Monthly Archives: April 2009

{the world around me}

Ahhh….finally getting time to make a post.  We’re are still getting settled here in Arizona in our temporary house until our new house is built (hopefully October/November – just before the holidays!).  Boxes surround me still since I’m hesitant to open too much knowing that we’ll just have to pack everything back up and move again.   I think I’ll be wondering where things are for months to come – lol.   This area is beautiful!  So much nature!  Each morning I wake up before the sun comes up and head out on my run/walk (it’s a bit of both since I’m not much of a true runner) and discover new things.  Honestly I never knew the desert had so much wildlife…so far I’ve seen – bunnies, carpenter bees, bumble bees, quail, dove, lizards, coyotes, bobcats, a snake (yes, a snake!), bunnies, woodpeckers, bunnies, grasshoppers (Briella has caught dozens already), and did I mention bunnies?  It’s incredible how much I see each morning.

And since I’ve received many e-mails asking to post images of the desert and the surroundings here – I decided one morning to grab my camera after my run and capture what I see each day.

Also, the Botanical Garden is featuring an amazing display of Chihuly glass.  I had to make that one of the first things on my list to see – I studied Chihuly in college and I’m a big fan of his work.  So below you’ll see some images of his work in the desert.

More to come!  Thanks :)

Near our house is this post…hmmm… ‘decisions’

Close-up of a Prickly Pear Cactus. 

Surroundings next to our house at sunrise.

Chihuly beauty!

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Thea CoughlinMay 29, 2009 - 12:17 pm

Holy wow those are amazing surroundings. JPEG magazine is having a home themed contest- you should eneter one of these!

love love love kara may! chihuly beauty is my fav!

elizabethMay 8, 2009 - 5:24 pm

These are awesome Kara.. sorry I havent been around to read blogs much these days… just busy with the kiddo’s Love these so much and who doesnt love Chiluly. His stuff is amazing

Julie RaneeMay 8, 2009 - 11:12 am

It is good to see you are settling in! Beautiful images! What a wonderful place to live. I’m jealous!

LeslieMay 8, 2009 - 1:29 am

Your pictures are inspiring. creative. breathtaking.
I could go on and on. I love your work!

MandsMay 7, 2009 - 7:03 am

Wow Kara, cant’ wait to see what you do with all this amazing scenery!

Denise SnyderMay 6, 2009 - 2:02 pm

I had no idea Arizona was so crazy beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing these and good luck in your new place!

StephanieMay 5, 2009 - 11:49 pm

So, SO beautiful! You live in a great location. And all these fantastic things to see every morning while you’re out and about. Wow!! :D The water drop photo..I love that one. I can see that huge on a wall some place. :) Enjoy your new area! :D

MegMay 5, 2009 - 5:58 pm

I think you should turn right!!

I love that sign and I love the vibrant green golf course against the deadness of the desert.

Casia FletcherMay 5, 2009 - 2:19 pm

YAY…you’re finally here! Let me know when we can meet up for lunch sometime :)

Michelle HutchinsonMay 5, 2009 - 7:21 am

Awww your colour is so beautiful! Loving that post! Everything is just beautiful!

TanyaMay 5, 2009 - 12:29 am

Stunning images Kara! Love the sunrise photo… who would have thought the desert could be so beautiful!!

HayleyMay 4, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Kara, glad to see you are getting settled. Thank you for sharing life through your lens :) Beautfiul images!!

melissaMay 3, 2009 - 4:45 pm

Thanks for sharing,i’ve missed your blog!!

TaraMay 2, 2009 - 6:55 pm

amazing photos Kara! I LOVE the signs one and the textures on the photos – beautiful scenery.

KatieMay 1, 2009 - 5:43 pm

So cool! You could photograph anything, and make it look amazing! Glad to hear you’re enjoying Arizona!

