family album

I want you to live in your memories.

Rather than them living on a hard drive.

Two weeks after having my first child, we had newborn portraits taken. I loved the memories captured, but the photos just sat in a folder on my computer.

Fast forward three years, add another kid, and I was drowning in digital photos, feeling so overwhelmed.

After a lot of trial and error, I finally designed the beginnings of our family gallery wall and a few albums. It felt so good to see them printed and hanging on our walls.

As a mother, I’ve been where you are—

Tired with a never-ending to-do list, mixed with the desire to make time stop because life seems so sweet now.

As a photographer, I want to help preserve this season for you—

Through not only creating beautiful photographs for you, but helping you enjoy your photos through artwork and albums.

“Speaking as a mom, her photos have been one of my greatest gifts.”

She is extremely gifted and her photos fill me with so much joy every time I look at them. I love the way she’s been able to stop time and capture their personalities at different stages. We have been fortunate to work with her twice and each time we have walked away with featured art for our house. Kara is an expert at planned spontaneity where she can relate to children and make them feel comfortable.

Kara is absolutely amazing! My only regret is that we didn’t find her sooner.

– Darcy Ballentine

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photographer poses with photo albums and framing

What do you get when you combine…

01. entrepreneur parents
02. a German-Midwest work ethic
03. an odd but genuine love of Kevin James

Me. You get me.

(I know you think I’m kidding about the Kevin James thing, but have you seen Hitch? A masterpiece.)

My parents raised me to believe I could do anything. Not in gushy encouragement, but in how they lived their own lives. After a few years working as a newspaper photographer, I knew I wanted to work for myself, just like them.

Almost 20 years later, I’m still doing this business thing and I’m loving it more than ever. Giving families the gift of their memories just never gets old.


“It almost feels like Kara is a part of our family…”

…having captured our baby and family photos for almost a decade. Her easygoing nature and flow of conversation allows the smiles and resulting photos to be natural and organic. Our family sessions are a welcome chance to laugh together and the walls are filled with those moments thanks to Kara’s beautiful gift!!!”

– Catherine Eklund