Monthly Archives: August 2011

{FaithWorks4You Back School/Fall}

Oh Faith, she is amazing!  She’s a treasure in the handmade community.  She blows me away with her creative styles and retro-modern looks for little girls.  I’m absolutely smitten with this dress!  Oh and my  previous session (a snippet shown below) for Faith’s back-to-school ‘Brielle Dress’  was featured on I Lived 2 Click.  Check it out :)

Faith is getting a lot of attention – businesses and clothing mags are intrigued with her amazing style.   More to come! Below is her 1969 Retro Style V Shaped collar dress.  I love it!!


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Jackie HansonAugust 30, 2011 - 8:58 pm

Can your daughter be any cuter? Geez! And awesome on the feature of the Brielle Dress. That’s one of my favorite dresses of all the designers you feature and this one might take it’s place.

AnnieAugust 30, 2011 - 8:40 pm

GORGEOUS!!!!! Seriously, these need to be in print big somewhere. I love each and everyone of them!

mugsie5August 30, 2011 - 7:41 pm

do you ever have a “bad” shoot. So far I have only seen gorgous ones.

tamiAugust 30, 2011 - 3:41 pm

just gorgeous! love the natural feel/personality in all of them!

Laura BunkerAugust 30, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Absolutely perfect. Love everything about this shoot. Beautiful.

cori hendersonAugust 30, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Oh my gosh those are gorgeous! I need some dresses like that for my girls!!!

Gorgeous shoot Kara, I love the color, beautiful!

{Gooseberry Lane Originals} commercial photography


Eek!! Temperatures are spiking out of control in Arizona :( and I’m not too happy about it.  For those of you on FB you may have heard my griping yesterday.  I can’t help it.  I’m usually a very positive person but this has pushed me too far lol.  High temps 110- 115 mixed with any amount of humidity is a recipe for disaster here in Arizona and the humidity is between 30%-60%.  That doesn’t seem very humid does it?  When I lived in South Carolina the humidity was 90%+  (not fun) but the temps were in the 90′s not the 110+’s.  So I feel like I’m in an oven here and I’m just waiting for this pain to stop.  The kids’ recess at school has been canceled this week because of the heat advisory.   It’s just not fun.  The dog has to be coaxed into going outside to go potty it’s even too hot for him.  But I know, it could be worse.  I’ve heard from my Texas friends and friends in Southern states that they are suffering too.  So at least there’s company in the misery :)

Not too long ago I photographed some adorable dresses for Gooseberry Lane Originals.  Have you heard of of this cute Boutique?  They have beautiful handmade designs – since it’s handmade by the owner and designer, turn-around my be a short few weeks but it’s worth the wait.  Mandy, the designer/owner of Gooseberry Lane Origninals lives in Ohio with her husband, and two children.  She started  her Business in 2010 but has been sewing for customers for years prior to the opening of her boutique.  I had so much fun brainstorming this session.  I wanted it to be unique, fun, girly and interactive.  So I came up with the idea one night while trying to fall asleep and in one day build the ‘Fruit Stand’ while my husband was out of town {sleepless nights can be productive when he’s gone :) }.  The temperatures were HOT when we shot this session, so we had to pat the girls sweat down every few minutes.  They didn’t seem bothered thankfully but you can tell by their flushed cheeks that it was a warm day.  I was so happy how it all turned out :)

Gooseberry Lane Originals can also be found on Facebook.

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PaigeSeptember 6, 2011 - 10:39 am

New fan here and I love your work! Why? Because it’s unique and the color, amazing!

KatieAugust 30, 2011 - 3:01 pm


Laura BunkerAugust 25, 2011 - 11:52 am

What an amazing concept shoot! I love all the details. Beautiful!

Heather MullensAugust 25, 2011 - 1:03 am

Nothing compares to your work! Please tell me when you decide to mentor. Pretty please.

LindsayAugust 24, 2011 - 9:53 pm

This whole session blows me away!!! I love everything about it. You amaze me with your set-ups, styling and photography- drooling at all of this. And now I want a bowl full if cherries.

mugsie5August 24, 2011 - 9:36 pm

beyond gorgeous, clothes, models, and the styling

MistelleAugust 24, 2011 - 5:57 pm

Beautiful work, Kara! Being in Texas, I almost know your pain with that heat…it’s miserable here as well. Drooling over the possibility of it starting to cool off soon. Beautiful images for miss Mandy…I hope that you were rewarded greatly with some of her beautiful creations. Love the music on your blog, too! :)

SharonAugust 24, 2011 - 2:26 pm

I’m in LOVE!

