Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer

The cookie cutter wedding album. We’ve all seen it. The pictures look almost exactly the same as ones we’ve seen before. The couple’s personality is nowhere to be seen. It’s just the same old same old. A lot of photography and videography companies tout some decently low prices. They can do a full day for half the price of the person that you’ve admired their work. The problem is the adage that we’ve all become used to. You get what you paid for. Today we compare Photography chains versus the Individual Photographer for your wedding.

Photography chains versus the Individual Photographer

Benefits of going with a Chain

The benefits are there. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t necessarily be in business. The biggest thing they have going for them is their price. They tend to be cheaper, because they’ve figured out how to cut costs in ways that allow them to be a low price. For the couples that are looking to check the box and ensure they get the photos and videos, they can go with these chains. They will get the job done and do it efficiently. We live in a world that values efficiency and effectiveness, so there’s nothing wrong with that.

They also have packages that go from the cheapest budget to the smallest budget. They can give you so much more for the same price as the individual. They have an army of photographers and videographers ready to work for whatever price they can get. That means you can get more if you have a little more to spend on your wedding.

Finally, they tend to make few mistakes, as they tend to vet the people. The last thing that anyone wants to do is give a refund. The chains know this upfront and try to vet their people as best they can before sending them out. This can mean that you are getting people that will follow the rules and not stray out of line. No chance of them ruining your wedding day in that case.

Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer
His speech was not about photography, but he was photogenic.

Benefits of going with the Individual

The individual photographer does not always have a large company backing them up. They don’t have quotas to meet and they do this for the love of it. They have the freedom to do things that may be risky, but have a much larger reward. Even more than that, they have the time to get to know you. They won’t send you a form to fill out or a survey to take. They will meet with you at a coffee shop or brewery and they will get to know you for who you are. They will make your story be more personable.

They don’t tend to have as many clients, or if they do, they don’t have other obligations to meet with those clients. The good individual photographer and videographer will give you the time you deserve. The time that you pay for. It’s important to find a photographer or videographer that gives you that time. There’s nothing worse than a rush job, especially not when it comes to your story.

Finally, without a big chain backing them up, the individual has to be held personal responsible for any of the mistakes made during your big day. They don’t want to mess it up, because they lose your trust and your referral. The individual is going to work as hard as they can to ensure that you are incredibly happy when they send you your photos and videos. This comes with a price, yes, but you only have one wedding day.

Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer - Cats
Which do you choose? It’s tough.

Choosing

You need to do what is best for you as a couple. Don’t put yourselves into bankruptcy, because the photographer you want also caters to millionaires. Find ones that are in your area. Ones that understand you and ones that want to help you. They will be competitively priced to stay afloat, but most photographers and videographers will work with you and your budget.

Your story is your story. Meet with a few photographers and videographers, whether they be the chains or the individuals. One might come to be the apparent victor when you hear from them and learn what they can do. If one worked for one person, doesn’t always mean that they will work for you and your unique story. Keep that in mind and shop around a little bit. It’s your big day and you deserve the best.

2211 Photography and Videography

Now, we are the individual in this story. There are only two of us and we want to tell your story in the best way possible. We strive to fit with most stories and couples. The work we put in will make your story as memorable as it can be. We have a passion for storytelling through our lenses and we want to tell your story. From the moment that you contact us to the first time you see your photos and videos, you will know that your story is in good hands.

Here’s the individual

Ending

So, you can go with the company that will best suit your story. You can go with the chain that will do everything you want for a good price point. You can even book 2211 for your photography and videography needs. Regardless of whom you choose, just ensure you get someone that will tell your story the best. Here’s Photography Chains versus the Individual Photographer.

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

Come on and Vogue. Let your body move to the music. Madonna said it and posed for it. Now we are here looking for ways to pose. Not all of us are models, in fact very few of us are. But that does not mean that posing has to be weird or awkward for us. Photography is happening all around us. For the most part, we know to smile and look at the camera, but what do you do when you’re taking your engagement and wedding photos? Do you look at the camera? Do you try to pose? Here’s The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing.

Come on and Vogue

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

Loving Poses

Wedding and engagements are all about the love you share with your significant other. The story of your love and who you are as a couple. Therefore, there are going to be a lot of loving-style poses. Getting close to one another. Kissing is going to happen a lot. There’s going to be lots of coming together and holding each other tight. For a lot of couples, these will not be anything new, but doing them in front of someone else can be a little intimidating. PDA is not a lot of couple’s style. But the pictures are meant to show your love, so don’t be afraid to get a little closer. No one is going to judge you, and if they do, send them our way. We’ll talk to them for you.

