{the rumors are true…}

we’re moving!   This is a bitter-sweet post.  I’m thrilled my husband accepted a new job in Scottsdale Arizona, but I’m sad to leave my friends and clients here in South Carolina.  I’m also going to miss my favorite locations and all of the open spaces.  I’ve neglected my blog a bit since we found out, we’ve been so busy prepping the house and trying to figure out the logistics of our move.  I plan to stay here through May so I can work with my Spring clients.  But if our house sells sooner (which is not likely in this market), that may have to change.  I’ve gotten so many sweet e-mails from clients and friends who heard the news – thank you, they mean a lot to me.  It’s so hard to leave my loyal clients and the friends we’ve made but I’m excited and a little nervous about the adventures that await me in Arizona.  I’ve been asked if I will come back a few times a year to do sessions and many of you have kindly offered for me to stay with you or in your guest houses!  I appreciate your offers and may have to take you up on it since I would love to come back once a  year to do sessions!  

Soooo for the next few months my life is going to be CRAZY with Jeff gone, being involved with my children’s activities, getting ready to move,  keeping the house spot-less for showing, doing sessions, etc.  - so if you’ve e-mailed me for a session I’m sorry if I haven’t gotten back to you.  Feel free to harass me a bit, since sometimes things get nuts and I may not get back to you in a timely manner.  I don’t at all mind you e-mailing or calling if I haven’t been able to respond to you right away.   Those of you on the wait-list for a session I will be contacting you as well.  Thanks so much for your patience!    

by Kara

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TaraApril 2, 2009 - 9:06 pm

That last photo is awesome – wonderful textures and colors

jessica kettleMarch 26, 2009 - 10:50 pm

hi kara! thanks for the comment- it always makes my day to hear from you! your work is such an inspiration. looooooove this last shot. everything is just PERFECT. =)

melissaMarch 7, 2009 - 7:41 pm

We just got back from vacation out west and visiting the Saquaro National Park. Love the picture of Tyler by the Saquaro cactus. I’ve missed visiting your blog. Congrats on your move!

Micha EverettMarch 1, 2009 - 1:35 am

Good Luck with the move!!! Sending prayers

GeorgiaFebruary 27, 2009 - 10:34 pm

You will like it here in Arizona, its a nice place to live… already up in the 80′s and its gorgeous outside this week.

I just discovered your blog, and I just love it.


StephanieFebruary 25, 2009 - 1:09 am

You’re moving! This is a wonderful new chapter for you and your family .:D I have many friends in Arizona..I can hook you up! ;) hee hee. Best of luck to you there. :D

elizabethFebruary 22, 2009 - 3:25 pm

Kara… how exciting.. a new start.. new locations to discover new things to do.. I am sure it will be a wonderful experience for all of you…good luck getting everything ready.. these photos are brilliant

amberFebruary 21, 2009 - 2:33 pm

ALL CAPS MEANS IM VERY EXCITED!!! i am a loyal blog stalker of yours…and the fact that i live in arizona AND im due to have a baby june 5th makes me a very smiley girl!! i hope you find arizona to be lovely and welcoming to you and your family!! if there is anything i can do to help you out in any way, let me know…im always open to new friends :)

KatieFebruary 21, 2009 - 1:00 pm

How exciting! Good luck with you move!

shannon lottFebruary 20, 2009 - 1:04 pm

Kara! That’s so exciting. I can’t only imagine how mixed your feelings must be about your business. But you are so talented that you will be a star wherever you go! Best of luck with house and move…can’t wait to hear updates:)

amyFebruary 18, 2009 - 9:54 pm

you son is such a little stud muffin :)

amanda andrewsFebruary 18, 2009 - 12:17 am

kara – these are gorgeous! I wish you the best of luck!!

Kara MayFebruary 17, 2009 - 5:34 pm

Oh you guys make me feel so loved ;) Thank you for your encouraging comments. I’m so sad to leave my clients here – they have been amazing and I can only hope to get that lucky in Arizona. Caroline – woo hoo! I can finally photograph your little angel! I have some photographer friends in Arizona so I’m excited to meet up with them too. I’m trying to look at the positives since I hate good-bye’s. Thanks again for your comments – they mean a lot to me!

