My name is Michelle, and I am in charge of the creations around here! I began taking pictures in 2012, when my family relocated to Wilmington, NC. I was immediately inspired by the historic properties, the Cape Fear River and of course, the ocean. That’s when my Husband bought me my first Nikon- a D3100. (Thank you, baby!)
From there my photographer journey began. I started taking pictures of friends and their families or taking pictures at events, like baby showers and birthday parties. Likewise, I have always been a fan of designing albums, and that began to intermix nicely with taking pictures.
If I had to explain to someone what I like about the pictures I take, it would be this:
I try to be very present in life. I try to enjoy those little moments that really matter at the end a day. Taking pictures outside of formal settings (like a studio) are- by far- my favorite. Those pictures allow me to photograph people’s lives as they ARE in that moment (i.e. what home are they living in, what season did you have this beautiful memory in, who were you spending time with, what pets did you own, how old were your children, etc.). A photograph should capture the entire moment- not just a pose. I always prefer natural light and I love shooting outside.
If I had to explain who I am as a photographer, it would be this:
I am a minimalist when it comes to editing, I prefer to take the shot the way I want it to be seen from the get-go. Obviously, there are exceptions- you can add sun or yellow tones on a cloudy day, but I like to keep it real and authentic. When I do edit, I use Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop.
As for the work product in the end, I believe that my photos are my art, but I am not alone in that process. Were it not for my client, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to create amazing photos. The best pictures come from the smiles a mother gives her child or the way a child’s eyes light up when his father comes home from a deployment.
As a photographer, client expectation and satisfaction matter. I want to be there for you as your journey continues. I do not believe in holding images hostage- I will never forget when my friend told me the dollar amount she had to pay to have access to her wedding photos. That will not happen here. Even if I do not end up editing all of your images, you will have access to them!
Along with the above, I’m definitely more of a candid person over portraits. Not that I don’t take the posed ones, but the candid ones turn out awesome.
If this appeals to you, I am the photographer for you! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions!