Monthly Archives: January 2009

{the way I see…}

I’ve driven along this long country highway dozens of times.  Each time I see more and more that I ache to photograph.  Photograph it the way I see it (or want to see it).  This is my interpretation – very ordinary but also aged with decaying beauty.   Most would pass these on the road and think they were just an eye sore and I admit, billboards are such an annoyance to me but sometimes one or two will stick out and beg to be photographed.  And I love old metal signs – I can’t pass one without  wishing I had my camera with me.  Anyway sorry this post is so short – I have a busy week ahead of me and wanted to make sure I posted before things got too crazy.  Thanks for taking a peek :)

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northierthanthouMay 23, 2013 - 6:52 am

I love the small trace of color in the diner photo.

Misty BrogdonMarch 31, 2011 - 10:36 am

I love what you did to these signs..
I pass them everyday on my way to work..=)

Jayme TigheFebruary 9, 2009 - 12:17 pm

Stunning work Kara! Amazing… truly!!

Angela PursellFebruary 4, 2009 - 5:14 pm

These are wonderful! Love love love them!

Vanessa de VilliersFebruary 4, 2009 - 4:40 am

They rock!!!! Kara you have a kind of magic you spread upon your photographs! :) :)

Cheryl JohnsonFebruary 2, 2009 - 6:50 pm

love your processing

Denise SnyderFebruary 1, 2009 - 7:43 pm

I love these Kara!!!

ohana photographers - david & kimiJanuary 31, 2009 - 1:29 pm

oh how i love old signs like that and old drive-ins. love these kara may!

StephanieJanuary 30, 2009 - 2:52 am

Ohhh, I like! :D I have a little diner that I pass on the way out of town, too. It looks nothing like this, but boy if it did, I’d be all over it! :D Wonderful job on these. :D

ChelseyJanuary 29, 2009 - 11:57 pm

You are so right – begging to be photographed! Lovely pp – perfect framing too! And seeing the spots below… I SO wanna come out location hunting with you!!!

AmyJanuary 29, 2009 - 7:49 pm

Wow love the funky fun pics!! I heart everything old and rusty, so much character!! you really have a great eye for these things and i love your processing!! you rock

MandyJanuary 29, 2009 - 9:27 am

Coming to your blog is like visiting a place in my dreams Kara. You are amazing. Your talent is out of this world. Beautiful photos and processing.

Sylvia BorgoJanuary 28, 2009 - 12:13 am

Kara! You must promise me that you will one day consider packaging your post processing techniques and sell them as actions. I’m addicted to them!

elizabethJanuary 27, 2009 - 2:37 pm

wish we didnt live so far apart.. I would love to hang out and go shooting with you .. these are awesome

Crystal DelaHozJanuary 27, 2009 - 11:16 am

ooo, i love these! you are such a rockstar ;)

Kara MayJanuary 26, 2009 - 5:16 pm

Thanks ladies! I thought these were fun. I may start selling fine art pieces soon since there’s been a pretty big demand ;)

MarcyJanuary 26, 2009 - 5:14 pm

Not only are you amazing when it comes to children, but your landscapes and fine art are STUNNING! I want these!!

TrishaJanuary 26, 2009 - 5:11 pm

*Drool* the would look amazing printed on canvas! Love your eye!

VanessaJanuary 26, 2009 - 9:20 am

These are totally awesome. My husband and I really want pictures taken at a place like this. We found a small country gas station off the highway that we love. Now just need to set up a time and place and photog :)

Natasha WhiteleyJanuary 26, 2009 - 3:59 am

absolutely stunning!
you have such a creative eye! I’m in awe!

KateJanuary 26, 2009 - 12:49 am

The most ghetto things are always the most fun to photograph :] love these!

amanda andrewsJanuary 26, 2009 - 12:20 am

Love these through your eyes! Ofcourse i’m pretty sure nothing could be an eyesore from your view :)

tamiJanuary 26, 2009 - 12:14 am

LOVE that “hot spot” sign! AND your processing!

rachel brookeJanuary 25, 2009 - 11:45 pm

It’s all how you choose to look at it, right? These are very cool and grungy (in a good way!)

