Monthly Archives: August 2009

{Sisters: Seattle Session}

This session was so much fun!!  Jennifer and Amber wanted to do something special for their fathers birthday this year and since they are rarely photographed together, this was the perfect gift.   I loved working with them – they excited and up for anything.  Aren’t they stunning?!!   I want Ambers eyes – they are so light and mesmerizing, a perfect compliment against her long dark hair and flawless fair skin.  And Jennifer, she’s been a friend of mine for over 6 years now and I have to say she always has the cutest haircuts and most gorgeous, perfect skin {yes Jen, it’s true}.   I had a blast with you both!!  Anyway, here’s a peak into their session.













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kimbraliOctober 16, 2009 - 1:12 am

wow. these are fantastic! i have never seen such beautiful ROUND eyes before!

JessOctober 5, 2009 - 8:48 pm


Rachel BrookeOctober 1, 2009 - 10:26 am

Beautiful! Both the sisters and the pictures.

KaraSeptember 28, 2009 - 1:27 pm

Thanks so much everyone!! They were so much fun I loved it!

ElmaSeptember 20, 2009 - 5:16 pm

Just gorgeous Kara!

Amberou againSeptember 20, 2009 - 11:10 am

Hey Kara! I just saw that you posted these and wanted to say a HUGE thank you again! Everyone is right, these turned out beyond fantastic and our dad (and mom!) is just going to LOVE THEM!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

mugie5September 19, 2009 - 6:48 pm

wow Kara!! They are both just gorgeous!! And every photo is just so beautiful!! I love that they wanted to do this for their dad. Gives me future ideas for ourselves!! :)

VanessaSeptember 12, 2009 - 11:28 am

soo beautiful!

kymberli q.September 12, 2009 - 2:21 am

Holy cow, Kara! These are PHENOMENAL! AWESOME images! The girls are gorgeous!!

HollySeptember 10, 2009 - 3:55 pm

Your talent still amazes me!!!

Camille GouldSeptember 9, 2009 - 3:54 pm

I really LOVE the bright and vibrant colors in all of your work!!

elizabethSeptember 9, 2009 - 1:42 pm

WOW these girls are gorgeous.. these are fantastic images Kara.. they will so love them.

Anne Pearson photograhySeptember 8, 2009 - 10:00 pm


TanyaSeptember 7, 2009 - 10:50 pm

Gorgeous!!!! They are both so stunning!! they have the most amazing eyes!! I’m sure their dad is going to love his birthday gift!!

paulahicksonSeptember 6, 2009 - 7:14 pm

wow, what gorgeous sisters and how lucky to have you as their photographer!!!!!! beautiful work!!!

Kait Emerson DesignsSeptember 6, 2009 - 2:15 am

How Special is this.. What a great Idea.. As always, pure perfection!

Denise SnyderSeptember 5, 2009 - 6:32 pm

Absolutely stunning Kara! The feet shot is adorable!

Alison GreenwoodSeptember 5, 2009 - 8:44 am

Stunning portraits Kara. Ooh her tattoo is beautiful!

Megan PSeptember 3, 2009 - 9:49 pm

they do have beautiful skin and eyes, and hmmmm they have a FABULOUS photographer that knows exactly how to make their beautiful features pop even more. Love these, as I am sure they do and their Father will too.

ErichaSeptember 2, 2009 - 8:14 pm

Oh my gosh, these are absolutely amazing! Beautiful sisters and I just love the images. I have way too many favorites but I really do love the 3rd and 4th ones down..ooh and 2nd up from bottom. Such a fun session!

crave photographySeptember 2, 2009 - 12:22 am

I am really lovin’ these with all of the cool editing. You captured some really great stuff here, I think their dad is going to love this gift. Priceless!

Mimi JaneSeptember 1, 2009 - 6:20 pm

Oh Wowsers these are simply amazing Kara!! I need to hire you to take pictures of me. I’m never in any and these are exactly what I’d want!! LOVE THEM.

HayleySeptember 1, 2009 - 10:56 am

They are both stunning!! Beautiful work Kara!!

