t understand the impact of what has happened to his friend yet.  We were out of town when I spoke to the School Nurse and received the devastating news.  Security, police and trauma counselors are at his school to help the children and teachers with their grief.  Tyler doesn’t want to talk about it and still thinks that Aldo will be at school on Monday and they’ll play.  He’s in denial and I feel helpless.  Monday will be difficult  when he sees Aldo’s empty place at the table in their classroom.   I know heaven needed Aldo and he’s in the loving arms of God, but he is missed so much here.  He’s a young hero, so courageous and altruistic.  He’s watching over his family, friends and classmates each day and that brings us comfort.  He will live in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Aldo’s family needs our prayers right now.  I can’t imagine how they feel  with what they are going through.   An account to pay for Aldo’s funeral has been established at Bank of America.   Anyone wishing to donate should ask for the Positive Impact Inc. account. under Aldo Rubio at any Bank of America Branch.  This time of year it especially hard to deal with such loss, so any amount will be appreciated.  Thank you.

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jacqui rodriguezDecember 10, 2012 - 3:39 pm

he was a very brave little kid…never will be forgotten…

BLANCA RUBIODecember 10, 2012 - 12:59 pm


Karlaa CervantesMarch 8, 2012 - 9:48 am

We will always havee youu in our hearts clodito(what we called him) We miss youu bunches lil cousinn♥;

Yomara RubioMay 10, 2010 - 11:40 pm

he was my little cousin we miss him dearly and he will always be in or u CLO

patti mJanuary 2, 2010 - 11:24 am

Oh my gosh, how devastating! I will pray for peace for his friends and family and all who knew him. Precious little heart!

SarahJanuary 2, 2010 - 11:00 am

So heartbreaking. I cannot imagine what the parents are going through.

Terry McKaigJanuary 2, 2010 - 12:30 am

Prayers being said for the family here……… heart breaking!

april toddJanuary 1, 2010 - 4:39 pm

This is beautifully written Kara. I am so sad for this family, I will be lifting them up in prayer. What a little here…

Sarah WheelerDecember 17, 2009 - 1:59 pm

oh kara, i am so sorry for everyone’s loss. aldo sounds like an amazing little boy. my thoughts, and prayers go out to all of you right now. xoxo

crave photographyDecember 16, 2009 - 2:26 am

So sad that that happened. The only peace comes in knowing that Aldo is with Heavenly Father and he will someday see his family and be with them again. My heart just goes out to this family. May God send them peace at this time.

HayleyDecember 15, 2009 - 12:20 pm

There are just no words…my heart breaks for this family. May God wrap his loving healing arms around them in comfort during this most difficult time. I will be saying lots and lots of prayers for this family.

elizabeth pelletteDecember 15, 2009 - 11:00 am

my heart just breaks for this family for his friends and teachers.. what a brave young man… such a selfless thing to do.. you are all in my thoughts and my prayers..

I wish I had better words I dont.. I am just broken hearted..

LeslieDecember 14, 2009 - 2:29 am

I am in tears…my heart aches for all his loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and yours.

ChelseyDecember 13, 2009 - 8:04 pm

Oh Kara, I am so sorry for their loss. He sounds like an incredible young boy, so courageously helping his friend. What a terrible tragedy. My heart aches for them.

Laura ReauxDecember 13, 2009 - 7:07 pm

Crying so much. My heart breaks for the family. I’m praying for them and feel so blessed that my kids are safe and healthy and here.

Zak SchwankDecember 13, 2009 - 2:42 pm

I am in tears…this makes me so very sad. I can’t even imagine how his family and friends feel. My thoughts and prayers are with Aldo’s family. :(

TiffanyDecember 13, 2009 - 2:32 pm

This makes me so sad~ There are no words to help. :( My heart is with this family, and all of the friends and classmates of this little boy. Your son is lucky to have you! :)

ohana photographersDecember 13, 2009 - 12:55 pm

this is so heartbreaking :( what a brave little boy. it’s so sad the world will never know and love the type of man he would of grown up to be, a hero. which this world needs more of. we are praying that God will give his family the strength they will need to get through this time of incredible sadness. life is short. tell your family you love them, and tell them often.

