I was born in Barboursville, Wv but my heart lives in Charleston, SC where the sea breeze refreshes my soul and the golden sunlight dances in the shades of the age old angel oaks. My husband and I are newlyweds with dreams of living near the ocean for YEARS! Earlier this spring, God opened a door that finally made that dream a reality!

Not only will I share weddings, engagements & tips here, I will also be sharing some of what life looks like as we transition to Charleston living!

I'm Kara

Old Wide Awake microwedding in Charleston SC photographed by Kara Blakeman Photography

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Old Wide Awake microwedding in Charleston SC photographed by Kara Blakeman Photography with romantic outdoor ceremony on mossy steps.

Old Wide Awake Wedding

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3 perfect Wedding and Engagement portrait locations in Charleston, SC

Three Beautiful Engagement and Wedding Portrait Locations For The Charleston Bride

dad tosses toddler in the air during family photos on the beach in South Carolina

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The Crawfords Beach Family Portraits in Charleston I met Victoria when she was a bridesmaid for one of my brides at a wedding at Middleton Place here in Charleston, SC a couple years ago, so when she reached out about family portraits I was so excited. They were planning a last minute trip to Folly […]

Folly Beach Family Portraits at Sunset 

couple holds hands walking by ivy covered wall in Charleston French Quarter

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McKenzie and Chris Maternity Portraits in the French Quarter and Rainbow Row Congratulations, McKenzie and Chris! This sweet couple is expecting their first baby girl and wanted to celebrate with a sweet maternity session in Charleston. We planned an early morning session to beat the heat around the French Quarter and Rainbow Row – and […]

Downtown Charleston Maternity Portraits

girl poses in front of blue door during Rainbow Row senior portraits

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Caroline  White Point Garden Family Portraits and Rainbow Row Senior Portraits  Caroline and her family reached out to me about capturing new family portraits at White Point Garden, along with senior portraits for Caroline. I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough! This family, and especially Caroline, are such a joy to work with. I loved every […]

Downtown Charleston Senior Portraits Along Rainbow Row

groom twirls bride around on lawn at Wide Awake Plantation

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Mackenzie & Travis  Elegant Wedding Day in Hollywood SC with Ivory Details Congratulations to Mackenzie and Travis! Their classic Old Wide Awake wedding day in Charleston SC was so dreamy and I can’t wait for you to see it. Every detail of this beautiful celebration was so carefully planned and executed so well, it was […]

Classic Old Wide Awake Wedding in Charleston SC 

couple poses with four year old on bridge during Magnolia Gardens family portraits

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Anniversary Portraits in Charleston SC Nicole and Marshall came to Charleston to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary and decided to plan family portraits on their trip, too. 10 years ago, Nicole and Marshall were married at the beautiful Magnolia Gardens, so it made sense to return there for new portraits… this time with their four […]

Magnolia Gardens Family Portraits

engaged couple hugs on cobblestone street in Charleston SC

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Kiara & Dylan Romantic Engagement Portraits in Charleston SC Kiara and Dylan are a new KBP couple! For their engagement session, they drove down from Charlotte, NC to the Historic District in Downtown Charleston. They were amazing and made the drive down super early that morning so we could beat the busy streets – and […]

Historic Downtown Charleston Engagement Session

kids hold hands during sunset Charleston beach family photos

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Tips to Create the Magical Portraits You’re Dreaming of During Your Beach Session Planning a family photo session on a Charleston beach this summer? Our beaches are some of the most beautiful in the area and they’re always so perfect for portrait sessions! In fact, many families plan their sessions here because they LOVE our […]

How to Get Dreamy Skies in Your Charleston Beach Family Photos 

husband an wife hold hands with two girls in pink dresses during Hampton Park family portraits

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Sweet Family Portraits in Charleston Park Jay and Laura just celebrated their 10 year anniversary in October so naturally, they wanted to have a family portrait session! They have two of the sweetest little girls I’ve ever met and I couldn’t wait to work with them here in Charleston. We all met up at Hampton […]

Hampton Park Family Portraits in Charleston SC

How to Decide on a First Look for Your Charleston Wedding shared by destination wedding photographer Kara Blakeman Photography.

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To do a first look or not, that is the question! As a Charleston wedding photographer, one of the most common questions from couples planning their wedding day is if a couple should plan to do a first look. I definitely have an opinion on first looks as your photographer. But I’m also truly about […]

How to Decide on a First Look for Your Charleston Wedding

Intimate Planter's Inn wedding with courtyard ceremony and bright florals

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Katy & Chris  Romantic Elopement in Charleston SC A couple months ago, Katy called me after a Google search for a Charleston wedding photographer. Her bubbly personality had me nodding my head yes to being her wedding photographer within the first 7 seconds. Little did I know, the infectious energy & love of this couple […]

Intimate Planter’s Inn Wedding