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Michelle Warren Photography

Santa Ynez , CA
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Santa Ynez, CA 93420 US (map)

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805-455-9470

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ABOUT US

Michelle graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara in 2003 and immediately jumped into starting her wedding and portrait business thereafter. She has a keen eye... Read more
Michelle graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara in 2003 and immediately jumped into starting her wedding and portrait business thereafter. She has a keen eye for quality and beautiful composition. She is well known with her clients to have a very kind and caring personality which makes her very easy to work with. Although based on the central coast Michelle travels for most of her shoots down to Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara and has gone as far as Costa Rica, Canada and Mexico for destination weddings. Her work is a mixture of film and digital (or as photographers call it, "hybrid"). She chooses to work with multiple formats of cameras to tell the story of each wedding in a style that represents class, beauty, artistry and all the while timelessness. She tells all of her clients that taking beautiful pictures is the "easy part" but the goal in every session is to make it such an enjoyable experience that the true memories of the event are just as amazing as the photos. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional
What photography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, Boudoir Shoot, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Proofs

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Dan
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
MICHELLE IS AN ARTIST. MICHELLE IS A PROFESSIONAL. MICHELLE HAS AN AMAZING EYE!

Did I get your attention? Good. That was my intention. Why? Because its rare that one comes across such a high-level expert who is skilled beyond the rest of the pack, and by a long, long shot. We trusted Michelle with our special day, and as two working artists and photo experts, we were very concerned about trusting someone with the sacred art of capturing of the most special events of our lifetime.

To say Michelle nailed it would be an understatement. Every photo, literally, looked like it came right out of a magazine. Please write to me and I will show you the photos she took; that's how excited I am by her results. I will be a glowing reference for her all my days, and if I get a chance to use her again, I'll jump on the opportunity as fast as I can. Best of all, Michelle is a fantastic person and a joy to be with.

5 STAR. IMPECCABLE – ALL THE WAY.
MICHELLE IS AN ARTIST. MICHELLE IS A PROFESSIONAL. MICHELLE HAS AN AMAZING EYE!

Did I get your attention? Good. Read more...
MICHELLE IS AN ARTIST. MICHELLE IS A PROFESSIONAL. MICHELLE HAS AN AMAZING EYE!

Did I get your attention? Good. That was my intention. Why? Because its rare that one comes across such a high-level expert who is skilled beyond the rest of the pack, and by a long, long shot. We trusted Michelle with our special day, and as two working artists and photo experts, we were very concerned about trusting someone with the sacred art of capturing of the most special events of our lifetime.

To say Michelle nailed it would be an understatement. Every photo, literally, looked like it came right out of a magazine. Please write to me and I will show you the photos she took; that's how excited I am by her results. I will be a glowing reference for her all my days, and if I get a chance to use her again, I'll jump on the opportunity as fast as I can. Best of all, Michelle is a fantastic person and a joy to be with.

5 STAR. IMPECCABLE – ALL THE WAY. Read less
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Leigh Ann
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Michelle is a fantastic photographer and knows her craft cold! In addition to taking beautiful photographs, Michelle is just a pleasure to work with and have with you all day during your wedding. She's extremely professional, reliable and ultimately delivers photos you'll never want to be without. I would hire her time and time again!
Michelle is a fantastic photographer and knows her craft cold! In addition to taking beautiful photographs, Michelle is Read more...
Michelle is a fantastic photographer and knows her craft cold! In addition to taking beautiful photographs, Michelle is just a pleasure to work with and have with you all day during your wedding. She's extremely professional, reliable and ultimately delivers photos you'll never want to be without. I would hire her time and time again! Read less
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Nick
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
We can't say enough good things about Michelle! Working with her was an absolute pleasure. Of everyone we hired for our wedding, Michelle was the easiest and the most enjoyable to work with. She was very flexible, friendly and professional. That doesn't even mention her incredible talent.

All of our photos turned out great! We had a couple ideas for shots that we wanted (making sure to get photos with all the important family members, etc.), but we really just wanted Michelle to shoot what she wanted and to let her style and artistry show. We really liked that Michelle focuses on classic shots and poses, giving our photos a true timeless quality. We love that Michelle actually shoots film and really tries to get as many of your shots in film as possible. All of our favorite shots are on film, giving them so much richness. She also has some really neat old cameras which shoot in different formats. These photos are great because they have such different texture and are so different. We could not be happier with our photos and our experience with Michelle.

We consider Michelle a friend and look forward to having her shoot our family photos for years to come!
We can't say enough good things about Michelle! Working with her was an absolute pleasure. Of everyone we hired for our Read more...
We can't say enough good things about Michelle! Working with her was an absolute pleasure. Of everyone we hired for our wedding, Michelle was the easiest and the most enjoyable to work with. She was very flexible, friendly and professional. That doesn't even mention her incredible talent.

