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    Just a little bit about me. I'm a Southeast Minnesota based photographer specializing in family, children, and senior photography. I have always enjoyed taking pictures and valued documenting my family's life with photographs and scrapbooks. In 2005, I turned my passion for photography into a profession. I am enjoying every minute of it! I am so thankful that I get to spend time with wonderful people and get to do something I love while capturing memories for my clients at all stages of their lives.

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2018 Local and National Adorable Children Contest Winners {SE MN Children’s Portrait Photographer}

The results are in for the Local Contest after 7,970 votes, that’s over double the amount of votes we had last year.

Thanks to everyone who participated and took time to vote in the Adorable Child Contest! We will be arawrding the  top seven , again, however it ends up being 9 winners as we had a 3 way tie for 6th place.

And here are the local winners….

Our grand prize winner will receive a standard session with a 5×7 Press Printed Brag Book (value of $405) and a 16×20 print from the session used in the contest (value of $105).

Our grand prize winner is Isaiah with 861 votes. 

 

And our winners of a 16×20 print (value of $105) from the session used in the contest.

Oakley with 784 votes.

Hudson with 412 votes…

Kenidyand Hudson with with 375 votes…

Lanie with 335 votes…

Bennett, Hadley and Charlie with 334 votes…

Lincoln with 323 votes….

Unfortunately, this year we had no winners in the National Contest. We love participating in this contest and look forward to it again in 2019.

2018 Adorable Children’s Portrait Contest

** Voting has ended**

Yay! It’s time to vote for your favorite entry in our Adorable Children’s Portrait Contest!  You may vote once a day for one image or a couple of images, but only one vote an image once a day from now until Thursday, September 27th at 12 pm central standard time.  Then on Friday, September 28th   the winners will be announced from the local and national contest. You can share this blog post with friends and we have a  link on Facebook, too.

The top 7 winners with the most votes in the local Photography by Kari Adorable Children’s Portrait contest will receive a 16×20 print ($105 value) of the winner’s choice from the session used to enter the contest . The Grand Prize  winner of the local contest will also receive a Standard Session and  5×7 session brag book from this session (a $455 value).

To view the photos in their entirety, click on the thumbnail of the photo itself and it will open as a large photo on your screen.  To cast your vote click on the green check mark below the photo you would like to vote for.  Good luck to all of the entries!!!!

Miss A turns 5 {SE MN Children’s Portrait Photographer}

Hard to believe it’s almost been 5.5 years since we did this little girl’s newborn portraits. And tomorrow we have the honor of photographing her newest baby sister’s newborn session. Love getting to capture all these moments in this family’s life.

Miss “A’s” Mom had told me her 5th birthday theme was shimmer and shine, my head went to glitter and gold for whatever reason. Thankfully about 2 weeks before her session, I saw a shimmer and shine cake smash set up a photographer friend posted, it was then that I found out that it is a tv show about genies. lol Thankfully Amazon prime got us a few new props in time for her session. Love her genie outfit and how the set turned out with many things we already had with a few new things sprinkled in.

Sweet Newborn Boy {Spring Valley MN Newborn Portrait Photographer}

Sweet little “B” slept through most of his session and let us just pose him without as much as a peep. Such a handsome little guy and the MN Vikings newest fan. Love the smirk he gave with the photo with his big brothers. I think he was thinking about all the fun he is going to have with his awesome big brothers.

Jackson Turns 12 {SE MN Dog Portrait Photographer}

Our black lab turns 12, today.  And as luck would have it we got a beautiful MN day with some hoarfrost.  So I took 15 minutes away from the craziness of editing and ordering to grab some photos.  

Jackson is quite the character.  He also still gets excited and  moves like a pup most days (maybe not the next day after he forgets how old he is by paying too much fetch).  And I’m sure if he could communicate and he heard his age mentioned he would give you  a side eye like this…

He loves to be the center of attention when we have visitors  and if he isn’t getting it, he will go and find  a large wood block to carry around or his empty dog bowl, so he can get your attention, even if it means he gets in trouble because of it.  He is also pretty smart.  He has done agility with my Mom.  But showing his smarts even more is the fact that he is trained  with help from Carla Ladd of Ladd K9 after 6-1 hour classes to pick things up for me.  He regularly will pick up my phone, wallet,or the remote off the floor for me. Better yet is the fact that if he hears me drop something, he comes without me even asking him to and looks for whatever I dropped so he can pick it up and give it back to me.

 

He will also sit for photos for me even though I’m pretty sure he doesn’t love it.

He will give me about 15 minutes and will do whatever I tell him to, but then he can be really good at ignoring me by looking at anything but me when he is over it.     The “t” word doesn’t even get him to quit ignoring me. 

Happy 12th Birthday, Jackson!

Here are a couple other photos of the beautiful hoarfrost from today. 

Holiday Open House {Spring Valley MN Portrait Photographer}

You’re invited to stop into the studio for our Holiday Open House. Please stop in and check out our work, see the studio decorated for Christmas, get a coupon for 25% off print from your next portrait session, and get a homemade cut out sugar cookie or a holiday cupcake, bote made by Debby Westphal,  and some warm apple cider.

Spring Valley’s Christmas on Historic Broadway will also take place on Saturday, December 8th with many events from 1 pm to 6:30 pm.

 

Christmas on Historic Broadway schedule

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Spring Valley Community Center

1 – 5 p.m.ALS benefit bake sale

      Blakeslee family and Cherry Grove Mehtodist Church

2 p.m. Frozen Feet 4k run/walk. Register here.

3 p.m. Free 30-minute Brave Community Theatre children’s play

      “The True Story of the So-Called Big Bad Wolves”

4 to 6 p.m. Cut-out sugar cookie decorating. 

      Sponsored by Spring Valley Area Community Foundation

4 to 6 p.m. Supper with Santa Claus. 

      Free will offering to support food shelf backpack program. Supper served by First State Bank

5 p.m. Bluff Country Singers and Friends concert

6 p.m. Light parade

6:30 p.m. Free 30-minute Brave Community Theatre children’s play

      “The True Story of the So-Called Big Bad Wolves”

Sponsored by Spring Valley Community Center and Brave Community Theatre

 
 
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Christmas Mini 2 {SE MN Holiday Portrait Photographer}

We have been placing lots of ornament and card orders from the Christmas minis we had last week and the week before. Can’t wait for everyone to get their products and send out their cards and then I can start sharing more of the minis with everyone.

We have a few more minis coming up this week as well. If you’d still like to get in for a mini, let us know.

 

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