Monthly Archives: March 2009

{Designer Spotlight: Oh So Sassy!}

Yes, I’m still alive!!  Gosh things have been incredibly busy!!  As you know, we are moving from South Carolina to Phoenix,  Arizona.  My husband started his job two weeks ago in AZ so the week before that we were in Disney World kind of as a good-bye to the south and some fun kid-focused good times.  Gosh, our kids were in heaven!!  Tyler and Brielle agreed that their favorite ride was ‘Thunder Mountain’ – yeah a big’ole roller coaster.  I was shocked first that Brielle was tall enough to go on the ride and that she fell in love with it!  We have video of each of them on the ride screaming with excitement.  Guess how many times we rode Thunder Mountain…..10 TIMES during our visit.  Anyway, I could go on and on about the kids excitement over everything they saw but I won’t bore you with that ;-)   Two days after we got home we  left for Arizona  to check out area while Jeff started his new job.  What a busy busy busy  week and a half!  I must’ve seen over 100 homes!  I got a feel  for the area since each day was packed with research and exploring, the weather was perfect for it!!  It got me excited for the desert sunsets and the cool photos that I’ll be able to capture once I’m there.   We were so busy I didn’t touch my camera once (I was going through withdraws, I’m not used to going more than a couple of days without photographing).

 Anyway, while we were away we got news that an offer came in on our house!!  We were shocked since it’s only been on the market 3 weeks!  So now it’s under contract!  I know the deal can still fall through so I’m not celebrating until the deal is done ;-)   We’re excited but that means we’ll be moving sooner than we anticipated.  We have a close date of April 15th – yikes!  I’m not mentally ready and that means Tyler won’t be here for his 5K graduation (I think I’m more upset by that than he is) :(   But I’m not complaining – I’m just thrilled we won’t have the stress of two house payments!!   With a close date so soon, I’ve had to cancel many Spring sessions which I feel bad about but I do plan on coming back to Florence once a year for sessions and of course to see my friends here in the South :)   More details to come in later posts.

Okay onto my original post…Michelle, designer and owner of Oh So Sassy,   just came out with her Spring collection.  And I love it!! It’s fresh and colorful!  I love the sleeves and the sash/belt  that she incorporated in her designs coupled with her fun fabrics.  Briella liked them too and didn’t want to take her ‘pretty dress’ off before our spaghetti dinner after our photo shoot, but I feared orange sauce staining the front so I convinced her to let me take it off until she was done with dinner.   Thankfully she was content with that plan and ate her dinner in just her leg warmers and underwear ;-)   After dinner the first thing she did was grab the dress and put it on and went running to get her ‘princess shoes’.  I’ll miss these days …I know my baby is growing up so fast so I’m savoring these moments.  Anyway  check out newest collection at Oh So Sassy and upon purchase, if you enter the code karamay‘ in the comments to the seller, she will give you 15% off one item by giving a refund!!    Thanks Michelle!! 

Olivia dress below – love the punch of yellow with the black and white.

Madison dress:  fun, funky patterns. The box pleat on the skirt portion is a great touch.

Eva dress:  fresh spring colors and again I love that box pleat at the skirt line.

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Hannah OehmkeJuly 16, 2013 - 7:48 pm

My dream retirement would involve a awesome log cabin in the mountains. Who needs a beach?

Jessica FeelyMay 5, 2009 - 3:13 pm

Your daughter is just gorgeous!!! I want to buy some of these dresses for my little girl, but I have to know- where did you get her those leggings? I really would love some :)



MandsApril 8, 2009 - 9:54 pm

You need to be doing pottery barn kids my friend! these are awesome!

jeanaApril 6, 2009 - 12:29 am

Your daughter is SO beautiful!!!!! and these images are amazing!!! So inspiring!

Leah SimmersApril 4, 2009 - 11:01 pm

Welcome to AZ! Hopefully we can get together sometime

Feanna OttaApril 2, 2009 - 9:29 pm

Just Stunning! Love the splash of color in the designs. The images are draw dropping and Briella.. Wow! Another amazing session!

TaraApril 2, 2009 - 9:05 pm

oooo soooo pretty! I love these…esp the ones in the alley.

Maria HApril 2, 2009 - 6:40 pm

Beautiful color Kara! What great dresses!!

whitneyApril 2, 2009 - 4:25 pm

how fa-reaking cute! :)

Sarah C.March 31, 2009 - 9:17 pm

Yay! I love your designer spotlights! And your session posts! And your personal posts!!! Briella = gorgeous! Keep them coming Kara!!!

