How To: Buy And Redeem Gift Cards | Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Lauren Baker Photography Minneapolis Saint Paul Twin Cities Minnesota Wedding Photographer gift cards

Yall, I’m so freaking excited to finally be able to offer portrait session gift cards! I’ve wanted to offer e-gift cards for a while but I hadn’t come across software that made the process easy on both the client and seller.

That is, until now!

Starting today, clients can buy 2 hour, 1.5 hour, 1 hour, and 30 minute mini session gift cards as well as regular gift cards directly through my website! Gift cards may be bought and given as gifts (Did I just make your holiday gift giving easier? I think so!!). Or, if you’d rather use a gift card for yourself, you certainly may do that too.

How do I buy a gift card?

  1. Go to my Services page and scroll down to “Gift Cards.” Click the “buy your gift cards here” button then select the gift card you’d like to buy.
  2. Fill in the requested info on the form.
  3. Once the form has been filled out, you’ll be able to click the “Next: Pay” button.
  4. You’ll see a confirmation screen, prompting you to check your email to complete the purchase process.
  5. Go to your inbox and open the email you will have just received and click Pay and Activate to complete your purchase.
  6. This will open the payment screen, where you can enter your credit card info and complete the payment.
  7. Finally, once you complete the payment, you’ll receive an email containing your gift card code! You’ll be able to redeem this code any time in the future. 
    • NOTE: if you buy a specific session gift card, you should use your gift card within one year of its purchase date. After a year, if the session fee has increased, the monetary value of your gift card amount will be applied towards the new session fee and you’ll owe the difference.

How do I redeem my gift card?

  1. When you’re ready to redeem your gift card just shoot me an email saying you’re ready to use your gift card. Remember to send me your gift card code
  2. If your gift card is for a specific session, let me know which one it’s for. If your gift card isn’t for a specific session, we’ll use its value and put it towards the session of your choice.
  3. I’ll send over a contract proposal with the gift card code applied. If the gift card does not cover the entire session fee, you’ll also receive an invoice for the remaining balance.
  4. Complete and sign your contract proposal. If applicable, submit payment for the remaining balance. Once you’ve completed this step, you’re done! 
    • If your gift card has more value on it, you’ll be able to use the remainder on another session with me in the future.

To make this announcement even more exciting (“Lauren, how could it get more exciting?”) from now through the end of the month, I’m offering $50 off all session specific gift cards!!

After April 30, 2020 session specific gift cards will be full price so don’t wait on buying yours. I mean, you already know you need new high school senior photos or updated family photos. Why not have a bit of green while you can? 

Go now and buy gift cards for yourself and all of your friends!!


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- Josie and Scott

Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.

Lauren made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable!

- Amy and Luke

We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!

Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!


There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!

Lauren's enthusiasm and passion make the photo-taking process so fun – she made me feel like a star!

- Alisa AND Adam

Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!

Lauren was pivotal in making our wedding day perfect!

- Emma AND Erik

My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a  calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.

Not only is Lauren an amazing human being, but she is an awesome photographer!

- Haley AND Erick

I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!

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