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Who am I?

Hi I'm Kara - one half of the Stackwood Studios team. You may have seen my husband around Northville HIgh if you go there - he has worked and coached there for a while now. We both went to Northville a few cough years ago, and had very different senior picture experiences...... He went to the big box studio and stood by a fake pillar with his fake smile, and got 6 photos to choose from. I had a family friend who was a photographer fly in from California to take my photos throughout a whole day in 12 different outfits and 2 hairstyles, with my car, and my bedroom, and my house. It was crazy. So we know there are many ways to approach a senior session and thankfully have found a middle ground.

I went to college in Santa Barbara, CA for photography and got my degree in 2006. I worked out there as a photo retoucher for a few years before deciding to head home and open up my own photo business. In 2012, after a few years of shooting only weddings, we decided to move back to Northville and open up a studio. We finally got a window on main street a few years ago, so hopefully you've been enjoying the giant TV screen with our photos!

I am a super easy going, go with the flow kind of person, so I think you'll find it fun and easy to work with me. I am a new mom to the sweetest, smartest, cutest baby girl in the world (soon to be another sweetest, cutest baby girl in June!) Traveling is my favorite thing to do, and when I'm not doing that we are all curled up on the couch with our standard poodle, Kota.

The Process

Your senior photo shoot only happens once, so I want to make sure you get amazing photos and have a blast! Before your shoot we will talk about your style and what kinds of locations you like to tailor the images to fit your personality. I want to hear about what is important to you so we make sure the images reflect who you are.

You will choose which session will work best for you from the session options and together we will choose locations - I can even help you choose outfits if you want. We will wander around our locations finding the best light and backgrounds, and talking along the way so I can get to know you even better. It's important capture everything from the laughing and seriousness, to the in-between, creating wonderful frozen moments that last forever.

1-2 weeks after your shoot you will either receive a link to your gallery of final images (simple session), or you will return to the studio and help me choose your favorite images (unlimited or destination sessions). From these chosen images you will choose your package or prints that you want and I can help you decide what works best for you.

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