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artist & photographer


Born and raised in Chicago, Karlana began her career as a young professional model working for companies such as McDonalds, Kraft, Aveda, Sebastian, Ford, and many others. Karlana studied at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for fine art, and participated in a joint internship program for the arts with Columbia College, where she studied sound engineering. Soon, Karlana began a career in music, and at the time, she was one of only three women in the US, working as a studio analog sound engineer. Her career in art, music and modeling, eventually led into the emerging fields of digital technology and graphic art, where she began to use her formal training in fine art, to create beautiful, fashion based, digital art illustrations for local designers.  Karlana began her interest in photography in 2000, and decided to turn professional in 2005, Karlana's photographic images always showcased her focus on fashion, and today, Karlana continues her photographic work in the commercial and fashion industry for individual models, actors and corporate projects in the Twin Cities market. 

Karlana Pedersen founded, Karlana Pedersen Visual Art & Photography in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and discovered the rich art based community that surrounds the Twin Cities area. Since then, she has developed her own art-based methodology to create her own brand of original, hand crafted, heirloom artwork from any photograph or image. This process of using photography along with her original, sometimes impressionistic, sometimes abstract designs, are used to create beautiful custom artwork for families, homes and businesses, and available only through Karlana Pedersen Visual Art & Photography. Through technology, and strong relationships with a network of partners, Karlana has the ability to provide the highest quality of service to clients anywhere in the country. 

“My company is based on strong customer service, an eye for detail and full collaboration. Therefore, you, as our client, are fully involved, and we are with you at every step of the art process, from consultation to delivery.”

I encourage you to browse our website, read our reviews, and decide for yourself which one of our creative services would best suit your needs. Whether you choose traditional photography services, or custom artwork, I am certain you will be thrilled by the experience, and in love with the results.”

- Karlana Pedersen 

Meet with Karlana to discuss your custom design needs by taking advantage of our complementary consultation services. Complementary consultations can be by phone, video, or in-person, depending upon the scale of your project and timeline.

Contact our office, or schedule your consultation now online in real-time.