Over the next few minutes you will hopefully learn at least a little something about where to buy cameras and take photos in Minneapolis and St Paul. You will also read about everything we could think to include on the topic at hand.
We will start this off by listing some of the best local photographers for when you need wedding pictures, graduation pictures, or want to capture memories at any special events. After that where to go for photo printing whether you want to print something off your phone, get a passport photo, need digital marketing materials, or whatever will be discussed, and they will be followed up by photography studios.
You can always try to “develop your skills” by taking lessons at the best photography classes in your area, sorry, we really tried to hold that corny joke back but couldn’t. Even if there aren’t many left these days the best places to buy cameras and repair shops near you will also be discussed. You can expect them to also sell new lenses, cleaning supplies, covers, stands, and more equipment and accessories.
After all of that is out of the way it will finally be time to get you out of here with a list of places to take beautiful pictures, plus where you can buy some loosely related items like camera phones or security cameras. Some of the places we mention could definitely be in multiple lists but we will do our best to put the right shops in the right lists and let you know when a place can handle multiple needs.
You can also expect to find a local map at the end of the post to help you figure out where all the Minneapolis and St Paul camera and photo places we list are located. This region of the world is one that we have written many other guides for in the past for those that are interested.
There is no better way to commemorate a wedding, graduation, or other special event then to have a great photographer near you capture the scene:
- Joe & Jen Photo
- Erin Johnson Photography
- Becca Dilley Photography
- Brovado Wedding Photography
- Angela Divine Photography
- Marit Williams Photography
- JM Photography
- Carina Photographics
- Giliane E Mansfeldt Photography
- Jeannine Marie Photography
- Summer Street Photography
Joe and Jen Photo has been specializing in family and documentary style wedding photography and has been featured in numerous blogs over the past 10 years.
For almost 20 years Erin Johnson has been providing high quality local wedding photography services and has been recognized by 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, Glamour and Grace, Smitten, and Ruffled.
Becca Dilley has been photographing weddings and editorial portraits near you for over 15 years and has received accolades from WeddingRule, Expertise, Minnesota Bride, Peerspace, and Wedding Wire. Equally Wed, Minnesota Bride, Catalyst, Wedding Wire, and Mpls St Paul Weddings have been featuring Brovado’s works since 2006.
Angela Divine has been a personal brand and wedding photographer for over 10 years and has received numerous awards from The Knot.
For almost 5 years Marit Williams has been photographing weddings, brands, and families and has been featured by Style Me Pretty, Minnesota Bride, The Knot, The Bump, and Pop Sugar.
JM Photography has been specializing in newborn, boudoir, and portrait photography since 2007. Various publications like the Minnesota Bride, The Knot, Expertise, Fearless, Glittery Bride, Brides and Weddings, Modern Weddings, FabYouBliss, TwoBrightLights, Midwest Bride, Rustic Wedding Chic, Glamour and Grace, Wedding Lovely, and plenty more have featured the works of Carina Photographics.
Giliane E Mansfeldt specializes in newborn, maternity, and family photography as well as wedding, cake smash, and event photography and has received awards from Lux Global Awards and Expertise.
Since 2007 Jeannine Marie has been providing wedding and event photography services in your area and her works have appeared in The Knot, Today’s Show, Minnesota Bride, Every Last Detail, The Ruffled Blog, The Frosted Petticoat, Borrowed and Blue, Bridal Guide, and The Perfect Palette.
Summer Street has been featured on Wedding Wire and has been specializing in wedding, portrait, and brand photography since 2010.
To get any kinds of photos printed, processed, or developed head to:
- Color Space Art and Imaging at 77 13th Ave NE
- Alpha Graphics at 811 Lasalle Avenue Skyway Level
- Imagine Express at 2633 Minnehaha Ave
- Artist Resource at 2205 California St NE #111
- Smart Set at 1209 Tyler St NE
- Bolger at 3301 Como Ave SE
- Vital Print Press at 2443 Hennepin Ave
- Quick Digital Printing at 475 Etna St # 21, St Paul
- Seven Corners Print & Promo at 1099 Snelling Ave N, St Paul
- Cedar Printing at 401 Robert St N #211, St Paul
- Allegra Marketing at 55 5th St E #201D, St Paul
All of those options for photo printing near you are good ones. Color or black and white images should be developed, and they should be able to put them on just about whatever you desire.
