Monthly Archives: February 2009

{sunshine & giggles}

Recently I had a session with these two cutie’s below.  My ‘time off’ has come to and end and my sessions have begun.   And what a perfect day to start my sessions again!  It was beautiful, sunny, not  too cold (in fact not cold at all), and the wind was minimal.  Caleb and Fawley Grace were very entertaining during our session.  Caleb and I were in giggles and half the pictures from our session he’s laughing – I loved it!   Fawley Grace – I could’ve taken her home with me.  Her little voice and her way of communicating was so full of emotion – simply adorable!    

Side Note:  I’m getting a lot of e-mails  about booking a session before I  leave, which I’m thrilled about.  I have a waiting list and if you’re flexible it will be easier to squeeze you in.  Unfortunately, my time is limited since Jeff is going to be out of town and I will have a bunch to do to get ready for the move.  But I’m doing what I can to figure out my schedule.  I wish I had time to do everything since I would love to photograph all of you who have inquired.  I’ll keep you posted!  Thanks again for your inquiries!

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CHRISTINEMarch 4, 2009 - 9:55 pm

Kara, These are lovely!Each of their super cute personalities show. Adorable.

Julie RaneeMarch 3, 2009 - 1:50 pm

Love these images! You are so good.

amandaMarch 3, 2009 - 12:53 am

wow! so cute! your pictures are all so amazing!

Kara MayFebruary 25, 2009 - 2:52 pm

Thanks for your comments! I’m behind on blogging – things are crazy when you’re trying to figure out the logistics of moving. Crazy times ;) Hopefully I’ll post more soon. Thanks again for stopping by and leaving comments!!! :)

AnneFebruary 25, 2009 - 2:38 pm

I love visiting your site…you work is so…insightful!

Carrie YoungFebruary 25, 2009 - 7:22 am

Kara that first set with the boy is just fantastic :D

kateFebruary 25, 2009 - 2:15 am

I love the vintage feel to these, especially the old truck and the little baby carriage! amazing work!

StephanieFebruary 25, 2009 - 1:08 am

These are freaking AMAZING!!! Really..can they be any cuter, perfect, amazing!? I love them. So timeless and classic. Beautiful work, girl. :D

Natasha WhiteleyFebruary 24, 2009 - 5:21 pm

ooooh I’m excited, I purchased a pram like that a few days ago…
Gorgeous captures Kara, always a pleasure stopping by to see what you’ve been up to!

HayleyFebruary 23, 2009 - 10:11 pm

These are wonderful Kara. I am in love with that frame/border you have on the second one!! Perfect!!

MandsFebruary 23, 2009 - 8:12 pm

Stunning as usual Kara! Adore every single one of them!

Shannon PrattFebruary 23, 2009 - 1:08 am

Kara everyone is so beautiful. I love them all.

Michelle WellsFebruary 23, 2009 - 1:05 am

I love these images and the way you have captured the light! You are amazing and you’ve really shown the differences between a rough and tough boy and a sweet little girl.

AmyFebruary 22, 2009 - 6:58 pm

so excited to see what Arizona brings! I am sure you will blow everyone away with your talent there!

Jamie KutterFebruary 22, 2009 - 4:20 pm

yeah, I’m so glad your back to blogging! love this session, beautiful kids!

elizabethFebruary 22, 2009 - 3:24 pm

Kara… these are awesome.. but I espically love the second one

ohana photographers - david & kimiFebruary 22, 2009 - 1:15 am

love love love the first two and the last one! as always beautiful work kara may!

TanyaFebruary 21, 2009 - 5:35 am

Kara, I’m ALWAYS amazed when I drop by your blog!!! These images are stunning!! Caleb looks full of life & his personality really shines through!! Fawley Grace is so sweet.. absolutely LOVE that first image of her… WOW!!!

Denise SnyderFebruary 20, 2009 - 8:19 pm

Fabulous session Kara! Love the processing and the natural feel of these!

TommyFebruary 20, 2009 - 5:03 pm

that one of the boy against the gate in color is awesome. great complimentary colors there. his expression is awesome as well!!!

Erin CarlyleFebruary 20, 2009 - 3:53 pm

Amazing! Their parents must be thrilled with these! I love the hat on the little girl…so cute!

