About our Business
Avalon Photography, LLC is a professional photography studio established in 2000 by Jolene Bertrand. Located at 50th and France in Edina, MN, we offer both studio and on-location sessions for high school seniors, families, children, pets, and horses. We also provide photography services for 10-12 horse shows each year throughout the US and occasionally Canada. We are a low volume portrait studio which allows time to get to know our clients. Jolene is known for her patience and expertise bringing out the best in both people and animals while having fun in the process! So, if you appreciate quality, professional photographic images and enjoy personal attention every step along the way, then, we are the studio for you.
About the Photographer
Photography has always been more than a hobby to Jolene. Her dream of becoming a professional photographer started at age 10 when she shadowed a photographer on shoots and in the darkroom. In 1992, Jolene moved from her hometown of Santa Rosa, CA to the Minneapolis, MN area (where she still resides), to finish her Bachelor's Degree at North Central Bible College. That degree included receiving a diploma in Photographic Arts at the School of Communication Arts and, after spending 7 years working in Pediatric Research at an inner-city hospital, Jolene decide it was time to do something fun for herself and got back to riding horses! Soon, barn friends asked for photo shoots and, about the same time, other friends requested family and wedding photos. Business took off and, in less than one year, she resigned her full time job to keep up; weddings were soon replaced by horse shows.
About Our Portrait Studio
The portrait studio is located in downtown Edina, MN, locally known as "50th & France". The studio has a spacious area for year-round indoor studio portraits as well as Jolene's office and a comfortable client meeting area.
About Our Equine Photography
Jolene spends many Summer and Fall days on farms photographing horses as well as equestrians with their horses. Sometimes it's just one photo session, other times it is an evening or all-day event. Whether a beginning or experienced rider, a high school senior or a family, marketing shots of sale or show horses, Jolene has a knack for capturing just what her clients are looking for.
About Our Horse Show Photography
Avalon Photography is known for capturing the best possible photographs of horses and exhibitors in the show ring, not only standard “rail" shots, but also candid images of exhibitors, spectators, and trainers. Exhibitors recognize our high quality images, appreciate our outstanding customer service and our reasonable prices for traditional photographs. We offer a variety of options digital images and timely delivery. Show management finds us pleasant and professional, respectful of show protocol, and easy to work with. Although Jolene primarily photographs the Arabian, Half-Arabian, Morgan, Friesian, and Saddlebred breeds, she has experience photographing a wide variety of equine subjects (see link to horse shows below). During show season, most horse show orders are processed at our Avalon “South" location, where a full time employee handles all things related to timely fulfillment of those orders, with special attention to rush orders when needed. For a list of horse shows photographed, click HERE.