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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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{What_______ looks like} turning 8

It’s that time again!  I know, I wasn’t able to participate last month and I hate that.  Things have been crazy this summer with traveling, the house remodel and the kids being back from their trip.  When they got home from being on their adventurous road trip with Grandma & Grandpa May I wanted to soak in every moment with them that I could and that meant pushing personal projects aside (boo!).  But I’m back!  This month, on the first of August, my baby girl turned 8 years old!  Yes, 8!  The picture above was Brielle when she was 6 months old.  She was born with thick black hair.  Very different from my blonde little boy.  But soon light brown hair sprouted and her tips were black from birth.  Still trips me out.  Ha!  Brielle couldn’t believe she was turning 8 either and was beyond excited for the day to begin so we could celebrate and tell stories of her birth and her as a baby.  I loved every minute of her excitement!   We started the day with a fluffy pancake breakfast, in the afternoon Jeff surprised Brielle by coming home by noon then we were off to play to at Dave & Busters for some games and prizes.  That night Brielle requested a home cooked meal.  What did she want?  She wanted a blue cheese iceberg wedge, steamed broccoli and a juicy prime cut steak (Jeff cooks the best steak), too bad I’m not a red meat eater.  But she devoured it!  For dessert she wanted a Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting and ice cream.  She was in heaven;-)

Oh and I had to capture my baby the day she turned 8 so when Jeff got home we quickly snapped a few photos before we went off to play.

The next day Grandma Rasmussen flew in to be with Brielle to celebrate her birthday!  She was beyond excited!  And when Grandma is in town in the summer, swimming in the pool is top priority.  We don’t want Grandma to go home but we’re thankful she was able to spend this time with us and the kiddos.

Thanks for taking the time to pop by my blog.  Complete the circle and visit all of the other talented photographers in this project.  Click here for Wendy VonSosen‘s post.  She never disappoints!  :)

Keith BachandJanuary 15, 2014 - 10:25 am

I love your work! The emotion you capture is amazing.

andreaAugust 9, 2013 - 10:47 pm

she is so incredibly beautiful kara. happy birthday to your sweet girl :)

Jenny CrugerAugust 7, 2013 - 12:17 pm

She is stunning!!! Beautiful work and little lady!

JulesAugust 6, 2013 - 1:50 pm

omgosh … she is so so beautiful! she has so much sparkle and sweet personality that shines through in these images. happy birthday to your gorgeous girl!!

amy graceAugust 6, 2013 - 11:53 am

that face. i recognized it right away. she will carry that beauty with her forever. what a strong and sweet and loving connection the two of you share…every year, it is such a shock. but we know them at every age, and we see it in them. it looks like such a wonderful celebration. xo

yiyiAugust 6, 2013 - 6:37 am

I like her very much

shannon sewellAugust 5, 2013 - 8:51 pm

she is just so beautiful… i love that age- still little but the conversations- they begin to turn into these mini-adults in their thoughts and senses of humor. absolute best :) happy birthday to her!!

SummerAugust 5, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Your daughter is STUNNING! Seriously beautiful portraits of her. wowza. My almost 8 year old daughter had tons of dark hair that turned light brown too…black tipped hair? I can relate to that! Love these Kara!

Wendy VonSosenAugust 5, 2013 - 6:23 pm

She is beautiful! Those eyes are stunning. It looks like she had an amazing birthday. I love the one with Grandma at the pool. I love that she still gets in with them. What a fun grandma!

Lindsey BAugust 5, 2013 - 4:25 pm

she was as beautiful then as she is now. My goodness..but there seems to be a closeness between you….you can tell in how she lets you photograph her. Love it…happy birthday sweet girl.

Sarah CAugust 5, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Happy Birthday to your princess! My gosh, she was stunning as a baby and even more gorgeous now if that is possible. It does really go way too fast. My son Wesley will be 9 in November and Noah turns 7 in November so she is just in the middle age wise. It creeps up on you for sure. These photos are stunning as always!!

MindyAugust 5, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Such a beautiful post! Your family is beautiful. Very inspirational photography!

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We’re back!! Bloom Basics is back!

