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Matt & Karissa | Engaged {Woodinville Wedding Photographer}

June 24th, 2014

It is always an honor when asked to photograph a couple’s wedding… and I could not be more thrilled than to photograph Karissa and Matt’s wedding later this summer. They are such a sweet couple! So excited for them! Below is a sneak peek from their engagement session. Enjoy! all images copyright protected and property [...]

 

It is always an honor when asked to photograph a couple’s wedding… and I could not be more thrilled than to photograph Karissa and Matt’s wedding later this summer. They are such a sweet couple! So excited for them! Below is a sneak peek from their engagement session. Enjoy!

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2013 Year in Photos | Pacific Northwest Photographer

December 31st, 2013

This has been such an incredible year! It has been so fun to meet so many new clients as well as all of our returning clients. I thought it would be fun to share a fun look back at 2013 and all of the fun sessions that took place as well as a few behind [...]

 

This has been such an incredible year! It has been so fun to meet so many new clients as well as all of our returning clients. I thought it would be fun to share a fun look back at 2013 and all of the fun sessions that took place as well as a few behind the scenes shots captured along the way.

I wish you all a very Happy and Wonderful New Year!

I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!

Blessings to you all!

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Reggie & Rachael | Married {Seattle WA Wedding Photographer}

July 24th, 2013

It was such a pleasure and an honor to document the love of Reggie and Rachael uniting as one. Every detail was so carefully thought out and beautifully done and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to be a part of such a special day! Reggie & Rachael, Thank you, again, for [...]


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It was such a pleasure and an honor to document the love of Reggie and Rachael uniting as one. Every detail was so carefully thought out and beautifully done and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to be a part of such a special day!

Reggie & Rachael,

Thank you, again, for the opportunity to capture one of your most sacred of days. Blessings to you as you begin this new journey and husband and wife!

Sincerely,
michelle

Bride’s Shoes: Report Shoes
Florist: Elliott Floral
Hair and Makeup: Swink Style Bar

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Kaitlyn & Jared {MARRIED} Everett, WA Wedding Photographer

June 7th, 2013

It is always an honor and privilege to photograph anyone’s wedding. This is one of the most intimate and sacred of days when two become one and profess their love to their friends, family, and to the world. Capturing Kaitlyn and Jared’s day was truly an incredible day. The love that they have for each [...]


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It is always an honor and privilege to photograph anyone’s wedding. This is one of the most intimate and sacred of days when two become one and profess their love to their friends, family, and to the world. Capturing Kaitlyn and Jared’s day was truly an incredible day. The love that they have for each other, and most importantly, God, shined in every way shape and form on their day.

Kaitlyn & Jared,

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for inviting me to capture your magical day! It was truly an honor! I hope you enjoy this little sneak peek from your day!

Sincerely,
Michelle

Wedding & Reception Venue: Bethany Christian Assembly | Everett, WA
Bride’s Designer: Allure Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom
Bride & Bridesmaids Shoes: Payless Shoe Source
Florist: Britney McCalpine
Hair Stylist: Kenzie Villereal
Makeup Artists: Arianne Kraker & Leslie Shober
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Associate Photographer: Jerry Newell
2nd Shooter: Courtney Bowlden

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Michelle Newell ~ Maternity, Newborn & Wedding Photographer

May 27th, 2013

About two months ago, I asked those following me on Facebook if they had any question that they would like to know about me… Sadly, this post got put on the back burner due to a busy schedule, but I am finally finding some time to sit down and answer those questions! I don’t know [...]

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About two months ago, I asked those following me on Facebook if they had any question that they would like to know about me… Sadly, this post got put on the back burner due to a busy schedule, but I am finally finding some time to sit down and answer those questions!

I don’t know about you, but I love getting to know other photographers regarding who they are, what they enjoy doing… other passions besides photography etc. I hope you enjoy reading this little post and getting to know me a little better!

Q: Besides photography, what else is a passion of yours?