{already missing the fluffy, white snow…}

Yesterday a wish of my kiddos came to fruition… it snowed here in South Carolina!  They’ve been wishing for snow since we moved here 2 years ago.  We got snow each year in Snoqualmie so it was strange for them not to get a taste of it each year.  Tyler was so excited at the thought that we might get snow that he woke up at 3am (that’s not a typo) to look outside only to be let down that there wasn’t any.  He was up on and off all morning and both kids squealed with anticipation when big white flakes finally began to fall from the sky.  Of course we spent most of the day outside playing in it, eating it, riding bikes in it, throwing it, etc.  They both made a ‘snow pie’ – you know, a bowl full of snow and I chopped up bits for fruit and put it in the bowl (as they stirred it) and then they ate it.  So fun!  We also made real snow cones! That was such a treat – I poured FUZE juice in it and they were giggling with excitement.  Then we took breaks , came in and had hot cocoa topped with mini marsh mellows.  This was the best winter day yet!    Now it’s melting and Tyler and Brielle keep asking when we’ll get more.  I’m afraid this was the last of it, but we enjoyed it while it was here.    Below are a few pictures of the snow! 

The first thing both kids did…. let the snow drop onto their tongue ;-)

Tyler running to throw a snowball at daddy’s truck!  I’ve never seen someone love the snow as much as Tyler, he couldn’t get enough of it.

Brielle the problem solver:  She insisted on wearing her sunglasses so the snow wouldn’t get in her eyes.  She didn’t take them off until the snow stopped blowing so hard.  I couldn’t resist running in to get my camera to remember this moment.   Oh and she has a spoon and an apple slice in her hand making her tasty snow pie. 

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Michelle CalhounFebruary 13, 2009 - 10:50 am

Kara, your work is some of the most gorgeous that I have seen so far!!!!
WOW!! You are so creative, and the works of ART are just stunning!

Ali GreenwoodFebruary 8, 2009 - 10:04 am

Ooh you got some great shots Kara. Love the shots of Tyler and Brielle. The sunglasses made me smile :o )

TheresaFebruary 6, 2009 - 7:55 pm

I am so jealous!! I use to live in Sumter and we got snow a few times, I miss it. Now I am in So. Cal., love it here too but, again miss the snow and that wonderful landscape down south.. Your photography is amazing!!! I just love your site BTW. Found you through my friend Feanna – Kait Emerson Designs.

Cheryl JohnsonFebruary 2, 2009 - 6:50 pm

the girl has style LOL

we just had the heaviest snowfall in 20 years, the kids were over the moon until they realised school was still open !!

Emily SmithJanuary 31, 2009 - 6:43 pm

I LOVE the tree and road picture! Gorgeous!

shannon lottJanuary 30, 2009 - 2:21 pm

Love the snow pics and am jealous a little bit. Snow photos are my favorite. And my daughter has that same princes bike! Such great memories here!

Melanie WatsonJanuary 28, 2009 - 1:01 pm

Oh my goodness… what beautiful images of the snowfall. I so miss the snow. Granted Nashville didn’t get much of it when we lived there but considering Florida doesn’t get any… I do miss the little we did get. :) Beautiful work as always! :)

KateJanuary 25, 2009 - 10:09 pm

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I love your work and can’t wait to see more–I’ve added you to my Google Reader so I’ll definitely be back.

These pictures of the snow are gorgeous…I feel just like your kids. I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and just started school in upstate New York this year. Snow is definitely amazing :]

StephanieJanuary 25, 2009 - 2:33 am

These are some FUN photos!!! Sometimes, snow is a good thing. :D Also..LOVE the new look. :D Very awesome. :D

ohana photographers - david and kimiJanuary 24, 2009 - 11:38 pm

i loooove the catching snowflakes with the tongue image!! so innocent and carefree!

michelle nicoloffJanuary 23, 2009 - 6:04 pm

Kara…these are gorgeous!!! What a nice treat to have snow…my kids would have been thrilled!

