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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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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.

Court’s Surprise {MN Cancer Fighter Portrait Photographer}

A couple of weeks ago, we did a surprise for my cousin, Courtney. She absolutely LOVES cows and if you are friends with her on Facebook, you will know this as she is always sharing cute photos of cows.

Court had said she wanted to do some photos, so I came up with the idea of surprising her and taking photos of her with her favorite animal. I had made a post on Facebook and hid her from it to seek out some tame cows to use, so she had no idea.

I found a day that worked for those that so kindly offered to let us come to their farms and take photos with their cows. I told Court I had a surprise day planned for her and only told her what to wear. We lucked out and got one of the 90 degree days, it was beautiful outside. We picked Court up and head out to the first spot. She was so confused when we pulled into our first stop, Greg and Heather Hale’s farm. I had asked Heather to keep the cow slightly hidden, so we had a bit of a walk to the cow. Even though the cow was in plain sight as we got closer, it took a bit for Court to see the cow. lol

She then got to meet the cow and we told her our plan for the day. We had such fun day driving around, eating at the A&W and catching the end of the Vikings vs Packers game, and seeing the different cows.

A BIG thank you to Greg and Heather Haugstad Hale, Karri Lohmann of Rockie Top Acres Alpacas, Dusty Tart and Ashley Hindt, and Carla Ladd for letting us come to your farms!

Check out the little video I put together with photos and video clips Andrea Scrabeck took during our day.

Also, if you’d like to know more about my cousin, Courtney, check out this blog post:  http://www.photographybykari.com/blog/courtney-mn-cancer-fighter-portrait-photographer/  We had requests for more Courtney’s fight gear, so we reopened the store and are  selling  some new items including ball caps and Love Your Melon beanies.  If you would like to purchase  to help support her, in her fight, you can find them here:  https://squareup.com/store/courtneys-fight/

P.S. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out Rockie Top Acres Alpacas as they are having an open house, Saturday and Sunday from 10-4. You will get to see baby alpacas, baby bunnies, chickens, Roulette the Holstein dairy heifer, and of course Malu, the Great Pyrenees dog that protects them all.


Unicorn Session {SE MN Children’s Portrait Photographer}

A little magic happened earlier this summer for E’s three-year session. Jill Kappers and Autumn Kappers were so kind to lend us their horse for a little bit and make E’s unicorn wish come true. Who said you can’t have a unicorn?


2018 Adorable Children’s Portrait Contest

** Voting has ended**

Yay! It’s time 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 Thursday, September 27th at 12 pm central standard time.  Then on Friday, September 28th   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 green check mark below the photo you would like to vote for.  Good luck to all of the entries!!!!

1 Year Old Girl {SE MN Children’s Photographer}

A little summer with beautiful flowers and a little fall with pumpkins, so beautiful and similar to our weather the last week or so. This little lady was quick on her feet and had no fear. She made us work a bit, but gosh she gave us goldenly perfect photos.

Another amazing cake from Debby Westphal with the set we shared earlier this week. Such a fun theme for a cake smash.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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