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French Touch Photography: Wedding Photography in Minnesota

French Touch Photography: Wedding Photographer in Minnesota

Your partner has finally made his proposal. You are getting married in the Twin Cities or beyond in Minnesota, and you are looking for a professional photographer to cover your special day.

Through his camera, he will capture not only your best moments but also all the little moments, the anecdotes that make your event unique. What’s more, you hate posing, and you are looking for someone to put you at your ease, directing you when it’s needed. You want all that to stay simple, natural, and fun.
Finally, you have a high exigence and expectation. You don’t want photos that are “almost focused,” approximately framed, or surprisingly exposed.
In other words, you want great pictures of your big day!

Then welcome! Let me introduce you to my way of working and my product.

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Simplicity, Natural, and Fun

When it’s about photo sessions, we know that you are not a professional model and having your portrait taken by a stranger is not something you are used to. As a result, we make it fun, avoiding any weird and unnatural pose. For that, we use jokes and games to create interaction. Being photographed remains a pleasure and a great experience.

candid shot of a bride crying of joy discovering her mother

Photojournalistic approach

We believe that the photographic medium has one intrinsic quality: its capacity to faithfully testifying of facts.
Thus, we trust the photograph’s veracity, and like a photojournalist, we remain discreet and unnoticed while we capture our pictures. This is true, especially during the preparation, the ceremony, and the cocktail hour. It’s during this time that we capture authentic images of your families.
We witness to what we see. Our goal is to highlight not only your personality but also the bonds connecting you and your families.

creative pictures of bride and groom trough flames

Creative Pictures

Photography creates images, and images have another inherent power used since the creation of art: the power of transcendence. Transcendence, sublimation, and fetishization are what about all the classical history of art (from antiquity statues to Leonardo DeVinci paintings).

Applied to wedding photography, that means creating dynamic, refined images that will showcase your love in a symbolic and beautiful picture. In other words, a print that you would be proud to hang in your living room and that would impress your guests.

artistic composition of the bride and groom on the stairs

Natural Retouches

One part of a wedding photographer’s job that is poorly recognized but which plays a huge role is to retouch images. That part of the job could be compared to a sound engineer modulating a track to get the perfect sounds. Good retouching is the one you cannot notice. There are a lot of parameters to take on considerations (more than just contrast, saturation, exposure), and a variety of technic that can be used. The job could be made automatically but poorly, or, as we chose to do it, manually. Of course, that takes a lot of time!
We usually past five days to retouch a wedding, while most photographers past 1 or 2 days.

Also, we have decided to go with a neutral and timeless style. We don’t apply filters to our client’s pictures. We want the photos of their events to last forever without being outdated.

All these little details result in an enhanced image and, thus, better quality.
We will be happy to discuss this with you in detail if you want to learn more.

bride and groom on an airplane, with natural color and no retouch

Our Experience and Philosophy

I started wedding photography in 2004 (so almost two decades). During this time I worked for a small company and opened my own wedding photography business in 2011, after I graduated for three years at university, and four years in Art School.
Alongside wedding photography, I have developed a personal artistic production.

huge bridal party group staged with flashes

Background in advertising and commercial photography

Before I moved to Minnesota (in Rochester, MN), I worked in advertising photography for 7 years in Paris (aside shooting engagement session and weddings for couples).
That experience taught me what a lot of my colleagues,

  • how to direct couples to have natural pictures
    It’s a mix of games, jokes, and tricks.
  • How to see and play with the light.
    It might sound easy (and it can be in some situations), but the art is properly crafting the light in a low-light environment.
  • how to create an impacting image using only the local resources (or how to transform an ugly place into something nice)
groom and groomsmen mimicking the beatles cover crossing the line

Open to the world’s cultures and religions.

