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Michelle Damas Photography

Mountain View , CA

LOCATION

Mountain View, CA US 94041 (map)

PHONE

650-691-8464

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

My passion is the visual arts. I’ve studied art for many years and created art through painting and drawing. Then I discovered my love for photography! I love using a documentary and... Read more
My passion is the visual arts. I’ve studied art for many years and created art through painting and drawing. Then I discovered my love for photography! I love using a documentary and artistic style to retell people’s stories and those unique moments around me.

People often say my images convey real emotion as well as the experience of truly being there. Images from your wedding should evoke the same experiences and emotions every time you look at them. Photography is more than just a job to me it’s an art form. My goal is to capture your story with beauty and style. I tend to work on other photography projects or spend my time documenting the world around me when I travel.

When I’m not photographing I’m busy teaching my cat new tricks, riding my vespa, eating frozen yogurt, and going to San Francisco with my husband.

Send me an email, I’d love to hear from you!

My Services Include:

Full and 1/2 day wedding packages

Engagement sessions

Albums/Prints

Editing and Post processing

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PHOTOS

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
B&W
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
yes
Is your media preference film or digital?
I mainly use digital media
How many photographers do you work with?
I have a second photographer for large events
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
2 cameras
 4 lenses
 2 speedlites
 multiple memory cards
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
yes
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Full day
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
$180.00/hour
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
For a full day the client is required to provide a meal.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes, for weddings out of my area (Bay Area, Marin County, Santa Cruz)
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
4-6 weeks
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Online gallery
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Digital negatives files
Will images be available for viewing online?
yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
Legend, Flush mount, Lay Flat Albums
When will the client get the final album?
4-6 weeks

REVIEWS

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Sally
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Michelle was the photographer for our wedding this past August and we couldn't be happier with our choice. Throughout the entire process, Michelle was beyond professional, responding promptly to all emails, always accommodating of our schedule, and making sure to show up early for photo sessions and scope out the scenes before my husband and I arrived.

But perhaps more importantly, Michelle was also incredibly friendly and fun to work with at the same time. My husband and I are both generally low-key people and the idea of the spotlight on us was definitely a bit weird for us. As such, having a photographer that we felt comfortable with was very important to us and Michelle fit the bill perfectly. Whether intended or not, Michelle's got a very relaxed and calm way about her that put my husband and I at ease for our portrait shots (well about at ease as we could possibly be when being the subject of hundreds of non-stop photos :) ). And as for the candids, it might've been because I was focused on other things during the actual wedding, but I never really noticed Michelle in our faces or following us around too much at the wedding; she somehow managed to fly below the radar yet still capture all the candid moments from the day that I would've wanted.

As for the photos themselves, I really can't claim to know anything about the technical aspects of photography, but I can confidently say that my husband and I loved how the photos turned out and we received many comments from friends and family who we shared our photos with that they were amazing. Seriously, if you are still reading this, you really should have no doubt that you are in good hands with Michelle.
Michelle was the photographer for our wedding this past August and we couldn't be happier with our choice. Throughout the Read more...
Michelle was the photographer for our wedding this past August and we couldn't be happier with our choice. Throughout the entire process, Michelle was beyond professional, responding promptly to all emails, always accommodating of our schedule, and making sure to show up early for photo sessions and scope out the scenes before my husband and I arrived.

But perhaps more importantly, Michelle was also incredibly friendly and fun to work with at the same time. My husband and I are both generally low-key people and the idea of the spotlight on us was definitely a bit weird for us. As such, having a photographer that we felt comfortable with was very important to us and Michelle fit the bill perfectly. Whether intended or not, Michelle's got a very relaxed and calm way about her that put my husband and I at ease for our portrait shots (well about at ease as we could possibly be when being the subject of hundreds of non-stop photos :) ). And as for the candids, it might've been because I was focused on other things during the actual wedding, but I never really noticed Michelle in our faces or following us around too much at the wedding; she somehow managed to fly below the radar yet still capture all the candid moments from the day that I would've wanted.

