I have the best job in the world (well, gourmet food critic and Terry Gross might beat it - but just barely). Growing up in the Bay Area, it was just me, my 2 sisters and my dad. He was a an amateur photographer and we were his favorite subjects. Photography was his way of saying that our family (our story) is important. It matters. It's worth documenting. A family's story is powerful stuff.

So powerful in fact, that though I've

been photographing weddings since 1999 I still cry at every single one. I just can't help myself - my husband and I have been happily married for a 15+ years, and when you and your soon-to-be spouse see each other for the first time, it brings me right back to my own wedding.

The unique story that everyone has is why I completely fall in love with every couple I work with. It's just my personality... I go all in.

And since I'm invested in who you really are, I don't need to force anything while I'm photographing you...I can sense, anticipate, and document all those little moments that make up your 

day. That effortlessness seems to be why people like working with me. It's easy...it's laid back. I don't stop the action. I just step back and let you do your thing and capture it beautifully. The best compliment I can receive is, “I didn’t even know you were there!”

At the end of your day you will have photographs that make you feel. Photographs that have meaning and soul. Photographs that will show your future grandkids just how much Grandma and Grandpa love each other, and how their story got started. These are photos that you will save for the rest of your life.

HELLO!
I'm MICHELLE

About

WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST, ETERNAL OPTIMIST, AND
 UNAPOLOGETIC SAP

What I Love

01. Goats

Someday I'll have a whole heard. And make the BEST cheese.

WHAT I LOVE

I know it's a total cliche, but who doesn't love Paris?!

Our studio pup - Henry!

My new live/work loft in Jack London Square 

I'm a huge sap. When I am with you at your wedding, it brings me right back to mine and I fall in love all over again.

02. Bien Sur

03. Hank the Tank

04. Where I work

05. Us

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I have the best job in the world (well, gourmet food critic and Terry Gross might beat it - but just barely). Growing up in the Bay Area, it was just me, my 2 sisters and my dad. He was a an amateur photographer and we were his favorite subjects. Photography was his way of saying that our family (our story) is important. It matters. It's worth documenting. A family's story is powerful stuff.

So powerful in fact, that though I've been photographing weddings since 1999 I still cry at every single one. I just can't help myself - my husband and I have been happily married for a 15+ years, and when you and your soon-to-be spouse see each other for the first time, it brings me right back to my own wedding.

The unique story that everyone has is why I completely fall in love with every couple I work with. It's just my personality... I go all in.

And since I'm invested in who you really are, I don't need to force anything while I'm photographing you...I can sense, anticipate, and document all those little moments that make up your day. That effortlessness seems to be why people like working with me. It's easy...it's laid back. I don't stop the action. I just step back and let you do your thing and capture it beautifully. The best compliment I can receive is, “I didn’t even know you were there!”

At the end of your day you will have photographs that make you feel. Photographs that have meaning and soul. Photographs that will show your future grandkids just how much Grandma and Grandpa love each other, and how their story got started. These are photos that you will save for the rest of your life.   

HELLO!
I'm MICHELLE

About

WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST, ETERNAL OPTIMIST, AND
 UNAPOLOGETIC SAP

What I Love

01. Goats

Someday I'll have a whole heard. And make the BEST cheese.

WHAT I LOVE

I know it's a total cliche, but who doesn't love Paris?!

Our studio pup - Henry!

My new live/work loft in Jack London Square 

I'm a huge sap. When I am with you at your wedding, it brings me right back to mine and I fall in love all over again.

02. Bien Sur

03. Hank the Tank

04. Where I work

05. Us

Back

I BELIEVE
IN SHOWING emotion.

because there's nothing sweeter than fulfilling your grandma's greatest wish

I BELIEVE IN kissing like no one's watching.

because there's nothing sexier than showing the world just how much you love each other

I BELIEVE IN the quiet & still moments.

because there's nothing more romantic than just the two of you together

What makes good photography great photography is YOU, in all your you-ness.


So here’s my thing: I never understood the concept of "posing add pretending" as soon as a professional photographer shows up. You know what’s missing in photos like those? You. The people in the photos look a lot like you and your beloved spouse-to-be, except they are making duck faces and posed like bored fashion models. What makes good photography great photography is YOU, in all your you-ness. Letting you just be yourself with the love of your life makes for way more compelling photography than posing you like you’re competing for America’s Next Top Model, (and let’s be honest, I’m no Tyra Banks).

Here’s what I won’t ask you to do:
•walk miles away from your reception location to stand in a field of weeds
•“smize” (check the Urban dictionary)
•take three hours of portraits

Here’s what I will ask you to do:
•be yourself
•forget that I’m there
•have the best day of your life

MY PHILOSOPHY

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"she was so much fun.

Michelle is a legend. She was so much fun and captured some amazing candid shots at the wedding - we hardly even knew she was there. She managed our time famously and was able to grab us for all of the group shots without interfering with our ability to enjoy our wedding. She is a beautiful person and a pleasure to work with."

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"her work is flawless.

My family has had the good fortune to have Michelle photograph our lives for the past 14 years. Her work is flawless and she is an absolute kick to work with. She operates in stealth mode - you don't really see her navigating the venue...then poof - stunning photographs! I can't recommend her highly enough!"

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"can't say enough.

If anything in our lives were to come up that required a photographer, there wouldn't be a second choice for us. It would be Michelle. I just can't say enough good things, and honestly I hope she gets to read this because when we said thank you to her and expressed our gratitude, I don't think she knows how deep our appreciation for her actually goes."

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"michelle is just perfect.

She is very professional and knows what works best. When doing something you are not comfortable doing because it is your first time, Michelle is amazing at telling you in a kind way how to get the best shots. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a photographer!!!"

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"our photos are amazeballs.

We felt an instant connection with Michelle and were wowed by her talent! She turned us into models - I swear she knows the best angles and is able to take such candid natural photos. Also, our wedding photos, well, are amazeballs."

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