The Rose Family

Today I’m welcoming back the Rose Family, Rob, Courtney, Sophia and Sawyer.

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The two of us dreamt of what it would be like to have a family. In fact we practiced many times with her American Girl Dolls when we were at the ripe age of 7 years old. Courtney and I have been friends for as long as we can remember. Many times I look at her daughter Sophia and I brings me right back to those days when the two of us were in Sunday school in our little laced dresses chatting away. This family has been having me take their photos since Sophia was born. I love seeing these kiddos grow and remembering  what they were like for each stage. This year was especially fun because we were all relaxed and had time to enjoy one another’s company. Little Sawyer is celebrating his 4th birthday and if it’s even possible has become more and more cute as the years go on. When asking him who was his favorite he listed off some of my favorite people as well. Papa Lyons, Papa Biondo, Noni, etc. These specific individuals have been a huge part of who I am today and I hope they are able to treasure these moments even more than I do.

 

The Poll Family

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Meet the Poll family; J.R., Jenna, Zach and Audrey. I’ve known this family for a few years. Their son was in my class back when I was teaching preschool. It was such an honor when they contacted me to take their photos. There is nothing I love more than to meet up with old students and families from my teaching days. I knew they were perfect to work with because they are laid back and easy going. They just played I was able to capture their beautiful family interacting together (Even after I stepped in dog poop. Yes this really happened). Thanks again Poll family for hanging out with my on this gloomy day and I hope you have a wonderful fall.


Are you interested in having your family portraits taken? I have a limited amount of time left. Until November 3rd I’m booking sessions and you can find out more about me and my pricing by filling out my contact form. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Clark Family

Darin and Heather met many years ago on a blind date. Fast forward to today where they have two handsome boys (Will and Weston) and enjoy being near the water and traveling. You can see it in Heather’s eyes that she is still in love with the man she met long ago. Moodboard

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Expecting Rain?

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Oh rain!

The forecast is calling for rain the date of your session. What do you do? Panic right? Scheduling sessions outside can be a bargain. I usually wait until the day before to check the forecast and ask clients what back up plan they would like to choose. Due to weather being fickle, I allow my clients to wait 2-4 hours before their shoot to make the call about their session. Scared to make that call? Here are some options moving forward;

1. Choose a different start time. If there are not other sessions scheduled we can move your time around. I find most “rainy days” turn out to be some sun and some rain. We can just move you to a better hour. I can’t even begin to tell you when it’s been pouring all day and then when the session time hits, there is a break in the clouds and it’s perfect weather.

2. Do it anyway. Bring your umbrella, some cute rain boots and channel your inner Donald O’Connor and sing in the rain.

3. Turn your session in to a lifestyle shoot. Have me come to your home and photograph you doing everyday things. Bake together, start a fire and roast some marshmallows, brew some coffee (or hot cocoa) and cozy up to a good book. Not only will your house smell amazing but it’ll capture you in every day life. You did your hair and make-up, why not live it up.

4. Studio Session. Come to my studio. I have a small one in my home for small children and families of 4 or less.

5. Reschedule. Please know this is subject to availability and I can’t guarantee the new date will have better weather. (This is especially true as we approach the colder months when the sun is limited and sessions are most popular)

I know it can be stressful deciding what is best. I’m always willing to shoot in a light drizzle but I leave the decision up to the client. I want to make sure he or she is not stressed and is their very best self when I shoot so if they are relaxed about it, I say go for it and see what happens.

Have you done something fun in the event of rain? Comment below. I’d love to read about it.

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Koetsier Family

Months ago I had the privilege of meeting Andrea when her kids joined my spring mini sessions. This past week I enjoyed meeting the whole family, taking a stroll on the beach and hearing their beautiful love story.

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4 years ago Andrea met Kevin’s mom at the hair salon. After hearing about her son, Andrea checked him out on Facebook, made the first move and the rest is history! As a family they love to travel and experience new places together. Their newest adventure is camping.

 

Session took place at Rosymound Natural Area and Kirk Park Beach


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Newell Family

When I first met Dawn it was a few years back. Her and I met in one of the most interesting places, the woman’s bathroom of our church. Now before I lose you I must explain that the two of us were dripping with water from head to toe in our clothes. We had just made the plunge and were baptized. I’d say this was a great time to start a friendship.

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Kevin met Dawn while they were living in Ohio through mutual friends. The two fell in love and the rest is history. You can see how much fun the two of them have together along with their sweet kids Kyle and Addison.

Recently I learned that Addison loves gymnastics and being the family clown. Kyle has musical talents. Not only does he love Christian hip hop music, he plays the guitar and will be learning to play the trumpet this fall. Both he and his dad love sports.

Dawn loves to binge watch Netflix but has also taken up running. For many of us this isn’t something we just do for fun. She is doing this for a bigger purpose. She is part of a ministry called Hope Water Project. Her along with many others are running in the Grand Rapids marathon to plant wells in Africa. How does this work? Feel free to check out her page here.

