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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!  =) 

Now Booking Class of 2019 {SE MN Senior Portrait Photographer}

I want to take a minute to wish all of these 2018 GRADS a big, heartfelt congratulations! It was truly an amazing experience having each of you in front of my camera for your senior sessions.  Hats of to you and thank you for choosing Photography by Kari. 

It’s now time to welcome the Class of 2019 to their Senior year. Who wants to get a jump start on their Senior year? A frequent question asked by parents of upcoming High School Seniors is WHEN should their son or daughter schedule their Senior portrait session for. The majority of the Seniors I work with are photographed the summer/fall prior to the start of their Senior year. From previous experience your  Senior year is often a busy one! For those students active in sports, band, choir, etc. it can be difficult to schedule your Senior’s portrait session between practices, games, and performances once the school year is in session. I strongly encourage Senior families to consider scheduling a 2018 summer session for their 2019 High School Senior. In doing so, you can breathe a little easier knowing you already have one task checked off that “To Do” list that comes along with the Senior year experience.

I am excited to announce that my Summer 2018 calendar is now open for scheduling!   To see more of our senior sessions, click on the  “categories” tab and then click “senior”. 

Now for our Senior Special…..  Booking early is important if you want a late summer or early fall session. These will book first and once they’re gone, they’re gone. With that said, mention you saw this blog post and book a June or July Senior Deluxe or Exclusive session, get an additional $50 print credit and get a set of 3, 3×3 Accordion Books with images from your session featured, a value of $100, for a total value of $150.  Appointments are limited and are subject to availability.  No cash value.  Only sessions rescheduled by photographer due to weather will still qualify for special pricing.  Only sessions rescheduled by photographer due to weather will still qualify for special pricing. Any sessions rescheduled by the customer/client must be re-booked at regular rates if the rescheduled date is not in June or July of 2018,  meaning you will not receive the additional $50 print credit nor the 3 Accordion Books. Session retainer fees in full must be paid within 10 days of receiving the invoice and before the session.

Ready to schedule your senior pictures? Our calendar for Summer senior portrait sessions is starting to fill. Call or email us today to get more information or to book your session, 507.951.0640 or kari@photographybykari.com. The Class of 2019…let me help tell YOUR story!

 


 

Maddie ’18 {Rochester MN Senior Portrait Photographer}

 

Maddie and her Mom found us through Google and a mutual friend and really loved how I like to make all my senior sessions super unique and fun and bring out who my seniors are. Which is awesome as I believe  your senior portrait session should make you feel beautiful inside and out.  It’s a monumental time in a senior’s life and I want to capture you as the person you are at this moment. 

Maddie really wanted something flowery and naturey, but also with an urban feel so I took her to Lanesboro to use their unique buildings and flowery fields.  It was so humid the night of her session but she newver once complained, but she had also just gotten back from vacation in Florida, so she was likely used to the humidity.  Even with the humidity, we had so much fun with Maddie and her Mom, we even had a little friend join us during her session.  The cat didn’t want to leave and even jumped on her lap.  We couldn’t stop laughing.  A photo with the cat even made her graduation invitation. 

Terron ’18 {SE MN Senior Portrait Photographer}

Senior pictures are likely the last time children will have professional portraits made of themselves until their wedding. That’s right – until their wedding. Though this alone seems a perfectly good reason for their parents to have them done, this reasoning is likely not a good reason to the senior boy to get their portraits done. Getting a senior boy to have his picture taken by a professional photographer and be happy about it can be just about impossible. But who doesn’t love a challenge?
 
I have known and taken Terron’s family portraits since he was about 8, I think. Terron is a really great kid but never been enthusiastic about having his pictures taken. Honestly, I don’t blame him. After all, how much fun can it be to hang out with 2 ladies, one with her camera in your face and the other with a flash in your face for an hour or so? With that said I have yet to come across a senior boy who really, really wanted a session. But, I also have yet to have a senior boy come away from one of our sessions that hasn’t said that wasn’t really that bad. Although, they may all just be being polite. 😉
 
Anyway, thanks for sticking with us Terron! We enjoyed your shoot and wish nothing but the best in the future. Congratulations!
 
P.S. I also included some photos of his Mom getting some photos we delivered to her this week from the spring baseball session we did with Terron. Love her priceless reaction, she was so excited for her canvas and custom 3-foot cardboard cutout (it still needs to be popped out from where it was cut so there won’t be any white around it).

Jordan ’18 {SE MN Senior Portrait Photographer}

It has been an amazing year and I am so thankful for all of my fabulous clients! I had so much fun creating the perfect session for some 2018 seniors. I will still be sharing more of each one individually that I didn’t get a chance to share yet since most of them graduate over the next week or so.

Next up is Jordan. We did 3 sessions with Jordan for his Exclusive Session. We did photos in the studio, out at his Aunt and Uncle’s beautiful property, at an outdoor basketball court and then lastly at his high school for some sports photos. I hope you have a fantastic summer, and that you go on to do amazing things in college! The world has so much in store for you, and I can say from knowing you, you have lots in store for the world!

Alyx ’18 {Spring Valley MN Senior Portrait Photographer}

Time to celebrate! Graduation season is upon us here in Southeast MN, so I wanted to highlight some of our 2018 senior portrait sessions this week.
 
First up is the beautiful inside and out, Alyx, we had so much fun at 2 sessions with her. One in the summer to capture some portraits to capture her with a nice tan from the summer, in the water and with summer flowers and then in the fall to capture some sports portraits and some fall colors. When you book an Exclusive or Deluxe Session, we can also split the session to be able to capture different seasons or different hairstyles. Such a great option for senior portraits.
 
Congratulations, Alyx! We wish you lots of luck in your bright future!

 

 

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