Hi I’m Kara! I’m from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but now live in Charleston, West Virginia, with my husband and four dogs. (But don’t worry Virginia peeps — about half my wedding work is up and down the Blue Ridge and I travel there for FREE!) Also…
I’ll take a sunrise over sunset.
I’m not a big fan of surprises. (For me planning is half the fun.)
I’m kind of obsessed with all dogs but am ambivalent about cats.
I PROUDLY drive a minivan aka The Dog Mobile, but don’t actually have any kids. (Minivans need more love y’all.)
I believe if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it well.
I’m a weekend warrior with the outdoors — I love a good hard day-hike…I also love sleeping in my own bed. And bathrooms.
99% of the time you’ll find me makeup-less with my hair in a messy bun wearing leggings and a t-shirt. Unless I’m shooting a wedding and then I’m all about the black jumpsuit and a slightly less messy I-tried-but-have-too-much-hair bun.
What I do
I'm a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Charleston, West Virginia and Charlottesville, Virginia, specializing in intimate weddings and elopements.
How can I be based in two places? Austin and I live in Charleston, but both sets of family are in the Shenandoah Valley - his towards Staunton, mine towards Ruckersville - and my grandmother lives right outside Shenandoah National Park, so I split the business between the two places. Getting married in Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Luray or pretty much anywhere in the Shenandoah Valley? I travel there for free for both weddings and engagements - and we're in the Valley enough that we can often meet in-person for consults too!
When I'm not shooting weddings, I love documenting adventures for couples and shooting in-home sessions. Sometimes adventure or in-home sessions are engagements, but often they're "just because" or anniversary sessions. I believe in documenting life frequently and love working with couples from all walks of life.
Occasionally I also shoot families - either through a family adventure session or at clients' homes. I don't believe in forcing kids to pose, but look for authentic interactions, funny faces, tears and genuine moments of affection.
Interested in learning more? Fill out the form and I’ll send you information on weddings, elopements and adventure sessions!