Elopement Price Guide
You have made the incredible decision to spend the rest of your lives together. Wow! On an equally exciting note, you've made the brave and intentional choice to spend your wedding day in a way that is authentic to your love story. Incredible! Let me just pause for a minute and celebrate with you!!!!
Alright, now that I've got that out of my system, let me say, Welcome!! I am so incredibly honored to be considered to document such a special day. Thank you thank you thank you!!! Elopements and intimate weddings are such a meaningful and valuable way to spend your wedding day and I couldn't be more excited to help you craft a completely unique experience that you will cherish for years to come! This pricing guide should answer several questions that you may have, but once you've had a chance to look through everything, I would love to set up a time to meet over coffee, or chat on the phone, and get to know you better! Every couple and wedding is unique. For that reason, almost all of my packages are customized to best serve you. With that said, let's dive in!!!!!
If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve probably already seen this face. But just in case, my name is Kara! I’m a Nashville, TN based photographer, but I love adventuring and travel makes me so happy. I am a Type 9 on the enneagram and an INFP. Donuts and croissants are my love language. I am mama to the sweetest twins and married to my college sweetheart.
I would describe my photography style as very laid back and natural. The little in between moments make for the best photos, and I’m not about capturing awkward prom poses and forced smiles. I want the real stuff - the stuff that’ll make you laugh till your cheeks hurt and will make your heart beat faster. I want to photograph the things that make you who you are, and the things that make your love unique. Because there’s only so many angles and poses and pretty locations, and they’ve all been done before - but what makes each photo special is the memories attached to it, and my goal is to make those unique to you!
"This was our first time getting professional pictures taken and we were nervous up front but as soon as we stepped out at our location and met Kara; our nerves calmed and we became even more excited to capture our memories. Kara made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. We felt so natural. She made us feel as if it were only Devin and I standing there, showing our love for each other. I felt like Kara captured Devin and I's personality and love for one another perfectly. Our pictures show our love and who we are together. She was incredibly friendly and kind and made us feel like we walked away with a friend."
“You will not be disappointed! After searching forever to find a photographer I luckily stumbled across Kara’s instagram and instantly fell in love with her work. I told her what we liked to do for fun and she incorporated that into the shoot by giving us a ton of adventurous location options. We also had a tight timeframe and she helped us make it work! My fiance and I drove from Charlotte NC to spend the morning taking engagement photos at Cloudland Canyon State Park. This was our first time taking professional photos and she made us feel so comfortable! By the end of the shoot we felt like we walked away with a new friend. It was hands down one of the best mornings we’ve hat to date! Highly recommend!”
"Right from the start, I could tell that we were going to have a positive experience- but we were blown away! We had not done any professional photos prior to this, so we had no idea what to expect. Kara was exceptional and very professional throughout the entire process, while bringing a warm personality and smile! She answered all of our questions before, during, and after in a timely manner. During the shoot she made us feel so comfortable, that our relationship was really able to shine through in the photos. We honestly had so much fun! When it came to the final product, she delivered everything right on time and we are in love with every single photo. It's great when my only complaint is that I can't decide which photo I like the best! I would 100% recommend her to everyone I know who wants someone to capture a moment of their life on camera!"
$300 for 1 hour session
$700 for adventure session
Engagement sessions are such a fun way to celebrate the decision that you've made to commit your lives to one another. These sessions are all about celebrating your love story and all the little things that are unique to y'all. Upgrading to an adventure session is such a fun way to get comfortable in front of the camera all while exploring some pretty awesome locations. We will spend a big chunk of the day together just hanging out and having fun, oh and I’ll be snapping all those real and raw moments along the way that make your love story unique. I don't have strict time limits for adventure sessions, but you can expect to spend 3-4 hours together vs. 1 hour for an engagement session.
$150 per hour
A second photographer to help capture all your memories and all of your angles.
PRINTS & ALBUMS
Prints and albums can be purchased right from your gallery after it’s delivered. Please feel free to ask me for a full list of options and prices if you’re interested in more info!
A La Carte
ADD ONS & EXTRAS
The Secret Sauce
FOR GETTING THOSE AMAZING ENGAGEMENT PICTURES
I’m sure by now if you know one thing about me, you know that nature is my jam. I love beautiful scenery - mountains, oceans, waterfalls, trees, it’s all photogenic and wonderful. So of course, my recommendation is always to choose a beautiful outdoor location. BUT I don’t want you to think you can’t get good photos if your backdrop isn’t so scenic. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable. So if the outdoors isn’t for you or if you don’t want to drive too far, or it’s cold outside, choose somewhere that’s special to the two of you - maybe it’s your home, or the diner where you had your first date. Whatever location you choose, just make sure it reflects your personalities.
