Love Notes


Let me start by saying that... this page makes me blush a bit… makes me giddy, and gives me goose-bumps all at the same time. It's so humbling to share with you. My amazing couples, my amazing clients blow me away and leave my absolutely speechless with their generosity and appreciation.

A HUUUGE thank you to ALL these incredible people (and all not mentioned here) for their sweet words, thank you notes, gifts, Facebook and Google messages & reviews, Instagram encouraging comments and posts, stories, Christmas cards, Save the Dates, and so on. You know who you are… You absolutely make me melt, and... I save every single little note you send me, it goes into my “darling box”! :) Thank you for all the love!!! You’re not just “clients” you are friends, thank you for coming back year after year. It brings me so much joy to see your grow and serve you with my talents.

with love -

-Ester K. 

Minnesota Newborn Photographer

Jordan + Daniel + baby Eliette

Ester is the best of the best! She made us feel so comfortable and ease the whole time, even with an uncooperative infant. All our photos turned out absolutely beautiful! I so appreciate her attention to detail and how she captured the magic and intimacy of what felt like everyday moments in our home.

Thanks again, Ester! We can't wait to work with you again in the future! - Jordan

See lil' Eliette's newborn photos story
PAIKKA Wedding

Amanda + Chris

Ester - Thank you for everything you did to help make our wedding day amazing! You truly went above and beyond and we can’t thank you enough. I’ve looked at our photos every day since we got them, and smile the whole time. You captured our day perfectly. Tyson and Kaya [their pups ;)] wanted to say thank you too, with a little something for the Surly Burly :) [my pup :)]
Thanks again for everything!
Love - Amanda, Chris, Kaya & Tyson

(…From Amanda’s absolute sweetest gift and note left on my doorstep after they got their gallery :))

See Amanda and Chris’s PAIKKA Wedding Story

Minnesota Barn Wedding
Legacy Hill Farm Wedding

Shannon + Kyle

There is not another photographer that I would recommend more than this woman. Her passion for her work and her zest for life shine through her photos. She is able to capture raw emotion and show it beautifully in her work. Not only is she exceptional at what she does but she is an absolute joy to be around. Ester shot our engagement photos, my boudoir photos, and our wedding day. Each time she has made us feel incredibly comfortable in front of her lens. We have been thrilled as we’ve gotten our photos back and we cannot wait to see more of our wedding as we just got married last Saturday (as I write this). She works her butt off, and she also froze it off for us as she shot outside all day. She is not afraid to ask for or tell people what she wants to get amazing shots for her clients. As my husband and I continue our life together there is only one photographer we will choose to shoot our milestones, Ester. We cannot thank her enough for everything she’s done for us since we booked her! — Mr and Mrs Campbell

See Shannon & Kyle’s Minnesota Barn Wedding Story

Desiree + Sean

Ester, Ester, Ester. Every bride, groom, couple, family, person needs to know this woman. Her work is beyond stunning.

Ester took our engagement photos and most recently, our wedding photos. My husband and I have been left speechless countless times by how Ester can capture our genuine selves so perfectly (even as awkward as we both may be). Our engagement photos were gorgeous and our wedding photos are everything we’ve dreamt of and more.

Ester’s warm moody style and her eye for detail and raw emotion is what drew us toward her. The goofy, sweet personality was an added bonus. She’s proven to be our favorite vendor through the whole wedding planning process.

An absolute gem and joy to work with, Ester went above and beyond in her role as our photographer. From freezing her butt off on our wedding day, to taking us on corn field adventures to get the perfect shot... she made our day even more memorable. She absolutely loves what she does and we have the stunning work to prove it 
Thank you, Ester! You are truly the best at what you do and we’re so thankful to have had you capture our special day.

The Skiptons

See Desiree and Sean’s Legacy Hill Wedding story

PAIKKA Wedding Minneapolis Photographer

Amanda + Chris

Picking Ester to capture our wedding day was one of the best decisions we made. I cannot recommend her enough. The amount of pride and care she puts into all her work really shines through. Not only are her photos amazing, she is a joy to work with. She has fun with you and makes it so you forget she is even there so she can capture the raw moment. As a designer/art director, picking our photographer was the thing I cared the most about and the vendor I spent the most time researching. I put a lot of time and care into all the details of our wedding and wanted someone who would do the same when photographing it. Ester was that person! Her passion for her work is contagious! She truly went above and beyond and I can't thank her enough! I can't wait to work with her again. — Amanda

(from Amanda’s sweet Facebook review)

