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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.

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{sunshine + a happy family = a fun photo shoot!}

Guess what I got to do this weekend?  I got to finally meet Stephanie Moore in person!  As many of you know, she’s a very talented photographer in Tucson, AZ.  We’ve been friends for a while on-line and we teach classes together on “The Bloom Forum”.  We’ve seen each other over the internet and talked on the phone but we’ve never had an opportunity to meet up in person.  But when I met her I felt like we’d known each other forever!  She’s an amazing mom, photographer and friend.  I’m so glad I got to meet her family too.  What a fun bunch!!  Carter, her son was a giggler.  Every time I went to straighten his shirt he busted out in laughter…he’s EXTREMELY ticklish!  And sweet Brooklyn, is a sweet soul.  She’s a little pro too.  I can tell her momma is a photographer!  And the newest little one in the bunch was so patient!  What an amazing little girl.  I pushed her to the limits with all of the locations we hit and she didn’t make a peep until the very end letting me know she was over my camera ha!   And of course Stephanie’s husband was very kind and held my bags for me when I had my hands full.  Seriously! What a guy!  I loved our time together and can’t wait to meet up again.  We agreed we need to get together more – my kids would love her kids.  I’m excited.  Here’s a peek at our session.

ZiláApril 22, 2013 - 9:06 am

I so loved these images! The colors are so cheerful! The family is gorgeous and the locations are the best!

mugsie5April 4, 2013 - 6:07 am

simply wonderful

KendraApril 3, 2013 - 5:05 pm

These are darling. The one of the baby against the wall with her peaches and cream skin & blue eyes is to die for. The light is unbelievably amazing! And I love that shadow picture. Absolute perfect and a beautiful family!

ingridApril 3, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Gorgeous pictures, gorgeous family!

HeatherApril 3, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Freakin gorgeous!! Eye candy with the amazing light. Seriously jaw-dropping session!!

heidi hopeApril 3, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Oh my gosh Kara, amazing! Love all of the color and light. And Stephanie, seriously gorgeous family! Beautiful session.

I will treasure these forever. Thank you my friend for capturing my family so beautifully. I am so lucky to call you a friend, you truly are one in a million!

Leslie AnneApril 3, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Oh my!!! I’m saving money to have you photograph my family Kara! It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait!!! These are simply amazing!

kristinApril 3, 2013 - 2:44 pm

So, so good! I love all of the vibrant colors. Beautiful family, Steph… gorgeous captures, Kara!

{New Workshop: ‘Defining Yourself’ on the Bloom Forum}

I’m excited to tell you all about a workshop that Stephanie Moore and I are putting on April 8th to the 18th on the Bloom forum.  There are only a few seats remaining since we pre-sold a most of them.  This is a 2-week on-line workshop that will take you through various ‘shooting’ and ‘editing’ styles to help guide you and your business to a more defined style.  We’ll share editing using Photoshop so an understanding of the basics in that program is needed.  Shooting in Manual mode is also going to be beneficial for this class.  Does that mean we’ll be showing you exactly how we edit?  No, we’ll be talking about various ways to edit to enhance your images and/or add drama.  Here’s a little information about the class below. Please contact me at kara@karamayphotography for any questions.  Thanks!!

nikkiApril 30, 2013 - 11:47 pm

will you be doing this again? i cant believe i missed this!!!!

Kim SkinnerMarch 18, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Love your stuff, Kara! I’m interested in the workshop…always looking for inspiration! Also, any chacne I could find out who the artist is of the music on your blog? It is so soothing and I want to listen to it at home. Thanks!

{Urban Session – ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’}

Last night I had a blast with these 3 girls!!  We literally shot this session till the sun went down.  Although we got started a little late but we managed to cram so much into such a small amount of time.  The 3 of them were so easy to work with and had fun – which makes all the difference in the world with capturing real ‘girl moments’.  There were texting breaks, candy breaks, giggles and we can’t forget….locking keys in the car.  Yes – it added a little adventure and mystery to the evening…’would we get the car unlocked?’  Then I remembered, I had my trusty AAA card and within 30 minutes a man in a big truck rescued us.  :0)  It reminded me of all the times I locked my keys in my car in college.  This was a first for Cassidy (at least having it happen further from home where a spare could be found).  It all worked out  though!  AAA is the best!  Anyway, here’s a little peek at our session.


