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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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{Urban Session – Beautiful Momma & her Sweet Lil Lady}

Last night I had so much fun photographing  mother-daughter beauties!  We did an Urban session which was fun and kind of new for me.  I think I like it!  I think I want to do more urban sessions.  So much to see so little time.  I was on a high after this session and ready to do more in this landscape.  Here’s  a little peak at our session!  Oh and I mentioned this on FB so this may be a repeat… but while we were shooting a cop pulled up.  Yeah, that’s right…busted!  I wasn’t trespassing and I was being úber respectful of the properties we were near.  I was pretty embarrassed in front of my client getting in trouble for shooting possibly where I wasn’t supposed to but there was not a no trespassing sign anywhere. He looked at me and  asked if I  was a ‘paid photographer’. I had to be truthful but I knew that prob meant I was in trouble. Then he asked for my card explaining that he and his wife were due with their first child soon and he was looking for a photographer. I gave him my info and said, ‘Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me, maybe? ‘ Okay, I didn’t say that. But I didn’t get in trouble he just watched for a bit and then was in his way.  Had my heart racing.  I must say…if he contacts me…he will get a very nice discount.  He protects us ya know?   Had the share my ‘scare’ for the night.  Here’s a peek below of my fun last night with my beautiful clients.

Gretchen ArborsonMarch 13, 2013 - 11:18 pm

Simply perfect! Beautiful subjects and brilliant photography Kara! Very inspiring.

Tammy FlynnMarch 13, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Love it, you can do any style photograohy my lady don’t ever hesitate to try.

KendraMarch 13, 2013 - 2:23 pm

I’m booking with you. You are the visionary and can choose the location and theme. I just want Kara May images hung on my walls.

Linds GregoryMarch 13, 2013 - 12:52 pm

I’m dying!!!! Totally dying! These are beautiful. And your story about the cop. Priceless!

CJ AndersonMarch 13, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Holy moly!!!!! You’re even a rock star at Urban Sessions! In complete aw and totally inspired by you!

JessicaMarch 13, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Oh my gosh!!!! I wanna book an urban session with you Stat!!! I love everything about these. You rocked this girl!!

Winona GreyMarch 13, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Unbelievably adorable!

{What_____ looks like} our Saturday entertainment.

You don’t  know how much I look forward to this monthly project.  It gets me used to capturing simple moments at home that I otherwise wouldn’t be photographing.  This past month was a crazy busy one but I didn’t want that to stop me from capturing my own families moments.  The kids are at such fun ages.  Brielle is adamant that she wears her converse boots daily (except on PE days) and her hair in a bun most every day.  I love the little person she’s become.  And Tyler, still not loving to be photographed…just got his braces off!  That’s HUGE!!  He looks so handsome with gleaming white teeth and his retro glasses (oh the round nerd glasses pictured further down on this post are NOT his new glasses – we were playing and he got those out).

So what is this month’s post all about?  It’s what our Saturday entertainment looks like.  Primarily…dressing up August with play clothes.  He doesn’t love it but Brielle made sure she had treats on hand for him.  He’s such a good sport!  These are the moments I want to remember.

Continue through the circle to see what the other girls posted about this month!   Click here to go the Stephanie Moore of Stephanie Moore Studio and see what she posted for this months project.

camrynFebruary 8, 2014 - 7:54 am

These pictures are adorable

Summer MurdockMarch 22, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Wowza, these are gorgeous Kara. Love the first two and the black and whites of your daughter. Really really love!

Michaela K.March 14, 2013 - 6:15 am

Really very wonderful blog, beautiful photography and music to it. :-)

julesMarch 10, 2013 - 9:40 am

so much beauty in your saturdays … your kiddos are gorgeous and I love the bond they have with one another. that little pup of yours is such a good sport … looks awesome in the cape! I adore the bw of b so much … just gorgeous!

shannon sewellMarch 7, 2013 - 7:01 pm

your ‘everyday’ images are just so beautiful… (as are your kiddos) ;) and if i looked that cute in a bun and cons, i’d wear them everyday too!

andreaMarch 6, 2013 - 9:37 pm

firstly, your children are strikingly beautiful. second, your processing is fantastic. third, i adore those images of the kids snuggling your pup. so sweet.

Lindsey BergstromMarch 5, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Kara…these are beautiful. what amazing children and images.

