Southwest Metro Photo Contest : Happy Happenstance

Chaska resident captures first place.
First Place People & Families by Lori Dozier

On a November 2016 afternoon, Lori Dozier and her two daughters ventured out to their front yard for some fun in the snow. It was there Dozier snapped a shot of her wide-eyed daughter looking straight into the lens of her Nikon D750 Camera. The candid moment, titled Snow Day, won first place in our annual contest’s People and Families category.

“I wanted to capture my kids being kids in their natural element,” Dozier says. After all, her work focuses on lifestyle and documentary photography—capturing candid emotions and interactions between people in natural environments. Dozier’s subjects include babies, children and families.

Starting photography around middle school, Dozier cites family as a source that sparked her interest in the art. “My dad was a hobbyist photographer and shot film,” Dozier says. She was also a part of a middle school program that taught her how to shoot film and develop photos in a dark room. Dozier’s interest in photography continued as she grew older. After she had children, she began taking more photographs. In 2012, she started Lori Dozier Photography, lifestyle photography for newborns, families and weddings.

Dozier shoots in many places, but she always makes sure the setting produces genuine emotions. “I like to go in and around my client’s home. Kids are more relaxed in a familiar environment,” Dozier says.  The lifestyle photographer also likes to shoot at local parks in the West Metro area (with a permit of course). She visits the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and areas within the Three Rivers Park District, such as Carver Park Reserve.

No matter the scenery or subjects, what Dozier loves about photography remains constant.

“I like interacting with kids and families,” she says.

“I like capturing who they really are.”

(To see more of Lori’s work visit her website here)