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Meet Kara, owner and creative visual storyteller at Kara Hanes Photography, a wedding photography business based in Allendale, Michigan. Kara has been capturing weddings in West Michigan and beyond for over 10 years and falls more in love with her craft with every event she is part of. Her early career as a preschool teacher inspires her work in a lot of ways. She believes that, like in a school environment, letting moments unfold naturally is key to a successful wedding photography experience. Her unmatched multi-tasking skills and ability to keep any schedule running smoothly and efficiently also come in handy!

Services Offered

Kara begins every new client's journey with a consultation to discuss their wedding plans and their vision for their photos. She will also introduce her photography collections, allowing the couple to choose the option that works best for them. From four-hour elopement photography to full-day event coverage, there is a photography solution for every event style at Kara Hanes Photography. Kara also offers her new clients an engagement session to ensure they feel comfortable and at ease in front of her lens before their big day.

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Mackenzie R. Sent on 07/19/2023
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Above and Beyond!

Kara is just a joy to work with. Not only does she take phenomenal photos, she is so comfortable to be around and makes the whole process so easy. She shot our engagement photos and we cannot wait to have her shoot our big day in August! Another bonus about Kara is that she provides bridal booklet guides with a ton of great information. These booklets help you to know what to expect on the day of the wedding regarding: first looks, what to have ready for the detail shots, timelines and so much more. I found all of this information to be very helpful and it has helped me feel at ease knowing what to expect. Kara is organized, fun and takes beautiful photos! I highly recommend her.
Jeff S. Sent on 07/25/2023
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Thank goodness for Kara!

"Kara became our photographer very last minute for our wedding after our original photographers scammed us and thank god that happened to us because we had the opportunity to meet kara instead who was 100% meant to be our photographer! Her attention to detail, easy going personality and her obvious gift for photography made her the perfect fit for my wife and I who are less than photogenic…. She even had us excited to get our picture taken!!!!! We would recommend her to anyone and are so thankful for her! She exceeded all our expectations and went above and beyond to provide us with the best experience, she really cares and it shows in her actions and in every picture!"
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Kara Hanes
Kara Hanes
Senior Photographer

Hey there, Congratulations on your engagement. You're planning a pivitol moment in your relationship and the fact that you stumbled accross my page is truly an honor.

I've been photographing Michigan weddings for 10+ years and I'm excited to continue meeting couples just like you. A new option I've added to my business is destination weddings and to fulfill my dream of traveling for my work. I've been to places like Nashville, Chicago, and Mackinac Island.

Years ago I obtained a degree in early childhood education where I taught preschool for ten years while photographing life's most precious events through photography. You might be wondering, why is this important to know. Well let me tell you. What I've learned in my past years as a preschool teacher has taught me a lot with organizing the best timeline plan, handling the chaos with gentle authority, while also having fun and relaxed moments that are planned or candid throughout your day. When something throws us for a loop I'm quick to think on my feet for an alternative plan so that the stress falls off of you and onto the expert, me. I'm here to walk along side you while giving you the best service possible. Have a wedding coordinator? No problem! That just makes the day even better so that I can give you even more special attention throughout the day.

If there is anything I tell my couples is more important than finding the best style for your photographer it's that you get along and can see them spending the best day of your life with you. When you look back at your images you're going to remember more about how you felt in those moments than how you looked. Let's meet and make sure we're a great fit.

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