Monthly Archives: June 2011

{Puppy Party! August’s 1st Birthday!}

But first…do you see something different about my blog?  Think….think…. it’s been updated with my new logo and  branding!!!  I’m so excited about it!  I have to work on my actual website now!   I’ve ordered updated packaging labels & accessories for my clients.  It was time…I’ve had the same logo and blog design for over 3 years.  Now it’s more me! Yay!!  Okay, onto August’s day :)

It’s true.  We couldn’t resist having a party to celebrate the birth of little August {yes, he was born in late May, but life was crazy in late May – so we made time in June.  He’s a dog, he doesn’t know the difference}.    The kids were giddy planning his party.  It was small since we didn’t want to overwhelm August , so he had two of his favorite playmates over and we kept it small and intimate. And really  it was an excuse to have some friends over, let the kids play with the dogs and have a ‘celebration’ that they could help orchestrate with games and all.  Next year we’ll have more kids over to help celebrate :)   We had one party pup that loves the water.  She jumped right into the pool upon arriving – didn’t even take the time to remove her beautiful flower necklace or party hat.  It was a hoot!!  The kids played fetch with her in the water and she was in heaven while the other two dogs ran around the pool wishing they weren’t afraid of the water.  ;o)  By the end of the night the dogs were exhausted and confusion set in when August saw his friends leave.  I think he got a little depressed.  So he turned to the comforts of his gifts after a good nights sleep (see the last image).  Intervention?  I think it’s just a phase (fingers crossed).

Happy Birthday August – we love you!! xoxo

August still in party mode the next morning with some of his presents.  He’s such a lush.  ;o)

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annieJuly 6, 2011 - 5:27 am

Stunning! What a lucky pup :)

mugsieJuly 4, 2011 - 11:30 am

looks like it was so much fun. Love the pictures

Corey SewellJune 28, 2011 - 9:15 pm

These are too cute – and I love the new blog!

ThaynaJune 28, 2011 - 5:52 pm

This is so amazing *-*

Laura BunkerJune 28, 2011 - 1:56 am

Love the new look of your blog. Beautiful. I love the dog party! I’m sure your kids had so much fun – what an awesome Mom you are.

LindsayJune 28, 2011 - 1:37 am

I want a party like this for our dogs! I love the group picture!!! So cute!!!

tamiJune 27, 2011 - 11:28 pm

oooh, LOVE everything about this party! SO beautiful! and your new designs and logo….you are such a design goddess! LOVE!

MelanyJune 27, 2011 - 8:21 pm

Love your new branding!! And love these adorable party pictures the first one is priceless! And the one with all of the dogs! I wanna frame that one.

cori hendersonJune 27, 2011 - 6:54 pm

Your blog is beautiful! Plus, how adorable! Makes me want to throw my dog a party this year:)

TanyaJune 27, 2011 - 6:39 pm

First of all I LOVE your new branding & logo Kara.. so perfect, so YOU!!

How lucky is August to have his very own puppy party! I think this could be the start of puppy partys everywhere! Gorgeous pics of your special little guy, I absolutely adore the first image! You are simply amazing.. xo

LauraJune 27, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Oh.my.gosh!!! This is beyond adorable! Can you come put in a party for our puppy?!! You are amazing Miss Kara May!!!

Kym PierceJune 27, 2011 - 6:06 pm

Oh my gosh, you’re just over the top with cuteness!

{boy, oh boy}



It’s summer!!  And summer is  getting  hot here in the desert.  But I was lucky to have this great client withstand some of the warm summer sizzle recently.  And their little cutie who just turned one was a joy to photograph.  He was so good natured and like all my little clients his age, loved the rocks and dirt.  Yes, getting ‘dirty’ is a part of our session and thankfully these parents were fine with that.   I really enjoyed meeting and photographing this beautiful family.    Check out a few images from our session :)


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Life with KaishonJune 25, 2011 - 3:54 pm

What a cutie : )

LauraJune 25, 2011 - 12:51 am

I love your new blog design!!! Loved it before and love it even more now! Compliments your photos perfectly.

mugsieJune 24, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Your new blog visual is gorgeous.

TanyaJune 22, 2011 - 8:19 pm

One seriously cute little guy & how beautiful are his eyes! Gorgeous work as always Kara.. xo

sarah wheelerJune 19, 2011 - 3:14 pm

these are seriously cute kara :)

Missy MaxJune 18, 2011 - 1:35 pm

Love these!!! Such a beautiful family! Love the cheek smoosh one too!

cori hendersonJune 18, 2011 - 12:54 pm

So darling! I love the one of his parents smash kissing his cheeks:) So cute!!!

CaseyJune 18, 2011 - 12:25 am

Beautiful captures! Especially love those squooshed cheeks when the parents gave kisses. Too cute!

