I purchased my first camera at 26 years old. I had spent the past 13 years of my life trying to “make it” in Hollywood, and in a state of complete defeat and evaluation of my self-worth (the industry will do that to you)… I started taking pictures. I loved it so much, that I realized I was not an actress but an artist, just yearning for some form of creative control. I started thinking, “If they aren’t going to hire me, I’ll make it myself.” That’s really how this little business of mine began. I don’t have a degree in photography. I don’t have a degree at all. I just woke up everyday and made it a point to practice what I love. So here I am now, at 32 years old and I can confidently call myself a wedding photographer. From being the theatre kid who could cry on cue with a driving force from an empathetic heart.. that emotion has transpired to what I search for in every single couple I shoot.
I can't whistle, snap my fingers or sing karaoke without fear, but I can outrun my boyfriend, make friends out of strangers and take a damn good picture.
I want to capture yours. And at your wedding, I’m not just searching for your mom, or your sister, or your friend from college that traveled overseas to not miss your day (or an epic party), but every single other human in that room who has made an imprint in your life and brought you to this moment. Because they all too carry emotion, and that’s what I want to preserve for you- your day, your people.
It was xmas eve, couple glasses of pinot noir deep and I commented "OBSESSED" to a picture of Jordan with his 3 cats on instagram. One month later I moved back home to Ventura- which happens to be Jordan's hometown as well. We knew OF each other from high school and not really knowing anyone anymore from back home (because I'm ancient), we hung out. One week later we were in love and one month later I was pregnant.
alex and nolan
"EACH PHOTO TELLS A STORY AND BRINGS TEARS TO OUR EYES. IT WAS THE MOST PERFECT DAY AND HER PHOTOS HELP US REMEMBER! HER EDITING...STRAIGHT FIRE. HER PROFESSIONALISM AND RESPONSIVENESS IS FREAKING AMAZING. AND SHE IS JUST A RAD PERSON OVERALL. MICHELLE WILL BE STUCK WITH US FOREVER, BECAUSE I CANNOT IMAGINE USING ANY OTHER PHOTOGRAPHER FOR LIFE'S PRECIOUS MOMENTS! MICHELLE, WE LOVE YOU! THANK YOU SOO MUCH"
BRI AND JESSE
"She immediately puts you at ease. She’s warm, she’s friendly and knows exactly how to direct you. She’s gonna make you do some silly poses that you cannot possibly imagine will make a good photo and then prove you so completely wrong when you get the album back. We just had such a good time hanging out with her, the experience could not have been more lovely. The TL;DR on this is just trust Michelle, she’s so damn good at her job!"
tori and james
"Her guidance was 100%. We didn’t know what was needed or what to expect when coordinating a photographer on a wedding day. She prepared us so well, set us up for success in asking what photos we wanted in advance, and was always available to answer the questions we had along the way. It never took more than two business days for her to reply to our messages, and that was SO reassuring as we worked through the stress of planning a wedding! Beyond being an incredibly talented photographer, she is also just an incredible human, and we were so blessed to work with her."