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    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.

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{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.

{What _____ looks like} ‘the last few days of the school year’

Summer is here!  Yes, the kids are out of school and another year has quickly passed.  My momma heart has a hard time realizing and accepting that they are growing up.  I was hoping my littles would stay little forever (or at least for a lot longer than it has been).   I’m always an emotional mess as the school year comes to an end.  I want to be at everything and soak in every moment of volunteering and being with them ‘in the moment’ at their schools.  These years will have such a huge impact on them and I want that impact to be positive.

Sometimes I feel like that mom on the Capris Sun commercial.  You know which one I’m talking about?  (I posted the link below) I promise I’m not that protective but every time I see that commercial I laugh since that’s how I feel.  Don’t get me wrong, just because I want my kids happy doesn’t mean I don’t discipline them or hold them accountable… I definitely do.  But sometimes I wish I could protect them from every negative influence. Sigh…they’re growing up and I just have to accept that.  ;)


The picture below was the morning of the last day of school.  It was pajama day!  They were pretty excited about that.

These next 3 were taken 3 days prior since we had some time to kill in the courtyard.

The second to last day of school was ‘water day’ for Brielle.  What a fun way to end 2nd grade!

Ty in his class autographed T-shirt (i should’ve taken a pic of the shirt but I wanted to capture his sweet 4th grade face).  5th grade next year – yikes!!

This last picture was the first night of summer (taken with my iPhone).  Brielle was exhausted after a full day in the sun.  Ty was full of energy on Minecraft at 10pm (I know….late.  It was an exception/celebration welcoming Summer break). I’d say the first day of summer was a success!!

Check out what Stephanie Moore posted this month and click through to complete the circle of photographers participating this month.

FanJune 12, 2013 - 5:34 pm

I randomly around here, like two children. Photos very professional!!!!!

Wedding Photographer lancaster paJune 8, 2013 - 3:30 pm

These pictures are so fun. Love Love Love how you capture the essence of the children. I will be back


shannon sewellJune 6, 2013 - 7:51 pm

LOL… okay- that youtube video is totally me. my kids are a few years older than yours and it just doesn’t get any easier, i feel your pain! your kiddos are adorable and look SO full of personality. love!!! :)

JennyJune 6, 2013 - 6:59 pm

so fun! I absolutely adore the one with your daughter’s hair moving. gorgeous!

JaimeJune 6, 2013 - 4:05 pm

beautiful as ever!! <3 these! You are so amazingly talented!

mugsie5June 6, 2013 - 2:28 pm

these choke me up

SummerJune 6, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Lovely…that shot of your daughter swinging her hair is my FAV love it!

GeorgiannaJune 6, 2013 - 8:52 am

Wow, you make beautiful children! These are lovely as are your words. Love reading and seeing your posts!

leahJune 6, 2013 - 8:41 am

makes me smile. sweet kids and lovely shots of them!

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

It’s that time again!  This is helping me sift though my photos and forcing me to display them, I’m a photographer and right now, looking at my house, you wouldn’t know it.  Since moving last May (a year ago) I have not put up a single picture!  I know, lame.  Every house prior I had wall displays, mini albums and other displays of my kiddos sprinkled nicely here and there in every room  Oh wait…I have one picture on my wall.   It’s in Brielle’s room.  Pictured below.  But that’s the only photo displayed right now.  {shaking my head with embarrassment}   

These posts are getting my mind thinking about ideas and I’ll try to post some of the ones I do along the way.

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out how to organize and decorate my office (well every room in the house really) and I want it to be a creative space that represents me and this passion of mine.  I’m struggling with design ideas since there are so many directions I want to take with that space.  Right now I’m obsessed with just a hodge-podge of photos on walls.  This is a little unlike me since I like clean lines and no clutter, and this is a very cluttered look but it’s organized, creative clutter and I’m drawn to that.  If I had a couch like this I think I would want to do the same as the image below.  I found this on Flickr and fell in love with it!  The one below that had me thinking about our new (well soon to be new – it’s not up yet) mantle.  I found that image on Flickr too.

This one makes me think of my workspace.  It’s just eye candy…you can never get sleepy with a wall like this in front of you each day.  {I found this image here.}

For a little more of an organized look, I thought this was cute.  Might look great on a small wall  or in a girls bedroom.  I think Instagram pictures would look really cool in this collage format.

 So my mind is spinning with ideas.  I can’t wait to share more cool finds next week.  If you have a unique display to share please e-mail me at kara@karamayphotography and in the Title write:  Dysfunction Photo Friday.  Thanks!!

GeorgiannaMay 31, 2013 - 2:20 pm

I triple heart this series! Such FAB ideas!

ColletteMay 31, 2013 - 2:18 pm

I love these ideas!!! I never thought a hodge podge of pics would look pretty but they do. Love this!

mugsie5May 31, 2013 - 9:32 am

This is out of the box for you!