Samantha Impens : Senior 2018

“Be prepared for what will come.” Samantha Impens

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East Kentwood High School Senior, Samantha Impens is most passionate about art, drawing and design. She grew to love it because she has been drawing and creating things since she was little and learned to get better and better as time went on. In her free time you’ll most likely find her doing just this.

Although she has dreamt of becoming a fashion designer since she was little, she plans to pursue nursing. Her plans are to attend Grand Rapids Community College after high school and then transfer to a university shortly after.

Sam I wish you the best with your last year in high school!


Are you interested in having your senior photos taken? There is only a small window of time left as we approach the end of fall. I will be accepting clients through November 4th and then I will be taking a break until January 2nd. Inquire a session by filling out my contact form.

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Ceirra : Senior 2018

“People aren’t always going to like you & it’s okay” Ceirra Meeuwes

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Ceirra is one amazing young woman. I met her years ago when she was a little 7th grader. I was her mentor through our church and she and I just clicked. After all these years she has grown in to the beautiful young woman she is. When talking with her months ago she had completely different plans. The beauty in this is that there is so much space for finding who you want to be. Currently Ceirra plans to go to college and study Humanistic Physcology. She is passionate about spreading positivity – “People can be cruel, we need more people spreading “Good Vibes” instead of hurt”. Ceirra I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you and I wish you the best year yet.


Are you interested in having your photos taken? I am still booking sessions through November 3rd (when I’ll be taking a few months off.) Feel free to inquire a session here and instantly receive information on pricing and style. No obligation to book.

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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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Hannah : Senior 2018

“Don’t look back and have no regrets” Hannah Walters

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Moodboard2Hannah is absolutely passionate about horses. Whether it is riding them bareback, grooming them or simply hearing about them. She discovered her love after spending time learning their style of communication and developing a level of understanding between them.

To quote her: “My Sadle is my home, their beating heart is like it is one with mine. I just saw them and grew more and more in love with them as we bonded. I can’t get enough. It makes me feel so free.”

When Hannah was a little girl she always knew that she wanted to work with animals. To this day she is still passionate about becoming a Vet Tech.

Hannah, I had such a blast hanging out with you and hearing more about what the future holds. I pray that you receive the ultimate direction (unlike us getting lost during your session) and that you know how to make a difference in this world!


Are you interested in having your Senior photos taken? Fill out my contact form and instantly receive information on me, my style and pricing (No obligation to book). Not ready? No problem! Follow me and receive Instagram freebies until you’re ready.

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Morgan : Senior

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Five years ago I had started mentoring girls in my church youth group. Terrified to put my mindset on what it was like to be in Junior High again I met some of the most amazing girls. I bet you guessed it. One of these amazing young ladies was Morgan. It has been a couple years since her and I had seen one another but after getting together it was like time had never passed. As she searches for what the future holds I pray that she make her mark on this world. I wish you all the best in your senior year Morgan!


Are you interested in having your Senior photos taken? Fill out my contact form and instantly receive information on me, my style and pricing (No obligation to book). Not ready? No problem! Follow me and receive Instagram freebies until you’re ready.

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Peyton : Senior

I met Peyton when he was in middle school. Its crazy watching him grow in to such a young man and enter his senior year! I will say that this session goes down in the books as the most fun and entertaining. A special thanks to Gleneagle golf club for allowing us to use your beautiful golf course.

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Peyton is a senior at West Michigan Aviation Academy and plans to attend Michigan Tech next year. Peyton I wish you the best last year of high school!


Are you interested in having your Senior photos taken? Fill out my contact form and instantly receive information on me, my style and pricing (No obligation to book). Not ready? No problem! Follow me and receive Instagram freebies until you’re ready.

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Sophia Zolnierek : Senior

“Be all you can be, you are the best you you can be!” -Sophia Zolnierek

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Sophia Zolnierek is a Senior at Grandville High School. She is passionate about faith and about being creative! She is in the process of choosing a college but is thinking either Michigan State or Grand Valley State. When she was a kid she dreamt of being a dentist but for now she is still exploring what she’d love to do long term. You may find it interested that this girl loves coconut, pumpkin and coffee (hopefully not all at once).

If I went back to high school (Which I graduated from Grandville!) I’m pretty sure Sophia and I would be the best of friends. This girl is the sweetest and we had so much fun as we walked around the beautiful Millennium Park Meadows and Downtown Grand Rapids.

Sophia I wish you the best year yet and I pray you change the world with your beautiful personality and creativity!


Are you interested in having your Senior photos taken? Fill out my contact form and instantly receive information on me, my style and pricing (No obligation to book). Not ready? No problem! Follow me and receive Instagram freebies until you’re ready.

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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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Ashley : Senior

“Love yourself for who you are because that’s all that matters” Ashley, Senior at Hudsonville High School.

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Ashley is entering her senior year and is passionate about music. She feels like music has the power to bring people together. After graduation she hopes to attend a four year college for music. Not only does she love music but she also writes short stories. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll get to hear her sing or read one of her books. I hope your year gives you amazing direction towards the amazing talents you have Ash!

Hair and Make-up done by Panopoulos Salon in Grandville


Are you interested in scheduling your senior session? It’s not too late. I’m still booking session in September. Feel free to fill out my contact form and you’ll immediately receive information on me and my pricing. Not interested yet but want to keep in touch for a later time? No problem. Fill out my e-mail form and stay in touch. Not to mention you’ll receive some fun Instagram freebies when you do!

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Emmia Plaggemeyer : Senior 2018

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This past week I was hanging with Emmia. She will be entering her senior year at Hudsonville High School this fall while attending classes for Cosmetology. This girl has many talents not only with hair but playing golf and the violin! If you’ve ever been to a concert at St. Cecilia Music Center it’s possible you may have heard her play. She had me all ears. Meeting her for the first time you can see that she has such a beautiful heart and is fun to be with. Emmia I hope your last year of high school is a blast and I pray that you enjoy every minute of it!Moodboard1


Are you interested in scheduling a session with Kara Hanes Photography? Inquire information by filling out a Contact form and immediately receive information and my pricing guide. Not ready for a session? That’s okay. Stay up to date by joining my e-mail list. Here you’ll receive offers and discounts as they are available.

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