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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 […]

BUSINESS, PERSONAL

January 16, 2018

For The Love Podcast | Kara’s Favorites

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! This SNOW engagement session was my very last e-session of 2017, and it did not disappoint! The temps were around 15 degrees and snow was all around, but that didn’t stop us… Love, love, love these photos! Last November, Marissa and I connected after she found […]

ENGAGEMENT, LOVE

January 11, 2018

Marissa + Michael | Engaged | Kankakee, Illinois | Snowy Winter Kankakee Engagement Session

Last weekend, I was honored to be a part of The Majestically Yours Bridal Show at The Majestic in Kankakee! This was my first time participating in this bridal show as a vendor (I did attend as a bride myself several years ago!), and I LOVED it. What a Sunday well spent! This year, I […]

BUSINESS, WEDDING

January 9, 2018

The Majestically Yours Bridal Show 2018 | Bridal Booth Inspiration

Today is bittersweet as I’m sharing my last wedding of the 2017 season… What a year it has been! I am truly thankful. Kayla and Eric’s wedding day was the absolute best end to last year’s wedding season that I could have imagined. And I’m sure for those that know these two, they would have […]

LOVE, WEDDING

January 4, 2018

Kayla + Eric | Newly Wed | Jacksonville, Illinois | Annie-Merner Chapel Winter Wedding Day

Hi friends! Today’s Wedding Wednesday post (and the first Wedding Wednesday post of the new year!) is going to be a fun one! Throughout wedding season, I usually end up with a handful of behind the scenes photos. These are so fun to look back on, and they bring back such fond memories of all […]

BUSINESS, PERSONAL

January 3, 2018

Behind the Scenes of Wedding Season 2017 | Wedding Wednesday

Happy New Year! But before I get too ahead of myself, I would LOVE to recap the past month of December! December started out with an amazing day… My cousin + best friend Shana’s wedding day! It was so refreshing to be on the “other side” of things as a bridesmaid all weekend long. Plus, […]

PERSONAL

January 1, 2018

My Life Mondays | No. 36 | December 2017 Recap

Throughout 2017, I have had the honor to work with an incredible number of families… I truly feel honored!¬†This job is my joy! All throughout the changing seasons, I photographed returning clients and new families, and it has truly been a season of joy. This year I really pushed my family work to become more […]

FAMILY, LIFE

December 29, 2017

Families of 2017 Recap | Central Illinois Family Photographer

Today I’m happy to share my second to last wedding of 2017 with you on the blog! I’m guessing you remember Jaye and Scott from their engagement session earlier this year and that photo experience did not disappoint with these two! Throughout the past year or so, I have loved getting to know these two […]

LOVE, WEDDING

December 28, 2017

Jaye + Scott | Newly Wed | Champaign, Illinois | I Hotel Winter Wedding Day

Wedding season #5 is officially a wrap! And what a year has it been! This year, I shared wedding season with twenty-eight amazing couples… It has been a great honor to spend these wedding days¬†with each and every couple, and I am feeling very thankful at the end of this season! Throughout the year, I […]

LOVE, WEDDING

December 27, 2017

Recapping Kara’s 2017 Weddings | Wedding Wednesday

Not too long ago, I LOVED meeting the Bonavita family for the first time at Cupola House Tree Farm for their Christmas + wintery photoshoot… This family is so so adorable! Kaitlyn and I connected earlier in November after she found my work online, and I was so excited to meet her little family of […]

FAMILY, LIFE

December 26, 2017

The Bonavita Family | Bourbonnais, Illinois | Cupola House Tree Farm Family Session