Monthly Archives: January 2010

{Designer Spotlight: ZozoBugBaby & NuxieMade}


Doesn’t this dress make you long for Spring?!  In this newest design by Julie of ‘Zozobug Baby‘ and ‘ZoGirl!’ the soft pinks, and sunny yellow go so perfectly for this style of dress.  The apron portion of this fabric is imported from Hollond so the this “Cotton-Candy Dress“  is a limited edition piece.  I love the flirty style with the mini-ruffle and the matching rosette at the top, coupled with the funky/fun apron front and the the halter back.  I was so giddy when I saw this dress and so was Brielle – she wanted to go on a photo session ‘RIGHT NOW’.  So funny :)   And that cute little matching headband (which Brielle insist on wearing every time we get into the car…did I mention that she’s a little stubborn?) is the hand-made design of Melissa of Nuxiemade.  Remember the knit hats I use all the time?  This is the same maker and I’m thrilled to see these new accessories!!  She’s brilliant!

Side Note:  I just converted from PC to Mac (woo hoo!!)  so bare with me on any bumps that may happen during this conversion.  I have yet to calibrate my monitor so you may be looking at pictures that are Purple – lol.  Hope not.  So even though I’m in sRGB colorspace I’m seeing that some of the images posted on these designers sites look like they are in Adobe RGB (but they aren’t) weird hu? Anyway this change is challenging at times – it’s fun, it’s scary, it’s new and I’m trying my hardest to dive in head first.  I also got myself a handy dandy little tablet to edit with so that too is ‘change’ and adds the many emotions mentioned ;-)   Change is good though right?  Thanks for stopping by!!







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HP Laserjet Pro CP1525NW Color PrinterNovember 27, 2011 - 3:22 pm

That was a truly great post..

YogaNovember 11, 2011 - 2:20 am

That was a really amazing piece!

Gosia JuraszFebruary 24, 2010 - 1:38 pm

I love your blog. Great pics.

jean smithJanuary 24, 2010 - 2:48 am

oops. adding on to my last comment. anyways, just wanted to say i love this shoot and the imagea are beautiful!

jean smithJanuary 24, 2010 - 2:47 am

i love, love, LOVE your commcercial shoots. LOVE this one

KatieJanuary 23, 2010 - 8:43 pm

You are so talented! I just love your photos SO much! Love the outfits too.

Jen HarrJanuary 21, 2010 - 1:56 pm

Oh dear…gotta check these out…too cute!
Your images are stunning…beautiful color.
Jen (beyond)

Haleigh RohnerJanuary 18, 2010 - 1:10 pm

Kara, these images are gorgeous! I love the backlighting on your first shot! Congrats on converting to MAC! You’ll never regret it! Gorgeous clothes too!

Terry McKaigJanuary 18, 2010 - 4:50 am

Beautiful work Kara……….the clothes, the color…………you capture your daughter so well!!

Shannon PrattJanuary 18, 2010 - 12:34 am

Wow Kara, the clothes, the photo’s, the colors all are adorable. Your colors are perfect.

Sheryl SalisburyJanuary 17, 2010 - 1:46 pm

Great pics of some great products. The girl is adorable. Love your blog and hope you don’t mind if I follow it. Thanks for sharing. and

Crave PhotographyJanuary 14, 2010 - 5:47 pm

YOU amaze me! How do you do it? You have talent just flowing from you!!

Natasha WhiteleyJanuary 14, 2010 - 3:30 pm

in a word wOw!
as always!
your work is gorgeous, never fails!!

HayleyJanuary 14, 2010 - 11:12 am

These images are stunning as always Kara. I love them. The clothes are gorgeous too and yes they make me long for Spring as I sit here looking at piles of snow ;)

Cheryl JohnsonJanuary 13, 2010 - 10:28 am

beautiful pictures, colour looks good to me, but then they’d still look great if they were purple LOL

KylieJanuary 13, 2010 - 1:12 am

Just gorgeous Kara!

ohana photographersJanuary 12, 2010 - 1:16 am

as always. perfection :)

ChelseyJanuary 11, 2010 - 7:18 pm

Adorable! (And I’m still trying to figure out how she’s standing in that first shot! LOL!)
Congrats on the new baby ;) we love our macs around here.

SarahJanuary 11, 2010 - 12:29 am

Love these images! And what a great model too. The dress is adorable!

MichelleJanuary 10, 2010 - 3:46 am

I LOVE the outfits. I’ll have to visit there next. Your daughter is always so beautiful looking and your portraits of her are amazing. I always love your technical perfection. :)

patti mJanuary 9, 2010 - 12:30 pm

Everything looks amazing, you handle big changes well!
These images are breathtaking! The dress & hairband & model are all SO SO SO gorgeous!

