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    Welcome to my new blog for Photography by Kari!!! This is the place where you will see my latest work, fun contests, specials, and happenings in my life. Have a look around. If you like what you see, I would love for you to leave a comment or two!

    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 Voting Adorable Children Portrait Contest {SE MN Childrens Portrait Photographer}

The time has come 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 Monday, September 23, 2019 at 12 pm central standard time.  Then on Friday, September 27, 2019 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 Aodrable button on the bottom of the photo you would like to vote for.  Good luck to all of the entries!!!! Cast your vote here:

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.

Engagement {Spring Valley MN Engagement Portrait Photographer}

This morning I was at Chateau de Chic getting my hair done for my own family portrait that we had tonight and another customer came in and was talking about having rehearsal tonight for her brother-in-law’s wedding tomorrow and it reminded me I had never shared any of their engagement photos. ? So tonight beforethe wedding, I am sharing some of my favorites.
We had to reschedule once due to extreme cold and it wasn’t much better the day we did these. I’m honestly surprised none of us got frostbite as it was 10 below if my memory serves me correctly. However, the snow and frost on the trees made for beautiful photos outside.
Congratulations Kyle Oeltjen and Hillary! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Almost Here! {NE IA Maternity Portrait Photographer}

Almost here! Boy or girl? It’s going to be a surprise and we are so excited to find out if this gorgeous family will be adding another girl or a boy to their family. So exciting!

One-Year-Old Cake Smash {SE MN Infant Portrait Photographer}

Finally sharing some of this session with this one-year-old boy. I had shared the cake smash set as we built it and this one-year-old was so happy for his session. So fun! And he enjoyed his cake made by Debby Westphal to the very end as well as the bananas. I think he probably has the record for destroying his smash cake the most as well.

Newborn Boy {Spring Valley MN Newborn Portrait Photographer}

This adorable newborn boy didn’t want to sleep much during his session but am in love with all the open-eyed photos we got. Especially the photo with Mom and Dad. So sweet!

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