Welcome to the North!

Miss Northerner is a source of Northwoods inspiration, covering everything from travel and photography to home and lifestyle.

My name is Kristen Carlson, I’m 27 years old and a Wisconsin-native. I love exploring new places around our northern states, discovering hidden lakes and beautiful trails. I always have my camera on me in order to capture my adventures and share them on the blog. In 2019, I’ll be expanding my content to include more Minnesota and Michigan blog posts.

If you’d like to collaborate or work together, feel free to send me an email at missnortherner@gmail.com!

~ Kristen


Do you take your own photos?

Yes! All of the photos on my blog, Facebook, and Instagram page (@missnortherner) were taken by me. If I’m in the picture, then they were either taken by my mom, my boyfriend (@seandebels), or using my tripod and self-timer.


How did you create your blog?

My blog runs on the WordPress platform and uses the Divi theme which lets me customize how my site looks. When I was first starting out, my brother helped me with a lot of the technical, coding type stuff. Now, I do nearly everything myself! It’s not easy and sometimes I get really frustrated. But then I just have a glass of wine and the world is right again.


What does your camera setup look like?

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III. I own three lenses, a Sigma 150-600mm, a Canon 50mm and a Canon 24–105mm. I also recently added a DJI Mavic Air to my gear! All of my photos are edited in Adobe Lightroom.


What do you do when you’re not blogging?

Sean and I are currently remodeling his house so we’ve been spending a lot of time doing that. I love reading and doing crossword puzzles and spending time with family and friends. In the summer, I love canoeing and being on the lake.


Do you shoot weddings & portraits?

Yes! Head over to kristencarlsonphoto.com!


Kristen's Favorites


Friends! I can recite countless scenes by heart.



The Blue Willow in Wausau, WI. This place is always busy and there’s a reason! It’s a bustling little diner with really good food at a reasonable price. I always order the french toast!



The Guides Inn in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin is an impeccable supper club.



The Boathouse in Minocqua, WI. I love the atmosphere in this place. The lights are always dimly-lit, candles flicker on the tables, and old-timey music plays softly overhead.


A Few of My Favorite Northwoods Locations

Ely, MN

The cutest little town and a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts. 

Minocqua, WI

My family did so much camping here when I was a kid, it still holds a special place in my heart. 

Nine Mile, WI

This is a really awesome recreational area near Wausau, WI for both summer and winter activities.

Driftless Region, WI

Sean and I have traveled here on a few occasions and each time, I’m astounded by the beauty.