Timeless portraits for schools, daycares, and homeschool organizations.
Fine art school photography is a modern approach to school photos. I eliminate the busy background to give you timeless portraits that focus on the genuine expressions and looks of each child. All images are taken of each child from the chest up against a neutral background with natural light like you see in the examples on this page. as the lead photographer, I have a degree in early childhood and love to use my gifts and talents to get a playful, genuine reactions from each child. I wont ask them to say cheese or sit a certain way. Having your child be authentic with a silly expression or genuine smile is my style. The goal is to be able to hang these images in your home and cherish them for years to come. All I need is a little bit of space and a window.
I pride myself on making this a simple, secure, streamlined process. Within 3 weeks of photo day, I will email families the link to a password-protected proofing gallery. Parents will have the opportunity to choose which images they like and place orders directly through my website. The gallery will be live for two weeks, and all orders must be placed in that period (sorry, no exceptions!). Once orders have been placed, photos will be delivered directly to their homes. I also donate 10% of all proceeds to the school.
There is no cost to the school and no up-front cost to parents. My prices are competitive with national school photography brands (packages start at just $20). I offer a variety of collections and à la carte options to fit every budget.
"These photos are priceless to me. Kara did such a great job getting my girls to come out of their shy shells. They both felt comfortable quickly and she was able to take a good number of natural poses to choose from afterwards. I am so excited to share these with my family and friends!"
- Angela K.
I love how their personality was captured in these photos! Photos are a huge part of our life and I treasure them all so much. To me they capture a moment in time that will very quickly pass and we can look back some day and remember them as they were. I also love how they are headshots and capture their faces which seem to be changing with each passing day. Thank you so much!
- Tara K.
"The session went beyond great! Kara was very warm and welcoming and made my child feel safe and happy! The set up was very simple and doesn't frighten a child that's being photographed. Kara was very engaging! When I looked at my son's album my heart melted into a puddle. The pictures Kara captured were raw and so in the moment. Kara caught the true beauty of my little boy."
"Kara did a great job capturing my boys personalities! Portraits of toddlers are no easy task and she did it with ease making both my boys smile and feel comfortable!"
"Kara keeps things really comfortable and low key. My daughter was shy but warmed up quickly."
"Kara did a phenomenal job! Although my daughter was shy at first, Kara sang and talked with her until smiles were nonstop, resulting in amazing photos to last a lifetime. Again and again, I would recommend Kara Hanes Photography!"
"My child is quite shy, and hasn't started attending pre-school yet. Social interactions are still sometimes a struggle for her. That said, Kara was an absolute dream to work with. She was patient, caring, personal, and kind to my little one. I was so thankful for her clear expertise in working with young children. Thank you, Kara, for capturing such sweet expressions of my daughter."
- Allie G.
"Kara was ready to go when we arrived, very professional, and knew how to engage my child. The session was quick and fun. She got my camera shy kiddo smiling like a pro. They are the best pics I have of her!"
The photos are fantastic and show our daughter’s fun personality. As time flies by I know we will be glad to have these to treasure our ever growing babe in this phase of life.