Maria MendezMarch 18, 2013 - 1:38 pm

You’re so versatile!!! These ROCK! Love their happy carefree expressions. Looks like so much fun!

Leslie AnneMarch 18, 2013 - 11:06 am

You are so fun Kara! When are you going to teach an in person workshop? You’ve been on my wish list for workshops.

Michele QMarch 18, 2013 - 10:39 am

What a fun session!

SharonMarch 18, 2013 - 10:10 am

Looks like such a fun time!

tiffaniMarch 17, 2013 - 11:38 am

when is your next workshop ? i would love to learn about your editing

Heather CMarch 16, 2013 - 8:06 pm

You’re killing me! These are so beautiful, fun and they scream teen! You captured true teen spirit here and I absolutely love it! I hope to be 1/16th as good as you someday. Keep inspiring!

MelissaMarch 16, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Do you mentor? Your work makes me drool – every single image!!!

Jessica DunnMarch 16, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Freakin eye candy session. You rock the urban vibe girl! Like Lisa said, you behind the lens is magic!

JeremyMarch 16, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Inspiration a-plenty here! You knocked this out if the park!

LisaMarch 16, 2013 - 4:57 pm

This looked like such a fun photoshoot!!
Beautiful young ladies, a super cool location, and you behind the lens….. WOWSA, what a combination!!!

I love all of the details you capture Kara….. your work never disappoints and always leaves us wanting to see more.



Mackenzie ParcellMarch 16, 2013 - 4:47 pm

The pictures all look beautiful, Kara! Thank you so much! :)

Mackenzie ParcellMarch 16, 2013 - 4:46 pm

The shots all look beautiful, Kara! I had such a great time, thank you so much! :)

{When a Commercial Shoot turns into a Circus}

This week is Spring Break for my kids.  Woo Hoo!  But this is the first year we haven’t gone to Mexico during Spring Break and just stayed home.   We have been busy with to-do’s appts and working around my crazy schedule and the kids have just had to go with the flow.  Well today was no exception.  They were peacefully playing when I announced I really wanted to do a quick indoor  commercial shoot with them.  They were excited at the idea of staying in and shooting at home so we didn’t have to leave the house and completely disrupt what they were doing.  Um, I have a schedule too kiddos, and it doesn’t involve playing all day.  I’ve got deadlines, orders to package, editing, more editing and a couple of workshops to get ready for.  But for some reason this week the kids think it’s ‘their week’.  I get that…but really, I need to get my things done too and it’s hard.   I’m trying to make it fun for them….I really am.  So that means I’ve had to put some of my work aside and just live in the ‘now’.  I’m trying to do that more and more even if that means pushing back deadlines a touch (those that can be pushed).  This week I’m a momma all week with moments of work sprinkled in when they are sleeping and sometimes when they are awake and needed for my ‘commercial jobs’. Thankfully, Tyler was excited today  - he got to help me move furniture!  He felt like the man of the house – cute to see.

So this was a partial attempt at an indoor commercial photo shoot.  They lasted a good minute before the craziness broke out.  I told them we’d try again later and they happily ran off laughing.  Kids.  This is the struggle photographers deal with when working with our own children.  It’s a blessing and a headache all at once.;-)

sarahMarch 19, 2013 - 9:45 am

So cute, the colors are amazing! So into that gray – where did you get that couch? love it!

Maria MendezMarch 15, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Love everything about these!!!!! Your house is incredible too!!!

Jeremy LMarch 14, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Found you on Pinterest. You’re amazing!!!

KendraMarch 14, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Freakin adorable! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and talent.

mugsie5March 14, 2013 - 6:34 pm

such fun to see Great colors

Gretchen ArborsonMarch 14, 2013 - 5:58 pm

This is your house? It’s gorgeous! And these pictures! The cutest ever!!! Love their interaction.