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Time to say Goodbye

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states
we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish
to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” 

― ANAIS NIN

November the 24th will be the date of my final session for Memories by Michelle.

It’s time.

In the last 10 years, I have photographed so many wonderful families, growing as a photographer and a human being in ways that I could never have imagined. Photography has opened the door to so many incredible people, relationships, and places.

In this decade of exploration, I have had the incredible privilege of being chosen to capture engagements, weddings, births, a baby’s first moments, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, international adoptions, and a soldier’s welcome home.

I have been proud to be chosen by Make-A-Wish to photograph their brave, young wish recipients on multiple occasions, as well as by the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters to photograph the relationships between children and their mentors. I have also fulfilled a life-long dream of being published as a writer and photographer in various local magazines and seen my images grace many covers.

On the personal side, I have learned so much by being part of incredible creative projects like Sham of the Perfect (which also sunsets this year) and taken more photos of my own daughter than is reasonable. (But which, I’m sure, I’ll never regret being able to look back on.)

And yet, in many ways, Memories by Michelle never grew the kind of strong roots I dreamed of. 

There comes a point in a business’ life-cycle where, if new customers are not flowing in regularly, you have to decide if you want to invest more time and money trying to generate more bookings so you can cover expenses and come out on the other side with some money in your pocket. And then (having a full-time job) whether you have the bandwidth to devote to those lead-generating efforts as well as handling any additional business you generate.

Ultimately, the conclusion I came to was, sadly, no. 

For these – and many other reasons – it’s time to say goodbye.

Leaving behind MbyM offers an opportunity to create space for something new. Which may or may not be photography related. Last year I dove into acting classes for the first time (so fun!) I also miss the swing dancing lessons I used to go to weekly and would like to get back to them. I have still never truly fulfilled my dreams of being a published writer with a book on a bookshelf. I’d also like to enjoy weekends around my favorite season – Autumn – just exploring with my daughter, who I only see 50% of the time these days. Time is precious. Opportunities and dreams abound!

In short, I don’t have a plan for the space in my life that Memories by Michelle will vacate. The plan, itself, is to create some space and see what happens next!

(#exciting)

As to what I’ll do with my cameras and equipment… they won’t sit idle. Once things settle, I’d like to pursue some personal, creative ideas, and I may still take-on the odd photography commission if it works financially and seems like something that would be creatively fulfilling too. If you know of something or have something in mind, especially if it’s commercial or non-profit related, I’m open. But I won’t be booking regular sessions after this November.

I have loved and appreciated beyond words the time I have spent with every one of you, the trust you have given me, the intimate spaces of your life have welcomed me into, and the support you have shown for my photography. 

If you would like to join me one more time, this Fall, for a family photo session, please see Fall 2019 details, below.  

My heartfelt thanks to everyone – families, individuals, charities, and companies – I have worked with and who have supported me. The moments we created together have been rich and fulfilling and I will carry them with me forever.

With love and sincere appreciation,

Michelle

FALL SESSIONS 2019

Choose Your Session Type

60-Minute Session including 10 digital images of your choice: $450
90-Minute Session including all digital images in your gallery: $600

All sessions include a personalized, online gallery of proofs (min 40 for the 60-minute session and 75 for the 90 minute session.)

Availability

SEPTEMBER – booked

OCTOBER
Friday 11th at 4:30 pm
Saturday 12th at 4:30 pm
Sunday 13th at 4:30 pm
Friday 25th at 4:30 pm
Saturday 26th at 4:30 pm
Sunday 27th at 4:30 pm

NOVEMBER
Saturday 23rd at 3:00 pm
Sunday 24th at 3:00 pm — FINAL SESSION

MORNING SESSIONS & AT-HOME SESSIONS

The above dates and times are for typical, outdoor family sessions, with times scheduled to take advantage of the most beautiful and flattering light (right before sunset.)

If you and your family are morning people and don’t mind getting up with the sun, I can also schedule your session within an hour of sunrise. (Weekends only)

If you’re open to an at-home session, we can schedule your session at any time during the day on a weekend.

