Best Wedding Photographers in Minnesota
Here are many of the hundreds of actual client letters and reviews placed on Google, The Knot, WeddingWire & more!
You can easily see why Michael & Joannie have been called “Best Wedding Photographers” in both Minneapolis and in Minnesota.
Amanda & Eric – Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club Wedding in Prior Lake, MN -posted on The Knot
“Michael and Joannie were amazing from start to finish! They went above and beyond to ensure that we were happy and to get the shots we wanted. Photos of our day were on the top of my importance list, Michael and Joannie did my girlfriend’s wedding that I was a Personal Attendant for and I knew then that I had to have them for my wedding!!!
Michael really helped me feel good about the whole day, he let me know when they were on the way, he helped with a timeline that worked great for everyone. They worked so well with all of our wedding party (kids, family, and silly shenanigans). The photos are above and beyond what I could have ever expected and they are so BEAUTIFUL! I can’t even tell you in words the beauty of the pictures.
Not to mention, the one of a kind light painting that they do! I would recommend Michael Anderson every single day, every single time! We couldn’t be happier! I will be a customer for life!
On a side note, we had even set up a time to go and get pictures with Santa, which I totally spaced a sporting conflict with my son, Michael messaged me and tried to get me in at a different time. They really go above and beyond to ensure happiness and I can’t even put into words how much that means to me!
THANK YOU, MICHAEL ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY!!! We will be seeing you soon (without my screw-up next time!) Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
Amanda & Eric – Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club Wedding in Prior Lake, MN – posted on The Knot
“Mike and Joannie were fun, flexible and professional. They can handle rain, sun and snow as my photos can attest and my nieces and family loved them too as they have a great vibe.
I’d recommend them to anyone, especially those who don’t want to have anything to worry about.
Sarah & Steve – Minnesota Zoo Wedding in Apple Valley, MN – posted on Google
“We loved working with Michael and Joannie for our wedding! We had an incredibly rainy day, so all of our outdoor picture and ceremony plans were changed last minute. Michael and Joannie were fantastic and made our alternative backgrounds look amazing, and they were so much fun during the crazy day!
They don’t just bring a camera, they bring a lot of lighting power, which was awesome as we were able to make our indoor pictures look perfect, and then when it finally stopped raining after the ceremony we were able to sneak a few outdoor pictures! We were able to be part of a ‘light painting’, where using his lights to capture exactly the background he wants to focus on, Michael puts together a beautiful night picture. The outcome is completely beautiful and unique!
Also, we had a fall wedding which is a super busy time for photographers, and he was still able to get all of our pictures back to us within a week! I couldn’t believe it. They looked outstanding and they were available so quickly! We loved Michael and Joannie and would recommend them to everyone looking for great photographers!
Gretchen & Clint – Saint Paul College Club Wedding in St. Paul, MN – posted on Google
“If you are looking for wedding photographers, look no further. Michael and Joannie Anderson are everything we could have asked for and more. They photographed our wedding on 7/8/17. Working with them was a breeze. They are very organized, thorough, and on top of everything. We received our completed wedding photos within a week, and they look fantastic. They were fun to work with too and fit in seamlessly with our family & wedding guests.
The quality of their work is immediately evident – when showing a coworker the photos of my wedding, the first thing she said as I opened the album online was “Wow, they are really good.” Brides – look no further. They are worth every penny. They will make your wedding planning much easier, and help you treasure the precious moments of your wedding day with their beautiful, high-quality photographs.”
Gretchen & Clint – Saint Paul College Club Wedding in St. Paul, MN – posted on Google
“My wife and I did a thorough job researching photographers online for our wedding before deciding on Michael Anderson Photography. I would say it was the best decision we made for our wedding.
Michael took so much time getting to know us first before he even began taking pictures for us. Michael laid out exactly what he and Joannie would be doing on the wedding day. He offered suggestions and ideas but took a back seat if we had a different idea that we wanted to capture.
Michael definitely has a real passion for photography and it clearly shows in his work. He is a consummate professional and an absolute blast to work with. He went above and beyond for our engagement pictures, capturing moments that he literally thought of on the spot.
His head is always spinning with ideas and thoughts of how he wants to capture a moment. On the wedding day, Michael and Joannie did such an amazing job capturing these little moments that you don’t even have time to admire, that we now have forever. I can definitely see why Michael Anderson Photography has won so many awards and I can honestly say, you will not be disappointed in your choice of photographer.”
Gretchen & Clint – Saint Paul College Club Wedding in St. Paul, MN – posted on Google
“Michael and Joannie made our wedding at Orchestra Hall such a special day! We are thrilled with how the pictures turned out and will enjoy them for years to come.
We absolutely plan to use Michael and Joannie for professional pictures in the future and cannot recommend them enough. Thank you both for everything!”
Andrew & Kate – Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Wedding & Profile Event Center Wedding Reception in Minneapolis, MN – review on The Knot
“My wife Kate and I actually found Michael Anderson Photography using The Knot website and thank God every day we did!