Like many photographers, taking portraits is a pretext to discover a variety of cultures. I have captured Indian weddings that are rich in colors. In addition, I have also immortalized Chinese weddings (I lived in Beijing for one year to study fine arts). Generally, I had fun with African weddings (France, due to its colonial past, has a broad connection with lots of African countries). And do not forget that I took pictures of Christian Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist weddings. They are all different, they are all fascinating and capturing!
Covering such different cultures is a way to travel while staying at home close to my family.

lesbian couple having fun during engagement photos

LGBTQIA+ friendly

As a photographer, I offer wedding day coverage for LGBT couples in the Twin Cities, immortalizing your unique day’s best moments through my camera. I grew up in a tolerant environment where respecting people’s personal choices is the base of my social life. I deeply believe that every single individual should be allowed to love whoever he wants, whatever his color, his religion, or his sexual orientation.

bride and groom facing a lake at sunset

Serving the 10,000 Lake States and Beyond

I have captured engagement sessions in Minnesota and memories of the couple’s wedding day in Albert Lea, Minneapolis, St.Paul, MN, and Mankato. Based in Rochester, MN, all our packages include 90-mile travel fees around Rochester and the TwinCities.
That allowed us to discover the Midwest and city such, Owantona, Faribault, Roseville, Bloomington, Plymouth, White Bear Lake, Winona, Saint-Cloud, MN, or Duluth just to name a few.

We also serve Wisconsin, covering weddings at the Villa Bellezza (Pepin), Eau Claire, Wisconsin Dells, and proposals at the St Croix Falls.
If you get married in an adjacent state, we would happily drive to Iowa, Chicago, Illinois, or Colorado if you have a venue with an amazing view.
If your wedding takes place more than 200 miles away (California, Florida), we could consider airplane transportation.

Some Wedding Venues we like.

Some of the best venues that we enjoyed the Van Dusen Mansion, The Mayowood Stone Barn, the Swedish Institute (Minneapolis), The University Club of St Paul, The Saint Paul Athletic Club, the Millennium Hotel, The Historic Concord Hotel, the Aster Cafe, the Marjorie McNelly Conservatory, the loft at Studio J in Stillwater, MN, the Landmark Center, the Semple Mansion, The Summit Manor, The Blaisdell or the St. James Hotel (Red Wing, MN).

Our services

10h packages

We are storytellers. Indeed, we believe that wedding photography is a luxurious service that tells the story of the bride and the groom the entire day, starting early in the morning and late in the evening.

What’s more, we consider that being rushed is not in the best condition to capture pictures. That’s why we offer some package with a minimum of 10h, which allow us to cover the bride and the groom entire day and not only the ceremony.

What’s more, we believe that an affordable wedding photographers should not be a synonym of short reportage, so we offer a lot of hours for a competitive price.

wedding photo albums

Wedding Albums

All that luxurious service is about memories. The real goal of wedding photography is to capture portraits reflecting your personalities to create a wedding album. Indeed, it’s the album that tells and protects your family story. It’s a family heirloom that you will give in legacies to your grandchildren.

That’s why we offer only high-quality albums, builds with the best quality (and not the cheapest one). They are made to manipulate and to survive the years without losing their color and without having their page fallowing apart!

bride and groom on rooftop with view on minneapolis

Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot to be at your ease in front of the camera

Engagement sessions are more than having simple portraits taken. It’s the best way to confirm that your photographer personality and your match are together! Indeed, he will follow you for 10 hours minimum, so you want to make sure you make the right choice.
What’s more, it is also a first experience where you learn what to do and what to avoid. The impact on the final result is valuable. On your big day, you don’t lose time, you feel confident faster, and thus, you have better pictures where you look natural.
For your professional vendor, it’s also a way to discover you, and learn what works (or not) with you.

surprise proposal

Surprise proposal

Contrary to photo sessions where photographers have to trick couples into capturing their true personalities, a surprise proposal is an ideal situation where they just need to press the shutter.
Such a moment is a one-lifetime event that cannot be reproduced. Thus, we want to ensure you will keep stunning photographs of it.
That’s why we intensively work with the fiancé, before his proposal, on the location, to anticipate any situation and be prepared to capture the right moment. For that we work not only on the way and the moment of asking, but we will also consider location choice, the lighting, and the outfits.

