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The 9 Best Engagement Photographers in Minneapolis

Each of these Minneapolis engagement photographers have a unique style when it comes to capturing timeless photos. And, time after time, they’re able to truly create fine works of art. Some of these creatives are inspired by modernity, while others prefer a traditional aesthetic. Regardless, all of these thoughtful shutterbugs produce distinguished work that sets them apart from other photographers based in the Midwest. Check out their breathtaking work!

1. Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith, like all the top Minneapolis engagement photographers, really takes her time to get to know the couples she photographs. As a result, she’s able to build an enduring relationship with clients based on genuine understanding, which allows her couples to be themselves in front of the camera. Her photos are extremely natural and full of texture. We love when photographers forgo conventional tight foreground focus and deeply blurred backgrounds to let the natural beauty of their environs shine.

2. Laura Alpizar

Laura Alpizar is a Costa Rica-born wedding and engagement photographer who combines majestic locations, gorgeous natural light, true love, and artistic composition into absolutely show-stopping photos. Looking through her portfolio, we truly appreciate her subtle, masterful work. She boasts an enviably versatile and natural style — take a look at her portfolio and see for yourself.

3. Dan and Karin Berdal of DnK Photography

Dan and Karin Berdal have nearly a decade of experience as Minneapolis engagement photographers. Take a look at their portfolio and you’ll see that they take natural, stylish, well-balanced photographs that are meant to be cherished for life. We’re also believers — as are Dan and Karin — that engagement photos can add oomph to your wedding invitations. This duo does everything with your satisfaction in mind.

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4. Joanna Carina of Carina Photographics

An adventurous, kind, engaging, and magnetic creative, Joanna Carina has been recognized by The Knot, Two Bright Lights, and Gay Wedding & Marriage Magazine as one of the very best wedding and engagement photographers in the country. She has over 20 years of experience as a fine art photographer, so it’s clear she’s a master of composition and direction. Her photos are full of intriguing architectural elements, thoughtful poses, and real joy and love.

5. Jeannine Marie

Jeannine Marie is an experienced local photographer, boasting over 500 weddings under her belt, as well as numerous engagement shoots. In her 12+ years as a Minneapolis engagement photographer, she’s worked with a super-diverse clientele and has helped all of them create timeless treasures. Her style is full of vivid colors, flattering angles, and dynamic lifestyle poses, which aptly tell the stories of the couples she photographs. She’s supremely skilled at capturing the subtle signs of happiness that might evade the average photographer. Jeannine is the real deal.

6. Laura Robinson

Laura Robinson understands that you get a much better final product when you chase sincerity and authenticity rather than some artificial idea of “perfection,” and her photos absolutely shine for it. She’s always chasing that candid moment that really cuts through time and gets down to the heart of the love, kindness, and dreams that two people share. You can bet she’ll capture every spontaneous outburst of laughter and tear of joy. Look through her portfolio for gorgeous, fine art-inspired photos.

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7. Celisia Stanton

Celisia Stanton is a Minneapolis and destination photographer who takes ultra-stylish, cinematic engagement and wedding photography. She’s well-known for her kind and energetic demeanor, as well as her ability to capture real joy. If you want to work with a creative who is willing to experiment and has mastered classical styles from within the chaos of an unposed, freeform photoshoot, you could not do better than working with Celisia.

8. Lori Dozier

Lori Dozier is a skilled storytelling photographer who seeks to create photos that will really speak to people. There are some enduring photos that continue to resonate with her, even years after she first encountered them. And she’s endeavored to learn from these photos, to understand what has given them such staying power and imbue her own work with that magical element. She creates photos that you make you feel something profound — photos that only gain power with the passing of time. Take a look at her portfolio, and you’ll understand just what we mean.

9. Preston Palmer of Brovado Weddings

Preston Palmer is a destination wedding and engagement photographer located in Minnesota. He’s a tremendous technician, skilled at both photojournalism and fine art lifestyle photography. We love the way he seems to paint with light and shadow, leaning into deep darks and soft natural light far more than the average wedding photographer. And the results are frankly stunning. Preston is known as an extremely easy person to work with, willing to explain his processes, willing to walk couples through a photoshoot. His customers rave about his ability to put them at ease, and to capture real joy from even the most nervous photographic subject.

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