Kara truly loves telling a story through her photography. She found her interest in photography after watching her dad shoot his Canon AE-1 film camera. Shortly there after, she took her first film photography class her freshman year of high school. In that photography class, she fell in love with the smell of fixer, the red light of the darkroom and the magic of creating a photograph. Photographing architecture and street life in Chicago is what captured most of her attention in high school.
In college at the University of Illinois, Kara majored in journalism, learning to write and concentrating on photojournalism. Talking to people, hearing their side of the story and getting that out to the community became a bonafide career path. She knew she’d found her passion in newspaper journalism.
A few months after graduating, Kara moved out to the mountains of Colorado from the suburbs of Chicago. She interned at the Summit Daily in Frisco, CO before moving on to her first job as a photojournalist in Glenwood Springs. She spent 4 years learning the ropes before deciding to move to Denver, but not before she shot her first few weddings.
The first wedding she photographed was in 2005 in Steamboat Springs. After that, she found weddings to be very similar to photographing stories. Kara was able to use her photography and people skills to tell a story, complete with emotion, details and artistry. The connection between people in family portraits, engagement sessions and weddings is really what drives her to photography.
Boudoir photography came to her at a request of a client and Kara was surprised at how much she loved it. To empower women through photography, and have them leave a shoot feeling beautiful is such a wonderful feeling. Boudoir portraits are intimate, artistic and raw - truly works of art.
The small, intimate moments witnessed and captured by Kara are fascinating. Since 2005, Kara has photographed more than 150 weddings and captured hundreds of family portraits. She has photographed weddings in: Austin, TX; Napa, CA; Chicago, IL; NYC and upstate NY; Newport, RI; Boston, MA; and of course all throughout the state of Colorado - Denver, Breckenridge, Vail, Crested Butte, Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Winter Park to name a few.
Her favorite wedding venues in Colorado are: Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Denver Botanic Gardens, Garden of the Gods Club and Resort, Pastures of Plenty, Crooked Willow Farms and any backyard wedding at someone’s private home.
She uses mainly digital cameras, but throws in film if the client appreciates it. Currently, she uses: 2 Nikon D750s, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4 and 70-200mm f/2.8, as well as a Hasselblad 500c film camera and Canon AE-1 (her dad’s).
The studio Kara rents out and meets clients in is located in the Baker neighborhood. She lives in Platt Park with her husband, 2 year old son, dog and cat.
Location: 16764 Farmers Mine Rd, Paonia, CO.