I'm Kara HANES

Hey there!

 WEST MICHIGAN PORTRAIT photographer and CRAFTING ENTHUSIAST. more importantly i'm a wife, mom, aunt, and friend. honestly i'm just over here trying to live my best life.

2016

Quit my job TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY

STARTED my BLOG and email list

celebrated 10 years married to my best friend

got my first passport and traveled OUT OF THE US

2012

taught preschool with a degree in early childhood

started my business as a side hustle

shot my first solo wedding

photographed 25 families

2017

took a hiatus from the photography business to persue a job in student ministry

focused on family and a job working with high school and middle schoolers

still kept pursuing photography through youth events

2019

STARTED WORKING WITH claim your campus 2020

2020

covid happened and my job came to a close

took a lot of naps and watched a lot of netflix

re-opened kara hanes photography in July

photographed over 14+ high school seniors

upgraded to my full frame camera

rebranded and launched my new website

A Look Back

2012

2021

Trained and walked my first half marathon

2021

in january i had my first published piece in senior year magazine

launched my first senior rep program

released my magazine guides to new clients

BEN AND I WILL CELEBRATE OUR 15th wedding anniversary!

Purchased the R6 mirrorless camera!

Received the grandtastic award from GRKIDS. #1 photographer

Our sweet loving Shih-Tzu that has an obsession with snuggles on the couch.

PHOEBE

Our spunky 11 year old  who loves swimming, singing, and playing roblox.

NAOMI

This 13 year old  has a heart of gold, loves to play fortnite and is a very protective big brother.

CALEB

Dreamer, mom, content creator, lead photographer and lover of coffee and bread.

KARA

BEN

Our travel agent, electrician, running enthusiast, and the one that  brings all the fun to our family.

MEET OUR FAMILY

I'M PROBABLY SITTING ON THE COUCH WITH MY HUSBAND BEN WHILE WATCHING A MOVIE. OR PERHAPS I'M PLAYING A GAME WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY. SOME THINGS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WORKING ALL THE TIME. DON'T BE SURPRISED IF I DON'T RESPOND TO EMAILS, TEXTS, OR CALLS RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE I'M PROBABLY OUT ENJOYING MORE THAN JUST WORK. 

Currently...

Ben and I dated for 4 years before we were married in 2006. We were high schools sweethearts that attended two different schools. After dating nearly 5 years he popped the question and we were married the following year. That same year He surprised me with our dog phoebe as a birthday gift. One year later we had our first child Caleb, and two years after that, Naomi. Being parents together is by far the best journey we have been on so far.

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Just as if I'm singing with julie andrews, I'm letting you know all of my deepest secrets

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2. THE BEST TITLE I HAVE IS:

a. Photographer
b. Professional Napper
c. Creator
d. Girl Boss
e. Other

1. IF you could eat one food for the rest of your life it would be:

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The Kara Hanes Quiz

3. MY drink of choice is:

a. Caramel Latte'
b. Cinnamon Orange Tea
c. Amaretto Sour
d. Coke
e. All of the above

4. on my days off, the first thing I do is:

5. my go-to outfit is:

a. Sweat pants and sweatshirt
b. Jeans and a tee
c. A dress and heels
d. Anything from target

6. i am deathly afraid of:

a. Public Speaking
b. Heights
c. Spiders
d. Flying

7. one place i've always wanted to go:

8. most likely to binge watch:

a. The Bachelor
b. Fixer Upper
c. The Voice
d. Gilmore Girls

9. Favorite thing to photograph:

a. Puppies
b. Families
c. Kids
d. Couples
e. Seniors

10. What is something you're bad at:

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