The poses to get ready for in the loving category are as follows.

  1. Kissing – That’s just normal in these shoots and on this day.
  2. Hugging – Another typical pose, so make sure you put on your deodorant.
  3. Holding hands – A pretty typical symbol for love that most people can do easily.
  4. Dipping – We’ve all seen it but a few don’t know how to do it. Practice at home, for sure.

The big thing you need to remember is if any of these things don’t seem like your style, be sure to let your photographer know. A good photographer wants to make you comfortable, not feeling awkward.

Fun Poses

Every now and then, you get to see poses that couples do that really blow up the social media feeds. The couple s just having fun, either with their wedding party or by themselves. You see the people laughing, maybe the groomsmen are doing something funny, or the bridesmaids have put on a funny face. Whatever the makeup of your wedding party, it’s important to make sure you have fun. The day is long and can be stressful, but the party isn’t just there to stand with you at the altar. They can help you have fun, even when posing.

Smiling is the most common pose that you will see in anyone’s album. The faces of those that celebrated their day showing off their teeth in big grinning faces. These are common, but for good reason. Smiles are what we do when we feel happy. They day is supposed to be happy. So the smile just fits. Show it off in whatever way you can, whether it be while laughing, or even just talking with your party. Let the smile come through in the pictures.

The Wedding Photographer's Guide to Posing - Fun
Now here’s a fun pose

Be Yourself

The most fun that we have had in photographing couple is when they come with some ideas for poses. They can do things that we have never even thought of. They really let their personality’s show in what they do. It is our job to let your personality show in the pictures, but from we can’t know everything about you, only you and possibly your therapist can do that. So don’t be afraid to let your personality show. Give the photographer some of your favorite poses that you’ve seen. Even go off script a little bit and do what you can.

We got to take some awesome engagement photos with Afton and Caleb. One of the things that we did with them was let the personality show. They came up with a few ideas of pretending to be on the cover of a rap album. They gave us some awesome photos with that. After, we came across the Viking ship in front of US Bank stadium. Naturally, we had to take photos as if they were Vikings. We had a blast and letting them just be themselves is what gave us some of the best photos. One thing we can give to you for this Wedding photographer’s guide to posing is to be yourself.

Photographer’s Responsibility

When you get a good photographer, they will come with poses ready to go. They will give you what you need to make your photos look spectacular. Not only that, but they will make you not feel awkward. They will put you at a sense of ease. The photographer needs to get good photos, they need to make you look good. If they are making you feel awkward and putting you out of your place, they are not doing it right. With that being said, sometimes a pose can feel a little weird. Not natural. But if you’ve got a good photographer, you can trust them. They know that the pose will look great, even if in the moment, it feels a little weird.

Wedding Photographer's Guide to Posing
Here’s our photographer giving some poses

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

You don’t have to be Madonna or a runway model to know how to pose. Really all that you need is a good photographer and the realization that the posing will only last for about a day. Don’t skimp on the photographers and don’t let your pictures be awkward. Instead, get someone you know you can trust. Check out our work. We’d love to tell your story and we have a lot of posing ideas for you.

Everyone has a Wedding Story

Stories surround us each and every single day. The stories on the news can be disheartening and informative. The stories your friends tell you can help you to become closer and understand each other better. Even billboards are telling us stories as we pass by them quickly on the highway. Everywhere there is a story. On top of that, everyone has a story. Everyone has something that makes them unique. We at 2211 not only believe this, but we live this. What is your story? How do you find your story? We’ll help. Everyone has a Wedding Story. 

Everyone has a Wedding Story 

How to Find Your Wedding Story 

Think of the last time something happened to you that was story worthy. If this comes easy or hard to you, generally whatever you think of, during the event, you were not thinking that a story was going to come from this. You were looking to go into the next step. Thinking about what you’re going to eat for lunch. The story though, is always happening, regardless of whether you are being an active participant in it or not. And you can find what your story it by attempting to take a look at yourself from the outside in.

Writing your story down is a simple tactic. We were all taught how to do this when growing up. We would make stories in kindergarten classes and present them. If you ever did show and tell, you had to tell the story of the thing you brought to class. We would write these things down to help us tell the story better. By writing down, or at least attempting to write down your story will help you immensely. This can be in the form of a journal. One of those journals that couples fill out with questions can be really helpful. They even have apps to record one second a day to help tell your story. Just write down what’s going on each day and eventually a story will come into fruition. As we said earlier, stories happen, regardless of whether you are actively participating or not. 

