Most people describe me as inexplicably smiley all the time. When I hear that, I always laugh and hope that is a good thing. ^^
More than pictures, I love people. I love meeting people, getting to know them, hearing their stories, spending quality time just bonding and laughing with each other.
Photography has always been something I loved; I have billions and billions and billions of pictures. I started out with a dinky Canon elph SD 100. Yes, that’s right - SD 100, the original elph. Very old school, but served me quite well! I was always the one going around snapping photos and making sure that memory would be forever imprinted in pictures.
What I love to capture the most, is the personalities of couples! Whether they are insanely silly, nerdy, ultra sweet, super serious, nature loving, a bit shy, have a funky style, a bit competitive, or whatever the case maybe, I hope to freeze those unique moments into a picture. Every shoot I do, rather than have the couple fit into a set style and pose, I brainstorm and develop a unique style and theme that fits around the couple. My greatest hope is that my photographs can really highlight that special something every couple has. ^^ That’s what I love to do the most!
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Janet · Married on 07/29/2017
I got connected with Michelle through a mutual friend, and looking through her portfolio, we knew that she had the style we were looking for.
Michelle was awesome through the whole process! We met her via Skype, and she was super friendly, excited to meet us, and more importantly wanted to get to know us. I still remember she made sure that we were comfortable and confident in moving forward with her services, and that we were a good fit. Even after the Skype call, she said if we changed our minds and it wasn't a good fit, that it would be totally okay. This just shows that she's not out for just your money, but wants to be successful in capturing your special day just the way you envision.
I also appreciated her flexibility and ability to change things last minute, for your benefit! We took our engagement photos in Riverside, on a day that was over 100 degrees. She called us shortly before, and asked if we wanted to change to a different location so that we didn't have to hike up a hill and be sweaty for our photo. Yes, yes, yes!
On the wedding day, Michelle was great in keeping to the timeline, and making sure she caught all the details. I feel like she has a good eye, and was able to really find opportunities to take great shots. She's also loud when she needs to be and got everyone in positions quick!
Lastly, we felt that Michelle was just really excited to share this special day with us, not just because she was doing her job, but because she was happy for us.
Sent on 01/16/2018
Hilary · Married on 06/24/2017
There are not enough words to express Michelle's amazing photography for our wedding. I met her as a bridesmaid at a friend's wedding and knew right away when I got engaged that I had to have her shoot mine! You DEFINITELY want her to be part of your wedding vendors.Sent on 09/01/2018
Upon first meeting her, she is warm, friendly, and welcoming. I felt like we were already friends! Her bubbly and uplifting personality definitely helps with the stress of any wedding/ event.
As we were planning our wedding, she was super helpful and attentive during the process, in terms of thinking of our photo sites and asking us about specific shots we liked/ wanted. Never did I feel like I was asking a "dumb" question. She answered all of them with so much grace and loving kindness! Michelle made us feel confident leading up to our Wedding Day, she knew what needed to happen and the timeline and helped us rest assured things would go well!
On the wedding day, she was so wonderful with our bridal party and guests! We heard so many compliments from both, about her upbeat attitude and ability to get anyone to look at the camera and smile. She was also great at keeping time and prioritizing the photos we wanted to have. Michelle knew how to pose people to look skinny and avoid showing those unwanted angles- double chins, fat arms... Her posing was unique and looked gorgeous! She made sure that we were looking our best all the time - even fixing those random strands of hair that get in the way! Our guests and bridal party still talk about how fun it was to have Michelle as our photographer, one year after!
We can't wait to have Michelle photograph our future family milestones! She already did our first Christmas card :)
Heidi · Married on 05/20/2017
If you’re on the fence about which photographer to choose for your wedding, Michelle is the way to go. I already vetted her work through her website and loved it, but immediately upon meeting her, I knew she would be easy and great to work with. Her personality makes you feel completely at ease and that’s how you want to feel on your wedding day. She was actually recommended to me by two of my friends on separate occasions, so I knew she had to be amazing.Sent on 05/17/2018
On the day, she was so helpful due to the tremendous amount of experience she has shooting weddings! Even though she was the photographer, I feel like she was capable of being the coordinator, florist, and so much more (you’ll be getting a great deal with her!). Although the timeline was tight, she was able to make everything work. My biggest dream was to have my dog at my wedding, and she was able to capture adorable photos of her!
Working together on the album was also very easy. She is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that you are happy with her work. My husband and I just received our finished album and it looks so beautiful! She’s both meticulous and a perfectionist, while taking into consideration all of your concerns and ideas. She’ll be honest with her advice based on her experience, and I really appreciated that. She is great at communication and is always quick to respond with tons of detail and helpful information.
You will absolutely have no regrets if you choose to have her at your wedding. She will do an amazing job capturing your big day!!
Michelle is the most bubbly photographer we've ever met!! She's not only great to work with, but also very professional. She is great at directing and takes awesome pictures. Hope we get to work together again soon!!! :)
Having just worked with Michelle, I can say that she is a true pro! Makes her brides feel at ease and always has a smile on her face. From the teaser shots I've seen so far I can say that Michelle has a great eye for capturing the best moments and I can't wait to see the rest. Michelle and her team know exactly what they need to do, and they approach each moment with a great attitude and a smile. Cannot wait until we work together again!