French Touch Photography
Wedding Photographer in Rochester MN

You’re likely reading this because you’ve recently become engaged. Congrats!  Now, you are making wedding plans and you’re in need of a good Wedding Photographer. But you have certain expectations… Well, voilà! Your search is over!

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I.
The human behind the photographs

As someone who is married, I perfectly understand all the pressures and stress that comes with a wedding.
Also, if the most important part of my job is to capture outstanding candid and artistic shots, there is a second part of this job. It’s to make you not worry about the clichés being taken on your big day! It’s to make it easy for you. I’m actually someone you can depend on, who your guests will be comfortable around, and who won’t be an annoyance.

creative portrait of bride and groom standing in front windows with red background light during night
creative portrait of bride and groom standing in front windows with red background light during night

A Great Experience

I want you to have the greatest wedding experience (prior, during, and afterward).  Indeed, I believed you should not be stressed out knowing a photographer is following you around. I want your day to be memorable, and I want the images I take to be hung on your wall or inside a wedding album, so you can relive the day for the rest of your life!

Pre-Production during your wedding planning

Smooth wedding day is usually the result of a meticulous preparation work ahead. And that applies for wedding photography too. A well design timeline will offer you enough time to face any situation. That’s why, in addition to our first in-person meeting, I will help you create the best wedding time line, entering in every detail.

Professionalism and Support on Your Wedding Day

With more than 14 years in weddings, I have seen a lot of unexpected situations, and also their solutions. Therefore, the day of your marriage, I would more than happy to help and support you as I can.There is always some tiny details that you haven’t planned. You don’t know how to pin this boutonniere? For some reason, the photo spot is not available anymore? It’s raining, or we are simply running late? We can always find a solution and make it work, check at my engagement session recommendation page).

II.
Feel at Your Ease With Your Wedding Photographer

To me, wedding photography is contingent on human relation. Indeed, you must be comfortable around your photographer!
Some people flourish when a camera is pointed at them, while others go shy as soon as they see a lens. That said, most people are worried about presenting the wrong look in a photo! Actually, that’s when fake smiles are apparent (and I hate cheesy smile).  My wedding photography approach is to make people feel at ease knowing they’re being captured. That’s why I include an engagement session in all my packages.  As a matter of fact, it’s the best way to get to know your photographer better prior to your big day.
 

III.
Check my Portfolio

Prior to anything, I strongly encourage you to go through my portfolio (Yes it could take time. But photos matter is what will last forever).
I have separated my portfolio on a pair of sections. First, one shows pictures from various weddings categorized by them (love session, bridal preparation, etc.). The second part is comprised of real featured weddings. Each gallery will give you an idea of what to expect by hiring me.

I’m fairly new to the North State (it’s my fifth year), but I come with over a dozen years of wedding photography experience. I’ll be pleased to provide a quality service for a couple who want more than a conventional photographer.
What makes my work unique from other wedding photographers? My attention to detail.

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creative picture with bride and groom kissing during wedding reception with yellow light

Creative, Artistic and Timeless

My style is a mix of different photography. While I mostly capture true timeless candid shots, I also love to stage artistic and creative images. Those are breathtaking composition that just illustrates how much you love each other.

IV.
Let’s use the beauty and charm provided by the Med city for your photos.

Rochester, MN, is full of places to shoot photos in. Also, we’ll select one that accommodates your tastes and style.

Downtown

For instance, a couple’s wedding photos can be gorgeous with the cityscape as your backdrop, or even downtown. For example, we could use the old Mayo building, and the Khaler Grand Hotel. In addition there are a lot of roof tops, streets with red bricks, that could be nice too!

Parks

If you prefer the Minnesota outside environment, I will be happy to suggest you several famous park in Rochester loved by families, for you couple’s session. First, Quarry Hill with it’s lake and beautiful rock.

Secondly, Oxbow Park with its zoo, its rivers, its grass land and pine forest.

Thirdly, Chester Woods Park with its big lake and hills all around.
This is just a small example of all gorgeous place that your wedding photographer can suggest you!

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V.
The Engagement Session is Included

So the point of the engagement session is to make you comfortable having pictures taken of you. Thus, you’ll be used to it on your wedding day, which will remove your inhibitions.In most cases,  that’s all I need from you to shoot photos with natural reactions and expressions.
While the engagement session is taking place, we will become acquainted with one another. And by the time it’s over, I will win over your trust (hopefully).

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Where, When and How to Plan Your Engagement Session

Your pre-wedding portraits can take place in Rochester, MN, (check the best photo spot also used by families for photo sessions, such as Chester Woods Park) or anywhere in Minnesota. It’s a location, you fill confident in front of the camera.

It usually takes place several months prior to the event.