After the wonderful responses from the two Bloom Basics courses Stephanie Moore and I have taught, we’re back to teach it again!!  And we can’t wait!!   The course takes place on the Bloom Forum in a private classroom so if you’re not a Bloom Forum member you will just need to sign-up for a couple of months so you have access to the classroom.

Who is this course for?  For those of you who have a DSLR camera and want to know how to shoot in manual mode and learn how to edit in photoshop.

I’m continually amazed with prior students and how far they’ve come after taking this course.  Several have started their own photography business after taking this course and then completing our second course ‘Defining Yourself’.

Are you really going to be able to learn in an on-line course?   I 100% believe that our teaching methods make on-line learning easy.  We utilize video explanations when needed and some of the course material is presented via video, photos, diagrams, etc.  I’m a visual, hands on learner so we really strive to give as much visual guidance and teaching in this course.

Our prior courses have sold out so be sure to purchase a seat before they’re gone.

Please contact me at kara@karamayphotography.com with any questions you might have or for pre-registration links.

Karie WheatleyJuly 17, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Very interested! Would like to find out more information.

{DysFunctional Photo Friday} taking the disˈfəNGkSHən out of your photos

It’s Friday!  Gosh this week went by so fast!! My kids are gone RVing with Grandma & Grandpa so it’s been a strange week without hearing their little voices echo throughout the house.  Since they’re gone, I’ve been extremely busy.  Like can’t sleep at night because my brain won’t turn off busy.  It’s been very productive with editing, packaging orders, painting my office, remodeling the kitchen and trying to finally decorate this house after being here for a year.  I have decorating commitment problems…hence the reason for these weekly posts.  These ideas are helping me sift through my images in effort to display them throughout my home in creative ways.  Remember this post?  The one with the driftwood and twine?Well Free People just posted their own version with instructions on how they did it here.   I love their creativity with this – so colorful yet still very organic.

Have you seen this cool wallpaper sold at the Scandinavian Design Center made by Lisa Bengtsson?  On the right wall and in the right space this would be super cool.  Just put a pop on a photo, jewelry or anything that’s special to you (or just leave them blank) and  you have cool art on your wall.

To make a ‘BIG’ statement, these wall murals are the way to go.  Super impressive with the right image!

{image below from khooll.com}

{image below from WeHeartIt}

{image below found on HGTV - with instructions on how they did it}

Very cool ideas to think about.  Hope you enjoyed this week’s post.  If you have a cool idea and want to be featured on my blog e-mail me at kara@karamayphotography.com with your idea.


Hannes UysJuly 20, 2013 - 10:06 am

Beautiful work Kara!

{DysFunctional Photo Friday} taking the disˈfəNGkSHən out of your photos

I’ve been struggling with ideas on how to display photos in my office.  I’m sick of the blank walls – I want to paint and then fill the walls with images that tell stories.  But how should I display them?  That’s my problem.  I’ve been fascinated with the idea of using clothes pins (and possibly glitter-ing or painting them first) and then hanging them from twine.  You can tell a story in each photo or in a cluster of photos that have a sequence of events.  Anyway, here are some ideas I’ve seen that are really inspiring.  I found this image at Promise Tangeman Updates Blog - she explains exactly how she makes her cute display.  I love how the pictures aren’t straight.

At the Old Brand New Blog - they’ve used a few different sizes of clothes pins and painted them a solid color.

Oh Houzz – I found this display of vintage photos.  I think these are clothes pinned to an old metal mattress base.  Pretty clever.

I love Southern Weddings showed this sweet display used at a wedding.  I think it would be cute for a birthday party or engagement party too.  Simple yet creative and organic.

This image I found on Pinterest and it wasn’t linked to anything.  But I thought it was super cute using vintage hangers to display photos along with some miscellaneous meaningful things.  Kinda of a hodge-podge of special things and not necessarily just photos. 

If you have any ideas you’d like me to share (of your own or something that’s inspired you)  please send them to me at kara@karamayphotography.com  with the subject ‘Dysfunctional Photos’.  Thank you!


Ingrid CJune 15, 2013 - 10:37 am

My favorite blog. Been a very long time fan of yours.

Lindsay WestinghouseJune 15, 2013 - 10:35 am

I love this series! You rock Miss Kara May.