Everyone has a story and every wedding has one, too.
Even the location pertains to your story

Wedding Stories 

Love is the main theme when it comes to most weddings. The celebration of love between the couple as they kiss and walk down the aisle for the first time as a married couple. The whole day is filled with the story of this couple and who they choose to have around them. The venue, the table settings, even the DJ all play a part in that story. This is why figuring out your story is so important. It can make planning the wedding even easier. You can find vendors that will fit into your story. Even choosing the food becomes easier when you find your story. 

The hard part of wedding stories is that it is a combination of two personalities into one story. Each person has their own story. Along the timeline of their story, they find another person who also has their own story. Now they take those two stories and hold them together with the glue of love. As we find that story, we do it with another person by our side. We find what makes the two of us compatible. We find the word through our adventures together. The date at an Italian restaurant can be a story. The trip to Cancun is a story. Even the boring stuff can be a story. Take all of these things into effect when creating your story. 

Telling Others Your Story 

Next comes the hardest part of finding your story, telling it to others. Believe us when we say that telling people your own story can be hard. It can feel a combination of arrogant, embarrassing, and personal. How does one get past those feelings? It can be difficult, but each and every time you do it, it gets easier. The arrogance goes away once you start to entertain people. The embarrassment too. But that path to getting to entertaining can be hard. That’s where you can get other people to help. We are going to plug 2211 here. You knew it would happen.  

We are experts in storytelling, especially through a lens. Davis makes films in his free time. Hannah takes beautiful landscape photography in efforts to preserve nature. We tell stories all the time and ones that aren’t our own. We have a knack for telling a story and we know how to make it good and entertaining. We also love to help people find their story. We know that you want to tell your story and we want to tell it, so look at our packages and hit us up today. We are just waiting to tell your story. 

Ending Thoughts 

You have a story and it deserves to be told. You can figure it out. You can write it down, work with your partner to discover what it means, or simply just think about it more and more. In the end, your story is so uniquely you. You need to tell your story, especially on your wedding day. We at 2211 Media can help. So, if you are looking for your story to be told, check out our packages and tell your story the best way you can. 

What’s the Best Way to Remember Your Wedding Day?

                Your wedding has just happened. The guests are buzzing. Love is in the air. That magic feeling is all around you and your partner, the wedding party, and all the attendees. They can’t wait to bring this feeling out into the world. Let everyone enjoy it with them. They still have a few days or maybe even a few weeks off until they see those they want to talk with. They finally see them and they can’t remember that feeling anymore. Life has happened in between now and then and it’s gone from the memory. They remember the big parts, but they’ve forgotten about the small stuff, no matter how hard they tried to remember. Then they get their photos. The feelings are all back again, as if magically printed into the scenes on the glossy paper. What’s the best way to remember your wedding day? Photos. That’s the answer.

What’s the Best Way to Remember Your Wedding Day?

What's the best way to remember your wedding? Photos.
This was in front of a crowd of people, but the right photographer will make you feel comfortable, no matter what.

Capture the Moment

                Wedding Days are hectic. The day is filled with people you haven’t seen in a long time and those that you see all the time. They are all mixed together into one space. They are all there to celebrate you and your love. But, they all have different ways of doing that. You’ve got a cousin that wants to show off their dance moves on the floor. You great aunt wants to tell you the story of her wedding and how this reminded her of that. Your pesky little brother just wants to pull pranks, but not on your watch. There is just way too much going on, and we haven’t even touched the ceremony, the food, and the speeches. So many speeches.

                With all of this craziness, it can be really easy to miss something. Even if you just go to the bathroom for a second, you could miss a great moment. That’s where the photographer comes in. They capture those moments, so you don’t have to be there for everything. We want to make your day be remembered. Forgetting can be the worst thing. We know that you can’t be everywhere at once. We also know that with the number of events happening, it’s darn near impossible to remember it all. That’s why the photos are the best way to remember the wedding. They capture the emotion as they are happening and you can enjoy it from the day you receive the photos to the end of eternity.

Why a Professional Photographer, Though?

