Category Archives: Kari’s Corner

Scarlett in the Park


Hello everyone! We’ve been working hard on a few different shoots.. the first of which was Ms. Scarlett.  For this shoot we went to San Mateo’s Central Park and visited the Japanese Garden.  It was a beautiful day out and Scarlett, who is a little over a year old, loved looking at the coy ponds. We took some adorable shots of her looking over the rails of the small wooden bridge, at all the colorful fish.  She loved walking through the gardens hand and hand with her parents, Toni & Joe, and occasionally stopping to smell the roses:-) She also showed her excitement for her new sister who will be arriving soon by kissing Mom’s tummy as she sat in Dad’s lap.  It was a great day and awesome shoot!  We had so much fun playing with Scarlett, making her laugh by making silly faces (a couple bystanders might have thought I was a little crazy  ;-).  A big Thank You to Toni & Joe for being such good sports and for being up for anything.  Stay tuned for more shoots..coming soon.

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Steve and Nicole’s San Francisco Engagement Session

Nicole and Steve’s Engagement Shoot


First off I just want to say congratulations to Nicole and Steve on their engagement! You guys are such a great couple! This shoot was a blast, we seriously had so much fun. Steve and Nicole decided they wanted to head up to San Francisco for their shoot; so we started off at the Palace of Fine Arts then headed down to the Marina and eventually down to the ball park which was my favorite part of the day. Now don’t judge Nicole too much but she’s a *gulp* Dodgers fan;-)and Steve is a Giants fan. So they both changed into Dodger/Giants jerseys and “fought” outside of the stadium.  It was hilarious and so much fun.  The pictures came out really funny and I think it shows just how strong of a couple they are (I mean if a century long rivalry can’t tear them apart than nothing can:).  We ended the day at the top of Potrero Hill and captured some beautiful sunset shots with the city skyline in the background.  It was a perfect way to end the shoot.  A big thank you to Nicole and Steve for such a great photo shoot, we can’t wait for the wedding in October!

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Andrea and Gabe’s Wedding | March 17, 2012

Andrea & Gabe’s Wedding!


I first should start off this post by saying CONGRATUALTIONS to my sister & new brother-in-law! It was an amazing day and gorgeous wedding.  Hopefully by now you all have seen Andrea and Gabe’s wedding pictures (if not, Click Here. Go look at it now, don’t worry this blog will still be here when you get back:)  Like I just said, it was a beautiful wedding but of course, like all weddings, the day didn’t come without a few bumps along the way.

Finally the big day was here, the day that they had been planning for the past year.  We all looked outside and what did we see you ask?  Nothing but rain! And I’m not talking a little drizzle or on again off again showers.. oh no, I’m talking non-stop torrential down pour the whole day and night. Time to adjust our game plan! Obviously the beautiful outside resort shots we were planning the night before were now out of the question. It became kind of a game of searching for dry locations with beautiful lighting and backdrops, which in the end wasn’t too hard to find because the resort was absolutely stunning.

I made my way to the bride’s room as the rain and wind kicked up a notch expecting to see her worried by the weather, but when I walked into the room there was nothing but a huge smile on her face.  I realized that, this was a woman who was marrying the man that she loved and a little rain wasn’t going to ruin a damn thing for her!  She just laughed and said “Oh well, what can you do?”, and if you’ve ever met Andrea, you know just how infectious that laugh can be.

There were so many great moments throughout the night but I think my favorite moment of the wedding was when we were taking pictures of the lovely couple and all of a sudden we hear a piano start to play.  We turned around to find her father playing their special song. In fact it was the song that they had scheduled to play for the “father/daughter dance” later that night. She immediately left the shoot to sit by his side and listen to him play; and of course Fil and I just fired away! Such a special moment captured.

In the end, everything turned out beautifully;  the ceremony, the reception, flowers, music ..just flawless.  Everyone laughed and danced the night away; the day couldn’t have gone better and hey the pictures came out absolutely gorgeous, if I do say so myself;-)The rain can’t stop us!  Congratulations again Andrea & Gabe!




Behind Kari’s Corner

Since we’ve launched our site and this blog, some family members have commented on how they love that this section of our site is called Kari’s Corner. Then I thought that I should explain to everyone else where the name comes from.

To understand the meaning behind Kari’s Corner, I have to tell you about my grandmother Lucile Hillyard.  She was an AMAZING woman.  First I want to start off by saying, the woman raised 13 children (9 boys & 4 girls)!  Now you might think that a woman with 13 children wouldn’t really have time for much else, however, my grandmother was no ordinary woman.  Somehow in the midst of the chaos she found the time to be an inspiring activist.  She helped start the Samaritan House Food Program in the 1980′s.  She lived to see the program evolve and help feed many families in need, still to this day.

Now, while raising 13 children and being an activist she obviously had plenty of free time!  So she decided to become a journalist for a few different local newspapers. She interviewed many important people and covered stories that were important to her community.  This was a woman who lived and experienced so much in life.  When she went to work for the Peninsula Times Tribune she finally got a chance to share her experiences with the world.  She was given the chance to write a daily column appropriately called “Lucy’s Corner”.  She would write short stories about her husband and children and anything else she deemed important and/or interesting.  So although my little photography blog will undoubtedly fail in comparison to her work . . . to her life, it’s my way of paying a small tribute to her and all she left behind.

There’s so much more to her life story . . . it was filled with craziness, love and history.  Like the story she shared with me time and time again about her experience on that fateful day in Pearl Harbor . . . but that’s a story for another day.  After a 13 year battle with Alzheimer disease she passed on December 19, 2010.  Although the world has lost a truly inspiring human being, she leaves behind 13 children, 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren (and 1 more on the way) that will continue to share her story with the world.

So thank you for taking the time to read this post and for visiting my blog . . . Kari’s Corner.


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Meet the Team!

Morales Images - Wedding Photography and VideographyHello world! Let me introduce myself.. my name is Kari and I’m one half of Morales Images. Along with my husband, Fil, we have finally launched our new company and website and we couldn’t be more excited! We feel so lucky to be able to be a part of those special moments in people’s lives. I think after the first wedding we shot, Fil and I both knew that we stumbled onto the perfect job for us. To see a bride walk down the aisle or capture the first few weeks of a child’s life truly is an honor. Fil and I were just recently married so we understand just how important each moment is and have the tools and experience to preserve those memories for generations to come.

While we are both great photographers, I like to think that Fil is more technically proficient while I focus on more of the artistic aspect of the shot. We love to work as a team during shoots and have great chemistry and work ethic with one another.
Aside from being a photographer, my other passion in life is teaching. I’m a preschool teacher and I absolutely adore the job and the kids in my class. I think that transfers over well to our family/children shoots because I feel very comfortable with children and we have a great time. Fil always jokes with me that wherever we are, by the end of the night I’ll have at least one kid sitting in my lap telling me their life story. We’ve learned over the years that to capture those priceless moments you have to be on your toes because anyone that’s been around a 3 year old knows, that kids move fast! Fortunately, Fil is great at catching those cute little smiles and all the hilarity a child holds.

Thank you for visiting our site and taking the time to check out our photo galleries, video reels and of course Kari’s Corner! I’ll be keeping you guys posted on recent shoots, promotional updates and from time to time I’ll let you in on a couple secret photography tricks that will make you look great in any picture you take! So make sure to subscribe to my blog because you won’t want to miss out on all the fun! Fil and I can’t wait to see what the 2012 has in store for us, we know it’s going to be a great year!

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