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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!  =) 


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Happy 4th of July {SE MN Dog Portrait Photographer}

Happy 4th of July

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Senior Grad Photos {MN Senior Portraits}

So many graduation ceremonies, so many grad parties over the next few weeks and so many class of 2022 senior grad photos not posted yet. Yikes! I always say I am going to be better at it, but it never happens. But I will keep chugging along from all my senior sessions from the class of 2022.

Dyllon is about to graduate from Stewartville High School this week. She is easygoing and a big animal lover. She chose our Exclusive session and had a couple of portrait sessions, one in the summer, one in the fall, and in our studio in Spring Valley, MN.    I love everything about her session…the locations, the lighting, her outfits, her hair, and her personality, and getting to take photos of ALL her animals. Her family is involved in 4-H and they also own an alpaca farm, Rockie Top Acres Alpacas.  We started her session by going to a friend’s house to do photos with her dairy cow and her calf and also used a bunch of her 4-H ribbons as props.  We then headed back to their family farm and did photos with her cat, dogs, and alpacas.  We then chased the light some to some prairie flowers and grasses to photos with her other favorite thing, books.  Then in the fall, we headed to Masonic Park in Spring Valley to capture some photos of the beautiful fall colors and she was also brave and got in the water for some fun portraits as well.  After Masonic, we chased the sun, again and went back to their family farm for a few more photos with their alpacas.  These photos are some of my favorites, especially with Dyllon in the middle of all of them. Such fun portraits!  We then wrapped up her portrait session with some portraits in the studio as well. 

Congratulations, Dyllon!  Thanks for letting us be a small part of your senior year!

Looking to have your senior portraits taken? Click here to contact me for more info!

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Newborn Portrait Session {MN Newborn Photographer}

When your little one arrives, don’t forget to capture those sweet, early moments! They change so quickly! Full access to newborn wraps, outfits, headwear, props, etc. are all included when you book a Newborn Portrait Session with Photography by Kari!

You are also part of the styling process! Based on your preferences from a questionnaire we send out when you book your Newborn Portrait Sessions, we will put together a collection of images with colors and props to best match your personality and home decor!

Miss E and her parents came by the studio recently for her newborn portrait session! I love working with families and capturing these early moments with their new addition! She was so tiny and so sweet!  She did beautifully even when she was awake she was so content.   We made sure to use some colors as well as zoo animals to go with her nursery.  Here is a sneak peek at some of the moments we captured!

P.S. the elephant image is a composite of 2 images and Miss E was completely safe the entire time.

Looking to book a SE Minnesota newborn portrait session. Check out our session options and send us a message to book a session.

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MN Puppy Portraits {MN Dog Photographer}

Well, it’s no surprise here… my assistants and I absolutely love puppies and can never get enough of them. So we are always super excited to work with our clients who have added new puppies to the family and decide to schedule a puppy photo session! It was no different with 10-week-old Emmy, a Miniature Goldendoodle, who had her first photo session recently. My heart melted the first time I laid eyes on Emmy. Her soft coloring, slightly curly hair, and soulful eyes were just too much to handle! We had our Puppy Portraits session at our studio in Spring Valley, MN.

She may weigh like 2 or 3lbs but she had a HUGE personality! This little girl was both extra sweet and feisty rolled into a tiny puppy. She had a lot of energy during her session and never rested nor slept during the hour she was at the studio. She’s also a cuddle bug and wanted to be in someone’s arms vs the prop we would set her in. She also liked going under the prop, too which is something she does at home as well, so it was great that we caught that moment at the studio, too.

If you have a new furry family member, having a portrait session is a great way to remember such a fun, special time with MN Puppy Portraits.

Next month we will be announcing mini sessions for our Pawsitively Adorable Contest that participate in with one of our portrait labs. Leave a comment if you want to be the first to know about the Pet Mini Sessions.

If you are looking for a MN Puppy Portraits Photographer for your fur babies be sure to reach out and let me know. We would love to photograph your fur baby or babies.

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Newborn Portrait {Chatfield MN Newborn Photographer}

Today I have the honor of introducing you to a brand new beautiful addition to the world. You’re in for a major treat today as I’m sharing my favorite images from Miss G’s newborn portrait session.  Mommy, daddy, and big sisters are smitten with this new sweet girl.

I feel so lucky to have watched this family grow over the years and feel so grateful to have been chosen to capture each of the sisters’ newborn portrait sessions.  I can’t believe how much the girls have grown and it was so beautiful to see them snuggling with their new baby sister.

Looking to book a SE Minnesota newborn portrait session or a cake smash portrait session. Check out our session options and send us a message to book a session.

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Photography by Kari specializes in custom portraiture of newborn, family, children sports team banners, dog, and high school seniors in Spring Valley, MN, and surrounding Southeast Minnesota areas.

Areas, including, but not limited to, Rochester, Preston, Chatfield, Stewartville, Grand Meadow, LeRoy, Ostrander, Kasson, Hayfield, Plainview, St. Charles and Pine Island.

Southeast Minnesota based photographer.

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

located in sPRING vALLEY, mn

TELEPHONE :: 507.951.0640

E-MAil :: kari@photographybykari.com