As for the photos themselves, I really can't claim to know anything about the technical aspects of photography, but I can confidently say that my husband and I loved how the photos turned out and we received many comments from friends and family who we shared our photos with that they were amazing. Seriously, if you are still reading this, you really should have no doubt that you are in good hands with Michelle. Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
I can’t imagine a better wedding photographer than Michelle. The relationship that we had with Michelle was the longest lasting and closest relationship than any other relationship that we had with a wedding vendor. So my advice is to choose your wedding photographer wisely, not just for the quality of photos that they take but for their work ethic and personality.

We weren’t planning on doing an engagement session, but it was included in our package. Michelle made us feel so comfortable – it actually just felt like we were hanging out with her for a few hours and that she just so happened to be taking pictures of us. And, when you get the photos, you’ll be confident that your wedding photos are going to be gorgeous.

Throughout wedding planning, I sent Michelle many emails to get her advice on the timeline and what would photograph well. She was always very responsive and willing to help. My fiancé and I were having some difficulty getting the timeline short enough to have Michelle there for all of the big moments. But when we talked to Michelle, she was more than happy to accommodate.

On the day of the wedding Michelle arrived on time and was ready to get started right away. We were running behind and she took some detail photos while she waited for us. Since we were running behind, the time for our first look photos was quite minimal, but Michelle did not seem rushed and she got some really great photos.

Michelle put out a laptop at the reception to display some of the photos that were taken earlier that day. She also posted some online later that night and through the week following. She didn’t take long to edit the entire batch of photos – I think it was a few weeks. We even asked that she edit a mistake out of one of the photos of our cake and she did so without hesitation.

I would not hesitate to recommend Michelle to my closes friends and family for their weddings and special events. I will definitely be hitting her up for future family photos.
I can’t imagine a better wedding photographer than Michelle. The relationship that we had with Michelle was the longest Read more...
I can’t imagine a better wedding photographer than Michelle. The relationship that we had with Michelle was the longest lasting and closest relationship than any other relationship that we had with a wedding vendor. So my advice is to choose your wedding photographer wisely, not just for the quality of photos that they take but for their work ethic and personality.

We weren’t planning on doing an engagement session, but it was included in our package. Michelle made us feel so comfortable – it actually just felt like we were hanging out with her for a few hours and that she just so happened to be taking pictures of us. And, when you get the photos, you’ll be confident that your wedding photos are going to be gorgeous.

Throughout wedding planning, I sent Michelle many emails to get her advice on the timeline and what would photograph well. She was always very responsive and willing to help. My fiancé and I were having some difficulty getting the timeline short enough to have Michelle there for all of the big moments. But when we talked to Michelle, she was more than happy to accommodate.

On the day of the wedding Michelle arrived on time and was ready to get started right away. We were running behind and she took some detail photos while she waited for us. Since we were running behind, the time for our first look photos was quite minimal, but Michelle did not seem rushed and she got some really great photos.

Michelle put out a laptop at the reception to display some of the photos that were taken earlier that day. She also posted some online later that night and through the week following. She didn’t take long to edit the entire batch of photos – I think it was a few weeks. We even asked that she edit a mistake out of one of the photos of our cake and she did so without hesitation.

I would not hesitate to recommend Michelle to my closes friends and family for their weddings and special events. I will definitely be hitting her up for future family photos. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Michelle did a fantastic job photographing my engagement shots and wedding. She was very easy going and managed to capture all the key moments.
She was very attentive to every detail, making sure she covered everything we wanted. We had a tight schedule for our wedding and she managed to get everything we wanted and did it beautifully.

When I met with her the first time, she really put me at ease and just made me feel comfortable, which is so important for a photographer! I have a big family and there were a lot of people to keep track of. Needless to say, family photos after the ceremony were a bit chaotic. Michelle was not phased a bit, and took some really great shots.

She was also extremely flexible to work with. She allowed us to choose the location for our engagement shots. She did a lot of due diligence on her own, scoping out areas for great shots that matched our style.

