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November 2018 Recap | My Life Mondays

Kara Evans Photographer's my life Mondays November 2018 recap blog - my life Mondays personal blogger.

December 3, 2018

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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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Happy DECEMBER! Only one more month left this year… As always, time is flying by!

The month of November was FULL. I traveled to North Carolina for a conference, rounded out fall sessions, photographed my last weddings of the season, enjoyed Thanksgiving with family, and so much more in between! November is usually the homestretch month to my “winter break” and slower months, and I am looking forward to the winter season.

The beginning of the month brought a day of driving home from Nashville for a quick trip that included an engagement session and a little exploring. Then the weekend brought a gorgeous fall wedding day, and my day of fall mini sessions – I was thankful to be able to photograph 11 sessions that day!

The first full week of the month was filled with FOUR more sessions, and every one of those happened due to a great week of weather (and even a surprise snow!). Then, the weekend brought another wedding day and a Sunday flight to North Carolina with my photographer bestie, Kate. We traveled to NC together for a creative conference called Creative at Heart. The week was filled with so much goodness (I promise I’ll blog about it soon!), and I loved sharing the week with Kate. We learned a ton, bonded even more, and it filled my winter project list for the biz.

After returning home from the conference, I had a day of “rest”, ha! AKA a day of getting everything unpacked, writing a few blog posts, sending out some galleries, cleaning the house, and prepping for the weekend’s wedding. Whew! Then, a quick trip to the city for the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer with my hubby. And we were only halfway through November at this point 🙂

As the third week of November rolled around, I will be honest… I couldn’t believe it was already time for Thanksgiving! The days at that point in the month had flown by from a business lens with so many photos, lots of editing, blogging, travel, client meetings, and more. I was thankful that Thanksgiving would bring a little rest, time with family, and four days off work!

I enjoy baking, especially pies, and Kyle has taken a liking to helping me bake pies, too. At the holidays, we usually bake a few pies for each family gathering. On Thanksgiving morning, we were surprised when our oven stopped working, and we had three pies ready to bake! Ha, of course! That morning, we were thankful for sweet neighbors and my mom’s working oven. Sometimes life throws you curveballs and you just roll with it!

Black Friday was spent with my dear friend, Autumn, for a girls day of shopping, and we had the very best day together. Then, the Saturday after Thanksgiving (and once our new oven was installed!), Kyle and I hosted our first ever Thanksgiving gathering in our home. The turkey was tasty, the pies were yummy, and all-in-all we loved filling our home with the people we love. And now I have a greater appreciation for my mom when she hosts holiday gatherings in her home!

Then, it was time to carry-on our tradition of cutting down a Christmas tree + decorating our home for Christmas together. After Thanksgiving weekend, I worked really hard to catch up on editing before December (almost there!) and had a bit of a slower week with no sessions. We rounded out the month with dinner in the city trying out a new brewery with Kyle’s brother and girlfriend.

November, it’s been real… But I’m ready for December and the holidays with loved ones and my “winter break”!

Kara Evans Photographer's my life Mondays November 2018 recap blog - my life Mondays personal blogger.

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Chicagoland wedding & family photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois