My name is Athena,

and I want to get to know you! I really do. 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.

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I tend to be a bit goofy, I dance in the kitchen, and sing to my cat. Here’s what makes me love life every day:

-Llamas, goats, and basically all animals (see photos <-- )

-Coconut ice cream

-Big chunky necklaces

-Long walks in beautiful places

-James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing”

-My family, husband, friends, and kitty


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Nominated for MSP Weddings Magazine Best of Wedding Photographers 2017! 


Kind words from clients

Elise: "We couldn't say more amazing things about Empiria Studios! They are so great! They will do their best to work around your schedule. They take direction and suggestions very well, but at the same time respectfully have their own expertise suggestions. They are very professionally but at the same time friendly and make you feel very comfortable, especially when you aren't so comfortable in front of the camera. Their work turned out so beautiful!"

Kathryn: "We were looking for someone who captured informal, genuine moments as well as someone a little more modern and less traditional. We really felt like she had good flare and a down to earth approach. I liked that we got to meet and talk throughout the months leading to the wedding. We also really liked that the you were able to do our engagement pictures, I think we felt more comfortable the day of the wedding. Athena lead the shoot but also was sensitive to feelings. We and family members really love our pictures and that we would work with her again for other special moments in our life!"

Molly: "I love your joy! You made us feel like the most special couple on the planet, and I think that passion for your job translated into the quality of our photos. I had several favorites, but I am always drawn to the ones with big smiles because happiness is always contagious, I think!"

Amber: "Athena is such a fun person to work with! The moment we met with her at caribou, we knew she had to be our photographer. She works so well with the whole bridal party, everyone loved her! The work she does is purely amazing. Extremely easy to work with, responds to emails quickly, she goes above and beyond to make sure she gets the pictures you want. Highly recommend for any occasion!!"

Katie: "We were looking for clean, crisp, vibrant photos that didn’t look too posed or staged. Athena’s photos stood out to us immediately and when we met her for coffee we knew we found the one. Her personality instantly relaxes you and makes you feel comfortable, she connects with you on a level I didn’t think was possible. No questions asked, you need to have her. Period.