Leslie KerriganMarch 31, 2009 - 8:46 pm

I just got back from Disney too! Hope you all had as much fun as we did. Post some pictures from your trip if you get a chance! I would love to see your photos from Disney…I am sure they are gorgeous and different from the normal disney shots!! The dresses are so cute by the way! Wish I had girls to dress!

Mark GoveMarch 30, 2009 - 4:43 pm

Your photography is a source of inspiration for me! Keep up the great work!

HayleyMarch 30, 2009 - 4:35 pm

Beautiful Kara!! Love the colors!!

Natasha WhiteleyMarch 30, 2009 - 1:59 pm

absolutely gorgeous, as always!

elizabethMarch 29, 2009 - 6:30 pm

These are beautiful

Claire BradinMarch 28, 2009 - 10:19 pm

You can’t move!! I’ve been dying to have you photograph my young children and want to plan a trip to South Carolina to meet you, we live in Virgina. I waited too long :( I’m going to have to make a trip to Arizona or catch you on one of your visits back. You will be very missed, many folks in VA know your work and are big fans.
These dresses are so cute! Does your daughter ever take a bad picture? Beautiful!!!

StephanieMarch 28, 2009 - 1:39 am

Lovely!! The dresses are so cute, and your little one looks like an angel in them. :D As for your house news..that’s awesome! I hope it all works out for the best. :D

ohana photographers - david & kimi bMarch 27, 2009 - 11:19 pm

yay!! kara’s back!! beautiful as usual! arizona look out! :)

LauraMarch 27, 2009 - 8:27 pm

Oh Kara I’m saddened to hear you’re leaving. It’s amazing how quickly it spread. You are the talk of town and have been since you moved here and shared your talent with us all. We were blessed to have you here for the time you were and I plan on booking you when you’re out each year! Arizona is lucky to have you. These dresses are adorable by the way – my wallets going to hate me.

christina grissettMarch 27, 2009 - 8:20 pm

You will be missed here. I know so many people loved you and your work. I can still follow your blog and see what’s up though. The Lord is wonderful in that your house is selling and you all have a new job. I am thankful each day that we have a job still. I know so many who are wondering what they will do in these uncertain times. On the bright side, you get to shoot cactus instead of dirty ole downtown. Thats a new adventure! Take care and let me know if you ever need anything. Christina

amandaMarch 27, 2009 - 6:08 pm

these dresses are so adorable! i have two little girls so i am in heaven! i will defintely have to check them out! good luck with everything!

Kara MayMarch 27, 2009 - 11:44 am

Thanks Katie and Cindy ;) I fixed the links – sorry about that (sticky fingers here). Ha. Thanks again!

CindyMarch 27, 2009 - 11:40 am

Gorgeous shots! Your work totally belongs in magazines. Everything is perfect! Congrats on your house. Can’t wait to see your work in your new environment :)

KatieMarch 27, 2009 - 11:39 am

Adorable dresses and photos! Your links don’t work though :(

Kara MayMarch 26, 2009 - 7:16 pm

Thanks ladies – aren’t thest dresses fun? I’m a sucker for an adorable girly outfit for Briella. Glad you like the images too :)

CaseyMarch 26, 2009 - 2:36 pm

Freakin adorable!!! Briella is stunning and I am in love with these dresses! Off to check them out!

MistyMarch 26, 2009 - 10:43 am

Wow she looks so grown up in that 5th one down. Love them all.

Casia FletcherMarch 26, 2009 - 12:09 am

Ok….were sooooo hanging out when you get here!!! And you’re coming right before the heat happens…LOL! It’s gonna be weird having some one soooo GOOD up in PHX…actually really really really nice. I need someone to talk serious shop with and get advice from. Can’t wait :)

rebekahMarch 25, 2009 - 11:49 pm

congrats on a contract on the house! great news! & love these photos! what gorgeous dresses…and a gorgeous girl! :)

tamiMarch 25, 2009 - 10:48 pm

oh how adorable…LOVE these dresses!

jean smithMarch 25, 2009 - 10:43 pm

crazy…i just recently moved from phoenix to the midwest and you are doing just the opposite (well, almost). hope you love phoenix…it’s fabulous this time of year. anyway, these pics are totally fabulous…love the clothes!

amanda andrewsMarch 25, 2009 - 10:20 pm

Love these pics and i’m will soooo be checkign out this site!

