Monthly Archives: March 2012

{Project 26 – ‘Bus Stop’}

It’s that time again.  It’s Friday’s Project 26!    This weeks theme is ‘Bus Stop’.  I wasn’t feeling it for ‘bus stop’ so I took a few steps outside of the box and used a ‘stopped bus’ as the inspiration for this weeks theme.  My kids don’t take the bus to school (I like to drive them) so they aren’t on buses regularly.  I didn’t know how I was going to find a bus, let alone one I could go into.  Then I thought.  I searched.  And I found.  I can’t reveal too much more than that since I didn’t exactly have explicit permission.  All I can say is – I did it!  Yay.  Here’s a little peak into my ‘bus’ theme for this weeks photo. {and yes, I can’t seem to ever just post one picture, I have to have a few.}

 Check out  Valeria Zaiat |The Red Balloon Photography  Our group has been busy with work and other life happenings so participants are posting when they can. So this week has a teeny-tiny number of participants.

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TanyaApril 20, 2012 - 4:20 am

With each new post, it’s like seeing your work for the first time & being totally blown away by your talent! You are such an inspiration Kara!

YvonneApril 10, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Wow! I love these! I’m sure you will look back on these very fondly when your kiddos are all grown up.

MandyMarch 31, 2012 - 9:00 am

Once again….mentoring. You would have a very excited client base. Just sayin.

Loki KeekoMarch 30, 2012 - 7:38 pm

Mind-blowing. Talent.

Life with KaishonMarch 30, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Oh. My. Goodness!

Only you could make a boring old school bus look THIS fantastic! Love it Kara! I always love peeking into your world!

Becky MalloyMarch 30, 2012 - 12:03 pm

How oh how do you do it. You never dissappoint. Constantly pushing our senses and emotions. Simply amazing.

Val SpringMarch 30, 2012 - 10:48 am


Val SpringMarch 30, 2012 - 10:47 am

Stunning, absolutely gorgeous! I love LOVE your take on the theme! Yaay for breaking the rules to cdreative this kind of magic! ;) So worth it!

KendraMarch 30, 2012 - 10:47 am

Always my fill of inspiration!

Missy WMarch 30, 2012 - 10:34 am


elizabeth pelletteMarch 30, 2012 - 9:52 am

awesomeness.. love these

Kristin CookMarch 30, 2012 - 9:04 am

LOVE the b/w of her looking over the seat!!! Fabulous.

ingridMarch 30, 2012 - 8:51 am

It’s magical…. :)

mugsie5March 30, 2012 - 8:51 am

I anxiously wait for your posts and am never disappointed

Reid RaykovichMarch 30, 2012 - 8:37 am

You truly are blessed with a talent.

carolinaMarch 30, 2012 - 8:17 am

WOW! I LOVE it!!!!

KristinMarch 30, 2012 - 8:03 am

Kara May, you warm my soul!!

Michele QMarch 30, 2012 - 8:01 am

Oh wow I’m so glad you didn’t just post one. I love everyone of these. Really really great!

SharonMarch 30, 2012 - 7:54 am

Oh what fun! Wonderful images. Love the ones with the peeking!

LauraMarch 30, 2012 - 7:50 am

Oh, how fun, Kara! LOVE that there was mischief involved!! :)

{‘Shop Talk’ – Correcting Blue Hues in the Whites of Eyes}

As I was looking through my photos thinking about the things that catch my eye when I look at a photo and begin to edit.  One of the things I always notice are the whites of the eyes.  I NEVER EVER lighten them since that will make eyes look unrealistic, ghostly, zombie-ish, not good.  But I do however look at the hue of the whites.  Sometimes the resulting photographs appear with a very prominent blue hue.  When my photo is warm but the whites are blue – that bugs me {personal opinion}.  So here’s what I do to fix this.

Here’s the before photo (all editing complete except for the whites of the eyes being too cool for this image) :

Final Image:  Small very subtle change but a more color cohesive photo.

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Neil HansenMarch 23, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Just came upon your site after seeing some pictures a friend commented on on Facebook. Your style is beautiful.

Jessica BMarch 23, 2012 - 5:05 pm

I love these tutorials! Mentoring?????? YES!!

mugsie5March 23, 2012 - 5:03 pm

once again, I love the image.

Tasha ChristensenMarch 23, 2012 - 9:53 am

Love this! Thank you! I can’t wait till you start offering workshops. I have faith one day it will happen! I want the processing one – and an on location shooting one! :o )So freaking talented girl!

Katie BeckettMarch 23, 2012 - 9:24 am

love your posts. all of them.

Malcolm G PhotographyMarch 23, 2012 - 9:19 am

I saw your work through a link someone posted on a forum. Thanks for sharing these photoshop tips with all of us.

HeatherMarch 23, 2012 - 9:12 am

I think you need to mentor, like soon! You are amazing.

Laney Henry WMarch 23, 2012 - 9:08 am

I get so excited when you post to this series. I never thought to look at the whites. Yes small change but it does make a difference. TFS!!!

