kara evans

Your family's legacy continues to grow as time goes on, and these milestones deserve to be documented, too!

My mom has loved scrapbooking for as long as I can remember. Each year, she carves out days and weekends to dedicate to printing, compiling, and scrapbooking photos of our family’s milestones and memories from throughout the years. My sister and I have scrapbooks from every year since we were born, our weddings, my husband’s military service, each of my niece’s years since birth, and more. As my mom pours her love into these books, she shares her progress and loves to accompany the photos and designs with stories and notes of those memories.

I love connecting to people throughout life’s greatest chapters. Creating photographs that help you look back on your family’s legacy over the years is an incredible honor. Keep scrolling to learn about how I do this with my 'next chapter' sessions.

your wedding was just the first chapter...

Over the years, these scrapbooks have become part of our family’s legacy with these real, tangible photos of our milestones and memories. I want your family to have this experience, too.

“Every session with Kara is truly enjoyable and authentic! I absolutely love how perfectly she captures each milestone and precious memory of our story that I have to look back on.”



Anniversary, maternity, newborn, in-home lifestyle, and/or family photos in/around Kankakee, IL


Pre-session planning, tips, and outfit styling – I’ll help you every step of the way (including Access to my online outfit styling tool!)


An online gallery of high resolution photos with a print release


A mix of color and black & white edits in your gallery

The option to purchase timeless prints and products of your photos

A 'next chapter' session is perfect for you if you’re looking for…

“My husband and I first chose Kara to photograph our wedding in 2020. Since then, she has documented our growing family through newborn photos, family sessions, and milestone sessions. Kara is amazing to work with! She is kind, patient and she truly cares about the families she photographs. She is also extremely talented; she delivers beautiful photos quickly every time. We love our sessions with Kara, and we are so thankful we have her as a photographer and a friend!”


I      Kankakee.

that's why all sessions take place somewhere in the kankakee, illinois area or at my natural light photography studio right in the heart of downtown kankakee!

I'm Kara, btw. As soon as we meet, you'll learn that I love to talk, and we'll most definitely become friends. It's just what we do around here! 

Seriously, my past clients have told me time and time again that they wrap up their session feeling...

• Like they’ve been photographed by a friend
• Comfortable in front of my camera – no matter the occasion
• A genuine connection with their photographer
• Thankful they found a photographer turned friend

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Browse next chapter sessions from over the years!

At the studio:

In and Around Kankakee:

Choose your session type:

the full session

$425 // 60 Minutes // Two Outfits & One Location

Full sessions include up to 5 individuals ($50/additional individual), approximately 75+ photos, and an online gallery with digital download & print release. This session is perfect if you'd like a longer session with more variety and more photos! Newborn and extended family sessions fall under the full session option.

the mini session

$300 // 30 Minutes // One Outfit & One Location

Mini sessions include approximately 30-35 photos and an online gallery with digital download & print release. Mini sessions must take place at our studio in Kankakee or in the Kankakee area. This session cannot be used for newborn or extended family photos, but it is perfect for anniversary photos, quick family photos, maternity photos, and baby's first-year milestone photos. 

Investment Details


Approximately two weeks after your next chapter session, the edited photos will be uploaded to a private online gallery (just like your wedding!) where you can download the high-res digital images. You will also have the option to purchase prints and products through the gallery, but it is not required. All next chapter sessions (full & mini) receive 25% off print orders for 7 days after gallery delivery!

Sessions are scheduled on Tuesday-Thursdays approximately one hour prior to sunset (studio sessions are scheduled during daylight hours). To book your session, I require a signed contract and $100 nonrefundable retainer. The remaining balance is due at the time of your session. All booking takes place online, yay!

the nitty-gritty details:

“The best decision we made for our wedding was hiring Kara to be our photographer. It was only natural to continue doing milestone sessions with her when my daughter was born. Since then we have done fives sessions; both in the studio and outdoors. Kara is the ultimate package! She does an amazing job at coordinating outfits beforehand, fixing hair/outfits the day off, and making you feel confident in front of the camera. She is welcoming and so easy to talk to. Kara has outstanding patience and incredible eye for details. My only hope is for more people to experience a photo session with her.””

- holly


Chicagoland wedding & family photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois