kara evans

Writing to you from my pink desk chair in my very own little corner of the world (aka my home office)...

Welcome to the Kara Evans Photographer blog where I share all the things - from love stories and encouragement for creatives to behind the scenes photos and life with our pups.

Kick off your shoes and stay awhile - I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m Kara.
When I'm not photographing weddings, you can usually find me in my home office with snuggly puppies at my feet! Grab a drink (a cup of decaf, mojito, or a glass of rosé if you're like me), kick up your feet, and stay awhile!
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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Jen Hatmatker's For the Love Podcast - For the Love Podcast - Kara's Favorites

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 […]

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Behind the scenes wedding photos of Kara Evans Photographer - photographer behind the scenes and portfolio headshots.

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 […]

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Guess what?! My husband Kyle and I are so excited to share more about our intro photography class – Cake + Cameras – coming in 2018! Join us for our first ever intro photography class on Sunday, January 28th from 1-4pm at Grapes & Hops in Kankakee, IL! We are so excited to help you get to […]

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Kara Evans Photographer's book review of The Best Yes by Lysa Terkuerst - a creative entrepreneur and wife's review of The Best Yes.

At the end of January, I finished my first personal development book of the year – The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. And I have to share! I’m plugged into an amazing friendship with a couple local photographers (Holly + Karen), so we gathered after reading this book to talk about our biggest takeaways. Let […]

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Last fall, I started to become MUCH more intentional about my search for a person(s) to make my dreams of a rebrand + new Squarespace website come to life. Little did I know that things would start to unfold very quickly… Enter The Rising Tide Society. I LOVE The Rising Tide Society for so many reasons […]

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The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher - a creative entrepreneur's honest review.

You guys, I recently stumbled across an amazing entrepreneurial tool to add to my toolbox, and I HAVE to share with you! Over the past couple of years, I’ve followed photographer + businesswoman Jenna Kutcher. She’s a small-town girl boss that has been building her empire over the last five years. She is an inspiration […]

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If you know me, you know that I LOVE to shower my couples with little gifts + extra love. They are my people, and I am thankful. It’s so important to me to tell them so! This year, I revamped my gift packaging after my rebrand last fall. In case you missed the story of […]

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Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Over the past few days, you’ve probably noticed that “By Kara” has taken on a completely different look… That’s right! Say hello to Kara Evans Photographer! Since officially starting my business out of my cramped college dorm room in 2013, I have learned so much and grown tremendously. Each day is still […]

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You guys… I just recently “upgraded” a portion of my wedding experience. So, today we are talking USBs! Several years ago aka the first year or so of my business, I only gave CDs, yes CDs (face palm), to my clients with their wedding photos. This was early in my business, and times have definitely changed […]

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Hi! I am extra happy today because it’s been an extra productive Monday! YAY! Today, I’m sharing a tool that I recently purchased on Amazon and LOVE! So, what is it?… A task timer! Thanks to Julie Paisley I have this gem! I am all about staying on task, creating to-do lists (and checking things off!), […]

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Chicagoland wedding photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois

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