6 tips for feeling comfortable in your engagement photos

Here is the thing about looking comfortable – it is much easier to do if you actually *feel* comfortable! That means that we all want the same thing – for you to be comfortable and actually have a good time. I’ve got 6 tips for feeling comfortable in your engagement photos.

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.

Minneapolis Wedding at Urban Daisy

Here is the thing – you never expect guests to storm the dance floor in inflatable costumes. And yet, there is something about Annie and Alex’s wedding that made this happening just feel like a natural progression of the evening. Even their spectacular sequined Nicolas Cage pillow, which adorned their head table, felt like an natural part of their decor.

Chelsea and Logan’s Minneapolis wedding at Khaluna and Hewing Hotel

This small but mighty wedding started at the Hewing, headed to City Hall for a wedding, then celebrated at Khaluna for a tour of the best of Minneapolis. But first, an existential digression: Anyone else get all existential in the past few years? Like, how do all these systems around us work, and what is our role in them? Humanity is complicated and often ugly, so where do we find the value, and the meaning, and the beauty in all this muck? That’s where I’ve been spending some intellectual time with myself in these past few years of pandemic and…

Favorite engagement photo locations 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.

St Anthony Main Engagement Photos with Hannah and Nora, Minneapolis

What does it mean to keep seeing photos in the same places?

There is something odd about seeing the same spaces, but with new people. About seeing similar backdrops, but interchanging the people.

Because the truth is this: People are not interchangeable.

Approaching the same spaces with new eyes for these St Anthony main engagement photos.

Hyland Hills wedding – Jill and Jamal’s adventure

COVID changed Jill and Jamal’s wedding plans, but they brought the joy to their Hyland Hills wedding nonetheless. I’ve been a Minneapolis wedding photographer for 15 years. I don’t have words for what its been like to run a small business during COVID, and I think that this experience will leave an indelible mark on us, like living through the great depression, or WWII. Yes, we are forever changed by 2020. And also yes, this gives us a new clarity – cherish your togetherness.

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.