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Photography in Santa Barbara,
(805) 448-2534
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    Phil T

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  • Michelle is not only an incredibly skilled photographer - what makes her great for romantic photoshoots is that she makes the couple feel very comfortable with her presence - despite capturing moments that are very intimate. It's a very fine and delicate balance to be able to let the couple shine without breaking the intimacy - and she does a wonderful job of placing herself in such a way that lets intimacy shine through while still being very friendly and comforting. I couldn't've been happier with the way my engagement photos turned out! It was supposed to be a surprise, so Michelle made every effort to go under the radar to capture the moment on my knee - and then spent about an hour walking us around a beautiful property to capture intimate photos. She thought of everything ahead of time: make sure she doesn't wear sunglasses, make sure she's the one facing into the light, etc. to make the picture perfect moment. Truly a kind human being with a passion for capturing people's... Read more

    Erika

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  • Michelle and her crew photographed our engagement photoshoot as well as our two day wedding event. I am very light skinned and my husband is very dark and getting a photo of us together can be challenging. Every single photo we received from Michelle was amazing! She was organized and noticed the little things (applying chapstick when my lips were dry, removing a hair tie from my bridesmaids wrist, etc.). We couldn't have been more happy with our choice and highly recommend her services. We were so impressed we continue to use her for our business and will continue to seek her out for future photos.

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    Thanks for your awesome review! I loved photographing your wedding/s! I love what I do and when I get to work with amazing people like you and Steven, it makes my job be the best job in the world. Thanks again!! xo

    Melissa L Younce

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  • Michelle Lauren Photography is the best! I've worked with Michelle on weddings, as a wedding planner, in the past and have always enjoyed the experience! Recently, we trusted her with our family photos and she captured the whole family perfectly. My 6 year old is very talkative and wanted to direct a good portion of the photo shoot. Michelle handled it all with style and grace and was never annoyed or put off. In fact, she welcomed his suggestions and kept him engaged and involved in the process. As a planner and a mom, she gets 5 starts. Thanks Michelle for capture our most amazing moments. Melissa

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    Thank you so much Melissa for taking the time to review my business! It was such a pleasure photographing your family and getting to know you all better. Your son is ADORABLE! XO

    Moncay

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  • Michelle was recommended to us by the hotel staff, and I’m very pleased that we were able to book her last minute. She was amazingly good at putting everyone at ease and getting them to have genuine smiles. What was most incredible was that she managed to get many amazing shots of our toddler son, who is at a tough age following direction for a perfect shot. She was patient and made it playful for him and he was engaged. The images are beautiful. We can’t wait for the next shoot with her when we visit Santa Barbara again.

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    Thank you so much for your awesome review! Your family is so nice and your son is adorable and I can't wait to see you all again!!! xo

    Arielle Valencia

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  • Michelle did an incredible job! My husband and I couldn't be any happier with our photos and she made us feel so comfortable and relaxed. So glad she was there to capture those magical moments for us!

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    Thank you Arielle for your review. I was so happy to be there with you both! You both are so obviously in love and it was magical for me to witness and capture it for you. xo

    Briana

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  • Great photos! If it is a photographer you seek, seek no more. We were married in September 2019. Michelle Lauren was highly recommended by friends to us. The following was our experience working with Michelle. Michelle consistently and promptly responded to any needs, questions or concerns we had and did so with absolute professionalism. Having worked well over 20 years in fields that require the absolute highest levels of integrity, trust and expertise, I can say with complete confidence that Michelle will provide exceptional service to you. At a time when so many vendors and businesses seem to have forgotten what the true definition of quality customer service is, Michelle is not one of them. On the big day she was prepared and went about capturing images methodically which allowed her to utilize her time efficiently so we got the best photos possible in numerous locations. Michelle knows what does and doesn’t work in her craft and she was completely open to su... Read more

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    Briana, Thank you so much for your lovely review! I love doing what I do because of people like you and Darren. You both are amazing and I was lucky enough to capture your wedding day! Thank you thank you than you!!! xo Michelle

    Nallely Ojeda

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  • Michelle is truly an amazing photographer and a genuine person that her warm embrace made us feel so comfortable. She captured our engagement and wedding photos which turned out absolutely beautiful! Her attention to detail truly captured the special moments during the wedding.

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    Thank you so much Nallely! I loved being a part of this amazing time in your life and I am so happy for you and Tyler!! xo

    Johanns

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  • Michelle started out as a recommendation and quickly became an integral and important part of our wedding planning and process. Her easy-going nature, thoughtfulness and professionalism were invaluable as we maneuvered through the many moving pieces of our big event as well as the pre-wedding photos. We loved her follow-up and timeliness, reminding us of deadlines and small details we wouldn't have thought about. She took time months before the event to get to know our personalities and desires for our wedding. She then creatively used these details in her artwork and delivered us a wonderful package of amazing photos that captured all the aspects we had wanted. We don't plan on getting married again, but if we could - we'd not hesitate to invite Michelle to capture it all one more time!

