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Photography is an investment to honor your memories. Moments and days are fleeting, but honest photography allows you to relive your past. Each photography package is customized to fit your budget, goals and personality.

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   Engagement photography (Starts at $350)
Celebrate your engagement with photos that naturally and honestly capture the love you share. Say goodbye to stiff and lifeless poses.

I always hear “we’re so awkward!” when first starting a shoot. Good. Breathe into that awkward space and get silly. That’s where the magic happens. I’ll provide dad jokes, some tunes, encourage getting loose (booze is 100% recommended) and provide prompts to get you moving so I can capture the intimate moments, the hand touches, the big laughs, and all the kisses.

10/10 times, the people I work with say “that was fun.”
   Couple & Lifestyle photography
When loved ones think of your relationship or the way you move through life, what image comes to mind?

Is it lazy mornings making pancakes in the kitchen? Long hikes in the mountain? Wandering around a city? Getting up early to catch the sunrise? Packing up for a road trip?

I love shooting couples and lifestyle because everyone approaches life so differently. A session that represents who you are rather than what you look like is powerful. Doing something true to your personality adds an element of connection and depth that can’t be found in a traditional portrait shoot. Looking back on those photos, you’re more like to remember those feelings if you’re doing something you love. Most photographers encourage joy by asking clients to fake laugh. Yup, you heard that right. FAKE laugh. We won’t do that. We’ll incorporate what makes you, you, and I’ll do a little bit of directing to ensure the photos and the experience are memorable.
   Elopement & Intimate Wedding Photography
Traditional wedding productions aren’t for everyone. And that is more than okay. If you’re looking to focus on your relationship or have planned an intimate wedding, I want to be your photographer.

Elopement and intimate weddings are always a bit more personalized because of the simplicity of the event. Whether you’re planning a small day on the beach, a lakeside gathering or a backyard wedding, I’ll be the fly on the wall capturing your day.

I resonate most with couples who plan their day how they want to, without the production, all the fluff, and who incorporate pieces of them into their planning.
   Wedding Photography (Starts at $1500)
Weddings deserve to be captured beautifully. It’s a day of emotion, joy and new beginnings. From the moments, the in-betweens, the complete story, I’ll be there to capture the day is it flows.

It’s your reality - I work with you to decide how you want your day to be captured. I’ll always include family portraits and cute bridal party portraits if that’s what you want. A key component to a successful photography experience is you and I being on the same page prior to your wedding day. That’s why I prioritize getting to know the couples I work with through a detailed questionnaire that covers all the wedding day logistics, and a pre-wedding phone call/consult.

"Her funny and care free spirit really helps ease those jitters you may have being in front of the camera"

- work with michelle-

faqs

   Can you travel for a shoot?
Abso-fucking-lutely. Traveling, whether for work or for pleasure, is one of my favorite things about this life. If you’d like to work together outside of Oregon, I include travel fees into my customized pricing.
   WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
My instinct is to say “whatever makes you comfortable,” but that’s not entirely true. My photography sessions are natural, fun and spontaneous - we’re going to move, play, run and spin. Wearing clothing that allows for movement and have natural, earth tones will look best in photos. Go for simple clothing pieces that allow your natural features to take center stage. Florals and blacks always look great in photos. In the end, the clothing doesn’t matter. The photos are of you and the connection, so don’t sweat outfits too much.
   WILL YOU HELP US TO NOT LOOK AWKWARD?
Yep - relaxing and looking natural in front of the camera is something most people are nervous about. I’ve spent a lot of time and trial in error learning how to get people to feel comfortable with a lens in their face. Relax, bring some wine, and don’t worry about the little things.
   WHAT IS THE TURNAROUND TIME FOR ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOS?
2 to 3 weeks for engagement photos. 6 to 8 weeks for wedding photos.
   HOW MUCH DOES A SESSION COST?
Pricing differs on each couple, their wedding vision and the photo session - that’s why I work with customized packages.
I create tailored packaging for each of my clients dependant on their situations. There are so many different variables to take into account when planning a shoot like the location, length of the shoot and subjects.
As a baseline, couples sessions start at $350 and wedding collections start at $1500. If you want to know exactly how much I’ll charge, submit a booking form and I’ll create a proposal that hopefully works for both of us. I’m also happy to get on the phone and chat about what’s included in the cost.
   DO WE GET THE RAW FILES AND FULL OWNERSHIP OF THE PHOTOS?
You will receive the gallery from your shoot as fully edited, high resolution images accessible through an online portal. I do not release raw files, just the finalized photographs. You'll get full ownership of the edited photos to post on social media, make prints, or send as gifts.
   WILL ANY OF OUR PHOTOS BE IN BLACK & WHITE?
Yes - when editing, I choose carefully which ones I put in black and white based off emotion, light, and overall quality of the image. After you receive your gallery, if you want an image or two in black and white, I'd be happy to resend you updated edits. I’m also happy to send you color versions of photographs that I’ve edited as black and white.
   HOW WILL WE RECEIVE OUR PHOTOS?
You will receive your images in a private online gallery. The online gallery I use allows customers to choose to purchase add-ons such as albums, large prints and frames, or keepsakes. Weddings will receive the online gallery and a USB drive with the images.