Kara MayFebruary 20, 2009 - 2:35 pm

Thanks ladies! I don’t know how I luck out with all of these adorable children I photograph. They are so fun and I turn into such a kid. I’m going to miss this area and my amazing clients for sure.

shannon lottFebruary 20, 2009 - 1:46 pm

Love the old carriage and your vintage treatments. They go so well together. And of course, all the hats! How on earth do you get so many beautiful kids?

michelle nicoloffFebruary 20, 2009 - 1:18 pm

Kara…these are beautiful!!! I LOVE LOVE the last image…adorable! xoxo

Lisa LenderinkFebruary 19, 2009 - 9:10 pm

Love the one of the little boy with the cowboy hat and green barn door.
Too cute!

Beautiful catchlights as always, I could go on and on……..
:)

LindsayFebruary 19, 2009 - 5:36 pm

Totally stunning – every single one of them! I need you to photograph my family, up for a little trip to the Northeast?

TaraFebruary 19, 2009 - 5:35 pm

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR! Your processing and exposure is always perfection, don’t know how you do it but I dig it!

MarcyFebruary 19, 2009 - 5:33 pm

Oh if I were the parent’s I would be freaking out, these are all incredible! WOW Kara, you always amazing me!!!!!

Susan RobertsFebruary 18, 2009 - 10:59 pm

These are devine! I love your processing

Jennifer KingFebruary 18, 2009 - 10:27 pm

Kara, these are phenomenal. I love the sepia tones with the brown and the ones of Caleb are so darned cute, too. I have tears in my eyes! See you tomorrow….

amanda andrewsFebruary 18, 2009 - 5:01 pm

FABULOUS!!,…. but hey – i wouldn’t expect any less :)

SelenaFebruary 18, 2009 - 3:19 pm

So precious! They are adorable!

Vanessa de VilliersFebruary 18, 2009 - 10:34 am

O my, O my Kara the photo’s are so beautifull! There parents are gonna love them!

{the rumors are true…}

we’re moving!   This is a bitter-sweet post.  I’m thrilled my husband accepted a new job in Scottsdale Arizona, but I’m sad to leave my friends and clients here in South Carolina.  I’m also going to miss my favorite locations and all of the open spaces.  I’ve neglected my blog a bit since we found out, we’ve been so busy prepping the house and trying to figure out the logistics of our move.  I plan to stay here through May so I can work with my Spring clients.  But if our house sells sooner (which is not likely in this market), that may have to change.  I’ve gotten so many sweet e-mails from clients and friends who heard the news – thank you, they mean a lot to me.  It’s so hard to leave my loyal clients and the friends we’ve made but I’m excited and a little nervous about the adventures that await me in Arizona.  I’ve been asked if I will come back a few times a year to do sessions and many of you have kindly offered for me to stay with you or in your guest houses!  I appreciate your offers and may have to take you up on it since I would love to come back once a  year to do sessions!  

Soooo for the next few months my life is going to be CRAZY with Jeff gone, being involved with my children’s activities, getting ready to move,  keeping the house spot-less for showing, doing sessions, etc.  - so if you’ve e-mailed me for a session I’m sorry if I haven’t gotten back to you.  Feel free to harass me a bit, since sometimes things get nuts and I may not get back to you in a timely manner.  I don’t at all mind you e-mailing or calling if I haven’t been able to respond to you right away.   Those of you on the wait-list for a session I will be contacting you as well.  Thanks so much for your patience!    

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TaraApril 2, 2009 - 9:06 pm

That last photo is awesome – wonderful textures and colors

jessica kettleMarch 26, 2009 - 10:50 pm

hi kara! thanks for the comment- it always makes my day to hear from you! your work is such an inspiration. looooooove this last shot. everything is just PERFECT. =)

melissaMarch 7, 2009 - 7:41 pm

We just got back from vacation out west and visiting the Saquaro National Park. Love the picture of Tyler by the Saquaro cactus. I’ve missed visiting your blog. Congrats on your move!

Micha EverettMarch 1, 2009 - 1:35 am

Good Luck with the move!!! Sending prayers

GeorgiaFebruary 27, 2009 - 10:34 pm

You will like it here in Arizona, its a nice place to live… already up in the 80′s and its gorgeous outside this week.

I just discovered your blog, and I just love it.

