Monthly Archives: January 2011

{Little Milla}

**Squeal** Look at this little doll-faced cutie!  Milla and her mommy (my cousin) came all the way out to AZ from Seattle to do a photo session.   Okay….not really.  Her mom lives here so when she was planning her trip out here she booked a session!!   I was so excited to see her and baby Milla!   She wasn’t a fan of all the dirt AZ has to offer but she did fall in love with the citrus fruit.  It kept her entertained – enough to even put a little pretty on her head (she pulls everything that’s on her head off immediately) for about 3 minutes :) .   I wished we could’ve visited more but next time Reid’s in town (this was a quick visit), we’ll get all the kids together and have some pool time!  I miss being so close to my cousins in Seattle — makes me miss the NorthWest even more.   Sigh… :)   That just means I’ll have to visit more often.

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Stacia ShawFebruary 10, 2011 - 10:19 pm

such a cutie!!

KatieFebruary 10, 2011 - 7:15 pm


Claudia MarleyFebruary 2, 2011 - 9:11 pm

Gorgeous pictures! What a talent you have. Of course I do have a bias on the model, she’s my grandniece.

Lady Gaga

MelissaFebruary 2, 2011 - 12:58 pm

What a doll!

TanyaFebruary 1, 2011 - 3:35 am

Ooh Milla is just a gorgeous little doll! Stunning images Kara & that chair is divine :)

GinaJanuary 31, 2011 - 10:36 pm

::swoon:: I’ve been a blog stalker of yours for years. Your NEVER dissappoint! Your pictures speak to me, I always leave your blog smiling. But coming back for more. Keep up the good work!

teriJanuary 31, 2011 - 8:52 pm

what kind of lens did you use?? I love how all the corners are blended…She is adorable!

Yvonne NiemannJanuary 31, 2011 - 8:49 pm

OMG! She’s just too adorable! LOVE all of these. What great variety in props too.

KaraJanuary 31, 2011 - 6:12 pm

LOL Megan – I was wondering… Thanks for your comments everyone!! She is a doll!!

Megan RadvickJanuary 31, 2011 - 6:10 pm

I am the anonymous person…oops

AnonymousJanuary 31, 2011 - 6:09 pm

Could she be any cuter??? Nice job Kara. She looks just like the angel that she it :)

Kristin CookJanuary 31, 2011 - 5:12 pm

How sweet! ..and that colorful chair is fabulous :)

Jenn PennJanuary 31, 2011 - 4:58 pm

Kara, as always these are perfection! And of course our beautiful little Milla is a gorgeous subject! Reid and Nick are going to be thrilled! Way to go!

mugsieJanuary 31, 2011 - 4:52 pm

This is one adorable little girl. love the smile and the blue eyes

Kathy RasmussenJanuary 31, 2011 - 4:47 pm

What beautiful pictures of my beautiful niece. Great job Kara.

{getting ready for Spring with Eliza Kate & Nuxiemade}

Is it still snowing where you are?  I take that back, don’t tell me.  I’m a four seasons kinda girl so jealousy will ensue ;-)   Since I’m in Arizona I’m living vicariously through other friends photos in the cold, white snow and I’m taking many trips out of town to trick my body into thinking I’m living in a four season kinda world.  My body & mind aren’t easily tricked but I’m having fun visiting many wintery wonderlands.  Here in the land of the sun it’s been 75 degrees so it’s preparing us for an early Spring.  And with Spring coming soon Eliza Kate has some ADORABLE new designs coming out.  And Nuxiemade has a new hat design (my favorite design so far!). I get so excited when we get to work Krystin & Melissa.  Their work is amazing, they collaborate so perfectly and I love how their styles coordinate so well!!  Melissa’s hat can be found along with many others in her shop.  Check them out.  Eliza Kate Designs is introducing this new Spring inspired peasant dress , should be popping up in her store soon.  The colors she chose coupled with the peasant style design make for a perfect sunny day dress.  It’s in Brielle’s closet right now begging to be warn again.  I think this week with the temps creeping up B will be giddy to wear it again.  She’s  a girly-girl – very into dresses, ruffles and anything ‘pretty’.  Thank you Eliza Kate & Nuxiemade for sharing your talent and your ‘pretties’ with me.  xoxo.