Julie RaneeJanuary 23, 2009 - 1:05 pm

Such wonderful memories you have captured! Love the scenic shots too!

elizabethJanuary 22, 2009 - 7:48 pm

Ohhhhh Kara.. these are amazing.. just amazing.

JessJanuary 22, 2009 - 7:45 pm

I’m so happy you got to enjoy the snow. I was just wishing yesterday it was gone…here in Utah. BTW love the shot scenic shots.

Natasha WhiteleyJanuary 22, 2009 - 4:20 pm

as always, these are fantastic!
I love no 3! and no 1.. and no 2 :D

Tami :)January 22, 2009 - 3:32 pm

Sigh…I get lost in all of your images. Stunning – I want to buy it. Are you selling any of your fine art?

Jessica TyndallJanuary 22, 2009 - 11:27 am

Hey hey hey….we didn’t get any snow!! Boooo! ;) Looks like you guys had a lot of fun and it also looks like you live in a magical fairy land! Beautiful photos Kara!

Kara MayJanuary 22, 2009 - 10:29 am

lol – If only snow can be sent. We would take truck loads ;) There’s still a little bit of snow on the ground since it’s so cold but tomorrow should be 60+ degrees so it will be gone soon :(
Thanks for the comments :)

HayleyJanuary 22, 2009 - 10:26 am

I will gladly send you some of our snow…LOL. What beautiful memories you’ve captured here!!

rachel brookeJanuary 22, 2009 - 1:30 am

My heart is aching a looking at these photos. You are so lucky to get to see snow!! Oh what I would give to have some….I’m glad you posted these though, they make me happy and feel like I got to “experience” it a little.

MeganJanuary 22, 2009 - 1:24 am

Those first few shots are just them..and of course the ones of oyor kiddos so fun..I can’t say that I would want to deal w/ snow on a regular basis..I’m such a baby..BUT..I know my kids would love it..just for a day…bet it’s so much fun!

Lisa LenderinkJanuary 22, 2009 - 12:36 am

Great memories you captured! I will gladly send Tyler some
of our snow. I can’t remember when we’ve had as much snow
as we do this year. We got over 40″ just in December!

Since we are so used to snow, I guess I forget about some of the
fun things you can do….great idea about the snow cones.

My kids would love that! :)

The sunglasses crack me up!

amanda andrewsJanuary 21, 2009 - 10:28 pm

They can have our snow :)
but really these are such fun fabulous shots!

PennyJanuary 21, 2009 - 9:26 pm

Tyler LOVED the snow from his first year on and Brielle hated the snow from the first. Glad to see how much fun they BOTH are having. Wish we could be there with them.

Jamie KutterJanuary 21, 2009 - 8:41 pm

Hi Kara! Your work is so beautiful. I love looking at your blog. I am SO jealous of the snowy road….that is to die for!

SelenaJanuary 21, 2009 - 7:03 pm

Oh how fun!! So many times we, in Michigan, think about how big of a pain the snow is to us. But looking at these photos have really inspired me to ENJOY all 5+ inches that we do have. :) So happy you and your kiddos could enjoy the fluffy white stuff. :)

Jessica FeelyJanuary 21, 2009 - 6:08 pm

Hey! Thanks for visiting my site/blog..:) Your pictures are amazing and I love them! I cannot believe how gorgeous it is where you are. You are not missing much in Seattle…just a bunch of fog and rain. I love your site too, I hopefully will get one in the next couple of months:) I’m sure I will be a regular on here now!

{New Look – Launch of my NEW WEBSITE!!}

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my NEW WEBSITE!!!  It was time to for a new look so I’m thrilled to finally unveil it to you all!  I’m not sure who’s more relieved it’s done, me or my husband.  I’ve had this new site for months now but busy season hit and I had NO time to work on it.  Finally, now that I’m taking this month and part of February to catching up on administrative to-do’s that have been sadly neglected during busy season, I can complete (or at least attempt to complete) my long to-do list of business projects/plans.  Wow, that was a major run-on sentence {shrug, wink}.  Anyway check it out and let me know what you think!!  Thanks for stopping by!! 