Kara MayMay 1, 2009 - 1:32 pm

Hi Ursula – I would recommend the Botanical Gardens just before and after sunset since they light up at night. The only thing is – you have to make reservations and see if there is an opening (I had to make mine 4 days in advance since they were booked – but it’s worth a try). I’m still discovering fun stuff around here – there’s so much!! Have fun and take pictures :)

Ursula PageMay 1, 2009 - 1:22 pm

Hey there! I was so excited to see this blog post as I am in Phoenix now for the weekend (leaving Sunday morning) and I was thinking about going to the botanical gardens. Your pics are awesome! Should this be a definite place to stop tomorrow? We have no plans and want to do the best stuff here. Today we are going to old Scottsdale to shop and have a sprinkles cupcake while our husbands are working. I am staying near the airport. any advice? Thanks!

Kara MayMay 1, 2009 - 1:01 pm

So glad that you like these!! I honestly was hesitant to move to the desert since I love lots of trees and green lush landscapes. But I’m finding the desert to be a peaceful, beautiful place. I’m glad I’m here now but I do miss things about living in the South.
Thanks for your comments!

MelissaMay 1, 2009 - 12:57 pm

Kara – everywhere you go you capture the beauty amazingly! *WOW* I love seeing the world through your eyes. You have amazing talent my dear.

AngieMay 1, 2009 - 2:36 am

Wow! Those are some fabulous photos!! Amazing color!!

TiffanyApril 30, 2009 - 8:56 pm

These are sooooooooooooo amazing!

Christie LacyApril 30, 2009 - 8:52 pm

Beautiful. inspiring.

I went to phoenix last month to spend some time with my family and we went to the Chihuly exhibit. It is quite a marvel. Thank you for posting these! I’ve had my images downloaded, but just haven’t processed them yet. This post is inspiring me to do so!

MichelleApril 30, 2009 - 7:50 pm

These are pure eye candy. Very interesting shots and processing

Allison GaulinApril 30, 2009 - 6:58 pm

Makes me want to go there- right now! Beautiful, Kara!

amanda andrewsApril 30, 2009 - 6:52 pm

Love all of these kara! I love seeing your world through your camera!

Michelle MooreApril 30, 2009 - 6:45 pm

I’m sorry I missed the memo about you moving to Arizona! How phenomenal! That view out your backdoor is simply gorgeous. My favorite place to be is the desert in Palm Springs, and the way the sun rises on the hills is breathtaking. This completely reminds me of that. How amazing!

LesleyApril 30, 2009 - 4:42 pm

Wow, Arizona is beautiful! Love the post…I want one around my area, but all we have is street signs nothing cute like that.

Candy HowardApril 30, 2009 - 4:23 pm

Glad to hear you’re getting settled. These are just gorgeous! The Carolinas miss you!

Tira JApril 30, 2009 - 11:41 am

I love Arizona and what it has to offer. That post is amazing, and you should definitely do some sort of print of it. Glad you are finally getting settled. Blessings to you.

shannon lottApril 30, 2009 - 11:28 am

Kara! These are so beautiful. It looks like you found another gorgeous backdrop for all your gorgeous photography.

Leslie RoarkApril 30, 2009 - 11:21 am

OMG! I love the red. Glad to know you are somewhat settled. My husband would kill to move to Arizona!!

{Designer Spotlight: Kait Emerson & Nuximade}

Oh…my… what a crazy month this has been.  I’ve been loving photographing Spring lines for so many designers.  Briella even asks me to photograph her – whaaa?  Yes, shocking me how much she enjoys these sessions.  Anyway, below is a taste of Kait Emerson’s new spring line. And the coordinating hats are from the talented Nuximade.  You’ve seen both of them featured many times on my blog and I’m digging their latest designs and colors.  Love them!!   Brielle wore the green and yellow ensemble on her last day at school before we moved.  Yes, we moved yesterday!  So her last day at Byrnes was on Wednesday which happened to be ‘Spring Pictures’ at school.  She loves accessories so the hat and the bows on the shoulders of the dress drew her in and she instantly fell in love ;-)   Check out more of their fun styles by clicking on their names above!