Anything from brochures and pamphlets to passport photos to books and posters can be developed and printed by these companies who should also be able to handle wall graphics, digital prints, real estate advertisements, and other marketing materials.
Most should also be able to assist with scanning, restorations, enlargements, processing, digital repairs, and more.
Studios For Better Pictures
Book some time at a photography studio in your area if you have serious matters to attend to:
- Shelter Studios at 721 Harding St NE
- Honest Studios at 905 N Washington Ave
- Image Studios at 550 Vandalia St #213, St Paul
- Studio Apparatus at 106 W Water St, St Paul
- Toast Studios at 2500 University Ave W #B-3, St Paul
Shelter has 6 local open concept photography studios that can be rented individually or in multiples for large productions. Their amenities include a 1624′ daylight window, truck high docks, two full prep kitchens, coffee bar, and a grip package.
Honest Studios offers large diffusers, blinds, and a changing backdrop color scheme. High end photography including headshots, portraits, fashion, boudoir, editorial, creative, fine art, product, and aerial as well as studio space rentals by the hour, half day, and full day shoots are available at Image Studios.
Studio Apparatus is a professional production studio with photography, film and video, recording, and art studios that are fully equipped to accommodate a variety of photography productions in Minneapolis as well as intimate gatherings, classes, and workshops.
Toast Studios is a 1,200 square foot photo studio rental space with 15′ ceilings and 4 oversized windows that includes lights, stands, grip equipment, and studio manager assistance.
Here is a list of photography schools and people who give private lessons on how to take beautiful pictures in your area:
- MPLS Photo Center at 1400 Van Buren St NE #200
- Douglas Beasley Photography/Vision Quest Photo Workshops at 2370 Hendon Ave, St Paul
Camera Stores & Repair Shops In Minneapolis & St Paul
Visit one of these stores when you want to buy a new camera, rent one, or get repair work done:
- West Photo at 21 University Ave NE
- Cinequipt at 2601 49th Ave N #500
West Photo sells new and used photography equipment in your area from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Sony and provides rentals, film or digital processing, and large format inkjet printing.
Cinequipt is a full service camera store in Minneapolis that offers everything from cameras to lighting and grip equipment including Arri, RED Digital Cinema, Canon Cinema EOS, Angenieux Optimos, Cooke S4, Zeiss, Cinemagic, Fujinon Panasonic, and Sony PXW-FS7. They also provide repair services and feature a 60′ x 45′ on site studio, 1 to 4 ton grip trucks, Fisher and Chapman camera dollies, Crawford generators, and a large inventory of lighting and grip gear.
Best Places For Selfies
Here is a list of great places to take beautiful selfies in your area:
- Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at 725 Vineland Pl
- Gold Medal Park at 2nd St & 11th Ave S
- Mill Ruins Park at 102 Portland Ave S
- Lyndale Park Gardens at 1300 W 42nd St
- Stone Arch Bridge at 100 Portland Ave
- Rice Park at 109 W 4th St, St Paul
- Indian Mounds Regional Park at 10 Mounds Blvd, St Paul
- Mears Park at 221 5th St E, St Paul
- Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul
- Cathedral of Saint Paul at 239 Selby Ave, St Paul
- Normandale Lake Park at W 84th St & Chalet Rd, Bloomington
- Arboretum Angel of Hope Garden at 9400 Fernbrook Ln N, Maple Grove
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the country’s largest urban sculpture gardens with 40 permanent art installations and several other temporary pieces that rotate in and out. You can visit the garden for free and take some of the best outdoor selfies in your area from 6am to 12am daily.
Gold Medal is a 7.5 acre park with a 32 foot high mound that can be accessed via a spiral walkway rising from a green lawn with 300 trees.