Laura MMarch 25, 2009 - 10:13 pm

Kara! These photos are stunning! Your daughter is a perfect model for these adorable dresses! I likey!

bethanyMarch 25, 2009 - 9:59 pm

Can your little girl get any prettier?! Seriously! These dresses are a must have! I want one for me!!

MandyMarch 25, 2009 - 6:19 pm

Glorious colors, and I love the very springy feel to this new line.

Alisha G. RobertsonMarch 25, 2009 - 6:05 pm

Kara these are so pretty and I love the clothes!!!! I am so happy that your house is on it’s way to being sold so quickly. Yay! Hope you have a great move!

{Designer Spotlight – Ribbies!}

Oh I’m behind on posting to my blog again :(   I really don’t like going more than a week without posting but things have been nuts as you can imagine.  I’ve been doing  some fun commercial projects,  a few client shoots and getting ready to head out tomorrow for Disney World!!!  Since we’re on the east coast and in the south we figured we can’t leave this area without a trip to Disney World for the kids.  They are at such a fun age for it now, so I can’t wait to see the excitement on their faces while we explore the park.  Without a doubt, Jeff and I will turn into big kids ourselves which will make it even more fun.  Of course my kids started to get sick last week, so I promptly took them to the doctors so we could cure any ailments before our adventure.  I want them to have fun and avoid the misery of being sick on such a fun vacation for them.  I’m glad I took them because they both had ear infections and bad colds – now they’re loaded up on antibiotics and starting to feel like themselves again  – whew…. ;-)   After we get back from Disney – we’re home for 2 days and then we head off to Arizona for a week+  to look for places to live and Jeff starts his new job when we get there!  Did I mention things were busy?   tee hee ;-)     Then the kids and I head back to SC so they can complete school, we can hopefully sell our house (praying)  and I can work with my amazing clients before saying goodbye to friends and our life here in the south.  Gosh that sounds so sad :(   But again, I do plan on coming back once a year for sessions and to see the great friends we have made while we were here.   

Okay, on with my original post!  I’m sooo excited about this commercial client of mine.  Kim from Ribbie’s , contacted me recently to photograph some of her new products.  I was excited since I had just seen Ribbie’s clippies the week prior at my local Target on one of the end-caps and was thinking about getting some of these hip little clippies for my daughter.  They come in so many fun colors and they actually stay in little one’s hair with their unique foam grip.  Anyway, I learned a little about how Ribbie’s got started too.   Kim and her sister, Kristen, went into business in 2006 after searching for cute hair accessories for their young daughters and noticed that the selection hadn’t really changed much from when they were young.  They  saw the same big bows and plastic barrettes that slid out of fine hair.  They  wanted to design something more simple and proportionate to a baby/child’s face.  About the same time, they came across the huge selection of cool scrapbooking ribbon that was relatively new to the market and thought it was a perfect fit. They added clips and their unique foam grip and tried it out.  The clips were a success staying in their daughter’s hair all day.  In 2006 they started making them at their kitchen table.  Now they have manufacturer, a fulfillment center and distributors in 4 countries!! Their product popularity expanded at an amazing rate.    You can find Ribbie’s at  { Shipping is only $2.90 for up to 10 pair. Also receive 10% off by typing coupon code:  Kara May on the last page of check out.}  And the Ribbie’s 4 packs can be found at target stores and at  – keywords=ribbies&url=index%3Dtarget&ref=sr_bx_1_1&x=0&y=0  I found them on the end cap in the baby shampoo section.    This Spring they will be expanding their  line with several new products including pacifier clips and headbands made from Ribbies own ribbon designs.  Stay tuned for more products at their website and on my blog as I feature more of their new products.   

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Alisa HoeghJuly 16, 2013 - 7:51 pm

My dream would not be just a single place. Just having the money and ability to travel and see it all.

nathalieApril 28, 2009 - 9:09 pm

hey kara!!! how have you been??? how funny…..i met one of the sisters at the park a year or so ago. she lives in springfield. at that time she had gotten the clips in target. small world.

Sabreena K.March 21, 2009 - 9:28 pm

These are so cute! Good luck with everything that you have going on!

theaMarch 21, 2009 - 8:23 pm

These are great!

