Comment from Kara Hanes:

Hey there! Kara here. It's easy to show you beautiful photos that I see all around me but today I'm showing the girl on the other side of the lens. I'm not perfect. The old me would have been scared to share a photo of me without cropping this size 14 waist. But I'm showing up today imperfect and untouched. It's crazy how society makes us feel unworthy and comfortable to be ourselves. When looking at this photo I thought to, "Oh girl, your curves are making a statement" but when I step back, I think of the journey and how they came to be. I think about how I had the honor to carry two beautiful babies when others long to do that very thing. I'm working on loving this body and showing up just as I am. Double tap if you believe confidence is hard but it's worth pursuing. 🙌🏻

6 Days ago

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Sunday nights mean packing lunches and realizing the kids didn't do their homework (oops) it also brings on a case of the Mondays. How do you prepare for the week ahead? 📷 @jennakutcher

8 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin." -Mother Teresa What if we put our worries aside and only thought about what we could do in this very moment to reach full potential? Isn't it crazy that our "to-dos" are what hold us back. What is one thing you're hoping to accomplish today? 📷 of the beautiful Hannah Walters who just went live on the blog. Check it out. Click the link in the bio. 🐎 Also some very beautiful horses!

13 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

Reality = Me in my sweat pants, sipping coffee and contemplating dragging myself out of bed. Thank goodness for a dark roast (🙌🏻 so glad that coffee exists) what do you do on a Saturday morning? ⠀ ⠀ Get more images 📲 like this for free. Link in bio.

17 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

FRI-NALLY am I right? I just love Fridays. This time of year they remind me of football games and hanging with friends. They also promise sleeping in on Saturday and waking up on a crisp cool morning, coffee in hand ready to enjoy a day off. What do you like to do on your Friday night? 📷of the beautiful @morganlemieux25

18 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

📷 Pro-tip: Before your session, pack a bag with snacks, water and any small objects (like toys or lollipops) that might help me get their attention when it’s time for them to look at the camera. If they are old enough to understand you, it’s a good idea to prepare them for what’s to come before the session starts. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behavior. A lot of families discuss and pick something fun in advance as a treat after the session if they’re good listeners, like an ice cream cone🍦, for example. It also helps if their bellies are full and they’ve has some good rest beforehand. Once you prepare them physically and mentally, then feel free to give them (and you!) grace! They’re little, and I know that some days don’t always go as planned. I’ve seen it all and will make sure to get you great photos, regardless of their moods. My goal is to make this as fun and stress-free as it possibly can be for you and your family!⠀ ⠀ For more tips like this one, download my FREE Portrait Session Style Guide for a stress free experience. Link in my bio.

20 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

I see you over there. Scrolling through beautiful images wondering how to get images just like this one. I'm here to tell you that I've taken out all of the guess work and turned it in to my brand new Portrait Style Guide. Here you'll find information on finding your location, date, time, color scheme, what to wear, how to prepare for your session and more. The best part is that it's free. For a limited time you can CLICK the link in my bio to get yours now. Go ahead and do it. Don't miss your chance.

21 Days ago

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It was a cold winter evening. We were celebrating 4 years of being together. We walked to this bridge with only the moon and twinkling lights to guide us. As we stopped in this very spot, He handed me a card. My eyes skipped everything printed and I read his handwriting that said, "Will you marry me?" 7 months later we said "I do" and Sept 2, we celebrate our 11th anniversary. This photo explains our relationship pretty well. I'd say that so far it's been the best one yet. Here's to many more babe! 📷 by the incredible @katiecookphotography relive our wedding day with us by visiting my story.

