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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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{Bloom Basics – Only 3 Days Left to Register!}

Stephanie and I are gearing up for another great group of students who’ve signed up for our on-line ‘Bloom Basics’ workshop!  And there are just a few seats left and only 3 more days to register. This class requires NO prior experience with photography.  This is about learning to use your DSLR on manual mode.  Forget using ‘Auto’ – gain control over the look of your images through your cameras settings.   Understanding how to control your camera to get the images you want.  We will be covering so many topics including photoshop!  For more details about the class and registration links click here.  And of course e-mail me at any time with questions:  kara@karamayphotography.com  Hope to see you in our private on-line classroom on Monday!

MichaelaMarch 13, 2013 - 11:43 am

Very nice, I often visit your blog. Beautiful photos and music as well. Beautiful. :-) )

Photobooth Lincoln NEFebruary 2, 2013 - 3:03 am

Really amazing work done by you, I want to ask that is there is any new Model of carl-zuice is availible in the market nowdays…?

{Something’s different about him….}

My little man looks a little different these days.   Something has changed…and he can see better in class as a result.  Yes, Tyler got glasses!  He was having trouble seeing the smart board (I keep calling it a chalk board but I’m quickly corrected) from the back of the class, so it was time to take him in for a ‘real’ eye exam.  It took a long time and Ty was pretty nervous.  I was by his side the whole time watching him struggle to read the letters on the wall from a distance.  I couldn’t believe what he couldn’t see.  But in the end his vision really wasn’t that bad.  He only needs the glasses for distance and his vision is 20/30 and 20/40 so it’s pretty minor.  But the new glasses…they’re kind of a big deal to my little guy.  He was nervous but excited about this new addition to his face.  :)   He’s very careful too, reminding me how to properly care for the glasses (guess I’m not as careful with them as I should be).  Anyway, this ‘new look’ called for a photo session, so we did just that – then the rain interrupted and we ran for the car.  So this was what we were quickly able to capture.


Katie CawoodFebruary 12, 2013 - 10:16 am

Two words: Buddy Holly. :)

Cassandra GilesJanuary 30, 2013 - 1:24 pm

For reals??? This is awesome Kara! What a little stud!

TanyaJanuary 29, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Love these shots Kara & Tyler’s new glasses, they look so good on him!! I have to say, Tyler is growing up so fast & growing into one very handsome young man! x

MariaJanuary 28, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Sooooooooo adorable Kara! Love these. Tyler is getting so big.

Lindsay Tres'January 28, 2013 - 9:50 pm

Seriously one cute and stylish hipster you have there! I’m in live with his look. Adorable!

YvonneJanuary 28, 2013 - 4:11 pm

I LOVE his glasses. They look great on him.

Oh Kara what a handsome boy, I love these photos!

mugsie5January 28, 2013 - 1:16 pm

love these shots. If anyone could rock these it is Tyler

Heather A.January 28, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Um, adorable! He’s so cute and growing so fast. Even though I’ve never met your family I feel like I know you. Thanks for sharing this with us!!

Jessica HogenJanuary 28, 2013 - 1:12 pm

This post ROCKS! My little girl wears glasses and I love to see them as the central theme like this in a photo shoot!

Kay ZJanuary 28, 2013 - 12:59 pm

He’s so handsome! Love that you did this! He’ll love these when he’s older.

Katie McGeeJanuary 28, 2013 - 12:45 pm

What a handsome little guy! He looks dashing in those glasses!

Kat GambleJanuary 28, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Omgosh! He is the cutest little hipster boy I’ve ever seen!

{‘Dream’ Issue of CHIC Magazine}

I’m excited about this month’s Dream Issue of CHIC Magazine.  It’s loaded with beautiful images and detailed articles.  I was flattered when I was asked to contribute with a tutorial on ‘Beautiful Backlighting’.  I love writing (when I have time) especially when its technical writing about photography.  And I love to teach so this was so much fun for me to do. And finally….being in Arizona, I worship the light for photography here and utilize backlighting for most all of my sessions.   If you’re interested in getting a hardcopy or a digital copy of CHIC magazine you can click here to order.  Hope you enjoy it!

BethJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:46 am

Kara, your web design & photography are exquisite! Loved meeting you yesterday!

mugsie5January 19, 2013 - 10:05 am


Vicki CJanuary 18, 2013 - 10:22 pm

I need to read this article. My backlighting images are not crisp at all. So hard to keep my subject in focus when trying to get pretty backlighting. You’re such an inspiration!

Becka Anne DonnerJanuary 18, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Oh wow Kara! I’m sure this article rocks! You have the most beautiful work! I think you should be in every magazine!

LaylaJanuary 18, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Beautiful images! I didn’t know about this magazine. I will be going to the link and ordering my copy ASAP! EXCITED! Always a pleasure to see your work Kara <3 Layla with Blue Sky

{Vintage Crown}

I love crowns, especially vintage crowns.  When TJF Designs , creator of ‘Confessions of a Prop Junkie’ asked me to work with her on this stunning crown, I was ecstatic!  My mind started racing and I was getting so inspired from this one amazing little crown.  I thought about what I wanted to do.  And for some reason I do my best thinking last minute (literally) when it all comes together.  My mom made Brielle the gorgeous red cloak and Brielle really wanted to wear her new converse boots.  So I added them in to the pile of things to bring to the shoot and gathered a few more things…a tutu, cute lacy leggings, a brush and some hair spray.  Then we raced to the site with the last available amount of light and I feel in love with the scene that Brielle created with those new crazy boots and brilliant vintage crown.  You can find some amazing props and unique, beautiful crowns on Tabitha’s website.  She also has a Facebook Fan Page where she posts recent items added to her store as well as sales and promotions and other business happenings.

KatieFebruary 4, 2013 - 9:18 pm

WOW!!! This is unreal!! Very beautiful and motivating to other photographers..

HallieJanuary 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

The black and whites are phenomenal!! Awesome work as always!! Brielle is such a gorgeous girl!!

Becka Anne DonnerJanuary 11, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Wow, wow, wow, wow! Love everything about these. I want this whole outfit for my daughter.

Kat GambleJanuary 11, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Get out!! This is a dream session. I’m always left so inspired by your posts and your music. Simply want to stay here a while now. Keep posting please.

LaneyJanuary 11, 2013 - 11:56 am

Flippin amazing!! Pure utter inspiration.