February 16, 2024

A pregnant woman wearing a pink dress and sitting on a yellow blanket in long grass holds her belly and lifts her face to the sun. This is during a San Diego lifestyle maternity photo session by Love Michelle Photography.

Spring is coming soon, and with it San Diego’s (short) season of wildflowers and hillsides carpeted with lush greenery. What? You are pregnant, you say? And planning to capture this singularly beautiful time in your life through professional photographs? Proudly biased, I say bravo! to you (and you can read about why you won’t regret […]

February 6, 2024

Families who have their annual family photos taken in the fall are no doubt familiar with the routine: contact your photographer, squeeze in to one of the few remaining dates they have left during the fall Christmas card rush, and then keep your fingers crossed that you’ll get your photos back in time to get […]

October 17, 2023

A man and woman stand on a grassy Oregon sand dune and embrace, while the woman is holding a baby.

Is your husband’s/partner’s most dreaded time of year family photo time? Here’s how help him hate it a little less.

September 28, 2023

Little girl and brothers playing tug of war during a family photography session in Mission Trails Regional Park.

“That was fun. When can I see you again?” -Isaac, 5, after a session. That’s right. I want your kids to act up and not listen during your family photo session. And I want you to not worry about it. As a San Diego lifestyle family photographer, I’ve photographed kids for years. And given my […]

September 14, 2023

A man and his pregnant wife stand in a grassy field smiling at each other, while the man hold their black dog.

. Your dog is family – which is why many of you want to include him or her in your family or maternity photo session. And as an experienced San Diego family photographer, I highly encourage it, with a few caveats. But how do you include your dog successfully, so things go as smoothly as […]

September 3, 2023

Dad and toddler son in a field in the Cuyamaca Mountains during a San Diego fall family photo session by Love Michelle Photography.

Yes, we live in San Diego, right on the coast, and the beach works beautifully for family photo sessions no matter what time of year. But it is fall, and, especially with the anticipation of cooler weather, you may be getting that… feeling. You know the one. Common signs include pulling out your apple/cinnamon/hazelnut/pumpkin/latte/spice/whatnot candles […]

August 4, 2023

Summer’s stretching on for those of us with kids not in school yet, and you’ve probably been hearing it for days or weeks now: “I’m booorrred,” “there’s nothing to doooo…,” etc. Do I have a fun solution for you! I started doing this with my now 10 year old daughter last summer, and found that […]

July 26, 2023

A family of 5 stands together on the shores of Glacier National Park's Lake McDonald during a Montana lifestyle family photography session by Love Michelle Photography.

I say yes! Not convinced? 😆 Here are 3 benefits of hiring a travel photographer for your family vacation: 1. You get to hand pick the photographer you like the most, and aren’t limited by who’s in the area you’re vacationing in. If your vacation spot is in some far-flung location, away from a major […]

June 1, 2023

A husband and his pregnant wife hold hands and look at eachother in front of a giant rock during a lifestyle maternity photo session in Alpine, CA.

So you’re expecting – congratulations! Whether it’s your first baby or your 5th, I’m glad you’re considering having professional photographs taken, and here’s why. But perhaps you’re stuck on deciding between the two main styles of maternity photography: traditional studio posed photography, vs the more documentary-style lifestyle maternity photography Let me help! Yes, I’m biased, but […]

May 24, 2023

A pregnant woman in a pink dress laying on a yellow blanket holding her belly and closing her eyes during a San Diego lifestyle maternity session by Love Michelle Photography.

A solo maternity session is always fun (it turns into a lot of laughs and gal-paling around), but this one was especially meaningful because of why the photographs were being taken: Hanayo’s husband is deployed, and is missing out on this extraordinarily special time of expecting their first child together. . So she’s gifting him […]