All of our photos turned out great! We had a couple ideas for shots that we wanted (making sure to get photos with all the important family members, etc.), but we really just wanted Michelle to shoot what she wanted and to let her style and artistry show. We really liked that Michelle focuses on classic shots and poses, giving our photos a true timeless quality. We love that Michelle actually shoots film and really tries to get as many of your shots in film as possible. All of our favorite shots are on film, giving them so much richness. She also has some really neat old cameras which shoot in different formats. These photos are great because they have such different texture and are so different. We could not be happier with our photos and our experience with Michelle.

We consider Michelle a friend and look forward to having her shoot our family photos for years to come! Read less
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Allyson
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Michelle was incredible. I highly recommend working with her and she is worth EVERY PENNY!
Michelle was incredible. I highly recommend working with her and she is worth EVERY PENNY!
Michelle was incredible. I highly recommend working with her and she is worth EVERY PENNY! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough good things about Michelle! From the moment I met her until we received the last of our package she was the ultimate professional, and just a really nice person! I met with a few photographers before choosing Michelle, but it really was a no brainer after meeting her! She really got to know my husband to be and I and what we wanted from both of engagement and wedding photos. We had her shoot engagement photos, our rehearsal dinner and our wedding, and each encounter was an absolute pleasure! During our engagement session she made sure we were both comfortable, and kept talking and joking with us to help us be relaxed. A great precursor to the wedding weekend. I have been to many weddings where the photographer, blocks the view of guests, and just seems to be in the way. I did not notice this with Michelle. To be honest, I didn't even notice her and her husband Ben shooting at the rehearsal dinner, but the photos she captured were amazing! The candid shots of our guests enjoying themselves melt my heart! Then the wedding day, and her and her husband were amazing! Typically at weddings, I have found the photo shoots tend to drag on and on. Not the case, with Michelle. She was was quick and knew exactly the right places to get the best shots. She even managed to keep the attention span of our rambunctious groomsmen. And most importantly, all 1500+ photos are STUNNING! I have had so many compliments on not only the photos themselves, but also Michelle, and how much our wedding party and guests enjoyed working with her. If I have a need for a photographer in the future, and I hope I do, I will definitely work with Michelle! I can not recommend her enough for the quality of her work and the value! Thank you Michelle for capturing so many special moments from our special day!
I can not say enough good things about Michelle! From the moment I met her until we received the last of our package she Read more...
I can not say enough good things about Michelle! From the moment I met her until we received the last of our package she was the ultimate professional, and just a really nice person! I met with a few photographers before choosing Michelle, but it really was a no brainer after meeting her! She really got to know my husband to be and I and what we wanted from both of engagement and wedding photos. We had her shoot engagement photos, our rehearsal dinner and our wedding, and each encounter was an absolute pleasure! During our engagement session she made sure we were both comfortable, and kept talking and joking with us to help us be relaxed. A great precursor to the wedding weekend. I have been to many weddings where the photographer, blocks the view of guests, and just seems to be in the way. I did not notice this with Michelle. To be honest, I didn't even notice her and her husband Ben shooting at the rehearsal dinner, but the photos she captured were amazing! The candid shots of our guests enjoying themselves melt my heart! Then the wedding day, and her and her husband were amazing! Typically at weddings, I have found the photo shoots tend to drag on and on. Not the case, with Michelle. She was was quick and knew exactly the right places to get the best shots. She even managed to keep the attention span of our rambunctious groomsmen. And most importantly, all 1500+ photos are STUNNING! I have had so many compliments on not only the photos themselves, but also Michelle, and how much our wedding party and guests enjoyed working with her. If I have a need for a photographer in the future, and I hope I do, I will definitely work with Michelle! I can not recommend her enough for the quality of her work and the value! Thank you Michelle for capturing so many special moments from our special day! Read less
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Audrey
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Most amazing photographer! He quality and passion is priceless! Still shoots film and digital!! So easy to work with. Truly worth every dollar! I will always use her!
Most amazing photographer! He quality and passion is priceless! Still shoots film and digital!! So easy to work with. Read more...
Most amazing photographer! He quality and passion is priceless! Still shoots film and digital!! So easy to work with. Truly worth every dollar! I will always use her! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
"The most daunting part of Wedding planning for us was not only putting faith in others to re-create our dreams, but more so...conceptualizing how we would go about capturing them, to have and to hold from that day forward and even more so, for loved ones that could not be there to witness our day, to feel like they were... To bestow that responsibility, to place that level of trust with someone was never a concern because of Michelle Warren! Her sheer gift and pure passion is what we could only dream of! Thank you for being on that next level of awesomeness as a person (your assistant and partner in crime/husband; Ben too) and for not only capturing our moments but creating memories for us... We can honestly only hope that others have the opportunity to experience your talent and gift :)"
"The most daunting part of Wedding planning for us was not only putting faith in others to re-create our dreams, but more Read more...
