Cottage Grove MN Portrait Studio
Senior Portraits
Child and Family
Newborn Photography
Baby Portraits

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Kari Layland is a highly experienced professional portrait photographer in the Twin Cities east metro area of Saint Paul, MN and surrounding suburbs, namely Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Stillwater and Newport Minnesota. With a studio in Cottage Grove, Kari specializes in outdoor, studio and on location photography of high school seniors, teens and tweens, babies, children, and family. Kari is award winning for best infant, child, senior and family photographer. Serving the greater Minneapolis and St Paul areas including all of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Experience timeless portraits in our conveniently located Cottage Grove studio or a beautiful outdoor location. Kari has over 23 years of professional photography experience and specializes in creating timeless pregnancy, newborn, infant, baby, child, family, and high school senior portraits. Through a strong effort, skills, the ability to relate with her subjects and her dedication to fine portraiture, Kari Layland has become one of the most popular Twin Cities portrait photographers.

Senior portraits with Kari is a fun, relaxed experience focused on the senior's interests and personal style. We work to capture your best side while having a great time in a place where you're comfortable. Many seniors have said that our sessions were a major highlight of their senior year!

Kari is well known for her work as a pregnancy, newborn and baby photographer. Her newborn portraits are in high demand, often scheduling weeks and sometimes even months in advance. If you are pregnant or have a new born baby, call or email early to ensure you get an appointment while your newborn child is tiny - 3-10 days is most ideal. Baby's first year, maternity/newborn photography packages, and grow up plans for toddlers and children are available! Watch your baby grow throughout his/her first year of life with timeless, natural, candid infant and toddler portraits that show off your baby the way you see him or her.

Kari Layland works in studio and on location and will travel up to 40 miles of Cottage Grove, MN. Mileage may apply to areas outside the Twin Cities metro area. Sessions may also be held in Kari's unique portrait studio in Cottage Grove, MN. Kari travels to many cities in the metro including but not limited to Afton, Andover, Anoka, Apple Valley, Arden Hills, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Cambridge, Carver, Centerville, Chanhassen, Chaska, Columbia Heights, Crystal, Eagan, East Bethel, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Farmington, Forest Lake, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hastings, Hopkins, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, Jordan, Lake Elmo, Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeville, Little Canada, Long Lake, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Monticello, Mound, New Brighton, New Hope, Newport, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Oak Grove, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, Otsego, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Ramsey, Richfield, Rogers, Rosemount, Roseville, Saint Anthony, Saint Croix, Saint Paul, Saint Paul Park, Savage, Shakopee, Shoreview, Shorewood, South St. Paul, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Park, Spring Park, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, St. Paul Park, Stillwater, University of Minnesota, Uptown, Vadnais Heights, Wayzata, West St. Paul, White Bear Lake, and Woodbury.

What clients are saying

Minnesota photographer Kari Layland has pleased families with quality photos for over 22 years. Visit the photo galleries for examples of her beautiful newborn, baby, child, teen and family photography. Here are some things clients have said about her portrait photography:

Mary Butze - "Kari took my son's senior pictures and did a fantastic job! She is very good at what she does and I strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a great photographer!"

Jenny Bedard - "Kari is so patient and caring to every detail no matter what kind of session she's photographing! And so wonderful with my 6 yr old son who's not the best at always following directions. She got him to cooperate and get the shots I wanted!! Thank you Kari!!"

Sandra Morehouse - "Love Kari! She's amazing and patient and captures our truest selves perfectly!!"

Christina Hines - "Kari takes the most amazing photos and she is wonderful to work with. Not only is she patient and friendly, but she knows exactly how to show your genuine side on camera. I would hands down recommend Kari for anyone needing photos! Truly the best of the best!"

Tamara Cairns - Minneapolis, MN "I can not recommend Kari highly enough. Not only are our portraits the most lovely and meaningful ones I've ever had taken, but the photo session itself was truly a special experience. Kari has such a special knack for working with children, and she captured our babies' personalities perfectly. We never could have taken these types of pictures ourselves. Our portraits will truly be family heirlooms. I still look at our photos almost every day. I can't imagine if we had not had Kari capture these most precious moments of our lives. I'm so grateful for her talent and patience."

For more client references, see my Testimonials Page.

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Kari Layland is an active participant in the following charities:
Tiny Sparrow Foundation - providing terminally ill children with a complimentary photo shoot and digital images.