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French Touch Photography: Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Everybody will warn you that time flies too fast on your wedding day. That’s true; it will pass in the blink of an eye!
You are planning to get married in the Twin Cities and want to keep memories of this special event. Thus, you want to hire a professional wedding photographer in Minneapolis to capture candid moments and raw emotions.

At French-Touch-Photography, I consider weddings 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 matters to you, then there is good news: you are in the right place!

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Hi! I am Alex, your Twin Cities Wedding Photographer

Photographer / Hicker / Gardener / Father / Problems Solver

My name is Alexandre Mayeur. I created French Touch Photography in 2016 (after my wife moved from Paris to 10,000 Lakes State to work at the Mayo Clinic).

French Touch Photography is a photography services company specializing in weddings, servicing the Twin Cities and South-East Minnesota.


My promise: an Easy and Stress-free experience.

At French Touch Photography, I promise you a good and easy experience so you can remember this fantastic day forever.

So let me explain how I do that.

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Bride and groom photo session: natural or posed cliché?

Most couples’ first fear is looking awkward in front of a camera. I understand that! Indeed, most people don’t like having their picture taken, especially when creating lifetime memories!

I avoid staged pictures with fake cheesy smiles during bride-and-groom photos. Instead, I use jokes or ask you to perform some actions, adapting my request to your reaction.

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An Engagement Session to Know Each Other

As a photographer, I love such sessions and have included one in our packages. It’s simply the best way to get to know you and start a friendship.

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A Fast Delivery

  • Sneak peeks the week following the event
  • All the files are within an average of one month (max two months)
  • A one-week priority delivery option
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A Clear Contract with solid guarantees

  • Free Postponing, if needed
  • Guarantee of backup photographer in case of sickness
  • You control your budget: no hidden cost!
  • You control your privacy.
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All the files in HD, Watermarks-free with a Print Release

You have all the files retouched to the highest quality and with the highest definition for printing.

I don’t charge extra for digital. Those are yours!

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I Support You during this Journey

I will help you design your timeline (check our timeline calculator) and provide numerous guides and recommendations for your planning.

I help you pick the right location, time of day, and outfit.

On D-day, I will be on your side as a problem solver.

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I have you covered with a Free After Session in Case of Bad Weather

One thing you can’t control is the weather.
So, I will offer you a free after-day session in case of bad weather.

That’s a stress relief!

Happy Words from Happy Clients

“His quality of work is the reason you go with a professional photographer. He made my husband and I feel very comfortable with each shot, using tactics to distract us from just posing at a camara. Everyone commented on how friendly, engaging, and professional he was.”

William Reis

” Alex was very communicative and helpful for laying out our wedding day. And what really floored me was how AWESOME the photos were and how quickly there were delivered back.”

Rowan Kelly

“Alex somehow was in multiple places at once throughout the day and was right there when a special moment was happening.”

Elizabeth Bailey

“Alex knew exactly what would look good and executed it perfectly! He also took a great mix of creative and candid shots, which we really appreciated.”

Brittany Campbell

My style is a mix of Photojournalism…

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Documentary and Informal pictures

Most of the shots I take are candid, documenting the emotions of your wedding in the cities. I could steal informal portraits showing your personality and an unexpected event happening. Those are photographers’ favorite shots.

I like catching kids messing around during your ceremony, grandparents gossiping about the guests during the cocktail hour, and how your guests interact.

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Discretion during your Ceremony at Church

I work quietly, respecting your religion and church rules. I capture your portraits at church with our camera without you (or your priest) noticing.

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I work with two cameras to face unexpected situations

One of my “secrets” is to work with two cameras.
That allows us to shoot things happening in front of us and far away.

…And Creative wedding photography!

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Creative Picture

Documentary shots are splendid, but I also like taking creative pictures. It goes from simply asking you to stand before a dominant light source while your hair is done to staging a sophisticated composition with additional light or props.

It could be a creative angle, an original point of view, or playing with your reflection in a mirror. I also take “fine art photography,” a fancy word for designing photographs showcasing the author’s sensations.

