About this Vendor
Husband and Wife Wedding Photographers Since 1986!
Joannie & I are the world's only Light Painting Wedding Photographers. Our photographic style ranges from contemporary to traditional; candid to grunge. As Minnesota's Husband and Wife Wedding Photography Team since 1986, we go out of our way to make your wedding day creative and really fun! It's actually like having your best friends as your photographers! - M&J
Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Dramatic, Lifestyle, Modern
Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement
Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Online Proofing, Photo, Printed Enlargements, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Wedding Albums
Michael Anderson and his wife Joannie were the dream team to work with! I found them through the knot.com and weddingwire.com when I started my initial search, and surprisingly they were one of the first ones I stumbled upon and said YES to right away! I knew it was meant to be! I was looking for someone who lived down in the Twin Cities that we could meet with and take engagement photos, but still had the most knowledge and experience of the MN North Shore where we were going to get married. They did not disappoint!! Michael & Joannie were extremely knowledgeable about locations in both the Twin Cities and the North Shore which made me feel 100% confident that our pictures would turn out amazing. After our first meeting with Michael, he made us feel confident and excited for the next two sessions we would have (engagement & wedding day). We also met Joannie the night Brycen & I met Michael at our first meeting, which made our decision that much easier to have Joannie included in our wedding package and be there to help photograph our big event- she was so kind, warm, and both of them felt like our family members while getting ready- I did not even hesitate about anything! Our engagement shoot was a fun, relaxed, and an exciting experience! Afterwards, Brycen and I both looked forward to our big day the following Autumn. After seeing our wedding photos, we both could not be more blown away! Michael and Joannie were so much fun to have a part of our wedding! They made us feel so comfortable and were so fun to hang out with all day! Everyone in our wedding party were thrilled to have them take photos us of and show us some great location spots! Once we got our wedding pictures back, both of our mothers responded with “wow these are gorgeous- how will you ever be able to choose?!”- my response was “none, I want them all”! HUGE thank you to Michael and Joannie for being our photographers on our special day- it honestly meant the world to us! There were so many last minute things going on since it was an out of town wedding, but you were the ones who helped us enjoy every moment! I could have not envisioned our most special day without you both there to celebrate & capture our big day- especially the way they did! YOU TWO ARE THE BEST!!! THANK YOU!!!
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 was on the top of my importance list, Michael and Joannie did my girlfriends 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! I 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 sport 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 in to 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!
Michael and Joannie are incomparable! We went with them because they were clearly passionate, they have made an investment in their equipment and seem to have new techniques all the time. However, all of that doesn’t compare to how they made us feel on our wedding day. The outdoor first look and ceremony went out the door when it down poured the entire day. Michael and Joannie were so flexible and were a bright light in keeping everyone calm and making amazing photos still work with the weather. We were able to take pictures under a shelter, with the fall leaves still visible, and then after the ceremony when the rain let up we took advantage and got some amazing dusk photos. The pictures we took inside were lit beautifully, as they brought the sunshine to us, and they look outstanding! We have received a ton of compliments on how great our pictures look. They were really fun to work with and I would recommend them to everyone!
We just had our engagement pictures taken by Michael and how incredible they turned out. Not only that, he was extremely patient and flexible with us when we were trekking all across the U of M campus. He went above and beyond my expectations which were already high! I cannot wait for Michael and Joannie to capture our wedding day next January.
Don't look any farther for your wedding photographers! Michael and Joannie are the best. We loved working with them - they went out of their way to get to know us and listen to what we wanted from our wedding photos. They are incredibly skilled and we love all the photographs and stylized shots from our big day. It was very hard to choose which prints we wanted to order! Michael & Joannie did a great job communicating with us in the months prior and the week of the wedding and helping us figure out everything that needed to be planned. They fit right in with our guests, too! They were incredibly prompt with finishing the photographs and sending them to us after the wedding. I know this is something many brides & grooms worry about, so there is no need to worry about this when it comes to Michael and Joannie. They will put your mind at ease and you will be confident in their skills and expertise.
Michael and Joannie are so knowledgable and have such great ideas for poses! Our wedding was captured beautifully and the pictures turned out perfectly. Thank you both for all of your help and making our wedding day a blast!
Best photogragers. We loved our engagement photos and can’t wait to see the wedding photos! Michael and Joannie were a hit at our wedding! They were so professional and personable. Kids love them and they love kids! They went above and beyond and we can’t wait to use them again in the future!
Hiring Michael and Joannie was one of, if not the, best decision my wife and I made when planning our big day. They were the first photographers we met with, and we knew after our meeting that we need look no further. They were clearly true professionals, made us feel extremely comfortable and laid out a vision that was exactly what we were hoping for. When we left that first meeting we felt very excited and lucky that we were able to book them. For the engagement shoot, my wife and I only had a vague idea of what we were looking for. We gave him a location and a couple of signs we wanted to incorporate, and the rest we entrusted to him. When we saw the results, we were blown away. For our ceremony, we had both Michael and Joannie on hand. On an otherwise very stressful day, the photo sessions were a breath of fresh air. They created a schedule that allowed us plenty of time to get to our other responsibilities and found locations that were absolutely stunning. When we saw some of the finished product, we were nothing short of amazed. We could not be more grateful to Michael and Joannie for the work they did for us. That day was the biggest of our lives, and thanks to them we will be able to relive it every time we look at the incredible photos they took. If you are looking for true professionals who will make it their mission to give you incredible memories to look back on, they are the ones to call. You will not be disappointed.
Michael and Joannie were fantastic photographers! From the moment we met them, they understood our vision and helped it come to life. I was impressed with how professional and fun they were. They knew how to make our wedding party relax and enjoy the day. The fact they are a husband and wife duo makes them in tune to each other and everything around them. We loved the candid photos they captured and couldn’t be happier. I would hands down recommend them to anyone searching for a photographer. Great price for amazing quality!