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cindyFebruary 11, 2009 - 8:28 am

the nice site rocks, sistah!!!! congrats!!! i can tell you worked long, long hours on it… :) love the huge images.

april toddJanuary 30, 2009 - 11:38 pm

It looks GREAT!!!!

amandaJanuary 30, 2009 - 1:35 am

love the new look! your website is killer too!

Kellie hJanuary 28, 2009 - 1:23 am

hooray!!!! I know you are thrilled about it. can’t wait to check it out..who doesn’t love run-on sentences =)

KatieJanuary 26, 2009 - 3:23 pm

WOW!!! Your new website looks soooo amazing!

AmyJanuary 25, 2009 - 6:14 pm

Congrats on the new site! It looks fabulous!!!

Kara MayJanuary 23, 2009 - 5:37 pm

Yay!! Thanks everyone xoxo

Gramma Doh DohJanuary 23, 2009 - 4:42 pm

Congratulations!!! …And what a great job. Good wishes for more to come for you and your business. And you know we LOVE a new way to view our sweeties!

Casia FletcherJanuary 21, 2009 - 11:58 pm


Sylvia BorgoJanuary 21, 2009 - 5:18 pm

I absolutely love, love, love the new look! Bravo!

Kathy CarlisleJanuary 21, 2009 - 1:17 pm

BE-U-TIFUL! It’s so clean, simple, inspiring, and like a HUGE bowl of candy for my eyes:) I am sure that you are very proud of all your hard work paying off:) K

Jessica TyndallJanuary 21, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Mrs. Kara May…i LOOOOOOOVE your new site! I know how much hard work goes into it and I think you did a fabulous job! I miss you…we need to have a girl pow wow soon! (Before my baby is born!) ;)

MandsJanuary 21, 2009 - 5:17 am

Love it! everything is so beautiful!

Kara MayJanuary 20, 2009 - 10:45 pm

You guys are the best!! Thank you!! :)

LizaJanuary 20, 2009 - 10:44 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! It’s so you and it showcases your work amazingly! Your work is addicting and I’ve been following you for a while now. You are a true talent and inspiration.

melissaJanuary 20, 2009 - 10:22 pm


christina grissettJanuary 20, 2009 - 8:33 pm

It’s absolutly beautiful! My husband and I are amazed at your work. You are a great photog.

HayleyJanuary 20, 2009 - 3:34 pm

Beautiful Kara :)

Julie RaneeJanuary 20, 2009 - 11:12 am

Beautiful! Love the splash page, the large images, the music . . . so well done!

AlexJanuary 20, 2009 - 10:52 am

Okay, so I’m extremely jealous…I have to admit. This site blows every other site away! This site is definitely ‘you’ and it showcases your amazing work beautifully. Keep shining rockstar!

HannahJanuary 20, 2009 - 10:48 am

I just have to tell you, I’m wow-ed by your new site. I loved your old one but this one is so you. It’s classy, top-notch, unique, simply incredible!!

KarenJanuary 20, 2009 - 1:58 am

GORGEOUS! nice work, woman!

Micha EverettJanuary 19, 2009 - 11:29 pm

Loving the new site!!! Looks fabulous!

BeckyJanuary 19, 2009 - 11:28 pm

OH.MY.OH.MY.OH.MY – WOW Kara, I’m speechless. I can honestly say I don’t know of a more rockin’ site. Seriously, I’m blown away!

Kara MayJanuary 19, 2009 - 11:24 pm

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!! You all are making my week – seriously!! ;)

rosieJanuary 19, 2009 - 3:46 pm

oh my oh my oh my!! soooooo beautiful! :)

Tracy WaldropJanuary 19, 2009 - 1:34 pm

AWESOME. Didn’t think you could outdo yourself, but you did. Love the colors, music, everything. Great job!!

JaniceJanuary 19, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Very classy! Stunning & unique– CONGRATS !!!
it is hard work getting projects like this completed!- sigh :)

shannon lottJanuary 19, 2009 - 11:57 am

Kara!!! Your new website is amazing! Just so unique and matches your images PERFECT. Congrats!

