I'm Minna (Min-nuh), wife, mom, college professor, an entrepreneur, world traveler, light seeker & an avid reader.  

Born and raised in Finland, I have always been a world traveler at heart. I first adventured to the United States at the age of 16 as an exchange student and returned a few years later. Spent nearly a decade in college, left my career in academia and found my life's passion in photography. I have been married to love of my life, Donovan, for 13 years. Thanks to his career in the Air Force, we have lived in Germany and all over the U.S. Our lives are immeasurably enriched by our two boys.


I believe in creating timeless images that tell your unique story. 

Ultimately, my photography is about capturing human connections and legacies of love. My journey began in 2012 when our son was born, and I felt a deep urge to learn the basics of photography and how to use a DSLR camera. I wanted to become our family's historian, documenting every precious moment with him.

Another significant step toward professional photography came in 2015 when we moved to Germany. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allowed us to travel extensively, fueling my desire to document our adventures and inspiring me to pursue photography seriously. What started as a hobby quickly grew into a passionate pursuit.

In 2017, I had the incredible experience of assisting my mentor in photographing a wedding at a German castle. It was as amazing as it sounds! That moment solidified my commitment to photography, and I have never looked back. Minna Cirino Photography, LLC (MCP) was officially established in 2017.

artist statement

My mission is to capture evocative and elegant images that showcase the authentic connection between couples. Through the skillful use of light, texture, and composition, I aim to create a visual experience that is both thought-provoking and aesthetically pleasing. I believe that every couple has a unique story, and my goal is to create timeless images that capture the true essence of their relationship. I strive to evoke emotion and convey the intimacy and beauty of love while maintaining a refined and sophisticated aesthetic. Ultimately, my aim is to provide my clients with stunning visual representations of their love, ones that they can cherish for a lifetime. As a photographer, my goal is to bring joy, beauty, and inspiration to people's lives by capturing their most memorable moments in a way that is both unforgettable and tangible.

Quick Facts

for the skimmers

I'd rather be


number of countries lived in


favorite ice-cream

Rum Raisin



favorite show


number of countries lived in

guilty pleasure

Croissants with Nutella

favorite food




listening to

The Tortured Poets Department






The Crown

ennegram type



Croissants with Nutella

listening to

the tortured poets department



take my money






a few more things about me: 

I married the love of my life, Donovan, in 2010 and I love nothing more than spending time with these three handsome guys!

This is my sweet little family.

My timeless and classic style is inspired by the works of the Impressionist painters, light and most importantly, organic human connections. Even better when captured on film.

Classic images will remain timeless.

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The popular quote "I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff" very much summarizes my take on life. Some of my favorite cities include Paris, Budapest, Lisbon and Prague... but there's still so much to see!

My number one source of inspiration is traveling. 

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Intentionally crafting your photography experience.

 i believe

I believe in carefully crafted, intentional bespoke wedding photography experience that allows my clients to relax and enjoy every moment without worry.

Your photos do not belong just on your phone.

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I believe your images should be printed in legacy albums and prints placed in beautiful frames and hung on walls for your grandchildren to enjoy one day!

Going above and beyond.

 I am committed to going above and beyond to ensure that my clients feel seen, heard, and valued. Your wedding day is not a photoshoot but a celebration of your legacy of love with your family and friends. 

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Being a force for good.

I believe in the importance of giving back, and I actively seek out ways  to contribute to causes that I believe in. When you work with me, you are contributing to such causes as  safe water and sanitation initiatives and empowering  women to achieve economic independence.

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Love knows no bounds.

I am committed to the promotion of diversity, inclusivity and celebrating our differences as they are what makes us beautiful. I pledge as a business to accept, respect and include clients, employees and fellow vendors of all races, colors, religions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, special needs, or disability. I pledge to be an active participant in the collective journey to overcome the fear of difference and replace it with the power of inclusion.

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