A: I absolutely love music. I sing and also play the piano and can plunk around on the guitar a bit. I lead worship at my church and work with the Worship Arts Department as well. I have a huge passion for God and expressing my love for Him through music. I also love gardening and being out in my yard. It sounds crazy – but yard work is my escape from all things “work.” Pulling weeds is not work to me… I know, I’m crazy – but I really enjoy it.

I also loooooove DIY projects! I’ve taken multiple pieces and refurbished them and love it! It’s so fun to take something old and ugly and make it pretty again! Here’s a picture of the hutch I found off Craigslist that now sits in our dining room after a coat of paint! :)

Q: How do you take the time to spend with your family with so many booking’s? With me just starting out in my own studio I seem to find it hard to do.

A: Creating a balance is definitely a constant struggle and honestly, very difficult to do. There are some weeks when I am swamped with shoots and feel like the editing list is growing bigger and bigger. However, I make sure to block out dates on my calendar that are “family days” where I will not book a shoot that day. If I have a client that inquires for that day, I kindly say that I am unavailable and provide them with a list of other days and times that I am available. My family is #1 over my business. It will never be more important than my husband or my daughter. Ever.

One thing I would recommend to aspiring photographers is to have set work days and hours. For example, my daughter is in preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-11:30, next year it will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have 2 hours to edit, reply to emails etc… Those two days are my “crunch hours” where plow through a LOT of stuff. Other days, my editing happens during my daughter’s quiet time (oh how I miss her naps!! lol!) and sometimes in the evenings. Fridays & Sundays are generally our family days in which I try not to schedule sessions. I have also chosen to only shoot one Saturday a month. Like the rest of the population, I enjoy having a weekend. I am available to my clients during regular business hours, Monday – Friday… Therefore, scheduling sessions can be done on those days. For the Saturdays that I do schedule shoots, I pack in as many shoots on that one Saturday a month as I can so that the remaining Saturdays are open for weddings and other events that are taking place.

Q: Do you mind when customers suggest ideas they want?

A: I personally don’t mind, because generally, the suggestions and ideas are typically coming from their excitement about their anticipated session. However, if I receive an email from a client with loads of images from other photographers, I will respond as such:

“Thank you so much for providing me with these great ideas you have found! I would be happy to use these as inspiration for your session, however, please know that I will have my own artistic expression and prefer to not copy another photographer’s work. Please feel free to browse my portfolio, which will provide you with other fun ideas for your up coming session. Thank you, again, for providing me with these great ideas.”

When I first started shooting, I would take offense to clients showing me ideas they saw on Pinterest and other photographer’s websites etc… But I quickly had to remove any offense because my clients were coming from a place of excitement and not a place of meaning to offend. Plus, inspiration can come from anywhere… If clients have suggestions etc, then I look at it as a collaborative effort for a fun session. If the idea is 180 degrees opposite of my style and who I am as an artist, I will kindly let them know and then show them other ideas that stay true to who I am as a photographer. It is MY job as a professional photographer and artist to create beautiful images for my clients… not my client’s job.

Very rarely do I have clients provide me with ideas or suggestions anymore. It is important PRIOR to the session to teach your clients that they can trust you and your artistic ability to produce extraordinary images. Collaborate with clients before hand and provide them with enough information about their session so that they don’t even need to worry about looking for ideas. They already know they can trust you.

Q: Do you ever have days you just dread the upcoming shoot?

A: I’ve never “dreaded” an upcoming shoot… Although, I’ve had days where I would rather stay home… But once I step foot into my studio, I’m loving every minute of it. I love people and capturing such intimate times with them. Every session is a new opportunity to create, express, and challenge myself. So “dreading” an upcoming session doesn’t really ever happen.

Q: How do you challenge yourself creatively?

A: I love doing personal shoots, although, the amount of time that I have to do them isn’t as often as I would like. Personal shoots provide me the opportunity to try new things and not feel pressure from anyone other than myself. It allows me the opportunity to “break the rules” and do things that I generally would not do in a client situation… Then when I’ve mastered that “something new” I will use it during a session.

