About Us

Hi friends, we are Joel and Kara Carter and those are our two kids/monsters Maya and Grayson. We have been married for 14 years and have been professionally photographing weddings in Kansas City—and now Iowa—for over 11 years. In November of 2015, we moved our family and our business from Kansas City to Cedar Rapids to return to our eastern Iowa roots and raise our kids closer to family. We are excited about bringing our big city experience to what we have always considered “home”.

What are we about? To keep it simple, we have tried to build our brand around two main pillars:

AWESOME IMAGES. We specialize in a modern brand of photojournalism, with a vibrant and colorful flair. We are after authentic and beautiful photos that tell a story. Our goal is to create and capture images that you can feel in your gut. It is nice to remember what the day looked like, sure. But it’s even better if you can remember what the day felt like through emotionally rich images. Words that should describe every one of our photos: real, genuine, colorful, vibrant, inspired.

A GREAT EXPERIENCE. We want your time with us to be simple, stress-free and lots of fun, from the first correspondence all the way through the final delivery of images. It is very important to us that we inspire confidence so that you will have a beautiful thing called peace of mind—a peace of mind that will allow you to be fully present as life’s most important moments are happening, without the worry of wondering if your photographers are doing their job. No worries here. We got this.

Get in touch with us today, we’d love to hear from you!


  • sarcasm
  • golf
  • word games
  • Apple products
  • Excel spreadsheets (is it okay to put that after “Apple products”?)
  • lists (like this one)
  • did I say golf?
  • cheese (the dairy product, not in pictures—I despise cheesy pictures)


  • creamer with a little bit of coffee
  • Target
  • animated movies
  • shopping for hours on end (preferably in Target . . . and without the kids)
  • Black Friday
  • rom-coms


  • our God
  • our church
  • our daughter, Miss Maya Mae
  • our buddy, Mr. Grayson Lee
  • our family
  • our dog, though sometimes this is debatable
  • board games (when Kara gets to win)
  • cooking . . . when time allows
  • the beach
  • ice cream
  • modern home decor
  • each other (of course, right?)