After meeting with Michael for the first time we were confident we had found a friendly, talented and experienced professional who would provide us with great pictures of our special day…
HOWEVER…Like many of you who have had the wonderful privilege of working with Michael and Joannie already know, our wildest expectations were exceeded tenfold! Michael and Joannie were more like friends than a vendor. They provided a fun and relaxed environment which energized everyone who had the pleasure of working with them.
They were eager and willing to help us make any wish for a particular pose, background or subject come true and captured moments naturally as opposed to it feeling staged or rehearsed.
We just had to be ourselves and they turned it into works of art, never feeling intrusive but somehow perfectly capturing intimate moments.
We would highly recommend Michael Anderson Photography to anyone looking for friendly, talented and experienced professionals because they are that and SO much more!”
Andrew & Kate – Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Wedding & Profile Event Center Wedding Reception in Minneapolis, MN – review on The Knot
“Mike and Joannie captured our wedding in October 2016 at Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens. These two were SO great to work with and made both our engagement session and wedding day so much fun! We are so pleased with how both sets of pictures turned out.
One of the BEST things about Mike and Joannie is not only do they take fantastic pictures, but they create gorgeous, one-of-a-kind wedding albums. This is something that most photographers do not offer and we felt was a huge asset in choosing a wedding photographer.
We were beyond thrilled with their professionalism, creativity, and friendliness during our wedding planning process. Mike was extremely helpful in creating a wedding day timeline and allotting enough time to capture great memories throughout the day. We were so happy to see that every detail was captured, even when we asked Mike to photograph our entire dessert room!
We cannot thank them enough for the beautiful memories we will forever cherish!”
Ashley & Luke – Grand View Lodge Destination Wedding in Nisswa, MN – Review on The Knot
“Michael & Joannie photographed our wedding three weekends ago and it was incredible! They have done two other weddings that I’ve been a part of and they were all amazing.
The passion that they bring is second to none. They don’t settle for anything less than perfect and when they get that perfect shot they let you know by their excitement. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else!”
Jay & Vanessa – Rusty’s Hitchin’ Post Event Center Wedding in New Richmond, Wisconsin – Review on The Knot
“Being the groom, my number one priority was on my bride for our wedding day and making sure everything was perfect.
The great part about our photography was I did not have to worry as Michael & Joannie were FANTASTIC! We knew this going into our wedding as we used them for our engagement photos. In both sessions, they went beyond our expectations.
Some of our favorite photos are from the magic these two bring to the table. We wanted a sparkler exit photo (of which we got), but they did not just stop there. They had some incredible photos of just the two of us where Michael would run around us doing heart images and Joannie would take the photo at the right time…the end results are incredible. Highly recommend them, you will not be disappointed!”
Brett & Haylee – Brackett’s Crossing Country Club Wedding in Lakeville, Minnesota – Review on The Knot
“I wish we could give more than 5 out of 5 (stars)! Michael and Joannie are simply the best out there.
We were drawn to Michael because of the amazing pictures we saw of other couples online and knew that we wanted to speak with Michael about shooting our wedding as well. From the moment we met Michael and Joannie we knew that we were in very good hands, as they are truly lovely people. Incredibly knowledgeable, flexible, and spontaneous — not to mention, very fun!
The day of our wedding went so smoothly, and you can tell that Michael and Joannie have done this many times before and are true professionals. We had so much fun taking our pictures, and even more fun looking through them after they were done and sent back. The picture quality is amazing, and every single person who viewed our wedding photographs commented on how stunning the pictures are.
Michael and Joannie are truly the best in the business, and you should look no further in deciding who to hire as your event photographer! Thanks again Michael and Joannie!”
Crystal & Andy – The Wilds Golf Club Wedding in Prior Lake, Minnesota – Review on WeddingWire
“While planning our wedding our photographer was the most important thing I wanted! We are so incredibly happy we had Michael and Joannie Anderson as our wedding photographers!!
Michael created our engagement photos which turned out amazing! Our wedding day photos are more than I ever dreamed could be captured! They exceeded our expectations! I was worried there were photos we missed or didn’t take but they captured that and more without me even knowing!
They are great to work with and know how to take charge to get the shots they need! We can’t thank them enough for all their help the day of the wedding and for taking such beautiful photos! We can’t wait to work with you in the future 🙂 Mr. & Mrs. Scott”
Tessa & Tony – The Japanese Garden in Bloomington, MN – Review on Google
“We used Michael and Joannie for our June 2016 wedding, and we couldn’t have been happier with the services and professionalism provided. They helped make our day special in every way possible, from arriving on time for getting ready photos to our first dance, and everything in between.
On that note, I highly recommend going with Michael’s suggestions for photo shoot locations. He was able to capture beautiful pictures at the Japanese Gardens by Normandale, as well as some awesome urban shots in an empty parking ramp that have turned out to be some of our favorites.
Overall, they helped make the day absolutely wonderful. Not only will we recommend them, but we also will use them for professional photo shoots in the future.”
Katelyn & Chris – Saint John’s Belle Plaine Wedding in Belle Plaine, Minnesota – Review on The Knot
“We cannot give Michael and Joannie higher praise as they are two truly special people. They are an amazing team and work so well together to capture every small detail of the day. It was such a fun experience looking back at our pictures seeing all of the moments they captured without us even realizing it!
