Grant Smith was an amazing photographer. Our first meeting with Grant was very informative and personable. We covered all event schedules, brainstormed venues for scenic shots, and simply got to know each other. It was very apparent from the start that photography was more than a job for him, and that he truly wanted to get to know us as a couple.


Our first shoot was for our engagement photos and they were so much fun. We were with him for around three hours and time flew by despite it being very hot and humid outside. He finds the unique shot. The last location of our engagement photos was at a lake and when we got there we were so hot and exhausted. The solution? Grant had us jump in the lake. At first the two of us were pretty apprehensive as neither of us were expecting to go for a swim that day, but Grant took the lead and jumped in first. The photos taken there came out amazing and it's obvious in the pictures that we were having so much fun.

At our wedding, Grants character and professionalism shined again. It was the first time anyone aside from my husband and I had met Grant but everyone felt so comfortable around him. Even with the posed photos, Grant was able to capture the “non-posed” joy and playfulness of our families. After the wedding, our families kept complimenting us on how we found such an easy going and fun photographer. He was always quick to respond to any questions, and was in constant communication to share with me “sneak peek” pictures prior to the release and we cannot wait to see the rest. We are thrilled we went with him for our wedding photographer. 

Kelvin and Lauren

Minneapolis, MN

We had an amazing experience with Grant as our photographer.  We had a pretty strict schedule to follow, as we only wanted about 2 hours (tops) worth of posed photos (including just us two, wedding party, and family).  It was a little hectic, but Grant was great at not only keeping the process moving, but moving along smoothly.  He did amazing job keeping the kids smiling, and making sure that we didn’t have the fake, cheesy smiles that often occur about three pictures in.  One of our biggest requests of him was that he remain very incognito during the ceremony, and I don’t recall noticing him once – he was like a ninja taking pictures.  He got back to us the next day with a couple of wonderful sneak peak photos, and the rest of our photos were back in a little over two weeks.   We weren’t originally planning on having a photographer for our wedding, but we are so happy that we ended up having Grant for the job.  We would recommend him a hundred times over! 

Gina & Jess

Stewartville MN

Grant was very pleasant to work with.  He is friendly and caring photographer.  He had some wonderful artistic suggestions and ideas for our wedding photos but was also very attentive to what we wanted.  Above all, Grant takes the time to get to know his clients and this is evident in the diversity of his photographic repertoire.  Some of my favorite photos from our wedding were the candid shots he took. 

Michael & Anna

Rochester MN

We met Grant with Behind The Beard Photography at a wedding expo down in Rochester, MN. My wife and I both felt a great connection to his creative and professional outlook on taking care of us for our wedding day. He went the extra mile to make sure we were getting what we wanted out of the photos and even stayed later than he was required to get those perfect shots. Grant has a great way of keeping things fun and connecting with everyone he works with. I would highly recommend Grant and Behind The Beard Photography for any special event and look forward to using him again.

Cory & Corey

Red Wing MN

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