About this Vendor

Candid Documentary Photography

There are a lot of expectations out there for what wedding photography is and endless contrived ideas of what a wedding should look like. I am not interested in those expectations or ideas. My goal is to truly capture the individual spirit of your day and how your wedding authentically is. There will be a handfuls of chaos, a bit of quiet, most likely some stress, and a whole lot of relief, love and excitement. And I will take it all! Sarcastic grandparents, drunk friends, crying parents, dancing kids, pouring rain; I like to embrace the dynamics of the day, allowing it to unfold naturally; and want you to have photographs that remind you of how your day felt for you and your guests and not just how awesome it looked.

Details

Photo + Video Styles

Artistic, Documentary, Lifestyle, Modern

Photo Shoot Types

Bridal Portraits, Engagement

Starting Price Range

$2,000-$2,999

Wedding Activities

Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding

Wedding Categories

Destination Weddings, Online Proofing, Digital Files, Film Photography, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Wedding Albums, Photo, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Photo + Video

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Contact Info

Minnesota and beyond! (651) 900-3513
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Reviewed on 11/02/2017 Megan S

I honestly cannot say enough good things about Studio Zu (and AJ of course). She is delightful to work with and an absolute gem! We searched quite a while for a photographer for our wedding and we had a small vision of what we wanted, but we weren't quite sure how to put it into... Read More words. Then we found AJ. The style of her photos seemed so effortless (although I am sure it takes quite a bit of effort) and natural. The subjects in the photos didn't seem rigid or posed, but instead looked comfortable and relaxed. The people were smiling so brightly and laughing. That's what we wanted. Someone who would capture the joy and love throughout our special day. And AJ did just that. We got the photos back a few weeks ago and we haven't been able to stop looking through them. It brings us back to those moments and we will forever be grateful for that. Thank you, AJ, for everything!


Reviewed on 7/27/2017 Ally P

Where do I even start? My groom and I had a small intimate wedding day in Minneapolis. AJ did such a wonderful job capturing our big day. Right from the beginning of our conversations, AJ was professional, timely, and easy to work with! Not too long before our wedding she made... Read More sure she knew the ins-and-outs of our day along with all of the formal photos we wanted captured. All of our formal pictures were executed beautifully, but done so in an organized and timely manner. She captured everything on our day including all the small details like my Grandma's cane, the floral centerpieces we worked on ourselves, and the drinks we picked out. We love all of the photos from our wedding day, but our favorites (and the ones we received most of) are the photos where AJ was capturing the moments of the day as they happened in a journalistic beautiful approach. Looking through our portfolio, we not only remember how everything looked, but AJ's photos remind us so wonderfully how we felt throughout the entire day. We would 100% recommend AJ to our family and friends, and all of you strangers out there on the internet! She is professional, artistic, and we can't thank her enough for capturing our day so beautifully.


Reviewed on 7/25/2016

Studio Zu was the perfect choice to capture our sweet backyard wedding. AJ was a pleasure to work with, excellent at communication, and was especially flexible with our non-traditional plans for the day. Her eye for color and ability to choose the perfect background while... Read More remaining professional in a difficult-to-manage backyard/urban setting was unbelievable. I literally cried when I saw our photos! She made our wedding day look like a dream! Highly recommend!


Reviewed on 11/18/2017 Katie D

We love AJ!! Wow. She did an incredible job. We stumbled upon Studio Zu through days of researching and stopped in our tracks. We were drawn to AJ's images and how she described her photography style. We met her and felt comfortable immediately. We knew we’d made the right... Read More decision. Our family and friends fell in love with her too – she was so calm amongst our crazy, loud group – and as we looked through our photos post-wedding, we were so excited to see all the hidden moments she captured! It is amazing! We were all so happy that day and the photos show so much love and joy. It’s exactly what we were hoping for. AJ is so thoughtful. We would highly recommend her. We are very happy to have met you, AJ. Thank you!!


Reviewed on 11/15/2017 Kristin S

Words can't describe how lucky we feel to have found AJ as our photographer.. The second we got engaged, we knew that finding the right photographer was one of the most important decisions when planning our wedding. We wanted someone with a unique eye who wouldn't capture the... Read More typical wedding photo. And we found that perfectly in Studio Zu. From our first meeting, we knew we had met someone special who fit our style. We were even more convinced after our engagement session with her and was left beyond excited for our wedding day. The end result was something out of our dreams! AJ captured the love and energy we felt that day so perfectly. She is so easy to work with, so much fun to hang out with, and an an overall amazing human! She captured the spirit of every guest who attended and reminded us of all the love we experienced that day. This is a gift we will treasure forever! If you love a photographer who will take beautiful candid photography, while also telling your love story, Studio Zu is it! A million thank you's for being a part of our day, AJ! You are a true artist.


Reviewed on 10/30/2017 Alicia Z

Where to even begin? AJ is absolutely AMAZING! Her unique and artistic style of photography is what initially drew us in. After a short chat with her, we knew we wanted AJ to capture our day. We are so glad to have had the pleasure of working with AJ and her equally-as-amazing... Read More husband! They so perfectly captured our day - from getting ready in the morning, to the dance floor at the end of the night and everything in between. Not only are the photos stunning, but they are natural and authentic, making us feel like we are reliving our day each time we look at them. AJ truly has a knack for capturing the beautiful emotions and the wonderful little candid moments throughout the day. She was a pleasure to work with - professional, responsive, and personable. We have and will continue to highly recommend AJ! Thank you, Studio Zu, for the beautiful photos!