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The Last Image Made Artistic.

Although most of our portraits are candid, I also like to stage highly theatrical pictures with dramatic light effects. I took my inspiration from fashion photography, movies, and painting.

After counting pleasant locations in your wedding venues, I set up flashes to create an artistic portrait for our couples. That’s usually the one you put on the lat page of your wedding album.

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Vanity Fair-style group

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 that reproduces a living painting on camera.

You will hang them on your wall and cherish those portraits for years.

Natural Retouching style

Retouch Style: Natural with Vibrant Colors

I retouch each photograph you receive, enhancing the image. I focus on natural skin tones and natural retouching.

I’m not too fond of fake plastic retouching, and I believe color effects (such as filters and Lightroom presets) will quickly become outdated. That’s why I am working on making your photographs perfect and timeless.

I am More Than a Traditional Wedding Photographer, I am a StoryTeller!

With many years of experience in Minnesota, we consider wedding photography more than just creating magnificent pictures to hang on your wall and frame on your chimney; that is only the minimum request that all professional photographers should make.

I tell a story through juxtaposing images that keep memories alive. This story is not only about two lovers’ cliché, a white dress, and a wedding ring.

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I write Your Story to be transmitted.

I deeply believe the final object is not a folder with digital files but a wedding album, which represents your family heirloom.

Thus, I offer high-quality photo albums for you and your parents that resist years.

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My secret? I offer Long Coverage from early preparation until the party

Preparations are exceptional occasions for photographers to capture candid portraits full of emotions and fun with your close friends.

The best emotional moments rarely happen during the ritual, which is often pretty formal (at least, not only), but mostly before and after.

That’s why I love to start early during your preparation and leave late in the evening.

My Values

I welcome every couple and don’t discriminate on the color of the skin, your sexual orientation, your religion, or your culture.

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Sparkler Grand exit Same Sex Wedding at Landmark Center in St Paul, MN.
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Ethiopian Wedding Minneapolis Sunset
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Chinese wedding at the Trellis outdoor Garden Stillwater, MN
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Jewish Ceremony with Chuppah
Indian wedding at the Van Dusen Mansion Minneapolis
Indian wedding at the Van Dusen Mansion Minneapolis

12 Great Reasons to Hire me: 

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Unposed Technic

I avoid fake smiles and weird poses.

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Genuine moments within DISCRETION

I’m close to you all day while capturing organic moments.

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Creativity

I create artistic portraits you’ll be proud to print large in your living room.

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Engagement photo-shoot

It’s the best way to get to know each other. If you don’t like the result, I’ll return your money.

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Clear Contract

Numerous protection clauses (sickness, rescheduling, etc.) and no hidden costs.

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Weather Warranty

You have a free after-day session if we can’t shoot your session due to bad weather.

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Photo Books

From the traditional Italian handmade leather album to the modern photo book album.

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Timeline Support

The key to a smooth event is a solid timeline.

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Fast Delivery

Sneek peaks a week after the wedding.

All your photographs within two months.

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ALL PHOTOS

All files are retouched in HD, watermark-free, and personal right release.

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Photo Booth

A Photo booth with unlimited prints is included in all our packages.

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Money Back Guarantee

If you don’t like your photos, you have your money back. (Yes).

What Products and Services Do I Offer

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Albums

I offer high-quality wedding albums for the newlywed couple and their parents (a perfect gift to thank the people you love).

Photographs are made to be printed. I also offer silver halide prints, inkjet prints, prints, frames, and canvas.

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Photo Booth (Included with all packages)


I have included a Photo booth in all our packages. It’s so fun for your guests.

It comes with unlimited prints!

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Other kind of coverage

I love to seize your personality during all kinds of portrait sessions, such as trash the dress, family photography, headshots, boudoirs, rehearsal dinners, and Bridal Showers.

The Process

1. First Meeting

We do a virtual meeting and discuss everything in detail.
You sign the contract.