See Amanda + Chris’s PAIKKA WEDDING DAY Story

Minneapolis Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

Brogan + Keith + Coda

Cannot say enough about Ester!  She came right to our home and made us feel comfortable right away.  She searches your home for the right lighting and works with the spaces you have.  I was so grateful for her attention to detail, everything from what shoes to wear to placing my hair just right for a shot!  She has an eye for what works.  Every single one of our photos turned out absolutely swoon-worthy.  Cannot wait to work with her again! — Brogan

(From Brogan’s review…)

See CODa’S Newborn photos Story

Maple Ridge Farm Wedding
Florida Sarasota Wedding Photographer

Andrea + Ryan

Ester, where do I begin? Simply put, you create ART. We cannot thank you enough for the time, energy, and talent that you put into the gorgeous images that you captured for us. We love that the images beautifully tell the story of us and our wedding day - we will undoubtedly treasure them for a lifetime! Your knowledge, skill, and passion for your craft shines. Thank you a million times over. Ester!

See Andrea & Ryan’s Boho Maple Ridge Wedding Story


Hannah + Parker

Working with you was such a great experience, we were blown away from beginning to end. You were so laid back and just went with the flow the whole time. You have such an eye for detail and it truly shows in each photo, everything is pure magic! Parker and I are SO pleased with our session. You captured us perfectly and we couldn’t be more grateful! We’re in love with the entire gallery. We could never thank you enough!

To anyone looking for an absolutely amazing photographer- we highly recommend Ester, you will not be disappointed! She is so easy going and up for anything. She will make you feel more than comfortable, to the point where you might forget she’s there! In a good way! She truly makes you feel special. 

We are so happy to have these photos to look back on for years to come. They are so dear to us. Thank you again for everything!

xoxo Hannah & Parker

See Hannah & Parker's Saint Petersburg FL Fort Desoto Session Story

Minneapolis Event Centers Wedding

Kayla + Alex

Ester, thank you so much for being the absolute best photographer at our wedding! You made us feel at ease & were so great at organizing our crazy friends / family!! :) We absolutely LOVE our photos & know that we will cherish them for the rest of our lives!! You are so extremely talented and we are so grateful that we had you to capture our day!! — <3 Kayla & Alex

See Kayla & Alex’s Urban Wedding Story

Minneapolis Engagement Session

Kate + Andrew + Kurt (the cat)

We had such an awesome experience with Ester! My husband and I just bought a house and we thought it would be fun to do a home session as a birthday gift to ourselves! We also have a feisty little cat, Kurt, and my husband had always wanted some pictures with the 3 of us (yes we are those people). Ester made us feel so comfortable and we actually had a lot of fun during the shoot. Those things can be a little awkward at times if you are not used to being in front of the camera, but we had a blast. Ester gave great direction for Andrew and I and had some super fun ideas of different areas around the house to take photos that we wouldn't have thought of. She even helped me pick out my outfits! :) I can't say enough good things about her and our experience! We will for sure work with Ester whenever we want some updated family photos. Next is the dog!! :) Thank you again for everything!!


Bloom Lake Barn Wedding

Afton + Jake

Ester, you went above and beyond on our wedding day! I truly am sooo glad I found you & chose you to photograph our wedding. You are simply AMAZING!! The best of the best! We will definitely be reaching out again in the future!! Until then... we wish you all the best! <3

Love, Afton and Jake Blix

(Love note from their "You went out of your way... And it was out of this world" card)

See Afton and Jake's Bloom Lake Barn Wedding Story

Kellermans Event Center Wedding

Olivia + Paige

We cannot begin to thank Ester enough, the photos she took were beyond amazing. From the start Paige and I knew we would be nervous in front of the camera, which also made us nervous the pictures would show that. At our engagement session, Ester helped us by keeping it fun and energetic which made it effortless for us. She was able to break us out of shell (truly not an easy feat). Our engagement pictures turned out incredible (and didn't show a single bit of our awkward/nervousness). From that moment on we knew we had made the right decision. Her itinerary for our wedding day was truly a life saver, we would have been so lost without it.

Being a bit of a control freak myself, it was hard for me to put so much trust in someone else's suggested timeline for our day, but I am so glad I did. Ester truly knows what will work and what will not when it comes to the wedding day. Additionally, every time we had a question or concern she was always so prompt to help us out and answer our emails. On the day of our wedding, Ester helped us be in the moment and remember why we were there in the first place, because of our LOVE for each other. The pictures Ester took turned out amazing and captured our day so perfectly. The number of compliments we have received on her photos are endless. Her pictures are moody, yet timeless, romantic, emotional, fun and everything in between. Every time we go back and look at them we can't help but feel like we are reliving that wonderful day.

