I consider myself a minimalist photographer who loves to embrace spontaneity! The unexpected often leads to the most epic shots. I also prefer the word "prompt" over "pose." This means I'll coach you and give you ideas on how to engage with each other while steering clear of stiff positioning. Instead of lot of robotic posing, you'll get to remember your family just as they were. We'll chat and get to know each other as I click away. Be prepared for silliness and joy-soaked moments. As someone who understands hard things, I love helping others learn to appreciate, embrace, and share their own stories. And my ease has been known to rub off on people.
for the wild & free
My photographs are for mamas who want to take it all in but aren't sure how. For mamas who are so, so tired but want to remember and hold onto the good. Because, motherhood is so hard. But so good.
"I highly recommend Kara to anyone who wants to work with a thoughtful, creative and wonderful human who happens to also be a talented photographer" (Tina).
I first discovered my love for storytelling with writing. I started writing books around the time I learned to ride a bike! And I published my first book in 2012. In my books I talk about some pretty personal stuff, like my faith, my history of childhood abuse, and my experiences as a new mom. My love for stories has continued with photography. And just like my writing, I want my photos to be authentic, vulnerable, and filled with emotion.
I went to school for Biomedical Engineering and worked in the medical device industry for seven years before transitioning to being a full-time mom (which is still work people). I went out with a bang! (I'll translate: I made sure to have my wisdom teeth removed while I still had full-time child care.) Becoming a stay-at-home mom meant gaining loads of free-time to pursue my passion for photography. Totally kidding! But I did gain two gorgeous models.
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I've tried very hard on numerous occasions to put myself in a box, but every time I attempt it I pull a muscle or run out of duct tape.
I love sugar, but I hate sugar-coating anything. I’m a very social introvert. (I like people. I also like it when they go away.) I’m an empathetic engineer. A vegetarian who has no problem slaying some fish. I have a deep affection for pizza. I also run for fun. And I know what it's like to be a full-time working mom and a stir-crazy stay-at-home mom. Finally, I'm a rule-following lover of Jesus forever unlearning religion, always reminding myself that I can't earn grace.
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A FEW FUN FACTS
I LIKE TO TRAVEL ALONE.
I worked at a glacier guiding business in New Zealand for about six months. This was after I backpacked around NZ for a month by myself and completely fell in love with both the people and the place.
ADRENALINE & I ARE FRIENDS.
Here are some things that have given me a good adrenaline rush over the years: Skydiving, bungy jumping, parasailing, hang gliding, and (attempting) backcountry hiking in the remote mountains of Alaska while pregnant.