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Alana and Zach's City View Loft wedding photos in Chicago, Illinois with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

It’s an honor to share Alana and Zach’s City View Loft wedding on the blog! And you know what? There aren’t enough words to adequately describe this wonderful wedding day! I adore Alana and Zach! It makes my heart happy that Julia and Ali’s wedding day brought them into my life. From getting to meet […]

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Hi sweet friends! Today, I’m happy to share a little more about having your very own – unique to you – creative space inspired by my love for my pink home office. As a photographer and small business owner in my sixth year of business, my journey has had its pits, peaks, and countless times […]

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Having a Creative Space for You and Your Biz

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Today I’m throwing it back to a day packed full of education and photography earlier this summer! At the end of June, my dear friend Kate – I love my best photog buddy so so much – and I attended a workshop hosted by Twig & Olive Photography in Chicago. I thought it would be […]

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Twig & Olive Chicago Workshop | Kara Behind the Scenes

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I’m gonna let you in on a little (not so secret) secret… Self care is one of my keys to running a growing business and finding work-life balance! Throughout my coaching sessions, I’ve seen that work-life balance is a common pain point for many small business owners and creatives. While I have specific ideas and […]

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Practicing Self Care as an Entrepreneur

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As I’ve been diving into my new role as a Virtual Small Business Mentor (read more about that here) over these past few months, I’ve been eager to start sharing more advice for small business owners, especially creatives, on my blog! Today, I’m super excited to share with you three books that I think are […]

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Three Must Read Books for Female Entrepreneurs

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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, […]

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Trello Task Management for Small Business Owners

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My friends, Bread & Wine was one of the first books I read this year, and this book is a favorite now – that’s for sure! I’ve shared my love for Shauna Niequist’s writing before on social media, and I’m falling more and more in love with her words and writing with each of her […]

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Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist | Book Review

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Hello, hello! Kyle and I are so very excited to share that our (second ever) intro photography class Cake + Cameras is taking place again this April! Join us for our intro photography class (the same as our January 2018 offering for those wondering!) on Sunday, April 29th from 1-4pm at The Majestic in Kankakee, IL! We are […]

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Cake + Cameras | Intro Photography Class

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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, […]

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Why I Started Blogging | Kara Behind the Scenes

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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 […]

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Cake + Cameras January 2018 Recap | Intro Photography Class

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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 […]

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The Majestically Yours Bridal Show 2018 | Bridal Booth Inspiration

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