See Olivia and Paige's Winter Wedding Day Story

St. Paul Athletic Club Wedding

Anna + Joshua

Hi Ester, I know you’re in busy season right now, but I just wanted to shoot you a quick note to thank you for all of your hard work, advice, and laughter at our wedding last weekend! Everything went so smoothly, and a large part of that is due to your solid advice and wisdom when it came to our timeline. We appreciate you so much, and we cannot wait to see our photos in a few weeks! 

It truly was the best day of our lives, and we are so thankful we trusted you with documenting our favorite moments. You have a gift sista! And thank you for sharing it with us! 

With love, Anna (Wondergem) Wyman

Minneapolis Lifestyle Boho Maternity
Adventurous Engagement Session Minnesota

The Fosters

Ester has a way about her that makes you feel so at ease and comfortable in front of the camera. Because of that, we had so much fun! Literally. I didn't know that a photo shoot could be as fun as going to a party with your best friends. We laughed. We were ourselves. We joked. We danced. Ester worked her magic. The way she captures intimate moments are magical and we love her editing style. Her work will decorate the walls of our home for years to come. She is our go-to for photos and we look forward to many more moments captured by her. She truly is one of a kind!

Thank you Ester! Your talent is so appreciated.

The Fosters



Mackenzie + Danny

Ester, where do we begin?! Thank you so much for being the absolute best wedding photographer ever! You guided us through the entire day, and we couldn't have done it without you! We loved working with you, and will be passing your name to others! Can't wait to see all the photos!

Thanks again!!! xoxo, The Wallentines <3 

(Love note from their thank you card after the wedding :)) 

The Blaisdell Wedding

Alyssa + Blake

Ester, I just love how you kept me and Blake calm. You encouraged us to fight through the hot weather to get the shots we wanted, and I am so glad we did because our photos turned out AMAZING!!! I also loved that you turned on music during our session to help relax us and help us get in the mood. The way you posed us, the way you talked with us, just EVERYTHING, was perfect for us. We have absolutely no complaints. You captured our day perfectly! And we will always cherish these photos FOREVER. We love you, Ester!! <3 <3 <3

MEC Wedding

Emily + Phil

Dear Ester,
Thank you so much for being such an important part of our special day. We are obsessed with the photos! You did an amazing job handling our giant family and helping us stay sane on the hottest day ever. Thank you so much again, and best of luck with the rest of wedding season! Love - Emily and Phil Johnson

Minnesota Family Photographer

Keller Family

You should have a hidden camera so you can see our reactions. You are brilliant and every single time I think -- this shoot was my favorite. The next is my new favorite yet! Thank you so much. - Kirsten

(A sweet email note from Kirsten after their 4th session with me :))

Minneapolis Event Centers

Meggan + Joe

We really can't describe how wonderful and FUN you made our experience. From start to finish we had such a blast working with you! We were nervous for our engagement shoot (mostly out of fear we would be SO awkward and the pictures would turn out awkward), but you made it so fun and relaxing. After that session we knew we had chosen the perfect photographer for us. You made us feel relaxed and helped us remember why we were doing all this - because we are crazy about each other :) Our wedding day was no different. Leading up to the wedding, your itinerary was beyond helpful and allowed us to plan out the day with lots of family and even more people in the wedding party. You (and Nicole) handled our HUGE wedding party so amazingly and everyone had such a fun time! We LOVE looking through our pictures and remembering the day - we appreciate you SO much! :)

- Mr and Mrs Antony

See Meggan and Joe's MEC Wedding Day Story

Earl Brown Center Wedding

Christen + Mark

Where do I begin to say THANK YOU to our incredible photographer Ester Knowlen. I was lucky enough to come across her when searching for wedding photographers when I got engaged in early 2017. Little did we know that we would not only fall in love with her work, but also her as a person. From the very start Ester has felt like a friend. She makes you feel comfortable with absolutely every step of the way when it comes to the CRAZINESS of wedding planning. Not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera but NO MATTER WHO you are, she will make you feel comfortable. With her laid-back presence and her essence for fun, she can bring out even the stiffest person from their shell.