~Georgia

StephanieFebruary 25, 2009 - 1:09 am

You’re moving! This is a wonderful new chapter for you and your family .:D I have many friends in Arizona..I can hook you up! ;) hee hee. Best of luck to you there. :D

elizabethFebruary 22, 2009 - 3:25 pm

Kara… how exciting.. a new start.. new locations to discover new things to do.. I am sure it will be a wonderful experience for all of you…good luck getting everything ready.. these photos are brilliant

amberFebruary 21, 2009 - 2:33 pm

ALL CAPS MEANS IM VERY EXCITED!!! i am a loyal blog stalker of yours…and the fact that i live in arizona AND im due to have a baby june 5th makes me a very smiley girl!! i hope you find arizona to be lovely and welcoming to you and your family!! if there is anything i can do to help you out in any way, let me know…im always open to new friends :)

KatieFebruary 21, 2009 - 1:00 pm

How exciting! Good luck with you move!

shannon lottFebruary 20, 2009 - 1:04 pm

Kara! That’s so exciting. I can’t only imagine how mixed your feelings must be about your business. But you are so talented that you will be a star wherever you go! Best of luck with house and move…can’t wait to hear updates:)

amyFebruary 18, 2009 - 9:54 pm

you son is such a little stud muffin :)

amanda andrewsFebruary 18, 2009 - 12:17 am

kara – these are gorgeous! I wish you the best of luck!!

Kara MayFebruary 17, 2009 - 5:34 pm

Oh you guys make me feel so loved ;) Thank you for your encouraging comments. I’m so sad to leave my clients here – they have been amazing and I can only hope to get that lucky in Arizona. Caroline – woo hoo! I can finally photograph your little angel! I have some photographer friends in Arizona so I’m excited to meet up with them too. I’m trying to look at the positives since I hate good-bye’s. Thanks again for your comments – they mean a lot to me!

Sarah WheelerFebruary 17, 2009 - 5:28 pm

Good luck on selling your house quickly, and making it through the next few crazy months! Wishing you all the best on your upcoming move :)

Jennifer :)February 17, 2009 - 4:14 pm

You have no idea how sad this town is going to be to see you go. This kind of talent doesn’t grace Florence very often; you will be missed. Now tear things up in Arizona and do come back for sessions, pretty please!

Lisa LenderinkFebruary 17, 2009 - 2:11 am

Congratulations~ Just think of all of the new adventures that you
and your family will have.

And, I can’t wait to see how you rock in the desert! And,
all of that sunshine & blue sky~

Hang in there with the move….I’m sure it will be chaotic
but I’m sure you’ll do great.

Cactus, textures, oh my! Can’t wait to see what you can
do!
:)

cindyFebruary 17, 2009 - 1:11 am

congratulations to you and your family. what a huge decision! i’m sure you have hundreds of sad clients. but with every closed door is another adventure! i’ve got tons of friends in the scottsdale-area…so when i have kids i’ll have to make a trip down there to meet you and get some photos done! best wishes to your family! have a great time with your last sessions in SC!!! xoxo

sherry bolesFebruary 17, 2009 - 12:41 am

Looks like South Carolina’s loss is Arizona’s gain…I wish you all the best with your move!
Beautiful images, Kara!

KimFebruary 16, 2009 - 9:50 pm

Oh don’t go :( This town WON’T be the same without you. I’m so sad. You’ve shared such talent here and it’s sad to see you go. But I’m thankful to have met you and blessed to have your beautiful images covering every wall in my home.

TanyaFebruary 16, 2009 - 9:41 pm

Exciting times ahead Kara!! I wish you & your gorgeous family all the very best!! Love these images… xx

Jessica TyndallFebruary 16, 2009 - 8:53 pm

I’m depressed. We really must get together before you move! :( I’m thankful that your hubby found a job though, you’ll do great out there!

JenniferFebruary 16, 2009 - 11:00 am

Congratulations to your husband!! And what an exciting chapter you’re about to start. I’m selfishly sad that you’re leaving. Florence won’t be the same without you, you’ve put your footprint here and it shows with your amazing talent. We won’t forget you and are excited for your future visits back here. ;)

KateFebruary 16, 2009 - 12:31 am

good luck with the move! just think of all the brand new locations you can explore with your camera!

& those cactus pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS.

Julie RaneeFebruary 15, 2009 - 8:17 pm

From the looks of these images it appears you and Arizona are going to get along just fine! Praying for you as you embark on a new adventure.