wedding day logistics

   HOW MANY HOURS ARE INCLUDED ON THE WEDDING DAY?
As many as you’d like - working with customized packages allows my clients to decide how much of their wedding they would like caught on camera. Basic coverage of a traditional ceremony and reception is 8 hours with the option to purchase more hours. An intimate wedding or elopement is typically just full coverage of the event, as they tend to be shorter in time. If my prices do not match your budget or you have untraditional plans, then I would be happy to adjust the package and plans accordingly.
   HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE INCLUDED ON WEDDING DAY?
It's usually just me, but you can purchase a second shooter as an add-on. Intimate or elopements typically only require myself to go with the low-key vibe of the day. Full weddings may need a second shooter if you prefer the details of getting ready, dress shots, bouquet/centerpieces, etc. However, if you're just wanting to focus on the two of you and the story of the day, I am comfortable shooting solo.
   DO YOU HELP US MAKE A TIMELINE?
If you’d like me to. If you envision your day to be laid-back and the word timeline scares you, we just need to be on the same page about carving out some time for family and bridal portraits. If you want a timeline and have no idea where to start, I’d be glad to help.
   DO YOU CARE IF WE DON'T DO A "FIRST LOOK"?
Your wedding, your plans! If you want a first look, we'll do it. If it's not your style, then we won't. Simple as that.
   WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT/PAYMENT PLAN LIKE?
I ask for a 50% non-refundable deposit for weddings. However, I understand that budgeting is a big part of wedding planning so I can customize something if necessary. You can make payments up until the big day and full payment is required two weeks prior to the date. Talking about money can be awkward, so I'd rather have it paid in full prior to your big day so you can focus on you.
   CAN WE MEET FOR AN IN-PERSON MEETING BEFORE WE BOOK?
If you want to have a chat face-to-face to see if we’d be a good match, I’m down!I know that wedding planning can be stressful so if you prefer phone calls, emails, or video chats, I can do that way as well. However you want to handle communication, I will go with that flow.

Your preference is asked for in the contact form, so you can specify there what you're wanting.
   HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
My image style is natural, connected, and warm. My shooting style is fun, quirky, affirmative. My personal style is relaxed, laid-back, nature-inspired.
   HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO WE NEED TO BOOK?
It depends. I know that’s not very helpful. I recommend 6 to 9 months out, but there are times when I have openings only a month or two out.
   WHAT IF WE CHANGE OUR WEDDING DATE?
I would be happy to accommodate changes with a notice. However, if I am booked out for the new date, I can recommend another photographer with a similar style and quality of work.
   CAN WE POST OUR PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
I would love for you to post your photos on social media. Just please give me credit, referrals are a huge part of my business!

client love

"Michelle made us feel comfortable, excited, and most of all, beautiful. She puts passion into her work and you can see that in every picture she takes. After meeting Michelle, I felt like I had known her for years. She's fierce, kind, a complete bad ass, but most of all she is real. We love our photos & we loved sharing them at our "real" wedding. To be honest, they are our favorite pictures we have ever took. Stop looking & book Michelle. She is your lady! 10/10 would recommend her to anyone!"

-Anna G.

"She had so many great ideas and plenty of energy and motivation to get it all done, but not only that, she was also super professional. She was genuine and answered any questions we had and addressed any concerns right away. honestly this was the first time we had ever used a professional photographer and we loved working together with Michelle right from the beginning all the way through to the end."

-Raul C.

"Words cannot describe how much we love this lady and her work! She was seriously such a huge blessing to us. As a same sex couple she made us feel so comfortable and accepted and loved. She’s hilarious and so talented. She was able to uniquely able to capture our love and individual personalities. Our favorite part of our pictures was how genuine and happy we looked in all of them. Her style and editing is beautiful. We really feel so lucky to have her as part of our big day. I can’t say enough positive things."

-Janieve B.

"I couldn't be any happier with my engagement photos! Michelle truly captured genuine smiles and sincere laughter between my fiance and me. The pictures are a great representation of how excited we are to start our life together as husband and wife!"

-Lauren Y.

Photography is an investment in your memories.

Moments and days are fleeting, but honest photography allows you to relive your past. Each photography package is customized to fit your budget, goals and personality.

- WORK WITH MICHELLE -

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