WELCOME BRIDE

I'm so excited that you're here. I absolutely love weddings and getting to know couples. Enjoy looking around and don't forget to grab my free wedding budget template. Here you can budget, plan and keep track of all of your wedding items on the go or at your computer.

1.

WEDDING Gallery

View some of my most recent wedding photography.

2.

THE PROCESS

A RESOURCE TO ALL MY BRIDES

3.

INVESTMENT

Ready to become a KH Bride? Let the fun begin!

WEDDING BUDGET TEMPLATE

Grooms are important too! Here's a spot just for them!

AS SEEN IN

4.

BLOGGED ENGAGEMENTS

Want to plan your engagement session? see the latest on the blog

Stay within your means with this free template. It's my gift to you just for stopping by!

STEP ONE:
LET's BE FRIENDS

Wedding photography isn't just about the pictures. When you think about it, your photographer will be spending more time with you on your wedding day than your future spouse. Crazy right? Because of this you need more than just a photographer, you need someone you can trust. Someone that will make your experience the best it can be. This is why I make sure before you even book with me that you know about me and my photography style. When you inquire a session I'll send you a questionnaire and we can see if this is the right fit.

The Process

The Process

Up Next: Save The Date

STEP TWO:
SAVE THE DATE

Alright, the friendship has started! Now it's time to make sure that you can secure the your wedding date. I’ll send you a custom online booking proposal and contract where you can review your package and pay your deposit to make everything official! Now that you’re an official KH couple it's time to schedule your engagement session.

The Process

The Process

Up Next: Engagements

STEP THREE:
ENGAGEMENTS

Let the fun begin! Don’t worry... I’ll teach you EVERYTHING! Couples are my favorite and it's super easy to be yourself. Just know, the first 20 minutes of your session is the warm up time. Once we get past this, you'll be pros. I've honestly never had a couple that didn't have a great time. Even if you don't think you look good in photos, I'll help set you up to make you shine. After your engagement session you’ll be featured on my Blog and will also be sent your online gallery of images to download and share.

The Process

The Process

Up Next: The Timeline

STEP FOUR:
TIMELINES

Once we’re 8 weeks out from your big day, we’ll start making sure that we’re completely prepared and ready for your wedding! I love creating custom timelines for my couples to ensure that you don’t miss out on your dream wedding photos! You know all of those dreamy portraits, fun friend shots, and detail images that look like they are straight out of a magazine? I work with my couples to plan their day so that they can actually have images like that of their OWN! After several years of photographing weddings I know how to create the perfect timeline for a photography-friendly wedding day!

The Process

The Process

Up Next: Your Wedding!

STEP five:
your wedding

It’s here! It’s time to celebrate, relax and let me get to work! I believe in telling the full story of my couple's wedding day and so I prefer to shoot 8 or more hours. This day is going to be a blur to you and so I make it a priority to capture the traditional shots that every bride needs while also capturing the moments in between in a creative & unique way. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is my portrait time with the bride and groom and getting to meet our couple’s families and best friends!! After the wedding day, you’ll be featured on the KJ Blog! We like to share weddings soon after to keep my couples from waiting!

The Process

The Process

Up Next: Design

STEP SIX:
ALBUM & GALLERY

After your wedding day is over, you will receive an online gallery full of all of your wedding memories! HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of them! I encourage my KH Couples to sit down with a glass of wine the night that their gallery goes live and enjoy reliving their wedding day through their images! Soon after your gallery is delivered, you will receive your album design (if you ordered an album!) and you can begin the customization process!

The Process

The Process

View Album Imfo

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I've been interested in photography my whole life. I Bought my first professional camera in 2008 but it wasn't until 2012 that I considered myself a professional by going full time and devoting myself to further education. This was when I began photographing weddings and I absolutely love them! I shot my first wedding that year and realized this was what I loved to photograph. I'm a Grand Rapids, MI photographer ready to become friends and make your day memorable not just in photography but in your experience too.

 I photograph with professional grade, full frame mirrorless Canon camera bodies. and L series lenses(at the moment), along with a variety of canon speedlites, light stands. If you would like a full review you can check out my blog post on my equipment.

Yes!! My wedding experience package comes with one and I also have a very small group of talented full-time photographer friends I hire. A second shooter is incredibly useful if you two are getting ready at different locations, want multiple angles of both of you during the ceremony and they help make the day most efficient.

Of course! I include an engagement session in the wedding experience because I truly believe it is a vital part of the process. During your engagement session you'll have the chance to get to know me, experience how I shoot and how I handle posing and lighting. This session will make a HUGE impact on how the wedding day flows. I'll arrive on your wedding day already knowing how you two interact, what your best poses are and how to photograph you in a genuine way! What I learn about you during your engagement session in invaluable! I also schedule these usually 3-6 months in advance to avoid stress. Plus it's great to have these images for your save the dates and wedding blog. I usually photograph these on week nights as my weekends are reserved for weddings and camping with my family in the summer months. Engagement sessions are complementary and may not deduct cost from your wedding pricing if you opt out of it so why not give it a chance. 40 miles from Allendale, MI are also included in this for travel. But I'm willing to go anywhere.

I average 75-100 images per hour that I'm shooting. I deliver all photos taken except for duplicates, blinks, test shots, etc. I love delivering my client’s photos quickly and easily via an online gallery. You'll have the ability to print, share and download your images as much as you want. I believe in freely sharing my work because that is what I would want if I was in your shoes!

Usually if you’re having your ceremony and reception in one location with a 20-30 minute ceremony (which is most common) 8 hours is perfect! If you’re having a longer ceremony or having a church wedding/venue reception, usually 10 hours is a safe bet. You can always add additional coverage as we get closer to the big day and we have a good idea of your timeline - no matter how many hours you choose, I will help you make the most of your coverage!

Kara Hanes Photography retains the copyright in order to ensure the editing quality is maintained, but you have full rights to print your photos anywhere you’d please and can post your photos anywhere you’d like!

Once I have answered any questions you may have and you have decided that the KHP Wedding Experience is exactly what you’re looking for on your wedding day, the next step is an invoice and contract (all completed online). When you’re ready you can reserve your date by signing your contract and paying your retainer (30%) online. Once paid, the retainer amount is credited against your total package amount. Let's see if your date is available!

VIEW A GALLERY

Featured Weddings

Select A Gallery

Portrait Showcase

Open Gallery

Love Notes

Coming Soon

Wedding Showcase

Open Gallery

Rainy day wedding

Grand Rapids, MI

Back to wedding Galleries

Browse

The Gallery

DREW & KAYLYNN

Curt & Katie

Nunica, MI

Browse

The Gallery

OLD STONEGATE FARMS

Back to wedding Galleries

Mike & Laura

Fenneville, MI

Browse

The Gallery

Apple blossom chapel and gardens

Back to wedding Galleries

Michael & Elizabeth

Grand Rapids, MI

Browse

The Gallery

intimate backyard wedding

Back to wedding Galleries

Portrait showcase

The

Browse

The Gallery

Back To Gallery index

Wedding showcase

The

Browse

The Gallery

Back To Gallery index

50+

INQUIRES

per year

900+

IMAGES

per 8 hour wedding

12

wedding

openings per year

12+

FRIENDSHIPS

begin each year

INVESTMENT

WEDDINGS WITH
KARA BEGIN AT

$2,500

WEDDINGS WITH
AN HEIRLOOM
ALBUM

$3,000

SEE IF YOUR DATE IS AVAILABLE

instagram is kinda my thing

wedding and portrait photography

ALLENDALE MICHIGAN