Monthly Archives: June 2009

{Designer Spotlight: EarthGroovs}

 I can’t believe it’s June and it’s not blazing hot here in AZ!  In May it was sweltering (I was dying)  and now that June is half way over it’s weird to think that this was one of Arizona’s ‘hot summer months’.   I know I’m going to eat these words the next two months though lol.   Anyway, it’s been amazing weather.  We’ve enjoyed dinners outside, roasting marshmallows in the fire pit, going for late evening strolls while the kids go searching  for bunnies, quail,  lizards, you name it.  The desert is like a huge museum to them.  They are so curious about every cactus, every flower, every rock formation and every animal they see.  It’s really fun but I  look like a mom who doesn’t know much because I’m in awe too unable to explain the cactus, the rock formations,  and the various desert flowers.  Oh well, we’re having fun exploring.  I feel like a kid again.  This summer has been so fun!!  We’ve been doing all the fun things I remember doing during the summer as a child.  Summers to me are lots of swimming, going for bike rides, making lemonade stands, and being carefree from day to day.  That’s how our summer has been – we are spontaneous and each day is a fun new adventure.  So I’m glad that I have this time with my kids right now.   I’m savoring each and every moment!!

Photo sessions have been fun and spontaneous too, we take pictures, we stop and look at something cool on the ground or a bunny hopping by, then we shoot a few more pictures, then we discover more.  It’s made Briella excited to go on a session -we get to explore!  During this session Briella wore some of EarthGroovs very cute and funky tops.  The talent designer, Kerry, has been featured on here before and there is more to come, she’s been busy!  She offers earth-friendly & retro prints for children.  She tries  to use sustainable, natural materials whenever possible like organics & cottons in order to reduce her carbon footprint.  A very Earth friendly and environmentally conscience  boutique :)   Check out more of her styles on etsy.









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crave photographyJuly 17, 2009 - 12:22 pm

I adore your work! You are a really fantastic photographer!!

JeanaJuly 15, 2009 - 7:37 pm

beautiful! beautiful! beautiful!

Sylvia BorgoJuly 12, 2009 - 4:21 pm

so happy we are FB friends – but I gotta make it a point to BLOG stalk you! LOL! She is stunning! Oh my! I love that second shot. Your portraits are so bright, so crisp. LOVE!

HayleyJuly 10, 2009 - 5:26 pm

Beautiful Kara. Your daughter is such a perfect model :)

Rachel BrookeJuly 5, 2009 - 9:04 pm

my favorite designer spotlight! love it all.

Julie RaneeJuly 3, 2009 - 9:51 am

Adorable clothes. Beautiful images! So glad you are able to enjoy some of the outdoors without the high heat. Always good to see a blog post from you.

Tara SharmaJune 30, 2009 - 10:24 pm

That last photo is stunning. Beautiful colors.

Michelle WilliamsJune 30, 2009 - 3:18 pm

What precious images of Briella…her hair is getting so long. I’m loving the sun flare on that first one.

Denise SnyderJune 29, 2009 - 5:31 pm

Love these Kara! The designs are great – and your daughter is such a beautiful model! I’m jealous! :)

ElissaJune 26, 2009 - 12:28 am

I want to be you when I grow up! I love your work Kara.

JessJune 26, 2009 - 12:22 am

Oh these are amazing!!! I’ve been studying your work and I have to say I’m just blown away. Keep up the amazing work!!

KaraJune 26, 2009 - 12:14 am

Thanks ladies :) It’s now starting to heat up here in AZ. B is in for some hot sessions coming up – but she’s a trooper thankfully :)

ohana photographers - david & kimiJune 23, 2009 - 10:29 pm

this post HAD to be before these past week! we were just in tempe visiting friends on our way back from a wedding in texas and it was 105′! we almost died ;)
gorgeous images as always kara may!!!

KathyJune 23, 2009 - 9:28 am

Kara you are amazing! B is sooo gorgeous! Love the last couple of spotlights. Hope you are enjoying AZ!

KatieJune 22, 2009 - 12:43 pm

These aer so adorable! Love the light!!

tamiJune 22, 2009 - 2:00 am

oh how gorgeous! love these tops…must haves for my babies! your daughter…stunning as always!

DenaJune 21, 2009 - 12:42 pm

KARA! I have been inundated with orders, and I’m sorry to contact you through your blog (LOL!) but I wanted to see if you could do some more photos of my necklaces? Let me know okay? You can email me through my website! Thank you thank you thank you!!! Dena (formerly mylittlechickadees)

Sherry LuJune 20, 2009 - 10:37 pm

I adore the bow in her hair! Is it a headband?!

MistyJune 20, 2009 - 10:48 am

What a fun summer! Your kids are so lucky to have such a cool mom. Great pictures as always.

Michelle KaneJune 19, 2009 - 10:37 pm

So, so pretty.

Michelle MooreJune 19, 2009 - 9:47 pm

Such a cutie! I love the light, and it looks like she is having fun exploring!! :)

amanda andrewsJune 19, 2009 - 9:16 pm

everytime i come over here i wanna spend more money! Love these shots… You’re daughter is gorgeous!!

