How to find a local wedding photographer in 5 steps

You know the craziest thing about planning a wedding? Always feeling like no one else has ever planned a wedding before!

You are totally not alone – even though your wedding should be uniquely about you and your partner, you don’t have to make every decision in a vacuum!

So, if you are looking for a photographer for your wedding, I have tips for finding a local wedding photographer in 5 steps.

Young Joni Wedding

Sierra and Katie’s wedding at Como Conservatory and Young Joni Yesterday, someone asked me how many weddings I have photographed. It has been a while since I made a full count, but my back-of-the-napkin calculations put me around 450. I’ve photographed over 450 celebrations. Dancing, laughing, tears, bowties, blisters, snow, sun, rain. 450 makes it…

My wish for you: May you dance like there wasn’t a pandemic.

My biggest post-pandemic hope: that we still get on the dance floor like its 2019!

Jason and Marissa’s Minneapolis Event Center Wedding – full of some truly epic dance moves, the best views of Minneapolis across the Mississippi, and a whole heck of a lot of joy.

MN Camp Wedding – Haley and Andy

A MN Camp Wedding to kick off a year of gratitude What do I say about a wedding that happened in the before times? Before the shut downs, and the emergence of smaller weddings, and a focus on flexibility in events? About all I have to say is thank you. I feel extreme gratitude for…

Best Spots for photos in Stillwater MN

Living in Minneapolis means I’m always in striking distance of the lovely St Croix river, and that makes Stillwater a terrific space for engagement portraits and weddings!

If you are thinking about incorporating the city of Stillwater into your wedding and portraits, there are some obvious spaces (hello, Historic Lift Bridge!) and also unexpected ways to incorporate this area into your photos, and some great bites to grab along the way. Here are a few favorite spots for photos in Stillwater.

Hilltop Spring Green Wedding

Are you planning a wedding in Western Wisconsin’s driftless area, The Hilltop venue, Spring Green, Dodgeville, or a Taliesin inspired venue? I would love to talk with you more about your photography! I’m from Madison, I live in Minneapolis, I travel all over the Midwest, and I love the unique landscapes of this area.

Weddings at the River Room of Aster Cafe

If you only choose to have your wedding at the River Room of the Aster Cafe for the views of Minneapolis, I wouldn’t blame you!

The Aster Cafe has been running the River Room space on St Anthony Main in Minneapolis for several years. Never has this cozy space been more relevant than now as we approach post-pandemic possibilities for small weddings and celebrations.

Here are some of my favorite ways people have used the River Room for their weddings!

Best spots for engagement photos around Minneapolis

There isn’t one right place for engagement photos, because there isn’t one right place that sums up what you are like as a couple. So this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive, because it never could be. It is meant to be a starting point as you consider what aspects of your couple-hood would be best served by backgrounds and greenery and buildings.

If Awards Matter, I’d like you know know about these

The goal is happy couples. The goal is documenting something beautiful for them. The blogging and the writing and the awards are just a path to get to that goal. Every time a couple chooses me to document their wedding, I feel a little tough of gratitude and wonder.

I’ve also been a Minneapolis wedding photographer long enough that I’ve received awards and acknowledgements for the depth and breadth of my work with clients and the service they receive.

I keep striving to be earn that trust.