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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 (15) & Lauren (13). She grew up in Rice Lake, WI on a hobby farm, and then joined active duty Air Force serving for 4 years, and transitioned 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!"


Endorsed by

James Bottorff 

Chief Master Sergeant at United States Air Force

"For more than 10 years, I have had the pleasure of serving with Chief Master Sergeant Kristin Von Eschen in the Air National Guard. Throughout this time, I have known Chief Von Eschen to be a hard-charging professional who sets the example for others to follow and is passionately dedicated to helping others. As a supremely dedicated individual, Chief Von Eschen can always be observed at the forefront of major change initiatives, including diversity and inclusion and professional development efforts. Her efforts have made a tremendous impact on more than 107,000 members across the Air National Guard through her contributions during the Human Resource Advisor Orientation Course at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. She is often viewed as the subject matter expert for the most complicated projects, and her willingness to step up for any and all opportunities and to consistently challenge herself is unparalleled. Throughout her stellar career, Chief Von Eschen has been a leader among her peers and has the unique ability to make those around her better. Chief Von Eschen continues to impress me with her positive attitude, determination, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Her unique and diverse skill set brings an interesting perspective to our Air Force, and her positive interaction with fellow airmen as well as her ability to critically analyze a variety of situations greatly contributes to the success of our organizations. I am certain that, regardless of the situation or task at hand, Chief Von Eschen will achieve the highest levels of success in any endeavor she pursues."



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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 family's 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.




Chris McKenzie 

Owner, Photographer, Editor

Chris brings over 19 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 15 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 grandparent's 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!