Wendy VonSosenMarch 4, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Kara, these are so fun and beautiful at the same time. What a patient dog you have. I totally get the bun stage that your daughter is in. Mine went through several similar phases with buns, braids, hats, and bandanas. And getting braces off is huge! We’re counting down the days over here. Well done!

CJ AndersonMarch 4, 2013 - 11:31 am

Beautiful post of beautiful moments. Luv your vision and how you see everyday moments. Thru your eyes there is so much beauty and magic. You truly have a gift. Please keep sharing that gift with us. It’s so inspiring.

amy graceMarch 4, 2013 - 10:51 am

kara, this one is my favorite so far :) the level of beauty you have in your home, your gene pull…my goodness are your kids out of this world gorgeous. and then so fun, and kind and full of humor. this made me smile a big smile, as i was ohhh-ing and ahhh-ing. what an amazing job you did, using your signature eye and style to make something special, more special :) xoxo

Kelly StewartMarch 4, 2013 - 10:42 am

I just LOVE your work! I hope I get to take a workshop from you someday!

Alex HMarch 4, 2013 - 9:23 am

Completely inspired!!! The emotion in your pictures is undeniable. Each one is so deep and real even though its a very simple moment. Amazing!

JessicaMarch 4, 2013 - 8:46 am

Wow!!!! Your b&w’s give me goosebumps. All of these images touched me. Your daughters room is so magical. Little fairy tale with the door. Love these!

Maria MendezMarch 4, 2013 - 8:27 am

I love each and every one if these!! You captured childhood and siblings perfectly!! Always in aw of your work!

Heather CarrawayMarch 4, 2013 - 8:19 am

Kara, these are amazing!!! It almost makes me want to get a little fluffy dog and I am a total big dog person ;) Haha!! Your children are stunning :)

Stacey WoodsMarch 4, 2013 - 7:53 am

Well, your son is just gorgeous! Congrats on getting his braces off! The black and white images of your daughter made my breath catch – she is stunning! And then I lost it when I saw sunglasses on your dog’s rear end. LOL! What a fun family. Beautiful, beautiful work, Kara!! xo

Michele QMarch 4, 2013 - 7:43 am

ahhh, I never tire of looking at your photographs!

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{‘Is this what it’s like to be a fairy, mommy?’} Commercial Shoot

What does a little girl with pretty burlap angel wings and a wishing jar do?  She flies, she dreams, she wishes and she plays.

‘Is this what it’s like to be a fairy, mommy?’ Brielle gasped when I finished tying on her wings.

I was excited to see what Tabitha, owner of TFJ Designs, sent me to photograph for her store.  Aren’t these wings adorable!?  And they’re so sturdy too, which is ideal for my busy girl.  After the session, Brielle and the neighbor girls did a play where they used the Angel wings for Tinker bell.  So all weekend these wings have been tied to Brielle’s back.  I love it!   She even went to Home Depot with a green petticoat, fairy wings and her hair in a bun.   She insists on having her hair in a bun everyday now.  Can’t I please freeze her?  This is childhood and I don’t want my little girl to grow up.

Beautiful fairy wings:  TFJ Designs

Wishing Jar:  TFJ Designs

Antique 1950′s dress:  local antique store

Hair accessory:  Hobby Lobby


VirginieMarch 2, 2013 - 9:24 am

amazing work, these photos are priceless
I love your blog, take a look at mine if you want to!

Alex bFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Seriously!! Ah-mazing!!!!!!

YvonneFebruary 12, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Oh my! These are just magical!

TanyaFebruary 11, 2013 - 6:41 pm

Absolutely beautiful! x

Maria MendezFebruary 11, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Unbelievably beautiful and enchanting! Wow!!!

MandyFebruary 11, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Pure magic Kara!!! I love every single image!

mugsie5February 11, 2013 - 1:33 pm

absolutely wonderful

Becca Anne JenningsFebruary 11, 2013 - 1:32 pm

So magical. Like a fairytale. Stunning.