2. Engagement Session

We laughed a lot, you learned what to do in front of my camera, and I gained your trust.
After that, I design your guest book album.

3. Help Planning

I will help you design your timeline, and we will schedule the last video call a few weeks before the Big Day.

4. Last Meeting

D-2 weeks.
We review all the points. I give you the last tips.

5. You Have Fun!

It’s your big day.
I document each moment and help you to face any unexpected situation.

6. Voilà!

I retouch and deliver the photographs. You share them with your friends.
I design your album.

Which Area Do I Serve in Minnesota

Based in Rochester, MN, I serve all great locations in Minnesota and adjacent states, such as Wisconsin and Iowa. I am happy to work on the best venues in Minneapolis and Saint-Paul, MN, and I don’t charge travel fees for the cities and the suburb area (Eden Prairie, Edina, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Woodbury, Maple Grove, Eagan, Lakeville, Chanhassen, Shoreview, etc.).

If you got married on the north shore in a spectacular location, I would love to drive there. For instance, I cover events in Duluth, MN, and further north in Lutsen!

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Wedding at Nicollet Island Pavilion Minneapolis
Ceremony at the American Swedish Institute Minneapolis
Ceremony at the American Swedish Institute Minneapolis
Reception at Villa Bellezza in Pepin, MN
Reception at Villa Bellezza in Pepin, MN
Fall Wedding at Van Dusen Mansion
Fall Wedding at Van Dusen Mansion
Gay Wedding at Calhoun Beach Club
Gay Wedding at Calhoun Beach Club
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Wedding ceremony at Dome Millennium Hotel Minneapolis

Here is a list of cities and event venues we serve, and we would be happy to return or discover.

Venue in Minneapolis
  • The Neuneu
  • The Nicollet Pavilion Island
  • The Loring Social
  • The Depot Minneapolis (Renaissance Hotel)
  • The Muse Event Center
  • The Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District
  • The Van Dusen Mansion
  • Windows On Minnesota
  • The Aster Café
  • The Nord Social Hall at French Meadow (who have the best meet ever)
  • The Café Lurcat
  • The Whim
  • The Urban Daisy
  • The Machine shop
  • The Lumber Exchange Event Center
  • The McNamara Alumni Center
  • The Walk Art Center
  • The MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
  • The Blaisdell
  • The Semple Mansion
  • The Gale Mansion
  • The Mansion at Uptown
Venues in the Twin Cities area

  • The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.
  • Stillwater downtown, its library, its gardens venues.
  • The Taylors Falls.
  • The Outpost Center.
  • The Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach has a stunning reception area.
  • Wayzata Country Club, the Medina Entertainment Center,
  • The Jerome Event Center and Office Suites​ (near ​Independence​, MN) in its historic brick building.​
  • The Atrium in Shorewood, with its mix of Greenhouse and industrial red brick
  • The Dellwood Country Club, the 7 Vines Vineyard, or White Bear Yacht Club.
  • The Minneapolis Event Space Pique Travel is in Excelsior with its wood design between a warehouse and a barn.
  • The Bavaria Downs in Chaska with its amazing wood roof.
  • The Hutton House in Medicine has an entirely white design, with many windows (a very bright venue), and it looks like a giant photo studio or a modern museum.
  • Cities: Hasting, Orono, Deephaven, North Oaks, Tonka Bay, Woodland, Greenwood, Victoria, Sunfish Lake

Do you need help choosing your wedding photographer?

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Couple Kissing at Basilica of Saint Mary Minneapolis

Photography is one of the most important choices you might face during your wedding planning. Your vendor would guide you all day, give you a significant experience, and seize candid shots in a timeless style and creative ones you can cherish forever.

The best three tips I could give to help a bride and groom hire a good wedding photographer in Minneapolis:

  • Check his portfolio carefully and look at the entire gallery.
  • Meet him, see if it matches your expectation,
  • Do a photoshoot and see if he makes you feel comfortable.

Contact me today, and let’s start the fun!

French Touch Photography IconFrench Touch Photography

1408 20th Avenue Northeast, Rochester

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