Thursday, December 30, 2010

{Love Bug}

"Love Bug"
"Lovie Buggy"
"Lover Bugger"

...just  few of the nicknames that I have for our sweet little guy. No matter which one I use, I still can't seem to express how much I love him. My goodness, I love being Grady's mommy!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

{photos with SANTA to FIGHT trafficking}

Join Kara Hicks Photography's evening of photos with Santa! All profits will go to the Eastside Women of Purpose to fight Human Trafficking!
Click HERE to learn more about EWOP and our efforts to fight this horrible injustice.

December 6th 4-8pm

{Sitting Fee}
Drop-ins - $10 (guarantee of at least 1 final image)
Appointments - $20 (guarantee of at least 3 final images and 5 min of time with Santa)

Home Alone - $25 - CD of final image(s)
Elf - $35 - CD, (3) 5x7's
Polar Express - $45 - CD, (3) 5x7's, 16 wallets
White Christmas - $55 - CD, (4) 5x7's, 24 wallets, (1) 8x10

{Ala Carte Items}
8 wallets - $6
5x7's - $4
8x10's - $6

Appointments are currently VERY limited. Please email me at to find out what is available.
Of course, if all the appointments are full, you are welcome to come as a drop-in! You will be given a number and called to have your photo with Santa in-between the scheduled appointments.

Contact me at

Studio located in Bothell. Email me for exact address.

Friday, October 29, 2010

{Happy Halloween!}

Happy Halloween from the sweetest little Football you have EVER seen! :)
Someone was a *bit* tired and slept through his first Pumpkin Patch trip!
Happy Halloween from the Hicks Fam!!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

{Playing a little catch up...}

I would love to introduce you to our wonderful little man...
Grady Edward Hicks
Born 8-9-10 @ 5:08pm
7lbs 5oz, 20.5in

But lets go back a few months! I guess the last photo that I posted of Grady on the blog (back when we didn't even know he was a Grady) was our 9week sonogram!?!? Is that possible?!? I'm one HORRIBLE blogger! :)

So, here we go, from the beginning....

{9 weeks}
{19 weeks}
{21 weeks}
{24.5 weeks}
{31 weeks}
{36 weeks} 
(on Gregs birthday! AND starting to feel HUGE!)

{Family photo shoot at 37 weeks}
{37 weeks}
{39 weeks}

{39 weeks & 4 days!}
...and my very last picture pregnant! This was my WONDERFUL L&D nurse, Carol.  
My water had broke at home at about 10:30am on Aug 9th (3 days before his due date). We made it in to see Dr. Morell about an hour and a half later & then he sent us downstairs to checked in and get pitocin hooked up since I was only having "tiny" contractions on my own. This photo was taken at about 1pm, right after Carol started the pitocin. About 15 minutes later I was having crazy hard contractions out of no where with only about 15-20 seconds rest inbetween. way to experience contractions for the first time! HA! Carol told me later that they had the drip turned up a little too high for me...and that the other nurses could not believe how fast this first time momma was progressing! Thanks to being a Kellmer girl I guess! :) I went from 3cm to 6cm in about an hour, got that lovely epidural and was complete at 4:30 (although my nurse thought I had been there for a while). After 39 minutes of pushing, Greg helped Dr. Morell to deliver our beautiful baby boy, Grady! Hands down the most amazing moment of my life to have my husband help me to deliver our son into the world and place him on my chest...amazing how so instantly I was SO in love with him and felt the "motherly instincts" kick in when I heard his first little cry. As soon as he was in my arms, and I was able to talk to him he instantly stopped crying! So crazy how he knew his momma had him safely in her arms and was ready to love and protect him. :)

