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.


05 Good Enough For Granddad

Ticket booth at the MN State FairSkyrider at the Minnesota State Fairgroundsferris wheel ride at the mighty kidwaySwing ride at the State FairOld Tilt a whirl ride heritageOld train MN state fairKieran on benchice cream standCheese curdsRed kid cowboy boot outfitMinnesota State Fair the Mighty Kidway RidesToy stand at the fair with SpidermanHot Dog Stand at the fairgound footlongsfarm hands for kidstractor driving at the fairgrounds John DeerePink shoe and tractorinstructions for tractor route for farm handstractor and dressgathering eggs from the chickenspointing to Little Farm Hands apron at the Minnesota State Fairgardening at the fairplanting seeds and gardening at the fairplanting seeds at the fairportrait at the state fair childrenbrother and sister at the state fair farm hands exhibit walking out by Kemps sign and corncotton candy and pickle standstrawberries and whipped cream at the MN state fairgroundsfamily at the fair and pointing at somethingfun children's portrait with lollipops and colorful background at the MN state fairgroundsName letters on a bench at the mighty kidway Minnesotakid portraits at the fair funDad and Kieran look at the rides at the fairsleepy girl in strollerpirate ridefamily portraitsDad and Kieran watch ridetickets for rides at the fairKieran gets excited to go on rides at the fairspongebob toys for sale at the Minnesota state fairdancing in the street at the fairfood tasting tacosLarge crowd at the MN state fairfarm animalstemporary tattoo fairgroundssuperman jumps off benchorange benchbag of mini donutsdonutPaul Bunyan map Vote No Boothtilt a whirl portraitpink blanket and cowboy hatflyingFun kid portrait ideas with letter initialsupside down at the fairshoulder rideferris wheelpink and red lollipopMinnesota State FairFamily portrait sessionColorful fun children's portrait at donut stand at the Minnesota State Fairfamily at the fair great Minnesota get together Natalie Champa Jennings photography

  • KelseyOctober 1, 2012 - 8:46 am

    This venue is a PERFECT match for your point of view, Nat! These are beautiful! You should totally submit it here:

  • Your average Autumn Fairy...October 2, 2012 - 10:13 am

    What a GREAT Idea, wouldnt be surprised if you get people clamouring for this venue. Funky Fair Music….good vibes…:)ReplyCancel

  • StephanieMay 17, 2014 - 7:43 am

    Love it!ReplyCancel