RickyAugust 24, 2011 - 2:13 pm

You put this stand together yourself? You are an amazing styler-concept creator!! In awe everytime I look at your blog! Try to stay cool in that wicked heat. But keep taking amazing pictures.

Christen BarnesAugust 24, 2011 - 2:06 pm

So beautiful. And I love the new look to the blog!

{little peek} commercial work

I really wanted to be productive this weekend.  So what did I decide to do?  Cut carbs in an effort to detox my body.  Bad timing.  It’s really messed with my productivity since I now have a headache, I’m shaky, I’m tired and I’m weak.  I know it’s only supposed to last a few days and then I’ll feel better but right now I just want to crawl into bed.  Why is the detox so bad?  Well, I love bread and I love carbs (too much!) and I had to do something about it.  So my body is going through A LOT right now lol.  But I did want to make a post tonight so here’s a peek at an recent photo shoot I did for back-to-school.  More to come soon.  Squeal!!

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MariahSeptember 6, 2011 - 10:41 pm

Love your work! Inspiring!

Luke ChisholmAugust 24, 2011 - 8:50 am

off the carbs! Refined sugar is the enemy!!! Well done. I’ve been there and it hurts but it’s such a good move… Your daughter is the most stunningly photogenic subject ever and your ideas just maximise her impact… WOW!

YvonneAugust 23, 2011 - 8:23 pm

Congrats! Beautiful.

cori hendersonAugust 22, 2011 - 10:02 am

So stunning!!!

Laura BunkerAugust 22, 2011 - 2:34 am

I love everything about this shoot, the dress, the desk, and the glasses. Beautiful.

RickyAugust 22, 2011 - 1:12 am

Amazing picture Kara!! Detoxing is rough but so worth it. Hang in there and I’m glad you mentioned it since I need to stop eating sugar and probably carbs too.

TanyaAugust 22, 2011 - 12:06 am

Simply divine!! LOVE your editing! I’ve never done a detox, I don’t think I could handle the side a effects, I get enough headaches! I hope it passes quickly! xx

JessicaAugust 21, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Swoon!!! Amazing photo Kara! I feel for you on the low carb no carb stuff it’s painful.

{Lil’pink boo}

Oh look who I got to photograph recently.  Isn’t she precious?!  She’s 8 1/2 months old and the most gentle little girl with the sweetest, calmest demeanor.  It was hot during our session, don’t ever let anyone convince you that it’s always a dry heat in Arizona.  In July and August (mostly August), it’s 110ish with at least 50% humidity.  The positive?  We get some amazing thunderstorms (Monsoons) with amazing, moody clouds and sunsets.  I digress…so it was hot and this little girl wasn’t phased by the sweat, heat, bugs, etc.  I was totally impressed!  Brittany & Larry (her mom and dad) were equally great in the heat – willing to help and happy to do what we needed to do for our session.   Oh did I mention this little cutie is walking!?!  Yea, it’s true, she just started walking a couple of days ago and she showed me how well she can stand even on the uneven jungle of an area we were in.  She impressed me again :)   Here’s a little peek at our fun session!

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KatieAugust 30, 2011 - 3:01 pm

So stunning!

Grandma LesleyAugust 18, 2011 - 11:21 am

Oh, what a beautiful Granddaughter! The pictures are AWESOME!

Luke ChisholmAugust 17, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Wow! I love how the pictures in this set make me feel like I sort of know this little girl a little bit after viewing them! And the light is pretty damn beautiful!

RickyAugust 16, 2011 - 1:38 pm

OMG!! These are gorgeous! You’re my inspiration Kara May!!

Great Auntie carolAugust 16, 2011 - 1:07 pm

My beautiful sweet grand niece. Beautiful photos, Kara.

BrittanyAugust 16, 2011 - 11:18 am

Oh, Kara, these are wonderful! Thanks so much!

AnonymousAugust 16, 2011 - 10:47 am

what gorgeous eyes and love the setting

Holly AnneAugust 16, 2011 - 10:33 am

You’re right! She’s adorable!!! These are amazing! Im saving my money for a session with my kids! I can’t wait!!!

AllisonAugust 16, 2011 - 10:29 am

What a sweety.. I love these images.. and the sun, oh my gosh- to die for

JessicaAugust 15, 2011 - 11:37 pm

Once again, you blew me away with this session!! How do you do the amazing things you do each and every image. I wish I had 1/8th of your talent.