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Your Intentional, Stress-Free Virginia Wedding Starts Here


Whether you are choosing to have a micro wedding or host an intentional celebration with friends and family, I'm so glad you're here!
 
Maybe you are planning a Charlottesville-area vineyard wedding.
 
Or want to have an intimate adventure in Shenandoah National Park.
 
Perhaps booking a VRBO and having a cookout is more your style? Or you want a luxury garden party at a cozy downtown venue.
 
Whatever you choose, I cannot wait to help you document the day!
 
Most of the weddings I photograph and film are in Central Virginia or the Shenandoah Valley, but my packages include travel costs within two hours of Charlottesville, so I frequently also go to northern Virginia, Washington D.C., Richmond or Roanoke.
 
Welcome to your Virginia wedding. Let’s get started!

What would the best day of your life look like?

Do me a favor, pause and take the word “wedding” out. What would the best day of your life look like?

Dream big! What would you eat? What would you do? Where would you go? Who would be there?

That vision that you’re conjuring up right now is what your wedding day should be! Maybe for you, your best day ever starts with watching the sun rise over the mountains with the love of your life and having an amazing dinner later that day with friends and family. Maybe you host a great party where you get to kick off your shoes and dance. Maybe you rent a boat and spend the day on the water.

Weddings do not have to be stressful or cookie cutter or feel inauthentic to who you are. Your wedding day can look like whatever you want it to. You do you boo and I will help you remember it forever.

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A Charlottesville-based photographer, elopement guide, do-your-own-thing-for-your-wedding advocate, dog lover, who believes in living consciously and slowing down the pace of life a bit to savor it more. 

I love local food, ice cream, being active, living in the mountains and being a mama to my two little girls and three dogs. I love to travel, but the Blue Ridge Mountains are home and I'm pretty obsessed with sharing them with you!

Hey there! I'm Kara

Photo By Kenzi Flinchum

More than 
"just a photographer"

Here's what you get when you work with me

Planning Help 

Feeling stuck on some aspect of planning? I probably have encountered it before and have some ideas for how to navigate it! I’ll work as closely with you as you want or need. Need help finding a venue or Airbnb? I’ll send you ideas. Need help figuring out how to navigate difficult family situations? I have ideas. Want to bring your dogs? Give me a shout. You get the picture :). 

Location Guidance

Wondering about the perfect location for your ceremony or engagement session? I know lots of good spots and likely can direct you to exactly what you are seeking. 

Timeline Help

Timelines can be really intimidating if you aren’t working with a planner. I’ll help you craft a timeline for a relaxed day that feels perfect to you. 

Vendor Recommendations

I’m local to Central Virginia and I only take on weddings within two hours of Charlottesville, so I know great, reliable vendors within my little region and can help you find the perfect fit for your situation.

Videography

I’m most well known for still photography, but I also offer videography! When you book both photo and video through me, you’ll get a team doing both still and video under my direction. We will capture your day beautifully and comprehensively.

WORDS THAT MELT MY HEART

NEXT ONE PLEASE

Haley

We’ll always be able to look back and remember how we felt in those moments, something that is truly invaluable.

ON THE BLOG

SEE THEIR STORY

(WEDDING, 2020)

Elisa

Kara is from the area and knows it like the back of her hand. She knew the exact spot we were getting married, where the sun will be at what time, what we needed to bring and keep in mind…I suggest getting as much time with her as you can. Between the detailed shots, family, individual shots... there is just so much to capture…If we could do it again we would do it just the same.

SEE THEIR STORY
ON THE BLOG

SEE THEIR STORY on the blog

(ELOPEMENT, 2020)

Annie

Kara’s presence throughout the day was calming, supportive and fun! Kara will capture the raw emotions of your wedding while leaving space for you to soak in every sweet moment with your person. Afterwards, a family member asked if some of our photos were posed or prompted (us crying together during vows)… nope! Kara has such a special talent and unique eye for capturing these memories so beautifully.

ON THE BLOG

SEE THEIR STORY

(ELOPEMENT, 2020)

Brittany

Kara made my wedding day happen! Everything from finding the location, helping me find a florist, and pick out an airbnb. If it wasn't for her the day wouldn't have happened so easily. Through the entire process Kara hung in there every time I changed my mind (67 times to be exact, including my wedding date!) and handled all of it so kindly. She builds a quick relationship with you and brings out the most real emotion in the pictures.

