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Adam and Arianne riding HER Honda Shadow on Seven Bridges Road in Duluth, MN
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WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT?
I am not a trendy wedding photographer, nor do I ever desire to be one. In some respects, I’m old school. 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.
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?
The short answer is Duluth, MN. 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 be closer to family 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. 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 when it comes to photography. Throw that bridal magazine in the trash and start planning YOUR wedding.
WHY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
Wedding photography is like trying to solve a moving puzzle while 40 impatient family member watch. It’s a complex challenge and an adrenalin 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.
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 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.
Jordan and Jess share a quiet moment alone on the beach after their Grand Superior Lodge Wedding in Two Harbors.
Tom and Jenny's first look at Leif Erickson Park before their Moorish Room Wedding at Greysolon Ballroom.
Kent and Sarah stroll along the sailboats at the Bayfield Marina. The two married at Apostle Highlands Golf Course.
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 15 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 (465 deadlift PR), world traveler, aspiring pilot, drone pilot, motorcycle enthusiast, crypto miner, amateur bee keeper, gardener, and a lot more.
Grandma Koop rides a motorcycle for the first time at 92 years young!
Ava’s first fish! She was more interested in feeding the fish than actually catching them.
Reading books in the hammock.
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.
We had an ugly tree in the backyard and turned it into our Christmas Tree.
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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