Michael Schaffer is a professional fine art wedding photographer based in Austin, Texas and available for travel worldwide. He specializes in crafting compelling, elegant images that capture the authentic moments and real connections of the day. Michael is in love with the romantic, vibrant and beautiful look of color film, and uses a collection of film and digital cameras to achieve a classic, cinematic quality in his pictures.
Michael aims to create a shared sense of trust and collaboration with his couples, so that each image can be given room to embody whatever is unique and beautiful about whatever happens to be in front of his lens.
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Stephanie C. · Married on 11/03/2020
When we started out looking for a wedding photographer, we knew we wanted someone who shared our passion for the arts and showed good fundamentals. We wanted someone who was both technical and creative. And we needed someone to handle our lively bunch! Michael checked all of these boxes! He was laid back, kind, and courteous. He helped us make a plan for photography and was very professional in his communication and responsiveness. He rolled with the punches when we got behind schedule and gracefully adjusted his timeline. Michael did a fantastic job capturing photos of so many of our wedding guests. We also really appreciate that Michael shoots primarily on film, which gives the photos a soft, rich quality. He perfectly captured the beauty and joy of our wedding day. We are very pleased with the result and would highly recommend him to anyone. Thank you, Michael!Sent on 05/12/2019
Monica J. · Married on 07/03/2020
A Unique, Personal and One of a Kind Experience
My husband and I both agree that having Michael photograph our wedding was one of the best decisions we made for our big day. Michael is incredibly talented, patient and kind. Upon first talking to him, I knew he was a fit for us because of his approach – all on quality over quantity. Michael takes time to understand your goals and aspirations for your wedding day on a wider scale – what’s the vibe you’re going for? What’s most important to you? Looking back on your photos, what do you want to see? Just this sheer attention to detail is indicative of the level of careful care and consideration Michael puts into every frame.
Michael took the time to chat with my husband and I multiple times during our engagement to ensure that our vision or goals hadn’t shifted. He put together a great timeline and collaborated extremely well with our other vendors.
But, despite all of these great qualities, the absolutely best thing about Michael is his demeanor. I joked multiple times on the wedding day that Michael and his team were my therapists. They were so professional, calm, cool and collected, and it brought a much-needed sense of ease and tranquility that is so needed (and many times lacking) on such a momentous day – not only for myself, but for my husband, our families, wedding party and guests. The tone that they set comes through in each and every one of the beautiful photos that we will cherish forever.
If you’re looking for unique and personalized photos and the experience to match, I cannot recommend Michael enough. Thanks again for everything, Michael!Sent on 04/09/2020
Jeanette J. · Married on 07/01/2020
Calm and professional wedding photographer
It felt like my husband and I scoured through so many wedding photographers with the same poses, same images, same type of couples until we found Michael. Once we found him, we recognized that we had found an artist and wanted him to be there on our big day. He is extremely personable, kind, and knowledgeable. He was able to capture the moments that we never wanted to forget and made both of us feel very at ease the entire time we worked together. He took the time to meet with us twice before the wedding day to go over what we were hoping to have captured. He communicated openly and was very quick to respond to email and text. The images he took of us are unique and beautiful. We loved that he shot everything on film; it gave the images more depth and tells the story of our day. We can not recommend Michael Schaffer highly enough. If you are looking for a calm, wonderful, and professional photographer, he is the one!Sent on 05/12/2019