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HeidiFebruary 23, 2011 - 8:19 pm

I love these pics! Too cute! My favorite part was the old camera, totally loved that.

Stacia ShawJanuary 30, 2011 - 12:49 pm

love love love that first shot…gorgeous!!

annieJanuary 29, 2011 - 11:16 pm

Oh Kara these are wonderful, stunning so colourful!!! B is growing so fast!

MelissaJanuary 28, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Love this style. So vintage looking. Great combo!

Ricki FordJanuary 28, 2011 - 7:34 am

Your work is beautiful!

OHANA PHOTOGRAPHERSJanuary 28, 2011 - 2:43 am

she’s such a dollface!!!

LindyJanuary 27, 2011 - 9:29 pm

Your daughter is STUNNING! I need that hat and dress! The boots are darling with them too.

Yvonne NiemannJanuary 27, 2011 - 7:32 pm

LOVE! Wish I could send some snow your way.

TanyaJanuary 27, 2011 - 7:32 pm

The hat & dress combo are so perfect together! Stunning images Kara!

MistyJanuary 27, 2011 - 3:59 pm


Jenn PennJanuary 27, 2011 - 1:25 pm

This is one of my favorite dress/hat combos! So cute! And of our Brielle is gorgeous, too!

mugsieJanuary 27, 2011 - 1:22 pm

very very cute

KateJanuary 27, 2011 - 12:20 pm

Absolutely adorable and of course your little model is GORGEOUS!!!

Carrie ScruggsJanuary 27, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Kara – I love stopping by your site… you always give me inspiration!

{last night they understood}

Last night my children understood… We were sitting at the table eating dinner and talking about babies.  Somehow the conversation had me casually answering a question mentioning that I was adopted (something I thought would go over their heads since we’ve mentioned it before in front of the kids).  Tyler and Brielle froze, their eyes popped out of their heads and their jaws dropped. ‘You’re adopted’ they both barely got out.  It wasn’t even a question, it was a realization.  They were in shock.  Oh my gosh, they can’t get it?  They won’t get it?  Do they get it?  My heart was racing confused, surprised and not prepared for their reaction.

Me: ‘Do you know what being adopted means?’.

Brielle: ‘ Yes, it means your mom didn’t want you’.

Tyler piped in ‘um yeah, they left you – right?’.

I couldn’t help but giggle.  I wondered how they knew that.  So I asked.

‘On Annie, she was left too’  they answered.

Ah-ha – that’s right, we watched the movie ‘Annie’ about a month ago and we talked about Annie’s biological parents and why she was in an orphanage.

Brielle thought for a minute and said, ‘who adopted you?’

Then Tyler asked, ‘Did you have a name before you were adopted?’

Me:  ‘No, no name’.

Tyler: ‘Then what did your mom call you when you were in her tummy?  Baby?  Honey Buns?’

We all laughed at that.  Many more questions were asked and answered.  I’m so surprised they understood and were so interested.  They wanted to know everything.  I gave them all the answers I knew and we pondered the ones I didn’t know.  I explained that my birth mom loved me so much that she wanted a better life for me and gave me up.   That it was extremely self-less and took tremendous strength.  The questions and answers went on.

Then Brielle later said with persuasion,  ‘ Mommy, I think I was adopted’.

Me: Why?

Brielle: ‘Because I don’t remember being born and being in your tummy’.  ‘Yeah’, she sighed ‘I think was adopted’.

I assured her she wasn’t, but somehow she’s still convinced she’s adopted.

