A Little bit About Me:

hi! i'm so glad you're here!

My name is Tonya, and I am a Minnesota and Destination Wedding Photographer! 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. 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!

I have been fascinated with cameras and photography for as long as I can remember. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to specialize in until  I shot my first wedding under Russell Heeter – seeing true love come alive through photos is what this journey is all about. I want to capture your love story! Love knows no limits, neither do I – I am available to travel anywhere and everywhere to make your day memorable! 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!

2018/2019 Travel

December 30 - January 10 Auckland, New Zealand
March 19 - 22 Estes Park, CO
May 2 - 5 Baltimore, MD
May 5 - 8 Richmond, VA
July 3 - 15 New England
September 6 - 8 Grinnell, IA

Will you be in the same area?! 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 four favorite teams, and they go in this order: Seahawks, Vikings, Steelers, and Saints!


 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
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