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Friends, this blog post has been in my “drafts” folder for nearly two years… And since I’ve been blogging since 2013, I think sharing this blog post and my heart is long overdue. I started my blog (and business for that matter) in 2013 out of my college dorm room. I remember brainstorming blog posts, […]


February 15, 2018

Why I Started Blogging | Kara Behind the Scenes

Karlie and Stephen’s engagement session marked the first engagement session of 2018 on the books! This couple is just simply sweet, and I am so thankful that I connected with them last November. Karlie found my work online via Facebook, and now I’m excited to be working with the couple as their wedding photographer! These […]


February 12, 2018

Karlie + Stephen | Engaged | Normal, Illinois | DESTIHL Brewery Engagement Session

Blushing bridals are BACK!  I love sharing these photos and loving on these beautiful brides throughout the months after their wedding days… And I think sharing these photos is a great way to share inspiration with couples and show the vast variety of wedding day styles out there. Be true to you but be inspired! […]


February 8, 2018

Navy Blue, Forest Green, and Metallic Wedding Day | Blushing Bridals

Happy February, friends! 2018 is off to a wonderful start after wrapping up the first month of the new year! While we’ve been running around quite a bit the last month, I have definitely been trying to enjoy my “winter retreat” months where I get to stay in, read lots of books, and work on […]


February 5, 2018

My Life Mondays | No. 37 | January 2018 Recap

This was the most perfect winter wedding day… And Erin and Drew’s January wedding day marked the start of our 2018 season! These two met when they were very young and even have a photo standing next to each other when they were in preschool. As these two grew up, they became high school sweethearts […]


February 1, 2018

Erin + Drew | Newly Wed | Milford, Illinois | Town and Country Events Winter Wedding Day

Yesterday, Kyle and I hosted our first ever photography class, and it was a success! The class focused on getting to know your camera, shooting in manual, and understanding lighting and composition. Oh, and yes, the class was FULL of rich conversation and Q & A – some of the best ways to learn in […]


January 29, 2018

Cake + Cameras Recap | Intro Photography Class

At the start of this year, I decided to start a Project 52 (one photo each week throughout the year)… On a wim! A few years ago, I completed a Project 365 (one photo each day throughout the year) on Instagram over at #evansproject365, and while it was so fun, it was also A LOT […]


January 25, 2018

My 2018 Project 52 | Kara Behind The Scenes

A few months ago, I wrapped up reading #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, and I think now is the perfect time to share my thoughts on this read! First off (and before I get into the book), I think it’s incredibly encouraging that so many female small business owners and entrepreneurs are being encouraged through community, […]


January 23, 2018

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso | A Book in Review

You guys, I am simply OVERJOYED to share this session with you today! Meet our sweet new nephew, Cooper George! Aren’t his little cheeks just so kissable? And that chin – we just adore this little guy! Cooper made his appearance on December 28th just before the end of 2017, and Kyle and I loved […]


January 18, 2018

Cooper | Two Weeks Old | Minier, Illinois | Central Illinois Lifestyle Newborn + Family Session

As I was driving and listening to this very podcast a few days ago, it hit me that I just HAD to share it with you on the blog! So, today I’m sharing one of my very favorites… The For the Love podcast with Jen Hatmaker where Jen shares conversation about all the things we […]


January 16, 2018

For The Love Podcast | Kara’s Favorites