This is possibly the most important part - choosing what to wear. It’s important because the colors, patterns, and textures of your clothes should compliment your location. That might sound overwhelming, but I have a full style guide that I will send you that goes over all of this. But I will give you one tip here - dress like yourself. Wear what makes you feel good, and what you feel comfortable and confident in. And of course, if you need outfit tips, just ask me! I’ll be able to tell you which specific colors will look good in the location you chose, and if you send me photos of your outfit options I’ll give you my honest opinions.
The time of day that we take your photos is so important - because while I could take photos in harsh sunlight and they would look good, you would inevitable have a lot of shadows on your faces and the photos wouldn’t be amazing. The best times of day are sunrise and sunset - I recommend starting either half an hour before sunrise, or an hour before sunset for the best lighting. That way, there won’t be any shadows, and we’ll get that gorgeous glow that makes everything look soft and pretty. If you’re a morning person, I like sunrise because there tend to be less crowds, especially if you choose a popular location. But I can’t blame you if you’re not into waking up before the sun does.
04. HAVE FUN!
I know I said outfits were the most important part, but I take it back. This one is just as important. I know wedding planning gets hectic, and you might be worried about how you look or how your engagement photos will turn out. But leave that to me - I’ll do the heavy lifting to make sure you look your best and I’ll make sure you have a good time. So just relax, enjoy the moment, think about how you’ll be married soon, and have fun! Photos are best when you’re genuinely enjoying yourself - and a lot of my job is to help you do that and make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. So come to me with a positive attitude and come exactly as you are, and leave the rest to me.
WEDDING PARTY HAIR & MAKEUP
YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP
PARTNER BEGINS GETTING READY
YOU BEGIN GETTING DRESSED
FIRST LOOK & PORTRAITS
WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS
HIDE WHILE GUESTS ARRIVE
ENTRANCE INTO RECEPTION
DANCE FLOOR OPENS
COUPLE'S SUNSET PHOTOS
BOUQUET & GARTER TOSS
Is a First Look for You?
THE PROS & CONS
PRO: You save time by taking the bulk of your photos together before the ceremony.
If you’ve been looking forward to the light bites you selected for your cocktail hour, then first look photos might be the right decision for you. Taking pictures before the ceremony means you’ll have more time to enjoy, well, everything else (like those delicious mini tacos you picked out). Just make sure you designate a secluded spot for your first look photos, so that guests won’t see you before the ceremony.
CON: You lose having your first look at the altar.
If you’re thinking of skipping the first look for a dramatic effect, you’re certainly not alone. Delaying the first moment you see each other builds suspense and adds emotion to your ceremony. Plenty of couples forgo a first look, just make sure there’s enough time after 'I do' to take portraits.
The best way to do that is to work with your photographer to perfect your postceremony timeline.
PRO: A first look could ease any pre-ceremony nerves.
If you’re worried about being jittery or nervous on your wedding day, a pre-ceremony glimpse may be the way to go. Besides doing your first look photos, you can also maximize this time to sneak in a few moments alone with each other that you may not get later on.
CON: Having other people around could add to your day-of nerves.
If you and your partner are both on the introverted side, it may feel awkward if you think the expectation is to make a shocked face or cry. You could clam up and be more reserved than you thought in front of the camera. A good solution is to have photos and taken from further away so you can still be in the moment with your partner and say what you want without worrying about anyone hearing. You can also tell your wedding party you're having a private first look in case they were hoping for a peek—in fact, I recommend it this way!
PRO: You can get your tears out before the ceremony.
Let’s face it—weddings can be super emotional. There may be a few (or many) tears during the ceremony. Doing your first look before the wedding could help get some of the waterworks out beforehand. Your first look photos will be that much more emotional and moving, and you'll have plenty of time for makeup touch-ups before the ceremony.
CON: You have to get up earlier.
Taking photos earlier means you and your wedding party need to get up earlier to eat, have hair and makeup done, and get dressed. If you're having an 11 a.m. brunch wedding, that means you may have to get up at the crack of dawn to be able to do your first look. If you dread the idea of getting up any earlier than you have to, night owls should think twice about this tradition or opt for a later ceremony start time.
Tips for a Stress Free Wedding Day
01. SET THE BUDGET
It’s stressful enough trying to plan an entire wedding. Things get expensive REAL FAST, no matter how hard you two try to keep the costs down. So before you even begin searching Pinterest or Instagram for wedding day inspiration, know what your top dollar is. If the money is coming from your parents, sit down with them and see what they’re thinking. If it’s coming out of your own pocket, sit down as a couple and discuss the same thing: money. It’s not fun… but I guarantee it’ll make the entire planning process so much easier.