My god daughter has such fine hair-I must pick her up some of these

MandsMarch 18, 2009 - 6:50 am

I love these Kara! and your images are amazing! If I saw them in the store I would adore them, but probably not buy them, but now I’m off to get some, because when you see them in the hair it makes all the difference! WOW!

kerri SeibertMarch 17, 2009 - 9:01 pm

I love those barettes! So cute!!

bethanyMarch 15, 2009 - 9:35 pm

your models are always so beautiful!! love the clips so fun and trendy!

AngieMarch 15, 2009 - 8:50 pm

Adorable clips and the photos are beautiful!

kateMarch 14, 2009 - 5:33 pm

congrats!!! the product shots are awesome and the little girl is the cutest :]

hanna gMarch 10, 2009 - 10:52 pm

Kara I can’t resist commenting. I follow your blog religiously and love your posts. I’ve gotta check these clips out next time I go to Target! Miss your posts but I know you’re traveling.

JanetMarch 10, 2009 - 10:42 pm

Loving your blog…great pics…I’ve gotta get some of these clippies!

katie mossMarch 9, 2009 - 3:43 am

Those are amazing shots. Great job!

Kara MayMarch 8, 2009 - 9:11 am

Aren’t those fun clips? Thanks for your comments ;)

tamiMarch 8, 2009 - 12:51 am

absolutely gorgeous presentation…you have the perfect in house model!

JulieMarch 6, 2009 - 3:56 pm

wow kara! you do such an amazing job on your designers! i love the detail shots! you’re such a rockstar seriously!!

StephanieMarch 4, 2009 - 12:44 am

Those are so cute! Gonna have to get me some…I mean..some for my daughter. :D Great photos! :D

AnaMarch 3, 2009 - 4:59 pm

There pictures are amazing!

Julie RaneeMarch 3, 2009 - 1:51 pm

Ribbies look fantastic! Have fun at Disney!!!

amanda andrewsMarch 3, 2009 - 1:49 pm

ooooooh I want some! Sooo cute! my girls would love them!

elizabethMarch 3, 2009 - 10:01 am

These are adorable.. good luck with everything you have going on.. it has to be crazy.

TanyaMarch 3, 2009 - 5:51 am

Oh they are so darn cute!! Gorgeous photos of your darling little girl! xx

michelle nicoloffMarch 3, 2009 - 1:22 am

kara…these are adorable…and of course…you captured their product beautifully! I wish I saw this before trip to Target! Have a blast in Disney World…and best of luck in Arizona :) xoxo

amandaMarch 3, 2009 - 12:51 am

those are so cute! the pictures are awesome! love your lighting!

BethanyMarch 2, 2009 - 8:36 pm

seriously amazed by your work! I’m a children’s clothing designer and would love to hire you to photograph my line. I’ll go to your website and look for your contact info.

Natasha WhiteleyMarch 2, 2009 - 2:51 pm

oh those are seriously cute!

NatalieMarch 2, 2009 - 10:53 am

These clips are adorable! I love the color combinations and they way you’ve shown them. I’m going to Target later today, I’ll have to look for these. Have a GREAT time at Disney – I hope you post some pictures!!!

TerrieMarch 2, 2009 - 10:46 am

Your photography is stunning! Really great, both the close-ups with props and with your sweet model. I only WISH I could capture my own hair accessories in images so well(I make hair accessories using vintage buttons). Its HARD to egt good product shots! I just invested in a mannequin head, and though my *Claire* certainly lacks the spirit of your lovely daughter, we try to work as a team – hahahah. Your photos are an inspiration to me, and offer tips in the use of props. Thanks for the nice post.

Brandie PahlMarch 2, 2009 - 10:39 am

Adorable clips! I love the shot of the bow holder. My daughter is in desperate need of a new one as I have completely filled the one that she has. That photo gave me a great idea to make a new one. Yippee!

TiffanyMarch 2, 2009 - 10:19 am

Awesome shots and such cute clips!!

MelissaMarch 2, 2009 - 10:02 am

Those clips are so cute! Your daughter is such a great model. Love how the clips match her adorable outfit! I’ve got to check these out. Again, you’re encouraging me to spend money I have very little of. LOL

LauraMarch 2, 2009 - 9:08 am

I love Ribbie’s! I have a set but your post is making me think I need a few more since I haven’t seen some of these patterns. Jealous about your trip to Disney World, your kids are going to love it!

master clippingMarch 2, 2009 - 2:17 am

Very nice photos!

KirstyMarch 1, 2009 - 11:40 pm

Oh I have seen this clips! They are darling…fantastic pictures! Have a great time a Disneyworld and good luck in AZ with the house hunting!