Everybody will warn you, on your wedding day time flies too fast. That’s true, it will pass in a blink of an eye!
You are planning to get married in Minnesota, and you want to keep memories of this special event. Thus you are looking to hire a wedding photographer to catch candid instants and raw emotions.
At French-Touch-Photography, we consider weddings are more than just you getting married and turning husband and wife. It’s about family bonds, friends, interaction and, of course, having fun.
If that matter for you, then, good news, you are in the right place!
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At French Touch Photography, we promised you a good and easy experience, some pictures you will be proud to share with your family, and that helps you remember this amazing day forever.
So let’s me explain who we are, what we offer and how we do that.
The first fear the majority of couples have is to look awkward in front of a camera. We totally understand that! Indeed, most people don’t like having their picture taken, especially when it’s about creating lifetime memories!
So, you don’t want to pose but you want it to be easy, and most of all, you want sure to have a good result.
First, you should know that during the wedding day, the majority of the picture we capture are stolen moments. Posing, only came during the bride and groom photo session.
Thus, at French Touch Photography we consider each couple as different and we compose with individuality. The first thing we do as soon as we met, is learning who you are. Some people have very shy nature and nothing we could do would change that. So our job would be to create a friendly environment where people can enjoy the moment, and then it’s our job to capture every single furtive smile. On the other hand, some people need to be reassured and as soon they fill confident and well coached, they start taking pleasure being photographed, and start acting like models.
In every scenario, we avoid staged pictures with fake cheesy smile during bride and groom photos. We used jokes, asking you to perform some action, and we are adapting our request to the way you react.
As photographers, we love such sessions and have decided to always include one our packages. It’s simply the best way to know you and start a friendship relation before your ceremony.
Indeed, we consider clients as individuality and we work only with people we have a connection with. It’s not rare that we keep in touch even after your wedding. Today, I still have news of the couple and their children whom I took pictures 15 years ago!
That means we appreciate you, and we treat you as friends. That’s the point that makes wedding photography particularly gratifying for photographers, because we are actually taking pictures of people we like, and creating memories they cherish all their life.
We Took All the Time That Is Needed
When we shoot engagement photos engagement session, who took the time required for you to be comfortable front camera. Also it usually last one to two hours but sometimes much more. During this day we discover who you are, and you discover who we are.
The goal of this pre-wedding photos is that at the end of this time, you feel at ease posing. Knowing what to expect for your big day, you should feel much prepared and thus secured. In consequence you should be more likely to really enjoy the moments and have a lot fun.
The majority of pictures we are taking are candid shot documenting the emotions of your wedding in the Cities. Informal photography could be stolen portraits showing your personality, but also an unexpected event happening. Those are photographers’ favorite shots. We like catching kids messing around during your ceremony, grandparents gossiping on the guests during the cocktail hour, and the way your guests interact each other.
Be careful, documentary picture testifies of what happens. So it doesn’t mean that you would actually love all the images. Indeed, you would much likely prefer images showing you to your advantage. That’s what we are working on.
Documentary pictures are great, and in addition we also like doing creative pictures. A creative picture goes from simply asking you to stand in front of a great light source while you have your hair done, to stage images with an additional source of light or props. It could be a creative angle, an original point of view or playing with your reflection in a mirror. We also take “fine art photography,” which is a fancy word to design photographs showcasing photographer sensations. In other words, it could be details, or landscape pictures, that testify of the atmosphere, and the mood of the day.
We love doing unique creative pictures that you would be proud of, and you would hang on your wall.
If most of our images are candid shots, we also like to stage highly theatrical pictures, with dramatic light effects. We took our inspiration from fashion photography, movies and painting. We are creating a ritual to take such a picture, especially during the wedding party. After counting nice location in your wedding venues, we set up flashes to a create an artistic image for our bride and groom. That’s usually the last image you put on your wedding album.
Portraits of families could be made very quickly for people who don’t pay importance and don’t cherish memories. Or, it could be finely staged, using furniture, lightened in a way it reproduces a living painting on camera. Group pictures require time with your close family’s members and the bridal party. Hung on your wall you will cherish those images for years.
Fine art photography are pictures that reflect the feelings and the sensation of your event. It could guest reaction, be details of the sky, detail of your decoration.
