Monthly Archives: October 2010

{Monster Mash Birthday Party for my boy who’s turning 8}

My first born baby boy is growing up.  He’s turning 8…yes, really!!  I remember the first day I held him and now I’m celebrating his 8th birthday, Halloween style.  His birthday is in early November but he’s always wanted to have a Halloween costume birthday party.  So this was the year… We managed to get things together despite being sick and being gone second shooting a wedding a day the day prior.  I woke up early, the sun was shining and I began making the cupcakes, cleaning, adding more decorations, preparing games, wrapping the prizes, and getting the kids ready for the party that they were beyond excited about.  I was thankful to have some parent volunteers help me out at the party. {thanks Shellie & Matt} :)   Tyler had some school friends and neighborhood friends over and once the festivities began we were busy, busy, busy.  We started with crafts and began the games {freeze dance, mummy wrap & a pinata}.  The big hit….’Freeze Dance’!  The kids wanted to play again and again, so we did.  I have to say, the kids were really good at this game – Jeff was the music man and made sure to only play Halloween songs but included the ‘StarWars Cantina’ (same tune as Barry Manilow’s Copacabana) – one of Tyler’s favorite songs.  Ty had a blast with his friends and wants to do it again this weekend.  Um, we’ve had to break it to him that he’s going to have to wait till next year to have another one.  :)

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Sung HohmanJuly 16, 2013 - 7:50 pm

I keep trying to subscribe into the Letters thing, but there’s nowhere to do so! Once i sign in, under the MANAGE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION link, there’s only my Book Club subscription. How do I add the Letters thing for $5?

kids parties MiamiJune 8, 2011 - 11:40 am

Nice birthday party characters…
i like this way of celebration…
its great

ShannonNovember 4, 2010 - 12:39 am

what a great party idea == love the images and it looks like it was a hit!

TanyaOctober 31, 2010 - 9:57 pm

Kara, your kids have the best birthday parties!! Hope T had a great birthday! Great pics as always!

Jackie DitterOctober 30, 2010 - 1:55 am

Please come to my house and help me plan & decorate for my parties! These pictures make me feel like I wad there!!! Happy Birthday to your handsome boy! He has a coolom to plan such amazing parties!

AnnieOctober 29, 2010 - 6:35 pm

oh kara these are superb as always! Adore the color! Happy birthday T xxxx

JaideanOctober 29, 2010 - 10:22 am

How awesome…looks like so much fun! Happy Birthday to him!

CoreyOctober 29, 2010 - 9:34 am

What an awesome party! You are a very cool mom and it looks like everyone had a blast!

{Holiday Magic is Blooming}

The weather is slowly starting to change here in AZ.  I was so excited to wear boots, jeans, a light cardigan and a hat the other day when I felt a touch of fall in the air.  Yay!  That only lasted a day :( and I’m anxious for more.   As the weather changes we’re thinking more about the upcoming holidays.  And Trendie Treasures just released some of their holiday dresses!  I’m in love with the the red dress & hair wrap {Holiday Magic} below, but the pink & white dress  {Blooming} with the matching hat is awfully cute too.  Check out her whole line here.

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tamiNovember 11, 2010 - 11:33 am

She is so absolutely beautiful!! I love all the pictures!

Heather KOctober 29, 2010 - 3:03 am

Seriously you are my favorite photographer. I’ve never seen work that compares to yours. Do you offer mentoring?

Julie MonacellaOctober 26, 2010 - 11:16 pm

Soo cute! Love them. Always enjoy popping in to see what you’ve been up to. :)

KatieOctober 26, 2010 - 10:51 am

Love these!

Terry McKaigOctober 25, 2010 - 3:30 pm

Love the red and black………sweet photos as always! : )

ReemaOctober 25, 2010 - 3:19 pm

Thanks Kara for such AMAZING photography!! Your click adds the ‘magic’ to my designs:) It’s great to be working with the BEST!!

JaideanOctober 25, 2010 - 3:11 pm

That red dress is gorgeous!!!

Natalie ClayshulteOctober 25, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Wow! I love the accessories and the urban feel in these pictures. Great work!

{There Here! Holiday Card samples}

Eek!!  Are you ready for Halloween?  I’m not quite ready yet since we’ve had a house of sickies :( and we spent some time out of town so now I’m playing catch-up.  But I’m excited and LOVE this time of the year.  Our house is decorate…all things Halloween and the kids excitedly await Halloween night.