A variety of silly faces guarantee


When I was working in Europe, I hated photobooth. I was probably a snob.
Then, one day I have been invited to my best friend’s wedding, and I had so much fun with it. That made me change my mind.
It’s a very ludic and entertaining machine to play with, and give your guests a personalized keepsake. That’s why we are now offering photobooth rentals.

second shooter

Second Shooter

We make the difference between an assistant and an established photographer. Ninety-nine percent o the time, none of them are indispensable, but they are both used as a marketing strategy by photography business. The common misconception is to make you believe that having 2 photographers would give you twice more files at the end. This is not true because most of the shots are similar.

  • An assistant is a young photographer who is learning photography and handling weddings. He sometimes helps the lead photographer with lighting or divers things.
  • The second shooter is a good, established, and experienced photographer offering the same level of photography as the lead photographer. Are services being requirements?

Most of photography studios don’t make the difference (on purpose), and would sell you a second photographer, while it’s actually just a beginner photographer at the beast, or they spouse. We are not a husband and wife team.
We interview and test all the photographers with whom we work with.

photo & video
photo and videography are two complementary approches

Photography and Videography Packages

If photos preserve memories, capture special moments, tell stories, so do videography, but in another dimension. Videography gives the viewer an experience of the time and the sound.
We believe that photo and video are too complimentary medium. Even if they are closed, they required specific equipment, and different ways of working.

The photographer and the videographer should work together, as a synchronized team, to records all the emotions of the day where you become husband and wife.
That’s why we are happy to offer some photography and videography packages with partner vendors.


  • Do we have all pictures, in HD, retouched, watermark free and print release?
  • Are you a studio with associated photographers who would cover our wedding?
    No, I am an independent. If you hire me, it would be me taking your portrait.
  • What happens if you are sick on our big day?
    I have developed a professional network with other professional colleagues to face such unexpected situations.
  • Can we modulate packages?
    Yes, my goal is to offer you a package that fit your need, not the biggest package ever.
  • How would you define your photography style?
    Candid moments, artistic, natural high quality images and natural color.
  • Starting from how many people do you recommend a second shooter
    If you have more than 300 people at your wedding and want to make sure you have a portrait of each of your guests, we would recommend a second shooter.
  • How many pictures do you deliver?
    Depending on the number of your guests and your events, between 800 and 1400.
  • How long before we can have the files?
    Usually around 1 month, and a maximum of 2 months.
  • Are you insured?
    Of course
  • Where can we read reviews?
    You can read clients review on-line, on Google, and on the serval website (wedding wire, the knot).
  • Do you work with good quality equipment?
    Of course, we work with the best professional gear. Check the Canon1Dx if you are curious.
bride and groom at the icecastle

How to Hire Your Wedding Photographer

Now that you find us, the next step would be to schedule a first meeting. Go to the contact page of our website and send us an email, or call us.
The first meeting takes place in a coffee shop in Minneapolis or St.Paul and lasts 1 hour to 2 hours. During this time, we show our clients pictures and albums and explain everything in detail (album, price, contact, etc.). You share your vision and your expectations.
If you are planning a destination wedding, or if it’s more convenient, this first meeting can be done with a video session (Skype, Hangout, Facetime, etc.).

Then if you decide to work with us, you must sign a contract and give us a deposit to secure your date. At this point to officially become one of our clients!

Then, several months before your event, you pick a nice location in Minnesota (somewhere with a nice point of view on the city, or in a natural park). You have your portrait taken!

Finally, you have your big day. Just relax and have fun.

Black and White Portrait of Alexandre Mayeur, photographer at French-Touch-Photography

Born and raised in Paris, I am now a proud Wedding Photographer in Rochester, MN, serving MPLS.

I don’t only capture emotions in candid pictures, I also create timeless images and artful photographs.
Recognized as one of the best photographers in the Twin Cities.

I serve Duluth and also far beyond the 10,000 Lakes State (Wisconsin, Iowa, and destination). I am more than happy to discover beautiful landscapes and new horizons.

Have a look at my previous publications to learn more. As an experienced professional photographer, I don’t limit my field to lifestyle, family, or event photography! I invite you to visit my portfolio and discover my photography and work out of the studio.