Ester Knowlen Photography
I care deeply about my work, your experience, and the images I capture. What I do makes me smile. On a daily basis. I give my work my all (and then some), pour my heart and soul into it, and lose myself in it.  It’s absolutely exhilarating, and so humbling at the same time, to be entrusted to serve you with my talents, and my hope is to create timeless, authentic images that will fill your heart and your walls and remind you exactly how you felt. For always.                                                   
Minnesota Wedding Photographer

My name is Ester, I’m a Polish-born, Minneapolis MN based journalistic photographer. And since 2014 I’ve had the coolest job on Earth — I get to watch people make out for a living! ;)

I am married (16+years now) to the most amazing guy I know, who believes in me, more than I do sometimes, and brings out the best in me. He’s my world, and my way back to myself when my compass loses North.

If we’re not day-dreaming about our next Europe travel adventure, we’re probably binge-watching Bull (or NCIS), re-watching Harry Potter for the nth time, or trying to keep our crazy Rottie Surly Burly from destroying the house one garbage can at a time. Sarcasm is my love language, and let’s be honest, you probably won’t get most of my jokes - not that that’s going to stop me from trying… 

My passion is to create authentic and natural images that capture you in your element. I’m a big fan of movement (big or small, wherever your personality or moment feels right), and I’m ALL about play rather than stiff or awkward posing. I love creating an authentic, full of expression and emotion environment where you can be you, and the connection between you can overtake the moment for me to capture those real bursts of laughter, the nerdy wrinkle-nose smiles, the sweet hugs, and all the other feels, so you remember just how you felt, even years down the road, and even when you might need a reminder…

If what you read and the work I share are tugging on your heart strings, welcome to “My Tribe” - (the type of people that will fall in love with me behind the camera, and fall in love with each other all over again in front of it. ) — Let's connect! — Ester

TO me A storyteller is a keen observeR, keeping a pulse on what's unfolding in front of her, with a creative eye for detail, preserving some mystery, and aiming to capture genuine emotion and candidness of the moment. Capturing stories is what made me fall in love with photography to begin with, and it's what keeps me hooked.                                                          

See some of My Work - In Imagery + Words




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Journalistic Style

“Elegance is the balance between proportion, emotion, and surprise"
 - Valentino Garavani

MY STYLE is moody, romantic, very camera-unaware, and to me a perfect photograph can be far from perfect or perfectly posed. I love the carefree spirit of wind-blown hair, an impromptu dance, and I don’t shy away from chaos. I tend to have a 6th sense for awkwardness (sometimes even my own ;)) so stiff poses are not my thing. No “cheese” either!

My favorite moment is likely on the candid side, showcasing your quirkiness, and sweetness, with genuine connection, tapping into your unique mood and personality.

Now, don't worry, on a wedding day there is the Family portraits part, where you do get the traditional grinning shots with mom and grandma for her fridge, but even then I often go off script to create a few sweet moments for me to capture rather than just focusing on the “photo checklist”. And, if you are part of "My Tribe", those likely will end up being some of your favorite shots down the road. 


Recent + Featured Work

Love Notes from “My tribe”

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