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Hello! My name is Kasey Jean - Owner / Head Photographer (crazy dog lady) here at Studio Twelve:52... And that adorable tattooed man next to me is my husband and business partner Tyler. Together we live to document love stories and other personal connections. We strive to not only provide timeless images for you to cherish - but to also have you leave your session feeling like you simply spent some time with old friends who just happen to be really awesome photographers. We guide you through the whole process from start to finish with our light-hearted, candid and interactive posing. Never will you feel at a loss for what to do next - We've got you! This is my 9th year of photographing full-time, and with that comes an immense understanding for utilizing angles, light, and all of the technical knowledge I've built up over the years about my photo gear to really provide you with not only a great experience - but also stunning and genuine images that speak for themselves. 

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studio twelve:52 iS AN AWARD-WINNING, HUSBAND AND WIFE

MOMENTS AND MEMORIES

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at studio twelve:52, OUR TEAM IS DEDICATED TO CAPTURING

Business partners, husband/wife, parents to obnoxious fur babies - We're a team.

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Second half of the 12:52 wife + husband duo. Lives for both the classic and candid.

tyler

meet tyler

Has a love for capturing once in a lifetime moments. Founder of Studio Twelve:52.

kasey

meet kasey

Has a love for capturing once in a lifetime moments. Founder of Studio Twelve:52.

kasey

My journey as an artist began the moment I took my first breath 27 years ago at 12:52 PM on March 8, 1991. I was barely even presented to my mother before I was rushed away and the fight for my life began. My entire childhood and a good chunk of my teenage years were filled with surgeries, relearning to walk, and constantly and proudly proving naysayers wrong - because I wasn’t about to let being born with amniotic band syndrome slow me down. All of these obstacles created an awareness to life’s fragility very early on in life. Knowing each day is a gift inspired me to create.

Operating a small business at such a young age left me feeling proud and accomplished - but at the same time I still wanted to do more... I saw my friends all applying for college and a seed of doubt was planted, and I worried about my ability to maintain this growth forever with my photography. One spur of-the-moment decision later I applied, and an acceptance letter followed.

So, I moved to Duluth to pursue a degree in medicine. The end goal was to be a surgeon with a specialty that would give babies born with conditions like mine a fighting chance as well. 

By the end of my first week on campus I already had photo sessions booked a few months out, and a campus job doing all of the freelance photography for the athletic department - all the while, documenting weddings every weekend. I didn’t know it then, but I was subconsciously sabotaging my medical career. Deep down I knew I was meant to be a photographer and that I needed to pursue it.

Soon, my business tripled - so I changed my major to marketing to continue to nourish it. I hired second shooters, and began seeing our work in magazines and featured online, and then I won my first award... I truly believed, “I DID IT." I thought I had reached my max potential - but then I met my husband. From that moment on things only continued to get better.

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Second half of the 12:52 wife + husband duo. Lives for both the classic and candid.

tyler

When serendipity led me to Tyler, he was already on a successful career path as a chef. He helped open Target Field and countless restaurants across the Twin Cities - so him joining the Studio Twelve:52 team someday wasn’t even a thought in my mind.

One day, he began to take an interest in my business and photography and asked to learn a few things. I didn't realize it but as we were spending time together and simply enjoying photography as a couple I was also actually training him to be one heck of a photographer. 

Tyler is already on year 4 of working full-time for Studio Twelve:52... (time flies!)... And I can proudly say in that time he has helped it grow beyond what I ever imagined it could be. He even takes over the behind-the-scenes tasks when he’s not photographing alongside me, so I can really focus on my passion for creating, growing as an artist and also marketing our business.

I just want to put this out there for the world - Tyler is a nerd. And I say that with such love because I am too. But before I met Tyler I would suppress those interests, because it wasn’t always deemed very attractive by previous partners haha. But luckily for me, I met Mr. Rajotte - A man who equally loves technology, video games, comic book based movies, mythology and astronomy as I do. 

His creative side from being a chef combined with his love for technology made him the perfect fit for the world of wedding photography. He has such a love for learning and exploring new tech that he has managed to keep us fully in the loop on new lighting techniques, camera upgrades, etc over the years. In addition to being so innovative he also has a great eye for unique moments and daring photographs. 

While I would like to take the credit and say he learned so much because I was his teacher, I can't. He's just a rockstar and I am so proud of him.

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Business partners, husband/wife, parents to obnoxious fur babies - We're a team.

us

Tyler and I met, because I was assigned to photograph two bands in one day - Plain White T’s and the All That Remains.