To update you all… we flew out to Phoenix yesterday from Charlotte, NC.  The night before we cleaned out our old house and then made the 2 hr drive to Charlotte (getting in at just past midnight).  Our flight was at 6 am the next morning so the kids flew on 4 hrs of sleep – oh my!  They did amazing (to my surprise) and we arrived mid-day to AZ.   I’m without my main computer (it’s on the moving truck which should arrive early next week) but I made sure to upload the images below to my laptop since I knew I couldn’t wait for the truck to arrive to make a blog post ;-)  

I’ll be blogging more about our final days in SC and some session sneak peeks.  Saying good-bye is so painful but I’m incredibly thankful for the experiences we had in SC and I’m excited for the adventures and opportunities that await us here in Arizona!  Now I need to get to bed…my body is paying me back by giving me an atrocious cold – uggg… ;-)

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Regina WhiteOctober 15, 2009 - 9:57 pm

Love these images! I love those hats. Can I ask where you got them?
Love your work.

Cheryl JohnsonMay 30, 2009 - 7:02 pm

amazing photographs of beautiful clothes

hope you settle quickly in your new home

Thea CoughlinMay 29, 2009 - 12:19 pm

You are soooo talented-wow!

TineMay 16, 2009 - 10:14 am

how lovely and beautiful are these, Kara!!! gorgeous flares too…

ElisaMay 14, 2009 - 11:20 am

Absolutely stunning! Great shots, beautiful little girl, lovely scenery, and gorgeous clothes! I love the last dress and the pink hat in the first batch of photos!

Julianna CollettApril 28, 2009 - 1:55 pm

Kara I have just come across your blog and have spent all eveniging looking at it!!!Your shots are amazing.Do you sell actions? As an aspireing photographer I love how your shots have such vivid color while maitaining lovely skintone-Do you share what plug-ins you use?When it comes to the basics your exposures are obviously always spot on – do you use a light metre and if so how often during a session would you pull it out?any tips you are willing to share would be appreciated. I live in northern Canada so my access to workshops is nill , as an alterative I have become a photography” blog stalker” learning what I can as I go!
Thank-you for your time

Terry McKaigApril 25, 2009 - 3:52 am

Beautiful outfits and little girl!! Love the surroundings……..the flowers, grass cool old building………all of it!

Sara MellanderApril 24, 2009 - 8:41 am

These are fabulous!!

whitney elizabethApril 23, 2009 - 2:26 pm

let us know how the move went and what the new digs look like!!! :)

Kara MayApril 21, 2009 - 9:05 pm

Thanks everyone! LOL at your comments Amanda and Lori ;)
I’m starting to get a little bit settled here in AZ. Still can’t find a million things since we have half our stuff in the garage, but I’m at least functioning. Now I’m aching to take some more desert pictures. I’ll be posting some soon. :)

Lori GraceApril 21, 2009 - 8:59 pm

*DROOL* Amanda is right. You’re blog is making me poor! But your work is too addicting, I just can’t resist. Briella is breath-taking!! Your work is stunning as always Kara.

LesleyApril 21, 2009 - 8:40 pm

She is adorable and you have quite the creative eye! Stunning! :D

elizabethApril 20, 2009 - 12:46 pm

WOW Kara.. just awesome.

amanda andrewsApril 19, 2009 - 10:01 pm

I don’t have the budget to keep coming to your blog! LOL… seriously you show off the best stuff in the most beautiful way! STOP! :)

ohana photographers - david & kimiApril 19, 2009 - 12:28 pm

as always kara nothing short of perfection!!!

kymberli q.April 19, 2009 - 4:31 am

Wow!!!!!! Gorgeous outfits and images, Kara! You never cease to amaze!

natalieApril 18, 2009 - 4:31 pm

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE these shots!!! Those fabrics make me want to sew again……..but only for a moment! HA

JillynApril 16, 2009 - 9:38 pm

Adorable! The last dress is my favorite! I like the new site! Your work is amazing!

Claire BradinApril 15, 2009 - 8:23 pm

I could just look at your pictures all day. I’m addicted to your images – they say so much. Stunning as usual Miss Kara May!

