Festerling Family

Meet Dennis, Chriss, Noah, Eli, and Bella. I had the pleasure of hanging out with them last week. This family was the silent auction winner for the fundraiser called “Blessings for Bekah”. Dennis was introduced to the fundraiser through Bekah’s brother’s boy scout troop. It’s such an honor to have been able to contribute to two very deserving families. Untitled-1

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Have you wondered what all the fuss is about with Instagram? Well today I’m going to help you get started from the very beginning. Instagram is always changing so today I’m giving you the latest information that I have learned.

Set-up: There are two types of Instagram accounts. Personal and Business. Most people who own a business switch to this type of account because you can add additional contact information and data. See below


Data Information


Once you’ve chosen an account you’ll want to put in your bio of 150 characters or less along with a website where you can be reached. If you are a business I recommend using  https://linktr.ee Instagram will only allow one website option and you are unable to link in your individual posts. Most people will say “link in bio” which would direct someone to their website link in the profile section. I suggest link tree because you can create multiple websites within the one link. Plus it’s free! You can check mine out here https://linktr.ee/karahanesphotography

Now if you only want to have one website attached but it’s very long an unpleasing to the eye, I suggest using https://bitly.com which will allow you to choose a name on your own. I use this a lot as it cleans up the long list of subpages in a website.

So there you have it. Your instagram is created. Now to start posting. The biggest part of Instagram is adding a #hashtag. For those of you who still call these pound signs, I’m going to let you in a little secret. These are used to store your posts in a specific category and is also used for search options. For me, I use #westmichiganfamilyphotographer along with many others so that when someone is looking to find a photographer in my area my posts pop up.

But Kara, should I place my hashtags in my original post? For me I do not, but this is personal opinion. The reason being, I don’t want to take away from the story I am telling. I simply post my content and then comment my hashtags.

Is there a way to schedule my posts? There is! You should know that legally there is not an option to automatically post on your behalf. However there are many programs that you can schedule a post, receive an alert and with the click of a button your post with go live. The most highly rated option I’ve seen is Plann. I have not personally used this site because I’m frugal and love free stuff that can save me money. I currently use Later. Later offers many options but my favorite options are these; image storage, pre-set hashtags, pre-post viewing and did I mention it can be used on the computer or via ap?

What is an Instagram Story? Insta-story is a 24 hour view. For me, I don’t post on my instagram in real time but I do through my instagram story. Also you can tag others in this too!

Have you ever wondered how someone has placed an image other than direct photos? Take a screen shot, click your “camera” in your story, scroll up and see your latest photos. It’s that simple.

Kara, what is this paper airplane logo for? This is where you’ll be able to a postdirectly to your friends or groups within the ap.


Okay so now you know the basics, What I want you to do now is jump over to my instagram, follow me so I can check out your posts. If you have further questions let me know.

For those of you who have already been rocking out your instagram but want to take it to the next level, my girl Jenna Kutcher is offering a free live training May 31st and June 1st. Hurry because they are filling up fast! Click here to see what openings Jenna has.


DeBlaay Family


I met Lindsey and her husband Matt when her and I were both pregnant with our girls and teaching preschool. Needless to say we have been great friends ever since. Not only friends but I’ve come to know her extended family and they remind me a lot of my own. Meet the DeBlaays, Mary (also known as Beppe to her grandkids), her sons Chris, Jake, Matt and Mike and their families. I think it’s fair to say that Mary has quite the beautiful family. During this session we continuously laughed, danced and said the magic word *FART* over and over to make those kiddos giggle and bring out their natural smiles (well, mostly the dads). Would you believe me if I told you that prior to this session it was 60 degrees and raining? We lucked out with beautiful mid day sunshine and a little bit of shade at Aquinas college. If you’d like to check out more from this session you can do so at Kara Hanes Photography

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Agnes and Dora by Stephanie H

Stephanie is an Independent Agnes and Dora Representative helping others feel comfortable and confident with beautiful clothes! Imagine you’re at the mall going from dressing room to dressing room trying to find the right outfit but none of them fit just right. You’re frustrated because you’ve just spent hours of your time trying on clothes that you’re not even taking home.