03. GIVE YOURSELF TONS OF EXTRA TIME!
Next, as you’re getting closer to the actual wedding day, give yourself TONS of extra time in your timeline.
Trust me on this one. I think the biggest mistake I see couples make is trying to cram everything into a tight schedule on the wedding day. They want to fit everything in that they can, so they budget the smallest time frame for each event and on the day-of, when (not if!) things run late, suddenly the entire day becomes stressed. In my opinion, budget extra time for almost every single event. If you think the ceremony will be 30 minutes, budget 45. You might start 5 minutes late and go over by 5 minutes. Small pockets of time, but knowing that you put in a time buffer will help keep you calm and relaxed all day. If you’re guessing family photos will take 15 minutes, budget 20 or 25. Family can be hard to wrangle (we’ll talk about that next) and it’ll keep that experience as stress-free as possible to know you have extra time budgeted. I could talk about almost every single part of the day and explain why I would add extra time… but I think you get the idea.
If your not sure where to start, no worries! I am hear to help every step of the way! I will gladly sit down and help create a timeline that meats all your needs and allows plenty of extra time so that you might be able to sneak away with your spouse and enjoy a few minutes of time to yourselves!
05. HAVE A DAY OF WRANGLER
I’m not necessarily talking about a coordinator. I’m talking about a friend, a family member, or someone close to you who can help round up people during the day for photos. The last thing you want to be doing is running around the cocktail hour trying to round up your college friends… or shouting yourself hoarse trying to get your large family all in the right combinations for your photos. I personally have all of my couples send me a family list ahead of the wedding so I can go down the list and make sure I’m getting every combination they want. But one thing that can save me a lot of time (and therefore you a lot of stress) is having someone (a sibling or best friend… someone who knows pretty much everyone) going around and rounding up the family and friends for photos so I can just call out the combinations and snap the photos. It’ll save you a big headache, trust me.
02. FIGURE OUT YOUR TOP THREE PRIORITIES
Even once the budget limit is set, it’s so easy to feel your heart and eyes pulled in fifty different directions at once: flowers, chairs, catering, linens, bridal party gifts, “OH A REALLY COOL GETAWAY CAR!!!” Yeah. It’ll probably happen. So, I always tell my own couples to sit down and hash through all the options and set their top three priorities for their wedding. That could be a dress, venue, and photographer. Or: a venue, cake, and florals. Whatever that looks like for you, just know what’s most important. Beyond that, cut corners, rope your friends into helping with DIY, have your friend’s mom bake your cake, etc. It’ll make the entire planning process feel so much easier when you know what is most important to you and where you should spend a good chunk of that budget.
04. HIRE VENDORS YOU TRUST
With all of that being said, vendors play a huge role in the smoothness of the wedding day. Bottom line? Hire vendors you trust explicitly.
If you’re hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, make sure it’s someone who makes you feel peaceful and relaxed when you’re planning things with them. They should make you think that if the whole sky exploded above your heads, they’d know what to do and you could keep on sipping your cool beverage.
As a wedding photographer, I can’t stress this next one enough: find a photographer who makes your entire soul come alive when you talk to them or look at their work. They’ll be with you pretty much every minute of your wedding day. You want someone who feels like a close friend, and definitely someone that you trust in the same way as I described with the wedding coordinator. Raining? My photographer’s got it. Bright sun? They can handle it. My dress just ripped? Kara can probably fix that too. Your photographer does so much more than carry a camera around on your wedding day. They can pretty much play as your wedding coordinator: especially if you don’t have an actual coordinator. They do a lot. Make sure you love them and trust them with everything under the sun. The same thing goes for florists, DJ, caterer… hire people you feel confident in. It’ll make everything so much less stressful for you knowing that the professionals can handle anything that might possibly happen.
VENDORS THAT I LOVE & TRUST
Echoes of Eden Florals
Of the Fields Floral Design
Fabulous Frocks of Nashville
Bastion Wedding Films
Lance Cook Films
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Trae Howard Hair
All Made Up by Bri
My Shot List
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME
Each wedding is unique - and these are definitely not the only shots I will get - but these are the ones that are included in most weddings. I will ask you to create your own shot list if you have specific photos that you just gotta have!
you & partner's attire
getting hair & makeup done
you putting on wedding attire
putting on jewelry
candids of wedding party
partner putting on wedding attire
you with your truest supporters
individual & group
partner with his truest supporters
individual & group
shot of rings
I don’t have a specific list of poses that I follow - it depends on the couple, the attire, etc. I also like to let things happen more naturally. But if you have a specific pose that you’ve seen & love, let me know!
ceremony site & details
everyone walking down aisle
exchanging of rings
details of guests
I don’t like creating my own list of family photos - because every family situation is different, so I appreciate when you make a list of every family combination you want photographed!
wedding party entrance
toasts & speeches
YOU MIGHT BE THINKING...
Here’s the truth: you have tons of options when it comes to choosing someone to photograph your wedding. You have different price points, different styles, different personalities, different levels of experience, and all the other stuff that makes every photographer different.
let me be honest for a minute, I’m not the photographer for everyone - and that’s totally okay!
Certain environments make my heart come alive! Something about getting outdoors, breathing in the fresh air and soaking up all the goodness of Mother Nature is so inspiring to me. I'm not afraid of the rain or scared to get my boots dirty. Taking a hike, maybe losing cell service and enjoying a breathtaking view - this is where I thrive creatively! Even more, I’m all about the real and raw moments that demonstrate just how deep your love is. That heart warming look, the unexpected tears, and the untamable joy! I'm not about stiff poses or fake smiles, I want the real stuff! That means I want to create an experience where you are free to be completely YOU. This might mean breaking some traditions and or doing things a little backwards and I am here for every second of it! I want to invoke emotion and really make you feel something. This is where my creative spirit comes alive and I am able to deliver my absolute best, which is what y’all deserve!
Here’s another thing you need to know: photography is more than just my bread and butter, it’s my heart and soul. When you invest your trust and your money in me, I invest everything I have into you, your experience, and your memories. It’s not something that I take lightly. It’s not just a click of a button - documenting your love story is a big responsibility. I want to be there with you and I want to serve you, 100% of the way.
This means, I want to be more than just your photographer! I want to know how you met, what sets your soul on fire, and all the juicy details about what makes your love story unique! Even more, I want to be there for YOU! Wether its location scouting, timeline help, prep and planning assistance, or just being a supportive FRIEND, I'm here for you every step of the way!!
You want an adventure session at an awesome location, but don't know where to start - let me help with all the details! You want coffee the morning of your wedding - I'll grab it on my way over! You need a listening ear when planning gets stressful - I'm here, better yet, let's grab drinks! I want to be there to help take things off your plate so you can focus on the one most important thing: marrying the love of your life!
F A Q
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MANY IMAGES ARE INCLUDED?
I have no photo limit for any of my sessions or wedding collections! All of my collections vary with image amount, but there is a good amount included with each! I want to give you more than enough images to remember your special day!
HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY IMAGES?
Engagement sessions will be delivered in an online gallery. Weddings will be delivered through the same online gallery & on a custom USB. Through the online gallery you will have access to a professional print lab where you can easily order prints of your favorite images.
HOW DO TRAVEL FEES WORK?
I don't have any - What you see is what you get! There are no additional fees that you need to worry about!
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY IF WE WERE TO HAVE TO CANCEL?
Upon signature, I reserve the time and date agreed upon, and will not make other reservations for that time and date. This means turning down other income, to reserve for your event. For this reason, the deposit is non-refundable.
WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND TIME?
I try my best to get your images back to you as soon as possible! Most of the time, for couples/adventure sessions, its about 2 weeks. For weddings or elopements, it is 4-6 weeks. I know how quickly I would want to see my images, so I send out sneak peeks either the night-of or the day after!
DO YOU EVER GIVE OUT RAW/UNEDITED FILES?
No, because I believe that editing and culling through the photos is half the magic! The unedited photos are just not the same without it. I carefully go through the images and I promise to never leave out any photos that I know are the winners!
DO YOU HELP IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?
YES! YES! YES! In fact, you can expect it!! I know the industry pretty well and would love to help craft an experience that is entirely unique to y'all! I want to be there to help take things off your plate so that you can focus on the one most important thing: marrying the love of your life!
I'VE HEARD ALL I NEED TO HEAR, HOW DO I BOOK WITH YOU???
First and foremost, AHHHH!!!!!! I am so humbled and honored that you feel ready to move forward!! I cannot express my gradatude enough! The next step is setting up a phone call to chat about your special day so that we can create a custom package that meets all your needs. After this, I will send you a contract & invoice, which can both be completed electronically. Once that's done, we are all set! Retainers are 25% of the total package cost, and the remainder of your payment is due two weeks before the date of your wedding. Payment plans are also available if you need them!
Does this sound like what you’re looking for? If so - shoot me an email or a text, and let’s get this thing rolling! The next step is to sit down over coffee or a video chat - I’ll tell you more about me, and you can ask any questions that you have. We’ll also make sure that we get along - before you commit to spend your wedding day with me :-)
Thank you for being here, and I’ll talk to ya soon!
cell: (615) 415-2282