While many people can take “nice” photos, you get something even more with Michael and Joannie. One of the best things about Michael and Joannie is how well they fit into the group to make everyone feel so comfortable! In fact, Michael told us that he always tries to get the ring bearer and flower girl “on his side” so they cooperate with him. He made such a special connection with our ring bearer (1.5 years old) that the ring bearer hugged him while walking down the aisle!
We can’t wait to work with Michael and Joannie in the future on other photography projects.”
Steve & Kaitlin – Superior Shores Resort and Conference Center Destination Wedding in Two Harbors, MN – review posted on WeddingWire
“I am so happy to have had Michael and Joannie as our wedding photographers! I would recommend Michael and Joannie to anyone and everyone. They are professional, caring, and so much fun!
Michael and Joannie were recommended to us by a friend. We had the opportunity to meet them prior to our wedding day for an engagement photo shoot (the day after) after our friend’s destination wedding. Leading up to our wedding we were so happy we decided to have Michael and Joannie photograph our wedding. We loved our engagement photos and got several compliments! We were certain the wedding photos would be just as wonderful…and they were!
Michael and Joannie go out of their way to get to know you and what your vision or ideas are. One of my best friends told me that our wedding photos were the best she had ever seen!
Michael and Joannie are experienced in a magnitude of cameras, lenses, lights etc, but also in working with people. They truly create the best, unique, and most special photographs and help to make your day feel special!!”
Brandon & Janna – Historic Landmark Center Wedding in St. Paul, Minnesota – Review on The Knot
“When planning our wedding, there was only one photographer I knew I would work with, Michael Anderson Photography. Why? I have had the pleasure of seeing him in action at my brother’s and sister-in-law’s wedding and worked with him for my high school senior photos. During both experiences, Michael and Joannie made me feel comfortable and at ease.
I personally have two types of smiles: natural and “I know you are there taking a photo”. Thankfully, Michael and Joannie knew exactly what to say or do to get as many photos with my natural smile.
At our wedding, Michael and Joannie arrived early, continuously were checking on us and our needs, and make sure everyone was having a good time. They captured many memories throughout our day that could have easily been forgotten but also special moments that I treasure.”
Michelle & Adam – Christ The King Lutheran Church Wedding in New Brighton, MM and TPC Blaine Wedding Reception in Blaine, MN – Review on WeddingWire
“Michael and Joannie are phenomenal! If you are looking for a photographer with a creative vision to “see” shots, they’re your people. If you are looking for a photographer that can time manage and get all of the pictures you desire, they’re your people. If you are looking for a photographer with years of experience and top-notch equipment, they’re your people.
This duo has a contagious passion for photography. Not only did we notice, but many of our bridal party and wedding guests noticed too, telling us how lucky we were to have Michael and Joannie!! This is a 5-star couple!!
Mother of the Bride – Superior Shores Resort and Conference Center Destination Wedding on Two Harbors, MN – Review on The Knot
“Michael and Joannie were clearly a great choice to capture our daughters’ and now son-in-laws’ wedding. The weather on Lake Superior was challenging that day. They worked with the wedding party and captured stunning photographs.
Because they are kind and funny, Michael and Joannie were able to capture peoples’ truthful moments during this monumental event. It was particularly fun to see the wedding party and guests big splash into Lake Superior – showing Michaels’ creativity to capture something new. In viewing the images and video clips Michael and Joannie captured, it brought tears of joyous memories.
Great post-production work. Amazing colors, angles, and style as noted by our friends who have viewed the pictures. Friends, Family, and blessings from above were reflected in your work – Just what we wanted – thank you! We highly recommend your service.”
Chris & Kris – Crystal Lake Golf Club Wedding in Lakeville, Minnesota – Review on The Knot
“Another family member used Michael and Joannie several years back for their wedding. They did such a great job with their wedding that when it was time for our wedding they were the first photographer we looked at.
Once we met them ourselves we knew we were done looking.
Choosing Michael and Joannie was one of the best decisions of our wedding. Their work is impeccable”.
Amanda & Nolan – Grand View Lodge Destination Wedding in Nisswa, Minnesota – Review on The Knot
“Michael and Joannie Anderson are seriously the best photographers anyone could have a chance to work with. Our wedding photos and engagement photos turned out more beautiful then I could have ever imagined, truly amazing, I get tears in my eyes every time that I look at them.
This husband and wife combo are so personable that by the end of the night I felt like they were part of our family and I hope that I get to work with them again in the future.
They worth every penny and more, I recommend them to everyone!”
Nick & Stacey – Chanhassen Dinner Theater Wedding in Chanhassen, MN – Review on WeddingWire
“Michael and Joannie are amazing photographers who are great to hang out with all day. They took charge of the day and made sure everything got done on time. We have so many great shots to document this day and they made it fun while doing it.
I hate having my picture taken, but with this team, I didn’t even have to think about it. It was like walking around with old family friends who happened to be carrying cameras and taking pictures all day. I am so glad that we chose them as our photographers I can’t imagine anyone else making this day that could have been so stressful and uncomfortable so easy and fun.
