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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Stampede of Love

Taz… therapy miniature horse with Stampede of Love

Little Taz had a bout of colic this week and had to be rushed to the vet school for surgery.  Poor guy.  His mommy and all of his supporters and friends have been very worried.  Looks like he started by being tubed which is no fun for the horses.  Poor guy but thank goodness for the wonderful team at the vet school at NC State who always work hard on the very special mini’s that make up Stampede of Love, a therapy horses in Raleigh NC that bring lots of smiles to those in need of just that, a smile.

In Tara’s words, this is what horse therapy is about.  You can follow this LINK to keep up with there escapades.

“What is Animal Therapy?

It’s wonderful mode of bringing pets & people together for healthy interaction. The benefits are countless. Medical research shows that animal therapy promotes shorter hospital stays, blood pressure reductions, socialization, mental & physical stimulation & an overwhelming sense of well being. In most cases children and patients excitedly anticipate their furry friend visits, thus giving more reason to feel happier, healthier & more alert. Animals have a way of accepting without qualification. Their acceptance is nonjudgmental, forgiving & uncomplicated by the psychological games people often play. They accept you the way you are.”

Stampede of Love therapy horses in Raleigh

Stampede of Love

Taz is the sweetest and has always been my favorite mini.  He is beautiful and extra sweet, so good with young children. I hate to see him feeling so poorly.  This is what he usually looks like and I am so happy to have a great working relationship with his mommy Tara. They bring smiles to all of my children coming in for photo shoots with the safe and sweet minis.

Look at that beautiful face. He looks very much like an arab.

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Earlier this year we did Indian princess photos with Taz…. He was so sweet and cute.

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Taz and his stall mates with Stampede of Love give to the community in children’s parades, visits to libraries for educational purposes and also many visits to the Ronald McDonald house and hospitals. This is not just for children. Horses make adults smile as well and sometimes you just need a pick me up.

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Now Taz and his mom need prayers.  A go fund me has also been set up to help them pay the huge expense of colic surgery. Tara does much volunteer work with these little guys, all with no financial goal, all volunteer.  Maybe some of the community could help give back.  Even small donations are greatly appreciated and add up.  If you are interested in helping Taz and Tara just follow the link to the go fund me page….GO FUND ME LINK  

Thanks so much for those who have contributed.  Wow and Wow, brings a smile to my face.  

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