Tyler was attending the latter. His best friend won a contest to play guitar on stage with ATR, and later that week, after I shared the images from the event with his friend, Tyler reached out to me and asked me on a date - I initially was creeped out and blocked him! (I grew up in a small town, OK? haha)

Upon further review / due to his persistence - I realized he wasn't so bad (love you honey) and we finally had our first date. We like to say our first date never ended, because after dinner / talk of rescuing dogs in the future we simply kept making plans - we traveled, moved in together, I trained him in photography - and then a few years later Tyler proposed while we were vacationing in Las Vegas. We planned a wedding at the same time I was making Tyler my official business partner. Win-Win!

In the beginning of our partnership, Tyler began to manage all of the bookkeeping and emails - but then as he became a wizard behind the camera he made the choice to leave his career of being a successful chef to come work as a photographer full-time and hasn’t looked back since.

When we are not photographing or editing, we can be found at home cooking together / watching movies with our puppies, out exploring all of the dog-friendly establishments in the Twin Cities or planning our next anniversary trip. We really value "home" and "family" so we find a lot of joy in simply being around each other and those we love.

In our free time Tyler and I donate our photography services to local rescues / shelters to help dogs and cats find their forever homes. We actually have 6 of our own rescue pups! So we love when we get to say we helped someone else find their own fur-baby. In case you haven't heard - we are pet-friendly! haha.

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Local: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Stillwater, Rochester, St. Cloud, Mankato, Duluth. 

UNited States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. 

Beyond: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Cancun, Mexico, The Bahamas, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. 

places we've Been:

Places We'd Love to Go

Places We've Been

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WE LOVE TO TRAVEL

LOVE IS AN ADVENTURE, AND

St. Petersburg, FL

Riviera Maya, MX

Las Vegas, NV

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We are parents to 6 fur-babies!

WE LOVE RESCUE PUPS

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We are parents to 6 fur-babies!

WE LOVE RESCUE PUPS

And we still photograph music to this day!

OUR STORY BEGAN AT A CONCERT

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We are parents to 6 fur-babies!

WE LOVE RESCUE PUPS

And we still photograph music to this day!

OUR STORY BEGAN AT A CONCERT

We happily serve destination weddings!

we love palm trees + travel!

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We are parents to 6 fur-babies!

WE LOVE RESCUE PUPS

And we still photograph music to this day!

OUR STORY BEGAN AT A CONCERT

We happily serve destination weddings!

we love palm trees + travel!

We love being bold and adventurous!

WE'RE CREATIVE AS CAN BE

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We are parents to 6 fur-babies!

WE LOVE RESCUE PUPS

And we still photograph music to this day!

OUR STORY BEGAN AT A CONCERT

We happily serve destination weddings!

we love palm trees + travel!

We love being bold and adventurous!

WE'RE CREATIVE AS CAN BE

Like, really, really love!

WE LOVE photographing pets

MEG & SCOTT

"I literally cannot say enough good things about Studio Twelve:52. Kasey is fast, efficient, and puts such thought and care into each and every photo. After working with her, I've seen that she often defies the odds of what seems possible. She has such a can-do attitude. She wants every photo to be 100% "you". I could go on forever, but all I can say is book now!"

she wants every photo to be 100% "you"

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Amanda + Socrates

"Studio Twelve:52 was the best decision I️ made for my wedding! (Besides the decision to marry my husband). They went wayyy above and beyond in making sure everything went smoothly on the big day. They are so much more than photographers! And the stunning photos honestly speak for themselves. I️ would give them 10 stars if I️ could!!!"

the best decision I️ made for my wedding!

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Jessy + Miles

"There are so many photographers to choose from so we feel extremely lucky to have found Studio Twelve:52. They truly are the best of the best - there really is no better option than this team! Not only is Kasey an absolutely incredible talent - she is hilarious, so sweet and made us feel at ease and wiped all our worries away. We had a great time and love the photos!"

They truly are the best of the best

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Leslie + Matt

"Your photographer search is over! The moment we saw their photos, we knew 12:52 was our choice. Kasey was so knowledgeable! Her vendor recommendations were spot on. Nerves were minimized with her personality and hugs at our engagement session. We loved her enthusiasm for having our dog in our pictures!! They captured EVERYTHING from our wedding day!"

Your photographer search is over!

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Karina + addison

"Studio Twelve:52 is amazing! When it came time for me to pop the question they didn't hesitate to help! They flew out to Las Vegas, and played secret paparazzi, capturing the whole moment, both in photos and video for us! They really do go above and beyond the call of duty for anyone they work with. They are amazing people, an amazing team, and extremely talented!"

They go above and beyond the call of duty

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