Several days after the session, I will deliver the  initial pictures. Therefore you can get an idea of what to expect on your big day.
Finally, the engagement session is included, so if you’re not happy with my style, you’re under no obligation to use me as your wedding photographer.
But, if you are pleased with my work, we can proceed to your wedding day preparations!

VI.
A Photojournalist Approach

I photography not only the bride and the groom, but also the guest!

Many wedding photographers only take shots of the couple being wed. Your wedding album should be full of everyone and everything involved that special day. As such, I concentrate on taking pictures of friends, family, and everyone else present. You’ll have an abundance of photos of your bridesmaids, groomsmen, siblings, parents, and everyone else. I will take candid photos and capture the emotion felt by all your guests that day.

That’s why I also focus on relatives, friends, and all present people. Of course, you will have a lot of pictures that will show the complicity between you and your bridesmaids and best men. My images will reflect your guest’s character.
You will also have pictures of your parents and your siblings. For instance, I will capture your mother who stresses during the preparations and your father who cries when he walks along the church alley with you. I also love taking grandparents in pictures. Most of the time they are quiet people, who don’t make a lot of noise, but if you look carefully, they are very happy, funny and proud, to share your wedding.
But what I like the most, it is those unexpected pictures that make your day unique.

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Discretion

During your ceremony I remain quiet. I do not interfere and work without being noticed. My job is to catch true emotion. For that purpose, I work like a ninja.

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VII.
Rediscover Through Photography Some Unknown Moment of Your Wedding

Often, the newly married tell me that the photos revealed things they weren’t aware of while their wedding was taking place. This happens frequently. I’m in many places while I shoot. On the day of your marriage, everyone will solicit you, and you probably won’t have a moment to yourself. While this is happening, I’ll be moving around capturing genuine moments. You can trust me to take as many unanticipated photos as possible.

On a picture, your best man starts a conversation with this lady. On another one, your best friends are secretly repeating their surprise choreography. And on another one you can see the attitude in the face and in the eyes of your mother looking at your father making jokes. I mostly capture happy moments, but I also like to take unexpected moments that could be funnier.

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Read My Advice Book

I was only 20 years old when I first began taking images professionally. Over time I have acquired experience to handle just about every type of scenario. Wedding photography excites me as much now as it did when I was a youngster. I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve that can enhance your wedding experience, most of which you can read about in a downloadable eBook.
Many of my tactics involve common sense, but the small details often get overlooked while you’re planning your big day. So the book will help you be mindful of key aspects.

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VIII.
What Is Quality in (Wedding) Photography?

As a family photographer, I know that families portraits and candid shots showing the personality of your relatives it what matter.

I will be capturing all the people that mean something to you, particularly some intimate moments between you and family members, friends, and loved ones. As such, you’re sharing those moments with your vendor, which will be reciprocated in pictures. That’s why the engagement session is vital: to determine if the person shooting your big day has “chemistry” with you.
Once the wedding ends, many friends and family members tend to keep in touch with me. I often get updates when their children are about to be wed, and it’s great to see how guests at a wedding end up having their own special moments long after your big day.

Skills and Talent

  • A friendly way of working that makes you feel at ease.
  • We are open-minded and adhere to your wishes (as far as possible)
  • A (real) artistic and documentary background
  • A huge experience in wedding
  • A huge experience in fashion
  • A high quality and hand made retouch service, using a specialized and calibrated photo screen
  • Best photography equipment, with back-up
  • Ability to shoot in low light condition and Several extra-light flashes (just in case)
  • Ability to see and how to play with natural and artificial lights
  • We really care about your experience

Photo Albums to preserve what matters

  • Awesome hand made albums that will be your family heirloom
  • Albums built with the best material, and best printing quality to make your memories last forever
  • An elegant and personalized layout for your album (you choose the pictures and you have the last word)
  • A layout that tell a story and create meaningful memorable souvenirs
  • Some extra albums for your relatives (at an affordable price)
  • Some thank-you cards for all of your guests

Extra service

  • Help to determine the best Time Line for your wedding.
  • Extra hour coverage if needed
  • A Fast delivery service
  • Scouting your location
  • Unlimited number of photographs retouched and delivered
  • An online gallery where you can download all the HD pictures.
  • A back-up of your files
  • A back-up of your wedding files in live

IX.
More about your Photographer

2 Photography Degrees and a background in artistic and fashion photography

I have a background in fashion and artistic photography, as well as 2 photography degrees.
I began my career in wedding photography, not in Minnesota, but I France, while I was studying the subject in Paris. One of my degrees comes from a University, and another in a France-based art school (ENSAD). I have conducted several international photography exhibitions (maybe one soon here). I worked in the advertising and fashion industries for 7 years, as well as taught photography at a technical school in Paris.

candid shot of parents during wedding ceremony black and white image
candid shot of parent’s during wedding ceremony black and white image

More Than Just a Wedding Photographer

Taking portraits for families, lifetime events, such as husband and wife getting married is great, but is only one aspect of my work as a photographer in the Cities. Beside that I also to real estate in Rochester, headshots, packshots, products, commercial photography, and of course, artistic photography.

