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Monica Michelle's Photography

San Mateo , CA

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San Mateo, CA US 94401 (map)
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ABOUT US

"Wide eyed sense of wonder" This is what we provide at Monica Michelle. Your lead photographer will always be Monica Michelle who goes by so many roles on your wedding day. Super Hero... Read more
"Wide eyed sense of wonder" This is what we provide at Monica Michelle. Your lead photographer will always be Monica Michelle who goes by so many roles on your wedding day. Super Hero running, jumping, and yes on occasion slithering to get the best shot. Monica's main shooting philosophy is that she is the invisible woman, the fly on the wall, shooting with a long range lens she makes sure that this day is about the two of you. Monica has an easy going way about her and thanks to much time around comedians is good for a laugh or three. Monica does not accept more then two weddings a month to give you the attention you deserve. Live. Love. Laugh. Remember. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
I do my own mix of sepia tone and we offer a fearlessness to getting the shot.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I have been shooting for 16 years so I have seen it all. Each lighting situation has its' up sides. Direct light when used correctly can be ethereal. I do go to the wedding location before the day to check out any lighting issues.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I do love digital. It gives an amazing amount of freedom.
How many photographers do you work with?
I work with two. I always have my second and I have an assistant.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes. I only accept two weddings a month. You are my only client on your day.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No. I want to focus on my client.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes, things happen and I always want a plan B. When I was apprenticing as the wedding photographer I worked with, his back gave out in the middle of the reception. I knew I would always have a backup.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Each of us (all three) bring two camera bodies, a wide variety of l series lenses, reflectors, and many batteries.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Please see above.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
This depends on the package.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes I charge standard portrait rate.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I usually take one for meals and any other breaks are staggered with my second.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes if going beyond 50 miles of San Mateo.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
I usually have something ready in 48 hours.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Studio viewing and an email movie.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes if the couple is willing.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
I would like to but I would never pressure.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, as archive copies.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
Coffee table, matted, the variety is amazing and I have access to all of them.
When will the client get the final album?
Within four weeks of your final approval of the album design.

REVIEWS

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Teresa
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Wonderful professial and lovely person. Monica truly loves what she does and her pictures show it. I highly recommend her. She is the best
Wonderful professial and lovely person. Monica truly loves what she does and her pictures show it. I highly recommend her. Read more...
Wonderful professial and lovely person. Monica truly loves what she does and her pictures show it. I highly recommend her. She is the best Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Our engagement photos just blew us away. Monica managed to capture exactly what we wanted - romance with a bit of edge. Proof of how amazing they were: I submitted them to Style Me Pretty and they were feature that same day! Monica worked tirelessly at our wedding and made sure that she captured our families emotions as well as ours. She was completely non-obtrusive throughout the wedding, yet she always managed to get just the right shot.
Our engagement photos just blew us away. Monica managed to capture exactly what we wanted - romance with a bit of edge. Read more...
Our engagement photos just blew us away. Monica managed to capture exactly what we wanted - romance with a bit of edge. Proof of how amazing they were: I submitted them to Style Me Pretty and they were feature that same day! Monica worked tirelessly at our wedding and made sure that she captured our families emotions as well as ours. She was completely non-obtrusive throughout the wedding, yet she always managed to get just the right shot. Read less
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Flo
Wedding:
10/5/2008
5.0/5.0
By giving White Rabbit (Monica) a five star review I find it hard to find words that would do our satisfaction justice. We are extremely happy with our choice and knew we would be upon our initial meeting. It just kept getting better as we moved along towards our actual wedding day. It was such an intense day and White Rabbit (Monica) was able to capture all of it. From the nerves, to the tears , and then to the laughter, it was all there and Monica found it all. We are extremely happy with our photographs but more happy with what we found within White Rabbit itself.
By giving White Rabbit (Monica) a five star review I find it hard to find words that would do our satisfaction justice. We Read more...
By giving White Rabbit (Monica) a five star review I find it hard to find words that would do our satisfaction justice. We are extremely happy with our choice and knew we would be upon our initial meeting. It just kept getting better as we moved along towards our actual wedding day. It was such an intense day and White Rabbit (Monica) was able to capture all of it. From the nerves, to the tears , and then to the laughter, it was all there and Monica found it all. We are extremely happy with our photographs but more happy with what we found within White Rabbit itself. Read less
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Ken
Wedding:
9/28/2008
5.0/5.0
White Rabbit Portrait Studio (Monica) did a wonderful job taking pictures of our beach wedding. During our ceremony we were virtually unaware that she was there. By comparison, we recently attended a friend's wedding in which they used multiple photographers who were very intrusive to the point where you may have had a camera poking in your face. Of course with a wedding you expect some of this but it was to the point of uncomfortableness. The difference is between capturing the moment and trying to create the moment and we felt Monica did this. White Rabbit also had our pictures ready to review within 3 days of the wedding. We're very happy with the way our pictures came out.
White Rabbit Portrait Studio (Monica) did a wonderful job taking pictures of our beach wedding. During our ceremony we Read more...
White Rabbit Portrait Studio (Monica) did a wonderful job taking pictures of our beach wedding. During our ceremony we were virtually unaware that she was there. By comparison, we recently attended a friend's wedding in which they used multiple photographers who were very intrusive to the point where you may have had a camera poking in your face. Of course with a wedding you expect some of this but it was to the point of uncomfortableness. The difference is between capturing the moment and trying to create the moment and we felt Monica did this. White Rabbit also had our pictures ready to review within 3 days of the wedding. We're very happy with the way our pictures came out. Read less
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bayareawino
Wedding:
9/13/2008
5.0/5.0
Simply put...Monica Michelle Photography is AMAZING! We had very high hopes and expectations for our wedding album and the final product exceeded everything we imagined. In addition to a superior final product, I think the highest compliment I can give is that other than the wedding party photo session after the ceremony, I don't even remember seeing Monica (or the two other members of her team) the entire wedding or reception. They never once used a flash (and both the wedding and reception were outside and took place from 4pm-11pm), never got in anyone's way and they were always professional. Truly a first class photographer and an incredible artist.
Simply put...Monica Michelle Photography is AMAZING! We had very high hopes and expectations for our wedding album and the Read more...
Simply put...Monica Michelle Photography is AMAZING! We had very high hopes and expectations for our wedding album and the final product exceeded everything we imagined. In addition to a superior final product, I think the highest compliment I can give is that other than the wedding party photo session after the ceremony, I don't even remember seeing Monica (or the two other members of her team) the entire wedding or reception. They never once used a flash (and both the wedding and reception were outside and took place from 4pm-11pm), never got in anyone's way and they were always professional. Truly a first class photographer and an incredible artist. Read less
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DEALS

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Boudoir session and couture corseted album complementary with One of the Family package.
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Complimentary Engagement Lifestyle Session With All Wedding Packages
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I think it is VERY important for me to get to know you before your wedding. I really enjoy exploring who you are as a couple. Some of my previous engagement session have included sword fights in the Japanese Tea Garden, Merry Go Round Rides, and one awesome soccer game. I have some dream engagement shoots in mind (aquariums, horse back riders, anyone in X Games). I love my job and the exciting places it takes me.
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