A full-service one-of-a-kind photography studio

serving southeast Minnesota

Kari McGill
women holding black lab puppy


Photography by Kari

I am Kari McGill, I'm the owner and photographer at Photography by Kari. Just a little bit about me. I'm a Southeast Minnesota based photographer specializing in newborn, family, children, and senior photography. I have always enjoyed taking pictures and valued documenting my family's life with photographs and scrapbooks after I had a car accident in 1996 and became paralyzed to give me something to do. However, in 2005, I turned my passion for photography into a profession and in 2010, we expanded by opening a studio in Spring Valley, MN.


Life moves fast, sometimes a little too fast. It's my job to capture a tiny bit of it so that in 5 or 10 years you can remember every detail and tell your family's story for generations to come to share in a tangible form to re-live memories together over the generations.


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. I am enjoying every minute of it- owning my own business and taking photos!


Working on and in my business brings me so much joy. I am a hard worker who loves her business and my clients. So much, so that it's hard for me to separate my business from my personal life. However, in my off time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, family, and my dog. Pictured on the top is our dog, Jackson who passed away on September 30th, 2019 and on the bottom is our newest puppy, Maverick. You can also likely find me at my cousin's sporting events taking photos, at a Mexican restaurant, or at a Kenny Chesney concert.


Thanks for visiting and be sure to check back often!! We’d love to hear from you. Send us an email or use the contact button up top, give us a call 507.951.0640 or stop by our lovely studio at 141 South Broadway, Spring Valley, MN 55975. Hope to see you soon!

Andrea is our assistant, she has worked with Photography by Kari since 2015. You will find her at sessions doing anything and everything from getting equipment and props ready to being a kid wrangler, getting smiles from everyone, being our baby whisperer, you name it she likely does it. She also does behind the scenes work including book work and packing orders.

Some fun facts about Andrea, she has 2 English Mastiffs and 2 cats as well, she enjoys watching Third Rock from the Sun and she also is a fan of Harry Potter. When she is not at work, you can likely find her hanging out with her boyfriend, doing some painting, or out on the farm helping her grandparents.
get to know us a little betterOur TeamAndreaoutdoor portrait of women with blonde hair

Kari does not just take pictures of our children, she captures the moments with our children we will never get back. She has been capturing moments for our family since 2013 and every time she continues to surprise me with priceless photos.

Kari's love for her career is seen during every photo session. Her assistants have been an important contribution to our positive experiences and we
have yet to be disappointed.


As our girls continue to grow I know Kari will be
right there behind the camera bringing out their true personalities. Meaning, the little girls you see in the pictures are the true little girl we see
every day.


A thank you to Kari, who is fun, generous, patient, and kind, just simply does not feel like it is enough.

- client, Larissa W.

what we offerOur Studio

The studio is 1400 sq feet, has vintage wooden floors as well as exposed brick, barn wood, and tin walls. We have over 300 backdrops to choose from. We have newborn wraps and accessories, maternity gowns, children's clothing and a back room of shelves full of vintage and timeless props you are welcome to use in your session. We also have a front waiting area that is separate from where we take photos. We are located downtown Spring Valley, MN (25 miles south of Rochester, MN), with old buildings and alleyways outside our studio door to take outdoor photos and are within walking distance of nature areas including a creek, a pond, and tall grasses. We are also willing to travel to locations of our client's choosing.

Southeast Minnesota based photographer.

specializing in newborn, family, children, and senior photography.

located in sPRING vALLEY, mn

TELEPHONE :: 507.951.0640

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