AmiiJanuary 9, 2010 - 10:30 am

Kara, your images are always absolutely brilliant! What a beautiful thing you are doing for the designers, your daughter and for yourself! LOVE!

Carrie ScruggsJanuary 9, 2010 - 10:11 am

Kara I just love these shots and Love the headband and outfit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J'LynnJanuary 9, 2010 - 1:51 am

She is just beautiful, and what adorable outfits!

ginnyJanuary 9, 2010 - 1:09 am

gorgeous clothes i must check them out. (and your daughter is beautiful too!)

JaideanJanuary 8, 2010 - 5:39 pm

Oh wow – these are stunning! Adorable outfit!

KateJanuary 8, 2010 - 11:23 am

Your girlie is just gorgeous! The dress and headband are darling!

Kim HulbertJanuary 8, 2010 - 9:02 am

These are gorgeous Kara. We just recieved our first ZoZoBug Baby outfits before the holidays. They ROCK!!!! and really wash up beautifully which is a major bonus! LOL!

Carla BuskJanuary 8, 2010 - 3:29 am

These are stunning, love them. I am awaiting the arrival of my imac, hope my transition will be as good as yours. Your images are coming up great on my pc which is calibrated.

amandaJanuary 8, 2010 - 12:39 am

so flippin cute! I need that headband! and as always.. gorgeous photos!

CyndiJanuary 7, 2010 - 11:47 pm

Love them Kara! They are all so gorgeous! Your daughter is beautiful!

TheaJanuary 7, 2010 - 9:23 pm

These are just wonderful!

s h e r r yJanuary 7, 2010 - 9:16 pm

These are SO cute! And congrats on your PC-Mac switch ;D You’ll love it. The colours look normal to me, haha, not purple or anything!

kendraJanuary 7, 2010 - 8:55 pm

Kara, these are gorgeous, she is a beautiful little girl and I love her dress…makes me yearn for warm weather

KaraJanuary 7, 2010 - 8:47 pm

Thanks ladies!! Brielle is really getting into these sessions – loves them but lasts only about 10 minutes LOL. Aren’t the headband and dress adorable!!

april toddJanuary 7, 2010 - 8:38 pm

Beautiful Kara! Your little gal really is growing up! Love the pics…you are an inspiration to the entire photography community Kara!

TanyaJanuary 7, 2010 - 8:26 pm

These are beautiful Kara, the dress & headband are gorgeous… no wonder Brielle was excited!!

elizabeth pelletteJanuary 7, 2010 - 8:09 pm

Ohh my goodness LOVE these..

ShannonJanuary 7, 2010 - 8:08 pm

love these they are so fun — the colors are perfect in this light — I would love to have something like this for Miss K in the spring!

anni jonesJanuary 7, 2010 - 8:01 pm

oh little miss b is totally gorgeous Kara! Love her little outfit ans the nuximade hair band – too clever!!!!

Erica PeerenboomJanuary 7, 2010 - 7:59 pm

Wow! These are beautiful!!

{Happy New Year! 2010 has begun!}


It’s a new year – already!!  A new decade!  Wow, it’s amazing how much life can change in a year and in a decade.  10 years ago I was a Corporate Financial Statement Auditor with Deloitte & Touche  LLC, and was breathing a sigh of relief that all my clients computer systems didn’t crash in the Y2K conversion (a major stresser/responsibility for my company at that time).  I wasn’t married, but was dating my now husband.  I was living in an apartment in West Seattle, with a beautiful view of Fauntleroy Fairy and walking distance to parks, food, and video stores (yeah, video stores that are now going extinct.  Crazy hu?).  I didn’t have a GPS, I didn’t even know what one was at the time.  iPhones were not a part of our language or a necessity to our lives and I didn’t even know what blogging was.   Isn’t that crazy?!  Now life is much different… I text my friends who live in other states just to let them know I’m thinking of them, I text my husband at work to see what he wants for dinner,  I have two kids who hog my iPhone to play games, secretly call grandparents and giggle as they are doing it (haven’t called to China yet, thankfully – lol),  we’ve lived in 3 different states in the past 10 years.  Life just keeps changing, evolving and moving on… so quickly.

So now that Christmas has ended and a new year has begun I’m still not ready to take down my Christmas tree – but today is the day. Time to clean the house and welcome the New Year with a clean house and a clear mind.  Happy New Year everyone!!


I’ve attached our family Christmas Card from this year along with some fun out-takes from our photo session.  I was using a tripod so we had to make our session super quick (the kids only last about 15 minutes before they are done)




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Stephanie PiscitelliFebruary 10, 2010 - 11:51 am

How fun Kara! You have a beautiful family and AS ALWAYS your images and your pp is fantastic. :-) Hope all is well!!

Aneca PhotographyFebruary 8, 2010 - 5:10 pm

I love these pictures! The cactus is so cute!