What does “friendly” means?

Well, friendly does not mean that we will end up as best friends the day of your wedding (even if that can happen, but it is really rare). Friendly means that I am there for you, I take care of you, that I listen to what you really want and find solutions when it’s time. Friendly means that at the end of your event, some of your family members might be surprised to finally notice me — your “friendly photographer”—.

Being a part of this day is something very special. Because it means that for 10 hours or more, I literally enter in the people’s lives, and meet all their family! I capture many intense moments! So in a way, I share those moments with you. That’s why an engagement session is so important: to see if it matches.

After the wedding I keep a friendly relationship with most of my clients. They often call me when they have kids. Sometimes, their friends contact me for their own marriage. And of course, I am always happy to see the same group of friends when another member of the “team” gets married.

Check My Reviews

Don’t trust me on my words, but go online and check what are my past verified clients saying about me and how I handle my business. It’s free, it will only take you for a few minutes and it’s a good way to reassure you in your planning process!

X.
Ask Some Extra Services for the Bride and the Groom and for their guests

I also offer some extra services for people who want more. I am serving the Med-City area with head shoots, with family photo session, with lifestyle newborns, and all kinds of media production that a professional image maker must do.

Photo Booth for Your Event

You want your guests to keep a souvenir from your wedding? I offer an elegant photo booth.

A Trash the Dress Session

For people who want to have an amazing photo session with no limit time. It’s a good opportunity to drive a couple of hours away to the north to enjoy an amazing location! Such sessions are pure pleasure and offer unforgettable images.

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A Good Reportage Tells a Beautiful Story

A traditional Wedding Photographer would come for the ceremony might take some family photographs, a short photo session with you, and he would probably leave after the cocktail opening (or at least, he would not stay until the ball opening nor the cake cutting). You would have some very conventional pictures, but you won’t have your entire wedding story told, and you won’t have authentic moments. Well, it used to be this for one century, and everyone was happy.

videography is a complementary approach to photography

But now, due to “recent” evolution of technology, a new way of taking pictures appeared in weddings. Taking candid images, all day long, that brings much more powerful pictures, full of emotions, true and authentic feeling. This truth is what allows your story resist the times. Real and authentic art, past the times with no wrinkle.

That is why I offer full-day coverage that starts your story at the beginning of your preparation. You will have pictures from your getting ready until night, when you have already danced for a while!

The Best Wedding Albums

I strive to be the best wedding photographer on the cities. That’s also means I offer to the newly husband and wife the best wedding albums to protect their memories. Indeed, the best way to present this story is through an album. Wedding books are watched as movies telling your family’s story. Build in the best material, It can last for many generations.For me a good reportage not only reports what happens during the day, but it gives the feeling to someone who was not there to live on your wedding day.

Wedding Videography

We love high-quality movies and we believe that photographers can’t do both video and photography at the same time. At least not if they want to keep a superior product.
That’s why we specialized only in still image, and we recommend professionals we love for videography.

XI.
Serving Rochester, beyond in Minnesota and closer states

Like most of the professional events photographers, we are mobile and use to travel up north to Minneapolis (and beyond) to take portraits. I am not afraid to drive hundreds of miles if it is worth it.

French Touch Photography is a  media production company based and serving the Med-City area and beyond. It covers not all the Olmsted County, including Byron, Eyota, MN, Douglas, MN, Stewartville, MN, Oronco,MN, Dover, Viola, but it also covers the other Minnesotan County! Indeed, if much of French Touch Photography’s clients are in the capital. I also work in Duluth, and other close States Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and Illinois.

Also Serving the Twin Cities without travel fees

You want us to capture the true personality of your one-lifetime event, but your ceremony takes place in Minneapolis.
So you wonder if French Touch Photography can travel on the Twin Cites: the answer is a clear YES. We do not limit our media productions! Actually, most of our clients live in St Paul!  What’s more we don’t charge travel fees for the small trip. For instance, we are used and happy to cover the best weddings in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, MN, and the metro area including Edina, Burnsville, Eagan, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Stillwater or Maple Grove.

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Other Locations in the North State

We are also thrilled to cover events in the country side like Minnetonka, Mankato, Owatonna, Lakeville, Red Wing, Winona, Shakopee and Faribault.

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French Touch Travel to Other States

As a professional image maker, I enjoy deserving towns located slightly further like in Wisconsin, La Crosse on the Mississippi, or Eau Claire and Wisconsin Dells. We would also love going to Waterloo, Iowa, or cover a wedding in Des Moines, Iowa. Whenever is your wedding, send us an email and let’s make it work!