KathyJanuary 19, 2009 - 11:11 am

Absolutely Beautiful! I LOVE it!

JeanaJanuary 19, 2009 - 11:02 am

It is beautiful! I love everything about your website.

KristinJanuary 19, 2009 - 10:37 am

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I love it!! Such big picture views…wonderful. You have to be thrilled :)

TiffanyJanuary 19, 2009 - 10:01 am

It looks AMAZING!!

Erin CarlyleJanuary 19, 2009 - 9:40 am


MistyJanuary 19, 2009 - 9:18 am

Love it. As usual!

MandyJanuary 19, 2009 - 9:00 am

Just gorgeous Kara…its so rich and luxurious…just beautiful. It really fits your style perfectly.

TanyaJanuary 19, 2009 - 5:25 am

Absolutely stunning Kara.. I love it!! Congratulations.. xx

kelliJanuary 19, 2009 - 4:41 am

i love it…it’s gorgeous!

Natasha WhiteleyJanuary 19, 2009 - 4:27 am

it looks awesome!
love it!
suits your style perfectly!

ohana photographers - david & kimi bJanuary 19, 2009 - 3:47 am

kara your new site is awesome!! we love it!!!

AliciaJanuary 19, 2009 - 1:21 am

the new site is stunning! So proud of you!!! XXOO- Alicia

{Designer Spotlight – Kennedy & Friends Co.}

Oh my these tutu’s are so fun!   I received an exciting package of goodies a while ago from my  friend Nathalie, amazing tutu designer and shop owner of Kennedy and Friends Co. , with these beautiful  tutus!   I love them both!  Of course my daughter was tickled when she saw them – her eyes got big and she said in a slow whisper  ‘Oh they’re beautiful mommy’.  Then she carefully picked one up and then the other and put on not just one, but two tutu’s and began dancing around the house. Then she ran upstairs and grabbed the other tutu’s Nathalie designed  and put all of them on.  She was covered from head to toe in colorful tulle.  She even put one on her head and started ‘dancing like a princess’.  When she saw I noticed her she started to giggle and said, ‘How do you like me mommy?’.    

I processed these in a faded age washed look – actual tutu colors can be found at Kennedy and Friends Co.Check out her store site for more styles.

Below Brielle was coming up with her own poses - I thought it was funny yet cute since it was her trying to be very posey posed.  She even laughed as you can see below.

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Kelly EllisonFebruary 17, 2009 - 9:21 am

Kara May, you daughter is just the cutest, I love your pics they are just wonderful, love your backdrops and love the tutus everything is just perfect.

SarahJanuary 27, 2009 - 2:18 am

Woo… Those are stunning! I would love for you to share where you got your backgrounds. Love ‘em!!

ohana photographers - david and kimiJanuary 24, 2009 - 11:39 pm

just a complete dollface! i love the 2nd to last one!

dara neylandJanuary 21, 2009 - 6:53 pm

I LOVE your backgrounds! Do you make them yourself if not, where do you get them? your lil girl is just darling. She’s the perfect photographers dauther! your kids are wonderful to let u take pics of them all the time. oh, btw, the tutu’s are adorable as well, ill have to get some for my nieces.

Sylvia BorgoJanuary 21, 2009 - 5:17 pm

These images are positively delicious!

Sarah TolsonJanuary 21, 2009 - 2:01 am

Absolutely stunning… :) The tutu’s and your daughter. :)

JenJanuary 21, 2009 - 1:33 am

Brielle is getting so big! Love the new website too:)

Kara MayJanuary 19, 2009 - 11:26 pm

I did get one with her in all the tutu’s – I’ll have to dig it out and post it…. she’s such a goofball.
Thanks for the comments!!

Denise SnyderJanuary 19, 2009 - 5:30 pm

She is a beautiful model Kara! LOVE those tutus – and what fun backdrops!

jeanaJanuary 18, 2009 - 8:57 pm

These images are beautiful. I love how much she loves tutu’s (my daughter
always sleeps in dresses). Beautiful work!

