Monthly Archives: October 2011

{October Break in Mexico}

So, I’ve been away.  I didn’t have time to blog just before leaving so I wanted to do a quick post now and let you know that we’re back and things are rocking and rolling around here – lots going on, Sessions, Mentoring (yes, mentoring!), workshops (yes,  I’ve been shamed for not doing them so I’m starting small – more info in the New Year), Halloween Parties {one for Tyler’s birthday and one for just the adults}, trips to the pumpkin patches, etc.  It’s very very very busy right now so I’ll do my best to blog as much as I can and to answer my e-mails in a timely manner (don’t hesitate to e-mail more than once – my e-mail can be a black hole sometimes).  :) Whew, I’m tired just typing all of that lol.

For the kids October Break we left town for a week and went to Puerto Vallarta!  “What?  Mexico?  You took your kids there? “  Yes, it’s totally safe and the people are warm and welcoming!  We had an amazing trip that the kids have touted as their best vacation ever – ha.  More details in the coming days :) But I wanted to leave you with a the updates above and a couple quick pictures from this past week.  Happy October!

Tyler’s favorite thing to do in the ocean – jump off daddy’s shoulders into the waves. :)

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Luke ChisholmOctober 26, 2011 - 7:38 pm

Hi Kara, your work is getting just so consistently beautiful, loving your blog every time I visit. When there’s something new here it definitely brightens my day! :) Luke…

JessiOctober 20, 2011 - 12:23 pm

What goreous images ad fond memories you’ve captured!

sherry bolesOctober 19, 2011 - 7:34 pm

Wonderful memories, well captured!

mugsie5October 19, 2011 - 5:40 pm

captured this vacation in a wonderful way. What fun and it shows

MelissaOctober 16, 2011 - 4:05 pm

So happy to hear about the mentoring and workshops! So many people I know would love to learn from you. So very happy to hear this. Beautiful pictures!

KristinOctober 16, 2011 - 3:14 pm

What wonderful photos from a great vacation. Love that first one! It deserves to be framed! Have a great Sunday!

Kristin xo

TanyaOctober 16, 2011 - 5:30 am

Gorgeous photos Kara! Looks like you had a wonderful time away.. x

Kristen SheaOctober 15, 2011 - 9:39 pm

Gorgeous pictures Kara! And you are busy. I’m so excited you’re offering mentoring. Will you blog the details?

Melissa TimmonsOctober 15, 2011 - 9:38 pm

{jumping up and down}, you’re offering mentoring and workshops???? Dream come true. I’m so excited sign me up now!

{Starving Skeleton}

After school the kids come home starving!  Am I alone with this?  Half their lunch is still in their lunch box and they are devouring it and asking for more.  So Brielle and Tyler had a Z’Bar and a clementine yesterday for a snack after school.  I noticed that Brielle didn’t leave her wrapper on the counter and I didn’t notice the clementine peeler out but didn’t really think much of it.  Then when I was cleaning up today I found this.

She shared her snack with one of our skeletons.  The kids have had fun this year posing the skeletons we have.  One was balancing a baby pumpkin on his hand and the other had a plastic spiker crawling out of the eye sockets.  It’s funny to see what they come up with each day.  I just had to share since I know they will get to an age where they won’t find this stuff fun and entertaining.  For now, I’m soaking it all in :)

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Karla BittoJuly 16, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Forgive my stupidity, but I can’t for that life of me find your sites rss feeds. Mind directing me to it? Many thanks.

MelissaOctober 16, 2011 - 4:06 pm

LOL this is hilarious!

Rachel ChloeOctober 10, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Lol great capture. You’ll treasure these and the memories when they’re older.

ChelseyOctober 10, 2011 - 9:46 pm

heehee :) I love it. Kids are so funny & creative! They keep us on our toes ;)

Purple BootsOctober 7, 2011 - 12:27 am

Heeheehee what a thoughtful little girl you have. She sharing with her starving house guest :) . Fantastic you photographed this, you’ll look back and love this.

Haley McKinnleyOctober 7, 2011 - 12:25 am

LOL. That is so cute! I hope you share the rest of your Halloween decorating. I think Halloween is the best too.

SassyOctober 6, 2011 - 10:18 pm

How nice of her to share her snack! :)

I adore your photos. Truly beautiful and such an inspiration! Also, can you please tell me where I can find the music from your blog? Especially the instrumental piece. It’s very pretty!


{little boy, puppy kisses, and vintage airplanes}

Isn’t this little guy adorable?!  And his dogs?!   I loved capturing a boy and his dogs !  I was excited for the challenge since I knew a 2 year old and two dogs might be tough to capture.  But when I met Greyson and saw what a relaxed, easy going , happy-go-lucky, little 2 year old he was – I was even more excited to capture a few images with him and his dogs.  We saved the pups for the end of the session and it worked out perfectly.