Amy Rasmussen-WillilamsDecember 13, 2009 - 3:17 am

Kara, your words describing Aldo are so beautiful in essence of who he was. Thank you for being the kind, loving person you are to take such thoughtfulness and time to post this as a remembrance to this wonderful and beautiful little boy. Words cannot express how I’m feeling right now about this. I’m sorry for his family’s pain and the pain that you, Tyler, and his classmates are feeling. You’re right, I guess the angels needed him.

michelle nicoloffDecember 12, 2009 - 11:05 pm

Things brings tears to my eyes…so very devastating…no parent should have to feel this type of pain.

Carrie PorterDecember 12, 2009 - 9:25 pm

Praying for his family and classmates. So sad :( .

amandaDecember 12, 2009 - 9:07 pm

oh this just breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes. YOu shared a special story and such kind words that i’m sure his family will appreciate and find comfort in!

shannon lottDecember 12, 2009 - 8:43 pm

Wow. That’s just so sad. As a mother, I feel the pain. I hope Tyler can face it and understand in the near future. Children shouldn’t have to deal with things like death yet. Thinking of you all.

{Happy Thanksgiving!}

This morning I overheard Tyler asking Brielle if she knows why we celebrate thanksgiving.  She answered ‘because we’re thankful’.  Tyler began to tell her the story of the pilgrims, how the woman back then had to keep their caps on or it was considered rude, etc.  He was so excited sharing with her what he knew about the this special day.  He even drew her pictures of Turkeys but added, ‘Did you know they didn’t eat Turkey at all on the first Thanksgiving?’.  Who knew?  LOL 

 There’s  so much to be Thankful for this year and every year.  I’m trying to stay away from my computer today but wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope your day is filled with warmth, togetherness, and positive reflection.  Have a great holiday celebration!

{one of my new favorite images} :)


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PattiJanuary 3, 2010 - 12:21 pm

What a gorgeous image!

Terry McKaigJanuary 2, 2010 - 12:29 am

Gorgeous image Kara!!!

amandaDecember 6, 2009 - 11:45 pm

so cute! and I love the image!

ohana photographersDecember 6, 2009 - 3:29 pm

hope you all had a thanksgiving full of love and blessings!!!

sherry bolesDecember 5, 2009 - 2:54 am

Beautiful, Kara!
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

elizabeth pelletteDecember 2, 2009 - 5:30 pm

Hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.. what a beautiful image

HayleyNovember 30, 2009 - 1:55 pm

Hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving! What a stunning image!!

ElmaNovember 30, 2009 - 11:59 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Kara (a little late). I enjoyed catching up on your recent posts over coffee this morning. Keep up the fabulous work. You have great talent. I always appreciate you sharing your images.

Sylvia BorgoNovember 29, 2009 - 12:25 am

beautiful sentiments followed by a stunning image – what more can one ask for in a blog post! Hope you had a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving!

ChelseyNovember 26, 2009 - 8:09 pm

Beautiful, Kara: the image & your words … and the music to go with it … Happy Thanksgiving! (your first in your new place – whoohoo! So exciting – new memories await!)

s h e r r yNovember 26, 2009 - 1:01 pm

I love the Thanksgiving story! But I didn’t know that they didn’t eat turkey. Wonder where the tradition came from. Awesome photo!

{Designer Spotlight: Kait Emerson & NuxieMade}

These two keep coming out with amazing new designs and color combinations.  I was so excited when I saw what Feanna, of Kait Emerson sent me.  Her fall/winter line is fabulous with the peasant patterned tops, ruffled pants, apron dresses, and solid twirl skirt (passes the ‘twirl test with Brielle’ – it’s one of her favorites to wear).  Melissa, talented hat designer for NuxieMade, coordinated the hats perfectly with the Kait Emerson’s line.  As we were photographing, people (in particular woman) would stop and say ‘I love that hat! Where did you find it?’  Of course I carried her business cards with me to the shoot :)   Also during the shoot another photographer who does ‘corporate profile work’, stopped me and asked all about Brielle’s outfit…then we talked shop ab0ut lenses, lighting, camera bodies, etc.  ;-)   It was fun chatting with passer-by’s – so friendly and warm (love people like that).    Anyway, I wanted to share with you these adorable designs that can be found at  Kait Emerson Designs and Nuxiemade, check them out!












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JithinMay 20, 2012 - 11:32 am

your photography is amazing Kara….. Great work

Terry McKaigJanuary 2, 2010 - 12:31 am

She is adorable……and your photography is amazing girl!!

