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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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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