Monthly Archives: February 2011

{Pish Posh Girls!}

Busy.  That’s been my life (I know it’s a word most everyone can use to describe life today).  Nothing new just repeating myself.  I’ve begun an new business venture to add to my repertoire.  I’m crazy I know – but a few nights ago I woke up at 1am and couldn’t go back to sleep.  My mind was racing…it wouldn’t stop and I came up with some business ideas that I’m ridiculously excited about!  I wish I didn’t need any sleep at all so I can just create, work and accomplish the goals I have for my current and new business venture.  This new business direction is catered toward helping other photographers….design stuff.  Stuff I love, but haven’t had time or energy to think about.  I’m working on a new blog for it and I’m soooo excited for it’s release, but it may be a while since I’m in the middle of lots of projects!  One is working with the many talented designers that I’m so lucky to have an opportunity to photograph and work with (something I never want to stop doing).  I’m so excited that I got to work with the amazing talent behind Pish Posh Girls, Laura Owens.  She founded her clothing company based on her obsession for beautiful fabrics, colors and stylish interiors.  She’s created some of the most beautiful heirloom quality pieces.  And let me say first hand, these heirloom quality dresses are made with amazing attention to detail.  The colors she’s chosen for this part of her clothing business is perfection.  I really can’t say enough about her work.  I’m truly amazed by the talent I come in contact with and I feel so lucky.  Check out her boutique.  Note:  The dress Brielle is wearing is limited so keep that in mind if your interested in ordering this particular dress.

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JamieMarch 20, 2011 - 11:35 pm

Kara,
I have been following you for quite some time. Brielle continues to grow into this beautiful little girl. The photo of her standing by the fence… a preface to her as a teen. Amazing as always. You are blessed.

JessiFebruary 27, 2011 - 6:48 pm

Another gorgeous dress with images of your beauty!!

Desiree/Palm Tree PrFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Just gorgeous!

Jaime HoughFebruary 23, 2011 - 9:38 pm

WOWZA! These are beautiful (and now my 7 y/o wants the dress)! I am in LOVE with your post processing! It’s gorgeous! Any action favorites used on these? =)

laneFebruary 23, 2011 - 4:41 pm

I always love your work, but the first one is totally awesome to me. Just speaks to me. I adore it all especially your darling little thing who is not so little anymore ;}

tamiFebruary 23, 2011 - 2:45 pm

wow, i love seeing you rock out the lensbaby! way fun! brielle is as gorgeous as always and growing up so fast! the perspective with the lensbaby is AH-mazing!

GinaFebruary 23, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Your work moves me. I’ve never looked at a photograph and felt so much. You have an incredible gift. Thanks for sharing it with us.

mugsieFebruary 23, 2011 - 1:57 pm

This is wonderful and creative. And of course Brielle is exceptional

amyFebruary 23, 2011 - 1:42 pm

Wow, love these and she is gorgeous!

april toddFebruary 23, 2011 - 1:19 pm

love these!! Your DD is beautiful, and these clothes are to die for!

Kathy RasmussenFebruary 23, 2011 - 1:10 pm

I love these pictures. The dress is beautiful, and the model is gorgeous!

JessicaFebruary 23, 2011 - 12:33 pm

Just LOVE your work!!! Gorgeous images!! I can’t wait for your new design site…yay!!

JaideanFebruary 23, 2011 - 12:19 pm

That dress is so cute! And excited to hear about your new design site – so fun!

{Happy Heart Day!}

It’s Valentine’s Day!  It’s been fun, festive, sugar filled and it’s done.  Have I told you how much I love celebrations?  I love them.  I will celebrate anything and everything right now since my kids eat it up and so do I.  It makes life fun and hopefully makes wonderful memories for my kids.  We began the day giddy, excited for school – gathering our treats and teachers gifts and heading out the door ready for classroom parties.  Tyler had a ‘Publishing Party’ first thing in the morning – he’s been busy studying Tyrannosaurs Rex Dinosaurs for the past three weeks.  Then there was a parade at school – the 4th graders made floats of each county in Arizona and revealed them in the parade.  The kids loved it.  Finally it was Brielle’s class party.  The hair image shown below is a little girl’s in Brielle’s classroom.   Her mom is sooo creative and does the cutest things to her daughters’ hair.  I had to snap a shot of the heart she made out of braids – how clever!  Once we got home we got the party started at home.  I was as excited as they were.  I made a scavenger hunt for them and in the end they found a little gift (markers with roller stamps on the ends).  They loved it so much they created 5 more scavenger hunts for me!  Yep, for me!!  So sweet and so fun to see their cute clues.  Then we sat down to a special dinner.  Brielle is just like me….she loves presentation.  She was so excited about the place settings she didn’t want to unwrap the silverware of its twine.  She requested ones from the drawers so she wouldn’t mess up the one next to her plate.  After our tummies were full we got started on making sugar cookies for some friends.  Brielle made almost the whole thing herself and Tyler sampled the dough giving his thumbs up before he left the kitchen to play with the puppy.  Jeff got home late :( but he was sure to give the sleeping kids kisses when he got home. Some to me too :) .  Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day with you and your family.