"The most daunting part of Wedding planning for us was not only putting faith in others to re-create our dreams, but more so...conceptualizing how we would go about capturing them, to have and to hold from that day forward and even more so, for loved ones that could not be there to witness our day, to feel like they were... To bestow that responsibility, to place that level of trust with someone was never a concern because of Michelle Warren! Her sheer gift and pure passion is what we could only dream of! Thank you for being on that next level of awesomeness as a person (your assistant and partner in crime/husband; Ben too) and for not only capturing our moments but creating memories for us... We can honestly only hope that others have the opportunity to experience your talent and gift :)" Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Count yourself lucky if you are able to work with Michelle Warren for your wedding! She is an absolute dream photographer who is not only responsible, timely and personable but she is a true artist who has the rare ability to capture emotion and intimacy in her photos. I'm a huge planner by nature and looked at many photographers in advance before selecting one so trust me...I've done my homework. I was immediately drawn to Michelle's work because of her soft/romantic images and her ability to make all her brides look even more beautiful than they already are. Although her portfolio drew me in, my meeting with Michelle really sealed the deal in working with her. My now husband and I met her at a coffee shop and ended up just chatting for an hour. When all you want to focus on is your big day, it is so helpful to have a photographer who puts you at ease and that is exactly what we felt with Michelle. Over the course of my 2-year engagement, Michelle was great about providing feedback, answering my questions about other vendors, etc. She even called a couple times just to touch base and see how I was doing. At our engagement photo shoot, we knew we made the right decision! My husband isn't particularly keen on being in front of a camera but Michelle just made us laugh the entire time so we had such an amazing experience (and even more incredible photos as a reminder of the night). And the wedding itself--pure magic and beautiful pictures from an artist that will last a lifetime. My advice - snatch Michelle up as a quick as possible for your wedding. You won't regret it!
Count yourself lucky if you are able to work with Michelle Warren for your wedding! She is an absolute dream photographer Read more...
Count yourself lucky if you are able to work with Michelle Warren for your wedding! She is an absolute dream photographer who is not only responsible, timely and personable but she is a true artist who has the rare ability to capture emotion and intimacy in her photos. I'm a huge planner by nature and looked at many photographers in advance before selecting one so trust me...I've done my homework. I was immediately drawn to Michelle's work because of her soft/romantic images and her ability to make all her brides look even more beautiful than they already are. Although her portfolio drew me in, my meeting with Michelle really sealed the deal in working with her. My now husband and I met her at a coffee shop and ended up just chatting for an hour. When all you want to focus on is your big day, it is so helpful to have a photographer who puts you at ease and that is exactly what we felt with Michelle. Over the course of my 2-year engagement, Michelle was great about providing feedback, answering my questions about other vendors, etc. She even called a couple times just to touch base and see how I was doing. At our engagement photo shoot, we knew we made the right decision! My husband isn't particularly keen on being in front of a camera but Michelle just made us laugh the entire time so we had such an amazing experience (and even more incredible photos as a reminder of the night). And the wedding itself--pure magic and beautiful pictures from an artist that will last a lifetime. My advice - snatch Michelle up as a quick as possible for your wedding. You won't regret it! Read less
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elisha
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
I have so many wonderful thoughts about Michelle... I don't know where to start!
I first saw Michelle's work about 5-6 years ago. She was the photographer for one of my co-workers. When I was shown the wedding album, I was blown away! I didn't know that wedding photos could be so incredibly beautiful. It was on that day that I decided that if I ever got married, I would use Michelle.
Jump ahead to 2011... I was engaged and in the planning process. My wedding coordinator gave me a list of photographers. I reviewed the list and knew immediately that Michelle was soo much better than what I was seeing. I even had my maid of honor look through the various websites and give me her opinion (concealing the fact that Michelle was still my favorite). My maid of honor said that Michelle's photos were great because they evoked emotion. You could feel the love coming through the photos. With that vote in Michelle's favor, I crossed my fingers and contacted Michelle with my proposed wedding dates. She was available AND she was willing to travel to Los Angeles!
Working with Michelle was wonderful! She is so sweet and talented. She is responsive when you contact her. And she has great ideas for wedding day flow.
She makes you feel comfortable - so that you can focus on the feelings that you have for your future husband.
When it comes to getting married, the actual day is going to go by so quickly. The lasting memories will be the photos. And I am so glad that our photos were taken by Michelle! We love her!
I have so many wonderful thoughts about Michelle... I don't know where to start!
I first saw Michelle's work about 5-6 Read more...
I have so many wonderful thoughts about Michelle... I don't know where to start!
I first saw Michelle's work about 5-6 years ago. She was the photographer for one of my co-workers. When I was shown the wedding album, I was blown away! I didn't know that wedding photos could be so incredibly beautiful. It was on that day that I decided that if I ever got married, I would use Michelle.
Jump ahead to 2011... I was engaged and in the planning process. My wedding coordinator gave me a list of photographers. I reviewed the list and knew immediately that Michelle was soo much better than what I was seeing. I even had my maid of honor look through the various websites and give me her opinion (concealing the fact that Michelle was still my favorite). My maid of honor said that Michelle's photos were great because they evoked emotion. You could feel the love coming through the photos. With that vote in Michelle's favor, I crossed my fingers and contacted Michelle with my proposed wedding dates. She was available AND she was willing to travel to Los Angeles!
Working with Michelle was wonderful! She is so sweet and talented. She is responsive when you contact her. And she has great ideas for wedding day flow.
She makes you feel comfortable - so that you can focus on the feelings that you have for your future husband.
When it comes to getting married, the actual day is going to go by so quickly. The lasting memories will be the photos. And I am so glad that our photos were taken by Michelle! We love her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Hiring Michelle to do our wedding photography was by FAR the best decision my (now) husband and I made throughout the planning process. From the moment we began planning, I said that the photography was the most important piece to me-- so I spent a lot of time doing my research. I luckily discovered Michelle's work through Facebook, and then later she was referred to me from another vendor.

