Michelle has been a children’s photographer for over a decade in the Raleigh, Cary and Holly Springs area.  She specializes in the art of newborn photography. She is a multiple award winning and published photographer. (Inspire Fine Art Photography Magazine)  She also has been honored by featuring work in local area fine dining establishments. (Niche Wine Lounge and the Chef’s Palette)  Her experience and expertise in the field of fine art photography are one reason to hire Michelle to take the images of your children that will capture your heart for a lifetime.

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Her studio was in Holly springs for years. Two and a half years ago she relocated her business to Raleigh NC.  Michelle Studios Photography is now located on a gorgeous farm which makes being able to get outdoor portraits an option even if you schedule a studio session.

Customers love her newborn and  toddler gardens set up right outside the studio door. She also has a special area just for newborn photography.  This studio is in her home and separate from her larger studio where she photographs children and families.  This helps protect your baby from germs that may be present in areas with a high traffic of young children.





Raleigh Newborn Photography

Newborns are Michelle’s favorite subjects. She has spent years learning to light and pose them so that the finished product you receive is beautiful and artistic. Although she has photographed hundreds and hundreds of newborns she is super excited about each new little person that comes into her studio.

Michelle feels that the next best time to have your baby photographed is when he or she can sit up well but not stand and walk. For some babies this is seven months and for others it is nine.   At this age they are so cute and friendly and generally respond very well to people they don’t know.  They photograph well because they love the be the center of attention. She is able to get so many gorgeous photographs of babies at this age.  Their cute rolls add to the finished product.


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Raleigh Baby Photography


The eyes are the windows to the soul.

Michelle has worked with children for over 30 years and truly loves them.  She also has an outgoing personality that they like.  Most children quickly feel comfortable with her and are relaxed during their photography session.  Michelle spends the time to get a wide variety of facial expressions, especially smiles for mom and dad.  Her favorite images however usually end up being ones where the child is a bit more serious. It is her opinion that these more natural expressions showcase a child’s eyes, which are, as the saying reads “the windows to the soul”.


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Raleigh Children’s Photography

 Michelle totally loves photographing high school seniors.  Because all of her sessions are customized she will want to also talk to the graduate while planning the photo shoot.  She wants them to have an experience tailored specifically for them.  Her senior sessions are upbeat and exciting, after all senior photos are a “right of passage.”  Click here to go right to the page and see some examples.

ALL of Michelle’s photography sessions are customized for each individual client or family.  In the fourteen or so years Michelle has  been in the photography business she has come up with quite a collection of back grounds and furniture in a variety of styles. She will talk to you about whether you wish a contemporary look for your images or something more classic.  She also loves to photograph her clients outside, even the newborns.  It may be an option at your session to get some studio and some outdoors if the weather and time of day permits.

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Summer Magical Mini at Carriage Farm…Pony and child photo shoots

 I am currently booking 4 Magical Mini Sessions with Lighting, the cutest Shetland pony in Raleigh NC.  Pony and child photo shoots are very popular right now but some times lean towards little girls.  This one is fantastic for little boys too.  The sessions will be on Sunday June 25th.  I am only booking 4 so that he can spend the rest of his day doing what horses love to do which is graze and run around with his pasture mates. Magical Mini sessions have a customer discount, I pay the horse rental to the owner which is a $40 savings for you.  The full cost of this session is only $325 and it comes with 25 minutes of shoot time and 7 professionally edited portraits.   I edit 10 and you pick the 7 you love the best.

Lighting is the newest addition to the Leone family at Carriage farm In Raleigh NC.   I have worked with him several times now and he is just perfect pony and child photo shoots.  This session is wonderful for little boys and is more than just a photo shoot.  The children love the hands on experience of meeting Lighting, walking him around a bit and giving him a big hug.  He is super cuddly.

If you are interested in booking one of the 4 spots please send me an email through my website’s contact page. Link HERE  A $100 non refundable deposit is due the day you book to hold your spot and the remainder of the session is due the morning of your photo shoot.   The sessions are booked on a first come first serve basis so if you have a little boy who may be interested make sure to send your email. Lighting photographs best with children ages 7 and under since he is pretty small.  The children in the photos below are 3 and 5 years of age.  Aren’t they cute?

If you book a session please follow this LINK to read about pony and child photo shoots.

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Lighting is so darned cute he even sneezes cute…..

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