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I'm Michela

I’m a fine art wedding and portrait photographer serving couples and families in the Southeast and beyond. My heartbeat is advocating for marriage and family through design-inspired, heirloom-quality imagery.

My mission is to serve and love couples and families through photography, by making them feel beautiful and valued with every interaction.

I value true connection....

"On the mornings when he has to be up far earlier than I do, he always comes in and gently holds my face and gives me a kiss. I think that's my favorite little thing about marriage so far."

... not only between me and my client, but also between a mother and her newborn, a groom and his bride. I value the art of allowing moments to unfold naturally (with a little bit of direction, of course). I value details as simple as the way a baby’s curly-cue sweeps her neck or how a brand new wife squeezes her husband’s hand just a little tighter. If I can communicate that feeling while allowing my clients to relax and enjoy their time with me, I consider my job well done.

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this is my legacy

this is my why

My husband, Joey

My husband, Joey, is our go-to associate photographer. I’m so blessed to have him photograph most of my weddings alongside me. Even if he isn’t a part of the package, he’ll assist me on wedding days by rolling film and carrying my bags (praise), and almost always assists at family sessions. His attention to detail is unmatched, adding another layer of the utmost care for our clients. Joey is artistic in every way and has a special quality of bringing a lightheartedness to our sessions. Our clients love him for his sense of humor and how easy he is to talk to!

- michela on life with joey


meet michela

the fun facts

With a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, I’m hyper-focused on the composition and details of the images I create, ensuring your final gallery is cohesive, stunning, and filled with intention.


Although my multi-talented husband, Joey, is an incredible barista and has trained my palette to appreciate good coffee, I’m still a die-hard tea girl. Iced chai latte with oat milk, please!


I specifically chose our first apartment based off of the amount of light we’d receive and at what time of day. Call me crazy, but lots of sunshine does the heart good (and makes for fabulous photos!).

moments from past clients

-Kim, Bride

'I was amazed at her perfect balance of letting organic moments happen while also confidently maintaining control.'

'Michela was one of my best decisions for my wedding! She has an incredible eye for light and beauty and a graceful presence that made us feel so cared for on our wedding day. I was amazed at her perfect balance of letting organic moments happen while also confidently maintaining control. I knew I could completely trust her to capture the most important day of my life, and our pictures turned out more beautiful than I could ever imagine!'

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My heartbeat is crafting artful, intentional images for the most important moments of your life.

fine art wedding and portrait photographer