This year’s Urban Funk series is going to be different, and better!  I decided to not focus my Urban Funk mini sessions on kids, but instead, to focus on those of us who never seem to get ourselves IN FRONT of the camera.  Yes, ladies, friends, & fans, I am talking about YOU!

I have started designing Urban Funk 2013 and will be announcing more details soon.  Follow me on Facebook & Instagram for upcoming release dates.  Spots are limited!


I am so very proud to introduce you to Jaxon, the perfect son for Shaylin and Jason.  Do you remember their Orange County maternity session and the picture of Shalyin’s beautiful belly next to a little shark atop wooden blocks that spelt out his name?  If not, you can find it here.   I really wanted to do the same type of picture but this time with Jaxon, and I even had a special shark beanie made for him by Back Stitch Boogie.

This newborn session was a full house at one point with a total of seven adults and five kids!  I owe a special thanks to Jaxon’s auntie, Amy, for helping this boy fall asleep after a long two hours, and a special thanks to Jaxon’s auntie, Jennifer, for helping entertain four kids.  Oh, and Jason helped a lot too with the entertainment … he even got to sneak in two movies while he was here!

Jaxon, I’m so glad to have met you just in the knick of time and photograph you.  I can’t wait to watch you grow!


This is my July Letter to Our Sons, a special letter I write to my son, Evan every month.  It fits into a blog circle of other photographer-moms who do the same, and we link our letters to each other.  To find the next letter, follow the link at the end.


July 25th, 2013

Dear Evan,

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, right?!  I will never forget how you imitated me last week.  I was busily dusting upstairs before I had to put you for your nap.  You were wandering the house, finding something to play with.  You climbed up and down the stairs a few times, trying to see what I was doing. I heard you, but I kept my focus on the dusting at hand.  All of a sudden I heard you excitedly ask me from far away “a picture? a picture? a picture?!”  

I looked for you but couldn’t see where you were.  My first thought was  “Uh oh, I have all those vintage cameras in the studio.  Did he grab one?  Am I going to watch him drop it and break it?”

In a flash of a moment, I found you, standing near the railing, balancing your little feet on the ledge, your arms sticking out between the railings, holding a tiny camera smashed up to your face.  You were wanting to take a picture of me!  As soon as you saw me look at you, you yelled “cheese!!!!”

Oh Evan, how I adore you.  Thank you for making me stop my busy work and take time to appreciate your sweetness.  You have my heart wrapped around you as tight as can be.


Love & Cheese,


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  • July 25, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Lara Gowder - Oh how sweet is he! Beautiful images, Michelle!ReplyCancel

  • July 25, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    Carrie - Hooray for a little unprompted cooperation for photos, right? Really cute!ReplyCancel


This has been a busy month with birthdays, summer break, swimming, spending more time with friends, and vacations.  I almost thought I would not be able to complete my June Letters To Our Sons blog entry.   This blog circle is made up of mother-photographers who take a monthly break from their routines to share their thoughts about their sons.  Start with my letter to Evan and when you reach the end, follow the link and repeat, until you come back to me!


June 25th, 2013

Dear Evan,

I remember a couple of summers ago (before you were here) when your sisters were enjoying pink ice cream cones and I was learning to use my DSLR camera.   Using them as my models, I studied the concepts of depth of field and bokeh.   Now those pictures hang up in their bedrooms.  So when I saw you sitting at the picnic table recently, eating a similar pink colored ice cream cone, I rushed to get my camera.  I wanted to let YOU show me how YOU wanted to eat it.  Overall, you are a very neat eater.  If any crumb gets on your finger, you say, “uh-oh!” and show us your finger hoping for someone to wipe it off.  But when it comes to ice cream, well, you don’t seem to notice the sticky sweet mess you create.

You are two days shy of turning two years old, and you are talking a lot more now.  It is fun to hear  you copy what your sisters say, like “Hot Mama” but you say “Hot Mommy.”  It melts my heart.  My favorite moments right now are when you look up at me and ask “Mommy?” knowing that I am there, but you are just making sure.  I am encouraging you constantly both at nap and bed times to not suck your thumb, and you always reassure me with your “K” response.  And when I find you after nap or bed times with a pale wrinkled thumb, we both know you had some difficulty keeping your promise.  That’s ok, we will keep working on it.  That’s what I am here for, son.

Happy Birthday, my Evan!




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Having your first baby is one of the most exciting life-changing events!  I am so honored to help Shaylin and Jason document just one afternoon of their pregnancy at a few favorite Orange County spots.  I know that maternity photography sessions are not something guys dream of, but Jason was a fantastic father-to-be (and yes, it does look like he had a bit of fun).  Shaylin and Jason are soon going to meet Jaxon.  Won’t it be fun to someday photograph Jaxon in some of these same places?! (hint hint:)

Shaylin & Jason, I have to admit, I am a bit jealous of you both… you share that indescribable anticipation to meet your first child, Jaxon.  I hope these photos remind you of the beautiful journey you’ve had and how quickly your lives will change for the better!