Julie MonacellaSeptember 1, 2009 - 10:09 am

Beautiful sisters! And, a really fun session. I bet you all had a great time!

sherry bolesSeptember 1, 2009 - 3:42 am

They do have such beautiful eyes…Both of them! Beautiful images, Kara!

ClaritySeptember 1, 2009 - 2:20 am

Geeeezzz…beauty, beauty, beautiful!!!Awesome work Kara!

Jaidean BakerAugust 31, 2009 - 11:00 pm

wow – these are all so gorgeous!! Beautiful sisters!

amanda andrewsAugust 31, 2009 - 8:10 pm

gorgeous! What an awesome session!

nomiAugust 31, 2009 - 10:15 am

Those really are the most beautiful sisters! Lovely pictures, you have such an amazing talent!

Jenn PennAugust 30, 2009 - 11:36 pm

Geez, these girls (sorry, women!) are beautiful!! I think their father will love this birthday gift! Way to go, Kara!

CindyAugust 30, 2009 - 11:11 pm

These are amazing and oh what beautiful sisters!

Leslie RoarkAugust 30, 2009 - 8:25 pm

If you ever come to the Panhandle of Florida I want to know because I’m hiring you for our family portraits!!! I just love your work!!!

Michelle KaneAugust 30, 2009 - 6:21 pm

They are both stunningly beautiful with amazing eyes. What a lovely present and they couldn’t have had a better photographer help them capture their beauty! Outstanding!

{Rangefinder Interview}

I know, I know…I’m super late in posting this.  My excuse – I’m trying to edit, edit, edit my sessions from Seattle and school just started for the kids so I’m a slave to my car right now with the temporary commuting I have between our temp house and their schools.  Anyway, I’ve had so many kind e-mails from other photographers who’ve read my feature in Rangefinder Magazine.  And the latest one was razzing me for not posting anything about it on my blog, so that prompted me to bump it up on my to-do list and post this evening. ;-)  The article was shown in the Special Edition -Portrait and Senior Photographer’s August Issue of Rangefinder – it can be found on line at or click here to go directly to the article.  I don’t know much about the magazines archiving system but at the end of this month the September issue will be shown so my article will be in their archives on-line (I believe). Anyway, I’m so excited and honored to be featured in this great magazine.  The interview took place just before we moved so it sounds as if I’m still in South Carolina – but I’m not….I’m here in the metropolis valley of the Sun!   So different and so fun.  I do miss my favorite old locations in the South but thankfully I’m finding a lot of variety here in the desert.  It’s amazing what’s out here.  Anyway, thanks so much  for checking the article out :)






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JessOctober 5, 2009 - 8:50 pm

So happy for you. Congrats!!!

mugie5September 19, 2009 - 7:06 pm

Kara, I haven’t been on here in forever, but now that I’m at mom & dad’s house, it’s much easier for me! And faster to look at! :) I am sooooo proud of you Kara for your success and making it into the wonderful magazine above!! What an awesome article about you!! And as your sister, I can totally feel that the writer listened to you well and completely captured who you are. The photography is amazing!! I love you and couldn’t be prouder!! xoxox

Megan PSeptember 3, 2009 - 9:50 pm

Such a great Article Kara, I am so excited for you, very well deserved.

ErichaSeptember 2, 2009 - 8:16 pm

Congratulations!! I love that first photo!! Such a neat idea!! :)

Julie MonacellaSeptember 1, 2009 - 10:10 am

Holy cow! This is sooooo cool! Congrats Kara!!! :)

sherry bolesSeptember 1, 2009 - 3:20 am

Congrats, Kara! Great article!
I thought it was so cool to find out that you were an accountant too…We can be creative people! :)

Ashley AnnAugust 28, 2009 - 10:57 pm

Wow…what a great article. Congratulations on some very well deserved recognition. Your work is always breathtaking!

JanetAugust 28, 2009 - 10:49 pm

Congratulations Kara! I am a big fan of your blog! You are one of my favs!