Reviewed on 7/29/2017 Jessica L

AJ was amazing!! We knew from the beginning that she was the photographer from us. She genuinely cared about our vision and capturing our day perfectly. During our wedding we had so many compliments from guests about her, how she was always running around capturing moments, and... Read More she was so lovely to talk to. Once we got our photos (about 1200 mind you!!) she was praised again from friends and family! We would highly recommend AJ at Studio Zu :) Her prices are great too!!


Reviewed on 7/07/2017 Peter V

AJ is a professional. She met with us multiple times before our wedding to iron out all of the details and make sure that she was prepared. She had an itinerary for the day, and a list of the must have photos. We decided to schedule a videographer last minute, and AJ was the... Read More paragon of professionalism. She worked with the videographer to make sure that our day was captured by both mediums and nothing was sacrificed. AJ is trustworthy. Our wedding day was an absolute whirlwind. We did not have any time to think about what photos we needed or who we were missing. This did not matter because AJ had us covered. There was zero apprehension about whether or not our photos were going to turn out. We got to focus on celebrating with our guests and what a priceless gift that was. As our wedding day approached and the weather report all but guaranteed rain. Our friends and family told us that as long as we got married the day would be a success. We still had hoped that the weather would turn around. After the ceremony we started taking photos and AJ told us that she was so glad it was raining. She assured us that the rain would make the photos more romantic and the day more memorable. She was absolutely right. She turned our attitude around and we embraced the rain. We changed our photo location on the spot, and got indoor and outdoor scenes. For the reception, we had planned an outdoor dance floor without a backup plan. AJ’s optimism gave us the courage to dance in the rain and it was easily more fun and enchanting than any sunny day. AJ has all of the equipment. It rained all day on our wedding day. AJ was prepared. She came with all of her photo equipment, and many plastic coverings to keep her equipment safe. This allowed her to be fearless in pursuit of exquisite moments. AJ is a master of her craft. It is very plain to us after watching her photograph in such awful conditions, and then viewing the beautiful results, that AJ not only has the talent and passion, but also the practice and experience. AJ has put in the hours and know just what to do in any situation or environment. AJ captured our wedding day exactly how we remember it. She siphoned all of the magic and beauty through her camera lens, and gave it to us as an everlasting apparition.


Reviewed on 2/03/2017 Meghan W

Honestly, I don' think I could rave enough about how amazing AJ is. From the beginning she worked with us to create a package that fit our need and budget. From there we were smitten, she met with us a few times to capture any specific shots we want, how we envision the day... Read More going and on the actual day does everything you could ever think of and more. Your photos are done so quickly and done so wonderfully you will be so happy with your decision like my husband and I were. Shes the best only way to put it! Thank you AJ!! Nick, Meg, & Fi

2017-02-03T18:24:00 Response from the vendor

Meghan you were all so wonderful! It was such an honor :)


Reviewed on 11/13/2016 Matt H

AJ was perfect - no other way to say it. She spent time getting to know my husband and me so she knew exactly what we wanted. Then on the day she was exactly where we wanted her to be, but we never saw her - she blended right in and wasn't overly staged with us. She did her... Read More magic behind the scenes and photos turned out amazing. She found creative shots to help us capture all the little moments we wanted to remember. We would highly recommend AJ and plan on using her again if we ever need photos.


Reviewed on 10/24/2016

AJ was absolutely wonderful throughout the entire process from the initial meeting to the day of. Smooth sailing the entire way! She (and her equally wonderful husband) was nothing short of professional in all aspects of our agreement. Her style of photography suited our needs... Read More perfectly. Her artistic eye was hard at work throughout the family photos, ceremony and reception. So many wonderful moments caught in such a unique and beautiful fashion. Our first look photos (which we weren't sure if we were going to do ) turned out to be absolutely incredible! They couldn't have turned out any better. Even amidst a wedding day hiccup, she was able to keep us moving along and get our family photos done in a timely manner. I would recommend her time and time again and I intend to every chance I get.


Reviewed on 10/18/2016 Tatyana Z

We had beautiful engagement photos thanks to AJ!


Reviewed on 7/19/2016

AJ was fantastic to work with. She was very prompt on all of her communications and provided a variety of different methods to reach her. She made the whole process very professional, efficient and stressless. AJ captured our engagement in a perfect manner and her pictures... Read More turned out amazing. She made sure to let us enjoy the moments and capture them in a natural way, but she also directed us when it was needed to get that perfect picture. Hope that I can work with her in the future for any other occasion!


Reviewed on 7/05/2016 Ifeoma i

AJ has a unique and artistic point of view which she brings to her photography. She is a consummate professional who ensures that her client is satisfied


Reviewed on 7/05/2016 Ifeoma i

AJ has a unique and artistic point of view which she brings to her photography. She is a consummate professional who ensures that her client is satisfied


Reviewed on 6/30/2016

We absolutely loved working with AJ and Studio Zu for our vow renewal photography. The style of photography she offers is one of a kind! Having AJ as our photographer, she was very professional, fun and even made my non-photogenic husband feel comfortable and we got some great... Read More moments captured!


Reviewed on 6/29/2016

My husband and I could not be happier with our wedding photos and our photographers from Studio Zu! AJ made the process so easy! She was professional, super responsive and so fun to work with. The payment process was super easy. My husband and I didn't really know what we... Read More wanted when it came to poses so AJ made some great recommendations and the results are just wonderful! Thank you AJ and Studio Zu!


Meet The Owner

AJ Tamari

My love of photography began 10 years ago in the darkroom. Over the years I have traveled with my piles of cameras; train hopping, hitchhiking and living overseas. Photography became a method for me to process my ever changing surroundings of landscape, people, culture, and experiences. I entered the wedding industry world cautiously, not wanting to throw out my previous 12 years of aesthetic. However! I have found each wedding I photograph to be so unique, each couple completely inspiring with their own energy, dynamics and beauty, that I have set all reservations aside.