{Re-emerging Retro Styles -FaithWorks4U & Florabella}

I feel like I’ve been absent for a while…and I don’t like that feeling.  I’ve been wanting to blog these Retro Dresses by FaithWorks4U – I am in love with everything Faith makes (you’ve heard me say that before).  I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I think I was meant to live in the 70′s – I’m so drawn to this look/era.  Whenever I get clothing to work on for Faith I literally gasp when I open her packages.  My mind goes into la-la land and I envision what I want to do with the dresses and the shoot.  This one was one of my favorites to photograph and Brielle loved her hair in a loose, ballerina bun. On a different note: I get asked a lot about the what I do to get certain looks in my images.  I edit my photos to my liking with my own actions and for these I applied about 10%- 15% opacity using several of Florabella’s Lux II Actions. A little goes a long way.  I also love her newest set Retouch & Make-over.  She really put some critical thought about these actions when she made them.  Just thought I’d mention that. ;-)

This first dress is the ’1970′s Style Square Neckline dress’.

The Simply Sweet Summer Dress.  Love both of these dresses so much!


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TanyaMarch 24, 2012 - 9:24 pm

Love the dresses & the photos, the light is so pretty!

Malcolm G PhotographyMarch 23, 2012 - 9:21 am

Great use of light, composition and posing.

Veronica WestMarch 22, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Breath taking in every way. Sigh. Oh to have your talent.

Paisley DesignsMarch 22, 2012 - 2:29 pm

My friend sent me your link. I’ve spent the past hour looking through you’re breathtaking work. Your art is so moving. I’m now a huge fan of yours.

Leslie JohanaesMarch 22, 2012 - 1:56 pm

I want to be you when I grow up. If you offered mentoring I would sign up in a milisecond. (hint)

LauraMarch 22, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Hey, that’s our “vegas twin purse”!! ;) Hehe! Beautiful work, girlie! Brielle is such a doll! xoxo

Leanne WebberMarch 22, 2012 - 12:20 pm

This is stunning. Your use of light is amazing as always.

BlazeMarch 22, 2012 - 11:30 am

These kick a$$!!! You have true skills seriously.

SharonMarch 22, 2012 - 10:36 am

These are great! Love those bird cages too : )

mugsie5March 22, 2012 - 8:58 am

Love the simplicity of these dresses and Brielle looks wonderful in the bun hairstyle

Jenn PennMarch 22, 2012 - 8:35 am

I love these clothes – they are so cool! And they look so great on Brielle!!

MistyMarch 22, 2012 - 8:33 am

Kara! I’m working on some designs right now and you and your daughter are who I have in mind to photograph the line. I’ll email you today to find out your rates. This post gets me so excited. I can’t wait!!!

Sabrina HMarch 22, 2012 - 8:30 am

Omgoodness gracious!! This is amazing. You are amazing!!! Canvas please – BIG!

{Shop Talk – Lens Distortion & Fun Accessories for your camera}

Let’s talk Lens Distortion.  Lens distortion can be an artistic blessing or an annoying curse, right?  Lens distortion happens a lot with cameras that have zoom capabilities. It’s most apparent when there’s a straight edge in the image near the edge of the frame. This distorts the image.  But there is an easy fix in Photoshop!!  If you go to ‘Filter’ – ‘Distort’ – ‘Lens Correction’ you can alter the annoying warping that takes place in some of your images.  It’s most apparent in architectural images and in the lines of buildings and doorways.   More detailed steps are shown below.  Easy, right?

Now let’s chat about camera accessories – specifically, camera straps!  Who doesn’t love a fashionable and fun camera strap that’s comfortable too?  There are so many cute ones out there.  I have one I love that’s no longer sold :(  Here’s some of my favorites currently available on Etsy:

I love this and want this to be my next camera strap.  I think it would be a great conversation piece too! It’s made by Rosebud Lips.  I LOVE IT!!

These are unique, fun ones that I really like too. Love the crime scene strap – how creative!  And below that is a wrist strap with a masculine style that works for men and woman.  The sculls are so cute too!  These 3 are made by PhatStraps

Chevron patterns are so in right now.  Aren’t these cute?  They’re made by  A Diva and 3 Dudes Design:

I love fun photography accessories so I’m going to be incorporating these into my Shop Talk Series.   Thanks for all your e-mails. I’m sifting through them and getting the most common asked questions addressed first.  Keep the e-mails coming:  Thanks!!

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LisaMarch 11, 2012 - 8:40 am

Thanks for including our chevron strap covers!

Sabrina HMarch 9, 2012 - 10:24 pm

Im a new fan and wished I’d found you sooner. Great series. I anxiously await new post they’re filled with gobs of inspiration.

Bren kMarch 9, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Seriously great series. Thank you!

MelanieMarch 9, 2012 - 1:38 pm

I love all of those camera straps. Perfect timing since I’m needing one! Great info on lens distortion too!

Holly Anne MillerMarch 9, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Great tip! I get that distortion no matter how hard I try to avoid it. Now I can fix it! Muchos Gracias!