LaurieApril 15, 2009 - 3:32 pm

Wonderful captures. Love the color, light, expressions.. love the colorful outfits too. great work…

Kait Emerson DesignsApril 15, 2009 - 11:57 am

Kara- Once again you and Briella delivered Stunning Photos.. Such a Talented Team.. Kait Emerson Designs is truly honored to have you work with us. I just LOVE the Colors, LOVE Lighting and the Set…Beautiful! I hope your getting settled and acclimated to the temp change.. Looking forward to more shoots in the future…

StephanieApril 15, 2009 - 12:02 am

What fantastic photos! :D Love the green dress. She’s a super cutie! How are you hanging in there? You have a LOT on your plate..hopefully you’re all settled and enjoying your new little place in life. :D

JanetApril 14, 2009 - 5:36 pm

WOW…love these…I’m checking out the etsy shop right now!!!

kelli janeApril 14, 2009 - 1:55 am

omg, how gorgeous is she…and you capture her just perfectly!! I could stare at that last one for hours!!

Michelle HutchinsonApril 13, 2009 - 8:53 am

Wow! These just jump off the page! Adore your work! So beautiful!

KatieApril 12, 2009 - 10:59 am

Your photos are SO amazing! I could stare at your blog all day long.
I didn’t realize you were THAT close to Charlotte!! I’m sad now that you moved :)
Happy Easter!

NicoleApril 12, 2009 - 7:17 am

Breathtaking, such beautiful images! Gasp!

TanyaApril 12, 2009 - 5:46 am

WOW!!! absolutely stunning images Kara! Glad you made it to AZ safely!! Happy Easter & feel better soon… ((((hugs)))) xx

Goddess Leonie | GoddessGuidebook.comApril 11, 2009 - 10:52 pm

Oh these are so delightful dearheart! Beyoooootiful!

Amanda ReedApril 11, 2009 - 9:48 pm

these are amazing Kara.

Bethany HApril 11, 2009 - 7:18 pm

Freakin jaw dropping!! I want to photograph like you someday. Pure inspiration!

MelanyApril 11, 2009 - 3:03 pm

unbelievably amazing photos!!!! stunning!!

mugie5April 11, 2009 - 2:02 pm

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!

Tira JApril 11, 2009 - 1:10 pm

Love the clothes and the images. Glad you made it to Arizona safely! Happy Easter.

Julie RaneeApril 11, 2009 - 10:05 am

Wow! Such beautiful outfits and gorgeous images of your daughter!!
Hope you are enjoying Arizona!

MeganApril 11, 2009 - 9:29 am

Love it all..the clothes…the images..the girl…hope you all settle into AZ quickly, and see, just like I told’s all over now, just lots of unpacking now..huh?…chat soon..xo


jean smithApril 11, 2009 - 8:42 am

oh my…your images are so, so, so pretty…perfect color, clarity, and composition! the clothing and model are FABULOUS!!!

Susan RApril 11, 2009 - 3:53 am

These are stunning (photos and clothes :) ). Good luck with the move.

CarinApril 11, 2009 - 12:11 am

your images are absolute PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!

{Designer Spotlight: Eliza Kate Designs}

A couple of months ago Krystin, from Eliza Kate Designs, contacted me to photograph some of her fresh, fun, new Spring line.   Even though my life is crazy right now I couldn’t resist.  There are 5 pieces to this collection – ruffly capris, halter top, an apron skirt, an apron dress and a sun dress.  I love them all!  I really couldn’t pick a favorite.  Anyway, here’s a sample of her Spring collection.  She’s still working on her website but you can also visit her blog.   Oh and this adorable hat is one of Nuximade’s recent designs.  I love it!  