                Lots of people know how to take a photo. Everyone has a fairly decent camera in their pocket. We’ve seen plenty of weddings go with the no photographer route, thinking their friends and family will get the right pictures for them. There’s nothing wrong with this thinking, but there is a lot that goes into the photography that many don’t realize. The framing and composition of the photo is one thing. Ensuring they capture the emotion is another. Go to Instagram and look at your most active non-photographer friend’s page. You get to see some great stuff. Now, look for a professional photographer’s page. It’s astounding the difference. The way the photos look is beyond what you would imagine, even if it is something you’ve seen time and time again.

                If you want to ensure that your photos don’t look like a shaky snapchat pic with a nasty looking filter, it’s important to go with a professional photographer. They have an obligation to getting you the best pictures. They want you to like what you see, because they want to tell your story. A photographer wants you to sing their praises to your newly engaged friends, as well. They also have the experience required to get those good-looking moments. Nothing against your friend’s Instagram page, but photography takes a ton of work that doesn’t cross the mind of a lot of influencer on social media.

These tow will remember their wedding day.
Hannah got this photo with a lens they don’t have for iPhones.

Why are Photographers so Expensive?

                We talked about it a little in the last section, with the experience and obligation, but let’s jump into it here. Photographers can be expensive. As you do your research, you will likely find the good ones can be up to $5000, while even smaller inexperienced photographers still cost over $1000. It can seem like too much. The parts of photography that don’t seem so flashy are the reasons for the prices. It is very hard to get a photo to look good right out of the camera. There is a ton of work that goes into each photo before you get to see it. The photographer has experience here, as well. Ensuring the photo looks as close to the human eye image we saw on the actual wedding day.

                We also need to pay for the parts that go into photography. The camera body and lenses. The flashes and extra batteries. They all incur a cost initially and maintaining them is not cheap, either. Keeping these things in mind, the price can seem a little less shocking. There are tons of stories of cheap photographers doing a poor job. You can’t redo the day, so sometimes it’s better to put up with the price, knowing that in a year or even fifty, you will thank yourself. You’ll know that the answer to “What’s the best way to remember your wedding day?” is Photos.

How to Save Money

                Even though we talked about price, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to still save money while getting quality. The first mistake a lot of couples make is to book the photographer for the whole day, when they really only need them for the ceremony and speeches. Work with your partner to find what is necessary for your photos before you look for booking. Sometimes a half day is more than enough for your wedding day and can be a huge cost saver.

                Booking together with videography is also an option, especially with 2211 Media. We have photography and videography services, both of which will help you remember your wedding day in all its emotional glory. Booking together can lower the cost of the photography and get you everything you need without sacrificing on the quality. Look to our Packages for some options that work well with your wedding day.

Photographer and her camera. That's a way to remember.
If we haven’t convinced you, take a look at how cute Hannah is. That should work.

So, What’s the Best Way to Remember Your Wedding Day?

                By now, you’ve got it. Don’t skimp on the photographer, because everyone holds onto their photos much longer than the initial year of their wedding. These photos will make it through each move the two of you go through. Make it through most events that happen in your life. And no matter what is happening in your life, you can look back on these photos and smile, remembering the magical feeling of your wedding day. So, Photographs is the answer to what’s the best way to remember your wedding.

5 Ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer

5 Ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer

Each wedding website has an explanation of problems that could happen. Here’s one. Here’s another. We won’t regale you with every problem that could happen, but we will answer this one question for you. What if my photographer and videographer get into a fight? On your big day, you don’t want to have to babysit two artists as they complain about one another getting into their shots. They both want you to sing their praises, but when they get in each other’s way, we lose that. Here’s our 5 ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer.

Personality Tests

Your photographer and videographer will likely have some big personalities. They are artists who have to constantly self-promote. Because of that, they may have personalities that are not compatible. Websites like e-Harmony and OKCupid have been utilizing personality tests to match people for years and they have yielded some major results. You may not have the algorithms they have, but you can make your own. Find out their likes and dislikes. Test them on their happiness and other emotions. Have them write an essay about their perfect day. Compare the two and see if you have a match and an avoidance of a nasty vendor fight on your wedding day.

Pro-Tip: If you run out of time and don’t have the ability to perform these tests, or you’re just looking for something easier, have them tell you their zodiac signs. We know that a Taurus will never get along with a Leo and so forth. This can be an easy way to get this done quickly and doesn’t include an essay.

Zodiac Signs
We won’t tell you which one is the best, but Pisces and Libra look pretty good.