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Kelly SimmondsFebruary 22, 2011 - 2:15 pm

Just adorable. You are always so creative!

Yvonne NiemannFebruary 17, 2011 - 1:05 pm

So cool! Love that braid!

ThaynaFebruary 16, 2011 - 12:14 pm

I love all your photos… You’re the best photographer in the world! Congratulations for your wonderful job (:

MaryFebruary 15, 2011 - 10:13 am

Lovely photo..i love braids :)

Sheye RosemeyerFebruary 15, 2011 - 1:48 am

Oh my! I’m surely going to try that heart on Miss Ivy. How gorgeous!!! x

Natalie ClayshulteFebruary 15, 2011 - 12:56 am

I love the heart hair braid! I will have to remember that for my little nieces. So adorable!!

{hearts, candy & sweet cheek smiles}

Oh Valentine’s Day is almost here!!  Are you as excited as I am?  Not for the gifts . We don’t do gifts – my hubby & I.  Instead we make it a fun celebration for the kids.  I had sooooo many ideas for crafting, gifting, ect. but business commitments didn’t allow any time for all the things brewing in my head to experiment and play with (boo hoo) :(   But we are getting ready for tomorrow around here. We have garland strung, valentine cards filled out, teachers gifts made (or in the process), baking, and drawing.  We’ll be up late tonight :)   The kids love it!!  Tomorrow Jeff is working late so the kids and I are going to have a special dinner together.  We’re going to make placemats, light candles, and eat heart shaped foods.  Most likely we’ll make mini-heart shaped homemade pizzas so the kids and put whatever toppings they want on their pizza :) & a green salad – not sure how to make that with a Valentine flair but I’ll think of something.  And for desert, we’ll enjoy the heart shaped sugar cookies we made today.  Ty & Brielle can’t wait!  Me too!

Well I hope you’re day is full of wonderful moments with your family & loved ones.  Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.

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Yvonne NiemannFebruary 14, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day! Sweet, sweet images. No pun intended. :)

mugsieFebruary 14, 2011 - 9:52 am

Wish I had such creative talents

jennifer adamsFebruary 13, 2011 - 8:27 pm

these are too fun and cute! I love the creative angles and fun valentines details!

{desert sunset with an itty bitty newborn}

I’ve got newborns on my mind today since I’m photographing one later this afternoon.  I love newborns – their so squishy, squeaky, scrunchy!  And I get my newborn fix when I get to photograph them.  Ah… I miss that stage.  It was a hard stage but I loved every minute of it.  I knew my babies would grow in a blink of an eye and now I’m a mom of an 8 year old and 5 year old.  How did that happen?!  Each stage goes by so quickly yet when you’re in it, sometimes it feels like a lifetime {the sleepless nights, the rocking -that I miss so much now, house chores wearing my baby in the Bjorn}.  New moms, treasure these times because you will miss them {really, you will}.  I do.

Not to long ago I photographed this little newborn and his family.  We ended our session with some family photos in the desert nearby.  Sadly this desert is no longer…they’ve cleared it to build houses :(   My heart sank when I saw that my favorite little desert space was gone – I know, there’s a lot more desert around here.  But this was one I had grown to love.  So now these photos are even more special to me since they are the last pictures I have of this beautiful desert area…and I was lucky that I got to photograph this beautiful baby their.

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JessiFebruary 27, 2011 - 6:44 pm

I absolutely adore those first 2 images!! How priceless!

JaideanFebruary 12, 2011 - 11:50 pm

So precious! These are beautiful!

Yvonne NiemannFebruary 11, 2011 - 9:25 am

Beautiful! You have such wonderful landscapes to work with and you do it justice! Lucky clients.

Stacia ShawFebruary 10, 2011 - 10:22 pm

darling!!

KatieFebruary 10, 2011 - 7:15 pm

These are absolutely stunning!!!

Jackie HernandezFebruary 10, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Oh my gosh! They tore down that beautiful desert area! That is so very sad. It was definitely beautiful!

KaraFebruary 9, 2011 - 6:17 pm

Thanks everyone! I love how Clayton, the proud big brother, handles so lovingly his new baby brother.

It was fun to see some newborn pics outside, since they are mostly done in studio. Very cute pictures! Very cute family!

Terry McKaigFebruary 9, 2011 - 3:17 pm

very sweet! I just love that desert light! : )

Natalie ClayshulteFebruary 9, 2011 - 1:54 pm

These are all stunning. I love the family photograph. You certainly captured a lot of love with this newborn.

KateFebruary 9, 2011 - 1:38 pm

Beautiful as always!!! What a precious baby!