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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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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Planning a Senior Session

Do you have someone entering in to their Senior year? Are you overwhelmed and frustrated with all that comes with the “last year” of high school and the pressure is on to figure everything out right now? I thought so. Well today I’m hoping to make your check list just a bit easier. I’m talking about the steps to planning the Senior photo session. I’m hoping to answer most of your questions before you even have to ask. If not, I want you to comment below and I’ll make sure to add it to the list!

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CheckMark Initial Inquiry: It’s never too early to start the process. I would suggest reaching out to several photographers to see if they are the right fit. Does the photographer fit with the Senior’s style? Does the Senior connect well with the photographer? Check out testimonials, follow the photographer’s social media platforms. See some of their work. How do they present those who are photographed.

CheckMark The Right Price: Find a photographer that fits your budget? If you absolutely love a certain one, do they have options to make it work within your budget. Are they upfront about the costs or are they hidden. Make sure to ask all costs involved right up front.

CheckMark Yearbook Photo: Most schools want the yearbook photo submitted before Christmas break if not sooner. You’ll want to ask the photographer how long their turn around time is so you can schedule and have your images before it’s due. It’s also good to know your school requirements for this photo before your session. Some photographers will even submit the image of your choice to the school directly.

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Step one: Fill out a contact form. Anything on this form can be changed. This helps me get an idea of what type of session my clients are interested in. Once it has been filled out, he/she will instantly receive a pricing guide that tells them about me, my style and pricing.  It’s also filled with suggestions for locations.

Step two: Brochure. After I receive the e-mail, I will respond with information regarding the type of session along with options for him/her to choose from. Once they’ve picked the date, time and type of session they’ll be ready to start the booking session.

Step three: Proposal and agreement. After the client chooses their brochure options, they’ll receive an e-mail from me with the payment options (30% down and 70% due 1 day before the session) as well as the agreement contract for them to sign. Once the retainer is paid, the session is booked.

Step four:  1 week before the session I will send a questionnaire for the Senior to fill out along with information to get started on the blog post. This is all information to help me get to know them and make their session more comfortable.

Step five: Session. After the session I usually send a sneak peek e-mail 24-48 hours with at least one photo while you wait for your blog post. I also love posting images in my insta-story so make sure to take a peek there!

Step six: Blog goes live. The Senior’s blog post will be posted within a week of the session. This post is highly encouraged to share with friends and family who have patiently been waiting to see images.

Step seven: Gallery. The client will receive an e-mail 2-3 week post session along with information to find their gallery. If a download was purchased this will also include the link to do that as well. If not, the client will have the option to purchase prints or order a download through my site or me directly.

Step eight: 30 days after. I will will follow up with the client to see how they are doing and if they need any additional assistance. At this time I also have offer links to leave reviews and fill out a survey on how their experience has been. I take pride in making sure all of my clients get the best experience so this is crucial information for me.

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I’m speaking to the Seniors and I want to provide them with suggestions on how to get ready. These are completely optional but can be very helpful. I give you my top 10 ways to prepare for our time together.

  1. Lay out which outfits you want to wear. Make sure to keep these simple and give consideration to the color. Think about clothing that shows off your best features.
  2. Avoid wearing distracting jewelry. The photographs should accentuate your face, eyes and personality, not draw attention to your jewelry. Also, jewelry can date a photograph very quickly.
  3. Apply make-up normally and go with a practical hairstyle. Friends and family prefer to remember you as you looked most of your senior year, not just during the period when you had your pictures taken.
  4. Guys look best freshly shaven and their hair, beards or mustache trimmed and shaped.
  5. To avoid lens glair, ask your optician to remove the lenses from your glasses. Most will do this for free if you give them plenty of notice.
  6. Clean your finger nails (this also goes for toes if you’re wearing sandals.) You never know what might show up in your photos.
  7. Personalize your shoot. I invite you to bring favorite props to the shoot, such as sports equipment if you are a team player, musical instruments, or hobby items. You can even bring a favorite portable piece of furniture, such as a lightweight chair or stool. Giving me notice of this is preferred so I can prepare.
  8. Be happy and have fun. Forced smiles can be obvious. If you are not looking forward to this moment, it certainly shows. If it helps, bring a friend with you so that you’re relaxed.
  9. Notify me of blemishes. I do light touch-ups but I wouldn’t want to remove things that are always a part of you. No one likes to discuss acne but please let me know if this is something you want removed in your images.
  10. Make sure you’re on time. Most times I like to schedule near sunset to get the best light. I love spending time chatting with you, hearing your future plans and giving you a one of a kind experience.