Michelle has continued to exceed every expectation, even after the wedding day. She is prompt and thorough in her responses, even responding to my late night text the week before the wedding asking for advice on which tie my husband should wear! (Sorry, maybe I should not encourage late night texting to wedding vendors...)

Michelle listens to what her clients want, and is flexible (and generous) to make it happen. Having been through her own wedding day, she brings personal insight into what the bride is thinking/feeling. Speaking of her wedding day, she has an awesome second shooter/assistant who is equally as loveable, and somewhat of a MacGyver, her husband Ben. Ben is not only a great photographer himself, but the Jack-of-all-trades on your wedding day, which is SO helpful! (He made some magic potion to get the red wine out of my wedding dress... oops!) You are in THE BEST hands with this dynamic duo on your wedding day.

I could go on and on and on about how wonderful Michelle is, and how she is definitely an investment you will not regret. But with all the other stuff-- her being a true professional, fun, just a beautiful person.... at the end of the day, and months after the excitement of the wedding has worn off, you are left with the most incredible images of your wedding day. Details and moments you may have missed or forgotten, beautiful captured for you to revist whenever you want.

I plan to have Michelle photograph my family for years to come.... whenever that baby time comes, that is.
Hiring Michelle to do our wedding photography was by FAR the best decision my (now) husband and I made throughout the Read more...
Hiring Michelle to do our wedding photography was by FAR the best decision my (now) husband and I made throughout the planning process. From the moment we began planning, I said that the photography was the most important piece to me-- so I spent a lot of time doing my research. I luckily discovered Michelle's work through Facebook, and then later she was referred to me from another vendor.

Michelle has continued to exceed every expectation, even after the wedding day. She is prompt and thorough in her responses, even responding to my late night text the week before the wedding asking for advice on which tie my husband should wear! (Sorry, maybe I should not encourage late night texting to wedding vendors...)

Michelle listens to what her clients want, and is flexible (and generous) to make it happen. Having been through her own wedding day, she brings personal insight into what the bride is thinking/feeling. Speaking of her wedding day, she has an awesome second shooter/assistant who is equally as loveable, and somewhat of a MacGyver, her husband Ben. Ben is not only a great photographer himself, but the Jack-of-all-trades on your wedding day, which is SO helpful! (He made some magic potion to get the red wine out of my wedding dress... oops!) You are in THE BEST hands with this dynamic duo on your wedding day.

I could go on and on and on about how wonderful Michelle is, and how she is definitely an investment you will not regret. But with all the other stuff-- her being a true professional, fun, just a beautiful person.... at the end of the day, and months after the excitement of the wedding has worn off, you are left with the most incredible images of your wedding day. Details and moments you may have missed or forgotten, beautiful captured for you to revist whenever you want.

I plan to have Michelle photograph my family for years to come.... whenever that baby time comes, that is. Read less
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