empiria studios

Athena Janine Hays


Hello, friend! I can't wait to sit down and get to know you. When I take your photographs, it's an intimate, emotional, and FUN experience that we get to share together, so knowing each other on a personal basis is key! I truly want to know, what makes you giddy, enthusiastic, motivated, and proud? What are the moments that make you want to yell from mountaintops either in joy or frustration? We experience so many emotions on a daily basis, and I want to capture them all. If you shed a tear, that is just as important as the smile that follows. Out of all the emotions though, love is my favorite. Love is the greatest gift we can give each other.

Me in a nutshell: my family is from the east coast, I was born on the west coast, and raised in Minnesota. I now live near Minneapolis with my husband, and our cat and dog! I am energized each day by the love and happiness shared between couples, families, and best friends.  

Minnesota Wedding Photographer

If you're curious to know more about me...

I tend to be a bit goofy and laugh at very simple jokes. I dance in the kitchen, and sing to my animals. My dog's name is Sophie and my cat's name is Duckie; their instagram name is @duckie_and_sophie! I'm slightly obsessed with llamas, goats, and basically all animals. I could definitely win at a coconut ice cream eating competition. Mornings are my happy time, and I love really big coffee mugs! If I were a sitcom character, I'd be a mix of Leslie Knope and Tom Haverford, from Parks and Recreation.  And if you put on James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing”, I will dance until the cows come home! Here is a sneak peak of some of my moves. We'll have to wait until your wedding to see the rest!

Minneapolis Wedding Photographer