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 Family Photographer - Spring Mini Sessions - Spring Family Photos - Watseka Illinois Family Photographer

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN! It’s that time of the year for mini sessions… And this year, I am so excited to offer an afternoon of springtime mini sessions in May! Here are the details you need to know! –    When? Saturday, May 5th –    Where? Watseka, Illinois –    What? 20 Minute Sessions Your […]

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Wedding hashtag ideas on Wedding Wednesday with Kara Evans Photographer.

You said “YES”… Set the date… Secured vendors… Decided on your wedding day style… Now, it’s time to choose your wedding hashtag! That’s right, this is a fun one! First and foremost, I wholeheartedly recommend that you get as creative as possible with your wedding hashtag! Your bridal party, family, friends, and guests will enjoy this […]

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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Chicagoland Wedding Photographer - Sarah Kathleen Events - Sarah Kathleen Events Aurora Illinois - Vendor Spotlight

It’s been a few months since our last vendor spotlight on the blog, so what better time to share another one of my favorite wedding vendors… Sarah Kathleen Events! During the 2017 wedding season, I had the honor to work alongside Sarah, a wedding and event planner, for the first time on a beautiful downtown […]

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Kara Evans - Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Wedding Wednesday - Wedding Wednesday Blogger - Sizing Up Your Wedding Guest List - Guest List Advice - Wedding Guest List

In the midst of wedding planning, some tasks and to-do’s are simply more fun than others…. I get it – sizing up your wedding guest list can be stressful (although I promise it doesn’t have to be), but it’s part of the entire experience and planning process. Today, I’m excited to dive into this topic […]

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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Chicagoland Wedding Photographer - Kenosha Wisconsin Wedding - Wisconsin Winter Wedding - Circa on Seventh Kenosha Wedding Day

Happy Thursday, friends! I am LOVING these winter wedding days this year! You probably remember Jennifer and Justin from their engagement session last spring. Like I wrote then, I remember knowing Jennifer since junior high when our neighboring schools played sports against one another. I always remember Jennifer as a kind, good-hearted soul, and that […]

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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Photography Blog - Life Blogger - Why I Started Blogging - Blog Journal - Virtual Blog Journal - Online Life Journal Blog

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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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Navy Blue, Forest Green, and Metallic Wedding Day - Blushing Bridals - Wedding Day Bridals - Bridal Portraits

Blushing bridals are BACK!  I love sharing these photos and loving on these beautiful brides throughout the months after their wedding days… And I think sharing these photos is a great way to share inspiration with couples and show the vast variety of wedding day styles out there. Be true to you but be inspired! […]

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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding and Family Photographer - My Life Mondays - My Life Mondays Blog - Lifestyle Blogger - Monthly Recap Blog - Instagram Recap Blog

Happy February, friends! 2018 is off to a wonderful start after wrapping up the first month of the new year! While we’ve been running around quite a bit the last month, I have definitely been trying to enjoy my “winter retreat” months where I get to stay in, read lots of books, and work on […]

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Kara Evans Photographer - Intro Photography Class - Cake + Cameras Class

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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Kara Evans - Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - My 2018 Project 52 - Project 52 - Project 52 Blogger

At the start of this year, I decided to start a Project 52 (one photo each week throughout the year)… On a wim! A few years ago, I completed a Project 365 (one photo each day throughout the year) on Instagram over at #evansproject365, and while it was so fun, it was also A LOT […]

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Chicagoland wedding photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois