Monthly Archives: July 2009

{Rock & Roll – Phoenix desert}

That’s what this session was all about!  Jack, 9 and Riley, 11 were so hip, fun and cool to work with.  Not to mention their mom, Christy, who I adore.  Anyway, Jack is completely in Rock & Roll – yes, really.  I know, he’s only 9 but he know so many of the classics rock and roll bands, he blew me away.  And Riley, geez – she’s 11 and has such poise and grace but also knows how to still be a kid.  She’s gorgeous to boot!  Anyway, I promised them a sneak peak before I left for Seattle for 2 1/2 weeks.  I wanted to include so many others but there wasn’t time to edit them all before heading out of town and I want some to be a surprise in their gallery ;-)

Had to start with some images that sum up our session.  These first two were taken at the end of our session.  Jack cooled off in the fountain in the 114 degree desert heat and begged for the water to hit him in the face, success.  Both were Rock Stars are for putting up with the heat with smiles on their faces. 






Edited with my faded vintage wash for a fun look (below)



Jump?  You bet they can jump – I was pretty impressed.  Love Riley’s expression!


The true rocker coming out in Jack.  :)





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Kristin RailtonAugust 2, 2009 - 9:13 am

These are AMAZING Kara! Your work is beautiful and inspiring. The children are captured so well.

Kim- RibbiesJuly 31, 2009 - 12:45 pm

Beautiful photos Kara! The framing, the color…stunning.

Julie MonacellaJuly 29, 2009 - 4:55 pm

These are just gorgeous. What a fun session, and amazing and real captures. Love them.

crave photographyJuly 25, 2009 - 2:30 am

Lovin’ the vibe of this session. Too cool!! Love clients like this that are willing to let loose and have a good time. And yes, she is a beauty! You rocked it out girl!!!

TanyaJuly 25, 2009 - 12:26 am

Amazing images Kara, you ROCKED this session! Love your processing!

JessicaJuly 23, 2009 - 10:14 pm

Wow! You are going to be a very busy and very popular woman in AZ! Amazing as always!!

MirandaJuly 23, 2009 - 1:26 am

OMG for ‘reals’ you do the best client work I have ever seen! Incredible session Kara!! I want to be you someday :-)

MicheleJuly 22, 2009 - 11:07 pm

that first shot is incredible!!! Love it so much!

Michelle WilliamsJuly 22, 2009 - 7:44 pm

These are great Kara…they could have easily won my I ROCK contest!!

Michelle KJuly 22, 2009 - 12:28 am

**Wow** this session is incredible! I knew you’d do amazingly in AZ and this is just a taste of what you can do there!!!!

KatieJuly 20, 2009 - 5:11 pm

AMAZING! Looks like you had a lot of fun with them!

amanda andrewsJuly 20, 2009 - 4:14 pm

Awesome kara! These are sooo much fun!

Sarah WheelerJuly 20, 2009 - 10:41 am

beatuiful photos kara!

elizabethJuly 20, 2009 - 9:09 am

Kara.. these are amazing.. holy cow.. love them all.. hope you have been well?

johnwaire | photoJuly 20, 2009 - 8:49 am

these ROCK!

Emily SmithJuly 19, 2009 - 11:41 pm

These are so fun. Love them!

Sherry LuJuly 19, 2009 - 3:18 pm

These photos are incredible! They are both SO gorgeous.

Michelle HutchinsonJuly 19, 2009 - 8:09 am

Wow! Love these – they looked like they had a ball! There are so many different looks here! Love them … have I already said that (-:

RachelJuly 19, 2009 - 12:28 am

This session couldn’t get any better! You rock my friend!

ElissaJuly 19, 2009 - 12:26 am

You are freakishly amazing! Seriously! You are going to take Phoenix and your photography to new heights!! Love this session!!

Denise SnyderJuly 18, 2009 - 11:00 am

I absolutely love everything about this session Kara! What fun!!! And your processing totally rocks on these!