RebeccaFebruary 11, 2013 - 12:54 pm

You can do no wrong… Stunning! X

{What_____looks like} Arts & Crafts

Here I am again on the 2nd month of  ’What____looks like’.  And this month it’s ‘Arts & Crafts’.  My kids (primarily Brielle) can’t live without a coloring tool in her hand.   I find all of her art related stuff scattered all over the house.  Under the couch, in between the cushions, on her night stand, under the table, on the floor and even in the bathroom.  It’s crazy but I love it!  The only time I didn’t love it was when I found a marker without a cap on laying on our white carpet.  That wasn’t so cute so we’ve had some talks about markers and capping them (and keeping them off the carpet).  Anyway, this is what arts & crafts look like (really arts…it should be) in our house.  Click on to  Jules Trandem | San Diego Family Lifestyle Photographer to see what she posted this month!

They must be photographers kids…when they saw me standing over them they both rolled over and did this.  So I went with it.  They crack me up.  Ty even said… my pencils need to be ‘on me’. LOL  Okay, they’ll get used to the life-style photos sooner or later…just not for some of these.;-)


andreaMarch 2, 2013 - 9:12 am

your processing on these is just perfect, and your children are beautiful! i can’t wait to see what you come up with tomorrow!!

NicolFebruary 21, 2013 - 8:50 am

These photos are lovely. I’m planning to do something similar with my nieces, They are also very photogenic like your beautiful Brielle. I love the long shot of her sitting at the table and the looking down at them with the pens and pappers around is really cool too. Thanks for the inspiration x

TanyaFebruary 11, 2013 - 6:43 pm

You capture the everyday moments & turn them into something magical! x

julesFebruary 10, 2013 - 9:33 am

this is such a gorgeous post! I LOVE that first one of b … stunning! love your tones and details. I cracked up reading your comments about them turning over to ‘pose’ for you. :)

mugsie5February 9, 2013 - 8:06 am


Life with KaishonFebruary 8, 2013 - 8:00 am

Oh! I love your little artist. She is a joy! Beautiful pictures. So pretty Kara. I am glad you are doing well.

leahFebruary 5, 2013 - 12:44 pm

what a fun set of images. i really love that first shot of your daughter. so beautiful. and of the two of them laying on the ground. beautiful post!

Lindsey BergstromFebruary 4, 2013 - 6:04 pm

Ohh my…what a sweet series. I can relate to the art stuff strewn about!!! What a darling and my my what eyes she has.

Haley WestwoodFebruary 4, 2013 - 4:42 pm

I wish I lived close to you! I simply love your work.

You have the most beautiful tones to your photos, I love them. And not to mention the most gorgeous kids. Beautiful post this month!

Sarah cFebruary 4, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Oh my!! These are stunning! I love how you can take the everyday moments so many of us overlook and make them these profoundly beautiful artful images!! You are amazing!!! You make me wish we were bringing our littles to Seattle because I would hire you in a heart beat to capture my family!!

Summer MurdockFebruary 4, 2013 - 2:45 pm

I have a daughter about this age that is obsessed with coloring painting and crafts as well. Gorgeous colors and moments captured here. Xo

Wendy VonSosenFebruary 4, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Kara, this is lovely! We adore arts and crafts at our house and I so relate to this post. Yours looks much more contained than the chaos of arts and crafts here. Your colors and tones are beautiful here and I love all the details you included.

amy graceFebruary 4, 2013 - 11:06 am

oh my goodness, the color is magic! it’s amazing to be able to capture something they love so much and give it a new life of its own. you are so full of lovely drama and life and exuberance. and you make everything just sparkle :) xo

shalondaFebruary 4, 2013 - 10:59 am

oh kara! i simply love you! i adore the lighthearted beautiful life you capture of your babies…someday I WILL MEET YOU IN REAL LIFE lady…

Michele QFebruary 4, 2013 - 10:32 am

Oh I just love looking at your blog. I always feel so inspired by your images. So great!

Becca Anne JenningsFebruary 4, 2013 - 9:18 am

I love your work Kara! You inspire and your children are so beautiful. I love that you capture sweet moments in their life that they’ll treasure forever!!

brendaFebruary 4, 2013 - 9:00 am

beyond beautiful Kara! I love that you captured her passion this way and it will be so special to look back on.

LucyFebruary 4, 2013 - 8:40 am

Gosh your kids are darling! Love seeing them in their element!

Vicki CFebruary 4, 2013 - 8:35 am

I wanna come over to your house for arts and crafts! Looks like so much fun. Beautiful post!

Sophie|London Ontario PhotographerFebruary 4, 2013 - 8:28 am

Ohhhh I just LOVE this. So glad I found you through this circle. Just stunning work!

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