I vow to be the best witness to your love story and capture the moments that will carry your legacy through generations.

A Little bit About Me:

hi! i’m so glad you’re here!

My name is Tonya, and I am a Minnesota-based family, engagement, and destination wedding photographer! I am a wife, mother, and friend. My home is in Minnesota, but my heart is out planning the next adventure!

Most days you can find me watching Netflix or relaxing with my husband, Brett, and our newborn, Noah. Our Goldendoodle, Wrigley, is my favorite snuggle buddy. I love anything related to coffee and travel; put those two together and I’m in heaven. My favorite coffee drink would be a Flat White from Australia!

Now enough about me, I want to know your story: what do you do in your free time? What are you favorite foods? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Wedding photography is such an amazing, crazy rollercoaster, and I’m so honored to be chosen as your witness to your story – seeing true love come alive through photos is what this journey is all about. I want to capture all of your moments of your day – those small details you will cherish for a lifetime. I want to capture your grandparents embracing with their children and grandchildren. I want to capture your cousins you haven’t seen in years. I want to capture your day as it happens.

Are you planning on traveling for your wedding or session? Some destinations on my Wedding Bucket List include: Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Washington, California, Utah, North Carolina, Tennessee, and wherever you and your fiancè feel like adventuring!

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// 2022 Travel

I don’t have any travel plans on the calendar…yet!

Let’s get a session booked! Contact me to learn more about discounted travel rates.

In case there is ever bar trivia about me:


For my whole life, people have always had trouble pronouncing my maiden name (Hjort sounds like Yort!) The name Hjort comes from Scandinavia, and means “deer” in Swedish ; I am incredibly proud of my heritage, so I wanted my unique name to be a part of my business. That’s where the antlers come into play! While my mom and I were having in dinner in Stockholm we saw our last name on the menu – so naturally we had to try it. When in Rome (or Sweden..) I guess!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” 

Jawaharlal Nehru


I’m such a romantic – I’m all for boomboxes at windows, practicing dance in the water, and of course, rooting for the underdog!


I have traveled to 4 continents and 20 countries – It’s my goal to go to all 7 continents! (So if you’re looking for an adventurous love session, I’m your girl!) I got a tattoo while in Byron Bay, Australia that says “fernweh” a German word meaning ‘farsickness’ or ‘longing for far away places’. I crave travel and adventure.


I have read and reread Harry Potter, seen the movies countless times, and I even have a Harry Potter themed tattoo.


I love football! Brett and I usually don’t get along during football season; for some reason he’s a Packers fan… *eyeroll* I have two favorite teams: Seahawks and Vikings!


 I like to consider my bedroom being in a constant state of controlled chaos. It’s usually a mess, but it makes sense to me! While my room may be messy, my closet has to be organized by color – weird, I know!

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 

Ansel Adams
I want to know more about you!

let ‘s grab coffee!

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