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    Wow! Thank you for such an amazing and thoughtful review. You both are so sweet and lovely! Big hug!!

    Bonnie Hope

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  • My family and I LOVED working with Michelle, for our 3 generational photo session. She made it so easy and fun. The results were incredible! We now have photos that we'll cherish forever, and we feel so grateful for her creative eye and professionalism. Thanks, Michelle! You're the best! P.S.- Because I am a Wedding DJ, I also get to work with Michelle. Her work at weddings is always amazing! Grab her, while you can!

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    Bonnie! Thank you so much for the stellar review! It was such a pleasure photographing your family! The ladies in your family are 3 generations of grace, beauty and strength. P.S. If anybody grabs me for their wedding photography make sure you grab Bonnie too! She is amazing!!!

    Louisa

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  • I spent a long time researching wedding photographers for my wedding and I could not be happier with the photos Michelle took of our big day. She was great at communicating with us, punctual, extremely professional but also very kind and personable which I appreciated a lot because I tend to tense up in front of cameras. We received way more pictures than we thought we would and Michelle did such a phenomenal job of capturing the laughter, happiness and the love of our wedding in ways we never thought would be possible. Her pictures give us the ability to re-live our wedding day everytime we look at them for all the years to come which is the biggest gift a wedding photographer can give a bride and her groom and we want to thank Michelle for doing that for us. If you are looking for a wedding photographer and are reading this, look no further- Michelle is the one you want.

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    Louisa and Rob, Thank you so much for this amazing review. I am so so happy for you both!!! Michelle xo

    Molly

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  • Michelle is an incredibly talented photographer with a warm, inviting, & fun personality to boot! You will have zero regrets with Michelle's photography. Firstly, her photos are absolutely stunning. She has an eye for the right lighting, postures, configurations, etc. Every photo she took is truly gorgeous to the point where my biggest problem is having too many incredible photos. She is also wonderful at directing/cueing people for photos. She was clear and directive all the while being kind and funny. I especially appreciated her suggestions for poses that would be most flattering for me... a HUGE bonus! She captured fun things that I wouldn't have even thought of, and we are so glad for it (i.e., food, cupcakes, perfume, etc.). Our day was 1,000% more memorable with the lasting imprint of Michelle's amazing work, as well as our memories of her sweet, loving warmth she showed on us throughout the day. I cannot rave more about Michelle, and my 110% satisfaction. Please do not hesitate... Read more

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    Molly and Matt! Thank you so much for your lovely review, I really appreciate it. I loved photographing your wedding! You both are such a sweet couple and I want to say thank you for being so amazing! -Michelle xo

    Marty

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  • Michelle Lauren far exceeded our expectations! Her professionalism, work ethic and attention to detail impressed everyone including our very recently married family member. He told us he was jealous of how organized and involved she was during the entire day compared to his wedding photographer. She handled everything so professionally from the development of the proposal and pricing, the phone call to plan details since we were out-of-towners, and asking what we wanted and what we liked. She had a form for us to fill in ahead of time in order to plan out every formal photo with all of the different family and friend pairings we wanted but hadn’t really thought about. We were so appreciative because we’ve seen this be disorganized and disastrous at other weddings. It was seamless at ours! Michelle was incredibly professional, very kind to our guests, overly accommodating, and even arrived early and left late to make sure every detail of our wedding was captured. Even w... Read more

    Genevieve

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  • Michelle made our engagement day so incredibly special and memorable! She took the time to scout out the site ahead of time to ensure she found the best possible spot to capture the moment. I generally don't feel super comfortable in front of the camera, but she was able to put us both at ease and guide us through the experience. It was more enjoyable than I thought possible. And now when I look through those photos, I am immediately transported back to that day. Thank you, Michelle, for your professionalism and ease!

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    Thank you so much Genevieve! It was so special to be part of your proposal plan! You and Autumn are an amazing couple and I loved photographing you both!! Congratulations again!!

    Richa

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  • Michelle made my special day better than I could have ever imagined. She captured all the best moments and now every time I look through the photos I relive the whole thing all over again. Michelle is an absolute pleasure as a person and everyone in the family absolutely loved her. Couldn't have asked for anyone better.

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    Richa! Thank you for taking the time to write a review for me! Your wedding was so fun and special! It was a crazy time with all that was happening here in Santa Barbara and you were so calm and just went with the flow. You and Doug are so gracious and so perfect together! Thank you for everything!!! xo

    susan

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  • I am the kind of person who does not like having my picture taken and I am never happy with what I see when I do...We had michelle come to our home to take a family picture and every picture was so pleasing that it was hard to narrow it down...michelle even had creative ideas to capture our family dog baylee ...she made it very relaxing and we found the experieince to be very enjoyable as she was so professional ,but still friendly and able to put us at ease....I am proud of our family pictures as she captured our personalities ...she is a gifted photography....highly recommend...the tarlow family

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    Susan! I loved photographing your family and Baylee is so so cute! I look forward to our next photoshoot!!!

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