Michael and Joannie were simply amazing! They photographed my 9/30/17 wedding and I cannot express how fun and personable they were to work with. They made sure that I was getting all of the photos that I wanted and even checked back in a few times to make sure I was good with what was taken. They were a huge hit at our wedding and my friends and family really enjoyed their presence. I highly recommend them to anyone looking. My engagement photos were perfect and I cannot wait to see my wedding photos as I know I will love them equally as much!
Michael and Joannie were wonderful! They were so accommodating and fun during every step of the way. We couldn't be more thankful to have been able to have them capture our wedding day! Thank you both for being part of our day and celebrating with us!!!
Michael Anderson Photography was hands down the best choice! After our first meeting I knew that he was the perfect fit. I absolutely love Michael’s photography style. Michael is incredibly talented and such a joy to work with! He is very professional and knows what he is doing. His attention to detail is incredible and Michael and Joannie truly go above and beyond to get those one-of-a-kind shots for each couple. Pictures show up absolutely gorgeous! On our wedding day Michael and Joannie were very professional, friendly and fun, making everyone around them feel very comfortable. We had a blast taking our pictures with them! Our wedding day flew by so fast, and I am so happy that we now have those beautiful pictures to remember it by. We are so happy with our engagement and wedding pictures Michael did for us and will be definitely using Michael Anderson Photography in the future!
Words can not describe how HAPPY I am with the AMAZING Michael Anderson Photography! For all of the brides out there I will try... because he is 100% who you want!!! Just look at his STUNNING portfolio! The attention to detail is beyond INCREDIBLE! As the bride, it was such a relief not to stress over any of it. Mike knows what he's doing and the pictures show it! My husband looks phenomenal (as usual) and these are the first photos that I actually like of myself. We will be using Mike again for sure. Apparently he does it all, but I can confirm that wedding photos with Mike will be the best decision anyone can make. This is your day! Make the memories GORGEOUS!!!
My husband and I cannot praise Michael & Joannie Anderson enough!! It took me a while to write this review, and I normally do not, but I have to let other brides and grooms know about how amazing, professional, fun and fantastic they are as photographers. They helped to make our wedding day so unforgettable & with the beautiful photos that they took it truly will be unforgettable ! They were truly professional but they also made you feel so comfortable. Our wedding photos are gorgeous. They take the time and listen to your wants/needs in your big day. We are so blessed that we were able to snag these two for our big fairy tale wedding. Thank you guys so much!!
My wife Kate and I actually found Michael Anderson Photography using this 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 ten fold! 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 a friendly, talented and experienced professionals, because they are that and SO much more!
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!
If you're looking for an amazing photographer or two, look no further Michael and Joannie Anderson are your pair! Michael shot our engagment session last April. After viewing all of our photos I knew we made the right decision with Michael and Joannie! They showed up before scheduled on our wedding day and began capturing all sorts of moments! They had no problems swatting mosquitos in the tall grass while snapping away! Throughout the whole wedding day Michael only showed me 1 sneak peek picture and I couldn't believe it! We just recieved our photos and they are more then I dreamed! They are stunning. Looking through all 600+ of our photos brings me to tears, how will I ever choose?! They do amazing work and go above and beyond! Thanks for everything!
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 from 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.
Michael and Joannie are professional and very fun! They shot our engagement photos as well as our wedding. We couldn't have asked for better photographers as they were very easy to work with in which there was never a dull moment. You can tell they take what they do seriously and it was obvious to us they loved and enjoyed what they do as well. During some of the posed photos we took I myself would run out of ideas on how to pose or where to put hands etc. and Michael always had something up his sleeve to make each shot great. Also whatever we were up for to get a great shot they were up for as well. Even well after their duty as photographers was over on our wedding day they pulled their gear out at the end of the night to capture they wedding party and guests jumping in Lake Superior. I would recommend these two too anyone looking for a fun and professional photographer and we will be using them again in the future.
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. Mother of the Bride
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 experience, Michael and Joannie made me feel comfortable and at easy. I personally have two types of smiles: nature 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 nature smile. At our wedding, Michael and Joannie arrived early, continuously were checking on us and our needs, and make sure everyone has having a good time. They captured many memories throughout our day that could have easily been forgotten but also special moments that I treasure.
Michael & Joannie shot 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!
Selecting a photographer is a pretty daunting task as there as so many out there, and this is what you'll have to look back on your wedding for the rest of your life. LOOK NO FURTHER! Michael and Joannie Anderson are the best in the biz! Not only is the quality of the work incredible, their personality served as the zen to our chaotic day. You can tell that Michael is a true professional, and his work is unmatched. You'll not only have amazing pictures to look back upon, but you'll have great memories of working with a wonderful couple of people! Thank you Michael and Joannie for making our day so special! Brett & Haylee
THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS OUT THERE 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 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!
Well Michael, we are on the beautiful island of Kauai looking at the photos and video you put together for the first time and are in awe once again of the wonderful work you do. Thank you for making this day such a special one. Your attention to detail, creative touches, humor, and just capturing every moment make you and what you do a special talent. Thank you for who you are and what you do and sharing in our day. Jon & Blenda
Meet The Owner
Michael & Joannie Anderson
Joannie and I are the world's only light painting wedding photographers! Our work has been recognized as: “The Best Wedding Photographers in Minneapolis” by Expertise in 2018, 2017 & 2016. Inducted into The Knot “Best of Weddings” Hall of Fame. Recipients of the Knot "Best of Weddings" in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009 & 2008. Winners of the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award in 2018, 2017 & 2016.