Mimi JaneAugust 28, 2009 - 9:08 pm

Seriously awesome! Your work deserves this kind of showcasing! So inspiring!

angelaAugust 28, 2009 - 8:24 pm

So happy for you! So inspiring and so deserved! You will do great wherever you are!

nathalieAugust 27, 2009 - 1:02 am

hello my friend! huge congrats on the feature!!!!! your work will forever inspire me!!!!

KatieAugust 26, 2009 - 4:04 pm

I loved Rangefinder’s Children and Seniors special, and was so excited to see you there. Congrats!! SO well deserved!

amanda andrewsAugust 24, 2009 - 11:46 pm

so cool kara! Congratulations!!

crave photographyAugust 24, 2009 - 9:06 pm

Congrats! You are brilliant! I loved the article. It was fun to see a glimpse into your life and how you got started etc…

Cyndi HenryAugust 24, 2009 - 5:55 pm

Congrats on being in Rangefinder Kara! Your work is amazing! Love it!

ChelseyAugust 24, 2009 - 5:16 pm

Congratulations, Kara!!! So proud of you!

BrandonAugust 24, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Wow! So cool! Your work is incredible, you are blessed with such an amazing gift. I’m a fan for sure.

Madison KateAugust 24, 2009 - 11:57 am

You are such an inspiration Kara. Congrats on Rangefinder I read the article the first day it came out. Very deserving!!

Michelle KaneAugust 23, 2009 - 8:58 pm

So, so cool! Congrats on the feature. You really deserve it.

elizabethAugust 23, 2009 - 7:10 pm

Loved the article.. and Congrats thats so awesome to have been chosen to have an article written about you.. so deserved thats for sure… { Hugs }

TiffanyAugust 22, 2009 - 10:49 am

That is amazing! I have yet to look through my mag, but I will grab it this morning and take a look~ Congrats! :)

ElmaAugust 21, 2009 - 9:40 pm

Great article Kara!

Beckie MAugust 21, 2009 - 6:16 pm

I love Rangefinder and found you and your stunning work through your interview. I’m addicted to your blog now! So happy to have found you.

HeatherAugust 21, 2009 - 6:10 pm

Yes! My email pushed you over the edge! You are amazing and this interview was so deserved!!!

AmiiAugust 21, 2009 - 3:32 pm

I read that article last week! I saw you were being featured and was so excited to read the article! Ever since you left a comment on my blog about a berry galette I made a long time ago, I have been hooked on your blog! Congrats!

Helen GAugust 21, 2009 - 7:20 am

Wow, what an awesome article and very interesting read… Congratulation’s Kara…

{Designer Spotlight: Eliza Kate Designs}

I’m home!  Yes, but I’ve been running around like a crazy woman since I’ve been home and haven’t had a moment to edit and post all the fun sessions I had during my time in Seattle. Tyler started the first grade yesterday (weep, weep).  I can’t believe he’s growing up.  It’s all so much harder on me it seems.  Thankfully he’s a pretty happy-go-lucky kid, but I’m the one stressing, overwhelmed and intimidated by the size of his new school.  The school is fantastic and the kids there seems happy, well-balanced, etc. but I’m completely overwhelmed by how big it is.  He came from a school in South Carolina where there was only one teacher per grade and it was very small.  This is all so new.  It reminds me of my first day at college – trying to find where things are, locating my classrooms in advance so I’m not late the first day, learning a whole new routine, etc.   So those anxious memories along with my baby growing up make me a bit of a mess ;-)   I’ll get over it soon….I hope.

 Okay, onto my Designer Spotlight!  I thrilled to be asked by Krystin, designer of Eliza Kate clothing line, to photograph more of her clothing.  These pieces are from her new fall line.  Aren’t they adorable!!  The pants – I fell in love with (well, the skirt, tops and dress too but if I had to choose one it would be the pants) – they are so cute, fit great and I love the detail on the bottom.  Brielle wore them to school this week under a dress, it’s still in the low 100′s here,  I tried to explain that she’ll get hot but she insisted.  And she accessorized with 2 necklaces, 5 bracelets and a neck piece/chocker thing that ‘was’ here head-band as a baby but looks more like a garter now.  I just let her go with it after trying to convince her that we should leave pretty jewelry at home.  I was shaking my head and giggling at the same time.   Anyway, I love the colors and fabrics she used and Brielle felt comfy in them even in the 114 degree heat we had the day of this shoot.  I was shocked she lasted as long as she did.  Cold water and lots of it was key for both of us :)   Check out more of her work at 












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Cyndi HenryAugust 24, 2009 - 5:57 pm

GORGEOUS Kara! I swear you kill me because every time I see something your daughter models, I’m running off to etsy to check it out :)

ElmaAugust 20, 2009 - 10:07 pm

These are lovely, the clothes are so cool and the model is a cutie pie!