Hire a Mediator

Mediators have been through some of the worst fights and have come out of it with so much experience. Experience that will help your vendors avoid a fight. They’ve really been through the worst of humanity, so getting in each other’s shots will be nothing for them. This, of course, will force you to need to schedule another vendor for your wedding day, but this one might be good. They will be able to help you along the way with more than just your photographer and videographer. Fights between the DJ and the caterer solved! No more bridesmaid squabbles. It almost feels like more weddings should have a mediator present. Or maybe that’s what the wedding planner is?

Marriage Story
They probably didn’t follow the 5 ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer.

Have them Meet Beforehand

You will always have a chance to meet with your photographer and videographer before your wedding. If you aren’t, then you have a whole other problem on your hands. Why not try to schedule them both for the same date? That way they both can meet, and you can get them to talk like some sort of matchmaker for vendors. The three of you, or possibly more, can chat over a drink and appetizers. Of course, you will need to coordinate schedules, and if they don’t work out, you will likely have to pick one and if the movie Sophie’s Choice taught us anything, it’s that choices can be hard, although this choice is much easier than hers.

Find Cordial People You Agree With

One of the most difficult parts of any wedding is finding people that are compatible with you. You want a photographer that will not only understand your family but take photos that highlight their personalities. You want a videographer with a cinematic eye, but who also gets your story. These are the things to look for and can be incredibly hard when it comes to booking a vendor. To get both of these things can be darn near impossible. But if you are able to secure these two people and they are incredibly compatible with you and your partner, then it is likely that they will be compatible with each other. Do this task and you won’t have to worry. Although you might have to worry about them falling in love or something while at your wedding. And there’s nothing worse than an unplanned engagement at your wedding.

Hire a company that has both

Most companies are comprised of people that barely know each other but have likely been able to work together to at least make it through the day. Some companies have problems, but that’s where HR comes in. Even easier than those companies are teams of people that come together to make something great. We’ve seen these models work with companies like Google and Apple. They took people that work well together and had them make something. We at 2211 Media have done the same thing. Hannah and Davis have gotten together, first in love, then secondly as a business. We have tested our relationship and know that our fights will not happen on your wedding day. We plan together to ensure we both get the best shots. Cordially, we talk with each other to know what’s going on. Heck, we even know what love feels like and can guarantee we capture it well. All without even an inkling of a fight.

Davis and Hannah of 2211 media
Look how cute we are together!

Conclusion

All in all, the wedding day is a stressful day for everyone, even the vendors. There’s a lot riding on this day and it’s important to do everything right, so you can look back on the day and smile. Look at your photographs that show your love. Watch the video and show it off to your friends. You want it all to be perfect and a fight is definitely going to get in the way. Follows these 5 ways to avoid a fight between your videographer and photographer and this will happen. We especially like tip #5.

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Winter Wedding in Minnesota

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Winter Wedding in Minnesota

Winter is in full swing now and it will be until at least April. With winter being such a big part of this harsh state that we live in, we wanted to come up with ways you can make it better. We know all the lists of great winter activities. In fact, Davis likes the Winter Olympics more than the summer ones, but that’s because he came from basically Canada (Fargo). So, in spite of a snowball fights between the groom side and the bride side, or having Parson Brown the snowman marrying you later, we’ve devised this list. Here’s 7 reasons why you should consider a winter wedding in Minnesota.

Cold = No Sweat

One of the worst things that can happen to a person on their wedding day is pit stains. With all the layers we wear and the 100+ degree days of July and August, these faux pas can be almost impossible to avoid. Instead of buying more deodorant than a criminal about to take a lie detector test, do your wedding in the middle of winter. The cold of winter in Minnesota has very few upsides, but not sweating is definitely one of them.

Ted Striker Sweating
This won’t be you, because you followed these 7 Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding in Minnesota.

The layers will help to keep you warm and you can use them to add more nuance to your outfits. Those hand warmers that fancy people wear can be a great accessory (I’m being told they are called muffs). Go ahead and add layers, because if you need a cool down you simply will have to crack a window in the reception hall or church. Sweating has ruined weddings. From the hair being messed up, to the groom looking like he went to the dance floor before the ceremony, to the endless pit stains. Winter weddings will relieve that part of your worries.

Fur Muff
Now you know what a muff is. You’re welcome.

Cheaper

Hannah and I are having our wedding in the middle of December and the savings we got on the venue alone made it worth it. A lot of venues need something to fill their spots in the winter months. Because of that, they have drastically lowered their prices. A lot of couples have a location in mind right when the engagement ring slide onto the finger. Those locations can be packed from April to November, but they tend to have availability in the winter. This is a secret that we discovered and are telling you now. The price tags of venues can cause such a sticker shock that Las Vegas chapels start to sound enticing. Instead, have the wedding of your dreams with the price of your dreams, as well.