VanessaFebruary 15, 2009 - 6:46 pm

Kara- congrats on your husband’s new job! Moving is always bittersweet, but just add another chapter to your life story. Too bad you’re not moving to Charlotte :) Then I could see you! I will keep your family in my thoughts as you prepare for this adventure! :)

MandsFebruary 15, 2009 - 5:24 pm

Congrats Kara, and you already now their are amazing locations there, and you already have some wonderful friends, so hopefully you will find the transition not to bad…Hugs and thinking of you in the midst of all the change.

LauraFebruary 15, 2009 - 4:58 pm

I was dreading hearing this news. You don’t know how much this town is going to miss you. I’m so sad we’ll be loosing you. But I hope that you do come back for sessions – and I want to be first on your list. Congratulations to your husband, Arizona clients will be pounding on your door I’m sure if it.

Natasha WhiteleyFebruary 15, 2009 - 3:39 pm

Oh these are all gorgeous!! wow!
good luck with the move!

tamiFebruary 15, 2009 - 2:31 pm

yeah….can’t wait to see you work your magic in our desert! happy adventure seeking! i would LOVE to do lunch once you’re here!

Allison GaulinFebruary 15, 2009 - 1:42 pm

WOW!! This is big news! It sounds like you are going to have a crazy few months Kara. Sending prayers and well wishes your way as you make your way to your new home. Congrats to your hubby on his new job!!

Caroline PollardFebruary 15, 2009 - 1:42 pm

We cannot wait for you to be out here! I’m sure I’ve got plenty of friends that will become your clients in the very near future! If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call!

GenaFebruary 15, 2009 - 1:31 pm

Congrats! I am always in awe of others that pick up and move to another state. I was born and raised in WI (pretty much in the same city.) AZ sounds like a great place to move…nice and warm ;)

{Pieces of The Picture – Interview}

A while back Tommy Peterson, of Pieces of the Picture, contacted me after seeing some of my work on flickr.  He’s a fabulous interviewer and our discussion is featured on his blog.  His blog has become a resource for many photographers wanting to learn more about the industry.  His interviews are thoughtful - digging into various aspects of the art from the photographers he spotlights.  Check out our interview at Pieces of the Picture.  Thanks! 

Had to include a little bit of eye distraction and post this picture.  I saw these mailboxes at a trailer park not too far from me.  With the recent snow fall (yes, we got snow in the south again!  Can you believe it?) sprinkled onto these somewhat sad mailboxes I just had to capture the stillness and abandoment that they spoke.  Random, I know but I love random.

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UtidlyidionoxMarch 2, 2010 - 3:40 am

I do think this is a most incredible website for proclaiming great wonders of Our God!

kristiMarch 3, 2009 - 4:40 pm

What happened to pieces of the picture? the blog is just gone?! Too bad. It was a wonderful resource

Denise SnyderFebruary 14, 2009 - 5:16 pm

I love random too – this image is beautiful. Congrats on the interview!

ChelseyFebruary 14, 2009 - 2:41 pm

Not random at all. It speaks to the soul. I get that. :) Off to read the interview – congrats my dear!

paula hicksonFebruary 14, 2009 - 11:33 am

awesome interview Kara and so well deserved to be highlighted in that way!!!! I have always LOVED your work and still continue to be one of your biggest fans, your work is so full of emotion, it’s truly amazing!!!!

StephanieFebruary 13, 2009 - 3:12 pm

They look like they could use a little love. :D This is a great photo. Such a mood it tells. :D s

Kara MayFebruary 13, 2009 - 1:16 pm

Thanks you all! Regina, if you have photoshop some of the areas to start are playing with ‘levels’ and ‘curves’. Those two things can greatly enhance your images. Typically in curves I alter my photo using 3 points to make a bit of an ‘s’ shape depending on the image. There are a lot of books out there that are great too – Scott Kelby’s books are fantastic. Hope that helps.

ReginaFebruary 12, 2009 - 10:26 am

Kara I know you said in your interview we should have post processing skills. I am so new to this all and would love to learn. I love all the actions that are out there. Any advice to someone who should learn photoshop so I can use these? TIA.

ReginaFebruary 12, 2009 - 10:12 am

Great Interview! So glad I found your blog and site.

ohana photographers - david & kimiFebruary 12, 2009 - 12:19 am

sometimes i wished we didn’t have to drive 45 mins to see or shoot snow the few times it snows out here. love this image kara!

Stephanie PiscitelliFebruary 11, 2009 - 11:25 pm

amazing. as usual. am I surprised? ;-)

AmyFebruary 11, 2009 - 8:33 pm

Great interview! I love your work!

