I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart. When I was younger I taught myself how to reupholster furniture and tried to make a business out of that. I quickly realized that I didn’t want to invest so much time and energy into it so I learned how to weave and made myself some beautiful throws. I thought that could be a fun business, but in the end that died as well. Then I thought I could learn how to spin wool (my mom’s family lived on a farm in Iowa and they still have connections with some farmers there so I could have access to wool whenever I wanted it), however that quickly died too. I thought of starting a business making cards, but I never felt really skilled in that. Needless to say, I knew that running a business was in my future!
My adventure as a photographer started when my parents gave me a camera after graduating from high school. While I was thrilled with the gift I really didn’t know how to use it besides hitting the shutter button to capture whatever was in front of the camera. So I scoured the manual trying to learn the different modes possible to use but I never touched manual mode - it scared me. I didn’t have amazing lenses, just the kit lens but I still loved taking pictures with my camera and I felt like I was learning a lot, but there was much more for me to learn!
After a while people started asking me to take their family pictures which I readily agreed to. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, I thoroughly enjoyed getting a group of people together and capturing that moment.
I knew there was more to it than that though, so I started listening to workshops online, reading books from the library and asking other photographers what on earth manual mode was. Once I realized the possibilities of manual mode I went home and started playing around with it and I’ve never stopped. It’s so much fun to see an image come to life from inside my head and to capture people having a good time.
It took a while, but my passion has slowly focused more and more on wedding photography. I love capturing the countless details of the day, the raw emotions shown on so many people’s faces, the joy and excitement of such a special day, and most of all, the radiant bride and groom. While weddings are all unique and special in their own way, there is also a good amount of predictability that I find helpful. All weddings have a ceremony in which the bride walks down the aisle to meet her anxious groom, all weddings have a time of congratulations, and all weddings have joy.
Although I still have much to learn about photography, I love it and I can’t wait till my next shoot!
Hey there! I'm Michelle and I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm a wedding photographer based in the suburbs of Chicago.
I love capturing life's memorable moments and being a part of someone's life even if it's just for a time.