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Kristin served as a Chief Master Sgt. in the MN Air National Guard (USAF), with 28 years of service. She is the founder and majority owner of VanGoPhoto.

Kristin and her husband have two children, Luke (16) & Lauren (14). She grew up in Rice Lake, WI on a hobby farm, and then joined active-duty Air Force, serving for 4 years before transitioning into the National Guard. She loves to be "in pursuit" (rather than busy) and enjoys networking, engaging & serving in the community.  Melding her military experience with starting up a business "...seemed so perfect and it's been a TON of fun!"




Randy Vanderwood

Owner, Photographer, Editor

Randy is a dedicated, hard-working, creative leader with a proven track record of success.  He has photographed, trained, and managed photographers for over 20 years.  With his work at VanGoPhoto, he has transformed original images into creative, unique, and memorable finished products for families to cherish.

Randy served in the active-duty Air Force where he met his beautiful and talented wife from London, England. They have two wonderful girls and live in White Bear Lake, MN.



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Chris McKenzie 

Owner, Photographer, Editor

Chris brings over 20 years of photographic industry experience to VanGoPhoto. He has photographed weddings, seniors, sports, school photos, families, etc., winning several awards along the way. His creativity and eye for detail are evident in how he captures and creates photos with VanGo.

Chris and his beautiful wife of 16 years, Traci, live in the north metro and have 5 amazing children. They stay pretty busy.






Matt Von Eschen

Matt Von Eschen

Business Development & Operations

Matt brings over 25 years of photographic industry experience to VanGoPhoto. Growing up in rural Minnesota, he spent most of his summers working on his grandparents' farm and knows what true grit and hard work are all about.  He brings this same level of work ethic to our clients and community.  He's a natural-born coach and leader and strengthens the VanGoPhoto team!  Matt excels in collaboration with others, identifying what's most important to our clients.  

Matt is married to Kristin and they love working together and making every day fun for the VanGoPhoto Team!