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I'm so excited that you're here. I absolutely love weddings and getting to know couples. Enjoy looking around. There is a lot to read and see if I would be the right fit for your celebration. If you're thinking "Heck yeah, we've got to have her." Then head to the investment section and fill out my contact form and we can see if your date is available.

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WEDDING Gallery

View some of my most recent wedding photography.

2.

THE PROCESS

HOW THIS WHOLE THING WORKS

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INVESTMENT

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BLOGGED ENGAGEMENTS

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50+

INQUIRIES

per year

900+

IMAGES

per 8 hour wedding

12

wedding

openings per year

12+

FRIENDSHIPS

begin each year

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. I love spending time with you throughout the planning process. This could be grabbing coffee, getting mani pedis, or drinks out on the town. This is so that come wedding day you have a friend showing up not a stranger.

READ FROM PAST COUPLES

Kara is absolutely amazing at what she does! She captures all the memories so perfectly and is a joy to work with! We are so thankful for all the amazing pictures we received! Her Bridal and Grooms guides were really helpful for picking out outfits for engagement pictures. It also helped to remind us of things we hadn’t thought of yet!

-The Rottschafers

HUDSON

and

TORI

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Kara was incredible and I cannot praise her work enough, both the result and the helpfulness throughout the entire day!

-The Trans

CALVIN

and

NICOLE

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The perfect day!! And if you need ANY photos please use my girl Kara Marie. She is truly the best at capturing every detail.

-Danielle (Mother of the Bride)

CALVIN

and

NICOLE

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"I definitely hope that I have an opportunity to work with Kara again. I have worked with a lot of photographers over the last 6 years and I have to tell you that some of the shots she took and some of the detailed shots were some of the best I have ever seen!"

Warmly, Kristen from Delicate Dishes

HUDSON

and

TORI

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Kara was such a joy to work with! Communicative and hilarious thorough all of it! She had a plethora of resources available to us that were so helpful. She made sure we had a reasonable timeline and a list of all the pics we wanted for our wedding. I was blown away by her turnaround time, it was so quick and the images turned out absolutely gorgeous! She especially made sure we got the signature shot I dreamed of. I would recommend Kara any day of the week!

George

and

JORDAN

Kara is absolutely amazing and so talented! She did our engagement and wedding photos and had them back to us the following week. Her style is amazing and her photos are flawless! She’s worth every penny We HIGHLY recommend Kara for any of your photography needs.

JARED

and

ALLISON

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Kara is very professional, friendly, timely, considerate, fun, thorough, helpful, and great with all ages. Kara focuses on detail, she picks up on the style of each person she works with. This makes her photography unique. We felt at ease with her and it felt like we’ve known her for awhile. She makes it fun. We found ourselves laughing during our time with her! Friends and family all said what a great experience having her the whole day !!!

DWIGHT

and

KATHIE

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STEP FOUR: TIMELINES

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

STEP ONE:LET's BE FRIENDS

STEP TWO:SAVE THE DATE

STEP THREE: ENGAGEMENTS

STEP SIX: GALLERY & ALBUM

STEP FIVE: YOUR WEDDING

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Hamilton, MI

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DWIGHT & KATHIE

Allegan, MI

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THE GATHERING LLC

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GEORGE & JORDAN

Hudsonville, MI

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Post family farm

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JAMES & KELLY

Grand Rapids, MI

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INVESTMENT

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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.

My photography style can be described more Light and Airy with some muted greens that match my brand. I like pop in my images. What you see throughout my work is consistent. Unfortunately I don't change my style based on bride preferences so if a different style is important to you then I recommend finding a photographer that matches that look. I do offer specialty edits post delivery of your gallery but an extra charge will be added for those.

 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. An assistant is incredibly useful if there are two getting ready locations, and I need to get multiple angles of both of you during the ceremony and they help make the day most efficient. I hire my assistant based on the timeline needs.

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) 9 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!

Yes! I carry both General Liability and Property Coverage. If you have a venue that is asking I'd be happy to communicate any of the information with them.

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! All I ask is that you don't alter the images with filters or color changes besides black and white.

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!

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Offer ends February 27th, 2023. Does not apply to elopement weddings. Not available for monetary value deduction.

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