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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! {Minnesota Dog Photographer}

Happy Birthday, America! We want to wish all of our clients, friends, and family a Happy 4th of July! Be safe, have fun, and celebrate this amazing country we live in. Have a great long weekend enjoying time with friends and family with BBQs, fireworks, parades, campfires, and be sure to take lots of photos!

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State Bound GMLOKS Track & Field {SE MN Sports Photographer}

Good luck to our assistant, Shelby Beck, and the rest of the GMLOKS track and field athletes as some of them head to compete in the state track and field meet today!

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Senior Guy with Guitar {Racine MN Senior Photographer}

This past year I got to work with some very awesome Senior Guys. They were so relaxed and I really enjoyed working with them. One of the fun things about senior portraits is the unique perspective that each senior wants to capture about themselves. Using props from their hobbies always helps adds personality to a portrait and makes it a little unique.

Burkely brought 2 guitars to his session to use for props. We started his session outside around the studio in downtown Spring Valley, MN. During the session, we were talking to him and his Dad about his guitars and found out they had a large collection of guitars at home. So we decided to go to their home and do some photos in their backyard to capture more of their collection. Love that we were able to capture him in his element with something he is passionate about. It truly makes his senior portraits unique.

Also if you have a child or are an adult looking to learn to play the guitar or ukulele, Burkely is giving lessons this summer. You can find more information on Lessons with Burkely summer classes and privates lessons here: https://www.facebook.com/Lessons-by-Burkely-104588398500342/

If you’re ready to book a senior portrait session or have any questions, let’s chat! Just complete the contact form and we can start planning your custom senior pictures! We still have a handful of summer dates left as well as fall dates! For more session info, be sure to visit my WEBSITE.

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Sweet Senior Girl {Stewartville MN Senior Photos}

Meet one of our 2021 seniors, Ava! She is such a genuinely sweet soul!! We first met her doing her high school soccer team photos and again at the studio for the soccer varsity team banner. When her Mom wrote to inquire about scheduling her senior portrait session a few weeks later, I knew exactly who Ava was. We had photographed nearly 300 people that week with fall sports, but I remembered her as she had asked us how our day was going and if we going to have a busy day while getting her photo taken for the banner and I thought it was so nice.

We took Ava’s senior portraits at one of the prettiest areas in southeast MN, Good Earth Village. We also went back to Spring Valley and did some photos in the alleyways and then ended the night at my house with the sun setting. Her fall senior pictures are it was what dreams are made of with gorgeous colors and a beautiful sunset. Ava was stunning with the fall colors and her GORGEOUS long, red hair, and perfect cream-colored complexion. Ava is a natural beauty and her style is eclectic and just cool – I love that she marches to the beat of her own drum!! Congratulations on graduation, Ava, and thanks for choosing us to capture these memories for you.

If you’re ready to book a senior portrait session or have any questions, let’s chat! Just complete the contact form and we can start planning your custom senior pictures! We still have a handful of summer dates left as well as fall dates! For more session info, be sure to visit my WEBSITE.

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Senior Guy {Chatfield MN Senior Portraits}

Every year I try to be better at making blog posts and it seems as though every year I play catch up. But, I want to make sure all my seniors get their space on our blog. SO a few seniors will be making their appearance this week.


I’ve known and photographed Rylan since he was about 6. It’s been so fun watching him grow up from behind my camera…. Hard to believe he is already graduating…. where does the time go?!?


Rylan really did not want senior photos, but he appeased his Mom and let me do a quick senior portrait session with him.


We started his session in downtown Chatfield, MN on a beautiful sunny afternoon. It was one of the hottest sessions I think we did last year. Shelby and I were both drenched, but Rylan was a trooper wearing long sleeves during some of his portraits. We then headed out to a farm for a few more photos and finished the session with some family photos that I will share in another post.


Rylan, thank you for putting up with me all these years with the yearly family portrait sessions and with your senior portrait session. Loved every moment! I love working with families year after year and capturing these moments and making lifelong memories for them to pass down for generations.

If you’re ready to book a senior portrait session or have any questions, let’s chat! Just complete the contact form and we can start planning your custom senior pictures! We still have a handful of summer dates left! For more session info, be sure to visit my WEBSITE.

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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