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Hi again, it’s me with another Project 52 update! Over the past few months, I have sincerely loved taking out my camera for more daily “life things”. It is good for my soul, and it is so meaningful to look back on these sweet photos from our weeks with those that we love. I used […]


April 23, 2018

Project 52 Update | Kara Behind the Scenes

Did you know that I photograph some other super fun things outside of weddings and families? Well, now you do! It has been a joy to explore parts of my business that allow me to help other small businesses with virtual small business coaching and the branding side of their businesses (oh, and headshots, too!) […]


April 20, 2018

Parker James Boutique – Mokena, Illinois | Kara’s Favorites

Today, I’m sharing one of my all time FAVORITE tools as a small business owner… Trello! My sweet friends Britt and Kelsey at Launch Your Daydream introduced me to Trello, and I’m forever grateful that they did! Trello is an online task management tool. Within Trello, I organize my business tasks, weekly to-do’s, content calendar, […]


April 17, 2018

Trello Task Management for Small Business Owners

What a wonderful read! My sweet friend, Michaela, recommended this book to me, and I am oh so glad that she did! Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze came into my life at the perfect time… At the start of the new year and as we inched closer to the one year mark in […]


April 13, 2018

Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze | Book Review

This session made me yearn for warmer spring weather even more than I already was! Even though it was a chilly April day, Madison’s beauty was the focus of these photos! We all know that it’s not often that I photograph senior sessions, so Madison is a very special lady! It’s so fun to me […]


April 10, 2018

Madison | Class of 2018 | Kankakee, Illinois | Kankakee County Photographer

Happy Thursday! I’m thrilled to share this beautiful wedding day with you today! Last summer, I first connected with Lisa and Mark as they started searching for an engagement and wedding photographer. When I first heard their story and got to know them, I instantly knew that these two were madly in love and that […]


April 5, 2018

Lisa + Mark | Newly Wed | Springfield, Illinois | Erin’s Pavilion Wedding Day

Happy April! March was a month filled with family and friends! We started the month with a little more time with our niece Pix while she and her mom visited from Alaska. And the start of the month also brought the exciting news that Kyle and I are going to have another niece! We loved […]


April 2, 2018

My Life Mondays | No. 39 | March 2018 Recap

It’s ALWAYS a joy to photograph the Sawyer family… Throughout the years that I’ve known Amanda and Caleb, I’ve photographed their proposal, engagement photos, wedding day, anniversary photos, maternity photos, lifestyle newborn photos, and now family photos with their one year old daughter, Charlee. How time flies! And if Amanda and Caleb aren’t my biggest […]


March 29, 2018

The Sawyer Family | Springfield, Illinois | Urban Downtown Springfield Family Session

Baby Cooper is three months old! When I photographed Cooper’s three month milestone, I couldn’t help but think that it felt like yesterday when we met him for the first time on his birthday and then photographed his lifestyle newborn photos… Our nephew is growing up so fast! I loved photographing this little guy with […]


March 27, 2018

Cooper | Three Months Old | Minier, Illinois | Central Illinois Lifestyle Family Photographer

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN! It’s that time of the year for mini sessions… And this year, I am so excited to offer an afternoon of springtime mini sessions in May! Here are the details you need to know! –    When? Saturday, May 5th –    Where? Watseka, Illinois –    What? 20 Minute Sessions Your […]


March 20, 2018

Announcing Spring Mini Sessions 2018