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What clients are saying about us

"I absolutely love every experience I have at Elite. Lisa captures remarkable pictures in such little time. Being a mother of three, I can't wait to see what amazing portraits she creates of my children. She always goes above and beyond my expectations! "

~ Bree Ann M
"Almost six years ago, we were recommended to visit Lisa and Sara at Elite for our first family photos. We were immediately surprised and incredibly pleased with the shots that Lisa was able to get- and still to this day she continues to amaze us! She is able to connect with our daughters and has a knack for always capturing the moment at the right time! Both Lisa and Sara get to know you, and get a feel for what you like as a family, and build their ideas from there. When we get our annual family photos and Christmas cards each year, its almost as if Sara can read our minds and has something unique and special waiting for our viewing! We also greatly commend Elite for their efforts in the fundraising events, such as this years event for Alyssa Sandeen - when truly talented people donate their gifts to benefit others, its always worth recognizing. We (all four of us) are always excited for our next session- and we openly recommend Lisa, Sara, and Elite to any and all when discussing photographers in the Mankato area. Its the least we can do for the lifetime of memories they are helping us chronicle, one snapshot at a time!"

~ Scott, JoAnn, Aubrey, and Kenley
"Elite has this innate ability to truly capture ones personality within the picture. The photos of my child take my breath away. She captures every expression and emotion on my three year olds face! It's amazing watching her work and it appears so simple. Then I see the images and I can't believe what's been captured! I've used Elite for my wedding and now my child's yearly photos. Amazing work! I can't say enough good things about Elite"

~ Neva L
"Each year I look forward to getting my children's pictures taken at Elite. My experience there has always been positive and I have always adored the end result when I go to pick up my photos. Lisa and Sara help capture my children and their personalities in such beautiful portraits. No one else has ever been able to come close to the quality photos that have been taken there. They literally take my breath away every time and I tear up seeing my kids in such beautiful photography. I am thankful Elite is so accessible!"

~ Amanda F
"You will not find a better photographer in Mankato! Lisa did such an amazing job capturing my son's spirit - even when he didn't want to participate, as toddlers often do! Because of their talent and the level of detail that Lisa and Sara put into their work, the composition and quality of each photograph is nothing short of stunning. I cannot wait to come back and have more photos taken over the years with my growing family; I know I can trust these special moments to Elite and they will deliver every time."

~ Sara S
"Our photos turned out perfect and we're really happy we chose Elite Portrait Design for our wedding day photography. Our photos turned out better than we expected and they were worth every penny!"

~ Brielle and Dustin
"Everyone at Elite Portrait works "magic". I know I have beautiful grandkids but you capture their inner spirits. Even the shy, or at times rebellious ones are taken with your technique. I love the moments and memories you are talented to capture. Keep up the "MAGIC"!!!"

~ Lavonne R
"We had so much fun taking pictures of my two-year-old daughter. I brought toys and props for the photo session and thought we'd use them in a pose or two. Instead, Lisa put the toys and props around and let my daughter play. Lisa interacted with my daughter while taking photos that captured my daughter in the moment with her varying faces and moods. Lisa took photo after photo after photo, both inside her studio and outside on her lawn. She carried the camera with her, taking cues from my daughter. We laughed a lot. It felt more like playtime than a photo session, yet the final product contained several high-quality photographs, one of which was a portrait of my daughter holding her prized toy, her pig. The photo seemed more a piece of art than that traditional, smiling photo we often think we want. And thus, it is my favorite photo of the whole collection."

~ Carey M
"All of our experiences at Elite Portrait Design have been nothing short of fabulous. Lisa has taken fantastic promotional photos for many different work projects of mine and they have all been so creative and versatile!

Personally, we have used her for portraits of our children. We get compliments on how beautiful the large portrait of them is hanging in our entryway all the time!

She has taken beautiful photos of me while I was pregnant, at a time when I didn't feel that beautiful, she made me feel really comfortable during the shoot, which is so important for an expecting mom. The portraits are so very special...and when the baby was born, Lisa took the most beautiful newborn photos that capture the innocence of a tiny baby and all the love and emotion with the mommy and baby photos. They are some of my most prized possessions!

Every time I have visited Elite Portrait Design, I leave totally confident-knowing that I will end up with the BEST memories to hang on my walls and share with my loved ones. She has an eye for exactly what you will find special. The studio is beautiful, comfortable and everyone is so friendly-making the whole experience from the shoot to the viewing and the finished product-the BEST that you will find. I recommend Elite Portrait Design often to friends looking for top notch service and quality."