If anyone is looking for a worry-free day with great pictures to show for it I would strongly recommend this team. Everything about working with them was great. Four thumbs up from me and my wife!!”
Laura & Andy – St. Joseph the Worker Wedding in Maple Grove, MN and Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Wedding Reception in Brooklyn Park, MN – Review on The Knot
“We could not have been more impressed with Michael Anderson Photography! We had Michael and Joannie as our photographers for our wedding on October 3rd, 2015. They have so much experience with photography that they were able to keep the schedule on time the whole morning before the ceremony with getting pictures in with all the correct people and getting it done efficiently.
The candid shots that Joannie took while Michael is taking the (posed) photo shots add so much when designing a wedding book. We had no worries throughout the day that everything would be remembered with great photos taken by Michael and Joannie.
Besides the high-quality photos, we were equally impressed with how personable and easy to work with Michael and Joannie are. They truly care that the bride and groom are happy and are getting the pictures taken that they want. We even had our first dance run late because of dinner and they did not rush us at all and put in the extra time to take our first dance photos when we were finally ready.
I would highly recommend Michael Anderson photography for anyone wanting photos that they will be proud of and look great in! Great pictures and great service”.
Vanessa & Jay – Stillwater, Minnesota Engagement Portraits – Review from The Knot”
AMAZING, THE BEST, YOU WON’T FIND ANYONE BETTER!
Michael Anderson Photography is in one word – amazing!
We had our engagement shoot October 8th as we wanted to have fall colors in our pictures. Weather would have it and it was very cloudy, dark, and started to rain a little. This didn’t stop Michael! He created the best lighting for our photos, and actually created a fake sunset by a colorful tree, where my friends don’t believe me when I say it was cold and rainy that day.
He takes his pictures to the next level, ensures you get the pictures you want, and goes above and beyond in everything he does. Seriously, check out his website, you won’t find anyone better! Highly recommend!”
Peter & Brianna – Faith Christian Reform Church Wedding in New Brighton, MN and Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN – Review on WeddingWire
“Choosing to work with Michael and Joannie as our photographers were one of the best choices we made when planning our wedding. I had seen their pictures at different wedding shows and online and have always been impressed, and they more than came through with our wedding.
They spent the time to get to know us as a couple before the wedding, so they had a good idea of our personalities when helping plan our pictures. The whole day felt so relaxed and they had everything organized perfectly. The pictures were beyond our expectations.
One aspect I greatly appreciated was all the special moments they captured that we hadn’t even asked for. Joannie captured a lot of behind the scene pictures and small details while we were taking pictures with Michael, and some of those pictures turned out to be my favorites. They captured things from our grandparents’ faces while watching pictures being taken to the goofing off of our wedding party in the background.
They also fit the style of photography to our personalities. They knew we were people that liked to goof off and have fun with everything and they incorporated that into the pictures. We had such a hard time picking which pictures to use for our album and to print as there were none we didn’t like.
We would highly recommend them to anyone who asks, and we know we will continue to use them for our family pictures down the road!”
Tessa & Tony – Stillwater, Minnesota Engagement Photos – Review on WeddingWire
“This is the first part of my review, as we have only done our engagement photos so far, but so far we have been extremely pleased with Michael Anderson Photography! After one meeting with Michael and his wife, Joannie, we decided that we absolutely wanted to book them. We discussed what package we wanted to go with and we chose Gold. The price is reasonable considering everything that comes with it.
From the very beginning, Michael was very straightforward with how everything would go down and has been very easy to communicate with. There won’t be long wait times for responses if you go with them! I also love that in that communication, he is able to give a professional opinion based off of many years of service. He definitely knows what he is doing!
This won’t necessarily apply to everyone, but one of the most important aspects of choosing a photographer for us was that he/she would be good with children since my fiancé and I have a two-year-old son together. We made this very clear from the start and Michael was not only able to show us beautiful examples of children he has photographed in the past but also tell us a little bit about his granddaughter and how much he enjoys photographing her.
Our engagement photos were taken in October of 2015 at Aamodt’s Apple Farm. We wanted to go somewhere fun for our son, yet beautiful for pictures. The day was sunnier and windier than any of us would have hoped for, but Michael was able to make the best of it. We all had a blast taking photos and it was an afternoon well spent.
We just received the pictures (after only a couple of weeks) and they came out BEAUTIFULLY. We couldn’t be more pleased with the final product! On top of sending us the photos themselves, Michael also took the time to put together a wonderful slideshow of our engagement shoot, including little video clips of us playing with our son. We are truly pleased and will absolutely recommend Michael and Joannie to our friends!”
Dave & Gina – Profile Event Center Wedding in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Review on The Knot
Absolutely Amazing Photographers!
“Michael and Joannie have been our photographers since we met them a few years ago at the wedding fair and shot our engagement photos as well as our wedding on May 16, 2015. As an aspiring hobby photographer, I was very thorough in my selection process and knew right away that they were very talented and knowledgeable about the tenets of photography, their equipment, and editing. When we were shown some of their samples, the before and after work, and their printed items such as wedding albums I knew I could trust them to capture our special day.
