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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

Engagement Session Tips and Tricks

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Getting your picture taken can feel a little intimidating. To help with your engagement session experience, I am sharing a few helpful tips!

Engagement Session Tips

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Charleston, SC Wedding Photographer captures couple’s Engagement pictures along Rainbow Row and the waterfront of the Battery.

Audrey & Brandon’s Charleston, SC Engagement

Wedding Elopement at the Gadsden House in Charleston SC

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You can have your cake and eat it too! Charleston’s Gadsden House allows you the ability to have your perfect wedding, microwedding or elopement!

Intimate Elopement Editorial at The Gadsden House, Charleston, SC

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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

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Bride and Groom marry at Bride’s family’s wedding venue, Briar Patch Wedding Farm in Barboursville, WV.

Mr. + Mrs. Peck

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Valley Park – Hurricane, WV I met Willis and Tabitha through another photogapher friend of mine – and what a blessing it was! Willis is probably the most outgoing person I have ever met and I am pretty sure he knows every single person in the tri-state! We met for dinner two weeks before the […]

Mr. & Mrs. Johnson

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Anna & Caleb | The Venue At The Edge The weather this time of year in Ky is so unpredictable.. and most the time when it says it will rain, it means the sun will most likely come out at *some* point. But, on Saturday, the weather decided to stay true to the forecast, adding […]

Mr. & Mrs. Warnimont

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Leading up to Anthony & Nicole’s wedding day, there were quite a few hiccups but on the day of, not even 90% chance of downpours was going to rain on there perfect day!

Nicole + Anthony

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Tayler and Nathan’s winter engagement session with their french bulldog puppies in Barboursville, Wv. Photographer: Kara Blakeman Photography

Tayler + Nathan | Barboursville, WV Engagement

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To help out with all those engagement outfit woes, I put together 10 tips that will help prepare you find your perfect outfit for your engagement pictures with Kara Blakeman Photography!

What Do We Wear To Our Engagement Session?