A special thanks to my Associate Photographer (and hubby) for doing a quick photo shoot of me. I gotta admit, it was a lot of fun! Thank you, again, to those who posted questions! I hope to answer more of your questions again soon! =)

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Rachael & Reggie | Engaged {Seattle, WA Wedding Photographer}

April 18th, 2013

Wow – I’m a weeeee bit behind on sneak peeks! Things have been super busy around here. Lots of shoots: newborns, babies, maternity, mentorships, editing, etc. etc. etc. which puts blogging on the back burner. I can’t complain though, I have absolutely loved every minute and thoroughly enjoy meeting so many new people! I am [...]

 

Wow – I’m a weeeee bit behind on sneak peeks! Things have been super busy around here. Lots of shoots: newborns, babies, maternity, mentorships, editing, etc. etc. etc. which puts blogging on the back burner. I can’t complain though, I have absolutely loved every minute and thoroughly enjoy meeting so many new people!

I am very excited that spring is here… because that means summer is right around the corner! One of the fun spring sessions I got to do is for one of my wedding clients, Rachael & Reggie. They are such a sweet, sweet and I can’t wait to document their wedding day in June. Until then… here is a little sneak peek from their engagement session. Enjoy!

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Kaitlyn & Jared | Sweet Engagement {Seattle, WA Wedding Photographer}

October 2nd, 2012

I love capturing {new love}. There is something so beautiful in those months leading up to a wedding. So much excitement and anticipation. When you find the one that your heart loves, it shows in every way. I had such a BLAST photographing Kaitlyn & Jared’s engagement photos. They are a beauuutiful couple both inside and [...]

 

I love capturing {new love}. There is something so beautiful in those months leading up to a wedding. So much excitement and anticipation. When you find the one that your heart loves, it shows in every way.

I had such a BLAST photographing Kaitlyn & Jared’s engagement photos. They are a beauuutiful couple both inside and out! It is such an honor when couples ask me to photograph this incredible time in their lives and I so look forward to capturing Kaitlyn & Jared’s day in May!!

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Jennifer & Jason | A Country Wedding {Seattle, WA Wedding Photographer}

October 1st, 2012

This sneak peek is looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong over due. But, I couldn’t NOT post images from Jennifer & Jason’s beautiful day as I wrap up their images! Here’s a sneak peek into their day! Enjoy! follow me on facebook! all images copyright protected and property of {michelle newell} photography please do not copy | save | alter images [...]


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This sneak peek is looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong over due. But, I couldn’t NOT post images from Jennifer & Jason’s beautiful day as I wrap up their images! Here’s a sneak peek into their day! Enjoy!

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Jared & Diane | Married! {Duvall, WA Wedding Photographer}

July 21st, 2012

Their story is what movies are made of… They met on Mount Rainer… After summiting and descending back to camp, they became lost and separated from their group. The mountain quickly became dangerous as white out conditions moved in. Jared guided Diane over mountainous crevasses and built a snow shelter to protect them from the [...]


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Their story is what movies are made of…

They met on Mount Rainer… After summiting and descending back to camp, they became lost and separated from their group. The mountain quickly became dangerous as white out conditions moved in. Jared guided Diane over mountainous crevasses and built a snow shelter to protect them from the cold. With one sleeping bag, they huddled together and spent the night on the mountain praying for their lives…

Their story is what movies are made of… and their love is what many dream for…

I so enjoyed photographing Diane & Jared’s wedding day and feel so honored that they invited me to document such a beautiful and intimate part of their lives.

Congratulations and many blessings to you both!

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Courtney & Austin | Monroe, WA Wedding Photographer

June 20th, 2012

Courtney & Austin’s wedding day couldn’t have received better weather! The rain had been non-stop for weeks, which for an outdoor wedding, isn’t always the best. But the skies were BRIGHT blue and the sun was shining bright… Thank GOD! Congratulations, again, Courtney & Austin! May your marriage be filled with an abundance of blessings! [...]


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Courtney & Austin’s wedding day couldn’t have received better weather! The rain had been non-stop for weeks, which for an outdoor wedding, isn’t always the best. But the skies were BRIGHT blue and the sun was shining bright… Thank GOD!

Congratulations, again, Courtney & Austin! May your marriage be filled with an abundance of blessings! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your incredible day!

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