lover of genuine belly laughs and any excuse to travel
For as long as I can remember, I have loved photography! Every vacation with my parents, every event, I always had a camera in my hand! My dream almost disappeared with the fear of competition just a couple years in, but then I was asked to photograph my first wedding!
There's nothing like being the fly on the wall at a wedding and witnessing all that love, firsthand. My passion for the craft has been alive in me since I was a child, and capturing life as it goes by brings me immeasurable joy! What I love most about photography is the ability to capture someone's personality and the responsibility of freezing a single moment in time.
If you're ready to learn more, keep scrolling!
"Your wedding day is supposed to be a day you never forget and Michelle captured every magical moment of my dream day! I can't thank her enough for her dedication and hard work making it a day we will never forget!"
- Kristi & Keith
"Michelle is always on time, always prepared, and flexible! She is the BEST. She shot my engagement photos, bridal photos, and my wedding. She maintained her cool and made sure my day was perfect. I love her and highly recommend."
- Shalyn & Stephen
"Michelle is a talented photographer with great attention to detail. Her professionalism is top notch and she was an absolute joy to work with. She is one of the nicest people I know! Michelle photographed my parents 40th Anniversary party and I couldn't be more happy with how the pictures turned out! She truly captured the essence of our party with her photos. If you are looking for a photographer, you NEED to call Michelle Lippert!"
"Michelle worked her magic this past weekend alone without a second shooter and she hustled to get all the necessary shots along with great detail shots! She has a great personality and an eye for her profession."
- Kendra Mitchell, Wildflower Events
meet & greet
After confirming I'm available for your date, we'll set up a meeting as soon as possible. Whether that's a phone call, video call or coffee date, it's important to me that you get to know me beyond emails. I will pretty much be your third wheel on one of the most important days of your life. My goal be the time your wedding comes around is that I'll feel more like a new best friend, and that this day is not the last that we'll be working together.
Once we narrow down the best fit for your wedding day, I'll email over the final quote and contract. After you confirm the quote, and sign the contract, your invoice will generate. Payments are accepted via credit card or checking account through my secure system. This part is very smooth every step can be completed right from your phone!
Now for the fun part! After I've countersigned the contract, I'll reach out to start planning your engagement session! You can pick a date right away, or closer to your wedding date. Most of my couples choose to do their session about 8 months before their wedding so they have their photos back in time to use for their save the dates.
While many things about a wedding are optional (except, of course, the marriage license), engagement photos are something that I believe are a must! It gives us the perfect opportunity for you to get familiar with my style of direction and me the opportunity to get to know the two of you on a deeper level, as well as showcasing your personality as a couple! Engagement sessions are a practice round for your wedding day, but more casual, lighthearted, and fun. Don't forget, you're welcome to do MORE than one!
What to wear, making sure your hair falls the right way and timing the perfect lighting are all important parts of what I do, but my key role is to capture the essence that makes you unique as a couple.
The best part of engagements that I've seen from a photographers aspect, as well as on the other side of the camera during my own engagement, is to have nice photos of the two of you instead of just all the cute selfies in your phones. PLUS, you can use these photos for your save the dates!
Do you offer packages?
I do! However, every couples needs are different and every wedding has the potential to vary drastically, or only slightly. While my packages work for many couples, I offer "build your own" packages as well and work with you to create personalized options. On average, couples invest around $3500-4000.
What's your favorite part of photographing weddings?
Aside from getting to know my couples and and their stories during the booking process: I love first looks and capturing their family as it grows, but my absolute favorite part of weddings is when the officiant talks to the couple about how they've already committed to each other up to the point of marriage. Watching the couples' faces as they exchange rings and say their vows, these are the moments that I have to keep tears from my eyes.
What is the booking process?
When you're ready to move forward, you'll accept your quote and sign my service contract. Once I've signed as well, a 50% non-refundable retainer is due to reserve your date. The contract will cover any rescheduling questions, but if you have any additional concerns after review, I'm happy to schedule a follow up call!
How and when will I receive my gallery?
You will receive an email including a link to your sneak peek within 7 days of getting married if it's included in your package! Your full wedding will be available to view in an online gallery two to three months following your wedding. This gallery will include social media sized images that are available for download. You can share this gallery with friends and family through a secure link, where they are able to purchase high-res images for download. *Downloads are included for the newlyweds*
How do I get prints from my gallery?
Your online gallery includes a print release you can use for your thank you cards! Your gallery is a simple way to order high quality, professional grade prints and canvases.
Heirloom quality albums are also available for purchase.
Who do you use as a second photographer?
My second shooters are reliable, fun and professionals that provide high quality images. We've worked together on multiple weddings and events, and we have great personal and working relationships. When looking at your gallery, you won't be able to tell their images from mine especially since I will be putting the final touches on all of your images.