ON THE BLOG

SEE THEIR STORY

(ELOPEMENT, 2019)

Katelyn

Kara shot our wedding and put together the most beautiful wedding videos that we will cherish forever! Her adventurous personality shined through all of her creative ideas. Kara was a joy to work with and I’ll never forget our wedding day splashing in the creek thanks to her!

ON THE BLOG

SEE THEIR STORY

(ELOPEMENT, 2019)

Where to begin

However you choose to celebrate your Virginia wedding, you are going to want wildly memorable photos and video of your experience!
 
Here’s how to book your dream wedding photographer:

Schedule a free consultation call. When you and I connect on the phone, we’ll talk about your vision for your day. You can ask me any questions you might have and we can make sure you are 100% confident I’m the right fit to photograph and film your amazing wedding.

Step 1

Step 2

If you need planning help – like finding your venue or recommendations for other vendors – I’ll send those to you. We’ll also schedule your engagement session, if applicable. Throughout the entire process I’ll always be a phone call or email away.

Step 3

Your wedding day rolls around and I’ll be there to document your incredible experience from start to finish.

How can I
capture your big day?

$6500

Two photographers.

Up to ten hours of wedding day coverage.

Sneak peak of images within one week of wedding.

600+ edited high resolution digital images.

Print release.

Two-hour engagement session.

Wedding album (additional contract required for product).

Turn around time about 10 weeks.

Premium Package

Get in touch to book your dream wedding photographer

Signature
Package

Two photographers.

Up to eight hours of wedding day coverage.

Sneak peak of images within one week of wedding.

500+ edited high resolution digital images.

Print release.

One-hour engagement session.

Turn around time about 8 weeks.

$5500

Get in touch to book your dream wedding photographer

$4500

For celebrations with fewer than 50 people total.

One photographer.

Up to six hours of wedding day coverage.

Sneak peak of images within one week of wedding.

400+ edited high resolution digital images.

Print release.

Turn around time about 8 weeks.

Micro Wedding
Package

Get in touch to book your dream wedding photographer

Rush editing fee $650

Second photographer $800

Wedding album $850

More coverage $650 (per hour)

Now customize your experience

SELECT FROM THESE ADD-ONS

Engagement session $650

Wedding Videos

I’m SO excited to start offering micro wedding films!
People had been asking me for recommendations for
videographers FOR YEARS and now you can bundle them with your package.

I’m SO excited to start offering micro wedding films! People had been asking me for recommendations for videographers FOR YEARS.

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Up to four hours of shoot time

2-3 minute highlight video of ceremony,
adventure and celebration

Delivered within 6 weeks of wedding day

Extra hour of coverage $400

Up to four hours of shoot time

2-3 minute highlight video of ceremony, adventure and celebration

Delivered within 6 weeks of wedding day

Extra hour of coverage $400

CEREMONY VIDEO

One camera

Professional audio

Delivered within two weeks of ceremony
date

BUT WAIT THERE SO MUCH MORE

$2500

$700

Frequently Asked Questions

do you offer wedding videos?

I do! I do! I offer both wedding ceremony films and highlight films. Feel free to check out some of my recent work on Vimeo.

What is the average COST of Wedding photography IN CHARLOTTESVILLE?

You can find people selling $1,000 packages and luxury photographers offering $10,000+ packages but for an eight hour wedding with two photographers budget at least $4-5000. Most people spend about $4500 with me.

DO YOU WORK WITH A SECOND SHOOTER?

Sometimes! Small weddings I typically shoot solo. Big weddings I typically have a second shooter

DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?

I include travel within 2.5 hours of Charlottesville (no extra fees!!) But I do not currently take on destination weddings. 

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What makes you different?

- I can seamlessly switch between photo and video when capturing your day
- I'm *really* good at helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera quickly
- I'm equally happy getting up at 3am and hiking up to a summit to watch you exchange your vows at sunrise as I am capturing an epic hopping reception at a local vineyard.
- Your gallery is *never* stiff, but WILL include a perfect mix of timeless, editorial-style portraits and natural, candid moments

CAN WE BOOK YOU ONLY FOR AN HOUR OR TWO?

Let me explain why not: your wedding deserves SO MUCH MORE than just an hour or two of coverage. This is a momentous event in your life. It deserves more documentation, more lasting photographic memories, than a quick one-off. 

I WANT AN INVITE TO THIS PARTY YOU GOT GOING ON

You'll see huge smiles and fun
at my weddings

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