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. Favorite. Thank you so much. Kirsten
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 - Olivia + Paige
See Olivia and Paige's Winter Wedding Day Story
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 Wedding Day Story
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!
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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!!!! - Becky & Karl
See Becky + Karl Wedding Day Story (as published in Minnesota Bride)
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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! - Allyson & Joe
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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!! Love, Michaela & Jared
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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
See Loren + Alex Wedding Day Story at Cabin Bliss
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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
See Emily + John Elopement Story
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Tanya + Adam
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
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KYA + TIM
(the sweetest email after their engagement session)
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!
Kya and Tim