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  • {The Blog}

    Thank you so much for taking a peek and exploring my blog. I’m Kara May, a portrait and commercial fashion photographer living in Mesa, Arizona. Due to a loyal client-base in the Seattle, Washington area, I also travel limited amounts each year. Please inquire about travel rates if you are interested in booking a session with me in your city.

    Throughout this blog I will be posting previews from recent client sessions, featuring the talent of various clothing designers & products in my ‘Designer Spot’, and sharing a little bit about me and my life outside of photo sessions and commercial projects. I have two busy young children and a loving & supportive husband all of whom I mention throughout my blog. My family provides the inspiration and support I need to evolve in my work behind the camera.

    Thanks again for checking out my blog!

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{Fall Sessions – Little Savannah}

Wow, I feel like a slacker!    I photographed this family in Late October or Early November…everything’s a blur this this month lol.  Anyway, I have photographed little Savannah since she was a newborn.  I just love her and her parents.  A little baby brother is on the way in March, doesn’t my client  look beautiful pregnant?  Here’s a peak at our session.:)  Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season!  I just started my Christmas shopping and thanks to Amazon.com I’ve been laying in bed in the evenings doing my shopping!  It’s awesome!  Such a relief and I’m avoiding the craziness of the stores.  I’m almost done now!  Yay!  Happy shopping, baking, wrapping and eating (I just made eggnog bread- delish!):)

annieJanuary 5, 2012 - 6:23 pm

so so stunning once again, adore the crown!

TanyaDecember 14, 2011 - 7:23 pm

Beautiful photos of a gorgeous family! Love everything about this session! x

Tasha ChristensenDecember 13, 2011 - 11:31 am

Seriously! Beautiful girl – I want to know how to process like you! You are an amazing talent – and the world is blessed to have you! Wish I lived closer -would have you do our family pics!

mugsie5December 13, 2011 - 9:00 am

wonderful, as usual

Kari BDecember 12, 2011 - 11:30 pm

Truly an amazing session. You capture the moment so well. I just need to stare a little longer :)

Rachel ChloeDecember 12, 2011 - 11:22 pm

Jaw-dropping. Kara, I wish you would offer workshops or mentoring. Please tell me you’re considering it.

Shari DeVoogdDecember 12, 2011 - 11:12 pm

What a magical session! :)

{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)


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.

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.

{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.:)

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!