the candid life

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ALYSSA + DREW // chic downtown St. Louis engagement session

Alyssa + Drew // True Romantics I like to ask my couples how their friends would describe them when they’re together. A+D said: Welcoming. And people who show up and go all out.Having now spent this magic evening with them, I FULLY agree. When they show up for something, they’re all in. The details, the […]

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MARK + CATHERINE // sunny winter Forest Park engagement adventure

I’m always honored by the invitation to join in on life’s biggest milestones, but especially when the invitation comes from a close friend, since there can be a hesitation to mix business and friendship. (For the record, not on my end. In my experience, comfort translates to beautiful pictures so I actually find shooting with […]

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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.