Minneapolis Portrait Photography


Hi, I am a photographer who uses a laid-back, comfortable style and natural light to capture moments of shared joy.

My photography is focused on affordable, fun, and unique MN family and child photography.

I love working with kids and families, but I also enjoy engagement, wedding, senior, maternity, newborn and special occasion sessions.

All Sessions Include

  • A flat fee, with all digital downloads included
  • A private online gallery where you can view, download and order prints. (preview)
  • A secure link to share your photos with family and friends
  • Affordable and straightforward pricing
  • Instant booking and online payment
  • A 5-star rated photographer

*view wedding rates.

Concierge Session
$150
  • 45-60 min session
  • 100+ lightly edited photos
  • All digital downloads included
  • Peak customization
  • On location or at your home
  • Book according to your schedule
Mini Sessions
$100
  • 15 min session
  • 50+ lightly edited photos
  • All digital downloads included
  • Minneapolis and St Paul
  • Pre-selected dates
  • Pre-selected locations
Your Photographer, Alisa Matheson of Attempting Agape

As a mom, aunt, sister, and friend, I know how important it is to capture the short-lived and fleeting moments of joy as they happen.

Photography with me is stress-free, fun and laid back. Let us create something beautiful together.

Can’t wait to meet you and yours,

Alisa Matheson

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

Karl Lagerfeld

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

I think that’s the strength of photography – to decide the decisive moment, to click in the moment to come up with a picture that never comes back again.

Rene Burri

Photography Gift Cards

Whether you are finding a way to memorialize a health victory or struggle, trying to find a gift that your minimalist friend won’t regift or the perfect gift for something for someone who has everything, photography has a personal and deeply meaningful touch.

For many, professional photography is something that is just out of range of necessary and receiving a photography gift card opens up the opportunity to freeze this moment in time and capture the emotions of the moment.   

There are so many joyful occasions in which photography captures a beautiful moment; an anniversary, new baby, birthday, adoption, graduation, co-worker appreciation, health victory or holiday celebration.  There are also life changing moments, that while difficult are a moment worth noting through images, such as a health diagnosis or transition into hospice.

At the time of purchase, let me know if you would like ME to email them the certificate, or if you would like me to send you an electronic certificate to gift to them yourself.

Attempting Agape would love to help you give the gift of memories.


There’s such a good vibe in Minneapolis. You’ve got an upscale downtown, and yet people aren’t afraid to sit around the fire pit in the middle of winter and drink a beer. It’s amazing.

Philip Winchester

Photographer for the Entire Minneapolis and Twin Cities Minnesota Area

South Minneapolis became my home about four years ago. Moving here from the Forest Lake area, living in Uptown had its adjustments, but I can honestly say that I love it here and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

The ability to walk to our favorite park and my daughter’s school has helped us get connected with our community. Minneapolis has stolen my heart like so many before me.

I am still amazed that so many of the amazing Minneapolis and St Paul photography locations that I used to drive 45+ to get to are now within walking distance for me, including Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), and the Lake Street, Lyn-Lake Area, known for its great street art and murals. Living in the Lyndale / Kingfield area is such a treat. How lucky am I?

I like Hollywood. I just like Minneapolis a little bit better.

Prince

Coming in as the largest city in Minnesota, Minneapolis is known for our snowy winters and hot summers, but we are also famous for our diverse community, theatre scene, large art museums, great restaurants, and park system. Some of our beautiful parks and natural settings include Minnehaha Regional Park, Chain of Lakes Regional Park.

Minneapolis also is a great place to attend live events and see sweet art, including the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, shopping along Nicollet Ave, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the American Swedish Institute, and the Mill City Museum.

Minneapolis just embraced me. There are a lot of weirdos here. It’s awesome, because I’m a weirdo. Thankfully, the city embraced me with open arms. A lot about Minneapolis helped carve my musicality and open my eyes. The whole town is so open-minded compared to like, you know, Texas.