Some small but important details

  • All images will be delivered with plenty of time to create your holiday cards or to print gifts for family and friends.
  • Max of 5 family members.
  • Additional family members charged at $35 each.
  • Sorry, no “Shorties” or multi-family / extended family sessions, immediate family only.
  • All sessions must take place within 20 miles of 95628. I will not be taking any sessions that require travel outside of this area.

Click here to keep following me on my personal Instagram to see future work and projects.

If you would like to explore a creative, commercial, or non-profit project in 2020, please drop me a line at michelle@mbymphotos.com

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Senior Session for Riley

Riley is a Senior graduating from Casa Robles this year. We celebrated his upcoming next chapter with a session in Old Folsom last week.

I had never met Riley before but know his mom, Heather. I found him to be charming and sweet, although I’m sure no teenage boy wants to be called sweet by one of his mom’s friends. He definitely has an “edgy” edge to him too that made him fun and easy to photograph, a cool swagger, comfortable in his own skin. But underneath you get that the essence of him is… sorry… yeah, sweet.

I tried to capture all the sides of Riley: sweet and savory.

Here are some of my faves.

Limited Availability this Fall

I have limited spots available through November 24th for sessions. Please get in touch soon if you would like to schedule a session for your graduating Senior, or your family this Fall.

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Personal Branding Photos for Keilah

I met Keilah through her online business, Sacramento Sidetracks, which provides reviews and recommendations for families looking for fun things to do in the Sacramento area. I even photographed her family a few years back in this adorably fun session.

But now, when Keilah isn’t making sure local families are having fun on their days off, she’s busy making sure they find the home of their dreams as an agent at Lyon Real Estate in the Land Park office.

Keilah is full of positive energy and that comes out in how she markets herself; she has awesome promotional chops. When we met at a local coffee shop recently to catch up, she let me know that she would love to get some photos for her real estate career that helped clients get a sense of her warm and fun personality, with a variety of images for different marketing pieces like the custom oil paintings.

A couple of weekends ago we met at the Lyon Land Park office and ventured around Land Park’s beautiful neighborhoods to make that happen. Here are some of my favorites…

Personal Branding Photos inside Lyon Real Estate Land Park office Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos inside Lyon Real Estate Land Park office Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos inside Lyon Real Estate Land Park office Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos inside Lyon Real Estate Land Park office Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Lyon real Estate Sacramento Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Lyon real estate land park Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Keilah Woodard Lyon Land Park Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Keilah Woodard Lyon Land Park Memories by Michelle Photography
Personal Branding Photos Keilah Woodard Lyon Land Park Memories by Michelle Photography

Schedule your own Personal Branding Session

Get in touch and let’s discuss how we can help you sell your / your company’s story through beautiful images.

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Orangevale Multi-generation double mini-session

I love that this family wanted to double-up on their mini session spot so they could capture grandparents and their grandkids together. In many families, like mine and this family’s, grandparents are a huge part of a kids’ life and the relationship they have together is so special, unique and different than the one between parents and their kids.

Moms and dads: when was the last time you included YOUR parents in a family photo?

Super love this family and their fun-loving nature and especially the challenge of trying to capture teenagers with some younger kids.

Orangevale Multi-generation double mini-session
Orangevale Multi-generation double mini-session
Orangevale Multi-generation double mini-session
Orangevale Multi-generation double mini-session
Orangevale Multi-generation double mini-session

Whether in a park or snuggling on a favorite couch, it’s probably time you captured your kids with their grandparents.

Get in touch to learn more about the various sessions and package options available to you.

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Jon Mini Session

Orangevale Mini Session photo of boy jumping in air

OMG, Jon is just the cutest five-year-old boy ever and the son of my much-loved hairdresser Jess (shoutout to Jess who is continually reinventing my hairstyle and hair color, appointment-by-appointment.)

Initially feeling a bit shy when he got out of the car for our session, Jon quickly warmed up with some fun games and, before we knew it, he was jumping, dancing, running, and making up his own poses.

But, like all boys his age, you can’t beat a good fart for a total belly-laugh. (See last photo.)

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Orangevale Mini Session father and son sharing sweet moment at Orangevale Community Park
Orangevale Mini Session father and son having fun

Got a kid whose milestone birthday needs celebrating and commemorating?

Get in touch and let’s schedule a fun and playful session just for them!

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