Kara Mueller

Get to know me

Ever since I can remember, I have always been obsessed with every art form: music, dance, drawing, and modeling… all of which led me to photography.
From the moment I bought my first camera, I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to be behind the lens and capture everything from my unique perspective. I would spend countless hours practicing and watching videos, soaking it all in, and I loved every single second of it. This is when I knew that this was what I was meant to pursue, and where I belonged. Since then, my love for lighting, colors, composition, and capturing the beauty in each individual has grown and evolved into something I know I will always be proud of. I never thought I’d find that I could do something with my passion, but working for SB has kept me exactly where I am meant to be, behind the camera!

Modeling is also one of my favorite pastimes – it’s allowed me to feel so comfortable in front of the camera and my goal is for you to enjoy that level of comfort as well. I draw on my experiences to ensure I’m so perfectionistic when it comes to posing. I am careful that every pose is flattering and I demonstrate them often for my subjects so they know exactly what to do! I love how SB really captured this side of me in my boudoir “In Action” video. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/U-ejb0pVSoo

If you could choose only one place to go on vacation for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?
I would have to say Hawaii! I lived there for a few months and woke up to the most incredible scenery every day.

If you could pick up a certain skill instantly, what would it be?
It would have to be ballet!

If you could instantly be an expert in a subject, what would it be?
History. Learning about the past interests me and I think we can gain so much insight from it but my teachers would not be impressed with my knowledge of it at this point, lol.

What are you currently reading?
A Thousand Splendid Suns – I chose this because one of my favorite books (Kite Runner) was written by the same author.

What is something you can do better than anyone else you know?
I think maybe I would win if there was such thing as a patience contest. I used to nanny (I LOVE kids by the way :)) so yeah, patience was key most days!

Which season fits your personality best—spring, summer, fall, or winter—and why?
I think I would have to say spring, because I am a very happy and positive person! For me, spring (especially after some of our brutal Wisco winters!) seems to bring out the positivity in others, which I also try to do!

My favorite weddings

Do you collect anything?
Clothes, photos, fuzzy blankets, photography gear… just to name a few!!

What’s a skill you learned when you were young that you still use today?
Ever since I was little I have felt very sensitive to people’s energies and have been able to use this to read other people’s emotions. Today, this helps me evaluate how to handle certain stressful situations and exactly how to read those around me!

What’s the most valuable piece of career advice you’ve been given?
The most important voice to listen to is your own.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine what would it be?
Doing dishes – I’ve found that the excuse of “I’m letting the dishes soak” is not a favorite for others that hear it, ha.

Are you more of a listener or a talker?
I’m totally more of a listener than a talker

Kind words

“You guys had me crying while at work. I CANNOT thank you all enough for your hard work and absolutely amazing skills in capturing all of the emotions of our wedding day. I am speechless! We are so in love with each photo you took and are going to HIGHLY RECOMMEND you guys to every one! Thank you so so SO much for everything!”

“Absolutely amazing team! Matt and Kara fit right in with our goofy personalities and caught all of our funny, gorgeous and lasting memories of our big day! Absolutely gorgeous pictures and amazing work!”

-Jenna & Ryan

“I spoke with quite a few photographers before talking to Sheryl at SB Photography, but after our one phone call I knew none of the other options measured up. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to hire them for my wedding day (which was May 11, 2019). If you’re considering a wedding photographer, do yourself a favor and give this incredible company a call. SB Photography has more than fair pricing, the team is incredibly knowledgeable, and our photographers worked hard to make sure they captured every detail (even asked us weeks prior to the wedding to make notes of what we wanted and referred to them all night as to not miss anything important to us). Not to mention, they’re friendly, responsive, and very easy to work with! We had the pleasure of working with Adam and Kara on our wedding day. What an amazing team they are!! My husband hates pictures and even he had a good time because Adam and Kara were just so fun and easy to get along with! They kept us laughing, making sure the wedding party was having a good time, and even though they were by our side all night capturing every detail they never seemed to be in the way. Their professionalism was incredible as well, because even though they felt like friends of ours by the end of the night they stayed on task and made sure they captured everything. I’d say they went above and beyond for us, but I truly think they are this incredible for every couple. I’ll never forget Kara sprinting across the driveway of the venue with her equipment flailing behind her to capture my little cousins doing something cute. Seeing how important every single detail was to them was incredible. I also let Kara know before the wedding started that I had a lot of anxiety and her and Adam both reassured me all night that everything was on time, running smoothly, and I could just take a breath. They were more than just photographers. They are truly wedding experts. Prior to the ceremony there was a bit of a hold up and I was panicked because I didn’t know what was going on. I asked Kara to look into it for me. She kindly asked my family members to find their seats (per my request), figured out why things were delayed, and calmly relayed the details to me. She had such a positive attitude and it really helped me get through the pre-ceremony jitters. Both Adam and Kara will hold a special place in our hearts forever, as they were such a huge part of making the day perfect. From hyping me up allll day and making me feel like an absolute queen to squealing over sunset pictures, we had the best time with them. Thank you SB Photography for all your hard work! To all the brides out there – hiring SB Photography is the right choice. I promise!”

-Sarah & Preston

“Choosing a photographer is such an important part of wedding planning. After speaking with numerous photographers and looking at countless websites, I decided on SB Photography & Design. It was the best decision I made. We worked with Adam for our engagement pictures and he was so patient with us (mainly because we’re not picture taking people and we had a year old puppy who we included). Adam and Kara photographed our big day and they made the experience easy, painless, and amazing! They took the lead and gave us directions, but made sure to be efficient with everyone’s time. You barely noticed them throughout the day and didn’t know they were there. We had such a fun time and they made the day painless with pictures. They captured the images we wanted and also made sure we were able to get to our cocktail hour to mingle with guests for a bit. They also made sure they were there at the right time to capture shots with our guests. They were amazing to work with and I would choose them again and again. I highly recommend SB Photography for any photography needs you have.”

-Gretchen & Travis

“We had Matt and Kara as the photographers for our wedding, and they were incredible!! Definitely the best vendors we had for our wedding, and we could not be happier with our photos. They made sure to get our must-have photos while also coming up with super creative ideas for poses and backgrounds. Our bridal party had so much fun with them throughout the day. They got our sneak preview to us fast, and the rest of the photographs in about six weeks. SB Photography and Design as a company is amazingly thorough answering so many wedding planning questions through their website. They were always very prompt with all their communication. We highly recommend them to everyone!!”

-Katie & Nick

My favorite blogged couple