Today starts a HUGE sale at Mango Mahalo Photography…


That’s right ~ 30% OFF!  This sale ends June 21st, 2013.  Here is the fine print…

All prints & canvases are included in the 30% OFF Sale and must be ordered and paid for by June 21st, 2013.  Prints & canvases will be delivered early July 2013.  Due to the nature of these art products, there will be no refunds or exchanges.

Sessions included in the 30% OFF Sale are newborn, maternity, family, children, and high school senior.  (Other mini sessions are not included in this offer.)  Sessions do not need to occur in June.  In fact, you can pre-book your session at the sale price simply by paying your non-refundable retainer by June 21st, 2013.  The remaining balance will reflect the 30% OFF Sale price and be due immediately before your session date.  Sessions can occur anytime but keep in mind that I usually book my sessions 2 months in advance as I put a lot of planning into each one.

The 30% OFF Sale cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.  Gift certificates cannot be purchased as part of the sale.

I hope you will take advantage of this 30% OFF Sale and treat you and your family (and me) to being photographed by me!



Usually you won’t find me photographing large groups.  Last weekend, I made an exception.  Stacey asked me to take extended family photos when they would be visiting.  She tempted me with another chance to take pictures of her darling kids, so I couldn’t say no.  And I am so glad we did it!  This had to have been one surprisingly easy and laughter-filled session.  Along with being in some pictures, Patti was my clown-nose-honking assistant to help get great smiles out of her nine picture-perfect grandchildren.  But I have to say, so many times I had to set my camera aside and just simply laugh with Patti’s six grown adult children ~ what a comical group!

Here they are, the Bowen party of twenty…!


As a member of the monthly blog group Letters to our Sons, I have written a letter to Evan.  This group of mother-photographers takes time out of their “business” life to focus their cameras and thoughts on their son(s).  We link to each other’s letters, so after you read mine, please follow the link to the next one.


May 25th, 2013

Dear Evan,

Yesterday was a big day for me, and although you don’t realize it, it was a bigger day for you and your sisters.  The day started out as usual… I got all three of you up, dressed, and fed.  Then we took Sydney to school.  When we came home, dad was waking up from working late the night before.  We all had a little time together in the backyard before dad had to run off and do some important errands.  Before the morning could get away from me, I decided to take 20 minutes to myself to get some exercise.  So you and Maleah watched The Letter Factory while I exercised in the garage.  At the end of my run, I stumbled onto a friend’s link about yelling.  Yes, yelling.  We mothers sometimes yell at our kids.  I know I do.  I sat down on the treadmill and quickly read the article.  It actually was a letter that another mother wrote to confess her history of being led by anger, frustration, and disappointment to yell at her kids.  By the middle of her letter, I was in tears, convicted of my past and present, ashamed, and sorrowful.  Something hit me as I sat there, covered in sweat and tears.  I felt so weak and defeated, but I was not powerless.  I instantly realized that my mothering had to change

I wasn’t alone.  I immediately shared this article on Facebook, as my friend had done.  So many of my friends read it, and felt moved by it.  The communication between my friends and I took off like a wildfire.  I knew something was happening inside of me.  When daddy came home, I gathered all of you at the dining table and said I had an important announcement.  Everyone was listening and waiting to hear what I had to say, except you.  You just wanted to play, but I needed you to be there, on my lap, as I spoke my next words.  I needed your presence to help hold me accountable to the promise I was about to make.  I don’t know if you knew all that, but you sat their patiently, the weight of your body helping me hold back some of my tears.  Not all of them, but some of them.

I confessed to you, your sisters, and your dad, that I have made mistakes by being so quick to yell at you all.  I apologized.  I promised to control my temper and my voice.  Your sisters where excited and happy to hear my news.  Their faces spoke more to me than I could have imagined.  It made my confession sting inside a little bit more, but there was and is no turning back.  I am tired of yelling.  I don’t want you kids to fear my anger.  I want to graciously accept my childrens’ “childish indiscretions,” as your father eloquently refers to them.  I want to be an calm, responsive mother, who still teaches and corrects, out of love.


It has been one day since I made this promise to you and the rest of our family.  And what a difference a day has made!  As you grow older, I hope you won’t remember me as a mother who yelled too much.  I hope that I have caught myself soon enough so that you will remember me as a strong mother, strong in love, forgiveness, and her promises.

I love you more than before,


P.S.  These pictures of you were taken last weekend, when you and I had a “date” at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.  You just loved the water fountains and the koi fish pond.  I will never forget our date, and successfully keeping you and my camera out of the pond’s water.

{letters to our sons} May 2013 Mango Mahalo Photography by Michelle Anderson

Please continue reading the next Letters To Our Sons, written by Beth Ann Fricker | BAF Photography.


Six months ago, Erina contacted me to set up a family portrait session for her family of five.   Usually it doesn’t take that long to plan and style a session, but we both had to be patient with this one.  After all, Erina and her family live in Portland, and they had a spring trip to Southern California in the works.  We both briefly entertained the idea of me traveling up to Portland to do their photos, and next time I am going to jump at that opportunity!   But I’m excited that we took Erina and Ron back to where they had their engagement pictures done… the old train station in Redlands.  And look who came with them…. their three cutest kids ~ Tyler, Rielle, and Kensie!

Erina & Ron, thank you for setting aside an afternoon during your vacation for updating your family photos with me.   I hope you all are enjoying the cooler weather back at home!:)

  • May 23, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    erina - i love, love, love, love, love….. i’m already thinking about when we can do our next photo session. LOLReplyCancel


A new adventure with my girls means a new opportunity to pull out the camera, pose them, and try some new editing actions.  It seems like there is a new “rage” in a hazy psychedelic pop of color photo finish, so I thought I would try it with these ballerinas, my ballerinas.

  • May 22, 2013 - 11:40 pm

    Erina - ok, Michelle, your girls are absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!! 🙂ReplyCancel