Snow!

You’ve seen it on your Facebook and Instagram feeds after a friend of yours gets married. The greenery and trees that surround couples on their big days. The green can be such a beautiful backdrop for photos and video, but has also been done before. The snow can add for a whole new backdrop. Snow falling is even prettier, but it’s hard to plan the weather in the way you want it. A lot of weddings have black as a primary color. Snow is a beautiful contrast to that and can really make any darker color you have pop even harder. Plus you don’t have to worry about your wedding being outdoors or indoors. Snow is really a negative a lot of times in Minnesota, but here’s at least one positive outside of snow days.

Snowy Day
Now that just looks like a wedding day to us!

Unique

Hinted at in the last paragraph, but hitting it harder here. A lot of weddings have looked the same from 1945 to 2020. Not a lot of variety and the pictures and videos tend to show that. There are billions of people on this earth, each with their own personality. When two individual personalities come together, they make their own personalities as a couple. For all these weddings to look the same shows that people don’t try to make things fit their personalities. They simply just do what everyone else does. While winter may not exactly show off your personality, we know your warmer than that, it will be a way to show off where you come from. Minnesota people are caring, a little passive aggressive, and can really make it through anything once they have a few winters under their belts.

Family Holidays

Families get together over the holidays. Sometimes a family member can’t make it and it’s hard to not have them there. Your cousin that you haven’t seen for a while has to miss their fourth Christmas in a row, because they are going to their SO’s Christmas. With a wedding happening around a holiday, all of this can be avoided. Your family members want to be around you to celebrate your love. Now they have a reason to not only come to your wedding, but also not miss your family’s holiday plans. It’s a win-win.

7 Reasons why you should consider a winter wedding in Minnesota banquet hall
If you’re lucky, they place may already be decorated! Another win!

Break it Up

Friends are family members that we get to choose. We love to have them around and we want them all to be at our wedding. You also want to be able to celebrate your friends’ weddings and with planning and limited space available at certain venues, it can be almost impossible to not schedule your day on your friend’s day. By planning a winter wedding, you ensure that no one will have the excuse of missing your wedding for a different wedding. And you’ll be able to make all of your friends’ weddings that didn’t read this article and stuck with a summer/fall wedding. Also, you get a break between your wedding and the next one of your friends, so you get to be the newly weds for longer in your friend group.

Minnesota

That’s one beautiful state right there.

Minnesota is a beautiful place. The parks and lakes just in Minneapolis are gorgeous on their own and they pale in comparison to the lakes in the north along with all its animals and nature. We are as big a part of Minnesota as it is of us. We love to tell out of towners just which little town we came from and just how far that little town is away from a slightly larger town that they may have heard of? No? Well, that’s okay. Minnesota is known for its winters and we are a part of those winters too. To completely skip a 6 month period (Yes, winters last that long here) we would be skipping a part of ourselves. So go ahead, plan that winter wedding. And when someone asks you why you planned a winter wedding, you send them to this article on 7 reasons why you should consider a winter wedding in Minnesota

NE Minneapolis Stories

We both met here in NE Minneapolis. Davis lived by Good Carma Coffee (good coffee and even better people) and Hannah by Holy Land (Mediterranean food to die for). We both love this area and want to tell its story. Central Avenue, the NE turkeys, so many breweries, and some perfect spots for pictures and videos. Let’s walk through NE Minneapolis stories and culture and find out what it has to offer.

Today

According to Meet Minneapolis, “Northeast’s neighborhood can be divided into two main sections: the Arts district and the Riverfront district.” Both riverfront and arts do a great job of describing what you can encounter when you dive into NE Minneapolis and what is has to offer. The Mississippi and all its majestic glory or the arts of many different cultures circling the streets and people of this beautiful neighborhood. These all contribute to the NE Minneapolis Stories that we know and love.

Afton and Caleb NE Minneapolis Stories
Afton and Caleb had us tell their NE Minneapolis Story.

The Landmarks

Most people when they think about NE Minneapolis first jump to the vibrant brewery scene. Indeed, Bauhaus, Fair State, and Insight to name a few. Each of these places has their own stories that fill the taproom and their beer each time we go to get a drink or visit with friends. The Lowry Bridge over the river is sandwiched between a tiki bar known as Psycho Suzi’s and a Ferris Wheel owned by Betty Danger’s. The Stone Arch Bridge (I’m sensing a bridge theme) connects NE Minneapolis to the heart of Minneapolis and is one of the more beautiful spots not just in Minneapolis, but in the midwest. So many parks positioned perfectly between the urban landscape creating gorgeous photo and video spots for any story.