 

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Meet Kara

Who is Kara? Are you interested in checking out her Photography? Take the first step by filling out the contact form. Here you’ll instantly receive information on style, pricing and the booking process. Not ready? That’s okay. Feel free to follow her by joining the e-mail list. Here you’ll receive information and specials exclusively to members.

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Hunter Albright : Senior 2018

I met Hunter 6 years ago. As his mom and I were talking about planning this session I couldn’t even believe it was time for him to approach Senior year. This is the time where adulthood takes over and we all learn how to start things on our own. One piece of advice Hunter would give his younger self is “not get lazy at the end of the school year”. I’m pretty sure I’m still telling myself this as an adult.

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Hunter is involved in his church where he leads elementary and jr. high boys. He’s full of energy and loves kids. He’s a great role model and my son loves spending time with him.

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What a wonderful day of fun on Lake Michigan where we visited Portage Point.

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Congrats on your Senior year Hunter. I hope you make lots of memories and enjoy every moment of it!


Location: Inn at the Alpine, The Blue Slipper, and Portage Lake in Onekema, MI

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Matthew- Senior at Jenison

Who doesn’t like a kid with a great sarcastic sense of humor. That’s exactly Matthew! besides hanging at the gym he loves to skateboard. We thought it would be a great opportunity to go downtown Grand Rapids and really capture his personality.

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Good luck with wrestling this winter Matt!
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Sarah and Nate

Meet Sarah and Nate. These two are high school sweet hearts who met three years ago in band class. The two have been dating for two and a half years. They manage a long distant relationship as Nate goes to michigan tech. My favorite thing about high school seniors and students in college is that they can aspire their dreams. Right now Nate is studying to be a mechanical engineer while Sarah continues attending Zeeland High School. Someday Sarah plans to pursue medical school.

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With both of them loving to explore the outdoors Rosy Mound Natural Area could not be more perfect.

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The two of them  are the best of friends and someday hope to travel Europe and go backpacking.

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I loved you first: but afterwards your love,
Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.
Which owes the other most? My love was long,
And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
I loved and guessed at you, you contrued me
And loved me for what might or might not be—
Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.
For verily love knows not ‘mine’ or ‘thine’;
With separate ‘I’ and ‘thou’ free love has done,
For one is both and both are one in love:
Rich love knows nought of ‘thine that is not mine’;
Both have the strength and both the length thereof,
Both of us, of the love which makes us one.

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Best of Luck to your future guys. I hope someday we meet again!

 

Kara Twiest- Calhoun Christian Senior

Meet Kara, She’s a Senior at Calhoun Christian in Battle Creek. I met this girl 10 years ago at her brothers’ wedding and I can’t believe she is already a Senior! This girl loves to play volleyball and has the best name in the world. wouldn’t you agree? I think back to when I was this young and having so many possibilities. Deciding on the rest of your future can be scary but so exciting at the same time. Here’s to you Kara and what your future brings girlie!

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Melissa DeGlopper

Meet Melissa. She’s a senior at Jenison. She has the cutest smirk and a big big heart.

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See More of this session at www.karahanesphotography.com Are you interested in scheduling a Senior session? I’d love to hear from you and give you my pricing guide.