~ Lisa K
"A smile, a touch, holding hands or a kiss on her forehead....these are the moments that were captured and hanging on our walls. With Elite I know that I can turn back the clock and look at my daughter grow into this beautiful little lady as Lisa has given me the gift of preserving these special moments"

~ Shawn S
"I love the experience of going to Elite Portrait Design. Lisa is excellent at capturing the moment! I receive many compliments on my photos and I am never disappointment!"

~ Lisa J
"Lisa and Sara at Elite Portrait Design were incredible for my senior pictures and they made the task of having my mother look at images of me and say, "Oh, you look good in that one!" over and over much easier. Having my senior portraits taken turned out to be a fun process, especially when Lisa made an idea that I had a reality. The quality of the pictures is fantastic."

~ Michael R
"I chose Elite Portrait Design for my boys' senior portraits based on numerous recommendations. As soon as we entered the studio, I knew why they were so highly recommended. Lisa makes the entire process fun and truly captures the personalities of the people she photographs."

~ Sue R
"Elite Portrait Design was the best choice for our engagement and wedding! Lisa and Glen were so much fun to work with and we couldn't have been happier with our end result! Every picture was gorgeous! Thank you to the fantastic staff and everyone we worked with. We will definitely continue to use Elite Portrait Design in the future."

~ Lindsey and Brian
"I can't say enough great things about Elite Portrait Design. I was introduced 5 years ago and its been an addiction ever since. I am always amazed at how the pictures catch my child's personality at that point of their life. If you want priceless pictures of the special people in your life, go see Lisa at Elite Portrait Design!!"

~ Jill S
"Our photo session at Elite was very relaxed, Lisa even allowed me to nurse my newborn baby when she became fussy and finish with a happier baby. Lisa was able to bring out our daughters beauty like no other photographers have. She is truly talented. During the viewing of our pictures, I cried as our daughters beautiful faces were projected onto a large screen one by one and played to music. The quality of the pictures we received and the experience we had was truly Elite. Thank you Lisa!"

~ Jessica T
"Our experience at Elite Portrait Design was great. It was our first time my husband and I had taken our three children to a place like this. The ages of the kids where 15, 13, and 9. Our whole family was extremely impressed with the studio. They made it very comfortable for everyone, and it went by very fast. It was very hard to choose between the photos, so we took them all!! Very happy with the entire experience. Thank you."

~ Amy A
"I have always had wonderful experiences at Elite. Lisa has a way of capturing moments that are truly unique and will take your breath away."

~ Beth W
"Lisa has a way of capturing our natural smiles and genuine moments... Elite Portrait Design provides a fun and relaxed experience! Elite Portrait Design also took our wedding photos the day before my husband deployed to Iraq... the moments captured that day were wonderful!"

"Thanks Lisa!"
~ Angie & Travis
"What a great experience! I'm so happy that I chose Elite for my senior pictures. Lisa makes the experience fun. She takes the time to listen to your ideas and really get to know you. It was a comfortable, fun and unique photo experience. The personal touch that Elite uses in helping you review and choose your pictures is yet another reason to choose Elite - and my parents and I loved the results - thanks Elite!"

~ Ashtyn K
"We have been getting our kids pictures taken at Elite for the past two years. Lisa is a phenomenal photographer! My children are always at ease with her. She makes the session fun and does a great job of capturing the most precious photos of Chloe and Camden! I look forward to many more years of working with her!"

~ Deb L
"Our family had a family session with Elite Portrait Design and we've received so many compliments on our photos so we chose to use them for our daughters Senior session again this year. Lisa is so amazing, she made our daughter feel like a model behind the camera. The experience was a lot of fun, she listened to how Brianna wanted her senior photos to be and it didn't feel like a photo session. Brianna was not nervous at all and seemed to be enjoying herself and Lisa captured some amazing photos. One thing we really like is being able to sit down and go over every detail of our photos before purchasing and Sara at Elite will make sure to retouch and edit your photos so they are just perfect. We love being able to purchase an album of all the photos for lasting memories to share. You can even buy a DVD set to music to share with your family and this time we will be using this DVD at the graduation party! We would definitely recommend Elite Portrait Design for all your photo needs."