HayleyAugust 20, 2009 - 6:15 pm

Your daughter is a perfect model for you :) Love the clothing line!!!

MandsAugust 20, 2009 - 12:26 am

Just beautiful as usual Kara! The clothes are amazing and your images of them make for the perfect package!

BrendaAugust 19, 2009 - 8:47 pm

WOW!! your photographs are absolutely gorgeous! Really some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

LauraAugust 19, 2009 - 11:46 am

I LOVE your work! The colors are gorgeous and the outfits are adorable:)

Michelle HutchinsonAugust 19, 2009 - 9:55 am

Stunning work – beautiful clothes! Congratulations on rangefinder – you so deserve it! Your images are so beautiful!

corey civettaAugust 19, 2009 - 9:29 am

Beautiful images and I love the clothes! The colors are awesome!

PamAugust 19, 2009 - 12:07 am

Amazing!!!! And I also saw the
magazine article on-line and was waiting for you to post about it. Post, post, post! :-) . You know I’m a huge fan!

MelissaAugust 19, 2009 - 12:04 am

Okay so why aren’t you shooting for Nordstrom or Anthropologie?! You’re work is pure eye candy absolutely amazing Kara! And why haven’t you shared the Rangefinder article I saw you in? Awesome feature, you so deserve it!!!

Cheryl JohnsonAugust 16, 2009 - 4:47 pm

the perfect little model to show off these adorable clothes – you make a great team :D

HeatherAugust 15, 2009 - 6:27 pm

Kara these are beyond amazing! Your daughter looks like a J Crew catalogue model she’s amazing! Love these clothes too! Spend spend, I must spend LOL.

Kia GregoryAugust 15, 2009 - 12:47 pm

Your work is so sharp and colorful and the clothes by Eliza Kate are to cute. Off to visit her site!

Claire Ann DesignsAugust 15, 2009 - 9:10 am

Oh Kara these are beyond amazing! Wow again your work blows me away! I can stare at your blog all day!!

LeslieAugust 15, 2009 - 12:53 am

I LOVE all three of those outfits! I want that first dress for my little girl…so cute! I have been waiting for some new post from you. I am looking forward to seeing your Seattle sessions :) I love Seattle, it’s one of my favorite cities.

TanyaAugust 14, 2009 - 7:36 am

You know I LOVE these Kara!! gorgeous photos, gorgeous clothes & gorgeous, gorgeous model!! Love the little sprinkling of freckles across Brielle’s nose.. too cute :)

Jenn PennAugust 13, 2009 - 11:12 pm

Oh my gosh, I love these photos and love the clothes! I see what you mean about those pants – LOVE THEM! The ones of Brielle on the wall are my favorite – they are so sweet! Great job as always, Kara!

Michelle KaneAugust 13, 2009 - 9:38 pm

These clothes are fantastic! The colors are a photographer’s dream. And as always, Brielle looks beautiful!!

{Designer Spotlight: Zozobug Baby}

So…I’m still in Seattle doing sessions, visiting with friends and family and just enjoying some time back in this amazing city.  Summer time here is amazing and works perfectly for sessions – except for record breaking heat…more on that later {wink}.   Anyway, we head home in just two short days and I already miss my friends, family and clients up here.  The good thing is, my flight from AZ to Sea-town is so much quicker than it was from South Carolina so hopefully that equates to more frequent vists.  ;-)   Anyway, I’ll post more about my time in Seattle shortly. 

