Choosing your wedding photographer should be easy.
If you want epic photos and a great experience without all the BS traditionally associated with the industry, then you've come to the right wedding photographer.
Wedding Photography Gallery
STEP BY STEP BOOKING GUIDE
Step 1 SAY HELLO (Swipe Right)
Step 2 CHECK PRICING
The form below is going to lead to a top-secret pricing page, it’s all laid out. There is no guesswork or consults required to get the basics. Your time is too valuable to waste. If the date is available and if the pricing matches your expectations, then we move to Step 3.
Step 3 SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
You're probably going to be spending more time with me on your wedding day than your fiancé (crazy I know), so it's imperative we are a good fit. Let’s get together for coffee, beer, cheesecake, whatever- think of it as a first date. If you are not in Duluth, we can always Facetime or Skype.
Step 4 BOOK YOUR WEDDING
Alright, we’ve had our first date, and we’re both thinking this might go somewhere. Now it’s time to secure your date. The only way to secure your wedding day is with a $1000 retainer and a signed contract. The retainer can be paid with cash, check, card, cryptocurrency or beaver pelts.
Step 5 EMAILS AND PLANNING
I’m going to send you more information, and a questionnaire to get to know you even better. This information helps me deliver an excellent experience. If your collection includes engagement photos, we’ll set that up too and create a timeline as the wedding day approaches.
Step 6 WEDDING DAY
Congratulations, all the hard work is done! Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy your day.
Step 7 IMAGE DELIVERY
Images are delivered six to eight weeks after the wedding, and I always try to get them to you sooner. If you need a photo for a Thank You Card before that just shoot me an email. Images are delivered in an online gallery with digital download and print release.
Step 8 HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Love your wedding photos!
Instant Wedding Photography Pricing Information
Adam and Arianne riding HER Honda Shadow on Seven Bridges Road in Duluth, MN
Duluth, Minneapolis/St.Paul and North Shore wedding photography collections start at 4000. Destination weddings are also available.
Ask about our small wedding (under 25 people) and elopement à la carte options! *May not be available on weekends or during the prime summer/fall wedding season.
Duluth Wedding Photography Answers
WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT?
I am not a trendy wedding photographer, nor do I ever desire to be one. I was mixing darkroom chemicals in my parent's basement before some of my couples were born- this is not my first rodeo (wow, now I feel old). I spend the time getting your photos right the first time, because no amount of Photoshop or filters can salvage bad wedding pictures. Photoshop should be a tool and not a crutch, and I’ve been around long enough to know the difference. Photography is not my "passion" or any other silly adjective, it's my full-time, long-term career.
WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?
If your wedding photos are not good enough to hang on my wall then they’re not good enough to hang on your wall. I obsess over every detail. Perfection is what keeps me up at night and what gets me out of bed in the morning. Shooting weddings is my full-time job— it’s all that I do and I do it well.
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?
You will find wedding pics in my portfolio that are from the very first wedding I shot over a decade ago. I’ll bet you a canvas wrap that you can’t guess which one it is. When I photograph your wedding, the pictures will look fantastic today, tomorrow, and 100 years from now. My images are bright, colorful, classy, and modern, but never trendy or “Instagrammed.” My style is authentic and the artwork is a direct reflection of my clients. Take a look at my portfolio and see if you can see yourself in those images.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
218 born and raised. I’m a Duluth East graduate and earned my BFA in Design and Photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Shortly after Sara and I got married we moved to the Twin Cities. We lived in the Metro for nine years and then returned to the Northland to raise our girls and and run my Duluth photography business. Minneapolis/St.Paul was perfect for twenty-something working professionals but it was never “home.” While my work is primarily focused on the Twin Ports, I always enjoy shooting weddings in the Cities.
ARE THESE PHOTOS OF "REAL" COUPLES?
Yes, Absolutely. There are no models or “styled shoots” in my portfolio, every single image is from a real couple at a real wedding. These couples laugh together, cry together, fight together and love together. Each couple has their own insecurities and perfect flaws. Any model can look fabulous in front of a camera, but they can't fake genuine emotions. Styled shoot and magazine spreads create unrealistic expectations because the photographer has unlimited time to fake each "moment" and if it doesn't work out they simply schedule another shoot. Throw that bridal magazine in the trash, get off Pinterest and Instagram and start planning YOUR wedding.
WHY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
Wedding photography is like trying to solve a moving puzzle while 40 impatient family member watch and share unsolicted advice. It’s a complex challenge and an adrenaline rush to catch that moment while the clock is ticking. Also, I’m good at it. I’m not musical, particularly athletic, or have any number of other talents but I can make people feel comfortable in front of a camera, and I can visualize the steps required to craft stunning imagery. Wedding photography is a bit like working out, in the moment it's brutal, but when you look back at what you've accomplished it makes it all worth it.
