the candid life

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wedding

MARC + PAIGE // gorgeous gothic wedding at the Thaxton speakeasy

Of all the non-traditional wedding magic I’ve captured, these two reign supreme. 🙌 I’ve had the privilege of shooting their wedding twice now (yes, you read that right) and each time was I was blown away by their effortless ability to create an atmosphere that was 100% unique to them. It’s something many modern couples […]

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portraits

VANESSA // effortlessly cool downtown St. Louis lifestyle shoot

I can not say enough good things about Vanessa. She was the first to apply and participate in my newly launched KHPD Model Program, and I couldn’t have asked for a better session to kick off these fun collabs! During our time together, I learned that in her teens Vanessa used to be a runway […]

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senior photos

DYLAN // downtown St. Louis senior photo adventure

Not far removed from being a student myself, I often wonder what it’s like to be in school during in the time of COVID. I’m especially curious of the freshman and senior experience since they’re full of classic milestones. Any insights I hoped to glean on the subject during Dylan’s senior photo session were quickly […]

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portraits

SARAH // fashion-forward creative portraits in Downtown St. Louis

What a treat this portrait adventure was! Sarah was looking to build a library of editorial photos for her fashion blog and reached out after connecting with my style. We spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon strolling the downtown streets of St. Louis, striking poses in front of every inspiring architectural backdrop we could find. It […]

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hey there!

I call St. Louis home, but, more often than not, I’m on the road, camera in tow. I love to photograph all phases of life, but I’m known for my special talent for authentically capturing couples. After a lifetime of serving as my family’s personal paparazzi, I’ve mastered the art of catching the fleeting glances and laughter between loved ones and turning those moments into memories.

I’m Kara - A traveling photographer in St. Louis on a mission to preserve your sweet moments of life + love.