AnaJanuary 18, 2009 - 4:10 pm

soooooooooooooooo sweet!!!!!!!

Jodi MJanuary 17, 2009 - 8:01 pm

WOW WOW WOW you never disappoint Kara!!!!!!!!

elizabethJanuary 16, 2009 - 9:14 pm

Ohhh Kara… these clothes are awesome…. so adorable. great stuff..

Kara MayJanuary 16, 2009 - 2:00 pm

Aren’t these tutu’s fun!? My daughter would sleep in one everynight if she could – really. ;) Nathalie does such beautiful work. So glad you like them :)

Jess T.January 16, 2009 - 1:58 pm

Kara, these are stunning! Your daughter is the perfect model for these girly tutu’s. I love them. Wish I had a little girl so I could buy these tutu’s.

LindsayJanuary 16, 2009 - 1:55 pm

I MUST HAVE THESE TUTU’s!! Off to shop! Thanks Kara!

HayleyJanuary 16, 2009 - 10:26 am

So cute Kara :)

Micha EverettJanuary 15, 2009 - 10:33 pm

Absolutely love these tutu’s I see many in my future!!! ;0)

bev robisonJanuary 15, 2009 - 3:32 pm

Hi, Kara May! Thanks for the blog love! I was just looking at these with my 4-year old daughter and she said “Oh, she’s pretty! I really want a skirt like her, mommy!” Your daughter is adorable! The skirts are so cute, but your backdrops are the clincher for me! My, oh, my! Great stuff!

MandsJanuary 15, 2009 - 6:47 am

Beautiful Kara…could your wee girl be any more beautiful! and your images are just stunning as usual

susan robertsJanuary 15, 2009 - 6:41 am

What a gorgeous collection of photos! love those tutus :)

Lisa LenderinkJanuary 14, 2009 - 11:38 pm

Love the tutus~ They are adorable.

And, could your daughters eyes be any more amazing!


Carrie YoungJanuary 14, 2009 - 9:31 pm

oh gosh I am in LOVE with your backdrops Kara! Of course it goes without saying that little Brielle is always gorgeous :D

TanyaJanuary 14, 2009 - 7:56 pm

Simply stunning Kara! Your daughter is just adorable! Love your backdrops & those tutus are beautiful! Did you get one with her wearing all of the tutus? Love her cute little poses!

melissaJanuary 14, 2009 - 7:42 pm

Oh my goodness, she is so beautiful! Reminds me of my Gracie who is 3. She loves to pose for the camera too. Love those tutu’s!!

MelissaJanuary 14, 2009 - 7:35 pm

These are beautiful! I LOVE the polkadots :o ) My favorite is the second one. Perfect…as always!

MarcyJanuary 14, 2009 - 7:03 pm

Your daughter couldn’t get any cuter!! She’s adorable and looks just like you Kara! I want those tutu’s!! I’m loving that black polk-a-dot ribbon on the blue one.

MistyJanuary 14, 2009 - 7:03 pm

Oh I love them! That blue one is too cute. That damask backdrop is way cool too!

Natasha WhiteleyJanuary 14, 2009 - 4:58 pm

oh my, they are absolutely gorgeous, as are your photos!

shannon lottJanuary 14, 2009 - 1:59 pm

She is so gorgeous. But I want to see the photo with her wearing ALL the tutus!

Michelle MooreJanuary 14, 2009 - 12:55 pm

Oh! My heart just melted! I love her pose in the second one from the bottom. So very adorable!! Tutu-cute!!

Regina WhiteJanuary 14, 2009 - 12:48 pm

Love these! How adorable.
Also can you tell me where you get your great backdrops! They fit perfectly with the tutu’s.

michelle nicoloffJanuary 14, 2009 - 12:48 pm

Oh Kara…how lucky are you to have a daughter that loves the camera. Love the tu-tu’s…adorable :)

amanda andrewsJanuary 14, 2009 - 12:09 pm

ohmygoodness!!! those are amazingly cute!!! as well as your daughter!!!