Lauren Baker Photography Minneapolis Saint Paul Twin Cities Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Many couples are electing to do what we in the industry call a “first look.” And it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A couple takes a private moment to see each other for their first time before their ceremony. But why would a couple choose to do a first look?

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Many have asked me what makes a wedding great? I don’t think there’s any one answer and tastes, as in all things, are incredibly subjective.

However, with all of the weddings I’ve worked and attended as a guest, I have found a surprising amount of similarities between the weddings that I’d deem “great.”

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Bridal detail photos…we’ve all seen them on Instagram and have probably pinned a butt-load of pretty photos of wedding dresses, ring photos, and flat lays on Pinterest.

I for one LOVE taking these photos but I’ve found that oftentimes they get over looked in the chaos of the wedding day. You’ve put so much thought into what jewelry you’re going to wear, the design of the invites you sent out to your guests, and the flowers you’ll be holding and I want to capture those details for you. I mean…you spent money on all of those things and they’re part of your wedding story so it *should* be documented, right?

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Here we are again friends. Part 2 of my top 10 questions all couples should ask their wedding photographer. 

We’re digging in a little deeper with these final five questions, and I’ve gotta say…they’re good. So sit back, maybe have a cup of coffee, and enjoy questions 6-10!

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Yay!!! You just got engaged! You’ve set the date and booked your venue. Now comes the really hard part…picking a wedding photographer. 

But how do you pick the right one? How will you know that you’ll A) like how the photos look, B) like how YOU look in those photos, C) even get your photos at all, AND D) get the most bang for your buck?

Selecting your wedding photographer is not a decision to make lightly. You’re investing a lot of money and you want to make sure you’re making the right choice.  

Whelp, to help you out, I’ve put together a list of some of the most important questions (IMHO) brides should ask every photographer they’re considering for the job. You ready? Good. Let’s get started:

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Adie and Charlie’s St. Cloud wedding couldn’t have been any more perfect! The day was as gorgeous as Adie’s dress and the love was spilling out of everyone that I had to collect (and recollect) myself more than a few times. #tearswereflowing

Mikki, of Memories by Mikki Photography fame, once again brought me on as her second photographer for Adie and Charlie’s wedding. I’m so thankful to work with her and other talented photographers who trust my eye with their creative vision. I’m also thankful to be able to provide her clients with the same love and care (and photographs) as I do for my own couples!

Adie and Charlie met at a friend’s going away party in 2011.

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

- GRACE AND NICK

Lauren was a source of laughter and comfort all day. She captured our love so beautifully.

- BETSY AND COLIN

Lauren was an absolute DREAM to work with! We had so much fun!

- KIRSTEN AND MIKE

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