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Winter Starved Rock State Park Engagement in Oglesby, Illinois | Katy + Shane

February 19, 2016

Hey, I’m Kara!
Hey, I’m Kara! A wedding and family photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois! Whether I’m photographing your wedding day or everyday milestones and memories as a family, this job is my joy.

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Oh, Katy and Shane, where do I begin?

Katy and Shane are unlike most of my couples because these two… They are family. You see, I’ve known Shane for so many years while he has been dating Katy, and it was no surprise when he proposed last fall!

Following the proposal, Katy and Shane started exploring wedding dates, venues, and vendors, and I am so thankful to be their photographer. There is nothing like the honor of being part of a couple’s wedding day, but when the couple is already family, it makes my job that much sweeter!

Katy originally wanted a snow session but decided to give in to her excitement and go for a “winter” session. Without snow (and no promise of it this season), we still wanted a unique session location, so we decided to have the session take place at Starved Rock State Park. It was a first visit for all three of us, and we luckily were given a 45 degree February day! And wouldn’t you know… The following weekend was a winter wonderland!

This session offered a first for me… We logged a total of 5.5 miles walking throughout the state park during this session! I have to say that I have never walked that much during a session. And let me tell you, all of us had sore legs for a few days following this day, but we are thankful for the beautiful images!

It was fun working with Katy and Shane because 1) I was spending time with my cousin and soon-to-be cousin, and 2) I finally got to photograph them together… ENGAGED! These two are so sweet and in love, and LOVE to laugh! We loved exploring the park and finding sweet, almost hidden locations. There were so many beautiful spots that it was hard to choose where to stop at times!

Katy and Shane, you were a joy to photograph, and I am so excited for your next wedding events in the months leading up to when I photograph your big day! Lots of love to you both!


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Chicagoland wedding & family photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois