I can’t imagine not being the one behind the camera.

After years of happily being the one friends and family rely on to capture trips, special occasions, and the everyday, I realized that my enthusiasm for taking pictures extended far beyond a mere hobby.  I am now honored to document the lives of family and friends, old and new.


You’ll find me:

  • mouth wide open, laughing way too loudly
  • doing just about anything to get another belly laugh from my son
  • preparing meals for our family or entertaining others
  • spending time with dear friends and family
  • meticulously researching the details of an upcoming trip
  • searching for gorgeous light
  • taking walks, playing tennis or softball
  • planning kid-friendly activities with our neighborhood moms
  • cheering on our local professional teams or our favorite college teams (Go Deacs)
  • and, taking pictures of it all…


My husband and I live in Northern Virginia and are enjoying life with our two children and patient long-haired dachshund.

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I serve the metro Washington, DC, area but may be available for select additional locations; contact me with any inquiries.

picture of Kara taken by Merritt Shumate