Meet Kara Cooper


I first started photographing in my hometown of Akron, Ohio in 2005. I became drawn to the tactile feeling of developing prints and watching the images emerge in the darkroom. As my visual interest grew so did my insatiable desire to create more. I received a BA in Photography, traveled around the world and moved to the west coast where I’ve been since. I guide my subjects lightly rather than heavily posing them. 

I have been capturing weddings since 2011. Initially, I collaborated with photography studios and served as a second shooter for several years before transitioning to solo shooting, which is my current approach.  I enjoy capturing love and helping you get the most out of your big day with my photo coverage.

Whether it’s natural light or studio light, portraits or weddings, people say great things! Other popular shoots include: Family, headshots, senior photos, event coverage, boudoir and intimate portraits (fine art nude photography).

Book a session, ask a question or just say hello here. Headshots start at $350. Portrait sessions range from $500-1100. Elopements start at $1650 and weddings range from $2400-$4600.  Based in Portland and also experienced in photographing in Washington, Hood River, San Francisco, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ohio ♥ area, etc

Kara Cooper (self portrait)
Kara Cooper Photography

1st photo - self portrait, 2nd photo - Taryn Schubert

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Published in...

Earth Wine + Fire Exhibition, Chicago // 2010
Grime Zine // 2011-12
Nick Photo Blog // 2011
Pinterest (Pinterview on the “Wanderlust Project”) // 2012
Colum Senior Exhibit, Chicago // 2012
RAW SF Exhibition // 2013
The Hanger Exhibition, Berkeley // 2013
The Underground, Redwood // 2013
20Mission Exhibition, SF // 2013
Artfully Wed // 2015
“Being Seen” Medium Blog // 2016
SF Chronicle “Go with the flow in a meditative sound bath” // 2016
“Intimate Portraits” self published book // 2017
Club Privata // 2017
Wedding Lovely // 2017
TATA Magazine // 2018
Art of Weddings // 2018
Top Portland Photographers // 2018

Bay Area Women’s Magazine // 2018
Divine PDX Art Showcase // 2019
Femme Rebelle Magazine Cover (July) // 2019
Boudoir Culture Magazine (Sept) // 2019
Solis Magazine (July) // 2019
Annex Magazine (Sept) // 2019
Expertise “Best Portrait Photographer of the Year” // 2019-Present
B.Loved Blog (September) // 2020
Carats & Cake (Nov) // 2020
Opium Red Magazine (Dec) // 2020
Xpressions Magazine (Dec) // 2021
MARIKA Magazine (Dec) // 2021
Something Different Magazine (Oct) // 2022
Period. Magazine (Nov) // 2022
Untold Magazine (Jan) // 2023
Range Magazine (Jan) // 2023
Gezno Magazine (Feb) // 2023