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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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{I did it! I finally have a Facebook business page}

It has been extremely very busy, insanely fun, ridiculously non-stop time for me and my business lately (and it’s not even busy season).   I have so much to post about.  Workshops I’ve had the honor to speak at, ladies I’ve met and now call my friends, shoot after shoot, traveling like a nomad, and yet trying to be ‘in the moment’ as a mom, wife, friend, etc.  So with all of that business – I finally gave into the pressure from friends, clients and peers to get a Facebook business page.  I know…it’s about darn time right?  {shrug}  Here it is!  https://www.facebook.com/karamayphotography  I’ll be posting recent sessions, things that inspire me, everyday things that help with my creative juices, and more.  I try to blog as much as I can, but I have to be honest…it’s much quicker and easier for me to post on FB and interact with you all.  I love hearing from you and of course getting to know those that follow my work.  We have a common passion, otherwise you wouldn’t be here reading this right now.  So come visit me and say hi.  I’d love to hear from you.  Thanks!


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{What ______ looks like} ‘siblings, swimming & sugar’

It’s that time again!!  These are so fun and I so look forward to making sure I squeeze these into our busy life.  I usually have my iPhone camera where ever we go but this forces me to get out my big camera and capture every day fun.  This month has been nuts and I wish I could’ve captured more fun, simple, living in the moment fun.  This month was the opening of ‘pool season’ (sort of) in the May house.  Brielle was dying to go swimming so she talked her brother into coming out and jumping in with her.  They ended up only getting in to their shoulders since the water was still 70 degrees.  Ty’s only a fish when the water is 80 degrees.  Brielle is normally always a fish but she only wanted to get in all the way  if her brother joined her.   Below, is a treat!  We try to really manage the amount of sugar we give our kids (don’t laugh) so this was a BIG DEAL!  Cookies!  Girl Scout Cookies!  The kids made me giggle as they got these out, stacked them and then asked me for some cookies.  Yes, guilt trip!  So I made a little shoot out of it and had them wait a little.  I asked them questions and got some silly expressions.  I’m easily entertained by them. After scrolling through this post please click through the circle to see what the other talented ladies in the group have posted. I’m sure Jenny Cruger will have some amazing eye candy.

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i feel like you’ve bottled up summer, and it’s only yet spring! your colors are out of this world beautiful. and it all starts with those eyes. it must be tiring hearing about the beauty of your family, but i have to add that i wholly agree. you make gorgeous images, kara.

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Oh what fun! Summer is definitely upon us! Swimming and Girl Scout thin mints say it all….time for Summertime fun! Every time I see an image of the two of them together, they seem so so extremely close…I adore that!

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These are stunning. love the tones and light and your kids are gorgeous!

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Freaking adorable!!! I want to swim in your pool and I’ll eat cookies with your kiddos too. These are just too cute!

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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.

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

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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!