HeatherJune 17, 2011 - 11:45 pm

Oh wow! You always wow me with your posts.

mugsieJune 17, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Once again, I love the session. very cute little boy and great photography

Mindy ZJune 17, 2011 - 6:12 pm

Very inspiring! Been looking through your blog for the past hour and I’m in love with your style, your eye and your processing. This family must be having a hard time choosing which pics to print big! I would.

{tid-bits of randomness}

Warning:  Hodge Podge Post ;o)  Little tid-bits of randomness

It’s been quite a busy summer, and it’s still the beginning. :) We’ve had more pool days that non pool days, lots of bbq’s and many nights of lit tiki torches and campfire s’mores in the backyard.   I’m starting to love summers in AZ even though that’s when the mercury rises and the heat sizzles off the pavement.  To kick off our summer Brielle ended this years dance with her first recital.  It was adorable!!  I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but Brielle is super shy (a word we try not to use around her) in front of a crowd and being the center of attention.  So I was worried she would just stand up on stage and her shyness would take over like it did the first 2 months of dance.  (But she insisted on staying in dance even though she wasn’t participating – so I let her.  Her dance teacher and I were thrilled the day she actually  participated!).  Anyway, I was the stage mom so that means I had to help the girls backstage, which also meant I couldn’t see the performance (only from the side).  So I did the next best thing.  I told Jeff to take pics of Brielle using my big-ole long lens.  He was able to capture some moments for me.  But I forgot to tell him the best settings for this kind of tricky light – oops.  But he got a few pictures and I was giddy to have anything at all.  :)   She’s now so excited about dance that she wants to do it again next year.  :) {below, Rapunzel dance the reason for the crazy hair piece}

This week I had an interview with Becky, on her Blog.  Here’s the link to my interview :) When Becky asked to interview me I was flattered.  She had interviewed Sheye Rosemeyer, who I adore.  So I was beyond flattered that she wanted to interview lil’ole me.  Becky does her homework, she knew so much about me so the questions were really pertinent and fun to answer.  Thank you again Becky for asking me to be a part of your blog.  :)   Oh and she chose all the images to be shown on her blog – some I had forgotten about.  I love the variety she picked out.  Below is one image – little B….just being little B.  :)   And the ones of Tyler….he’s growing so fast.  I love seeing him through my camera.

And lastly – I’ve become addicted to crackle nail polish. Totally random, I know.   Have you tried it?  I got mine at Sephora.. And they have so many colors of the crackle to choose from.  I think I’m going to try silver or gold next time.  A little more subtle.  But it’s so fun!  Oh but if you do try it, make sure you put a shiny top coat on after the crackle.  The crackle is very matte and can look contagious if you don’t ;o)  Have fun!

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sherry bolesJune 15, 2011 - 4:27 pm

I’m so glad that you got those dance pics (that kind of lighting is tricky). What a treasure!

Great polish! :)

tamiJune 14, 2011 - 10:54 am

just gorgeous! loved all the sweet words about your summer!

Life with KaishonJune 14, 2011 - 1:09 am

Your nail polish is just about the coolest thing since sliced bread : ) LOVE it.
It was an absolute joy to have you interview. I loved learning more about you and your pictures.
Wishing you the happiest summer! Love, Becky

Natalie ClayshulteJune 13, 2011 - 8:59 pm

Such a fun post! I’m headed over to check out the interview now.

mugsieJune 13, 2011 - 8:57 pm

Fun blog and pictures. Thanks for sharing. Hope we can see some more of Tyler as he also models so well

{Miss Ruby Sue and her sweet summer styles}

Eeeps!!  Look at this adorable hair piece by Lori, talented designer behind ‘Miss Ruby Sue‘!!  When she contacted me about working together I wasn’t sure what she’d have in store – since she has so many amazing things in her shop.  When I saw this hairpiece my jaw dropped.  It was so pretty and colorful yet had a vintage flair AND it’s YELLOW!  I love yellow!  So I carefully placed it in my staging area (aka my office lol) thinking about what what kind of shoot I wanted to do for it.  Isn’t it darling??!  I haven’t seen anything like it – I love it!!  It comes with a neck strap but I opted to used bobby pins and tuck the strap in the hat, it’s a great option to have.  I just love how it looks!  It’s called A Wink & A Flounce.    She also has some super cute styles for the 4th of July – 4th with a Flair is pictured below.  It’s a darling crown that ties in the back.   I paired it with the cute ‘Miss Ruby Sue’ t-shirt she sent.  We are now set for the fourth of July!!  I can’t wait – it’s one of my favorite celebrations.  I’m still trying to figure out what our plans are that weekend but I want it to be festive and fun.  I can’t wait!!  :)

Thank you Lori for sharing your talent with me!!  Check out Miss Ruby Sue’s shop and her Facebook page.  She’s listing new items all the time and she previews many of them on Facebook :)

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JillJuly 2, 2011 - 1:11 am

Wow! Please come to Long Beach CA!

mugsieJune 13, 2011 - 9:15 am

very cute and original. Little girls (and big girls) will love these