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Brittany StoverFebruary 1, 2011 - 12:24 am

kara! I was adopted too, and just this year, my son asked me, “Mom, did you come out of Nonnie’s (my adopted mom’s) tummy? I felt like I was in the same predicament you were in. Yet, I’m not so sure I answered as well as you. I think I said, “No” and we changed the subject. I think because I wasn’t sure how to respond. I know it’ll come back around someday and they’ll ask me again, but this is a great starter. Thanks for sharing. I’m so thankful my birthmom gave me up and did not abort me, like she could have. I have had such an amazing life with such loving parents that raised me. God is so good.

Pamela Van de WalleJanuary 31, 2011 - 1:01 am

Loved your post about adoption. Made me think of how the conversation will go with my kids in the future- now August is the only one not adopted- will he feel left out :-) . I’m going to have to have another session with you once August is about a year- maybe we’ll come back out to Arizona again. I can’t wait! Your pictures are like candy!!

Sally SteinJanuary 30, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Thank you for sharing….this touches my heart. As you can imagine, the greatest blessing in my life is my daughter, who was adopted, I finally became a Mommy, and our lives became so much richer and so much more meaningful. I cannot imagine my life without her. I hope you all are doing well…. your work is beautiful.

Stacia ShawJanuary 30, 2011 - 12:51 pm

what a sweet story. Children are so funny and smart.

Love that foot picture!

Kristi S.January 27, 2011 - 9:37 pm

I didn’t know you were adopted. Wow, how sweet your kids understood and could ask you questions. What a special moment you shared with them. Thanks for opening up about your life.

TanyaJanuary 27, 2011 - 7:37 pm

So beautiful! xo

Carrie ScruggsJanuary 27, 2011 - 12:15 pm

Thanks for sharing…. brought tears to my eyes even though I know it was a good conversation and little Brielle thinking she’s adopted because she can’t remember being born…sweet.

rebekah {A Blissful Nest}January 27, 2011 - 12:44 am

First of all Katy- your pictures are STUNNING!! I love your work and want to thankyou for stopping by my little ol blog and leaving a comment. secondly- what an endearing conversation with your children. This is what makes me fall in love with my little girl everyday more and more. Just when I don’t think I can love her anymore she says something that just makes me melt. I love how you captured this so clearly above. Take care and God bless.


jean smithJanuary 27, 2011 - 12:03 am

precious story…i loved it. made me smile when i really needed it :)

sherry bolesJanuary 26, 2011 - 10:11 pm

I know how she feels (lol)…My parents teased me that I was switched at birth because I was so much different than them (personality-wise). It became a regular joke. It didn’t bother me a lot because it made me feel more wanted since I was special! :)

Beautiful image, Kara!

{Boston & Chicago – Winter Wonderland}

I’ve been away so much this month.  Where?  Well one of the trips was to one of the most beautiful cities in the states!  Boston!  I love it there!  I hadn’t been in 10 years so this was truly a treat.  My husband had some business there so he asked me along.  I jumped at it!  But what about the kids right?  Well we’re lucky to have such wonderful grandparents close-by, they stayed with the kids!  We owe them big for all they do for us and the kiddos.  Anyway, Jeff and I left on a Saturday morning for our snowy adventure!  It was cold and snowing when we landed – I was in heaven even though I couldn’t feel my hands or feet and my face was numb.  This to me was ‘winter’, winter in a big-beautiful-historic city.  Our long underwear came in handy since we walked or took the ‘T’ everywhere.  What a cool city!  It seems I only travel to big cities in January.  In January of 2010 I visited Chicago for the first time.  It was A-MAZ-ING!  Everyone thought I was crazy for visiting in the midst of their freezing weather, but I was thrilled to be there.  I don’t think I ever shared those pictures on my blog – so I share those here too.  :)   First up – Boston in the winter!

