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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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Courtney McGill {MN Cancer Fighter Portrait Photographer}

I don’t often share personal things here, beyond a few photos of my little cousins or our dog, but want to share this with you all as my clients have truly become my friends over all these years getting to capture your family’s memories.   

So there is this girl, who was born when I was 16.  She is my cousin, Courtney McGill.   She has alway been a big part of my life even before she was born. I can remember predicting she was a girl while I was still in the hospital from my car accident.  And guess what, I was right. 😉

She then became my little side kick just like I was to her Dad when I was little.  I can remember her Dad putting her in bed with me when she was about 4 months old while he went outside to do whatever.  He probably wasn’t gone for long, but I was so nervous she was going to fall.  She didn’t.  But it taught me that somebody trusted me and believed in me when at the time, I was likely doubtful about what I could  and couldn’t do. 

She then became my shopping  buddy. I would buy her outfits and deck her out from head to toe,  bright sparkly pink shoes and all.  She may or may not have a slight shoe obsession because of me. 

We would often spend our Wednesday nights together as our Mom’s had Bowling League.  We would hang out, do her homework, listen to music, watch TV,  scrapbook and you could also find us baking something, too.   (Remember the cupcakes we filled too full, Courtney?)

Then I picked up a camera and she became my little model.  We would pull clothes from my closet and head outside and take photo after photo after photo.  She never complained.  You will find many, many of her photos thorughout my website and blog. 

Later my hobby turned into a business, I would then pick her up from school and she would come to shoots with me carrying reflectors, flashes lens, etc.  She continued to be my model when I was learning about studio lighting. 

So as you can see, this girl has supported, taught me so much and done so, so  much for me, even more than I have written about here.  She is truly a beautiful young lady who I am incredibly proud of.  Even more so the last month. 

On December 29th, 2017, Courtney was diagnosed with stage 4   intrahepatic bile duct (liver) cancer.  She started chemo on January 8, 2018 and will have a minimum of 16 cycles of chemo therapy. 

In the last month, she has continued to have a smile on her face and is determined to beat this fight.  And she will!  She has so many people that are supporting her during this journey. 

There will be a benefit Saturday, March 3 2018 at the Rochester Eagles Club from Noon to 6 pm with a bean bag tournament,  live and silent auction as well as a bake sale.  If you can make it, we would love to see you there. 

We are also selling t-shirts, keychains, window decals, bracelets and can coolies.  If you would like to purchase  to help support her, you can find them here:  https://squareup.com/store/courtneys-fight/

Last week, we did a a photo shoot to get a recent photo for the benefit flyer, here are some of my favorites. I also had Andrea grab a couple of her and I, too. In the laughing one of her and I, she may or may not have hit me in the face while adjusting my hair.  😉  We also won’t tell you  how many photos we took together before we got one we both thought was perfect. lol 

To follow Courtney’s journey, please read her Caring Bridge here:  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/courtneymcgill/

Please keep Courtney and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this journey. 

Courtney’s Fight— No One FIGHTS Alone!—Team McGill

Newborn Boy {Spring Valley MN Newborn Portrait Photographer}

My favorite thing to do when preparing for a newborn session is seeking out some great props that have the baby’s nursery and the family’s hobbies in mind. In doing so, I found great rustic/country things to use during Baby “H’s” newborn session….. Love the gray and maroon onesie, buffalo paid outfit, deer hat and the cowboy hat we were able to use during this session.
P.S. How adorable is that smile in the photo with Mom?!

Max ’18 {Southeast Minnesota Senior Portrait Photographer}

We had a great day hanging out with Max, his Mom and his Dad for his senior portrait session this past fall.  We first hit the new gym at Grand Meadow High School, wow what a great gym. That was my first time seeing it in person and I loved it.  We also did some in studio shots and got to see Max’s amazing shoe collection, one of my favorite photos from last fall. Lastly, we were able to visit his family’s farm where they have a vineyard.  Such a beautiful location!  His family was also very sweet and sent us home with some grapes to try.  Yum! 

Thanks for a great day! 

2018 Valentine Mini Sessions {SE MN Portrait Photographer}

SE MN Valentine Mini Portrait Sessions

Valentine Mini Sessions….. This Baking Themed Valentine Session is perfect for siblings, kids and parents or friends.  Also,  great for personalized valentines to hand out to classmates or to send out as a family.Just some of our props for the mini sessions….

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