A week ago, here in sunny California, we had SNOW!  It was that once-a-year type of storm that brought a lasting snowfall to our local mountains and to Oak Glen.  Since we have been planning Tracy’s maternity session (in 2 days!), we set up a very last minute snowy session.  I’m calling it as a prequel to her full maternity session… which is undoubtedly going to be full of sweetness.

Two tiny, but BIG details…

First, Tracy is expecting a daughter.  I will be announcing her daughter’s name in photographs from her upcoming session.

Second, Tracy is wearing a special necklace with a pendant that says “WISH.”  Her sister-in-law gave her this necklace before Tracy got pregnant.  I can’t wait to see this little “WISH” come true!


Today is the last day of 2102, and the last day of my first year in business!   I’m spending the day doing a little “book-keeping” and a little editing.  When I look back at this last year I feel overwhelmingly thankful for the friends and family, and clients-now-turned-friends, who have encouraged me by allowing me to be their photographer.   And I am so very grateful for this phase in my life… to be at home with my husband and three young children first and foremost, and then to be a photographer and pediatrician after that.  Would I change anything from this past year?  Absolutely not!

Entering 2013, I am full of excitement and a little nervousness… I have some new endeavors for Mango Mahalo Photography.  First on the agenda is putting together my very own home studio.  This studio space will make it possible for me to schedule more sessions with newborns and young kids, and it will also give me the space to unload my mind from all the creative ideas I have accumulated for fun, unique styled shoots.

For my friends and family who have worked with me this past year of 2012, Thank You!   You will be receiving a little gift in the mail from me soon.  And to all my past clients, future clients, and fans,  Happy New Year!



“How awesome!”

That is what I think when I get to photograph a family who has a specific vision for a styled family portrait session.   When my friend Leslie asked me to take her family photos with a “camping” style, we both started brainstorming and working out the details.   I found the location and the kid’s off-roading vehicle, and Leslie did the rest… she made a tent (so cute!), got some tiny Christmas trees, brought some s’mores, and coordinated outfits with some handmade touches… she even made matching camouflage-lace infinity scarves and braided camouflage bracelets for her and her daughter!  Yes, I know… she is amazing!

Leslie, does this now count as me having gone camping with you?! 🙂

I’m honored that this beautiful session is featured on the amazing site Lemonade & Lenses!

  • October 29, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Leslie Parham - Oh Michelle… you are brilliant! I am so excited about these pictures:-) you captured my camping theme perfectly:-)ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Sue Robinson - Wow! This pictures are wonderful….Michelle, you go girl….where did you find that beautiful family????? Awesome job….ReplyCancel


Where does the time go?  Almost seven years ago I met Becca.  Sweet, young, and the last of three sisters.  And now she is graduating high school!  Aside from her brains and beauty, she is a champion softball and volleyball player… and you will see she wears her letterman’s jacket with pride.  Becca’s styled senior session was a success for many reasons.  First, she and her mom invested a lot of time picking out her wardrobe, even down to details like wearing her grandmother’s gorgeous sweater.  Second, she had great support… her mom and one of her sisters accompanied her on her session.  It’s always fun to have your mom and sibling “coaching” you on posing techniques, or at least to help you have some good laughs!  And finally, Becca was pampered with a hair stylist & makeup artist coming to her home to help her get all glammed-up.  Thank you Brandi for the lovely hair style and thank you Cassie for the awesome makeup!

Now on to her pictures!  Congratulations Becca!


I never thought I would get to the end of my {urban funk} mini sessions.  This is my very last one for 2012… but due to the amazing response, I will definitely plan on revisiting these mini sessions in the Fall 2013.

This last session was booked by Melissa, who found out about the {urban funk} when her friend finished her session with me and then went to Melissa’s house for dinner.  They talked about these mini sessions and before long, Melissa was calling me to schedule her adorable kids, Jonah & Chloe.  On the day of their session, I was packing up my car and noticed some bamboo poles and burlap in my garage stash.  I wondered if I would use them for Jonah & Chloe, and to my shock, Melissa was thrilled with the idea… her kids are a tiny part Cherokee Indian and she thought a tee-pee would be a great prop.  So up it went, with Melissa, Jonah, & Chloe helping me construct it.  Thanks guys!

Now, these kids are super cute, yes.  But you might be surprised about what one thing needs to be whispered to get Jonah to laugh uncontrollably (hint: it actually is my husband’s favorite fast food item).  And when you say “ice cream,” every part of Chloe’s body smiles and dances too!

Melissa, I’ll keep my camera charged and ready for our first snowstorm so we can do those family portraits you want:)



  • October 15, 2012 - 6:49 am

    Melissa - Omg! These are so cute!!!ReplyCancel