When it comes to photographers we hit the jackpot. While we were trying to line up our 'engagement photo session' time and date plan with Ester, our family hit some road bumps health wise and we didn’t have a flexible schedule due to un-foreseen hospital visits. Let’s just say we had to re-schedule with Ester multiple times. She was so incredibly understanding and worked with us to find a time on a whim to capture the most beautiful pictures we could have ever hoped for. We knew just how crazy her schedule was and for her to treat us with such kindness and understanding during a very rough time for our family, really made our appreciation for her skyrocket.
Not only was our photographer but she felt like a wedding planner as well! Ester helped create the most detailed and organized wedding timeline with me and I couldn’t imagine what our day would have been like without it. She made that process so easy for a bride and it took a huge stress off my list of things to do. She has been around the block with many different types of weddings and she really knows what works and what doesn’t work. Even when the big day arrived, she kept us all on track and knew WHAT we should be doing and WHEN we should be doing it. All our wedding party raved about how organized the picture process went that day. I’ve been in other weddings where they didn’t get all the pictures they wanted or they ran out of time to get enough. With Ester, you plan all that out ahead of time and come that day, you won’t miss out on anything you wanted while also having a great time!

I could go on and on about how great our experience was but long story short, her pictures speak for themselves - AMAZING. They are unbelievably breath taking, meaningful and full of precious moments of the best day of our life. Her pictures are raw, creative, romantic, emotional and everything that we have ever wanted. She has an eye for new surroundings and new angles and that is what made our photos so unbelievable. The number of compliments we have received from both our engagement pictures and wedding pictures are endless. Our pictures will last a lifetime but what also matters to us when we look back on them is who was behind the lens. Like I said before she was not only our photographer, but a Friend. We can’t thank you enough Ester and can’t wait to work with you again in the future!
-The Korfs

The Copper Hen Wedding

Becky + Karl

Ester, we love you. You made our wedding experience so FUN, RELAXED and EASY! Your energy truly stole our heart and as we navigated the wedding planning experience, you were there for us.

We met Ester after falling in love with her gallery on her website. Her energy and enthusiasm won us over and we were ecstatic to work with her!
We booked an engagement session that was truly a dream. Ester gave my husband and I lots of direction so we felt comfortable during the process and it made for absolutely beautiful photos. We really appreciated that about her.

Ester went above and beyond as our photographer. She helped us tremendously with our day of itinerary and even traveled to our first look spot before the wedding day to make sure the space would make for a great shot. We appreciated her efforts so much, she was so helpful! Answering all of my emails quickly and was always SO KIND!

Ester was the best decision we made in our wedding planning process. EVERYONE raves about our wedding photos! I can't say enough about Ester. Her work ethic, kindness, positive energy, and amazing photos made our experience incredible. We highly recommend Ester!!!!

See Becky + Karl’s Copper Hen Wedding Day Story (as published in Minnesota Bride)

Kellermans Wedding

Allyson + Joe

Ester accomplished the impossible, which was getting my husband to take an hour long engagement photo session and then hours of photos on our wedding day.

The atmosphere that she creates during your photo session is so comfortable and fun. She brought a portable speaker to our engagement session and played music to lighten the mood and get us relaxed and intimate.

Our wedding photographs are simply amazing. The care and detail that she goes into to capture every moment makes the pictures that much better. You don't get the standard boring poses, she is constantly finding inspiration in the surroundings and trying new shots. The creativity creates absolutely breathtaking shots.

Ester pairs creativity with talent. The quality of every photograph I received was phenomenal. My only problem is finding enough space in my house for all of the photos I want to print!

Oh and if you have a large family for wedding photos don't worry, she keeps everyone in line 🙂

I cannot wait for my next life event so that I can get more pictures taken by Ester!

Minnesota Wedding Photographer

Michaela + Jared

We can't thank you enough for being such a special part of our wedding! We had an absolute blast working with you, and appreciate you more than you could ever know. Thank you for keeping us calm, making it fun, and for capturing the moments that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Our photographers are our favorite part of our wedding. You and your crazy talented work blew us away and we are forever grateful! People like us are so lucky that you followed your heart, passion, and your true calling :) We will call you when we are ready for maternity / baby photo shoots! ;) Merry Christmas!! - Michaela & Jared

Intimate Wedding at the Cabin

Loren + Alex

Ester was our wedding photographer, and she was nothing short of ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Not only did she take breathtaking pictures of our special day, but she also helped me put together my whole wedding day itinerary! I had no idea where to even begin with plotting out my wedding day, and she made it so easy. Who would have thought your photographer would help with that, am I right?!

