About Us

Who am I?

Krish Kiefer, owner of VIP Gallery in Waconia, MN

I went to photography school here in MN in 1988 and turned my love of photography into a full time business.

My number one goal is to help people feel relaxed so I can photograph your true essence….the authentic you! I consider it an honor to be commissioned to create your likeness and want to make a portrait you will love. I will infuse creativity with true knowledge from years of experience to give you a professional quality image. For the past 3 decades, I have created an industry benchmark. I care a lot about my work and generate each image with a true artist’s passion, I am creating images beyond normal portraiture. The portraits truly become family heirlooms. My unique style of photography has won recognition by my peers and numerous awards in photographic print competition for all the years I was actively entering. Now I have shifted my focus to teaching and giving back to the industry, I have been hired for private consulting as well as taught at many conferences and workshops. One of my greatest accomplishments was to earn the Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographers of America in 2007 and the Craftsmen Degree in 2009 as well as becoming a Certified Professional Photographer.

I care for the land VIP Gallery sits on. I kind of think it is magical! There has been over 3,000 trees planted, a dock put in on a pond, beach and flower beds. There are amazing fence lines and beautiful rolling hills on the property, it is an outdoor oasis which is perfect for photography. I also have planted an organic garden, and will continue to try my hand at canning/preserving. I hope to donate extra produce to the local food shelf too. Truly so many beautiful outdoor photo opportunities exist on this land.

I have passion for helping you from the first inquiry to handing over the finished product. It will be my voice on the other end of the phone that will be guiding you through the entire process. I love people and am here to help you make the best decisions on what to wear, what to purchase and how to display your portraits. I have been working full time as a photographer since 1990.  I really enjoy getting to know you and being in service to help your experience at VIP Gallery be very positive. Some of my other interests are creating art, my favorite right now is watercolor pencils, and creating jewelry. I also have a passion for sharing how to create your own health and wellness through life choices, nutrition and essential oils. 

I can genuinely say I want you to have the most amazing experience when you come to me and be absolutely thrilled with your portraits. Let’s create!

VIP Gallery | Krish Kiefer
** Studio hours are by appointment only **