{Below:  I couldn’t resist the lines in the two photos below.  This door was on an unmarked building on Commonwealth.  I loved it.  And the escalator was in the tunnel on the way to the ‘T’}

{below:  random alley that I liked in Government Center (I think) and the statute of the soldier below was in that alley in front of a bar.  I liked him :) }

{below:  in Little Italy – a cool street sign.  On that same street we noticed silverware in the cement  on the stoop of an Italian Restaurant.  Cool hu?}

{above:  ‘T’ Sign – we got to know those well.  Their transportation system made life so easy there.  I wish every big city had such a slick system.}

{below:  The ‘T’ – notice that the guys on the right are in their underwear…they were musicians playing at the station.  I’m still not sure why they were in their underwear. Entertainment everywhere in Boston.}

{below:  the beautiful Capital, just off Boston Commons}

{above:  random narrow alley – cool lines.  below:  one of the many places I want to live in Boston.  Doesn’t this look cool and quaint?  Sigh….}

{below:  we stopped for breakfast 2 mornings at this great little dinner on Beacon Hill – The Paramount.  So yummy.}

{below:  view from the Institute of Contemporary Art.  I sat in this area of the building for over an hour.  So therapeutic.}

{below:  the Holocaust Memorial.  So sad, yet so beautiful.  The lines on the tall pillars (there were 6 pillars) were the serial numbers of the victims who were killed.}

{below:  random splashes of color on the waterfront}

{below:  Jeff and I named this wondering boom-box carrying man – the ‘boom-boom man’. We saw him several times in the Public Garden carrying his beach-scene-painted boom box, blasting his tunes.  We couldn’t make out what he was listening to.  Entertainment a-plenty lol.}

{below:  Artsy building among the beautiful brownstone on Commonwealth}

{below:  used books liked the exterior walls of a second hand book store Jeff and I stopped at.  :) }

Next are pictures of Chicago – Winter 2010.  Another city I love and can ‘t wait to visit again!!  So amazingly beautiful!!

{below:  The Carousel on the Navy Pier had such an eerie look, slowly moving with empty seats.  It was begging to be photographed}

{Below:  Man fishing in the ice off the Navy Pier.  They were catching alots of fish on this cold winter day}

{Below:  the next several images are taken from the Sears Tower. What a fun experience!  I walked a few miles in the freezing cold to get to the Sears tower.  I was numb by the time I got there but it was 100% worth it!}

{Below:  ‘American Gothic’.  Such a pretty setting for this statue.  They moved it shortly after I left Chicago and brought it to….guess?  Mesa, Arizona!  Really.  I need to photograph it here since that’s where I live. Crazy how that happened}

{below:  Cemetery that was calling me off the freeway on the way back to our hotel.  I thought it was beautiful.}

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VivianeFebruary 11, 2013 - 2:23 am

First time here! Your work is awesome!

ellen pattonJanuary 30, 2011 - 11:35 am

I meant LIVE. :)

ellen pattonJanuary 30, 2011 - 11:34 am

A friend sent me a link to your blog. I love in Boston and your photos are fantastic. It really is a great city (even in the winter)!

Kristi S.January 29, 2011 - 11:52 pm

Seriously!!! You are a RockStar with portraits and with travel photography! Unbelievable photos!! Now I have to visit Boston! So inspiring Kara.

annieJanuary 29, 2011 - 11:21 pm

I know I said it on FB, but these are incredible Kara x

OHANA PHOTOGRAPHERSJanuary 28, 2011 - 2:49 am

we traveled back east too this summer to shoot a wedding. wished we could of spent more time in each city. beautiful shots kara! don’t you just love the cemetery’s back east? they were so insane! we shot our couple in one, it was insane awesome!

HaleyJanuary 26, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Amazing Kara! I am in love with your images! You make something so ordinary seem so beautiful and timeless! LOVE!

Terry McKaigJanuary 25, 2011 - 5:31 pm

wow Kara…….amazing images of what looks like an awesome trip!! Could look at them all day!!!

Corey SewellJanuary 25, 2011 - 1:27 pm

How fun! I love these!