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If you can give me a moment, as you are, in your life right now...

I’ll give you the one thing that can keep that day or those loved ones always near, always alive. A photograph.

How I am writing a professional biography right now, is a bit of a fluke. I originally bought a fancy camera so that I could have better quality pictures of myself. It wasn’t until I signed up for a photography class at Santa Monica College to learn the basics, that a passion was suddenly born and the next thing I knew, I was using my sisters, my co-workers, my ex (just kidding), as my models.

Fast forward to now, I can confidently call myself both a lifestyle and wedding photographer. I’m tempted to say that “I am not your traditional photographer,” but I’m not going to say that. I am just me, and if we work together, all I can ask is that you be you. I have been told that outside of knowing how to work a camera, I am good at making others feel comfortable. I strive to capture you in your natural, genuine, honest state with your partner because those will be the photos you want to hold onto. They are real: people and emotions. You can expect that I will ask you lots of questions about you, your life, your day. I’ll probably want to be your friend in real life, but if you’re not into that, then never mind. 🙂

I will always do my best to capture the moments that are most authentic, silly, and timeless. My goal is to produce that one photo (or photos) that maybe get lost in a move or was somehow tucked away , that your children or grandchildren manage to find in a shoebox somewhere and even THEY can feel the happiness, hear the laugh or smell the pine trees from that day. Or maybe the photo is not misplaced, it is the one that stays locked in a frame, always on display, forever on the fridge or kept safe inside the nightstand beside your bed.

If you can give me a moment, as you are, in your life right now, I’ll give you the one thing that can keep that day or those loved ones always near, always alive. A photograph.

So let’s do this, yeah? The honor would be all mine.

Kelsey and Jordan

"Michelle is a gem! If you’re looking for a photographer with a laid back style and you like to laugh, she’s your person. Michelle has this natural ability to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera and her work is amazing. My husband and I LOVE our photos and will cherish them forever."

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Taryn and J.D.

"Michelle is a talented, professional photographer. She did a stunning job on our engagement and wedding photos. We felt instantly at ease with her, and the lighting and style turned out exactly as we wished. Her photography shines with warmth and thoughtfulness, and I hope to use her as our family photographer in the future. We love Michelle!"

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Chantal and John

Michelle went above and beyond to make my fiancé and me comfy during our shoot, she picked up, drove us to the beach, even gifted us a couple bottles of red! the nerves of being in front of the camera quickly faded and the three of us ended up laughing and smiling til the sun set over the grand pacific, we barely even noticed the camera clicking away, very natural, very genuine, a very delightful experience overall. we also saw a school of whales not far off from the shore, not sure if michelle planned that, but it made our already incredible evening evermore unforgettable. highly recommend! thanks michelle!

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Neeley and Chad

"We are so lucky to have swiped up Michelle for our engagements and upcoming wedding!! I was a little nervous going into our shoot just because I'm a teeny bit camera shy, but once Michelle started directing and suggesting, I felt like a straight up super model in front of that camera! Our pictures came out so perfectly and everyone we have shown them to are just as obsessed with them as we are! Don't even think about hesitating, book her while you can, people!!"

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Marlie and Nick

"I was so nervous for my engagement shoot, but Michelle made my fiancé and I feel so comfortable, and we ended up having a great time!! And we got the most beautiful photos!! We cannot wait to have Michelle take our wedding photos in May!! So so happy that we found her!"

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Jesse and Bill

"Michelle did our engagement photos and we had the BEST experience. Michelle is so talented and was so good at directing us for different shots. She made it so fun! My fiancé hates taking photos but he had such a blast and genuinely enjoyed it. The photos came out amazing and were exactly what we were looking for- natural pictures that didn't look "posed" and just showed us having fun and being ourselves. Also- her edits are amazing, she provided us a ton of photos and got them all back to us really quickly! She captured such fun moments throughout the day and had so many great ideas for locations and shots to take. I highly recommend her!"

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