{First Family Photo}
I sobbed the moment I saw this photo for the first time. So amazing how such a wonderful, tiny little guy changed our life in an instant! We could NOT be a happier family of 3!
{First Bath from Daddy}
I was so proud of Greg for asking out nurse if he could give Grady his first bath. Saying that Greg is a wonderful daddy is a HUGE understatement! :)
{12 hours old}
...and finally the first photo that mommy got to snap of him. (for sure the first of THOUSANDS! :))
{First car ride HOME}
Words can't describe how elated Greg and I were to be leaving that hospital as a family of wonderful!
{3 days old}
...and headed to our postpartum check up. Found out that he had lost almost a pound, was jaundice and not doing so well eating. :( Broke this new momma's heart! We started a bit of a crazy feeding/pumping schedule when we got home. It was a bit rough and still kind of a haze, but we got thru it. After his 5th Doctors appointment at about 3 weeks old he was finally back up to a healthy weight! SUCH a relief! Who would have thought our baby would have feeding issues?!?! :)
{Proud Grammies!}
{My FAVORITE boys...}
{1 week old!}

{First photo shoot @ 10 days old}
The blue blanket is one that my Grandma Kellmer made for Grady. I had one just like it when I was little (with pink and other girly colors) that was my beloved blankie. Needless to say, when I opened this gift in the hospital the day after Grady was born, I kind of lost sobbing lost it. :) It's super special.
{Meeting Great G'ma Headrick}
{SUCH a happy fam...}

{Two Weeks Old}

{Great Grandpa Young singing to Grady}
{19 Days old}
{6 weeks old}

and we finally make it back to present day...

{8 weeks old}

I hope you enjoyed our little journey of our little man! I will try and be a little better about updates from here on out! :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

One big happy {Family}

Not only do I adore Amy as my friend, we also share similar passions. One of those passions is to fight human trafficking with the Eastside Women of Purpose. We also both share a love for Photography. So - when Amy let me know she wanted to help to support my last trip to Thailand by purchasing a photo session as a gift to her in-laws I was super honored and excited!

Photographing the Cheng Family was such a fun way to wrap up my last session before we have our sweet little guy in August. I'm pretty sure that the Cheng's new little addition will be great buddies with our little guy in no time! :)

Here are the "original FOUR"...
The sweet new family of FIVE...
It all started with these TWO...
And who could resist taking photos of these TWO?!?!...
Thanks again to you ALL for a great sunny Saturday afternoon in the park! And thank you SO much for helping to make it possible for me to travel back to Thailand last November!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

{HELLOOOO sunshine, we've missed you!}

So I am officially on "maternity leave" from my little photog biz, but just had to get this family shoot in 2 weekends ago. We had been re-scheduling for weeks...trying to hold out for a great summer Seattle day. Well, it was totally worth the wait! We had the most beautiful day to take photos!

We started out at Gas Works Park. It proved to be a little challenging cause for some reason the REST of Seattle wanted to enjoy the nice day too!?!? Imagine that! :) HA! 
So after Gas Works, the Grubb's family took me to their favorite ice cream shop, Molly Moon's in Wallingford. And oh boy! If you have never indulged in Molly Moon's - you simply MUST do it soon! Hands down, my single scoop of Salted Caramel was the BEST ice cream I have ever had! I think they enjoyed their ice cream too...

Thanks so much to you guys for so generously supporting my trip to Thailand last November with the purchase of this special shoot! I had a BLAST with you, and I look forward to the next time we get to hang out and take photos! :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

{growing baby boys}

Last weekend I had way too much fun getting to photograph a 2 week old baby boy, and then the next day, a 1 year old boy that I started photographing just shy of a year ago!

The sweet little guy being snuggled by mommy in his adorable green animal room...
He had the best head of hair on him!
Sweet little sleeper...
Then wide awake for more pics!

And then the next day it was my favorite little man...I can't believe how fast this past year has gone by! I did my first shoot with this little guy when he was just 3 months old. Now he is quite the busy little guy... crawling all over!

Having fun with mommy...
Oh my, those blue eyes!!
I have found that since knowing that we have our own little man on his way, I have an extra soft spot in my heart for these little guys! I can't wait to start documenting his little life and growth through his first year too!