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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The Pantone color of the year 2022 - Very Peri - Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

It’s that time of the year! The Pantone color of the year 2022 is here… Very Peri! Each year, I enjoy taking a look at the Pantone color of the year from a wedding lens, especially as a wedding photographer. I’ll be honest, this year, my first reaction is – not a fan! After I […]

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A photographer's advice for investing in the wedding bouquet with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

On this Wedding Wednesday, we are talking about investing in the wedding bouquet! It’s true, and I’m just going to say it… Weddings can be very expensive, and there are undoubtedly many expenses to budget for when it comes to wedding planning! As the planning process begins, a budget is put into place. Then, couples […]

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Why you should consider an unplugged wedding ceremony with Chicagoland wedding photographer and mentor Kara Evans Photographer.

Oh hey, it’s me Kara again with more Wedding Wednesday advice! Let’s jump in and talk all about why you should consider an unplugged wedding ceremony! We’ve all seen the horrifying wedding ceremony photos floating around on the internet… Guests standing to get a better angle while holding their cameras + cell phones, guests standing […]

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A photographer's advice for responding to RSVPs + wedding RSVP etiquette with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

On this Wedding Wednesday, we’re focusing on wedding RSVP etiquette! I’ll be the first to say it – Wedding RSVP etiquette can be a tricky, stressful topic for many couples. All too often, I hear of couple’s stress and frustration over RSVPs for their wedding day… Late responses, NO response from some, guests adding people […]

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Advice for planning stress-free family formal photos on your wedding day with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

Today, we’re talking all about planning stress-free family formal photos on your wedding day! Wedding days are almost always the first time I meet the family members of our couples. I love this aspect of wedding days because it’s an honor to meet the people that have encouraged, supported, and loved our couples throughout the […]

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Why it's important to photograph your wedding details on your big day with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

If you know me, then you know that I LOVE photographing your wedding details! Wedding details and flatlay photos have a special place in my heart. These are always the first photos I take on wedding days, and the very first photos our couples see in their wedding galleries. It’s a relaxing note to start […]

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The complete wedding gift guide for your spouse-to-be, parents, and wedding party with Chicago wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

In years past, I’ve blogged about parent gifts, wedding party gifts, etc. in their own blog posts. Today, I’m putting that to rest and sharing the complete wedding gift guide! This guide is separated by category and shares gift ideas I’ve gathered over the years of photographing well over 150 wedding days. Let’s do this! […]

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Let's sneak out for sunset photos on your wedding day - wedding advice with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

If I’ve photographed your wedding day, you know I always say – “let’s sneak out for sunset photos” – at some point during the planning process… And that’s exactly what we do on your wedding day! I’m a big fan of sunset photos on wedding days and here’s why… I cannot even begin to tell […]

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Should we have a first look on our wedding day? - wedding advice with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

Should we have a first look? It’s the question many couples ask themselves as they start planning their wedding days… And today, I hope to share a little insight about first looks from a wedding photographer’s perspective! But before I go any further with this blog post, I want you to know that I love […]

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A photographer's advice for planning your wedding timeline - wedding advice with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

Ahhhh, does planning your wedding timeline stress you out as an engaged couple?! Well, I’m here to reassure you that wedding timelines aren’t so bad after all… Especially when you have a trusted team of wedding vendors that have your back! When it comes to planning your wedding timeline, I believe one thing is most […]

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Chicagoland wedding photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois

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