Acclaimed wedding photographer Andrew Vick is the owner of St. Louis Park’s Vick Photography and founder of the Living Room Studios, which he established in 2008 as a space for creative, independent business owners to inspire and support each other. Vick invited a DJ, videographer and wedding planner to share workspace in the St. Louis Park studio, and clients find a space that’s as welcoming as, well, a warm living room.
The Living Room Studios is also home to Vick’s portrait studio. Though he’s a wedding photographer at heart, he devotes about 30 percent of his time to photographing families, babies, high school seniors and corporate groups. As the owner and lead photographer, Vick’s passion for weddings is the true heart of the business. “Wedding photographers in Minnesota give up the very best of Minnesota,” Vick admits. “We give up summer weekends, and we give up evenings to meet with clients, because that’s when they’re available. So we say no to a lot of cabin invites, a lot of trip opportunities, even some holiday celebrations like New Year’s.” But, he adds, it’s all worth it.
Vick photographed his first wedding nearly 15 years ago and has since shot weddings everywhere from California and Minnesota to Italy and Peru. Having worked full-time as a wedding photographer for 10 years makes Vick a veteran in a business where most shutterbugs change direction after three or four years.
Drawn to cameras since childhood, Vick pursued photography alongside a business major at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he photographed his first wedding—that of a photography classmate. The bride also hired a professional photographer, but she ended up using more of Vick’s photos than the pro’s, and made him promise that he would continue creating artwork.
After college, Vick worked in a few positions outside of photography, including at the Edina Chamber of Commerce. In this position, he experienced first-hand “the value and joy of building community and encouraging other people’s gifts and talents,” he says, which later motivated him to establish the Living Room Studios. “I took what I loved about the chamber and the community support and wanted to bring that same camaraderie underneath [the Living Room Studios’] roof,” Vick says.
During his vacation days from his chamber of commerce job, Vick shot local and destination weddings. As his business grew, Vick’s dad encouraged him to take the leap and pursue photography full time. So he leapt—with no regrets.
Though he has explored various types of photography, Vick, a self-described romantic, says, “Weddings are my home. That’s where I find so much joy and so much admiration for the couple’s journey to get to the altar.” Vick has always had a strong sense for how events should flow and how to capture special moments.
Vick specializes in capturing impromptu moments and describes his style as “photojournalism with a knack for the unexpected.” This approach is different from how many Midwestern photographers approached the big day, especially five or 10 years ago. Vick says these traditional “master photographers” played a director role by posing emotions and images. Vick has a different philosophy: He sees his camera as a mechanism to engage with the world and believes the process should be fun and playful, which is evident in his photographs.
An engaging conversationalist, Vick’s enthusiasm for meeting and understanding others is clear. Before each wedding, he makes sure to ask questions so he understands the couple’s vision for the day. Vick’s top priority is understanding and managing expectations. He respects the trust couples show him, and he is usually like an adopted family member for the day.
Vick believes the most important tool he brings to weddings is his heart. “I photograph every wedding as if it were my own,” Vick says. “I shoot it with no regrets.”
Andrew Vick shares his top photography tips for brides and grooms.
1. Provide your photographer with list of the top 10 moments and relationships you’d like captured.
2. Let social media be an acquaintance, not your best friend. Be present and appreciate the relationships closest to you on the big day.
3. Let Pinterest inspire ideas, and then make them your own.
4. After the wedding, have no regrets.
Vick Photography and Living Room Studios
5932 Excelsior Blvd.