On the day of the wedding, they managed to not only be our photographers but were more than willing to help make sure things went off smoothly, to provide advice and support, and to truly be a part of the wedding party. I didn’t feel like I was dealing with a vendor; it was more like working with a close friend or family member who knew what we were going through and needed before we did.
Their experience with the Profile Event Center really set them apart as that venue has really amazing lighting which is also a nightmare to shoot in without the right equipment and knowledge.
Michael and Joannie managed to capture our wedding memories exactly as I remember them and were able to truly capture the spirit of the day. Every shot managed to capture what it needed to and was in perfect focus. We shot a lot of photos outside including our family portraits, wedding party shots, and extended family which included our niece and nephew. They were so amazing to watch with our niece and nephew that I can’t wait until we have kids someday and are able to take them to their studio.
We ended up with some very unique shots that I would never have imagined could come out of the immediate area with not much to work with other than some light industrial buildings around. I would highly recommend them for any event and especially recommend them if you are having an event at the Profile Event Center in Minneapolis.
Picking a photographer is one of the single most important things when it comes to the day as it will be the only thing you have to show when your day is over. You won’t be disappointed with Michael and Joannie regardless of where your event is. My wife and I are very fortunate to have met them at the wedding fair a few years ago and encourage you to go check them out there if you are looking for a photographer.
Thank you, Michael and Joannie!”
Tawnya & Adam – Faith Lutheran Church Wedding in Coon Rapids, MN and Golden Valley Country Club Wedding Reception – Review on The Knot
“We used Michael Anderson Photography for our engagement photos and for our wedding. Mike and Joannie make a great team! I would recommend them to anyone for your Wedding or for just studio portraits.
Our engagement photos were spectacular! I wasn’t sure exactly of the location I wanted to use for our engagement photos just a general idea and Mike took the idea, ran with it and knew exactly where to go! He took us to so many amazing spots I couldn’t have been happier. He knows the best spots around without a doubt!
My wedding day was nothing but amazing as well. Mike and Joannie are fun and professional, that on a busy crazy day they make you feel very special. They captured all the moments I could have asked for. The duo team is the way to go! Joannie could be with me taking photos of us getting ready and Mike could be with the guys getting ready and capturing the moments I couldn’t see.
They worked hard from start to finish! The number of photos and moments they capture as a team are some of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen! Even with all the rain on my wedding day, our indoor photos were beautiful and he really knew how to use our room to capture beautiful photos with us!
I will continue to use them as our photographers and everyone who hasn’t used them for any photography need has to experience them! Thanks, Mike and Joannie for a great experience and making my wedding day nothing but amazing!”
Marcus & Krista – University Club Wedding in Saint Paul, Minnesota – Review on The Knot
“I cannot say enough about how amazing our experience was with Michael and his wife. The pictures were amazing and it is not because I am extremely good looking, it is because they are the BEST wedding photographers in Minnesota!
Everything turned out awesome, our engagement pictures, our save the dates, our photos from the wedding itself. If I can offer one piece of advice for those of you looking to get married, it would be to get a good photographer. And like I said, they are the best.
You will not be disappointed at all and will have a blast with them. Do yourself a favor and hire them. I honestly can say, that from our experiences with them, my wife and I are now planning on using them for any pictures from here on out, for the rest of our lives, that is how good they are.
What are you doing, why are you still reading this, stop reading, and call them before it is too late? You won’t regret it, I promise. If I could rate them higher than 5 stars, I would.”
Bryce & Kelly – St. Mark’s Catholic Church Wedding in Shakopee, MN and Brackett’s Crossing Country Club Wedding Reception in Lakeville, MN – Review on The Knot
“After my husband and I met with Michael and Joannie and a few other photographers during the initial stages of our wedding planning, we didn’t have to think twice about asking the Anderson’s to photograph our big day. From the day we met them at the Wedding Fair their work, professionalism, and friendly demeanor always stood out to me when comparing them to other photographers.
When we saw how amazing our engagement pictures turned out, we couldn’t wait to see how they would capture our wedding day. Boy, were we in for a treat!
I can honestly say that taking pictures with Michael and Joannie is one of my favorite memories of our wedding day.
We had an absolute blast with them and our wedding party! They were extremely fun and were completely open-minded with our ‘not-so-shy’ wedding party 🙂
We collaborated with them on ideas for different poses/backgrounds and ended up with some AMAZING shots while having an AWESOME time! Michael and Joannie make such a great team. While Michael was climbing a ladder to get the ‘best angle,’ Joannie offered me her coat to sit on while posing for a shot on some hay bales. They literally went above and beyond all of our expectations.
Not only do they do outstanding work, but they have an impressively fast, turn-around time. They posted a ‘teaser’ video of some of the pictures from our wedding within 24 hours! We were able to enjoy the videos with some of our family who was still in town for our wedding day, which was another added bonus. We never waited more than a few days to see any of our photos and Mike was always quick to respond to our texts and/or emails.