Now I want you to imagine meeting Stephanie for the first time. You can do this over the phone, via social media or in her own home where she is fully stocked with your future wardrobe. Now Stephanie can either let you pick and choose what you want to try on or she can style you with amazing, comfortable clothing. Trust me, I can’t stop wearing my leggings based on the soft fabric alone and not to mention they come in so many patterns. Now you may be wondering if you’re too young, too old, too tall, too wide, too short or will it fit you like it does in the ad. I’m here to tell you, yes! Agnes and Dora is for everyone. Check out what Stephanie has for you this summer.

Find Stephanie on Instagram, Facebook, or at www.agnesanddora.com Zipcode Jenison, 49428.



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Beckham 1 year

Everyone always tells you when you’re a new mom that kids grow up so fast. This is especially true in the first year. There are so many changes and while very sleep deprived and constantly trying to figure out your baby’s needs, you find that he or she is no longer a baby.

Last week I met with Marc and Jamie as they celebrated their son Beckham’s first year. This little guy is crawling everywhere and is trying to pull himself up on everything. He loves cell phones and tv remotes but he also likes books and balls. He was especially fond of the yellow truck and bubbles in the studio. I ask all parents, if there is one piece of advise you would give your child in the future when they become parents, Jamie said, “I would tell him how much I love him and to cherish every moment.” I think you can see that all of these moments are cherished with Beckham.

Happy 1st year buddy!

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Hudson VandenBerg

One of my most favorite things to photograph are newborn babies. This past week I met 4 day old Hudson. Both Hudson’s mom and I go way back. Her and I are both Grandville Alumni (Go Bulldogs!) and recently worked together for a year. When I found out she was pregnant with their second child I was beyond excited (mostly because they have one other fun, adorable boy already).

Dave and Emile VandenBerg along with their son, Welsey welcomed baby boy , Hudson John VandenBerg on April 10th 2017 at 10:55am weighing 6lbs 4oz. with a length of  19.5in. When Emile told me that her favorite thing Hudson did was make faces I knew exactly why in just minutes. This little guys has some adorable expressions. I’d love for you to take a peek and see more from last week’s session.

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Mommy&Me Sessions

I’m excited to announce my Mommy&Me Sessions. Today is the day that I have opened up the contact form to plan for yours. You might be wondering. What is involved in this session and how is it different from other mini sessions? Well I’m here to tell you that these sessions are special. It’s an opportunity for that Mom in your life to have her story told. Maybe you’re a mom and you have just been waiting for the opportunity to get photos with your kids. You’re a mom to be and you want to document that beautiful belly. Or maybe you’re a son or daughter and you want to give your mom memories with Grandkids to hold on to. Whatever it may be keep reading to see if this is something for you.


Get your hands on products from the following vendors:


Allison Jasperse at Yellow Door Salon

Wild tree with Katie Schepers

Baby Bijou Designs with Caitlyn Dykehouse

Calligraphy from Poppy seed signs

Agnes&Dora with Stephanie Haralson

Lemongrass Spa Products from Linnaea Kemp

and Joy Sparks Designs

Mommy & Me Sessions include: 30 Minutes in the studio (Allendale, MI), up to 5 individuals, 10-15 digital images, social media posts, free digital download, Release to print at your own lab. All for $130. Hurry now, this will book fast. Only May 2017. (Sorry coupons and/or discounts are not accepted with this offer)



Grandma, Kathy and her younger grandkids.


 Life isn’t always easy being a mom, show her how much you appreciate her by giving her an heirloom she’ll treasure!

Click Here: Contact Form, select Mommy&Me session and I’d be happy to help you start your planning process.

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This isn’t the type of session you’re looking for? Maybe a gift certificate would be a better option for you. Go ahead and inquire a Gift Card by filling out the contact form here. What to expect from there : Receiving a Gift Certificate Brochure



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