And look at his personality – so genuine, unexpected and charming for a 2 year old.   I loved stepping back and just seeing what he’d give me.   Such a treat to capture.   I was able to get a few with him and his mom too.  Don’t they look alike?  The weather was perfect, well except the heat.  There was some cloud cover that created a natural diffuser. Rare to get that in sun-all-the-time AZ.  And we lucked out with no rain.  Now we just need the weather to cool off so we’re not dripping sweat during sessions. I love the clothing Greyson’s mom brought to the session.  It was perfect with the props I brought.  I bring a variety of props in the event some work with the outfits and some don’t.  I want to play it safe and have choices.  ;-)

Hope you enjoy  this little  peek at our session.  :)

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ChelseyOctober 10, 2011 - 9:46 pm

So wonderfully sweet, Kara. Great session.

Purple BootsOctober 6, 2011 - 12:46 am

My friend told me to check out your blog. I’m pretty critical with photography since I’ve been studying fine art for years. Your blog completely impressed me. Your have such an eye for color and detail while keeping if real. I’m a fan!

AmyOctober 5, 2011 - 10:56 pm

Wow! You captured the essence of Greyson so very well tears came to my eyes. I don’t get to see him and his mother often but these pics made me feel like they were just a few miles away. His cheeks are so squeezable! You have done a fabulous job! So genuine.

TanyaOctober 5, 2011 - 8:39 pm

Love this session, gorgeous photos of this little man & your pping is, as always amazing!

Jennifer MalloyOctober 5, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Really, really incredible. I get an emotional high when I come to your site. These photos say so much! What a handsome boy, a beautiful momma, and cute pups.

Tami KOctober 5, 2011 - 2:28 pm

speechless. you are an unbelievable artist, with a real talent that I’m so glad you share with us. i know you probably get asked this all the time, but do you offer mentoring, classes or workshops? pretty please.

UmaOctober 5, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Swoonable session! Perfection with color, styling, props, location and subject! Bravo!!

mugsie5October 5, 2011 - 1:31 pm

I am in love with this little boy and the pictures. Wonderful

Jenn PennOctober 5, 2011 - 12:55 pm

I want to smooch this little boy! All the photos are so good that I am not sure of my favorite (but it may be the one holding his cheeks!). He is so sweet with the dogs and I love with the ones with his mom! Well done!

cori hendersonOctober 5, 2011 - 12:48 pm

Those are precious!!!

Jackie HansonOctober 5, 2011 - 12:19 pm

Kara, Kara, Kara, Kara! These are amazing! How do you do it? Do you ever have a bad session?

{Ingrid B. Designs – all about Autumn}

Have you ever seen a mix of colors, textures and details on clothing that took your breath away?  I know, sounds a little crazy but Ingrid B. Designs new fall line did just that – it took my breath away.  The textured fabrics (soft cotton, silk detail and plush velvet accents) in fall colors with amazing detail literally made my jaw drop.   I <3 it!  I can’t wait for the weather to get cooler so Brielle can wear these to school.  The day we photographed these there was a storm coming so we were super quick with set-up, photos, and tear down.  Right as I was grabbing the last of the props the rain came pouring down.  It was perfect – we completed the session and then went home to have hot chocolate and marshmallows even though it was still 103+ degrees with rain.  Crazy hu?  Ingrid, you are amazing my friend.  I love these!   And I’m so happy to be working with you.   Oh and Ingrid B. Designs has a Facebook page – check it out for the release of her newest designs, special discounts, and other promotions.



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BiaOctober 26, 2011 - 6:10 pm

Perfect photos, cuts, and daughter Brielle, lovely, I really loved my congratulations

TanyaOctober 5, 2011 - 8:42 pm

Simply stunning! I really hope one day you come to Australia, would love to spend a day or three learning from you! x

Lola TaylorOctober 5, 2011 - 1:26 pm

This photography really caught my eye. I recently have been taking photography classes and getting into photography and art. This type of art speaks to me. It speaks to me like John I . Dickerson speaks to me. You should check him out!

Heather NielsonOctober 4, 2011 - 10:03 am

I agree with Tammy, you need to be on Photovision! So many photogs would pay good money to see you do your magic. I hope they contact you. These outfits are uber adorable as is your daughter.

TammyOctober 3, 2011 - 9:58 pm

Once again your images are stunning. I suggested Photovision contact you and add you to their speaker list for the upcoming year. I hope they take my advice and contact you.

Yvonne ZoaOctober 3, 2011 - 3:59 pm

I could look at your blog all day!! You are so inspiring. I wish I could just soak up everything in your brain. Amazing work as always!!

NatalieOctober 3, 2011 - 3:05 pm

You are the styling queen!!! Geez Kara these are incredible.

mugsie5October 3, 2011 - 2:47 pm

wonderful and creative

MichelleOctober 3, 2011 - 2:27 pm

Absolutely beautiful photos! Also love the music playing. Can I find out the instumental song/cd that is playing?

Jenn PennOctober 3, 2011 - 2:02 pm

Love, love, love all the textures! Gorgeous! Brielle is sure growing up!

KarenOctober 3, 2011 - 1:07 pm

Beautiful, Kara! I am starting to see more of a resemblance to your hubby in her!