24 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

I'm guessing by now you probably know how much I value my time. I also value my clients and I want to make sure I give them the best experience. This year I have tripled my clients and profits but most of all I get to spend more time with more people and less time at my desk. This spring I was introduced to an amazing platform where they organize my clients, send invoices, track profits, help me to be personable and look good. This would be @honeybook You might be sitting there thinking that you can't believe something like this exists or maybe you have a method and you're wondering if there is something better out there for you. Check out my link in my bio and click to see why I chose it and receive 50% off! #organized #entrepenuer #lifeofaphotographer

26 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

Dear time, we often feel that there is never enough of you. I'm sorry if I've misused you. Often enough I fill you with things that are meaningless, take on things that I shouldn't and complain that it's your fault. Sincerely, overworked⠀ ⠀ Do you ever feel like this? I find it interesting that when I try to make time in my life it's when I'm most challenged. Things try to fill the voids I work so hard to achieve. Well I'm here to say, no! 🙅🏼 I want more meaning in life with the things I do. More time with the family, more time serving and more time telling beautiful stories. Double tap if you agree. Check out "Do things that matter" and 📷 of the beautiful Koetsier family who is on the blog today. Check it out! Link in my bio.

29 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

Today I asked my self... Is this business worth the work? The answer was a quick yes. Each day I'm inspired by the story of so many and I'm honored to capture just a small glimpse of them. Today I'd love you to meet the beautiful @sophiazolnierek She has begun her senior year at #grandvillehighschool and her and I became such quick friends. There is more to come on the blog so check back in a couple days. Where are my 👩🏼‍🎓 seniors 👨🏾‍🎓 at? Tag them below! This is your year. 🎉

30 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

Class lists for my kids came out today. I'm not sure if I'm ready for the early mornings again. Waking up naturally is just better. Tell me, how many times do you typically hit a snooze button in the morning? 📷 Kara Hanes Photography

32 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

Are you ready? Today I'm sharing my honest truth about life. 😬 This past year I have spent time reflecting on who I am and what I'm meant to do. I'm going to be straight up honest. I've been selfish in the past. I've needed to find what things control me and how to let it go. Now I'm going where I'm lead. I could not do this without amazing mentors and those who have my best interest. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 double tap if you can relate. ⠀ ⠀

36 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

😬 Dare I say that fall is just around the corner? Are you patiently waiting for the day I offer Mini Sessions? Maybe you're wondering what a mini session is. Today on the blog I'm talking about the pros and cons of a mini session and what to expect with #karahanesphotography link in my bio #hanessocks #hanesourway #wereobsessed

37 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

Saturday's are becoming busier with family sessions in full swing. Today we pack for our family's mini vacation and I wrap up sessions from the past week. Double tap if you need an extra dose of ☕️. Tell me, what are your plans for the weekend. Photo by the lovely @jennakutcher⠀

38 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

I remember 10 years ago when I was pregnant with our son thinking about how I was going to be a certain kind of parent and never do this or never do that. Well then reality sets in and with a second kid it changes even more. What was/is one thing you swore you wouldn't do as a parent but you find yourself doing it anyway? 👶🏻 Photo of my sweet friend Michelle and one of her boys. See more from this session on the blog today? Link in my bio.⠀

38 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

Attention: ⚠️ Im giving away my secret. Did you know that I'm a sucker for a good love story? It's images like this that speak to me. When you look at this do you see three people or two? What I mean is do you notice the photographer asking them to hold this pose just a little bit longer? I'm not a huge fan of posing (to be honest it's one of the hardest parts of my job. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Shhh don't tell) but I want more actual moments that share a story of who they are. I want you to feel how they are feeling. Not pretend to be someone else and hold a hand a certain way because of a cool thing I saw. Thanks to @marymarantz for reminding me of the things I love to photograph most. Double tap if you agree! 🙌🏻 Photo by #karahanesphotography of Parents hiding from their teenagers who were less than thrilled to see mom and dad kissing.

40 Days ago

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41 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

Monday latte choice, Caramel Macchiato! Join the newsletter (link in my bio) to get amazing perks like this. .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ photo by @scstockshop⠀

42 Days ago

Comment from Kara Hanes:

Who loves free stuff? 🙌🏻 this girl does. What if I told you I'm giving away free Instagram stock images for you to use? Even better right? Hop on over to my bio, click the link and you can access your #freebies there! #karahanesphotography

48 Days ago