Mill Ruins Park features the historic mill ruins, biking and walking paths, landscaping, raised catwalks, and interpretive signs to provide information and guide visitors as they explore the river and spectacular views of the falls and the Stone Arch Bridge which is the centerpiece of the revitalization of Minneapolis’ historic West Side Milling District.
Lyndale Park Gardens spans 61 acres and includes four gardens which are great for outdoor pictures such as the Peace, Rose, Perennial, and Perennial Trial Garden along with the 53 foot high Minnehaha Falls.
The Stone Arch Bridge is a former railroad bridge that spans the Mississippi River and was constructed to connect the railway system to the new Union Depot which was planned to be built between Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Avenue at the time.
Rice Park features a fountain, bandstand, sculptures of Peanuts cartoon characters, and an ice rink when it is cold enough. It is also one of the venues for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival where an ice palace is built as part of the festivities.
6 prehistoric Native American burial mounds overlooking the Mississippi River can be found at Indian Mounds Regional Park. People of the Hopewell tradition built the oldest mounds about 1,500 to 2,000 years ago which is now a national register of historic places site.
Throughout the year Mears Park hosts numerous concerts, events, and festivals and features a covered band shell with electricity, seasonal flower gardens which are great for local selfies, and a lovely stream that runs diagonally through it.
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is one of the last free zoos in the United States that displays thousands of beautiful plants in six indoor gardens and several outdoor spaces. It features a world class Polar Bear Odyssey which has over 13,000 square feet of outdoor habitat and is home to the zoo’s twin polar bears Buzz and Neil. The zoo also houses large cats, horses, wolves, birds, primates, gorillas, orangutans, seals and sea lions, and a variety of aquatic animals.
The Cathedral of Saint Paul is a Roman Catholic cathedral featuring a distinctive copper-clad dome making it one of the most distinctive cathedrals in the United States.
Normandale Lake Park is a park with walking, jogging, and biking trails that circle the lake as well as picnic areas and canoeing that make for many great spots to take a picture near you.
Over 100 local hardy trees are featured at The Maple Grove Arboretum for display and study. It houses the Angel of Hope statue which is a place of peaceful remembrance for anyone who has lost a loved one and they also host a candlelight memorial at the Arboretum every month of December.
Where To Buy Camera Phones
The newest cell phones have some really nice high megapixel cameras these days and these stores should have what you need:
- AT&T Store at 733 S Marquette Ave #240
- T-Mobile at 800 E Lake St
- Wireless for Less at 1534 E Lake St
- Verizon at 264 E Broadway #E264, Bloomington
- AT&T Store at 8105 Wedgewood Ln N, Maple Grove
The highest megapixel camera phones with bluetooth, cheaper budget options, and everything in between can be purchased at any of the above.
You can either buy security cameras or get the services that go along with them at:
- Minneapolis Security Cameras at 50 South 6th St
- Total Access Management and Security
- Lloyd Security at 1775 Old Hwy 8 NW
- Twin Cities Security Cameras at 17466 Aztec St NW
- Innovative Security Services at 1703 Cope Ave E
- Cassidy Technologies at 2135 Energy Park Dr, St Paul
- Floyd Total Security at 9036 Grand Ave S, Bloomington
- Assured Security at 9905 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington
Some of those will be good stores to buy security cameras in your area while others will take the next step and monitor what is going on.
Some of you might also want to check out our posts on:
- Where To Buy Cameras & Accessories in Milwaukee
- Where To Buy Cameras & Accessories in Chicago
- Where To Buy Cameras & Accessories in Omaha
- Where To Buy Cameras & Accessories in Winnipeg
Enjoy Taking Photos With Your New Camera
We hope you learned a little something about cameras and photos in your area today. You read about all kinds of topics like where to buy cameras, get them repaired, photographers for hire, printing, developing, studios, classes, places to take selfies, camera phones or security.
Anyone that is still here probably has a solid grasp on the local photography scene themself. If so don’t be shy, tell us what we got wrong or share your own tips in the comments.
We hope you have fun buying cameras and taking photos in Minneapolis and St Paul.