HOW MANY WEDDINGS HAVE YOU SHOT?
A few hundred. I often tell bridal parties that it’s my first wedding, so they have to be nice, and that usually buy a bit of sober goodwill for at least half an hour until they figure it out. The look on their face is priceless empathy.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT YOUR JOB
There are no second chances, so you have it nail it the first time every time, and it’s mentally/physically exhausting to be 100% together and focused for 8-14 hours at a time.
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONALITY?
My humor is a bit dry and sarcastic. I'm a hardcore introvert, and my first purchase after winning the lotto will be 10,000 acres of wilderness in the middle of nowhere. You're welcome to visit, but you'll be Netflix and Chilling in the guest cabin down the road.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
Ridiculously sharp kitchen knives, motorcycles, perfect avocados, houseplants, gardening, aquariums, sourdough bread, Neapolitan pizza, cold press coffee, red wine, .22lr, going to bed early, unicorns, and rainbows.
Daniel and Grace, in her traditional Indian wedding dress, stroll past the Aerial Lift Bridge in Canal Park.
Andrew and Joanna serve their elders in a customary Chinese Tea Ceremony.
If you want a sunrise wedding in a pink tutu, then so be it! That's what Anton and Megan did!
Wedding Photography Testimonials
"We don’t even know where to begin, because you’ve been so helpful during this crazy ride! From taking our “gloomy day” engagement pictures and making them look amazing to capturing our wedding day in 80 degree weather, you really impressed us! We are so thankful to have had you as our photographer! You are so talented, professional & fun, you made our day absolutely perfect, and the pictures turned out amazing! We have received so many compliments and love the way they turned out! Let’s please keep in touch! We can’t wait to continue to follow your work!"
— Adam & Rachel
"Michael and I wanted to say thank you for taking such beautiful pictures on our Wedding day. We were so amazed by your skills. You have such an amazing talent and we are so grateful for you and all the blood sweat and tears. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer!"
— Mariah & Michael
"We feel so lucky that we found you. We both knew we had found someone special when we saw your pictures and we thought you were ok when we met you too : ) ! Thank you for giving us one of the best gifts we could ever ask for, we will cherish our pictures forever!"
— Jenn & Eric
HI, I'M BRYAN! I'D LOVE TO BE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER 😉
As a photographer I see and experience life a bit differently than most people. It’s both a blessing and a curse to always need a camera to fully experience the world. Photography has helped me circumnavigate the globe twice and shoot in more than 45 countries on six continents. Since graduating high school I’ve only worked in the fields of photography or videography. I’ve been employed by many prestigious organizations, including ABC, Thomson Reuters, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Semester at Sea. I’ve dabbled in just about every genre of photography, from commercial to travel, but I’ve always come back to weddings. While those jobs paid the bills, they never fulfilled my desire to make meaningful art. As a wedding photographer, my job is about making a personal connection. Sharing in your love story is what makes my job special. I love photographing people in love.
In the past 20+ years I’ve worn out, lost, and destroyed many cameras, chased down thieves, cried, won some awards, and bled for my art. In the end, it’s the couples I meet and the stories they share that keep me coming back. After countless cameras and millions of clicks, I’m proud to have shot some truly great imagery.
Photography is what I do and how I see the world, but you’ll be getting more than just a photographer. I’m a husband and dad to two girls, white water kayaker, mountain biker, uncoordinated Crossfit athlete, world traveler, drone pilot, motorcycle enthusiast, amateur bee keeper, gardener, 3D-printer, battle bot builder, and a lot more.
Cue the Lion King music!
My monsters disguised as adorable girls.
Do you want to build a snowman?
We hatched baby Dinosaurs, because what else are you going to do during lockdown.
Ava (5) narrates the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. Every year we collect eggs and hatch them with the girls.
Sara and I have traded in the whitewater kayaks for a more family-friendly canoe. This video is a summer afternoon on the Brule in Nothern Wisconsin. We dumped the boat and lost a paddle.
Making smores on our wooded lot in Lakewood Township. One day we will build our dream house just outside the city and live the country life.
Throwing rocks at sunset on Lake Superior.
Join the Family
It’s important that I get to know my couples, their likes and dislikes, so that together we can create a fantastic wedding day experience. The first step is to get in touch with this contact form and we’ll go from there. After exchanging a few emails we’ll get together for happy hour or a coffee and see if we are a good fit for each other.
“Your photos make me tear up! They are amazing and show everything that was so wonderful about that weekend. Before I climbed up the hill for the ceremony, I started crying on my dad’s shoulder because everything was so perfect— better than I ever dreamed, having you there included.”
- David & Devon