1.) HOW MANY IMAGES WILL WE RECIEVE? I can’t stress enough the importance of this very basic question. Does your photographer edit down to a certain number? How do they determine if an image doesn’t make the cut? Do they use an editing service to cull the images? At Michelle Huber Photography we do our own editing and we do not delete or edit down to a certain number. Every image is a moment captured, and who am I to say this moment was not important and should be deleted? This really hit home with me when my sister in law got married. This was such a fun wedding, my son who was living in Germany at the time (with his wife and child) came home for the wedding. I was out on the dance floor with my toddler grandson, the photographer was snapping away, taking lots of pics of us out there having a blast! I was so excited, I could not wait to have those pictures. When the wedding images arrived, none of those images were there to be seen. I reached out to the photographer and asked, she said they didn’t turn out very well and were deleted. I was heart broken, I would have wanted those images even if they were blurry or what have you! That was a moment in time that was extremely valuable to me, this is why I do not delete images, with us, you recieve them all.

2.) A TWO PART QUESTION-DO YOU USE TELEPHOTO LENSES? AND, WILL YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER USE TELEPHOTO LENSES? This is a question that almost never gets asked and really should not be overlooked and here’s why:Untitled-1

This image says it all-these are hired videographers circling around the couple during the ceremony. A professional photographer or videographer should never be up in your face during the ceremony, there is never a reason for that. A professional has proper equipment to allow for a respectful distance, especially during the ceremony.

4.) WILL WE GET FULL RIGHTS TO OUR IMAGES, ARE THEY LIMITED IN WHAT SIZE WE CAN PRINT? Many photographers shrink images down in the editing process. Possibly because they do a lot of post production editing that shrinks the image file, or perhaps they do not capture the image exposure properly, so in making corrections the file size is reduced. A professional wedding photographer does not do this. A professional has the experience photographing to maintain the image integrity so you recieve sharp clear images, not only sharp and clear enough for social media posting, but also for printing and framing on your wall.


5.) HOW WILL YOU DRESS AT MY WEDDING? Especially during these times. Maybe during the Zoom meeting all you see is the pretty blouse, and maybe during an engagement session it makes sense to wear jeans if your photographer is climbing around on rocks and dirt to catch an amazing shot, so it gets overlooked. Will your photographer show up to your wedding wearing see through yoga pants or jogging shorts? Personally, I like to try to blend in with guests at a wedding. I don’t want to stand out or draw attention to myself.

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I recently purchased one of those kits you can buy to make your own hot cocoa bombs and also recently saw a Japanese You Tuber pastry chef demonstrate how to make clear sugar domes…so I decided to put the two things together and it worked so well, I just had to share!

So here’s what you’ll need:
Isomalt Sugar
chocolate chips
2 inch silicone molds
a small silicone brush
fillings for your bombs like candy canes and miniature marshmallows


Melt your isolmalt sugar in a pan-be careful not to burn yourself on this stuff-it holds heat! Pour a small amount into each mold-about 1/3 full. Spread around, especially up to the edges. Once they are all well coated, pop the molds into the freezer for a few minutes. Remove from the freezer and “peel” away the mold to remove each 1/2 globe. Set aside. Melt your chocolate and do the same thing-coat each mold, pop in the freezer. Once you have all of your glass 1/2 domes and your chocolate 1/2 domes, fill them with your choice of goodies-candy canes, mini marshmallows, etc.. Then “glue” the 1/2 domes together with frosting, then carefully dip the edges into some sprinkles to cover the seams.



It’s fun to watch the dome sink into your hot cocoa! They melt really fast!




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People often ask me what’s the coolest wedding I’ve photographed, that questions is really hard to answer because it depends on what you mean by “cool”. The couple’s personality can really change the whole experience of a wedding-really outgoing couples who like to party will be a completely different experience from a reserved couple who likes a lot of privacy. (both are enjoyable in their own way)  We’ve photographed weddings where celebrities were there, weddings where the bride sang a song to the groom that brought guests to tears, weddings that were an adventure to get to-like a small private plane ride, and small private weddings that were very personal and meaningful that left me changed forever just from being witness to that kind of love-which is really why I love being a wedding photographer so much, my clients really inspire me! Also-I find travel to be very exciting and right up there in the “cool” department, so I’m going to narrow it down to destination weddings for the “coolest” ones we’ve photographed.

Why is travel so exciting? I think travel changes & inspires you. Getting away to a change of scenery, and sometimes even the process of getting there… One of the most exciting trips I have ever taken was a trip to Belize (Ambergris Caye) with my husband. This was completely for pleasure, the highlights being 1.)How we got there-a small prop plane that only fit up to 6 people including the 2 pilots, and diving with sharks! You can see some clips from that trip on my Instagram here. That was so much fun, but one of our “favorite” trips was about our 30th time to Cozumel which was in 2019 right before the pandemic hit. It was our “puppy moon” trip, we wanted to carve away some time to just relax in our favorite location on the planet before bringing home our new puppy. Even though we’ve been there a million times, this time was different because instead of exploring, hiking, doing tours, we literally did almost nothing but listen to the ocean, relax outside and be at peace with each other in this magical place…we still talk about that trip and how wonderful it was. This is the view from our condo:IMG_6506--for-web-copyBut I’m sort of digressing…To answer the original question, I’ll list my picks for top destinations, but include selections with a variety of laid back chill places and also places that offer a lot of activity for your guests, and one that can actually provide both options…I’ll save that one for the end!

