nat + matt, engaged.

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I’ve known Natalie a loooong time. Like 15 years. She’s one of my sister’s best friends. When she got engaged to Matt and asked me to take their engagement photos, I was so excited! They are so fun and playful and sweet together. She gave me total artistic freedom, and they were so easy to work with.

Matt: “On a scale from 1 to the best models you’ve worked with, where are we?”
Me: “Well I usually work with toddlers, so you’re pretty high up there.”

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I’m so very happy for them. I can’t wait for their wedding!

xo, Michelle

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best of 2015

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I’m still in New Year’s reflection + planning mode, so I thought I would gather up my favorite images specifically from my sessions in 2015. The year itself felt weird, but I remember all the sessions clearly. 2015 saw my biggest photography improvement so far, for sure. My style and my eye were more clearly defined and fine-tuned. I gained a lot of confidence in my ability to do this. I’m really proud of what I made last year, both in photos and fine art. I always wish to do more, create more, shoot more. I feel like I’m just starting and the possibilities are waiting for me.

So here is my best of 2015: 

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Here’s to 2016 and more beautiful people and families and stories and art. 

xo, Michelle

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upcoming event: Harvest Faire

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I will be at this cool event Saturday in Long Beach, CA with a table full of my art!

Join in the festivities and magic with old-world villagers and minstrels as they delight you and your children with stories, crafts, games, and music.
Enjoy the abundance of the harvest in the village cafe with homemade soup, bread, pulled pork and delicious desserts!

Visit our village bazaar filled with Waldorf arts and crafts such as beautiful felted items, jewelry, capes, fairy wands and more!

For more information regarding the faire call us at 562-434-8200 or email us at info@maplevillageschool.org

Come with the family if you live in the area! Something fun to do :)

xo, Michelle

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utah session: toddlers + an orchard

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I went to Utah on vacation and I did something I’ve never done: a travel session! I really love to travel, I love new scenery, and every time I travel I think “I wish I could get some kids to take photos of here!” So I reached out to my cousin’s friend Mari, who is a stylist, and asked if she wanted to do a session of her cute babies! I’m so incredibly grateful for the word “yes.” 

The littles were quite emotional during our session (that happens during golden/witching hour!), but they were still playful and adorable and I loved chasing them around. I loved the fall vibe that you just don’t get in orange county.

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Wardrobe by: free babes, happy hannas, duchess and lion, & wrare doll

ahhhh the cuteness. 

xo, Michelle

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peyton is two!

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On the fall equinox, we chased a newly two year old toddler and the toddler chased bubbles. This tiny nugget belongs to my longtime friend Nicole, and I’ve been documenting her life since she was born. It’s so fun to look back & watch her grow as my photography also grows.

Here are my favorites from our mini-session:

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Toddlerhood is my favorite.

xo, Michelle

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norway photos: part 3, Bergen!

The last installment of my Norway photos! I’m going to live in the dream of that country forever.

Our last stop: the beautiful city of Bergen and Hardangerfjord!

train from Voss to Bergen

train from Voss to Bergen

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the dream!

the dream!

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tiny little streets

tiny little streets

Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen.

Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen.

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The Floibanen, a funicular up the mountain.

The Floibanen, a funicular up the mountain.

view from Mount Floyen

view from Mount Floyen

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the top of Mount Floyen was my dream world. I was so in heaven.

the top of Mount Floyen was my dream world. I was so in heaven.

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Damsgard manor.

Damsgard manor.

found flower crown

found flower crown

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a pride parade!

a pride parade!

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fjord cruise through Hardangerfjord

fjord cruise through Hardangerfjord

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frolicking in Eidfjord

frolicking in Eidfjord

Voringfoss waterfall. a little snowy & beautiful!

Voringfoss waterfall. a little snowy & beautiful!

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just the prettiest place...

just the prettiest place…

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had to wear our Elsa & Anna bracelets, since we’re kind of them :)

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See parts one and two. I love you, Norway.

xo, Michelle

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norway photos: part 2!

I’m continuing to share my Norway photos! It’s been 3 months and I still can’t believe it was a real place because it was so beautiful!

Our second stop: the Oslo-Bergen railway to Voss & its surrounding fjords!

Oslo -> Bergen

Oslo -> Bergen

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Voss

Voss

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Flamsbana Railway from snowy Myrdal to the fjord town of Flam

Flamsbana Railway from snowy Myrdal to the tiny fjord town of Flam

snowy and very very cold. beginning of June!

snowy and very very cold in Myrdal. beginning of June!

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a little nod to beloved Field Trip (click photo for blog post)

a little nod to beloved Field Trip (click photo for blog post)

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the lake in Voss

the lake in Voss

Do you feel swept away by the cold northern beauty yet?

Check out Part 1: Oslo if you missed them! I’ll post the final set of photos next week :)

xo, Michelle

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