Choosing a wedding photographer(s) was one of the most important decisions for us to make, and I am more than happy to say that we definitely made the right choice. If you’re looking for photographers who do outstanding work, have a unique style, provide great service, and are lots of fun… go with Michael and Joannie! You’ll be so glad you did.”
Danielle & Jonatan – The Woods Chapel Outdoor Amphitheater Wedding in Orono, MN and Profile Event Center Wedding Reception in Minneapolis, MN – Review from The Knot
“My wife and I met Michael and Joannie at The Wedding Fair. While all the other photographers touted their prices, what they could do for us, and tried to sell us on choosing them, the Andersons just had a pleasant conversation with us. Extremely nice, friendly, and funny people.
We decided we’d rather go with someone we wanted to be around on the most important day of our lives, than someone that had a canned sales pitch. You might not realize it, but until you and your new spouse leave for your hotel, you’ll have actually spent more time with your photographers than ANYONE else on your wedding day (including your spouse).
Rather than have your photographers feel like just a hired professional, it was much more satisfying to feel like you were hanging out with just some easy-to-talk-to friends (who just happened to be taking your picture a few hundred times throughout the day.) Sure, we had friends that minored in photography in college that would have done it for a few hundred bucks, and it’s not like we had some huge wedding budget, but getting good, quality photographers was our biggest splurge.
Ten years from now, no one is going to remember what food was served, and my wife is never going to wear her dress again… but the photos are going to last forever. They are going to be a living keepsake of the most important day in our lives, and investing in photographers that do it right, and have done it right for a very long time, is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.”
Hannah (and Julian) – Immaculate Heart of Mary Wedding in Minnetonka, Minnesota and Historic Minneapolis Courthouse Wedding Reception in Minneapolis, MN – Review from The Knot
“Michael and Joannie were such a treat to work with. Not only were they so nice and enjoyable to have a part of the day, but during the ceremony, I didn’t even notice they were there!
Our pictures turned out AMAZING. Not only did they capture all the important moments that every bride wants, but moments that I don’t even remember happening.
I would recommend having both Michael and Joannie- most of the time they got similar shots, but at different angles which can make all the difference in the world. Plus, one person can’t be in multiple places at the same time!
I can’t imagine having any other photography team on the big day, or any other day.”
Julian (and Hannah) – Immaculate Heart of Mary Wedding in Minnetonka, Minnesota and Historic Minneapolis Courthouse Wedding Reception in Minneapolis, MN – Review from The Knot
“Michael Anderson Photography far exceeded our expectations, and helped make our day perfect, and captured amazing photographs of our special day.
Michael and his wife Joannie were extremely supportive and had great communication with us from the day we first met about the wedding, leading up to the wedding, amazing on the wedding day, and continue to great communication post-wedding as we begin to sort through photographs, for the final photo book and prints.
Michael and Joannie’s experience brought efficiency, comfort, and fun to our experience with wedding photography. From the engagement photos to the wedding day photos, and everything around and between, we were so pleased with the service that they gave us. They truly cared about helping make our big day as perfect as possible.
We could honestly not be any happier with our experience with Michael Anderson Photography. Reviewing our photographs felt like reliving the wedding, and the photos were so intimate and beautiful. They will truly be treasured for a lifetime.
I highly recommend Michael Anderson Photography for engagement/wedding photos, and for any other occasion! A truly genuine, husband and wife team, who will provide above and beyond service.”
Andy & Brandice – St. Thomas Aquinas Wedding in St. Paul Park, MN and Hastings Country Club Wedding Reception in Hastings, MN – Review on The Knot
“Michael and Joannie; you guys truly made our day! The photography was the most important part of the planning process to me and once we met you guys at the wedding fair we just knew and with each meeting you solidified our choice! From the engagement session through the wedding day we are so ecstatic with each image you got! The video you posted on your blog made me cry it was so wonderful.
You were so great with our ring bearer and then the way you guys took pictures of everyone with T.C. Bear; you guys are truly wonderful and we can’t say enough nice things about you guys. We will be back for many many many years to come for pictures and you guys are like members of our families.
We honestly couldn’t ask for a better day and a better photography team.
Joannie thank you so much for calming me down before the wedding when I wanted to cry when we were doing getting ready shots you made me laugh. We are truly appreciative of everything that you guys did all day long! We cant wait to come back and get more pictures done and have you guys be a part of our family for many years to come! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”
“Michael and Joannie helped make our wedding awesome! They were prompt and punctual and were so well prepared it blew us away. Every time we had a question, or whenever we met to discuss details, they were always friendly and made us feel that ours was the only wedding they were working.
We also had our engagement pictures taken by Michael and Joannie on the North Shore of Lake Superior and they turned out fantastic!
What was probably the best thing about working with Michael and Joannie was the way they treated everyone associated with our wedding. We received so many compliments about how professional and enjoyable it was to work with them.
We had several young children in the wedding and Michael was tremendous at keeping them occupied and having fun during the pictures.
Working with Michael and Joannie was a pleasure and we would hire them again in the future (and will have our family’s future portraits taken!!). We will recommend them to anyone who wants a professional, personable and talented wedding photographer!”
