Why Being a Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Rocks

Through my time studying photography at Minneapolis Community and Technical College I met many hopeful photographers. Some were young and ambitious; others were older and more seasoned but looking for refinement in the latest digital photography techniques; while still others were looking to break out of their mundane office careers and into a professional photography role. But we all had the same goal in mind, to go pro as Minnesota photographers.

Even since photographing a wedding for my cousin back in 2010, I’ve pursued a profession as a Minneapolis wedding photographer. Here are my main reasons for sticking with it and why I love wedding photography so much.

Minneapolis has the Best Wedding Venues

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The Walker Art Center, one of the best Minneapolis wedding venues.

Be it the rustic Woods Chapel of Long Lake, MN; the trendy Walker Art Center of Minneapolis; to the James J. Hill Reference Library of St Paul, Minnesota. The Twin Cities have some of the best wedding venues in the Midwest. There is truly a Minneapolis wedding venue for every person and each venue can be tailored to fit the personalities of the bride and groom.

For example, I have photographed multiple weddings at Como Park and Pavilion in St. Paul Minnesota, and they have all be extraordinarily different. One was in October with the beautiful fall colors surrounding the lake, while another was in the summer and had a completely different backdrop and feel, as most shots were taken by the waterfall and across the lush green hills surrounding the park.

I also love how venues are constantly improving and changing. There is a new wedding venue in Eden Prairie called Green Acres. It’s the oldest barn in Eden Prairie, now completely restored as an event center. It is unlike any other barn venue you have seen. It’s mix of rustic elements with a modern quirk, perfect for almost any style of wedding!

Award Winning Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Inspiration

Minneapolis Wedding Photographer
Image courtesy of Minneapolis wedding photographer, Dan Oksnevad Photography.

Minneapolis is home to some amazingly talented photographers. It’s one reason I got started in the first place. Dan Oksnevad leads the Minneapolis wedding photographer scene and was my original inspiration for getting my studio going. Several years ago, I attended a wedding he photographed, and I loved how seamlessly Dan and his wife Annalise worked. Anna hung back with a long lens, while Dan would move around with two cameras capturing unique perspectives of the wedding ceremony. I have been to other weddings where the photographers would get in the way of the guests, stand obnoxiously in the isle, or even hold up bulky lighting rigs and constantly exasperate the bride and groom with a similar effect to being in a lightening storm. Dan Oksnevad Photography is a cut above the rest, in both his style, presentation, and talent. Much respect.

There are also many other great Minneapolis wedding photographers in the area. If you grab a copy of Minnesota Bride Magazine you can find some amazing wedding photography, which I think rivals the best of Orange County and New York City. I hope to one day be listed amongst the Minnesota Bride Best of Winners, so I can frame a copy of the magazine to hang on my studio wall.

Arts in Minneapolis

One reason I love working in Minneapolis is because the art scene is incredible. For starters we have countless, breathtaking art museums and galleries. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, the Wiseman Art Museum, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art are the main ones, but there are also so many little galleries around the Twin Cities that are gems displaying the work of Minneapolis artists. It doesn’t end there. The Twin Cities have so many musical artists, dance studios, and other art forms as well!

There is a huge collective of photographers in Minneapolis, with nationally recognized professional associations such as the MNPA – Minnesota New Photographers Association and the Minneapolis Photographic Society – members of the Twin City Area Council of Camera Clubs and the Photographic Society of America.

Support for Wedding Industry

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Brides of France in Edina Minnesota is one of the best shops in Minneapolis to buy your wedding dress.

There is a lot going on in the wedding industry here in Minneapolis. We have amazing publications like the aforementioned Minnesota Bride Magazine and MSP Mag’s Wedding edition; and tons of fabulous events like The Wedding Fair (put on by the Twin Cities Wedding Association) and the Twin Cities Bridal Show and Wedding Expo.

There are a ton of awesome vendors as well, such as the Wedding Shoppe of St Paul, Posh Bridal Couture of Wayzata, L’Atelier Couture of St Paul, and Brides of France in Edina, MN. Each seems to offer the glamorous big city fashions, with a “Minnesota nice” personal touch.

As a Minneapolis wedding photographer there are many gear resources as well. I often find myself hanging out at West Photo on University Ave in Minneapolis, chatting with other photographers and the knowledgeable staff as we browse the latest gear and “shop talk”. National Camera Exchange is good as well, and the locations are plentiful around the Twin Cities, however I find the chain to lack the local expert touch of West Photo.

In summary, being a Minneapolis wedding photographer simply rocks! I don’t plan on ever leaving the Twin Cities, and quite frankly, I can’t image being a photographer anywhere else!

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