Recently I had the great pleasure of meeting this little guy. Now, I think we can all just go ahead and agree that the degree of cuteness we’re looking at here is just off the charts.
I was privileged to get to take his family photos on his actual first birthday! What an honor for me! And I came to the conclusion that it’s pretty good to be 1-year-old… particularly good to be THIS 1-year old! Toys, cake, adoring grandparents and parents, dogs, wagons – such fun!
Thanks guys! I had a blast and I can’t wait for you to see the rest of your images and then decorate your home with them!!
You’ll see this theme, about real life being beautiful, emerging more and more in my work in the coming months. I have always loved that photographs can tell stories; even just one photograph all by itself can say so very much. Somehow though, I seem to have drifted away from what I love most about photography. Please don’t misunderstand, I still enjoy taking posed family pictures and I love the creativity some of my clients have shown in creating their sessions. I think those things are important too, particularly photos of the whole family. But in the hustle and bustle, I discovered that I was leaving out of my work the things that I value the most. The everyday things. The story of what life is/was really like. The beauty of real, un-posed, un-edited, messy, always-changing, glorious life.
Here, let me show you what I mean. Take a few minutes to watch this for me: Real Life is Beautiful.
Soon I’ll be posting more about the Day in the Life Sessions that I’m adding to my list of services. I’m really REALLY excited to share the sessions I’ve already done and to answer any questions that you may have about the process. If you are as excited as I am and want to know more right away, shoot me an email and let’s talk! (firstname.lastname@example.org). But be prepared – I can talk/email about this for a LONG time. Seriously. I’m stoked.
Some of you may know that my husband and I recently traveled to Oregon for spring break. Actually, a LOT of you may know because we could not stop sharing photos on social media. You know why? Because we were having the time of our lives. Seriously. Most fun trip ever. Some city, some beach, some rain-forrest, some sea lions. Sigh…..Oregon was a bubble of delight. And we didn’t even get to see all of it! You know what we should all be doing? We should be documenting in detail our best trips and then swapping itineraries with each other! I’ve got ours so if anyone else wants to trade, I’m game!
All that to say – why stop the over-sharing now? Here are a few of my favorite photos from the second-half of our trip.
It’s going to be hard for me to not gush over the wonderful time I had hanging out with these guys for this family photo shoot. This is a fun family. Guys, this is the family who’s house you want to get stuck at during the snowstorm! It’s the cool house! This is the place to be!
You can tell from these photos that they love each other and have a great time together; and that they’re all pretty taken with their newest addition – little Raylan. And who wouldn’t be – come on – those cheeks, that cowboy hat?! Off the charts adorable.
Thank you guys – I can’t wait to do it again soon!!
I have never had the joy of having a newborn baby in my own home but I have photographed many other people with their newborns and I have noticed something, a beautiful and telling dichotomy. In most homes, there are usually new baby things everywhere. There should be because babies require lots of stuff and people gets lots of stuff from friends and family (some stuff they need and lots of stuff they don’t know what to do with) prior to the baby’s arrival. I also strongly encourage that people not clean up before I come for a photo shoot. First of all, I know that folks have better and more important things to be doing than cleaning up before a photographer comes for just a few hours. Secondly, you should see my house sometimes! Thirdly and most importantly, I think the so-called-mess and the chaos are such an important part of the story; the true story of when Baby came into our lives and changed everything.
The other thing that I have noticed about photographing a newborn baby at home – whether it is baby number one, or two, or three, or so forth; is the peace that occurs amidst all of the “mess” and upheaval and change. It is palpable. When I arrive, I greet and chat with the tired but thrilled parents, I survey what rooms have the best light and then, when the parents finally sit down and hold their new baby, that is when the magic happens…peace. The parents forget to worry about the house, about how they look, about the to-do-list and hopefully they forget about me too and they get lost in the tiny, fragile, perfect new life they hold in their hands. I always hope and wait for this moment. It’s an honor to be there for the beauty of real life and to document these fleeting moments. Thank you to everyone who has let me be witness to the beauty of their lives so far, and to the Harrison family, pictured below with their sweet and perfect new baby Eli.
I had the joy of taking photos of this sweet girl last weekend, right before her 1st birthday party. I love this age, because they’re more curious than shy. One year olds are full of wonder and appreciation for the little things around them – rocks and sticks are as interesting as balloons and cupcakes (and all are equally likely to end up in their mouths!). Mae is so good-natured and impossibly cute. And don’t get me started on how much I love chunky baby-thighs! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! S & L – you have an amazing, beautiful baby and I am so grateful that I got to share in this milestone with you!
Thank you! Enjoy your sneak-peek, a few of my favorite black & whites! I can’t wait for you to see the rest of them!
With love- Kara
©Kara Johnson Photography 2015
(Sigh). You’re the cutest. I am biased of course, being your aunt and all, but I have it on good authority from all of the people that I insist look at photos and videos of you regularly, that you are WAAAAY up there on the cute scale. Maybe they’re just being nice, but how could anyone not get sucked in by those eyes and that grin and those luscious baby-fat rolls?
I like thinking about how much fun we’ll have when you’re a little older and we can do things together like go to the zoo and the park and make big huge messes with paint and mud-pies! I know that after that, there will come a time when no matter how hard I try, I won’t be someone you want to hang out with anymore because you’ll realize that I’m…old. To you anyway. Because you’ll be a teenager. During this period of our lives, when I am the least-cool (second only to your parents) and you cannot possibly voluntarily be seen with me in public; I’ll try to remember my own teenage years. Instead of foolishly attempting to pick out cool music, clothes or educational games for you – I will give you cash and gift cards at birthdays and holidays. This I do solemnly swear. But for now, I’m going to give you the most ridiculous outfits I can and take as many pictures as I can and eat up all of your cuteness and continue to force coworkers, strangers and friends to agree that you are an above-average baby. This I do solemnly swear.
I love you dearest DJ!
– Aunt Kara
Hey friends! Welcome to my new website! So the great thing about a new website is that’s it’s all shiny with new photos on it and widgets and buttons and things. That bad thing about a new website is that I haven’t quite figured out how to use all of the widgets and buttons and things. Hopefully if you’re stopping by to check out your photos, get more information or place an order then all will go smoothly. But if you find that you’re having problems with any portion of this website, please let me know! And then I’ll let Google know and it will tell me what to do next. In the meantime, thank you for coming by!