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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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