Session took place at Grand Ravines North Park in Allendale, MI


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Do I offer Mini Sessions

Dear Kara,

We love your mini sessions! Are you planning to do them this year? If so I can’t wait to sign up.

Sincerely, Past, Present and Future Client.


Dear Client,

I am so happy you love my mini sessions! They take a lot of time and effort to plan, set up, shoot, edit, deliver and enjoy. I love that you appreciate them. I’d love to let you in on a little secret and bit of information on my mini sessions for this year. Feel free to read below. I can’t wait to capture your story this year!

Sincerely, Kara


What is a mini session? This type of photo shoot is a very short, budget friendly shoot where you get a small dose of the photographers session experience.

Before I go in to whether or not I’m offering these I want to talk you through the pros and cons of this type of session. So you can decide if this is the right type of session for you.

Pros of Mini Sessions
-They are short! Great for someone who doesn’t like getting their picture taken.
-You as the client receives a low cost session of images.
-You only get the best photos, so you don’t have to go through a ton of photos and make tough decisions on the few you’ll print.
-You don’t have to decide on a location; it’s already scheduled for you!
-You can use it as a “trial run” with a photographer to see if you like their style and how they work with your family before booking a full session.
-You receive all the digital images that you can use/print
-They are a cost effective way to keep your family photos up-to-date.

Cons of Mini Sessions
-They are short! Not ideal for very shy children who take a long time to warm up to new people. Your time is limited because of the next family/couple scheduled right after you.
-You only receive a limited amount of images from the session whereas you’d receive anywhere between 50-80 from a full-length session. If you’re looking for photos to create an album, or wall collage, a mini session won’t provide you with enough images.
-You won’t get the same “story telling” feel as you would with images from a full-length session.
-You don’t get to select a location that fits your style.
-Mini sessions aren’t as personalized as a full-length session would be.
-You have to be right on time or you lose part of your photo session because of the way these are scheduled.
-It’s hard for the photographer to get to know the real you in only a short amount of time.
-They sell out quickly and you may not get the date/time you’d like!

So you’re wondering…

 

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Does Kara Hanes Photography offer Mini Session?

Talking about finances can always be a difficult conversation to navigate. At this point, my business has grown to a point where I can not offer discounted sessions anymore. I have had to raise my prices over the years to keep up with supply and demand while ensuring each client is getting an experience that is worth every penny.

Although mini sessions make it easier to get all my sessions done in one to two days I’m not a fan of the impersonal connection. Mini sessions are a great way for me to bring in new clients but when past clients continue to do only mini sessions I miss out on catching up with them because the time is so limited. For me I’m all about getting to know them more and investing in our friendship. I’ve invested a lot in making my business the best experience for all clients and at this time I don’t feel that Mini Sessions are the best. This doesn’t mean that I won’t offer them in the future it just means that right now I want to offer more for you.

I would absolutely love the opportunity to work with you and give you the most amazing photos but I understand if your budget doesn’t allow for that. If you need assistance in finding a great photographer please let me know and I’ll give you my personal recommendations!

If you’re interested in knowing more about me, my style and what the pricing looks like I want to encourage you to fill out my contact form and you will immediately receive this info. Sessions book fast for fall so make sure to do it ASAP.

I also love to stay in touch! The best way I like to do this is by having you join me in my private inbox group. Here you’ll be the first to know if anything new is being offered and you can join here and receive some awesome freebies! I can’t wait to meet you friend!

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Bekkering Kiddos

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My dear friend Michelle and I met this past week at Aquinas college where we played with her 3 kids playing hide and seek while smelling the beautiful flowers. I can not believe how much these kids have grown since the last time I saw them. You can see how much energy these cuties have and all the life they are soaking in. feel free to check out more from the session at www.karahanesphotography.com


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Thatcher Family

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Meet Chad, Erika, Olivia, Cole, and Kaia. This family is near and dear to me. I met them at our church and their youngest Kaia is in my small group of girls that I mentor. 3 of them are in the medical field, 2 of have the most amazing voices and love to sing, 3 like to run for fun and 1 loves fishing. In their free time you can find them volunteering at church or vacationing in some of their favorite spots. Check out Facebook or instagram to see more from this session.


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Plaggemeyer Family

 

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Meet Joe and Emily and their beautiful kids, Emmia, Aaliyah, Shaylee, Jakob, Emmie and Ismael. Emily babysat me when I was little and is the oldest of the cousins in our family. That’s right, her and I are related. I remember when her and Joe started dating (over 22 years ago!) Their best friends were dating each other and set them up to join them one evening and the rest is history. Together all of them are so fun to be with and just hearing their laughter is contagious in itself.

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Session at Rosy Mound Natural Area in Grand Haven.


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