Family portraits at the Minnesota State Fair: the best place for photographs

You may have heard me say a few things about my portrait sessions before. That I emphasize the fleeting, candid moments that are rare inside of a studio space. Or, that I don’t have a studio space and prefer to take adventures, like this one at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

As you’ll see in the following post, there is something so special about being a fly on the wall and letting the moment unfold. Natural expressions and emotions really manifest themselves and come to life in front of the camera. There’s nothing wrong with a posed portrait here or there, there are a few in this collection.

But the kind of photographs you’ll walk away with after an afternoon at the Great Minnesota Get Together compared to a stuffy studio are truly special and unique in a way that only candid moments can be. There’s nothing wrong with stuffy, but for me, it doesn’t really tell a story. And at the end of the day, that’s what a great series of photographs has the power to do: tell your story.

I hope you enjoy viewing this family portrait session as much as I enjoyed shooting it.

-N

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Ticket booth at the MN State Fair Skyrider at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds ferris wheel ride at the mighty kidway Swing ride at the State Fair Old Tilt a whirl ride heritage Old train MN state fair Kieran on bench ice cream stand Cheese curds Red kid cowboy boot outfit Minnesota State Fair the Mighty Kidway Rides Toy stand at the fair with Spiderman Hot Dog Stand at the fairgound footlongs farm hands for kids tractor driving at the fairgrounds John Deere Pink shoe and tractor instructions for tractor route for farm hands tractor and dress gathering eggs from the chickens pointing to Little Farm Hands apron at the Minnesota State Fair gardening at the fair planting seeds and gardening at the fair planting seeds at the fair portrait at the state fair children brother and sister at the state fair farm hands exhibit walking out by Kemps sign and corn cotton candy and pickle stand strawberries and whipped cream at the MN state fairgrounds family at the fair and pointing at something fun children Name letters on a bench at the mighty kidway Minnesota kid portraits at the fair fun Dad and Kieran look at the rides at the fair sleepy girl in stroller pirate ride family portraits Dad and Kieran watch ride tickets for rides at the fair Kieran gets excited to go on rides at the fair spongebob toys for sale at the Minnesota state fair dancing in the street at the fair food tasting tacos Large crowd at the MN state fair farm animals temporary tattoo fairgrounds superman jumps off bench orange bench bag of mini donuts donut Paul Bunyan map Vote No Booth tilt a whirl portrait pink blanket and cowboy hat flying Fun kid portrait ideas with letter initials upside down at the fair shoulder ride ferris wheel pink and red lollipop Minnesota State Fair Family portrait session Colorful fun children family at the fair great Minnesota get together Natalie Champa Jennings photography

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