Friday, December 31, 2010

Coming soon!

The Humane Society fundraiser is coming up in February! We had a wonderful response last year and hope this year is even better. Mark your calendar and give us a call to set up an appointment to enter your pet into the contest!

Friday, December 3, 2010

December Newsletter

This Christmas and always, may you be surrounded by the gift of friendship, the joys of family, and the spirit of love!

Last minute gifts may still be ordered!

Holiday greeting cards and prints take approximately two weeks to arrive. Order soon to receive them in time for Christmas.

New Frames for 2011

We have added a new collection to our framing options from Wild Sorbet. These frames are wonderful art pieces for decorating your home!

Pet contest benefitting the Humane Society
Pets will be photographed between February 15-27.
Bring a bag of Science Diet brand pet food and your session is free!
You will also receive 25% off a 10x20 composite and 15% off our other products listed!
Coffee Mugs
4x5-16x20 portraits
You choose your favorite portrait for the voting on our blog which takes place March 8-15th.

Most photogenic pet will win a 16x20 portrait. Second place receives and 11x14 and third will be given an 8x10.

You're invited to join the Carlson Studio Birthday Club!

Enjoy no session fees and 10% off all orders- save over $100.00!

Offer is free to clients who take advantage of our 1st year special!

$75.00 enrollment includes one session a year during the month of your child's birthday until age 6

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Newsletter

Happy Fall!
With the changing of the season just around the corner, we're looking forward to photographing families, seniors and children in the beautiful color.
Fall Photography

We recommend calling to schedule your fall session as soon as possible. Our book will fill up quickly with clients who enjoy the brilliant color as a background in their photographs. Peak color usually occurs the first two weeks of October.

Attention Class of 2011!

Be aware of your yearbook portrait deadline. Many schools require your image in by the first of December.

We are still busy photographing seniors as fall is a great time for unique images!

Greeting Cards

With the holiday season a few months away, it's not too early to start thinking about your greeting cards. We have several styles to choose from to compliment your photographs.

Yes! We are photographing weddings!

We are now photographing weddings throughout most of the year, due to many requests from our clients. We have exciting new products to showcase your special day including guestbooks and new custom designed artisan albums. Our wedding images are now available to view online at Check out our gallery!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Carlson Studio Weddings

With many requests from our clients, we are pleased to announce we will now be photographing weddings throughout the entire year!
Our custom wedding coverage has been upgraded with new added amenities. The engagement session is included along with a hard cover guestbook displaying your images to be enjoyed by your guests. Our complete coverage also includes a beautifully crafted 12x12 artisan album, a DVD slide show and a 16x20 wall portrait.

With 30 years of creating memorable wedding images, we offer experience you can trust! Relax and enjoy this important day, knowing the special details will be archived forever with unique and artistic coverage from Carlson Studio.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Maurices Model

Maurices clothing store in the Kandi Mall in Willmar has been kind enough to create a great senior display with us again this year. Photographs of our model, Anna, along with the outfits she's wearing in the images will be up soon in a large glass window display. We're looking forward to seeing it completed!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer's almost here!

Thank you to all who attended our senior open house last Thursday! It was a fun and busy day; we're excited to start photographing the class of 2011. If you haven't booked yet, there is still time to get in on our great specials for June and July!

We have also created a Facebook page to keep in contact with our clients. We'll be posting favorite images and ideas frequently. We hope to hear your comments! The link is:

We hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Senior Open House

We're getting ready for the Class of 2011 with a 12 hour booking special taking place tomorrow! We will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm to schedule your senior portraits. All sessions are 50% off if booked and paid for tomorrow only.

We have some other great summer specials to take advantage of as well!

47 free wallets for June sessions only (from one image selected for finished prints)

31 free wallets for July sessions only (from one image selected for finished prints)

Free Class of 2011 T-shirt (with $500.00 portrait order while supplies last)

Free buddy session with family or friends during your senior session (June, July and August sessions only)

Two senior portrait scholarships will be awarded through Carlson Studio!
Our winning recipients will be awarded both an indoor and outdoor portrait session, along with our popular 3 pose special at a value of $415.00!

Students wishing to apply must submit a short essay (250 words or less) stating why they would be deserving of the portrait scholarship. Awards will be based on either financial need or personal circumstances.

Applications may be picked up at Carlson Studio or downloaded at

They must be submitted by June 15 to be considered. Winners will be notified by June 22.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


I was fortunate enough to travel with a local group to France in April. We arrived in Paris just before the volcano erupted in Iceland. By the time we flew home, all flights were back on schedule. Timing is everything!
I'll share just a few highlights:
Mont. St. Michel
When the tide is in, water surrounds this fortified monestary which was first built in 904.
It was added on to for many centuries after.
The rock which the monestary is built on is actually a part of the structure.
Palace of Versailles
Ornate beyond words, 800 rooms for a family of 4!
Queen's bed

Monet's garden

Chateau Chenonceau

Notre Dame

Eiffel Tower
Looking up
From the top
Normandy - Omaha Beach

St. Malo
Located on the north coast of France, this fortified city is surrounded by
a brick wall for protection.
Mussel and treasure hunting are a frequent pastime with the tides changing every 6 hours.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


It was an exciting week last week as a local band, Fourforty, had the opportunity to open for Bon Jovi at the Excel Energy Center! They were the winners of the Big Break contest on KQRS. Marti was able to go to the concert to take photos of the band as they were playing and got some awesome photos. Fourforty sounded great, and we'd like to congratulate Brian, Pat, Kelly and Mark on a job well done!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010


Congratulations to the New London-Spicer boys basketball team on their state win! What an exciting year!

Spring has come quickly and the class of 2010 will be graduating soon. We've been busy creating announcements for seniors; there are several new designs this year. We encourage seniors to order soon, so invitations can be mailed out in plenty of time for their parties.

We've also been preparing for the upcoming class of 2011! The new brochures will be sent out in May, and we're looking forward to a great summer of photographing senior portraits.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

And the Winners Are.....

Thank you to all who voted during our first pet contest! We were excited to have 535 total votes over the week. The contest was so much fun and we recieved great feedback from clients and voters. We hope to do this every year!

Congratulations to the following winners:

"Puppy Love" 1st Place, winner of a 16x20 print - Melissa Baggenstoss

"Flower Girl" 2nd Place, winner of an 11x14 print - Darlene Larson

"I Rule, You Drool" 3rd Place, winner of an 8x10 print - Peg Johnson