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.
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!
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.
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!