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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 Adorable Children Contest Winners {SE MN Children Portrait Photographer}

The results are in for the Local Contest after 5,229 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! 

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 Khloe  with 810 votes…

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

Nahla with 518 votes….

Then Claire and Drew with 282 votes…

Then Jennah with 279 votes…

Then Thomas and Jalee with 275 votes each…

Then Joshua with 273 votes…

And  we also had 2 National Winners…

The national contest is judged by a panel of judges based on quality, appearance, charm, expression ,an personality.

Alyvia with 1st Place in the 7 to 12 month category, winning a 16×20 of winning photo (a value of $105) and a $200 Visa Gift Card.


And Etta with an Honorable Mention in the 3 to 5 year category winning a 11×14 of the winning photo (a value of $75) and a $25 Visa Gift Card.

You can see the other winners in the National Contest here: https://acilab.com/adorable-winners-2019/

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


Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday Sale {SE MN Portrait Photographer}

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving and was able to spend it with loved ones! With everything we all have to be thankful for throughout the year, I often find myself thinking of my family, friends, and our second (Photography by Kari) family…. that’s you!  We truly feel so blessed in life for all that we’ve gotten to experience together this year so far, and so it’s with pleasure and gratitude that we offer our once a year sale to show our appreciation for you with some deals for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. This is a great opportunity for all past clients and their family and friends to get a great deal for gift giving this holiday season. Not to mention, supporting small local business. This helps the community to thrive, as small businesses keep jobs local and give the community a more vibrant, more diverse place to live and shop. We are SO thankful for every single one of you for supporting us whether it be having a session, following us on social media or sharing our work with friends. We appreciate each and every one of you.

The sale starts today, Thursday, November 28th and runs until Monday, December 2, 2019. Please go here to take advantage of the sales: https://photographybykari.bigcartel.com/



Tyson Turns 1 {SE MN Cake Smash Photographer}

Such a happy little boy (and we even did his photos at 6 pm) and he was such a little ham for the camera for his one year portrait session. Love that his parents continued the tradition of using the onesie his 3 older brothers used for their cake smashes, too. He also continued the tradition of his brothers by putting his foot in the cake as well. =) So cute!

P.S. Wonderful cake made my the talented Debby Westphal

Halloween Cake Smash {SE MN Cake Smash Photographer}

This sweet girl turns 1 tomorrow on Halloween. How cute are all her outfits?! Happy Birthday, Miss K!

P.S. Another wonderful cake by Debby Westphal. Not only do they look amazing they taste even better.

9-Month Old {Rochester MN Portrait Photographer}

Since it’s going to be a dreary, rainy day, today, I thought it’d be a good day to share a session from this summer when it was much nicer out.

Mr. A was full of sweet little smiles for his 9-month session. But he was freaking out Andrea, his Mom and me when he kept trying to check out the grass while sitting in the chair. 😉 Such a fun session. Can’t wait to see him next month for his final 1-year session from his Watch Me Grow sessions. Hard to believe it has already been a year since we first met him at the studio for a Christmas Mini session a few days before his newborn session.

Family of 6 {SE MN Family Portrait Photographer}


One of the most rewarding parts of my job as a family portrait photographer is watching our client’s children grow up over the years. We’ve had the honor of photographing this family for the last 3 years. The B’s annual family portrait has become a very important family event in capturing cherished memories that their boys will come to appreciate later in life. It’s crazy how much they change from year to year. This family with 4 boys is such a joy to photograph. They are not only adorable, they are such good kids. We had a blast with this family and I hope we get to spend more time with them as they grow!

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