NOMINEE FOR RANGEFINDER’S 30 RISING STARS OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN 2019
PUBLISHED IN THE KNOT, MINNESOTA BRIDE, AND MSP MAGAZINE
NOMINEE FOR BEST MINNESOTA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER 2018 AND 2019
Kacie: "When it came time to hire a photographer for my wedding, it was a no brainer! Athena has amazing talent and a huge heart. I had been following her on Instagram and Facebook and continued to see stunning photo's which made me excited about using her for our wedding! She loves love and makes the experience that much more special and enjoyable. Athena really brings a light to the room with her creative and artistic abilities as well as the ability to take charge and fulfill the requests of the bride and groom! I would highly recommend Athena for any life event!!!"
Hannah: "I was lucky enough to come into contact with Athena for a photoshoot prior to my wedding, so by the time I got engaged, I knew I already had one big decision out of the way! Athena is so sweet and easy to work with. My husband is incredibly uncomfortable in front of the camera - Athena went out of her way to make pictures take as little or as long as we wanted them to. We celebrated our 6 month anniversary this week and I'm still giddy looking at our wedding pictures (and engagement pics for that matter!). She's also super professional - communicative throughout the wedding planning process, sending tips & tricks for makeup/outfits/etc, and asking all the right questions so that every special moment is captured. The fact that she is kind and caring is icing on the cake! We couldn't be more pleased and can't wait to work with her in the future for family/home photos."
Brittany: "I can’t even describe how wonderful Athena is! She has been the best person and best photographer ever! If you are looking for the nicest, bubbliest and most passionate person. You will have that with her. She automatically clicks with everyone she photographs. My photos are beautiful from my engagement and my wedding. I love all of them and never stop looking at them. She also did a family shoot for my sister and it was amazing too! If you are looking for your lifetime photographer, she is definitely the best one!"
Sydney: "My husband and I cannot recommend Empiria Studios enough! Athena was warm, kind, professional, and communicative throughout the planning process. Her personality is perfect for a wedding photographer - she is very bubbly and outgoing. After the wedding, Athena sent our edited photos to us before we had even returned from our honeymoon! The photos themselves were gorgeous. Even my photographer friend was impressed! Athena helped walk me through the process of choosing our favorites and deciding whether to order prints, albums, etc. Book Empiria Studios - you will not regret it!"
Paulette: "Where do I even begin? From the moment we met Athena, she immediately won us over. Her sweet personality and energetic vibe was just what we were looking for when it came to our wedding photographer. The photos are stunning. All of our friends and family, particularly in the wedding party made so many comments about how great the photographers were. I had no idea someone could truly capture the entire day so beautifully. My family and I will be asking Athena for photography work in the near future and for years to come."
Ashley: "Choosing Empiria Studios was one of the easiest and best decisions we made for our wedding. Athena is genuine, warm, creative, fun, and not to mention an all-around great person. Athena knows how to set the tone to capture the perfect shot, whether playing music or sharing a silly joke. While fun and light-hearted, she is still very professional and was flexible when we needed. We asked to incorporate an additional session to do pre-ceremony photos the week before our wedding and she didn’t hesitate to make it work. When it came to the wedding day, Athena helped to calm nerves and guide us, our family, and the wedding party to capture beautiful planned and unplanned moments throughout the day. We were astonished at how quickly Athena returned our final album and beyond pleased with how many stunning photos we now have to cherish our special day. I would highly recommend choosing Empiria Studios. You will not regret it!"
Jennifer: "Working with Empiria Studios was a dream come true for our wedding! Athena is such a sweetheart! She made my husband and I feel so comfortable in front of the camera, kept us looking natural while making us laugh, and was so helpful in the planning process. She was the one vendor that we knew we didn't have to worry about. Just to give you an insight on the type of woman Athena is- on our wedding day, I walked barefoot for a moment and couldn't bend over in my dress to wipe my feet, so she offered up her super nice coat for me to wipe them on! It really is something so small, but was a moment on the day that made me feel like she actually cared about us. She was very professional and checked in on us during the planning process, making it feel like we were more friends than just clients. Not only were we impressed with her creative eye, but we were so impressed with how quickly she turned around to give us our phenomenal photos. We'll cherish these photos forever and will definitely be booking her for future milestones in our lives! We highly recommend her for all of your photo needs- you won't regret it!"
Emily: "Empiria Studios was a dream to work with. We felt so comfortable with Athena and our day was stress free and went very smoothly. She is calm, collected and very professional. I have a large family (9 siblings!) and was so impressed with how Athena got to know many of them throughout the day, helped corral them all for photos, and managed to capture little moments when they weren't watching. By the end of the night my entire family was raving about her and asking for her contact information. She's extremely talented and I would highly recommend her, especially to anyone like me who appreciates natural light photography. Athena is great at it."
Molly: "I am going to cut to the chase, Athena is seriously the best photographer ever and was such a fun addition to my wedding day! She means it when she says she wants to get to know you, and she makes you feel so comfortable. I was feeling very anxious on my wedding day worried about if I'd look good in photos and how everything would turn out. Athena and her second shooter were both so comforting, and made me feel like I was the most beautiful bride. On top of that, she kept my family and bridal party laughing, and everyone loved her. I cannot recommend her enough, and I know you'll love all your photos if you choose her."
Diane: "Choosing Athena as your wedding photographer is hands down the best decision you could possibly make for your big day...expect for the person you are marrying of course! We had Empiria Studios do our engagement and wedding photography and we could not have been happier. Athena's balance of professionalism and friendly outgoing personality makes for a great combination where you can feel relaxed during the day and know that you are going to get the top of the line quality when it comes to photography! She captured every moment of our special day perfectly and we could not be happier with our photos! One of the big things we were hoping for in a photographer was photos that captured the day in a natural sense and did not look staged and we got exactly that! With our wedding being about a year and a half ago, we still look at our wedding photos that were taken by Empiria Studios on a regular basis and are amazed at how fantastic they turned out! We would HIGHLY recommend Empiria Studios and Athena to anyone who has a wedding coming up or any occasion that they want great quality, life lasting photos!"
Emma: "Empiria Studios was a wedding dream come true Working with Empiria Studios was nothing short of an amazing experience. Athena is the best and our engagement photos and wedding photos showed her talent. After your wedding is over one of the only things you have left are your pictures, so it makes such a difference who your photographer is. Athena made sure she knew the most important parts of our wedding and spent time capturing them so that we could look back and remember those moments. She listened to us and truly went above and beyond. We loved that she not only captured our family but candid moments that made us smile. I would and have recommended her to everyone I know. Empiria Studios was the best wedding decision we made."
Rachel: "Athena is amazing and so wonderful to work with, she is truly a joy to be around. Not only does she do and amazing job capturing the most beautiful photos, moments and emotions she went above and beyond by ensuring everything on our wedding day stayed on track for time while not rushing anything! She was a great resource for so many of my wedding related questions to the moments coming up to our engagement session and the wedding. She is very organized and her communication is exceptional. She also was SO prompt with getting our photos back to us, and she had some amazing sneak peaks posted the DAY of our wedding! We were a bit nervous for our engagement photo session as we have never been the center of attention but Athena made us feel so comfortable! She also did a great job knowing exactly what shots to take and did this in a timely manner! We absolutely love all of our engagement and wedding photos, I am having such a hard time picking which ones to print! 10/10 I would highly recommend Athena for any of your photography needs!"