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Wifey, dog mom, hugger, photog, mentor, and lover of love… And when I’m not photographing wedding days or mentoring creatives, you can find me snuggling our rescue pup Georgie, loving on my family, spoiling our nieces and nephew as Auntie Kara, gardening in our backyard, or exploring breweries and wineries alongside my hubby.

kara evans!

Hey girlfriend! I'm Kara Evans.

My husband of five years and high school sweetheart Kyle, our rescue pup #georgieannevans, time spent with family and friends, popcorn, all things pink, shopping local, wine, the number seven, baking all the things, home decor, reading, spoiling the littles in my life as Auntie Kara, and tasting the cake at each and every wedding I photograph.

i'm in love with...

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I will squeeze you when I meet you, greet you, and say goodbye - you should just expect that from me! Oh, and I LOVE to talk! I am passionate about marriage and being a wife, and my husband is my #1 supporter. Marriage has been one of the biggest challenges and blessings in my life, and it’s my joy to share it with others as I document your love story, celebrate your marriage alongside you, and provide daily reminders of your love and commitment in marriage. 

i'm a hugger...

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I’m a major sap, and I just own it because what else can you do? I cry happy tears behind my camera with nearly every wedding day I photograph, and there is just something magical about encouraging other creatives in their passions. I never would have guessed that this would be my job and my joy - my avenue of serving others - but I wouldn't change this beautiful and fulfilling journey for anything! 

i'm in love with love...

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I started my business out of my college dorm room in 2013 with no idea where things would go... To this day, I still remember packaging welcome gifts and emailing brides out of that little room! Since then, I took my wedding photography business full-time in 2015, added mentoring for creatives in early 2018, and launched our photo booth in late 2018! Now, on a typical workday you'll find me working from my pink desk chair (of course!), most likely in yoga pants and a Strawberry Revolution tee, and yes, with a snuggly little puppy at my feet! That's #karabehindthescenes for ya!

starting my business...

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Snuggle time with our rescue pup #georgieannevans is my favorite! 

Fun Facts!

Since I was a little girl, I've always loved to play dress up... And dressing
up in my wedding dress for a little fun is no exception!

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I love baking and have taken home many grand champion ribbons at the fair in my day… I’m talking banana bread, peach pie, homemade fudge, and more!

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My husband Kyle and I are high school sweethearts!

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I’m a Type 2 on the Enneagram - the helper.

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It’s my goal to read at least two books per month (or audiobooks during wedding season). Currently loving personal development reads!

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Yoga grounds me and challenges me. I love practicing at home on
my mat and at a few amazing Kankakee County studios. 

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I love spelling (I know, I know #nerdy!) and could spell Czechoslovakia
at a very young age… Like age 5. Thanks grandma!

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

My husband inspires me... He is my rock, my supporter, and my love. I am constantly encouraged by him! Building relationships as a creative entrepreneur also intensely fuels my fire and pushes me to be better while serving others through my work. And even more, my faith keeps me joyful throughout this journey by teaching me more about how I can use my God-given talents to love on my tribe and my community.

Are you a self-taught photographer?

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. 

Do you specialize in a certain area of photography?

Yes! I specialize in wedding photography working with couples from engagements to wedding days to anniversaries. If you’re looking for a family, extended family, newborn, or senior photographer, I would love to share recommendations of some of my favorite photographer friends throughout the community that specialize in these areas outside of my specialty. I promise they will take great care of you!

DO YOU OFFER ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING?

YES! It’s part of my passion to encourage creatives in their businesses, and I love my time with my one-on-one mentoring clients. Find out more information here. And yes, there will most likely be coffee and cake!

What is your favorite tool as a creative?

Lightroom Classic CC (hey photogs!) and a task timer (hey lady bosses!)... I love the streamlined, less stress workflow that Lightroom allows me to have, and my task timer keeps me on track while I accomplish my daily to-do list, big or small!

What is your go-to lens?

Hands down, my 85mm f/1.4 wins! I reach for this lens pretty much 85% 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. And yes, I'm a prime lens kinda gal!

Do you travel?

Yes! I am available (and excited!) for worldwide travel! I love to explore and photograph in new places, and I 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, Florida, Texas, and the Grand Canyon (again!) - among some on my bucket list - for wedding days. Getting married in one of these places or somewhere else? Let's chat!

with kara!

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