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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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15 Years of Business {SE MN Portrait Photographer}

To all of our past and current clients, thank you for 15 years. It has been quite the adventure from taking photos all outdoors to using studio lights in our living room or in our shed to having our current studio in Spring Valley, MN for the last 10 years.

We’ve had the pleasure and honor to capture so many memories for so many people and many multiple times. The last 15 years has been such a blessing. Thank you to everyone for trusting us to capture your precious memories!

To celebrate and say thank you, we will be having some specials this month, so be sure to check out our stories or Facebook page to see them. We will also be launching a new blog design we’ve been working on since June this month.

Thanks to everyone who continues to follow us and having us capture your memories!

Extended Family Photos {Southeast MN Family Portrait Photographer}

For this Southeast MN area family photoshoot, we included not just mom, dad and the kids, but also the grandma and uncle, aunt and cousins! Extended family photos are a great way to capture all members of the family together.  Next time you plan your family pictures, think about asking more family to come along!

We did these photos in the studio in Spring Valley, MN and also around downtown. There are a lot of options in the area, including a creek along with green grass.  There is also a bridge nearby and lots of cool buildings and architecture to really give lots of variety to the session.

So if you have family visiting from out of town, think about scheduling an extended family photo session to remember their visit.  Or maybe all of you all live in SE MN, but you’ve never thought to have grandpa and grandma included in the photos.  Do that this year! While I know agreeing on a date and coordinating the perfect outfit colors can be difficult, it will be worth it.


mother with adut son and daughter

In Studio Maternity {LeRoy Minnesota Maternity Portrait Photgrapher}

Maternity portraits capture this beautiful part of your life at your best. The weather here in Minnesota is cold and dreary…but the studio is warm and cozy!  In-studio maternity photos are so much fun and give all the focus on that baby belly! If you don’t know what to wear, we have some dresses at the studio that you are welcome to use, including the two pictured in this session.

This pretty mama to be was such a joy to work with. We can’t wait to meet her little one. Here are just a few of my favorites from her gallery…. enjoy!



Snow Puppy {Rochester MN Dog Portrait Photographer}


I went outside tonight with our almost 5-month Black English Labrador puppy as the sun was setting. Right away, I noticed how the sun was reflecting on the snow that fell this am. The colors were so pretty. So I ran back inside to grab my camera to grab some photos hoping to get some photos of Maverick. However, Maverick had other ideas in mind and only went to the spot I needed to get the color with him one time. But he was so cute with the snow on his nose, I had to grab a few more photos of him.

MN Snow with sun reflecting oranges and blues

Black English Lab puppu sniffing the snow

Black Lab dog with snow on his nose

Snow {Southeast Minnesota Baby Portrait Photographer}

Today, I’ve been working on editing while Southeast Minnesota has been in a blizzard warning for most of the day. While editing, I learned something new when taking a break. I’ve seen them done many times by other photographers but had never tried it. I was surprised by how easy it was to do. Check it out below….

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