Matt & Emily – Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Wedding in Minneapolis’s, MN and Lost Spur Golf Club Wedding Reception in Eagan, MN – Review on The Knot
Nate & Tabitha – Afton House Inn Wedding and Reception in Afton, Minnesota – Review on The Knot
“We were referred to Anderson’s from my mother, who has known them for years. We could not have been more happy with the photos and memories they have helped us capture.
From our engagement session to our trip to the North Shore, to our wedding day in 17 inches of snow. Everyone that sees our photos is amazed at how wonderful and personal they are. Mike and Joannie are nothing but amazing at their craft.
The care they show in the photos and how they treat their “clients” you could not ask for anything better. We will be seeing them in a few months for maternity photos and can not wait to see the results.
It is like having your best friend next to you making memories throughout life.
We can not say THANK YOU enough to either of them. You will forever be in our hearts and in our photos!!!”
Nick & Amanda – Circle Pines, Minnesota Wedding – Review from The Knot
“Michael and Joannie were the photographers at two weddings of my wife’s siblings, so naturally we chose to use them too. I was a little hesitant at first when talking about prices (along with just about everything wedding-related), but I must say that Michael and Joannie are worth EVERY penny!
We had a ring-bearer and flower girl who were two and three years old and I was more than impressed with Michael’s ability to get the kids’ attention for the pictures and to get them to smile. Michael and Joannie made things so comfortable that they helped our day run as smooth as it did. I have been trying to recommend the Anderson’s to every one of my friends/family members who is planning a wedding.”
Matt and Lindsay – Wedding at The Saint Paul Hotel in St. Paul, MN – Review from The Knot
“We were married December 1st at the Saint Paul Hotel in downtown St. Paul, MN and we were lucky enough to have Michael and his lovely wife Joannie photograph our wedding! They are so wonderful!
We had engagement portraits taken and I also had bridal portraits done with them too. From the very beginning, we felt very at ease with them. They are perfect photographers they let the event happen and catch so many wonderful moments that you didn’t even see! We had so much fun with them on our wedding day. They got all the photographs done in a timely fashion so you could relax and enjoy your day.
All of my family and friends have had nothing but wonderful things to say about them. I can not say enough good things about them too! Also, I love love love the videos they post, which was a complete surprise! It was so touching and we even got a copy of it! I love them and we were so lucky to have had them. So do yourself a favor and book them now!!!!”
Nichole & Munya – Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Wedding – Review on The Knot
“I cannot begin to say enough about how wonderful Michael and Joannie are! I recommend them to everyone. Not only do they give you the most beautiful engagement photos and wedding photos, more importantly, you feel like you are totally at home with new friends for life! They go above and beyond in all they do.
Michael and Joannie will capture the most professional and beautiful shots of your special day, they will capture the most priceless candids, and they will put together the most artistic and beautiful compilation of photos of your wedding I have ever seen in comparison to anyone else. They are by far, the most remarkable photographers you could ask for.
Things I enjoyed the most were the small details: the chocolates at any session at their studio, the welcoming handshakes anytime you meet, sharing their own van as a dressing studio on location, a genuine care for all the happenings in your life even outside the wedding, Joannie, being a cosmetologist by profession and offering assistance and style on your wedding day, their professionalism, the feel of a “family,” the unique designs of their portraits and final products, and their willingness to make you feel like the king and queen whenever you’re together!”
Dan & Melissa – Como Park Conservatory Wedding in Saint Paul, Minnesota – Review on The Knot
“We had a very interesting situation with our wedding. My husband (fiancé at the time) found out that he had to leave earlier than expected for military training and we had to bump up our wedding by a week. Michael & Joannie worked with us so that we could still use them at the wedding even though we switched the date. They also agreed to bump up our viewing time so that my husband and I could see them before we left for my husband’s military training.
We loved our pictures so much and this is a company that really goes above and beyond.
From our very relaxed engagement pictures to our formal wedding portraits, we could not be more pleased. I have recommended them and will continue to recommend them to everyone we come across.”
Vince & Melissa – Review on The Knot
“As my groom said while were looking over our proof book “I would recommend Michael & Joannie to anyone. They made me comfortable while taking photos and did a fantastic job capturing our day.”
The week of our wedding we found out we would lose the majority of our photo session in our church since a funeral was going to take place that morning. Mike was extremely wonderful in helping us determine how to rearrange our schedule so we could still get the most important photos. I wanted both portraits of our families and candid/creative shots. Mike was able to capture everything we wanted and helped the day move flawlessly.
We also had Michael & Joannie take our engagement photos which was an amazing opportunity to get to know each other before our wedding.
I would recommend this to any future Bride and Groom. I have enjoyed working with Michael & Joannie and will definitely trust them to capture our next important memories.”
Pam and Dan “The Fireman” (Part One) – Como Lake Pavillion Wedding in Saint Paul, MN and Radisson Roseville Hotel Wedding Reception in Roseville, MN – Review from The Knot
“I cannot say enough good things in regards to Michael Anderson Photography! We had so much fun on our wedding day and Michael and Joannie both captured every aspect of it.