On a side note:  Briella has really enjoyed our ‘photo sessions’ and asks to do them almost daily now.  Although, it’s ironic that she doesn’t want to listen to me at all during our sessions.  It’s almost comical how much she ignores me and my requests.  I’ll delve more into that in my next post otherwise this could be long and I have a lot of packing to do.  But thankfully, somehow we make these sessions work and have been able to get through one like this in 30 minutes.  Yah!!  :)  

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Angelina, CaliforniaMay 22, 2009 - 2:24 pm

SOOOOOOOOOOOO………. ADORABLE……… I want to be able to have the eye for good pictures like you do when I get out of high school. Just love it!!!!!!

Jessica FeelyApril 28, 2009 - 6:25 pm

WOW!!! These are SOO amazing! I love love love your photography :) Do you teach workshops, sell advice? haha…I love it all! I am so glad I bookmarked your blog :D

HayleyApril 20, 2009 - 2:22 pm

Gorgeous color Kara!! These are all beautiful!!

Claire BradinApril 10, 2009 - 11:05 pm

okay, everytime I come to your blog I’m BLOWN away by your talent! Why is your daughter not on the cover of every magazine out there along with your amazing photography???!!

Denise SnyderApril 9, 2009 - 4:28 pm

Wow Kara… these shots are just gorgeous!

MelanyApril 9, 2009 - 2:52 pm

You amaze me! Love everything about your work! Wowzers!

Sara MellanderApril 9, 2009 - 9:22 am

So cute!

JessicaApril 8, 2009 - 10:13 pm

Wow! AMAZING ………….in aw and speechless!

JessicaApril 8, 2009 - 10:12 pm

Wow! AMAZING ………….in aw and

MandsApril 8, 2009 - 9:53 pm

No wonder you couldnt’ resist! gorgeous! will need to go check sizes!

TanyaApril 8, 2009 - 5:24 pm

Oh Kara, these are stunning!! Brielle is certainly the perfect model & wow she has grown up & changed so much!! Wish they didn’t do that!! As always love stopping by… I’m never disappointed!! xx

shannon lottApril 7, 2009 - 9:43 pm

Cute she be any cuter?

Natasha WhiteleyApril 7, 2009 - 2:58 pm

oh i am in LOVE! beautiful captures

april toddApril 7, 2009 - 12:26 am

amazing- love these!! Beautiful clothes too!!

Melany K.April 6, 2009 - 9:51 pm

These are gawgeous Kara! You get the best designers and Brielle is a natural, honestly!!

VeronicaApril 6, 2009 - 9:50 pm

**DROOLING** this outfit and all its pieces are darling! Getting me to spend money again! Too cute to resist! Your daughter couldn’t be any more perfect to model in these!!

elizabethApril 6, 2009 - 3:11 pm

These are beautiful Kara

Julie RaneeApril 6, 2009 - 8:44 am

Beautiful images Kara! Your dd is a beauty . . . so funny she doesn’t want to listen during the sessions . . . isn’t that the way it always goes?? :)

jeanaApril 6, 2009 - 12:27 am

These are ALL so incredibly beautiful!!!! I love everything about them. Your work is amazing and good luck with all the packing and the move!

tamiApril 5, 2009 - 11:09 pm

oh my kara…those are just gorgeous! i could go broke with all the designers you spotlight!

seriously great taste!

KatieApril 5, 2009 - 7:58 pm

I love them all! Seriously gorgeous. She certainly seems like the perfect little model.

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Sarah C.April 5, 2009 - 4:06 pm

My oh my oh my!! I know your hear this all the time, but your daughter is an amazing, gorgeous model – seriously stunning. And these separates are so adorable!!! Here I go spending money again…thanks a lot Kara. LOL

amanda andrewsApril 5, 2009 - 3:33 pm

ohmy…. lovelovelove!

Melissa MullinaxApril 5, 2009 - 3:06 pm

SO CUTE!!!! Totally fun and such beautiful color!!

Micha EverettApril 5, 2009 - 1:11 pm

She is so gorgeous! And I love the outfits just might have to buy both for my little girl!

michelle nicoloffApril 5, 2009 - 11:31 am

Kara….your daughter is just beautiful…I LOVE the are just amazing :) Good luck with the packing…xoxo