Lizzo

Proudly photographing families and children in Calhoun-Isles, Bryn Mawr, Cedar-Isles-Dean, East Calhoun, East Isles, Kenwood, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, South Uptown, West Calhoun, Camden, Cleveland, Folwell, Lind-Bohanon, McKinley, Shingle Creek, Victory, Webber-Camden, Central, Downtown East, Downtown West, Elliot Park, Loring Park, North Loop, Stevens Square, Loring Heights, Longfellow, Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, Longfellow, Seward, Near North, Harrison, Hawthorne, Jordan, Near North, Sumner-Glenwood, Willard Hay, Nokomis, Diamond Lake, Ericsson, Field, Hale, Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park, Northrop, Page, Regina, Wenonah, Northeast, Audubon Park, Beltrami, Bottineau, Columbia Park, Holland, Logan Park, Marshall Terrace, Northeast Park, Sheridan, St. Anthony East, St. Anthony West, Waite Park, Windom Park, Phillips, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, Phillips West, Ventura Village, Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant, Central, Corcoran, Lyndale, Powderhorn Park, Standish, Whittier, Southwest, Armatage, East Harriet, Fulton, Kenny, King Field, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, Windom, University, Cedar-Riverside, Como, Marcy-Holmes, Nicollet Island/East Bank, Prospect Park and University. *Just reach out if not listed.

Favorite Photography Quotes

A good photograph is knowing where to stand. – Ansel Adams

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away. – Eudora Welty

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into. – Ansel Adams

Contrast is what makes photography interesting. – Conrad Hall

Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That’s the thing about painting, photography, cinema. – David Lynch

For me, the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

If you can see it, you can shoot it. – Ted Grant

In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. – Alfred Stieglitz

In the world of photography, you get to share a captured moment with other people. – James Wilson

It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter. – Alfred Eisenstaedt

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography, everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary. – David Bailey

It’s amazing how photography can capture just a split second of something exquisite. – Kiera Cass, The Prince

It’s not enough to just own a camera. Everyone owns a camera. To be a photographer, you must understand, appreciate, and harness the power you hold! – Mark Denman

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.  – George Eastman

My interest in photography is not to capture an image I see or even have in my mind, but to explore the potential of moments I can only begin to imagine. – Lois Greenfield

One advantage of photography is that it’s visual and can transcend language. – Lisa Kristine

Only photography has been able to divide human life into a series of moments, each of them has the value of a complete existence. – Eadweard Muybridge

Only photograph what you love. – Tim Walker

Photographs are just light and time. – Aza Holmes

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts. – Garry Winogrand

Photography is an immediate reaction; drawing is a meditation. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography is an itch that won’t go away. No matter how much you scratch it. – Dara McGrath

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. – Ansel Adams

Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work. – Martin Parr

Photography is the story I fail to put into words. — Destin Sparks

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man. – Edward Steichen

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. – Dorothea Lange

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.
– Arnold Newman

Regarding the creative: never assume you’re the master, only the student. Your audience will determine if you’re masterful. – Don Roff

Sharpness is a bourgeois concept. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long. – Walker Evans

That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject; you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.  – Dorothea Lange

The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer. – Steven Pinker

The camera has always been a guide, and it’s allowed me to see things and focus on things that may be an average person wouldn’t even notice.  – Don Chadwick

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. – Dorothea Lange

The eye should learn to listen before it looks. – Robert Frank

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. – Susan Sontag

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it! – Ansel Adams

The whole nature of photography has changed with the advent of a camera in everybody’s hand. – Sally Mann

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. — Robert Frank

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Today, everything exists to end in a photograph. – Susan Sontag

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.

Ralph Hattersley

What can be proved by a photograph can never be by a word. – T.A

What do we feel when we look at a good photograph? We just want to be there, right at the exact moment that photo taken! – Mehmet Murat Ildan

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. – Karl Lagerfeld

When a moment in front of me appears to be particularly special, whether it be by beauty or experience, I capture it. I usually find a reason to justify taking that photo – symmetry, or color or contrast – and it’s my hope that my photography sheds light onto what I see and do on a daily basis. – Connor Franta

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. — Ansel Adams

The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding, but you forget, you are just looking so much. – Annie Leibovitz

No matter how sophisticated the camera, the photographer is still the one that makes it. – Doug Bartlow

God creates the beauty. My camera and I are a witness.  – Mark Denman

In my view, you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it.  – Émile Zola


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Family photography should be fun and unique to those you love. Precious moments captured affordably, in Lyndale, Kingfield, and South Minneapolis, MN.

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