~ Chris H
"Our experience at Elite has been phenomenal. From the beginning, we felt very comfortable working with Lisa and Sara. They are professional and organized which leads to a very relaxing photo shoot. Lisa did an incredible job capturing our personalities during our engagement session providing us with truly unique pictures. We have received so many compliments and people always want to know who took our pictures. Of course Elite will always have our referral! Our pictures offer visual memories that will last forever. We look forward to viewing the moments that will be captured on our wedding day!"

~ Ashley & Chris
"I'm honored to write this testimonial about our daughter Samantha's Senior Portrait experience with Elite Portrait Design. From the moment we arrived our experience was warm, welcoming, and professional. The final pictures represented Samantha's creativity and true beauty. I am so impressed and proud to show friends and family Samantha's Senior portraits. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for classy, fun, beautiful portraits."

~ Lori W
"Thank you for the wonderful pictures, we get so many compliments. Children are precious, yet they grow too fast. You managed to stop time for just one day so I will now never forget my one-year-old Hailey.
Thank you for the timeless pictures!"

~ Krista P
"My experience at Elite Portrait Design was everything that I expected and more. Lisa made me feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera despite my nerves getting the best of me. It amazed me how she can have so many different clients come to her for various photos if it be graduation, wedding, or family pictures and none of the pictures were the same. Lisa presented herself as a professional and always had my best interest in mind and it showed from the day that my graduation pictures were taken all the way to the day that I came back to see the slide show that Lisa put together. I am planning on coming back to Elite Portrait Design to get many more pictures taken in the future!!!"

~ Meredith N
"My experience at Elite Portrait Design was a very relaxed and enjoyable one. Most seniors find their senior pictures to be very stressful and they just want to get them over with. Elite Portrait Design made the experience really fun! I remember not wanting the portrait sessions to end. Thanks!"

~ Lindsey M
"Elite Portrait Design was absolutely amazing! They captured every feeling of the day. Everyone kept going on and on about how great our wedding pictures were."

~ Cortney and Patrick
"Being a mother of 4-year old triplets and a 5-year old, it can be quite a task to get one decent portrait with all of my children smiling naturally, not to mention having them all sit in one place for more than five minutes without someone crying or causing a problem. Lisa made our photo session a breeze! She really knew how to talk to my children on their level and get them to understand what she wanted from them. And even better, she actually got them to do it! Lisa's studio is really laid back and she works with my ideas as well as adding opinions of her own to really get not one, but several amazing pictures. Her calm report with children makes photo sessions quick and hassle free which is GREAT for any mother of multiple children! My portraits turned out to be everything I wanted, I definitely plan on returning to Elite Portrait Design for my next set of photos!"

~ Julie F
"We would definitely recommend Elite Portrait Design to anyone planning a wedding, graduation, or looking for a family portrait. Lisa takes the time to make your photographs amazing. Preserving our memories for years to come!"

~ Casey and Shawn
"Our first family photos were taken at Elite, and the experience was perfect! From the pleasant atmosphere to the professional treatment, all the way through to the photo review and portrait selection. It was enjoyable and even fun to see what you were able to do during our session! Thanks to you, we've heard nothing but compliments from family and friends about our photos and Christmas cards!"

~ Scott and JoAnn
"We absolutely loved working with Elite Portrait Design! The pictures were top quality a well as the photographers we worked with on our wedding day! They did everything they could to make everyone comfortable and to give us exactly what we wanted! There were so many moments that as a bride I did not get to see, until I saw all the photos and cried. We were so lucky to have them to be able to catch those little moments. Everyone was so impressed with how beautiful the album and the other photos turned out! We will definitely go there for family photos and all other photos we will need in the future - and recommend them to all our friends and family!"

~ Nicole and Wesley
"As I look all around my house, I am reminded of the great choice I made in having Elite Portrait take my children's graduation photos. Lisa has a great eye to see that unique shot, and had wonderful ideas for location shots. Time was captured in wonderful photos I will cherish forever. Sara was perfect in her photo finalizing and presenting a great end product.I can't wait to use Elite again for any portrait needs in the future."

~ Lori M
"Lisa and Sara are very professional and do amazing work. We have used Elite Portrait Studios for both of our girls Senior Pictures and they were absolutely beautiful. Both girls really enjoyed their experience with Elite. The pictures fit the girls personalities which was very important. I am really looking forward to having my son's Senior pictures done. "

~ Jackie W
"I loved having my senior pictures done by Lisa. She made the day fun and let me show my personality in the pictures. I couldn't be happier with my senior pictures."

~ Sammy R