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The 6 Best Lifestyle Photographers in Minneapolis

English fashion and portrait photographer David Bailey said, “It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.” The following Minneapolis lifestyle photographers are able to do exactly that — see the extraordinary in every aspect and moment in life. Their collective portfolios show off an abundance of talent, and we hope you enjoy looking at their work and finding the perfect photographer for you! 

1. Madeline Lizotte

Bringing her vibrant personality to her shoots, Madeline Lizotte is a great Minneapolis lifestyle photographer to work with — everyone she photographs is obviously enjoying their time with her. There is so much warmth in her photos, from her use of color tones and her interactions with her subjects. She has a knack for capturing real moments and infusing the emotion of the moment into her work. As one of the most talented Minneapolis lifestyle photographers, Madeline deftly documents authenticity in a beautiful and raw way. Absolutely gorgeous work!

2. Brooke Alexandra

If you find yourself in love with all those bright white photos in magazines, Brooke Alexandra is your dream! And speaking of dreamy, that word defines her style in so many ways. Whatever she puts in front of her camera, whether they are weddings or portraits, all subjects get the same high-key treatment — a style perfectly suited for romance. Her airy signature style is also perfect for stylish lifestyle and newborn shoots, helping capture the dainty nature of new life. If you’re a fan of glowing natural light, an eye for real moments, and a fine art touch, check out Brooke’s work and you will be oh-so-happy you did! 

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3. Michele Quattrin of mQn Photography

Michele Quattrin is a masterful Minneapolis lifestyle photographer, capturing the most beautiful moments of life on digital and film. She will work with you throughout your life journey, capturing everything from portraits, to families, to newborns, or in-home lifestyle sessions. This is the perfect photographer to grow with your family and present your life’s personal account in her style — warm and vignetted. Not to mention, even her digital shots have a film-feel. 

Her work isn’t just beautiful, it’s impactful — she works with The Tiny Footprints Project (which involves family photography for those living in NICU) creating heirlooms while making a difference in her community. Whatever your vision, whatever your style, Michele will make it a reality for you with her diverse skill set and experienced eye. 

4. Poly Mendes

Poly Mendes has a style perfectly suited for lifestyle photos — clean, bright, and classic with a modern photojournalist edge — in short, wonderful! She is an expert in using natural light and pastel tones, creating glowing heirlooms, not just photos. If you like the feeling of spring — happy blossoms everywhere, crisp light, and freshness in the air — then you will vibe with Poly’s work, as her photos are like the entire season contained in a portfolio! 

5. Kayleigh of Paisley Ann Photography

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Sometimes the heart sees whats invisible to the eyes… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our eyes typically believes in what we see but our heart believes in what something truly is. It means that deep down in our soul there’s a place where we know more than what our eyes could ever recognize. It is our innermost self who is responsible for creating who we truly are. Our innermost self is whom inspires, creates and yearns to be better. It’s not quick to judge like the naked eye. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don’t depend on your eyes to make decisions for you. Let your innermost self control who lives on the outside. Allow your whole inner being reflect who you truly are rather than what is seen at first glance through the outside. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Think with intention, love deeply, be kind, live life and look at yourself and others from within your soul. Have mercy… Our lives are all different and we will never understand what others are going through fully. Have kind eyes… Be gentle with not only yourself but those whom you are surrounded by. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . Also, I truly believe that photography is much more than meets the eye. Just like each and everyone of us are more than just another person. Moments captured within photographs resonate within us because deep down in our souls we recognize how those particular moments make or made us feel at one point in our life..⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This mama asked me to focus on tiny details during our session together and those tiny details are more than just a kiss, sweet baby toes and tiny fingers. They are moments that are unique to each of our lives that over time are etched into our memories and things we don’t ever want to part with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . So let your heart take the lead because it will show you way more than what your eyes ever could…

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Kayleigh, of Paisley Ann Photography, stands out on our list of Minneapolis lifestyle photographers for her retro-feeling and gorgeous portfolio. Combining an editorial eye with a photojournalist style allows her to create absolutely stunning works of art. Orange hues lend both a summery and retro vibe, while fun angles add movement and a sense of freedom. Plus, her use of light creates drama and adds to the feeling of her photographs. Kayleigh is the gal for you if you want to recreate your own nostalgic family snapshots in the most modern and professional way possible (and did we mention the beautiful sunset light). 

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6. Abigail Niemann

If you want a documentary-style photographer to capture the real moments in your life, Abigail Niemann is for you! She aims to document daily routines in her in-home sessions, creating a personal peek into your days that you will treasure for years to come. Her style leans classic in editing, perfect for a sense of timelessness, but she is thoroughly modern in her unstyled and genuine portraits. Few things are more precious than being able to look back and remember the feeling of bygone days, and Abigail gives you that precious gift. 

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