Each photograph you receive has been retouched, to enhance the image. We are focusing on natural skin tones, and natural retouch. We don’t like fake plastic retouch, and we believe color effect (such as filters and lightroom preset) would be quickly out of date. That’s why we are working on making your photographs perfect and timeless.
Ceremony and Church
We work quietly, respecting your religion and your rules. We capture your portraits at church with our camera without you (or your priest) noticing it.
With many years of experience, we consider that wedding photography is not just only about creating great pictures to hang on your wall and frame on your chimney; that is only the minimum request that all professional photographers should do. Being a talented professional wedding photographer is being able to tell a story, through images juxtaposition, that keeps memories alive. This story is not only two lovers’ cliché, a white dress and a wedding ring.
What really matters is your family bonds and friends. Also, the day of your marriage, we will capture the relation of a son and his parents, and the interaction of a daughter with her family.
In consequence, when composing your wedding book, we are telling not only your wedding day’s story in every single detail, but must have all, we narrate your family’s story!
We deeply believe the final object is not a folder with digital files, but a wedding album, which represents your family heirloom. Thus we offer packages including high-quality photo albums for you and your parents.
We start early during the preparation
Those are great occasions for photographers to capture candid portraits full of emotions and fun with your close friends.
Until the party
Party is also important, and we usually take unexpected pictures until the middle of the night.
We have included in all our photography’s packages many hours for a full-day reportage. Indeed, best emotional moments usually don’t happen during the ritual which is often pretty formal (at least, not only), but mostly before and after. That’s why your professional wedding photographer twin cities love to start early during your preparation, and left only late in the evening.
It’s a photography services company, specialized in weddings and created by Alexandre, in 2016 (after his wife moved to Minnesota). Alexandre grew up in Paris, France, and is graduated in photography from university and art school. He has an artistic background (several exhibitions in Europe, check the About page), has worked as a Photography Teacher in a private photography school, and worked for seven years as an assistant in the fashion and commercial photography studio. Alexandre started in the wedding photography business in 2004 stop counting the number of weddings covered years ago. He is an award-winning wedding photographer in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and beyond the Twin-Cities area.
Alexandre proudly strives to be among the best wedding photographers in Minnesota. His work is highly recommended by people having high expectations.
If you are some good people, Alexandre would be happy to put all his expertise, experience and enthusiasm at your service.
A couple of weeks after your event, you will receive all your digital image, in high definition and studio name free. Images are shared with a nice web gallery, easily accessible to all your family members.
We also offer high quality wedding albums for the bride and groom, and parents (which is a perfect gift to thank people you love).
Of course, we offer Photo-booth or post-wedding session, prints, poster printing. We also offer additional photography services such as family photography, headshots, boudoir, commercial photography.
If you are interested in videography, we work closely with great video company in MN that we trust and which always work received compliments.
After your wedding, we offer something similar to engagement sessions: the post-wedding session for additional portraits. Choose a place that reflects your personality and photographers will capture it through the camera.
Based in Rochester, MN, we deserved all great location in Minnesota, and some time in adjacent state, such as Wisconsin. We are proud to be part of the best wedding photographers in Minneapolis and St-Paul, MN and we don’t charge travel fees for the cities and the suburb’s area (Eden Prairie, Edina, Bloomington, Stillwater, etc.). If you got married in the north in a spectacular location, we would love to drive there. For instance, covered events in Duluth, MN.
Photography is one of the most important choices you might face during your wedding planning. A good wedding photographer would guide you all day long, give you a great experience, capturing, real candid images, in a timeless style and create amazing pictures that you can cherish forever.
The best tips I could give to help a bride and groom to choosing a wedding photographer on the Twin Cities:
- check at his portfolio carefully
- Check at real and entire wedding gallery (and not only featured images), so you can see what you can really expect: the best and the worst!
- make sure he/she is still available to
- meet him, see if it matches your expectation, do
- an engagement session and see if he makes you feel comfortable
- How to book your talented professional wedding photographer twin cities
First, let’s send us an email with your wedding day details, who you are and what you expect. Then, if our wedding photography package doesn’t fit your need, you we will be happy to give you an à la carte estimation. After that, we will meet in the Cities and discuss all your details. That is the opportunity to see if we are good match. You will then be invited to sign a contract with a deposit that secures your wedding date! Hurray!
A couple of months later we cover your engagement session and finally we document your big day!