Amy Rasmussen-WillilamsDecember 14, 2009 - 1:43 am

My gosh, Brielle is BEAUTIFUL Kara!! Talk about absolutely stunning photos and I just adore the attire!! xoxo

ohana photographersDecember 6, 2009 - 3:30 pm

you always photograph this little girl beautifully, well pretty much all the children you photograph :)

elizabeth pelletteDecember 2, 2009 - 5:42 pm

stunning.. the colors are amazing and she is just beautiful

AmyNovember 29, 2009 - 5:32 pm

Your work never ceases to amaze me. Such beauty :)

Sylvia BorgoNovember 29, 2009 - 12:26 am

SUPER beautiful! I just adore the last 2 outfits! B. couldn’t be any cuter!

Carrie PorterNovember 25, 2009 - 9:49 am

Sigh. I love visiting your blog.

EmilyNovember 22, 2009 - 4:05 am

Briella is stunning. I want these outfits. Maybe Santa will be good to me- I haven’t been that naughty ;-)

Stacey KNovember 22, 2009 - 3:57 am

Pure eye candy (and a complete drain on my pocketbook lol)!

TanyaNovember 20, 2009 - 8:32 pm

One word Kara….. PERFECTION!!! Brielle is as gorgeous as ever!

amanda andrewsNovember 20, 2009 - 5:09 pm


crave photographyNovember 20, 2009 - 4:29 pm

I think it is awesome that some of your best work involves the one you love. So many beautiful photographs and the clothes are darling as well!

MonicaNovember 20, 2009 - 12:22 pm

Breathtaking. Could these images be any more beautiful? Briella is growing to be a perfect model and she makes the clothes look even more amazing.

SarahNovember 20, 2009 - 10:50 am

I want to be you someday even if it’s just a dusting of your talent. You INSPIRE.

micheleNovember 20, 2009 - 10:32 am

just beautiful kara! just beautiful.

Michelle KaneNovember 20, 2009 - 3:11 am

You are so amazing. Your daughter is brilliant. I want all these clothes for my daughter. Beautiful work!

Kait Emerson DesignsNovember 20, 2009 - 2:33 am

Kara- Can’t thank you enough for these gorgeous never cease to amaze me..I’ve gotten so, so many compliments on this session. And how you captured Briella.. just sweet and beautiful as ever.. Many,Many Thanks!

{The Little Traveler}


I have the best job ever!  I was so lucky to photograph this darling little 13th month old who flew in from Washington DC last week.  Okay, so they didn’t fly here just for the session….they were visiting Sedona and made a little detour mid-trip to meet me for a session!  And they even brought gifts!  Yes, for me, Tyler and Brielle. Such an awesome greeting – thank you again Pamela you are so thoughtful.

What a happy, expressive little girl.  She was on the move and fast so her mom, dad and I got a serious workout LOL.  But it was fun and Juliana was full of curiosity exploring everything around her.    Here’s a little peek from our fun session together :)



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pamelaDecember 15, 2009 - 9:41 pm

These are stunning. What a beautiful little girl, beyond beautiful. I’m so sure the parents are thrilled they made a detour to you for snaps! Wonderful work.

ohana photographersDecember 6, 2009 - 3:31 pm

heartbreaker!!! those eyes and that gorgeous hair! love!

Amy MartinDecember 3, 2009 - 5:26 am

Wow that child is beautiful!

elizabeth pelletteDecember 2, 2009 - 5:44 pm

its been awhile since I have been by your blog.. wow this little one is just adorable

ElmaNovember 30, 2009 - 11:57 am

Wow Kara, Wow.

Sylvia BorgoNovember 29, 2009 - 12:27 am

INcredible! You photograph the most beautiful children, Kara. This little darling is gorgeous!

crave photographyNovember 21, 2009 - 10:06 pm

Seriously, those big eyes and catch lights! To die for cute!!!

michelle nicoloffNovember 19, 2009 - 3:46 am

HOLY Kara…these are fabulous! I think my new fav of yours… every single one :)

HayleyNovember 18, 2009 - 10:01 am

She is absolutely STUNNING. Those eyes…just kill me. Beautiful work Kara, I love them all :)

Sarah GrahamNovember 18, 2009 - 3:09 am

WOW. she is absolutely stunning. The lips, the eyes, the skin, the hair….and you gotta love those chubby little toes…..

kymberli q.November 16, 2009 - 2:27 pm

These are gorgeous!!

