Greg Benz Photography » Minneapolis Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Clearwater Forest Camp Wedding

Bayley and Kyle love the outdoors.  They got engaged on top of a mountain and, naturally, married outside at Presbyterian Clearwater Forest.  Their wedding had all sorts of cute details – outdoor lights, fish hooks, paddles.  And they had canoes and “water bikes” down by the lake.  We went down to the lake during the reception at sunset to get some photos by the lake and, we hoped, in a canoe.  As it turned out, the paddles had been moved and the canoe wasn’t an option.  Bayley and Kyle were up for a little fun and mischief, and took the water bike out for a spin on the lake!

Wedding & Reception:  Presbyterian Clearwater Forest (Deerwood, MN)
Hair and Makeup:  Dee Dredge Hair and Makeup artistry
Invitations and web page:  Glö
Wedding dinner caterer:   Unique Dining Experiences
Wedding Coordinator:   Danielle’ Kavanaugh

Wedding Sign at Deerwood
Wedding Rings Hanging on Fish Hooks
Brides Shoes on Wooden Railing by Trees
Bayley Putting on Earrings
Bayley Bridal Portrait
Bride in Green Chair
Bride Outside Red Home
Groom Adjusting White Tie
Kyle Groom Portrait
Bride and Groom Kissing in Woods in Deerwood
Bride and Groom Posing by Wood Cabin
Bride and Groom Walking in Woods in Deerwood
Clearwater Forest Wedding Ceremony
Bayley and Kyle Exiting
Gifts Table at Deerwood
Little Girl Kissing Little Boy at Wedding
Deerwood Reception
Little Girl Pulling Holiday Lights
Bayley and Kyle at Sunset at Clearwater Forest
Little Girl Taking Oar from Groomsman in Lifevest
Silouettte of Bride and Groom on Water Bike at Sunset
Wedding Fun (Bride and Groom Playing on Water Bike at Sunset)
Bayley Smirking
Bayley and Kyle Skipping
Bayley and Kyle Kissing at Reception
First Dance at Clearwater Forest Wedding

Historic Concorde Exchange Wedding

I had such a good time shooting Amy and Alex’s engagement, I knew their wedding would be incredibly fun.  The whole day was full of love and laughter.  They chose the beautiful Historic Concorde Exchange in St Paul for their wedding and reception.  It’s such a unique venue – with beautiful old hotel rooms for getting ready, a beautiful two level ballroom for the reception, beautiful exteriors, and some very swanky bars for receiving guests during cocktail hour.  There was also a great side room where we set up a photo booth to capture all the guests having fun.  Thank you for making me such an important part of your big day!

Wedding and Reception: Historic Concorde Exchange
Hair & makeup:  Nicole Fae
Dress: Bella Bridal (Woodbury, MN)
Bridesmaids dresses and Groommen’s attire – Dena Marie (Roseville, MN)
DJ – Complete DJ
Cake: Dorothy Ann Bakery (Woodbury, MN)
Flowers: M Studio Flower Affair (Woodbury, MN)

Historic Concorde Exchange in St Paul
Glass reflection of Historic Concorde Exchange
Dress on stairs in Historic Concorde Exchange
Bride in front of mirror at Historic Concorde Exchange
Bridal portrait at Historic Concorde Exchange
Groom at Historic Concorde Exchange
First look in Historic Concorde Exchange
Kiss at Historic Concorde Exchange
Birde and Groom at Historic Concorde Exchange
Funny Bride and Groom with Signs
Sassy Bride by Ivy
Flower Girl at Historic Concorde Exchange
Father Giving away daughter at Historic Concorde Exchange
Historic Concorde Exchange Wedding
First Kiss at Historic Concorde Exchange
Historic Concorde Exchange Reception Dancing
Kiss in Hallway at Historic Concorde Exchange

Minneapolis from Loring Park

I constantly challenge myself to improve my photography.  My own personal goal is to be able to look back every 3-6 months and know that my work is dramatically better than it used to be.  I try to push myself in every dimension: interaction in my portraits, technical settings on my camera, lighting, etc – basically anything that makes for a better final image.  Every once in a while, I like to go back to my old photos and take another look at how I processed the images.  I’m glad that I started shooting RAW images a long time ago, because there is so much more detail that the latest version of Lightroom can extract from those old files that would have been otherwise lost.  Here’s a two-shot panorama I took of downtown Minneapolis from Loring Park four years ago.  Originally, I processed it as an HDR and it probably took me an hour.  The HDR process left the lighting a little uneven and the image was noisy.  The image looked nice on the screen before, but now it has the detail I really want to see in a print.  And it was much, much faster to process – only about 10 minutes.

Downtown Minneapolis Skyline


  • August 27, 2013 - 10:41 AM

    AmyStine - Do you have a side by side to see how the processing compares?