They are very professional, easy going, flexible and really know what they’re doing! Thanks to them, we will be able to cherish the memories of our wedding for a lifetime!”
Pam and Dan “The Fireman” (part two) – Como Lake Pavillion Wedding in Saint Paul, MN and Radisson Roseville Hotel Wedding Reception in Roseville, MN
“We had such a great time with Michael and Joannie as our photographers!
They were such troopers as it was freezing, well 40 degrees for an outdoor ceremony (2 days earlier it was 75!). Michael and Joannie did a fantastic job of capturing our day from start to finish and most of the time I didn’t even know they were there snapping away. They definitely have a fabulous gift.
I am excited for them to capture the next part of our life as we welcome our little baby girl. I just hope she arrives before the bunnies so I can get her into the studio right away! Keep up the amazing work!”
Angie & Terry – Hope Glen Farm Wedding and Reception in Cottage Grove, MN – Review on The Knot
“Michael provided exceptional coverage of our outdoor wedding and reception. Michael was always taking photographs but never felt overbearing or in our face.
He was able to adapt to constantly changing lighting situations as the clouds moved in and out at a moments notice. We found him to be a great communicator and listener as he directed us and as we suggested our own ideas.
Michael had a great photographic vision and was very willing to try our ideas, too. He was always conscious of our needs which made for a relaxed experience.
Michael also had a great rapport with us and our families throughout the day putting everyone at ease. He was really great with our shy flower girls and ring bearer… making them laugh and smile all day.
Overall, we would highly recommend Michael Anderson Photography.”
Steve and Katie – Church of St. Timothy Wedding in Blaine, MN and Majestic Oaks Golf Club Wedding Reception in Ham Lake, MN – Review on The Knot
“I would highly recommend Michael Anderson Photography to anyone! Mike and Joannie are a fun couple to work with and they know exactly what to do to capture your special day.
Not only do the photos turn out as if they should be in a magazine, Mike turns your day into a fantastic highlight video that you can share with your friends and family.
Thank you, Mike and Joannie for making our Wedding day incredibly special!”
Brenda & Steve – Stillwater, Minnesota Wedding – Review on The Knot
“On the most amazing day of your life, it is really important to surround yourself with not only the friends, family and GROOM that you love… but also with photographers that truly share the passion, happiness, and love of a wedding day.
You really do spend a lot of your day with your photographer. I mean… a LOT!! Steve and I could not have found a better match for our photography team than Michael and Joannie!
The way they coordinate and communicate to work together is impressive… their level of creativity is outstanding… and their patience and willingness to make lemonade from lemons are unparalleled.
Yup, it rained on our wedding day. But, this camera crew didn’t skip a beat while they worked to keep us under shelter, even as they were standing in rain puddles in the middle of a street in downtown Stillwater!
We have heard our friends say that they have waited several weeks or months to see any pictures from other studios… but, we waited just a few days to see our first sneak peak and we were thrilled with the shots they had put together! There are so many beautiful photos to choose from… AND they captured so many fun moments that happened throughout the day! I’m not sure how we will ever narrow down our choices for our album. We may have to wallpaper our kitchen with 4×6’s?!
Thank you, Michael and Joannie, for sharing our happily ever after wedding day with us… and for turning our special moments into images that we will treasure always. Our wedding party, family, and friends have been complimenting us on the details of our wedding… and the two of you are at the top of that list! We’ll be looking forward to seeing you again soon… for some long overdue family photos, Christmas card pictures, and hopefully… (Uh oh. I wonder if our parents will see this)… baby pictures!!”
“PS. Oh, and did I mention that I have a college degree in portrait and wedding photography? I’m not an easy one to impress… but, I AM impressed.” : )
Mike & Susan – Minneapolis Wedding – on our “M&J Brides” Facebook Page
Our wedding was 23 years ago and boy, do I treasure those photos!
The morning of my wedding my mother and younger sisters (who were supposed to help me get dressed) were late for the photo session which took place before the ceremony. Joannie was such a huge help! She calmed me down and made sure that everything was in place and perfect! I knew we were getting a great photographer with Mike but Joannie played an important role too!
Mike has taken beautiful pictures as our son has grown up. A few years ago he took a portrait of my entire extended family and my parents. Little did we know that just a year later my father would be taken from us suddenly. Mike was amazing – he did a ton of work editing the photo from the year before so that we could use it for the obituary and funeral. And, of course, all of the photos from that shoot are now family treasures.
I’m looking forward to coming in for our son’s graduation pictures in a few years! Thank you Mike and Joannie for all the memories you help preserve!
Mike & JoJo – the University of St. Thomas Wedding in Saint Paul, Minnesota – on our “M&J Brides” Facebook Page
(JoJo commenting on being an M&J Bride): “Wow, thanks for those awesome perks, Michael and Joannie!! Very cool! We are excited that it’s almost bunny time again!
As for our wedding memories… it was quite the moment when you showed our slideshow at the reception and already had photos from the ceremony included, seamlessly! It was very special & memorable for us as well as our guests!!
At our wedding and at every photo shoot, you both are always so wonderful to work with, and do such great work!