Shari DeVoogdFebruary 11, 2009 - 8:09 pm

You are amazing!! :)

elizabethFebruary 10, 2009 - 2:47 pm

what a great interview.. wow…. and the images included are fantastic.. what a treat.. and this mailbox shot.. love it You go girl.. you are on fire.

JeanaFebruary 9, 2009 - 8:47 pm

Congrats on the interview. It was such a fun read and I do LOVE your images. They are incredible!

amanda andrewsFebruary 9, 2009 - 7:20 pm

Very cool Kara! Congrats!

Amy SFebruary 9, 2009 - 2:56 pm

Fantastic Interview Kara!!

Kara MayFebruary 9, 2009 - 10:41 am

So glad you can see the beauty in these lonely mailboxes – I couldn’t resist ;) Thank you for taking the time to read my interview! I’m glad you liked it. So great to see a comment from you too Tommy! You are a wonderful interviewer and I really enjoyed reading the final product!
Thanks again everyone!! :)

Samantha PerryFebruary 9, 2009 - 10:37 am

I’m a huge fan of your work Kara! Your interview is so inspiring and insightful, I think I’ve read it 4 times. Cool picture of the mailboxes, haunting but beautiful.

Vanessa de VilliersFebruary 9, 2009 - 4:48 am

What a photo! WOW!!! Like-alot! Congrats with the interview, just read it, true inspiration :)

Natasha WhiteleyFebruary 9, 2009 - 2:50 am

oh I like that very much!
off to check out the interview

KatieFebruary 8, 2009 - 2:38 pm

Great interview! Congrats! :)

Erin CarlyleFebruary 8, 2009 - 12:23 am

Congratulations on the interview…so exciting! I’m off to read it right now!

KateFebruary 7, 2009 - 11:11 pm

beautiful photo, and congrats on the interview!

april toddFebruary 7, 2009 - 8:45 pm

I love this! Congrats on the interview!! :)

TanyaFebruary 7, 2009 - 6:47 pm

Congrats Kara.. great interview!! Girl you deserve it… your work is amazing you have such a talent!! Love the photo of the mailboxes.. love the canvas texture you’ve used!! Have a great week :D xx

TommyFebruary 7, 2009 - 4:30 pm

Kara I just wanted to drop by and add my own personal thank you for agreeing to our interview. You are so talented and I think that it’s not hard to see why so many people love your work. You were great! Thanks again!!!

AlexFebruary 7, 2009 - 3:10 pm

Congratulations on such a cool interview. More people need to ‘know’ about you and your talents. You’re a Rockstar in this industry and people are quickly seeing that. Well deserved!

Liza YoungFebruary 7, 2009 - 3:07 pm

Your interview is so inspiring! I’m a big fan of your work and enjoyed learning more about you. You photos are freakin insane!!! Wow!! Oh and I love random too.

Sylvia BorgoFebruary 7, 2009 - 2:04 am

I very much enjoyed your interview. And your random is the best kind of random . . .
:)

ErinFebruary 6, 2009 - 6:02 pm

Way to go with the interview! That rocks :D
And I the canvas texture you added your mailboxes. As if they were’nt symmetrical enough, the criss-cross of the threads add more repitition that coordinates with the stillness of the cold snow. Awwhhhhhh :) . Great eye candy :)

(PS Thanks for checking out my blog earlier! I just added yours to my blog stalker list…haha)

Brandie PahlFebruary 6, 2009 - 5:59 pm

I love the Pieces Of The Picture blog and I adore your photography. What a great interview! It’s so inspiring to here from such talented people. Congrats:)

HayleyFebruary 6, 2009 - 5:26 pm

Congrats on the featured interview!! Really enjoyed reading it. Also absolutley love the image posted!!

rachelbrookeFebruary 6, 2009 - 5:16 pm

Your images are easily some of my favorites. Congrats on this interview! It was fun seeing some of your images I haven’t seen before.

LindsayFebruary 6, 2009 - 4:26 pm

What a cool interview! So fun learning more about you! Such amazing talent you have, really it’s mind-blowing! Oh and that picture of the mailboxes is haunting but cool.

MarcyFebruary 6, 2009 - 12:00 pm

Awesome interview Kara! Your work draws so many followers it’s amazing!!! I love what you shared and your perspective on what you see through your lens.