Sarah WheelerFebruary 17, 2009 - 5:28 pm

Good luck on selling your house quickly, and making it through the next few crazy months! Wishing you all the best on your upcoming move :)

Jennifer :)February 17, 2009 - 4:14 pm

You have no idea how sad this town is going to be to see you go. This kind of talent doesn’t grace Florence very often; you will be missed. Now tear things up in Arizona and do come back for sessions, pretty please!

Lisa LenderinkFebruary 17, 2009 - 2:11 am

Congratulations~ Just think of all of the new adventures that you
and your family will have.

And, I can’t wait to see how you rock in the desert! And,
all of that sunshine & blue sky~

Hang in there with the move….I’m sure it will be chaotic
but I’m sure you’ll do great.

Cactus, textures, oh my! Can’t wait to see what you can

cindyFebruary 17, 2009 - 1:11 am

congratulations to you and your family. what a huge decision! i’m sure you have hundreds of sad clients. but with every closed door is another adventure! i’ve got tons of friends in the scottsdale-area…so when i have kids i’ll have to make a trip down there to meet you and get some photos done! best wishes to your family! have a great time with your last sessions in SC!!! xoxo

sherry bolesFebruary 17, 2009 - 12:41 am

Looks like South Carolina’s loss is Arizona’s gain…I wish you all the best with your move!
Beautiful images, Kara!

KimFebruary 16, 2009 - 9:50 pm

Oh don’t go :( This town WON’T be the same without you. I’m so sad. You’ve shared such talent here and it’s sad to see you go. But I’m thankful to have met you and blessed to have your beautiful images covering every wall in my home.

TanyaFebruary 16, 2009 - 9:41 pm

Exciting times ahead Kara!! I wish you & your gorgeous family all the very best!! Love these images… xx

Jessica TyndallFebruary 16, 2009 - 8:53 pm

I’m depressed. We really must get together before you move! :( I’m thankful that your hubby found a job though, you’ll do great out there!

JenniferFebruary 16, 2009 - 11:00 am

Congratulations to your husband!! And what an exciting chapter you’re about to start. I’m selfishly sad that you’re leaving. Florence won’t be the same without you, you’ve put your footprint here and it shows with your amazing talent. We won’t forget you and are excited for your future visits back here. ;)

KateFebruary 16, 2009 - 12:31 am

good luck with the move! just think of all the brand new locations you can explore with your camera!

& those cactus pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS.

Julie RaneeFebruary 15, 2009 - 8:17 pm

From the looks of these images it appears you and Arizona are going to get along just fine! Praying for you as you embark on a new adventure.

VanessaFebruary 15, 2009 - 6:46 pm

Kara- congrats on your husband’s new job! Moving is always bittersweet, but just add another chapter to your life story. Too bad you’re not moving to Charlotte :) Then I could see you! I will keep your family in my thoughts as you prepare for this adventure! :)

MandsFebruary 15, 2009 - 5:24 pm

Congrats Kara, and you already now their are amazing locations there, and you already have some wonderful friends, so hopefully you will find the transition not to bad…Hugs and thinking of you in the midst of all the change.

LauraFebruary 15, 2009 - 4:58 pm

I was dreading hearing this news. You don’t know how much this town is going to miss you. I’m so sad we’ll be loosing you. But I hope that you do come back for sessions – and I want to be first on your list. Congratulations to your husband, Arizona clients will be pounding on your door I’m sure if it.

Natasha WhiteleyFebruary 15, 2009 - 3:39 pm

Oh these are all gorgeous!! wow!
good luck with the move!

tamiFebruary 15, 2009 - 2:31 pm

yeah….can’t wait to see you work your magic in our desert! happy adventure seeking! i would LOVE to do lunch once you’re here!

Allison GaulinFebruary 15, 2009 - 1:42 pm

WOW!! This is big news! It sounds like you are going to have a crazy few months Kara. Sending prayers and well wishes your way as you make your way to your new home. Congrats to your hubby on his new job!!

Caroline PollardFebruary 15, 2009 - 1:42 pm

We cannot wait for you to be out here! I’m sure I’ve got plenty of friends that will become your clients in the very near future! If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call!

GenaFebruary 15, 2009 - 1:31 pm

Congrats! I am always in awe of others that pick up and move to another state. I was born and raised in WI (pretty much in the same city.) AZ sounds like a great place to move…nice and warm ;)

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