Change of Command | LTC McKernan



Newborn | Ayvah

I love to meet first time parents.  Justin and Amanda were no different.  They were in complete awe of their little baby girl.  I love watching new parents just breath in every little moment… staring at and studying their baby, not wanting to miss a second of the first days of life.

Their daughter, Ayvah Dawn, was brought into the world on February 2, 2012.  She weighed just over 7 pounds and was 20 1/2 inches long.    The day I met Ayvah, she was 9 days old.  She had the sweetest little lips and I couldn’t get enough of them.

It was such a joy to hang out with this family for a couple hours.  There was no denying that mommy and daddy have fallen head over heals in love with their daughter.  I could tell after minutes of talking with them that they are going to be great parents.

Congrats again, Justin and Amanda.  I look forward to getting together again soon for your family session and Ayvah’s 3 month photos!

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Change of Command | Miller

The Change of Command Ceremony is a time honored tradition that dates back to the 18th century.  It is a formal passing of responsibility from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander.

February 9, 2012, CPT Austin Miller took a command within 2-22 IN Battalion (Triple Deuce) out of Fort Drum, NY.  Congrats to CPT Miller and Family.

If you have a military ceremony you would like to have photographed, send me an email to

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Senior | Kaylee

I was looking back through old albums on my computer and came across my sister’s senior pictures we did in September…  Isn’t she beautiful?!  It’s hard to believe she will be graduating high school this May.    She plans to attend Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN in the fall to major in elementary education.  I couldn’t be more proud of her.

I’m planning to travel south for her graduation ceremony at the end of May.  If anyone in the Clarksville/Nashville, TN area would like to book a session while I’m in town, shoot me an e-mail at – I would be honored to be your photographer!


Newborn | FAQ

When is the best time to book my newborn session?
The best time to book your newborn session is during your pregnancy. I will reserve a time frame for you based on your due date. Once you have delivered your newborn (or have a c-section scheduled) please contact me ASAP so that we can set up an actual date and time for your session.

What is the perfect age to photograph my newborn?
The best time to photograph your newborn is before 10 days of age.

Where will the newborn session take place?
The session will take place in your home. I will bring several props (blankets, hats, wraps, baskets, etc) to the session and we can also incorporate special items of your own. We may use various locations in your home: the nursery, couch, your bed, etc. Please don’t worry about having a “spotless” house during your session!

What is included in the newborn session fee?
The newborn session fee includes traveling to your home, up to two and a half hours of my time and talent photographing your newborn, the use of various props (blankets, hats, wraps, baskets, etc), post session editing of photographs, and online proofing of your edited images.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for my newborn session?
When photographing a newborn “less is more”. I will do a majority of the session “al natural” so that I can photograph and preserve all the little details of your newborn. It is best that you turn up your home temperature several degrees during the session to keep the baby as warm and comfortable as possible. A full baby makes a happy, sleepy baby. It is best if the baby is fed while I’m setting up. I am also a natural light photographer, so do not be alarmed if I open curtains/blinds and move furniture (with your permission) during the session to get the best light possible. Mama and Daddy are more then welcome to be in some of the photos as well, but remember we are going for simple – a plain colored shirt and jeans will be perfect and assure that the focal point of the photograph will be directed to your new baby.

How do I book a newborn session?
You can book a newborn session by emailing me at
Your due date and a $25 deposit will be needed at the time of booking.

I can’t wait to meet you and your newborn!


Welcome to my blog! I am Kara, the owner and photographer behind Kara Smith Photography. I am an on location, natural light photographer in the Fort Drum, NY area.  I’m looking forward to sharing my work with you through this site.  Please check back often and leave a comment to let us know you did!

A little about me…

I am an Army brat who graduated from Fort Campbell High School in 2001. I went on to attend college at the University of Tennessee at Martin where I graduated with a degree in Special Education in 2005.

I married my high school sweetheart at the end of 2005 and a few months later we made our first move together as an ARMY couple. We have somehow survived 5 moves and 4 deployments in our short 6 years of marriage.

Together we have two beautiful children. Gavin is our spunky, race car loving, never sits down, creative, can to anything that has to do with a ball, hair cut hating, fruit loving 3 1/2 year old boy. Stella, on the other hand, is quite the opposite of her brother. She is our 13 month old little mama. She loves babies, jewelry, kisses, snuggles, and music.

This life has shown me just how precious the little moments are.

Send me an e-mail at to let me know how I can help you capture your little moments… whether it be the first days at home with a new baby, a special military ceremony, a first birthday, a family photograph before a deployment, or a special boudoir session to surprise the man in your life. These moments pass in the blink of an eye and before you know it they are but a distant memory. I’d love to help you preserve YOUR little moments.

I look forward to hearing from you!