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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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2017 Local and National Adorable Children Contest Winners {SE MN Children’s Portrait Photographer}

The results are in for the Local Contest after 3,572 votes!  The results for the National Contest are also in.  Please check the end of the post for those results.

Thanks to everyone who participated and took time to vote in the Adorable Child Contest!  We have decided to award the top seven , again, instead of the top five since everyone worked so hard to rack up the votes!

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 Emily  with 777 votes…

 

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

Ava with 762 votes….

Bryson with 655 votes….

Adelynn with 211 votes

Stella with 192 votes…

Owen with 184 votes….

Parker with 86 votes….

And  we also had 2 National Winners…

Jaxon with 1st Place in the Mommy and Me/Daddy and Me category, winning a 16×20 of winning photo (a value of $105) and a $200 Visa Gift Card

Trent with 2nd Place in the Mommy and Me/Daddy and Me category, winning a 16×20 of winning photo (a value of  $105) and a $100 Visa Gift Card
You can see the other winners in the National Contest here:  https://acilab.com/adorable-contest/adorable-winners-2017/

Congratulations, everyone!  Thanks for participating and voting!  =) 

Adorable Children’s Portrait Contest and Mini Session {SE MN Children’s Portrait Photographer}

We are excited to announce our fourth 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 since June 2017, you may enter a photo from that session) until July 2018 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 last year 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  You can view our winners and the others here:  https://acilab.com/adorable-contest/adorable-winners/

If you would like a session just for this contest, we will be doing Adorable Mini’s from now until July 31, 2017.  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 August.  The top 5 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). 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, 2017 for the National Photo Contest. 4.  There is no cash value to the local prizes.

Fins and Films Vintage Pin Ups {Spring Valley MN Portrait Photo

Check out all the beautiful vintage pin-up models we had the privilege to take photos of this past weekend 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 2018-July 2019 calendar featuring the models from the 2017 Fins and Films runway show, they can be purchased for $10 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.

Beautiful Newborn Girl {SE MN Newborn Portrait Photographer}

As a newborn photographer I ask parents what colors or themes they would like to incorporate into their sessions. Colors they may be decorating the nursery with, or colors they may use in their homes. This session was creams, pinks, mauves hints of a  little gold,a llama and vintage feminity is what her parents asked for. I couldn’t wait to use the beautiful items I had been gathering for this beautiful newborn girl’s session in these colors. The flower hair bows and lace onsie added just the right hint of feminity.   I hope you enjoy these sneak peeks as much as I love the entire session. 

Newborn Girl {SE MN Newborn Portrait Photographer}

We have kicked off our June and July with lots of newborn sessions! And I LOVE it!!!

Here’s one of our June newborns. How gorgeous is this little Miss?! I absolutely adore baby B. She is the sweetest dream baby ever. Here are some of her adorable images.

Sweet Newborn Girl {Spring Valley MN Newborn Portrait Photographer}

Super sweet and beautiful newborn girl. Look at those little curls! So cute!

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