{some of this, and some of that…}

As the kids sit quietly munching on pears and watching ‘Maggie and the Ferocious Beast’ – I can quickly blog.   Ideally I prefer minimal time in front of the TV but sometimes I need to rely on my friends at ‘Noggin’ to help me out so I can get a few things done ;-)

So life has been moving fast lately which is good but makes it hard to blog and respond to e-mails.  So I’m going to work to make more time for both.  Since I haven’t been able to respond to inquires regarding my actions, future workshops, mentoring and other photography related questions, I thought I could answer them here since many of the questions were the same.

Mentoring:  I would like to offer mentoring at some point.  It would be one-on-one and involve going out on a shoot where we can work on the technical aspect of photography, I would also incorporate other aspects of the business.  Details will be firmed up as I get closer to offering this.

Actions:  This is still up for debate with me.  There are so many actions out there and the thought of adding more seems a little redundant to me.  Hmmmm….

Workshops:  Right now I don’t have plans for a workshop.  Possibly at some point but no current plans at this time.

Other questions I’m getting…

*’What camera do you photograph with and do you use fixed focal length or zoom lenses? ‘ Well, I’m a Canon girl and have had success with the 5D.   I use a variety of lenses – macro, wide-angle (both prime) but I’m obsessed to my zoom lenses.  Love the flexibility the zoom provides.  

* ‘Do you use a fill-flash or a reflector?’  I currently don’t use either.  With children’s photography it’s not practical to run around with a reflector and I find it intimidates the child and I can’t get a natural look from my subject.   And I’ve never been fond of how a fill-flash looks.  I prefer getting the exposure spot on with appropriate natural light.  

*’Do you travel for sessions?’  I will travel for sessions but plans need to be made about 6 to 8 months out since my calendar fills up quickly and travel requires early planning, weather considerations, etc.  I ask for a deposit and travel expenses to be paid.  This works best when there are 5 to 7 families wanting pictures done, then the travel  and lodging can be split.

I know I’m forgetting to include some questions and others I’ve responded to directly.  If you have any others  or any I’ve left out, please feel free to e-mail me at   Thanks !!

On a personal note:  {Some of you on Facebook have already seen these. Sorry for the repeat :) }  My kids finished swim lessons (I’m thinking about having them continue but we’ll take a break for a bit before we delve into more)!!  We spent every morning at Aqua-Tots  with fabulous instructors and the kids looked forward to it each day.  Here’s some pictures of their last day!  They were so excited!


Tyler below perfecting his backstroke.  He’s such a little fish! ;-)


Briella below swimming to her instructor all by herself!!  Big goal met!!  And huge safety relief for mommy :)


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Sylvia BorgoJuly 12, 2009 - 4:31 pm

That’s it! We are getting a pool. No, wait . . . we’ll take swimming lessons . . . Love these Kara – you have the darlingest darlings!

Natasha WhiteleyJune 18, 2009 - 3:29 pm

I know very well how you must have felt when B swam by herself, it’s an awesome feeling!
well done to everyone!

ElmaJune 16, 2009 - 10:17 pm

So much nicer seeing images onhere then facebook – love ‘em nice and big.

amanda andrewsJune 16, 2009 - 2:52 pm

love that first shot!

HayleyJune 12, 2009 - 11:04 pm

Looks like a fun time at swimming lessons :)

TanyaJune 10, 2009 - 11:37 pm

A big congrats to Briella for swimming by herself… that’s huge!! Gorgeous pics of your gorgeous children!

Ricki FordJune 10, 2009 - 9:28 am

beautiful work!

JessJune 9, 2009 - 5:11 pm

I’ve been waiting and hoping you have a workshop or mentor! Just another vote that you please offer one! You’re too talented not to!!
Awsome pics of you beatiful children! Yay for completing swim lessons!!!

MelanyJune 9, 2009 - 5:07 pm

wonderful post! Great info! Keeping my fingers crossed that you decide to mentor! Your kids are DARLING!!!

MaleaJune 9, 2009 - 1:18 am

I love love love love your work. You are amazing! I am so in, as well, when you decide to mentor!

Julie RaneeJune 8, 2009 - 1:35 pm

Good to see you post! Such adorable kids you have! I hope you are enjoying Arizona. I’m sure the pool is essential to stay cool. :)

SerenaJune 8, 2009 - 11:06 am

So great! I’ll keep checking back. I will SO be in when you decide to mentor! You are amazing!

JackieJune 7, 2009 - 8:00 pm

I’m excited to hear your plans for mentoring! I still want your actions and you know I would jump for joy if you offered a workshop!!! (hint hint). Your kids are darling what fantastic pictures!

CyndiJune 7, 2009 - 7:25 pm

Love the first pic, so pretty! And yay on your little girl swimming, that is super cool!!

Tira JJune 7, 2009 - 6:24 pm

Congratulations to your little girl for swimming all by herself! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!