Celebrating the Grand Opening of Kara Michelle Photography
Saturday, June 23, 2012, during Old Settlers Days weekend, marked the opening of Kara Michelle Photography with a ribbon cutting. (L to R) Jeff and jackie French, Kara, and John Huggins, president of the Lanark Chamber of Commerce. (PA photo/T. Kocal)
“I do what I love and no one tells me different.” Nothing is truer for Kara Weber, the proprietor of Lanark’s newest business, Kara Michelle Photography.
“Ever since I can remember I have had a camera in my hand taking pictures and capturing the special memories of others,” Kara said. “In high school, I became very inspired by Elizabeth (Tessendorf) from Photography by Elly in Mount Carroll. I began taking on more sessions and found that I truly had a passion for being behind the camera. I knew then that I wanted to pursue a career in photography.
“Over the years there have been numerous people that have told me that I am never going to make it in this industry in such a small town, but I am ready to prove them all wrong. So I decided to take a huge risk and start my own business in the small town of Lanark.
“Only being nineteen, I knew that this was going to be a huge step and a risk but so far it has been very rewarding. I have met a lot of new people and made many memories that I will never forget. It excites me that I get to wake up every morning and do what I love. Being down at my studio is now a second home to me. I can’t wait to spend hours there and make many people happy with the images that I have taken.
Kara thanked Jeff and Jackie French, from whom she is leasing her studio, located at 106 E. Pearl St. “Without the both of you this process and studio would not have been possible. You have made my dream come true.”
Kara added, “A huge thank you also to my mom and dad, and to my family and friends that have had non-stop support and help throughout these very special months. Without all of you this journey and outcome wouldn’t be as great as it is.”