Michael Anderson Photography

Michael Anderson Photography

2 employees
36 years in business

About this pro


I'm Michael Anderson, a 30 plus year professional wedding, portrait, commercial photographer, and studio owner.

I have an extensive background in lighting photographs, as well as over 20 years of advanced Photoshop experience. 

I will do my best to help you gain valuable knowledge and confidence in your photographic skills and have fun doing it too!

From simple lighting setups to complicated ones, I'll help you grasp the concepts so that you can put your own spin on it and start creating your style using good technique.

I am also an expert light painting photographer and have incorporated it into wedding photography, portrait photography, commercial, automotive, and aircraft photography.

Some of my credentials are listed below:

Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.

The Knot  Best of Weddings” 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, and 2008.

    Inducted into The Knot “Best of Weddings” Hall of Fame in 2015.

    Selected as one of the “Best Wedding Photographers in Minneapolis” by Expertise for five years in a row 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016.

    A 32-year member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA)

    Kelby One member for over 15 years - formerly the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)

    In the past, I've studied photography at the Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography (MAIPP) at the University of Northern Iowa.

    I've been mentored and taught by some of the photography industries biggest names, including, 

    John Hartman, Karah Sambuco, Ben Shirk, Bruce & (the late) Sue Hudson, Hanson Fong, Mike Colón, Denis Craft, Clay Blackmore, Denis Reggie, (the late) Don Blair, Angela Carson, (the late) Monte Zucker, Bambi Cantrell, Ed Pierce, Gary Fong, Eddie Tapp, and Scott Kelby.

    I have 3 websites that feature my work:




    I hope I can help you with your photography skills.

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    St Paul, MN 55112
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    What is your typical process for working with a new student?

    I would prefer to start with a phone call or email to find out what a new student is looking to learn and then go from there.

    What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I’ve been a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) for over 30 years.

    A Kelby One member for more than 15 years - formerly the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)

    Back in the ’90s and early 2000s, I studied photography for many summers at the Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography (MAIPP) at the University of Northern Iowa.

    Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

    It would be by the hour, plus any travel expenses. It might be possible to come to my studio to learn as well.

    How did you get started teaching?

    A professional photography group in southern Minnesota asked me to speak to them about wedding photography.

    What types of students have you worked with?

    I've taught professionals and amateurs as well.

    Describe a recent event you are fond of.

    Last week I light painting a police squad car and the Chief of Police and it turned out fantastic!

    What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

    Look for someone who loves what they're doing now, but is still learning more about what they do to become even better themselves!

    What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

    What do I struggle with?

    What do I want to do better?

    What tools (skills and/or equipment) do I need to do better?

    What do I want to achieve?