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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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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday Sale {SE MN Portrait Photographer}

We only have this sale once a year, don’t miss out! It’s our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday Sale….. Just thinking of all the ways you, my clients , my friends and my family have supported Photography by Kari, we can not thank you enough for every purchase, share, like and every show of support from everyone of you.
We couldn’t do what we love if it weren’t for you. So with that all said we offer our once a year sale to show our appreciation for you with some deals for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. This is a great opportunity for all past clients and their family and friends to get a great deal for gift giving this holiday season. Not to mention, supporting small local business. This helps the community to thrive, as small businesses keep jobs local and give the community a more vibrant, more diverse place to live and shop. We are SO thankful for every single one of you.


We have our Standard Sessions on sale today, they are $105 and typically include a $50 print credit, but buy one today and you get an additional $50 print credit, giving you a $100 of print credit. And then those that buy a Standard Session, we will draw a name on Wednesday, December 1st for one person to get an additional $100 of print credit.

The sale starts today, Friday, November 26th and runs until Monday, November 29, 2021. Please go here to take advantage of the sales: https://photographybykari.bigcartel.com/

If you are looking for a Photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. We would love to photograph your family, children, high school senior, dog.

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Kingsland High School Fall {SE MN Sports Poster Photographer}

Totally forgot to post this with fall and doing Christmas minis early….


Kingsland Athletic Booster Club posters for Kingsland Volleyball, Football and Cross Country are available for purchase. They are 10×20’s, $30 plus MN and Fillmore County tax.

*** $10 from the sale of each poster will be going to the Kingsland Athletic Booster Club.***

They will be available to order through Wednesday, December 1st . After that these will no longer be available. They will need to be paid for by December 3rd or your poster will not be ordered. They will be ready on or after December 14th for pick up from Stacey Rath.


To purchase, please click the link below: http://photographybykari.com/store/index.php?do=photocart&viewGallery=2089


If you have an account with the store, you will need to log in, if you don’t know your password there is a link to reset it or you can message us. If you do not have an account, you will need to create an account in order to place an order.

If you are looking to have your Southeast Minnesota sports team photographed for team and individual or for a sports banner, please contact us using our contact form, by email or by phone.

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MN Family Portraits {Racine MN Portrait Photographer}

Rylee, and I had such a fun time photographing this beautiful family portrait session from early this fall! I’m so excited to be sharing it with you now! This family was just so, so sweet during their entire session and we had a great time exploring areas in Racine, MN. With a simple purple, cream, and grey color scheme, this family of four looked like they’d come out of a magazine. Everyone was ready to go and we jumped right in!

Family Portraits in Racine, MN


We started the session at a friend’s house with their beautiful purple flowers as a background. The white picket fence with the green leaves and purple and white flowers made the perfect backdrop for their family photos. We then headed to use some of the buildings in Racine. The texture of the building also made for a great backdrop. Being that Racine isn’t very big, we were able to get quite a bit of variety without having to search all over, which is always nice when kids are involved in portraits! We then ended at a friend’s field. We brought a couch from the studio to use in the field and also got some walking and running photos in the field. We even managed to grab some updated portraits of the parents dancing in the field. So fun and the perfect ending of the session!


Enjoy some of my favorites from this MN Family Portrait Session.

If you are looking for a Family Photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. We would love to photograph your family.

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??Happy Howl-o-ween, friends! ??

Maverick hopes you have a pawsitively bootiful, fun day filled with lots of treats.

Maverick loves his Wufers Halloween treats!

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

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High School Graduate{SE MN Senior Photographer}

I love getting to meet local graduates, talk to them about their future, and incorporate their passions and hobbies into their senior portrait session!  This fall we had the pleasure of working with the Class of 2022, high school graduate, Bret, for his senior portrait session.  I have also taken senior portraits for his sister and brother and have taken family photos of Bret’s family and sports banner photos of Bret through the years.

Bret was so easy to work with, a lot of fun, and came with a few ideas in mind already.   We were able to get photos of him in the studio, photos with his dogs, photos with his truck, photos with his gun doing some clay shooting, and some football photos at the football field at Kingsland High School, this winter we will still need to get some basketball photos. 

Joining him on his photoshoot was his lovely mom Brenda.  She was great company, helped hold our reflector to block some sunlight for us, the session flew by, and we got some great shots that I think showcase who Bret is in this time of his life. Here is a little sneak peek from Bret’s senior photo session!

Still, looking to have your senior portraits taken? Click here to contact me for more info!

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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