I’ve been meaning to post these beautiful designs for a couple of weeks, but computer glitches and being away from my main computer have delayed this.  Well talented Julie, from Zozobug Baby, sent me some great new fall designs she’s incorporating into her line before I left.   Aren’t these adorable!?  My favorite is the orange and purple skirt, Briella calls it her twirling skirt.  I love it!! Anyway, we  had fun photographing these despite the Arizona heat just days before we left for our trip.  Thankfully Briella has made it easy – we’re done within minutes which is key in the heat.  On this day it was 114 degrees but we shot these when it cooled to 107, hence the flush cheeks.  But she’s a trooper and started to cry when I told her it was time to go.  She wanted to find the grasshopper she spotted before our session, so we looked, and looked and looked.  Sadly, we couldn’t find him again so Briella was finally ready to go.  Always an adventure with my little girl :) .











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Christine DeSavinoAugust 23, 2009 - 2:49 pm

Tara – your daughter is just the sweetest, most beautiful girl! Your photos of her are amazing; I could look at them over and over. Just wanted to leave you a comment and say what a fan I am of your breathtaking photography! Congrats on Rangefinder, too!

KatieAugust 13, 2009 - 2:47 pm

Gorgeous clothes, I need to check out her site! Beautiful work!

TanyaAugust 12, 2009 - 9:17 pm

Stunning images as always Kara, Brielle is definitely model material! Love your designer spotlights, the outfits are just gorgeous!! :)

Jamie GressAugust 9, 2009 - 3:12 am

I just stumbled across your blog, and your photos are AMAZING!! Its not often that I find myself at the beginning of someones blog because I just can’t stop looking! I just started my own photography business a couple of months ago, Im only 21 so I have lots of time to grow, I hope one day to doing as good as you! If you have any time could you give me a few beginner tips? Thank you :)

MichelleAugust 8, 2009 - 3:29 pm

Beautiful Images Kara. I love the nuance of movement that they have, the second one especially. I am definitely going to check out Zozobug Baby, those clothes are adorable.

Sara MellanderAugust 8, 2009 - 9:31 am

I’m jealous!! You have such a beautiful model on hand! And your photography is amazing!

Jaidean BakerAugust 7, 2009 - 11:51 am

Oh My! Beautiful colors and love the clothes! Your daughter is stunning!

Claire Ann DesignsAugust 7, 2009 - 1:14 am

I really need to hire you to photograph my work. Your photographs are amazing! Seriously jaw-dropping.

MeredithAugust 7, 2009 - 1:10 am

As always I drool over your work and spend way too much money. I have a hard time resisting. Your daughter is the perfect model, amazing images!

crave photographyAugust 6, 2009 - 11:38 pm

Your daughter is stunning! She makes such a perfect model for all of these designer shoots! You are incredible!!!

JessicaAugust 6, 2009 - 6:45 pm

Aww, I wish I would have known you were here in Seattle! I would have loved to meet you and maybe go out on a fun shoot :) So I assume you were here when the bad heat wave came…ughhh…terrible huh? Anyway, beautiful pictures, glad you were able to come back and visit!

amanda andrewsAugust 4, 2009 - 7:26 pm

Dangit Kara!! I don’t have the $$ to keep coming to your blog if you keep doing these designer spotlights! LOL… Seriously you capture so well that how could i not want what you post?!?!

Kylie CameronAugust 4, 2009 - 7:18 pm

Kara I’ve been following you work for several years now and am finally commenting. You always amaze me with each one of your posts. Simply amazing. I hope to have a fraction of your talent someday.

JessicaAugust 4, 2009 - 2:08 am

Geez! Your daughter is seriously a pro!!! I always love your designer spotlights but they are hard on my pocketbook ;-)

jean smithAugust 3, 2009 - 9:06 pm

beautiful! your processing is so dreamy…

Michelle KaneAugust 2, 2009 - 11:39 pm

Yummy! These clothes are rockin! Your daughter is incredibly gorgeous. Her little model poses are spot on! Lovely images as always.

NicoleAugust 2, 2009 - 10:42 pm

Just beautiful colours, clothes and daughter! Amazing! Mine just runs away at the first sight of the camera.

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