I was very happy with Michelle, start to finish, and highly recommend her!
Michelle did a fantastic job photographing my engagement shots and wedding. She was very easy going and managed to capture Read more...
Michelle did a fantastic job photographing my engagement shots and wedding. She was very easy going and managed to capture all the key moments.
She was very attentive to every detail, making sure she covered everything we wanted. We had a tight schedule for our wedding and she managed to get everything we wanted and did it beautifully.

When I met with her the first time, she really put me at ease and just made me feel comfortable, which is so important for a photographer! I have a big family and there were a lot of people to keep track of. Needless to say, family photos after the ceremony were a bit chaotic. Michelle was not phased a bit, and took some really great shots.

She was also extremely flexible to work with. She allowed us to choose the location for our engagement shots. She did a lot of due diligence on her own, scoping out areas for great shots that matched our style.

I was very happy with Michelle, start to finish, and highly recommend her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Michelle and her team were AMAZING!! From the get-go Michelle was very professional and answered all of my questions/concerns in a timely fashion during the planning process. She was very detailed and easy to work with.

I am a little more shy, but Michelle and her team made me feel comfortable on our wedding day being photographed. They captured every part of our day beautifully and they blended so well within the party that I didn't even notice that they were taking so many pictures (which I am so thankful to have all of those moments captured)!!

I would definitely recommend Michelle Damas and her team to others because of the UNIQUE photos captured, professionalism and packages available!
Michelle and her team were AMAZING!! From the get-go Michelle was very professional and answered all of my Read more...
Michelle and her team were AMAZING!! From the get-go Michelle was very professional and answered all of my questions/concerns in a timely fashion during the planning process. She was very detailed and easy to work with.

I am a little more shy, but Michelle and her team made me feel comfortable on our wedding day being photographed. They captured every part of our day beautifully and they blended so well within the party that I didn't even notice that they were taking so many pictures (which I am so thankful to have all of those moments captured)!!

I would definitely recommend Michelle Damas and her team to others because of the UNIQUE photos captured, professionalism and packages available! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Michelle is a great photographer and an amazing person. She is personable, professional and a delight to work with. She helps to make the photo sessions fun and enjoyable. She was good about helping us pose but look natural.
Michelle is a great photographer and an amazing person. She is personable, professional and a delight to work with. She Read more...
Michelle is a great photographer and an amazing person. She is personable, professional and a delight to work with. She helps to make the photo sessions fun and enjoyable. She was good about helping us pose but look natural. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Michelle is a great photographer who is willing to make sure that your vision is brought fully to life. We have worked with Michelle on traditional pieces (photographs for the family) or more creative pieces (save-the-dates for our wedding). She's professional, creative, talented AND she listens and she's fun to work with! I recommend her highly!
Michelle is a great photographer who is willing to make sure that your vision is brought fully to life. We have worked Read more...
Michelle is a great photographer who is willing to make sure that your vision is brought fully to life. We have worked with Michelle on traditional pieces (photographs for the family) or more creative pieces (save-the-dates for our wedding). She's professional, creative, talented AND she listens and she's fun to work with! I recommend her highly! Read less
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Mari
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Michelle is totally amazing! I have worked with her on several occasions and I have never been disappointed. She is professional, talented and very easy going. She made everyone feel comfortable and relaxed. She talked to us about our vision for the day and she was able to execute it perfectly.

The pictures were beautiful and artistic. Because of her ability to connect with people, she really was able to capture our most important moments in a way that felt and looked authentic to us.

Michelle Damas is an excellent choice for any wedding. I would highly recommend her to help you capture and preserve your memories.
Michelle is totally amazing! I have worked with her on several occasions and I have never been disappointed. She is Read more...
Michelle is totally amazing! I have worked with her on several occasions and I have never been disappointed. She is professional, talented and very easy going. She made everyone feel comfortable and relaxed. She talked to us about our vision for the day and she was able to execute it perfectly.

The pictures were beautiful and artistic. Because of her ability to connect with people, she really was able to capture our most important moments in a way that felt and looked authentic to us.

Michelle Damas is an excellent choice for any wedding. I would highly recommend her to help you capture and preserve your memories. Read less
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