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 - 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 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 - 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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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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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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Oh my goodness, this #puppymomma cannot believe that Georgie girl turned O-N-E yesterday! Last summer, Kyle and I adopted Georgie from Wright-Way Rescue. Luckily, one of my photographer friends also works there and recommended the shelter to us. If she hadn’t connected me to the shelter, we wouldn’t have little Georgie girl in our life! Boy […]

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In this day and age, it is so easy not to print your photos. I hate to admit it, but it is 100% true. As a photographer, I personally combat this and oftentimes realize that I haven’t printed photos in months. This seriously leaves a pit in my stomach. It is my mission to print my […]

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Yes, it’s nearly the END of February, and I just realized that I never blogged photos from our amazing family trip last fall! In October, my family (mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and husband) traveled to South America! This was the my first trip out of the country along with my parent’s first international trip, too. […]

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A couple weeks ago, I read a blog post by a fellow photographer and friend that inspired me. Karen of Karen Shoufler Photography wrote a post titled 10 Things You Don’t Know About Me, and it inspired me to share more about myself. So, thank you, Karen! XOX Today, I want to share 7, possibly random […]

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This week I’m sharing a new recipe that I tried and LOVE! I’m always looking for new recipes and trying new ones, so I hope you’ll enjoy! In this summer heat, I love to snack on chips and dip… (Confession: I’m a snacker all day, every day… Not just during the summer!) But why can’t the snack be […]

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Chicagoland wedding photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois

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