Monthly Archives: September 2010

{Little bit Sassy – Oh So Sassy!}

The temperatures are crazy insane around the country; sizzling in LA, blazing in the Arizona Valley, and average temps around most of the country 10 degrees higher than normal for this time of the year.  But I’m so ready for some ‘Fall’  weather, I could honestly cry {but I’ll hold back as long as possible}.  The kids are giddy that Fall is hear but they don’t understand how it can still be in the 100′s during Autumn.  I have to shrug and agree that I too want cooler, crisp weather.  So to get in the fall mood we went to the ‘Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Patch’ yesterday.  It small but the kids were literally jumping up and down exploring the little patch TJ’s had set up.  We stood there and soaked it in – and went a little overboard getting 6 pumpkins.  We couldn’t resist.  Of course we’re going to hit as many Pumpkin Patches as possible so we’ll need to refrain from buying so many at each patch.  But it was so exciting for the kids and myself — nothing says ‘Fall’ like pumpkins.   Okay, I digress….onto some sassy designs {{{I’m in love}}}

Once again I am thrilled to be working with Michelle, the designer of  ‘Oh So Sassy‘  clothing line.  I literally squealed out loud with excitement when I opened the package she mailed to me.  She is truly talented and I’m always giddy when she asks me to work with her.  And she’s from AZ too!  Another designer that I would love to meet in person someday I’m in love with her cute ruffled skirts.  And her prices – crazy reasonable!!  She’s going to sell out quickly!!  I can’t sing her praises enough, I’m in love with her work…sigh…. ;-)

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Toñi SousaFebruary 15, 2011 - 1:40 pm

Por favor me podria decir donde ha comprado el carro que se ve en estas imagenes???,quisiera preguntarle si va a algun congreso de fotografia para ir a vela,soy una fotografa de Sevilla (España) y me fascina el trabajo que hace,felicidades.

elizabeth pelletteOctober 15, 2010 - 9:28 am

These are so great.. love them all

Corey SewellOctober 1, 2010 - 2:09 pm

Beautiful images and the clothes are super cute! Makes me wish my girls were little again!

J'LynnSeptember 30, 2010 - 1:41 am

Wow these are all so so adorable!!!

JaideanSeptember 29, 2010 - 10:31 am

Oh, I would squeal too…those are so so cute!

Terry McKaigSeptember 29, 2010 - 12:52 am

Wonderful photos to show the adorable outfits!! : ) Oh, and then there’s your beautiful daughter!! : ) Love your images Kara!

TanyaSeptember 28, 2010 - 8:16 pm

Love, love, love the outfits, especially the last one!! I love that August is in the photos too! so adorable.. :)

ShannonSeptember 28, 2010 - 7:59 pm

Amazing clothes — just love the frames though I want them and the doll buggy please LOL.

ElmaSeptember 28, 2010 - 7:12 pm

those skirts are to die for for! You did a great job photographing these clothes.
P.s. can you please ship me those frames? WOWZAS they rock

Natalie ClayshulteSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:57 pm

I love the styling for this session and the dog, so cute!

KarenSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:17 pm

oooh, i’m loving these images! wonderful work, as always! and i’m drooling over B’s wardrobe!

{wagons, skateboards & a fun family}

First, I want to start by saying that I had so much fun during this session.  Seven year old Weston was so great with his little brother, helping get his attention, tending to him, getting him water.  It was really impressive and showed how much Weston loves his little brother.  Also, Weston was amazing in front of the camera – he was so full of energy and spirit.  I loved it and could’ve been there all night but we were loosing daylight quickly.  Weston’s parents were fun too – just going with whatever came next.  I loved their interaction with one another as seen in a few of the shots below.  The sun was bright and hot for September here {5 degrees warmer than normal during this time of the year}.  The sun flare I captured with them was really cool.  I was amazed how in the picture above the light is just streaming over them.  It was beautiful!!  Anyway, here’s a little peak into our session.

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JenSeptember 28, 2010 - 12:25 pm

ahh, it’s Weston! I know him and his mama from preschool! They are a beautifil family and you captured them perfectly!

TanyaSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Beautiful session Kara! They are going to love these!

ElmaSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:16 pm

Wow – that 3rd portrait is just stunning! Wonderful session.

EllenSeptember 24, 2010 - 2:14 pm

These are to die for!! The little boy with his chin on his hand – I love it!!

ShannonSeptember 24, 2010 - 8:13 am

Love these, what a great use of light and the family is sure to treasure all of these for a long long time!

Kristi S.September 23, 2010 - 1:24 pm

I’m freaking out over these!! Your use of light, exposure and composition is perfection!! I’m saving up to fly from Michigan to have you photograph my family. I could look at your blog all day :)

Haleigh RohnerSeptember 23, 2010 - 12:22 pm

I love how you handle the AZ sun! Such a pro! These are all gorgeous! Beautiful family!

Christine DeSavinoSeptember 23, 2010 - 9:05 am

Kara – these are simply gorgeous! Beautiful, beautiful work – as always!

Chelsey | MachC PhotographySeptember 23, 2010 - 12:22 am

Oh Kara! These are beautiful! What treasures for this family! Well done xoxo

Terry McKaigSeptember 22, 2010 - 10:47 pm

Wonderful session Kara. The light is totally yummy! : )

Amy HoogstadSeptember 22, 2010 - 8:19 pm

I really love this session – excellent work, Kara!

