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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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2019 Local and National Adorable Children’s Portrait Contest

We are excited to announce our fifth year participating  in the national ‘Adorable Children’s Portrait Contest’.  Schedule a portrait session with Photography by Kari for your child(ren) age newborn to 12 years now ( if you have already had a session, you may enter a photo from that session) until July 15, 2019, and you can choose to enter the Adorable National Children’s Portrait Contest. In our first year one of our clients won a 1st place in the National Adorable Children’s Contest!  And in 2016, we had 5 winners winning $375 and also 16×20 prints.  And in 2017 we had 2 winners, one a first place wiinner and the other a second place with them winning $325 total and also 16×20 prints

If you would like a session just for this contest, we will be doing Adorable Mini’s from now until July 15, 2019.  They will be 30 minute sessions with 1 backdrop/one location and 1 outfit for $40 plus MN and Fillmore County Sales tax and 15% off prints bought from the session. Or you may also book a full session, too.

This is a national contest being put on by one of our labs and is open to kids ages newborn to 12 years and has a variety of categories.  The photos will also be judged locally via votes on Photography by Kari’s blog  in September.  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 for participating in of the local contest will also receive a Standard Session and  5×7 session brag book from this session (a $455 value). The best part of the contest is that there are over $7500 in prizes in the National contest!

So why not get some cute photos of your child(ren) AND have the chance to win the top national prize of a $1500.00 MasterCard gift card?

The National Photo Categories are: • 0-6 months • 7-12 months • 13 months-2 years • 3-5 years • 6-8 years • 9-12 years • Mommy/Daddy and Me (one adult and one child)(Maternity pictures are not eligible) • Buddies (minimum of 2 subjects) • Bloopers • Me n’ My Pet   Fine print: 1. Parents/Guardians MUST sign a model release form that gives permission to Photography by Kari and American Color Imaging with unlimited use of the child’s photographs without additional compensation. 2. More than one child may be included in the portrait session, but only images of children ages 12 and under are eligible to win. 3. For National judging, prints are judged on the basis of quality, appearance, charm, expression and personality. All judging decisions are final.Contest winners will be announced and prizes awarded on September 27, 2019 for the National Photo Contest. 4.  There is no cash value to the local prizes.

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.

2019 Fins & Film {SE MN Pin-Up Portrait Photographer}

Check out all the beautiful vintage pin-up models we had the privilege to take photos of the pin-ups for the Fins and Films event in Spring Valley, MN. All these ladies participated in the runway show and competed to be the cover of next year’s calendar. Some of the ladies had their hair and makeup completed by the talented ladies at Chateau de Chic, if you’d like an August 2019-July 2020 calendar featuring the models from the 2018 Fins and Films runway show, they can be purchased at Chateau de Chic, located in downtown Spring Valley, MN. All the proceeds from the calendar sales go to helping make the event Fins and Films possible.

Be You {SE MN Childrens Portrait Photographer}

About 10 years ago, I did a senior portrait of a girl in her prom dress in a dugout with her softball gear (still one of my favorite photos, I will share it at the bottom of this post) then this spring another photographer viral taking photos of her daughter to show her and other girls they didn’t need to choose. They can be girly and sporty. They can be whatever they want to be.

Since then my cousin and I had been planning her shoot. Here’s the result…

P.S. Big thanks to Jenn Slifka at Chateau de Chic for styling her hair absolutely perfectly. You’re the best. Thank you so much!

Superhero Mr. B {SE MN Children’s Portrait Photographer}

I love creating custom photography sessions for my clients that match their creative vision and this superhero session was SUCH A BLAST! Mr. B was excited about photos and had an amazing superhero narrative in his head fighting off the bad guys during the session. I met him and his family downtown Rochester, MN which served as a perfect backdrop for this session. After Mr. B was done eliminating any bad guys we encountered, we were able to fit in some family portraits as well.

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