KristinJuly 17, 2009 - 9:51 pm

These are fabulous! I love your processing on them :)

Michelle KaneJuly 17, 2009 - 8:56 pm

Wow, wow, wow. Simply terrific shots. The first one needs blown up huge on a canvas! Love these.

mugie5July 17, 2009 - 8:03 pm

great shots as ususal. What beautiful kids. So glad you have some new pictures.

{4th of July – late post}

Oh my, with all of the designer shoots I’ve been doing,  the kids being home with summer break and getting ready for my trip to Seattle – I’ve been late in posting our July Festivities.  I promised several people they would be able to find the pictures on my blog since they weren’t on Facebook.   Anyway, what a fun weekend!!  First, I never really believed that Arizona had forests and ‘real’ mountains.  I was in heaven!  The nights were cool and crisp and the days were warm and sunny.  The kids had a blast playing with all the kids that were there.  Here’s just a taste of our weekend :)

 Tyler and Briella, love how they hug all the time.  Hope that never changes.


The Gang – all of the kids who shared in the festive 4th of July celebration.




Sweet Madison


Tyler flying high as he jumps off the swing  {shot in low-light so excuse the grain}.


Chloe laughing so hard at her brother’s face-plant on the swing.  Madison, to the rescue :)


Thankfully, Dylan was fine – no scratches at all ;-)


Larry going for a ride!


Disclaimer needed for this photo.  This was our hayride from Charlie’s cabin to Larry’s cabin and I’m not completely clear on what this get-up was all about, I think it may have been a dare and Rhonda drew the short straw.  Anyway, the adults were in hysterics and the kids were just confused.  The costume came off after 2 minutes and all was ‘normal’ again. LOL. 


The real hayride.


Simply content on the hayride.


Starving after the hayride, it was time to roast hotdogs and have a picnic.  :)


Sweet moment – Jason and Jean.


This was the craziest homemade entertainment I’d ever seen.  This was a potato launcher and it had amazing power-  kids and adults were in aw.  LOL


Jean’s parents, in from China, got in on the action too.  Love Lilly’s expression – priceless!


Tender kisses for Grandpa. 


Tyler and Briella after the hoola-hoop and horse-shoe contest. 


At the end of our weekend Briella agreed to let the grasshopper go that she caught on the first day.  She was heart-broken but agreed.  This jar went with her everywhere (the parade, breakfast, smorse roast, everywhere).  This was one of 7 she caught during our time in the mountains.  After opening the jar the grasshopper didn’t  want to jump out right away, so she said excitedly ‘See, he loves me, he wants to stay with me’.  Tugged at my heart but we explained how much the grasshopper needed to be with it’s family.  She mournfully place the jar under the tree and waved good-bye as we drove off. 


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MirandaJuly 23, 2009 - 1:29 am

So in the moment! I love these!!!!

KatJuly 23, 2009 - 1:05 am

Hi im from Chile and I love your photos :D

AndreaJuly 15, 2009 - 11:46 pm

These are gorgeous -you children are so beautiful! Love your work.

JeanaJuly 15, 2009 - 7:36 pm

I love these photos…you captured the 4th of July perfectly. Family, friends, food and hanging out
enjoying our liberty and freedoms. I love the shots of your two children together…you can just feel
the love. Looks like you guys had a BLAST!!!

paula hicksonJuly 15, 2009 - 12:41 pm

LOVE these shots, Kara…They are so much fun and I love how “in the moment” they all are!

ElissaJuly 13, 2009 - 8:48 pm

Seriously awesome series of pure candid fun!!!! Makes me feel like I was there. Wish I was lol. These ROCK as usual.

amanda andrewsJuly 13, 2009 - 10:37 am

Looks like a blast!! Love the swing shots! and ohmy…. what an outfit!!

TanyaJuly 13, 2009 - 6:36 am

Beautiful family memories Kara!! Tyler & Briella are gorgeous & I love that they’re always so happy hanging out together! Love the hugs ones the best… I too hope that never changes :)

Sylvia BorgoJuly 12, 2009 - 4:30 pm

You know I love your work, but I have to say, this is one of my favorite sets. Not only are the images beautiful, but the connection between you and your subjects is palpable. The connections you captured, the relationships explained, the personalities explored . . . Seriously, Kara – these are very moving.