NE Minneapolis Arts District
One of NE Minneapolis many Arts Districts signs

The culture

Hipsters. Hipsters everywhere. That’s the outsider’s view of NE Minneapolis, and to an extent, they aren’t wrong. The hipsters and their IPA, thrift shops, and bicycle lanes are thriving in NE Minneapolis, but there’s more. Artist’s studios line almost every major street, bringing stories through different media to those who walk through this neighborhood. A market, fair, or expo is happening every weekend, that culminate into the event of the summer, Art-A-Whirl. It’s hard to stay in NE Minneapolis for longer than an hour and not fall in love with all the cultures surrounding you. EspeciallMiy with the food. Central Avenue alone spans the world in the way of restaurants and food. And each has its own story.

Art A whirl
One of the best NE Minneapolis Stories.

What’s your NE Minneapolis Story?

With all of the culture, food, art, and people, it’s hard to find something that bores you here in this part of Minneapolis. Hannah and Davis recently did an engagement session for Afton and Caleb starting in NE Minneapolis and ending in Downtown, walking the whole way. The mixture of urban and nature create such fundamentally different backdrops for any story being told. Each building and Street has its own history. And the nature is vibrant and thriving. And the people are friendly and loving. All the things anyone would need in a living space, photo shoot, or whatever brings you outside. Let us help capture your story in the beautiful neighborhood of NE Minneapolis.

Our Family

We like to work with couples. We find ourselves at home as we get to know you and your unique story. Through that, we have been able to learn, grow, and challenge our own views with each new couple that we meet. Their stories fill us with any and all emotions that one can be filled with. But we never really tell too much about ourselves, because it isn’t our story that is being told in that moment. So, here is our moment to shine. Here is our family and our story.

Davis and Hannah. Our Family.
Davis got Hannah to dance at this wedding.

Hannah and Davis

We both met at this mystical and wonderful place known as Wells Fargo, where we both worked as the ethereal temporary worker. Needless to say, we weren’t the biggest fans of what we did (Document custody for mortgage companies gets pretty boring after more than 1 hour of work) so we connected and talked and eventually we went out. First to a brewery, Fair State in the house, and then to a now defunct Italian restaurant in Edina. And now we have a life together, that includes two cats, an apartment, and a joy for telling stories.

Our Family (Cats)
Click the picture to see Hannah’s photos of our kitties on her website.

Our Family (Cats)

Davis moved in with Hannah in June of 2018. 5 days later, 2 little black cats moved in and have terrorized us ever since. Especially because Hannah went on a 5 day camping trip that next weekend, so Davis had to take care of kittens when he had really only had a dog. They survived, no thanks to Davis, and have become some pretty big boys in the process. We went with adopting them from a shelter. We knew that black cats had a stigma that forced them to be one of the under-adopted cats, so we gave it a shot. Fats Domino and Sully appreciated it, we’re sure.

NE MPLS Wedding Venue
This was a beautiful set up for a wedding

Our Family (Passions)

The thing that drew Hannah and Davis together were there passions. Davis had been interested in movies and videos since he was in Middle school, creating some of the most horrible YouTube videos you could ever see. He took that into a Broadcast Journalism degree, because NDSU doesn’t have a film degree, and is now making movies with his friends outside of the movies he makes for our couples. Hannah’s passions started with fashion. She loved to see all the fashion photography that was coming out. She also takes bi-yearly trips to the north and wanted a way to preserve the beautiful lands that memory couldn’t do. She took up photography and the rest is history.

First Dance
No words needed for this story

Your Story

Every good story needs perspective. Hannah and Davis have lived some pretty perspective filled lives that allow them to get into anyone’s shoes and show what makes a story tick. Years of creating, reading, and enjoying stories have led us to you. We will tell your story as if you were the director. You’ll be the actor, obviously, but we’ll take care of the rest. Be prepared to cry at your own story like Davis cries at most movies.

About Our Photography

The art of capturing the still image. It is the photographer’s job to tell a story through this image with perspective, content, and emotion. That’s what Hannah does for us. The camera is a third eye for her. One that captures your story or any story, for that matter. Here is about our photography.

Who is Hannah?