For a Minnesota Destination wedding, I cannot recommend enough the north shore, BUT specifically Surfside (Bluefin Bay family of resorts) The views at that particular spot are seriously freaking amazing! They even allow dogs if you want to bring them along. The only downside is they book at least a year out, so you really need to plan ahead. Taylor & Rick had their wedding there and it was so awesome we had to go back the following year, just us and our dog, it was such an enjoyable stay, even during the pandemic-with so many beautiful sights, hiking trails and a dog friendly brewery in nearby Grand Marais! It provides everything you could want-epic scenery for photos, lovely luxury accommodations for you and your guests and enjoyable activity for your guests as well.IMG_1824

Mexico is one of our favorite vacation spots because we enjoy the warm Caribbean. We have photographed a few weddings in the Cancun/Playa Del Carmen area, which has so many affordable options for accommodations. One resort in particular in Playa Del Carmen that did a fantastic job for Ashley & Stuart is Riu Yucatan on the southern edge of Playa, it’s near the jungle so they have howler monkeys all over the property, which was really an amazing experience. Just check out this video on You Tube to see what I’m talking about. Hearing the sound of them in the distance in the jungle sounds like lions roaring! Don’t worry, they are not so loud you can’t sleep or anything, just really cool to experience.

Cozumel, as you heard me mention already, is a much more laid back, quiet destination in Mexico than Cancun. We know the island very well and would love for someone to get married there and bring us along to photograph! Amazingly we have not had the opportunity yet, but if you’re thinking of a warm destination for a winter wedding, this is THE spot in my opinion and I’m happy to offer ideas and help you plan! Direct flights are a little spendy but accommodations are not, and you can always take a cab from the Cancun airport to the ferry to save a bunch of money if you’re looking for ways to save. Some resorts have large sandy beaches and some of the smaller boutique resorts have coral beaches with beautiful views as well.IMG_6727IMG_6726

And finally, a destination that will literally please any guest is Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas…a destination like no other, it includes a variety of options from budget friendly accommodations to extreme luxury, activities for kids, as well as a hotel on the property that’s adult only, a whole island that’s truly incredible & unique! Your photographer will require a special Visa to cover your wedding, but the process is really easy and all of the staff on the island truly go above and beyond for you and your guests, even your hired photographer! Cory & Jen had an incredible destination wedding on a private beach (yes-no random strangers walking down the beach during your ceremony!) Trent and I had so much fun taking them around to different spots for photos, they were game for anything. It was a truly memorable wedding that probably tops them all!
IMG_4419-4IMG_4398IMG_4288-copy-copyIMG_4271IMG_3720-for-webIMG_4321I really like being helpful and sharing what I’ve learned from photographing destination weddings and international travel for several decades now. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about any of these or other locations we’ve photographed weddings at, or even if you’re just planning a trip and looking for info-I’m happy to help in any way!

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What is flashback? Flashback is the white glow is caused by specific SPF ingredients found in foundations, concealer, and tinted moisturizers, and by silica, which is the main ingredient in HD powders.

Wedding day makeup tip: PLEASE make sure your makeup artist does not use any makeup on your face that may have UV protection, SPF or reflective highlighting properties! This will show up in your photos and can be very difficult to correct!

Even the most experienced professionals can make this mistake. Most are aware of this but many are not. I won’t post images of clients who had this issue, instead I’ll post some public images of celebrities:

You can also read more about this here

Another thing, please also be sure to use lipstick that does not come off when you kiss, do I need to explain why? I am shocked by how many makeup artists don’t consider this when doing wedding day makeup. Just two reasons why a trial makeup before your wedding day are so important.

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2020 was challenging for everyone but thankfully, we got through it.  I am grateful for all of my wonderful clients and proud of them for getting through such a challenging time. Allthough things were different, there was still just as much joy and happiness! It was such an honor to be a part of it! For us personally, I was able to focus a lot of my time and energy on raising a really, really good dog.  Our Auggie is now one year old and working on his Canine Good Citizen title!  We were also able to spend more time with family, and working on projects around our home and our hobby farm as well.  Some of our weddings did postpone, but some of them did not.  We had a variety of weddings through the pandemic, some were able to go ahead with about 200 guests as planned, and some scaled way down to more intimate celebrations. I am really impressed with my clients and how well they all got through it.  I was really happy to be able to be source of support for them as they navigated through it all with things changing week to week and sometimes day to day. They each had to make decisions based on what made the most sense for them and their situation.  Some of the most amazing and innovative things came of it, it will definitely be a year we will never forget!

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Here’s just a few images from some of our 2020 Weddings:

Just a few of my favorites from McKenna & Adam’s wedding:

Mackenzie and Zach’s wedding:

Kacie and Jeff’s wedding:




Julie & Brian’s Wedding:

Chelsie & D’s wedding:
Amy & Brendan’s wedding:

Me with my best boy Auggie:
*Please note some of my clients prefer to keep their images private so not all of my weddings are posted online, including this blog post.

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