Cheryl JohnsonJanuary 13, 2010 - 10:28 am

what an adorable family you have – love that last shot particularly

ohana photographersJanuary 12, 2010 - 1:17 am

now that’s a beautiful family! hope your christmas and new year’s was awesome! here’s to a 2010 full of love and blessings!

janetJanuary 7, 2010 - 11:23 am

Love this post Kara! Just goes to show….as much as we try to plan, we can’t even imagine what this upcoming decade holds in store for us. You guys are a gorgeous family!

SarahJanuary 6, 2010 - 9:59 am

These are just awesome!

AmiiJanuary 5, 2010 - 10:58 pm

Oh Kara, I LOVE these! Now I’ve even more excited for my trip to Arizona in March. I hope I can get some pictures of the cool desert scenery!

KylieJanuary 5, 2010 - 8:56 pm

WOW Kara – these are awesome – I am LOVING the outtakes! Very cool! Happy New Year!

AnonymousJanuary 5, 2010 - 12:04 pm

those pix are absolutely fantastic – gorgous family! Where are your boots from – love them!!

pamelaJanuary 5, 2010 - 11:26 am

You guys are fantastic in front of the camera {& tripod}, what a fun shoot. I adore your holiday card ~ everything about it, the template design the post processing and of course the photos themselves. The very best to you & your family in 2010. I am always in aww of your work and creativity; thank you for being so inspiring and sharing here.

Angie PenroseJanuary 5, 2010 - 1:04 am

Hey Kara! Great pics! Your family is adorable. Hope you are well!! Happy New Year!

Jane PhotoJanuary 4, 2010 - 10:47 pm

These are so cute. Great family shots!

Kim HulbertJanuary 4, 2010 - 10:15 am

Happy New Year Kara! These images are just stunning….I love them!!!! The warmth and the textures…as well as the fun family spirit is PERFECTION!

TanyaJanuary 3, 2010 - 11:30 pm

Happy New Year to you Kara, wishing you a wonderful 2010 filled with health, happiness & love! I can’t wait to see more of your gorgeous images, you never fail to inspire me :) xx

amandaJanuary 3, 2010 - 10:45 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Kara! Love all the images!

ShannonJanuary 3, 2010 - 8:29 pm

what adorable images — you have a beautiful family Kara!

Michelle KaneJanuary 3, 2010 - 7:56 pm

Oh, Kara, these are the best. You’re goofy out-takes are hilarious. Happy New Year to you and I can’t wait to see all the magic you create in twenty ten!!!

PattiJanuary 3, 2010 - 12:18 pm

This is beautiful!

crave photographyJanuary 3, 2010 - 1:37 am

I hope you have a wonderful and successful 2010! I will be looking forward to seeing all of your amazing work! You are such an inspiration, a truly kind and sweet person, and talented beyond words!

tamiJanuary 3, 2010 - 12:56 am

your work never ceases to amaze me! you are so talented…with a beautiful family! i wish you the happiest in the new year!

Shannon PrattJanuary 3, 2010 - 12:43 am

I love the photo’s of your family Kara, they are adorable. I also love your works about where you were 10 years ago.

AdrienneJanuary 3, 2010 - 12:17 am

hahha, these are AWESOME Kara!!! Love the out takes, and your card is beautiful!

Serena GeneJanuary 2, 2010 - 11:41 pm

Oh my goodness, your family is so fun and beautiful! Happy New Year!

KateJanuary 2, 2010 - 10:56 pm

Your card is fabulous but I ADORE your “out-takes” they are just so much fun!

Kathy CarlisleJanuary 2, 2010 - 8:59 pm

I think your card should have been the outtakes…I LOVE them. It looks like you had a ton of fun making the it should be. Here’s to another amazing year of growth and managing the balance of photography and family;) Your family makes me smile…you just glow together! K

Camilla BinksJanuary 2, 2010 - 8:32 pm

Holy cow. That is one beautiful set of pictures! With a tripod, really? Nicely done!

Haleigh ROhnerJanuary 2, 2010 - 7:18 pm

Kara- Your family is so silly! Love the out takes. I love your post processing! So cool. Great card!

s h e r r yJanuary 2, 2010 - 4:19 pm

I loove it! :) The outtakes are SUPER adorable :) I hope you have a wonderful 2010!

ElmaJanuary 2, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Loved the reflecting back Kara – how time can change things! What I consider ‘everyday normal’ now wasn’t in my wildest dreams in 2000. LOL
Love the images. Look forward to seeing what 2010 has in store for you. Happy New Year!

J'LynnJanuary 2, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Oh my goodness you guys are adorable!!! Happy New Year!!

ChelseyJanuary 2, 2010 - 1:49 pm

LOL! Happy New Year Kara – your family is adorable!