Hannah hails from Detroit, MI, but has made NE Minneapolis her home. Hannah always loved fashion photography and found an interest in capturing moments from that. She later got into photography to capture the beauty of nature on her regular camping trips up north. The Tettegouche State Park area, Split Rock Lighthouse, and nature itself are what interested her. The translation from nature wedding photography was natural. Either way, a story is told and that story is necessary for the photographer.

Dip Kiss

Our Wedding Photography

There is one day that you will talk about for the rest of your life, and that is your wedding day. Hannah’s pictures will tell more than a thousand words and be the best visual assistant when explaining to everyone just how special your wedding day was. The story of our love and those around us to celebrate it. Hannah’s ability to capture these stories and moments will make your day come to life in a whole new way. You will truly be the celebrity that you deserve to be on your wedding day with her photography.

Having fun at the urban engagment session

Our Engagement Sessions

The preamble to the wedding. The roller coaster notches it way up the incline until it reaches the peak, or the wedding day. Eager couples sometimes miss engagement sessions, because it doesn’t seem as important as the wedding day. The engagement photo shoot is not only necessary for capturing your story, but helps to show your guests what makes your wedding story so special. It is the first thing that people will see when they start to think about your wedding. The pictures will be on the Save the Dates, the Invitations, and all over your social media. You want them to look as good as Hannah can make them.

Hannah Drinking a beer

Personable Attitude

Hannah is more than just a photographer, she is a person that wants to know and tell your story. She will sit down with you and discover what makes you tick. Hannah takes the time to get to know you and your story. How can a story be told without first knowing what it is? The couples we have worked with so far have loved the amount of time that Hannah has put in to get to know them and make them feel comfortable. There is nothing worse than a photographer that is going to take photos without regards to your story.

Get in Contact with Us!

Hannah cannot wait to get to know you and tell your story. If you get to us before the end of 2019, you will get our 2019 pricing, because the price is going up in the New Year. Not only will you get a photographer, but also you will get a storyteller who will tell your story. The wedding day goes by fast, so make sure you capture it as best you can, with our photography.

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Urban Engagement Session

Silhouetter urban engagement session

We had the pleasure of shooting an engagement session right in the heart of Minneapolis. The Stone Arch Bridge Area is a must-see and now we know as a must shoot for any urban engagement session that wants to feature Minneapolis. The bridge, the falls, the parks on either side and some great restaurants. Let’s talk about everything we learned on this gorgeous shoot.

Urabn engagement session on Stone Arch Bridge
Look at that dip. The first time they had done that.

The bridge area

The bridge itself is often populated with people. We were unsure how the crowds would be, but we had seen a lot of people taking pictures on the bridge before and most crowds would let people be. We were lucky enough to have a rainy day that subsided right before we started taking the pictures. The overcast skies acted like a soft box and made for some perfect lighting.

The cement and rails created some great lines that created solid horizons and visuals pointing straight to the couple. The falls allowed for variation in the background from the cement and urban environment. The walk through the bridge was nothing to sneeze at, either. We got a good workout during this session.

Mill City Museum, Guthrie, and Gold Medal Park

Silhouetter urban engagement session
Even their silhouettes showcase their love

The Mill City Museum is inside of some ruins of an old mill that burnt some time ago. The partially destroyed building creates a unique look on the Minneapolis skyline and perfect for this urban engagement session. We took some of our favorite photos outside of the building. The stone walls looked both castle-like and urban, allowing for us to create an amazing backdrop for the couple as they joked around and got more into the session.

The park beside the museum also allowed us to give some nature to this urban landscape. We took some of the artwork and made it the focal point of the pictures. The couple loved taking the photos and had some fun coming up with some new poses as we went. Backdrop of The Guthrie allowed us to take these stunning silhouette photos that are sure to set the couples pictures apart from the ones we’ve all seen on social media.

Lesson learned: Poses

Album pose urban engagement session
This couple loved to have some fun. That’s for sure.

Getting the couple to pose over and over again can sometimes feel a little repetitive and almost demanding. We had to find poses that not only showcased who they were, but showed the love they had for one another. We got this fun “album shot” that showcased their sense of humor. Not traditional, but definitely one of our favorites.

Overall: Urban Engagement Session

Having fun at the urban engagment session
This shoot was so much fun

We had a blast, learned a lot, and came up with some absolutely beautiful photos. We also were able to create a trailer for the couple. A “In a world” type trailer that will serve as an announcement of their upcoming wedding on Facebook, YouTube, and social media. Look for that in the coming weeks. Check out our options or book us.