Weddings are booked on a first come, first served basis. I’m sure you’re learning that dates book quickly in the wedding world! To secure your date and reserve it on my calendar, I require a signed contract and $750 nonrefundable retainer ($1000 retainer if booking photo + video). And speaking of booking… All booking takes place online, yay!
For the most part, yes! I completed one college class and attended a handful of conferences, but I continually learn from the photography and creative community around me - reading (lots of reading!), observing, watching videos, and shooting. Photographing love pushes me to learn more each and every time I pick up my camera. Outside of photography, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Rhetorical Studies.
I love shooting in the warm, golden, and glowing light of a summer sunset. There is something about the gorgeous sunset light that makes me feel so fulfilled and faithful in creating. But don't get me wrong, I LOVE a snowy session, capturing the first blooming colors of spring, and the warm oranges and reds of fall. Truthfully, each season brings me joy as another season to photograph.
Yes. A million times yes. Wedding photography turnaround is 6-8 weeks and wedding videography turnaround is 60-90 days post-wedding. Friend, you’re gonna have those memories in your hands in no time!
Hands down, my 85mm f/1.4 wins! I reach for this lens pretty much 80% of the time, and I've been hooked ever since I photographed with it for the first time. It allows such a natural, real, and intimate perspective. A few years ago, my answer would have been my 50mm f/1.4 as it used to be my go-to lens for almost everything, but that all changed when I met the dreamy 85mm. My second favorite? The 35mm f/1.4 is an absolute dream, too. And yes, I'm a prime lens kinda gal!
Yes! I am available for worldwide travel! I love to explore and photograph new places and would love to photograph your elopement or destination wedding day outside of Chicagoland. And to let you in on a little secret, I would just LOVE to travel to Colombia (again!), Yellowstone, Utah, Puerto Rico, Colorado, Mexico (again!), Europe, New Orleans, Florida, Texas, and the Grand Canyon (again!) - among some on my bucket list - for wedding days. Getting married outside of Chicagoland? Let's chat!
It’s my passion to provide not only wedding photography (and videography) but a kick booty wedding experience. I’m not that photog that just shows up on your wedding day, delivers your photos a few months later, and never talks to you again. When you decide to say “Kara, will you be my wedding photographer?” you’re getting so much more than a wedding photographer… You’re getting a wedding cheerleader, bonus wedding party member, timeline extraordinaire, professional dress fluffer, BFF, and so much more!