• Meet Arica

    My photography obsession started long before my children arrived. As a teen it was a regular weekend thing to have my friends over and set up photo shoots. That continued through high school, but alas, I was convinced I should go to college. Well, guess what I did -- I went to college, met my husband and bought a bar! (What were we thinking?!) A year into the bar business my husband bought me my first DSLR camera and everything changed. I started photographing weddings. Soon, I was bringing home backdrops and sneaking in props until finally I had a studio in the home After 10 years in the bar business, I turned in my shaker and spatula for a (planned) part time pursuit in photography. I was going to be part time stay at home mom and part time photographer. That didn't last long. I quickly realized that I wanted to shoot more, and luckily my clients wanted that too. (Thank you!)

    I opened my business at the local mall as a Kiosk and from there Kirby Photography moved into a unit. In the Fall of 2018 I decided it was time for a more permanent home, with more space and many more options to offer my clients. I purchased a building and property on the edge of Bemidji and the business continues to evolve to this day.

    I am now also creating backdrops for Katebackdrop, that other photographers can use. So, you may be photographed on an original design here and then see your cousin in Tulsa with their baby in the same set. Very cool!

    Whie my main business continues to focus on babies and the little loves in your lives, I have continued to grow and value the importance of photos of tweens as well, which is reflected in my sessions and style.

    You are now likely to notice that in addition to traditional portraits we also offer fun fantasy themes and custom sets. You just never know is coming next. While I give my family much credit for my passion for photography, it definitely began somewhere else My best friend growing up had a mom who was always camera in hand ready. When I grew up I realized how many memories she had captured. I also realized how looking at former photos of us was like looking through a portal to that memory. There truly can be no price tag attached to that. My second source was my aunt, who always dressed my cousins up in the most amazingly ridiculous pretty dresses. Every year when they updated their photo I would stare in admiration of their images. When I asked my mother why we didn't do that she would always tell me we couldn't afford to buy those dresses and do those shoots. This is the driving force behind my amazing (some may call ridiculous) wardrobe studio! Every child deserves to see their photo on the wall. When a child sees their portrait on the wall it makes them feel more confidence. It reminds them of the value you hold for them. It is my goal to create a space where you can make magic happen - fun, affordable art. Whether it be a classic simple set with your child shining, or an elaborate scene to captures their latest obsession. Kirby Photography is ready to help you archive your family history. After all, you live, you love, and it matters.

    It takes dedication and skill to produce results that are unique for every one of my clients.

    I use imagination, various props and locations to capture images that have flair to fit you and your family.