Senior Portraits ~ Owatonna Senior Photographer

Now is the time to start planning your senior portrait session! I am on the hunt for 2020 seniors that are interested in having a fun photo session. Students that are chosen will have the opportunity to be a featured senior for the upcoming school year. Only a limited number of seniors will be accepted from each school.

Please contact me at to check on the availability for your high school.


Newborn Portraits, Owatonna, MN ~Owatonna Newborn Photographer

It meant the world to me to be asked to photograph this little man for his newborn portraits. Last year I photographed the wedding of his parents and now they are a family of three! The happiness, hope, and dreams the family has for a new baby fills my heart with joy. There’s just nothing like a new baby and I don’t take my responsibility as a newborn photographer lightly.

Izekiel was nearly two months old when he came to visit me. He proved that newborn portraits can be done with older babies.

Parents may be sleep deprived at this point in their parenting journey, so they can relax while I take care of their newborn. Cynthia was clearly in love with her son and enjoying her new role as a mother. She has shown tremendous maturity by caring for her newborn alone, while her husband Dempsey is overseas serving in the Army.

newborn boy posed with mom for a beautiful family portrait by MN Newborn Photographer Nicki Joachim Photography of Owatonna, Minnesota

Before this newborn session, I worked with Cynthia to plan all the details for her son’s newborn portraits. It was very important to incorporate Dempsey in some way since he was not able to be present for the portrait session. We decided to include some of Dempsey’s Army gear.

The neutral colors used for Izekiel’s newborn portraits will complement any home décor making the images perfect to hang proudly on the wall.

newborn baby boy in beautiful infant portrait by MN Newborn Photographer Nicki Joachim Photography of Owatonna, Minnesota (1)

To book a session with me please contact me here. I would be honored to welcome you to my in-home studio in Owatonna before your little one arrives. We will work together to select props and plan any other details you wish to use for your baby’s newborn portraits. To view other newborn photos click the link here.

Child Photo Session, Owatonna, MN

Spring fever has hit me hard! Since we’re not going anywhere warm, the next best thing is looking at photos from a child session on a warm day! Last summer I had the sweetest girls travel all the way from Dakota, Minnesota to see me for some princess time. We started by trying on and selecting dresses at the studio. Then we ventured to Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve in Owatonna, Minnesota to have some fun.

Once we got to the park, the twirling and giggles started. They were little girls being truly carefree and having a ball. The most important part about taking portraits of young children is being flexible. Children at this age can react to the camera in many different ways so it’s important to take your cues from them and just go with it. And these two really had me going! I made my steps goal just by chasing them around the park. My favorite part about doing more of a lifestyle child session is capturing the kids how they truly are. The silly faces or the way they point their feet are the little details we try to hold on to as our children grow up. These sessions are always so much fun and it means the world to me to document it all for you. To book a session with me, I am always available by phone or email!

Nicki Joachim Photography serves Owatonna, Medford, Faribault, Waseca, Rochester, Austin, Albert Lea, Mankato and other southern Minnesota cities.

Bucket List for 2019

2018 is nearing its end, which means it’s time for reflection and goals. This year will mark the end of my first full year in business as a photographer. I have been challenged in ways I never imagined. In my most wild dreams, I never thought I would photograph a wedding. This year alone, I photographed four of them! I enjoyed each and every one and can’t wait to shoot more weddings in 2019. My ability to manage large groups of people was tested several times as I worked with extended families for photo sessions. Trust me, getting twenty people (many of which are young kids) to cooperate at the same time is no easy task. I was even ambitious enough to plan/host a shoot-out event for photographers from across Minnesota.

After all of this excitement, I am ready for more new challenges. For 2019, I have created a Bucket List of photography sessions that I would love to capture. Some of these sessions are new to me and some are sessions that I enjoyed so much that I can’t wait to do them again. I mean really, who wouldn’t just love being able to shoot more proposals?

Bucket List for 2019 portraits by MN Family Photographer Nicki Joachim Photography of Owatonna Minnesota

I am asking for your help in spreading the word. Please share this will anyone that might be interested in a more unique session experience. Completing my bucket list is a big part of my personal goals for 2019, so I will be offering special pricing on these sessions. Please contact me here or email me directly at

Family Photo Session, Waseca, Minnesota ~Family Photographer

This has to be one of the most fun and light-hearted winter family photo sessions that I have done this year! I just love everything about this family! Just check out how sweet this family is when they interact with each other.

Winter outdoor family photo session by MN Family Photographer Nicki Joachim Photography of Owatonna, Minnesota

The Engstrom family did a great job thinking about how to coordinate their outfits. Kelley & Zach chose focal color and used neutrals to pull all their outfits together. Since their family photos were taken in the winter, they made sure to wear plenty of layers to stay warm. They even brought a blanket with to wrap up with when they got chilly. Needs ideas for colors? Check my pinterest board with loads of color combinations.

Outdoor winter family posed portrait by MN Family Photographer Nicki Joachim Photography of Owatonna, Minnesota

For a family photo session, I start by taking the posed family shots. While I am shooting, I talk with the family members and get to know them a bit. This helps everyone in the family feel at ease. Once everyone has forgotten about the camera, I switch things up and do more lifestyle shots. Lifestyle family photos capture the connections between family members and tend to be my favorite shots of the entire session.


During family sessions, I always let the kids jump right in a test out some of their own ideas for photos. I have found that when kids are able to help out, they have more fun at the session. Having fun and creating memories is a huge part of a successful family photo session. When you have a good time during your photo session, it helps create a story and not just a nice image.

Another thing I love about family photo sessions is showcasing the different people that make up the family. Sometimes we forget about the relationship between the parents, so capturing their love is important to me.

Family photo sessions are a great way to decorate your home or create mini-albums for your family to view. To book a family photo session with me, I am available over the phone or email.

Beautiful outdoor winter family photo session by MN Family Photographer Nicki Joachim Photography of Owatonna, Minnesota