Monthly Archives: November 2011

{I’ve been a super bad blogger :( but I’m here!}

I don’t have a good excuse of why I’ve been such a bad blogger. I’ve been busy and I keep saying…oh I’ll blog that session tomorrow and then I get busy again.  Bad.  I have had one of the busiest busy seasons since moving to Arizona and it’s been the best one too.  I’m not feeling burned out even when I’m up till midnight editing.  My secret?  I’ve been shooting and the night of each shoot I stay up and edit the whole session and post their gallery so it’s done!  It’s made all the difference in the world for my clear head, time with family, stress, etc.    I’ve created a bunch of actions I used for each image and just run them all on every picture so it’s a real time saver and I’m a happier person, mom, and wife :)

So I’m going to try to get caught up on blogging all my sessions but for now I’m just going to do a quick post on a session I did with my kids this evening.  They haven’t been in front of my camera since Halloween so I’ve missed them ;o)


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JaneeDecember 16, 2011 - 11:43 pm

Its so weird to me that you live here…in my state. When I first saw your work ..I loved everything about it. Way to capture such sweet moments with your kidos. One of these days I will need to have you take our family picture.

JennyDecember 10, 2011 - 6:22 pm

some beautiful pics

YvonneDecember 6, 2011 - 5:41 pm

So beautiful and fun. You are amazing!

elizabeth pelletteDecember 2, 2011 - 12:36 pm

Love these.. so awesome…

The HubsterNovember 28, 2011 - 11:32 pm

I LOVE your new workflow too! It’s nice having you around this time of year. Oh ya… I love YOU as well. :-)

TanyaNovember 28, 2011 - 10:39 pm

Kara these images are beautiful!! Through these images you can really see that special bond that Tyler & Brielle have! Girl you have an amazing talent, love your processing on this session! x

Tasha ChristensenNovember 28, 2011 - 11:01 am

Seriously! Love the pocessing! Amazing!

laneNovember 28, 2011 - 10:47 am

these are so so so awesome!

NatashaNovember 28, 2011 - 9:41 am

As usual, you are simply beautiful in your work!! Just love you! If you are ever in LA/Ventura, we NEED to be photographed by you!! You words inspire me… staying up until midnight editing. I have pictures and video that is backlogged for months. If only I could stay up each night, just a little bit, it would not be so overwhelming. On a side note.. love your music on your site. It is really moving and oh so perfect!!!!

mugsie5November 28, 2011 - 8:32 am

I meant some of my favorite people.

mugsie5November 28, 2011 - 8:31 am

fantastic pictures of some of my favorite pictures

ChelseyNovember 28, 2011 - 2:28 am

aaaahhhh so sweet, Kara. Love the look of the new blog. But mostly love seeing the love your two share. Love the quilt, love the laughs, love the you in them. Life is busy … enjoy the now :)

kymberli q.November 28, 2011 - 1:31 am

I agree – your images are always soooooo beautiful.

HeatherNovember 28, 2011 - 1:15 am

Honestly the best photographer i’ve seen. I’m determined to get out to AZ and have you take pictures of my kids and family!

Lisa FNovember 28, 2011 - 1:00 am

Wow wow wow!! I have goosebumps. You know how to take an ordinary moment and turn it into a story and a work of art. Very moving kara! Keep posting we’ve missed you.

{Is Halloween Really Over?}

I don’t want Halloween to be over :(   Tyler woke up the morning after Halloween and said sadly ‘I wish Halloween would never end.  I’m sad it’s over.’  I told him I was too.  But assured him that there are so many fun holiday’s coming up and next Halloween will be here before we know it.   He wasn’t very convinced.  Tyler had a Halloween Birthday party even though his Birthday is November 8th.  He loved the celebration with 18 kids (nutty – but fun).  And we had a ‘grown-up Halloween party’ of our own last weekend.  Yes, we’re just big kids :)   Jeff went as ‘Where’s Waldo’ and I  was a  ladybug.  My peacock costume didn’t turn out so a last minute change to a ladybug was in order :) And on Halloween, we went trick-or-treating with neighbors and then hung out by the fire in our driveway recapping the evenings fun events.  Such a wonderful time of year.  Here’s  little snippet of our Halloween celebrations.


Party Kids!  Tyler’s 9th Birthday celebration!


Test:  Can you find Waldo in the pictures below.  He blends in well so don’t feel bad if you can’t spot him.



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Haleigh RohnerNovember 28, 2011 - 12:30 am

Love it! I just saw these! Had tons of fun at the party. Such a blast! The photos are such a fun memory too. P.S. Your kidlets are so stinkin’ cute. Fun photos!

LauraNovember 21, 2011 - 9:25 am

Hehe! A little late to the game here, but just saw these all–what a fun night! Love ya, girlie! TOO FAB! Thanks for sharing me in all my 80′s insanity! xoxo

Wendy MarshallNovember 13, 2011 - 3:22 pm

These are so fun Kara! LOVE the ones of your kids!

mugsie5November 3, 2011 - 11:41 am

What a wonderful Halloween “story” in pictures

KristinNovember 3, 2011 - 6:04 am

Oooooh, looks like you had a great time! Lovely costumes on your children :) Have a great day!

Kristin xo

NatashaNovember 3, 2011 - 1:02 am

Love these pictures!! They come to life and I can feel the emotions!! Brilliant!

WaldoNovember 2, 2011 - 10:48 pm

I want to have this party again. It was a blast!

Lisa FNovember 2, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Lol these are awesome!!! I wanna come if I didn’t live on the other coast :(

VictorNovember 2, 2011 - 4:47 pm

I’ve been to your site before and always admired your talent. Now I admire your entertainment talent. Your fog machine rocks from what I can tell in the pics. All of the costumes are top notch.

Nikki PhillipsNovember 2, 2011 - 4:42 pm

Pure Halloween EYE CANDY!!! I want to be invited to your parties! You’re incredible.