Well, I know it’s only October, but this is a time for my clients to think about Holiday Cards.  A preview of some of the cards available are shown below.  Those who’ve already had their session, you will get a link to the e-store to purchase sets of 25 with your chosen photos.  Each card allows for an image on the front & the back and a greeting personalization.  This year I’m offering some funky fun cards that double as an ornament.  That’s right!  A keepsake ornament for family & friends.  The first 4 below are samples that are also ornaments {more will be available in my e-store}.  Simply string a ribbon through the hole at the top and family and friends can easily hang them.  How cute is that?!

NOTE:  The Templates are not for sale to Photographers since the elements used in some of the cards were not created by me.  I may however be offering some templates for photographers of  Ornament Cards.  Stay tuned… :)

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Toñi Sousa SarmientFebruary 15, 2011 - 5:34 am

Hola! buenos dias,soy una fotografa de españa,quisiera si puede ser que usted me pueda decir el carrito de niña que utiliza en sus fotos donde lo ha conprado,gracias.

ShannonOctober 24, 2010 - 10:32 pm

love the samples — they are beautiful

KarenOctober 21, 2010 - 2:29 pm

Love the colors! Nice work!

Mary JohnsonOctober 21, 2010 - 2:07 pm

These are absolutely beautiful.

{Little beauty & my fun Goodwill find}

I donate to goodwill at least once a month and not long ago my kids asked why we never go inside. I explained that I’m donating and they have this handy-dandy drop-off drive through so we didn’t need to go inside. This was followed of course by…’let’s park and go inside, can we mommy?’ So we did. But I warned, ‘we aren’t here to buy, just to look’. They gave me forced sad faces but said okay. And to my surprise in the very back of the store was this lonely little chair. The kids saw my face light up when I saw it, the hopped in it and squealed, ‘Can we buy? It’s so soft’. I didn’t need much more of a push than that but it squashed my ‘consistence’ effort deviating from the planned ‘we’re not here to buy’. Sigh… I couldn’t resist. It was $20 bucks so I took it – I mean bought it.
Anyway, I finally decided to use it during a session (it’s been stored in my garage).  I met this little beauty at some nearby groves and she was such an amazing subject.  Happy, up for anything and excited for clothing changes!  We had so much fun- we shot until we there was no more light.  Here’s a peak at our session!



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KatieOctober 23, 2010 - 10:29 am

Oh, I love your new chair! This girl is STUNNING, so is your photography!

CoreyOctober 19, 2010 - 4:47 pm

Gorgeous! Love the “new” chair too!

Kait Emerson DesignsOctober 19, 2010 - 1:22 am

LOVE…. Always amazing…

J'LynnOctober 18, 2010 - 1:08 am

What a little beauty!!

ShannonOctober 17, 2010 - 3:20 pm

Love your find — it goes well with your style and your daughter is so beautiful it just makes for the most amazing images.

Carrie T.October 17, 2010 - 12:34 am

I think you are my FAV photographer! You amaze me with your photos! So amazingly beautiful, ART! Love every single pic and I do not even know this girl. GORGEOUS, LOVE the COLOR!

JessiOctober 16, 2010 - 4:13 pm

Oh, don’t you just love those unexpected deals!! What a gorgeous subject with such killer eyes! Stunning work!!

elizabeth pelletteOctober 15, 2010 - 9:27 am

My Gosh Kara.. These are just breath-takingly amazing

tamiOctober 13, 2010 - 12:47 pm

OH MY….she is just precious! the picture of her looking to the side….SQUEAL! gorgeous work as always!

annieOctober 13, 2010 - 3:25 am

totally gorgeous Miss Kara!!!!! Hope you’re feeling better soon chick xxxx

JenOctober 13, 2010 - 12:52 am

Just love those shots- and love that chair!! What a great find! Love finding treasures like that at goodwill! :)

Kristi S.October 12, 2010 - 8:03 pm

*gasp*. These are incredible Kara! Just so you know, I come to your blog when I’m feeling blue and I’m lifted up by you work. Keep it up, you make so many smile with your talent.

Jenn PennOctober 12, 2010 - 6:29 pm

Wow, what a beauty! Great photos, cousin!

KarenOctober 12, 2010 - 5:49 pm

oh, kara!!!! these images totally took my breath away! literally! so amazing, you rock!

haley bOctober 12, 2010 - 2:43 pm

beautiful, kara! and love the chair. good steal!

KateOctober 12, 2010 - 2:16 pm

Oh wow!!! What a beautiful girl and of course your images are amazing!!! Congrats on your fabulous Goodwill score! ;)