Ester is so sweet, energetic, and outgoing. She makes you feel so comfortable while she is shooting with you, and she makes it really fun and enjoyable. She always made sure to stay in touch throughout the whole experience, and she was so easy to work with. She made everything a breeze! On the wedding day she stepped it up even more! She made sure to get people rounded up when needed, she helped out with things throughout the day, and if the schedule needed to move around she took care of communicating and arranging all that for me.

Not only did Ester do our wedding photos, but she also did a winter engagement session with us as well. She again made us feel so comfortable, she brought a bunch of props, and winter gear to help keep us warm too. She kept her car running the whole time so we could take breaks and warm up in between taking pictures.

I have nothing, but amazing things to say about Ester, she was by far my favorite and best vendor during my whole wedding process. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone! - Loren & Alex

Minnesota Elopement Photographer

Emily + John

Absolutely amazing!! Ester stepped in at the very last moment for my elopement, & treated my small ceremony like it was a million dollar wedding. She was SO fun and made everyone so relaxed. She had no fear in politely asking strangers to move out of our shots, and made it feel like we had been planning this day forever, when I literally found her THE day before.

She listened to our tastes and brought us to the perfect backdrop despite my groom and I having opposite tastes (I like industrial, he likes nature). She fixed and pointed out small ways to look more flattering while striking a pose, which was amazing for me, since I'm not your typical-size bride.

No matter the size of your special day, Ester is an absolute PRO and the best of the best! She has such a creative eye and blessed spirit. We've seen one picture so far, and it's my favorite shot of all time, I can not wait to see the rest! My husband and I are so thankful for Ester and will definitely be coming back for future family photos! - Emily & John

Hope Glen Farm Wedding

Tanya + Adam

Dear Ester,
Thank you for capturing the beauty of our day! It has been so much fun to work with you. You have an unbelievable eye for detail and you bring such positivity! <3 Thanks again for everything, Tanya and Adam

Intimate Outdoor Ceremony

Rachel + Sam

We are absolutely thrilled with how our pictures turned out and I just love them! I was nervous that pictures all day was going to be a lot (as in being pictured out) before the actual wedding, but everything went beautifully! Ester did a great job working with our group, especially when the little ones were not into taking pictures. She made it a very enjoyable day! My favorite part of the day was the first look with Sam :)

Love - Rachel Hosszu (AKA MRS Hosszu!)

Minnesota Engagement Session

Brooke + Daniel

I was so excited to see your email with the link to our gallery! Daniel is out of town but we spent the last 1.5 hours on the phone laughing over which photos each us liked best. We are beyond thrilled with how they turned out and are excited to get our Christmas card out to friends and family!

Thanks again for everything! 
Warm regards,

Brooke & Daniel 

At Home Minnesota Engagement Session
Engagement Session Ideas Lebanon Hills

Kya + Tim

Hi Ester -

Thank you for a wonderful session last week! You took two awkward, camera shy peeps and made it fun. We loved having the shoot at our home and cannot wait to see the images. Looking forward to the wedding after getting to spend the session last week with you!

See Kya & Tim’s sweet At Home session Story


Desiree + Sean

We love Ester Knowlen! Ester took our engagement photos and, most recently, our wedding photos. My husband and I have been left speechless countless times by how she is able to capture our genuine selves so perfectly (even as awkward as we both may be 😂). Our engagement photos were gorgeous, natural, candid and our wedding photos are all of that and more. Ester’s warm moody style and her eye for detail and raw emotion is what drew us toward her. The goofy, sweet personality is an added bonus. She’s proven to be our favorite vendor through the whole wedding planning process and makes her clients feel right at home even in front of a camera. An absolute gem and joy to work with, Ester went above and beyond in her role as our photographer. She is more than just a photographer, she’s an artist, an itinerary goddess, and a pro at stress relief. The ideal dream photographer. From freezing her butt off on our wedding day, to taking us on corn field adventures to get the perfect shot, Ester made our wedding day even more memorable. She absolutely loves what she does which makes working with her even more enjoyable!

(from their Google review…)

See Desiree & Sean’s Intimate Engagement Session Story

The NP Event Space Wedding

Kelly + Ryan

Ester did our wedding and we just got our first peak at some of the pictures and WOW!! She captured EXACTLY who my husband and I are as a couple and she worked her a** off (in the freezing cold) to get the very best shots. She has the most amazing eye when it comes to taking photos and she goes above and beyond her expertise to make sure you have the most amazing pictures of one of the most important days of your life. She makes you feel so comfortable and so relaxed and she really LOVES what she does. Thank you Ester for making our most perfect day even more perfect! - the Nybergs

(from their Facebook review…)