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The Pattersons – Orangevale Family Photographer

I know the Pattersons through my daughter’s school. They’re one of those families that just have their priorities straight. They welcome curiosity, playfulness, creativity, and adventure into their lives, while holding fast to their integrity and also letting slide some of the things that get the rest of us hung up and twisted around our own axles. I know they would disagree with my assessment because they are also, fundamentally, humble, but I stand by it.

Mom, August, and I met for the first time at Bounce U during one of the million birthday parties of school friends that we attended between Kindergarten and second grade. (Thank God those are over!) I loved her immediately. Funny, sarcastic, blunt, strong, powerful, compassionate, and genuine, she also happens to be my mothering hero. Four wonderful kids who are all the right mixtures of wilful, polite, caring, and fearless, and somehow she still manages to direct school plays, launch book clubs, teach as a sub, and volunteer all over the place. I couldn’t keep up with her, no way. I am inspired and uplifted whenever I hang out with her. 

Photographing this family is a joy. They show up, they participate, they throw themselves in whole-heartedly, and then, when let loose, they play without prompt. They make my job so easy. Add in some beautiful Fall light at Orangevale Community Park (one of my favorite places for a family session) and you get pure gold….

Now booking newborns and intimate weddings for 2019

Know of someone having a baby or getting married next year? Please connect me. I have wonderful packages for newborn photo sessions in the Sacramento area that include gift registries and albums, as well as affordable coverage for smaller weddings in the Sacramento region and beyond. Get in touch here.

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The Tings – Carmichael Family Session

The Tings are family, And like all good photographers, I get to photograph family almost never, being busy with sessions with other people’s families at this time of the year. So, I was thrilled that we were able to get something on the schedule this Fall.

The last time I photographed them, my niece, Adah, was possibly 4 or 5 with pigtails, and the photo of her leaning out of a car window ended up on the cover of a local magazine. Now she is almost a teenager, with more than a hint of her grandmother’s grace in her smile and stature. And, in her brother, Ezra, a week to-the-day older than my own daughter, I see traces of his grandpa James, mixed with his maternal family’s eyes. Seeing it all, and how a different family member flickers in and out as they grow – and even in a moment, as their expressions change – is one of the incredible things about watching children in your family grow.

Memories by Michelle Photography Carmichael Family Session

Memories by Michelle Photography Carmichael Family Session

Now booking newborns and intimate weddings for 2019

Know of someone having a baby or getting married next year? Please connect me. I have wonderful packages for newborn photo sessions in the Sacramento area that include gift registries and albums, as well as affordable coverage for smaller weddings in the Sacramento region and beyond. Get in touch here.

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The Evans Family – Orangevale Family Session

I have known the Evans family for five years and this is the first opportunity I have had to photograph them. Their youngest, Lily, goes to school with my daughter and I have enjoyed capturing her on field trips and school celebrations but the rest of her family have been a tad camera shy. In those five years mom, Nicole, has also become a good friend, and we share book club discussions and Halloweens together. It goes without saying that I love this family.

Families tell me all the time “we’re not good in front of the camera”. I totally don’t believe them. There really is no such thing. There are only bad photos of good people.

Now booking newborns and intimate weddings for 2019

Know of someone having a baby or getting married next year? Please connect me. I have wonderful packages for newborns that include gift registries and albums, and affordable coverage especially tailored for smaller weddings in the Sacramento region and beyond. Get in touch here.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento – match portraits

I was so thrilled when the Sacramento chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters reached-out to me to photograph some of their matches this summer. I have been doing work with Make-A-Wish for several years and find working with non-profits to be extremely fulfilling and fun work. Seeing how your images are used to help raise money and encourage engagement feels damn good in a world where digital images are often passed quietly into the night between you and your clients, leaving you with no idea how or where you work is used, let alone appreciated.

I photographed a number of “matches” (Big + Little) over two separate days in Land Park this July and August and loved getting to know a little more about them. Some had been matched for weeks and some for months but the connection between them – the trust, the joy – was real and genuine. It was a great reminder that the best gift we can give our children – and I don’t just mean the ones we’re blood-related to – is our time and attention.

Scroll down to see some of the matches and, at the end, some materials that BBBS has already sent me, showing how some of my images will be used. So cool!

If you know of a nonprofit that could benefit from some professional photographs as part of their marketing and fundraising efforts (portraits like these or documenting their work), I offer a 50% discount on my hourly rate. Please connect us. I would love to help them!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento nonprofit photos Memories by Michelle

cBig Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento nonprofit photos Memories by Michelle

TADAA!

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Gillian – Old Sacramento Senior Session

It was so refreshing to hang with Gillian a couple of weekends ago for her senior session in Old Sacramento. Gillian is bright, eloquent, unpretentious, and full of so much quiet confidence and grace that she hasn’t quite yet realized she possesses. She is, in short, a breath of fresh air and the kind of young woman that gives you hope for the future of our world.

Gillian is graduating this year and thinking about the future. That heady time that I still remember so well, rich with hope and the sweet sensation of the world being at your feet, your life stretching out before you in endless branches of possibility. And yet Gillian is far more mature than I was at her age, far more steady on her feet, and, I project, headed for bigger things than she can probably imagine right now. I think much of this potential and grace comes from her time in the theatre, and her mom, Carole, who is a neighbor to my sister-in-law. She not only bears an uncanny physical resemblance to mom but I sense that they also share that same interesting mix of inner strength and outer humility. I loved my time with them both.

More senior sessions like this, please!<3

Memories by Michelle Photography Old Sacramento Senior Session

Memories by Michelle Photography Old Sacramento Senior Session

Memories by Michelle Photography Old Sacramento Senior Session

Memories by Michelle Photography Old Sacramento Senior Session

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A walk to the park with the Rogers family – Folsom family photography

In my time dealing with chronic pain and injury, I have worked with three PCPs, two osteopaths, two massage therapists, an acupuncturist, two chiropractors, two orthopedic specialists, a neurologist, and no fewer than ten physical therapists.All had their own idea of what my body could and needed to do to find relief. And yet none of them have come close to providing the kind of relief that I find when I regularly attend a pilates or barre class at The Pilates Twist in Folsom, with owner, Hilary.

Hilary is an incredibly gifted person. She can casually watch 8 people arrive to her class, observe their gait and their posture, and then immediately tailor a routine that synchronizes with the physical needs of each person. When you’re in-class with Hilary, she doesn’t just go through the motions of teaching you en-masse, she’s paying attention to every single, unique body in the room and providing gentle guidance and adjustments specific to you, while challenging you and providing a great workout. I always leave her class feeling 3 inches taller and more physically free than when I went in. I also manage to get sore muscles without sparking pain cycles or injury, which is what happens with almost every other kind of workout I participate in.

So, when she asked me to capture her family as a gift to her father, I jumped at the chance.

We decided to keep it simple (which I find is generally the hallmark of all great sessions) and walk the trails behind her house to the local park with her husband, son, and two dogs. As the sun set into a beautiful, pink-hued sunset, we ran around the playground and enjoyed just the fun and easy togetherness of a regular family evening.

Folsom Family Photography

Folsom Family Photography

Folsom Family Photography

Folsom Family Photography

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I love photographing families in Winter and Spring. It’s much easier to be fun and relaxed when it’s not 100 degrees. Get in touch to learn about my new Shortie sessions, which include a 45 minute session and all the digital images for a budget-friendly price.

 

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  1. Susan Latham

    You are so talented and captured so many authentic, beautiful, images of our lovely progeny!!
    Thank you!

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