They do look like a fun family. And, those boy are so cute! Great job, they look great!

KateSeptember 22, 2010 - 4:27 pm

These are fabulous!!! You are truly amazing Miss Kara!

{Fairy Dust, Friends, Cupcakes & Musical Chairs…}

What more could a birthday girl want?!  Okay, I know Brielle’s birthday was in August, but things were crazy and hot in August so we post-poned her party.    She’s never asked for a party, never asked for presents and just enjoyed the celebrating with family.  Since she’s never had a ‘friend-party’ I thought turning 5 was the perfect time.  She was elated!!  So we set to make this party, and her day memorable.  She enjoyed helping me decorate everything in light pink, dark pink, pink, pink, pink ;o)  Tyler was a huge help on party day hiding on the balcony and sprinkling fairy dust (glitter) from the balcony into the courtyard as each fairy entered.  I wanted to get sprinkled too but I refrained ;o)  And he assisted like a pro in all the games.  The games we played brought me back to my childhood birthday parties.  We began with the cotton ball scooping game (my favorite as a kid, and now Brielle say’s its her favorite), we played musical chairs and we made finger puppet crafts.   It was a magical day with friends for Brielle.  I loved seeing her excited and over-joyed to have her friends at her house celebrating with her.  And WOW, I have a 5 year old!
Here’s a peek into her birthday party.

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Daily Shopping StoreDecember 13, 2010 - 4:46 pm

The matchless message, is interesting to me

ElmaSeptember 27, 2010 - 5:18 pm

wish I had been invited. Memorable for all no doubt!

Rhonda MankinSeptember 26, 2010 - 7:23 pm

How CUTE!!!!! What an awesome party..and the table was so BEAUTIFUL! Kara, I would just be in heaven to have your home:) Mine is so small, cramped and unfortunately cluttered. I miss seeing you on FB…but I just didn’t have time for it anymore…maybe someday I’ll sneak back on there:)

NicoleSeptember 21, 2010 - 8:21 pm


LauraSeptember 21, 2010 - 5:53 pm

What a magical day for your little fairy princess and all her buddies!!! Happy birthday, sweet girl!!

JuliaSeptember 21, 2010 - 4:24 pm

Oh my goodness! Words can not express how much I love your processing and texture on these images!! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Chelsey | MachC PhotographySeptember 21, 2010 - 12:22 am

OMG! WE did the cotton ball scooping game!!! LOL! I thought my mom was the only one who knew about that ;) fan favorite for sure. Looks like a fantastic birthday party to me! Well worth it I’d say! :)

ShannonSeptember 20, 2010 - 10:04 pm

I love these what a fun party!

april toddSeptember 20, 2010 - 7:56 pm

precious!! Looks like so much fun!

JanelleSeptember 20, 2010 - 7:27 pm

These are gorgeous! We had such a wonderful time! I would like to find out how to order a print of the picture of Cadence:)

tamiSeptember 20, 2010 - 4:23 pm

these pictures are gorgeous…i love your details! and it looks like you picked fun games….LOVE these!

Haleigh RohnerSeptember 20, 2010 - 2:31 pm

What a weekend! and what an adorable little party. Looks like all of the details came together beautifully… even with no sleep all weekend :)

Jenn PennSeptember 20, 2010 - 2:30 pm

Oh, these are just so precious! I love that you played games that we all played as children! She will remember this party always.

Nicole BenitezSeptember 20, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Adorable!! What a fantastic fairy party. Love it.

KateSeptember 20, 2010 - 1:40 pm

Beautiful!!! Looks like a fabulous party!! Hope her day was magical!

Kait Emerson DesignsSeptember 20, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Just beautiful… Precious girls having the time of there life… Happy Birthday Briella

{Ohhhh…this has spurred a desire…} Arizona Commercial Photographer

A desire to travel.  I’ve always wanted to see Ireland’s 40 shades of green and Scotland’s rolling rocks and grassy countryside.  Many of my family members have been, but I’m looking forward to the day I can go rather than hearing & reading about it.  I want to go to photograph the landscape, the people, the lifestyle.  Sigh…someday I will go there.  But this outfit that I photographed made this desire resurface.  Majd, the designer and talent behind, Janum, sent me this adorable tartan outfit!   It’s made so well, and I was impressed with the detail.  And the peasant top – it’s wrinkle FREE.  I want like 10 of them in different colors and patterns.  It’s made of a soft, material and goes with everything.   Also she’s designed this cute little girls costume for Halloween {Rapunzel}!!   Brielle got a kick out of wearing the costume and being Rapunzel for a while during our shoot.  Her smile was huge and she giggled a lot. :)

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JuliaSeptember 21, 2010 - 4:28 pm

Love these! I shrieked with delight when I saw the Rapunzel shots…I was just on Janum’s Etsy shop last night looking for a dress for my daughter and wanted to get this headband…for myself! :)

ShannonSeptember 17, 2010 - 10:36 am

Love all of these, I want your daughters wardrobe!!

mugsieSeptember 15, 2010 - 8:50 am

Love all of these.

Haleigh RohnerSeptember 15, 2010 - 12:56 am

Beautiful! Such gorgeous clothes! And Brielle is such a lil’ model! GORGEOUS! Seriously!

TanyaSeptember 14, 2010 - 9:12 pm

Gorgeous pics! LOVE the tartan outfit & how cute is the Rapunzel costume?!? I too would love to visit Ireland… one day! :) x