Amy WaddingtonNovember 15, 2009 - 1:31 am

stinkin cute!!!!!!!!!!!

robinNovember 14, 2009 - 10:26 am

she is SO beautiful it is ridiculous! this child needs to model…

Amanda KeeysNovember 14, 2009 - 10:03 am

Oh my goodness, she is STUNNING. Beautiful photos, love them!

SarahNovember 13, 2009 - 10:55 pm

Geez!!!! Um-ah-em-uh I don’t even know what to say. There is so much emotion in these I can’t stop looking at them. Your locations are amazing and your subject is absolutely darling.

JaideanNovember 13, 2009 - 6:18 pm

Oh goodness…she is cuuuute! Beautiful photos!

daraNovember 13, 2009 - 4:46 pm

Love her! she is sooo beautiful! i love the texture of the image w/ the baby carriage. where do you get all of your textures! you really need to have workshop or sell your actions.

Sarah WheelerNovember 13, 2009 - 2:54 pm

Beautiful photos Kara, and what a gorgeous little girl!!

Sara MellanderNovember 13, 2009 - 2:21 pm

OMGosh! She is beautiful!!!

TanyaNovember 13, 2009 - 5:44 am

These are the most beautiful images Kara! She is such a gorgeous little doll… mum & dad must be over the moon with these!! btw… LOVE your frames, they are beautiful… :)

AndyNovember 13, 2009 - 12:57 am

I normally just lurk and don’t comment but I can’t leave your blog without letting you know how amazing I think your work is. Incredible talent Kara!

KristaNovember 12, 2009 - 10:37 pm

SHUT UP! (I’ve always wanted to start a post that way) Seriously beautiful images Kara and that little girl, breathtaking.

KatieNovember 12, 2009 - 9:57 pm

She’s adorable! Just love your work!

KieraNovember 12, 2009 - 9:35 pm

Oh Kara! I’m at a loss for words.

Wait, no I’m not.
This little girl is TO DIE FOR!!! What a total and complete doll and of course your images are FANTASTIC. I’m swooning and I’m not sure when it’s ever going to stop. Brilliant.

Monica JNovember 12, 2009 - 8:51 pm

You always always blow me away Kara!!!

MeganNovember 12, 2009 - 8:21 pm

wanted to say Jaw Dropping Gorgeous! ;-)

MeganNovember 12, 2009 - 8:21 pm

Kara Kara Kara, these images are stunning and that little baby child is drop droppingly (word??) GORGEOUS!!! I am sure the parents must be over the moon about these!

MelindaNovember 12, 2009 - 7:24 pm

OMG she is the cutest thing~ Sign her up for modeling.
You did a such an awesome job. the parents must be thrilled!

Kait Emerson DesignsNovember 12, 2009 - 7:15 pm

WOW! She is Beautiful & Happy. Way to go Kara!

AlexandraNovember 12, 2009 - 7:10 pm

Wow this child is so amazing looking! And your photography is so stunning, eye catching – fantastic work!

CyndiNovember 12, 2009 - 6:37 pm

She is gorgeous! I love all the images Kara, beautiful!!

Alli GaulinNovember 12, 2009 - 6:16 pm

I can’t believe how many WOW WOW WOW images are here, Kara! Beautiful!

LindsayNovember 12, 2009 - 5:55 pm

Wow these get me so emotional and I don’t even know this little doll. Your pictures really make the audience connect with the subject. That’s what I love about your work. You have an amazing gift!!

amanda andrewsNovember 12, 2009 - 2:48 pm

ohmygoodness! What a gorgeous little girl! and what beautiful photos of her!!

Michelle KaneNovember 12, 2009 - 2:20 pm

Fantabulous!!! Not only is she uber adorable, but your images are gorgeous and full of emotion. Perfection!

tanniNovember 12, 2009 - 1:32 pm

She is breathtaking. Those eyes are just amazingly beautiful. Her parents are going to have to keep a close eye on her when she gets older.

ClarityNovember 12, 2009 - 1:21 pm

Holy beautifulness!!!! What a sweet little lady and the pictures you captured are divine, as usual!!!

s h e r r yNovember 12, 2009 - 1:01 pm

She is adorable, and has amazing eyes!