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

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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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Engagement sessions are starting in full swing again as the weather hopefully turns warmer and STAYS warmer with the springtime season approaching. Meet Stephanie and Harith! I connected with these two through my favorite ladies at Elite Bridal in Champaign. These two are kind, down to earth, and fun! Their story goes back to their […]

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Lincoln Memorial Garden winter engagement photos in Springfield Illinois - Kara Evans Photographer Central Illinois and Chicagoland engagement photographer.

Eeeek, I am beyond excited to share Shannon and Jimmy’s engagement photos on the blog! I’ve known these two since I lived in Jacksonville… Shannon and I met working retail and became fast friends. She’s as sweet as can be and so very fun to be around! Over the years, I’ve photographed her senior photos, […]

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Winter Washington Park Engagement Photos in Springfield, Illinois with Kara Evans Photographer

Meet Mattie and Rolando! These two got engaged this past summer and are planning their winter wedding day for this December – so fun! Mattie and Rolando met at Indiana University during their last year of coursework for their Doctorate degrees… Mattie told me that when she saw him across the room, she knew he […]

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November farm engagement photos in Pleasant Plains, Illinois - farm pasture fall engagement photos in Central Illinois.

Engagement session season is starting to wind down! And even while this season is winding down (and actual engagement + proposal season is just beginning!), I am so glad that I was able to spend an afternoon with Hannah and Matt in Central Illinois just before Thanksgiving… We all agreed that it was the best […]

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More engagement session goodness! This season has been filled with amazing couples, and I’m honored to share a look at Heather and Austin’s engagement session here on the blog! Heather and Austin met on a blind date through a mutual friend – Heather’s coworker and Austin’s childhood best friend. That date was two years ago, […]

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Another engagement session is hitting the blog today! I met Lauren and Alex through my college network in the Jacksonville/Springfield area, and I am looking forward to their wedding day next year! These two are from a small town and had known of each other for years – running around in the same friend group […]

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This fall has been filled with so many amazing couples, and I’m loving it! Meet Katie and Sebastian! I connected with this couple through my friend, Kate Spencer, and I am so thankful for that introduction. Katie and Sebastian’s story goes back to when they were just kids… Sebastian is one of Katie’s best friend’s […]

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More engagement sessions mean more blog posts! Ivanna and Chris two met at their dorm’s small group bible study during undergrad at the University of Illinois. And what started as a beautiful friendship soon blossomed into something more! This past summer, Chris surprised Ivanna with a proposal over her birthday weekend. They started the day […]

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Loved this engagement session and love this couple more! Samantha and Nick met while working for a college athletic department in the north suburbs of Chicago… As they continued to get to know each other, they started dating on New Year’s Day and fell in love. What a beautiful start to the new year that […]

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Meet Cari and Nick! This September, I traveled south to Beardstown, Illinois for their engagement session. These two were very welcoming of me to their neck of the woods, and we were thankful for a lovely fall-like evening (despite the 90+ degree temps and unexpected storm clouds that rolled in – eeek!). Cari and Nick […]

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Chicagoland wedding photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois