Michele Hart Photography is a wedding and lifestyle photojournalist that focuses not only on taking authentic, timeless, and moving images but also on creating a welcoming, intentional and delightful experience. Michele’s goal is to capture people’s individuality and tell their stories through images, turning a moment in time into a legacy that can be shared with loved ones and evoke emotion for generations to come.
ME AT WORK:
My husband would say that I am driven and a work-a-holic — at times — but my family always comes first. Because of this my days off are just that and I focus all of my attention on those closest to me. I am extremely organized — sometimes to a fault. I am the type of photographer who likes to help you work through a wedding timeline and have the important things in order. I am fairly hands on and like to not only capture moments as they are happening but help my clients to create meaningful moments. I tend to air on the side of being open and honest then saving face or being PC. I like offering suggestions and being a resource but, in the end, it is more important for me to do it your way than you do it mine.
WHY I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY:
I like images that are moving, subtle, timeless, imaginative, authentic and real. I love hints of smiles, eyes that talk, and freckles (plus other perfectly imperfect details). I am inspired by textures and light; driven by capturing fleeting moments and the best of someone’s character; and aim to produce images that make me feel something. I am so honored to get to tell people’s stories and to preserve who they are in this moment so others can get a sense of who they once were as well.
My approach is mostly documentary and photojournalistic but I also love fine art portraiture – the stuff that makes you feel something.
For Weddings: I aim to tell your story. I want to give you images that will fill up a 200 page album with all the details and emotion from your day in order to convey the atmosphere and essence of your wedding. During getting ready I like to focus on anticipation and the sense of being cared for by those you love. For group photos I believe that one or two photos is enough and like something clean, simple and pretty. I believe the ceremony is the most important part of the day and I am most excited about capturing emotion… of the groom when he first catches glimpse of his bride, of the bride’s and groom’s parents and wedding attendants during the vows, of the audience during an especially moving poem and of the bride after the kiss. Ohhh it all makes me so happy. For couples portraits I tend to give a fair amount of direction in order to draw out natural looking and fine art poses. I try always to make time for the details to fill in the gaps and give a full picture of the day – they help show the atmosphere of your day. During the cocktail hour and dance it is all about you interacting and celebrating with your guests. I still cry at almost every wedding I attend, they move and inspire me.
For Engagement and Maternity: Similar to wedding day portraits I offer guidance on poses and give direction to draw out natural looking moments. Sometimes my couples, who tend to value photojournalism and not like a lot of photos of themselves, feel this is contrived but what I am looking for is the moments between shots where the real you shows through… when you think I am not looking and that is when I get the good shots.
For Newborn and Baby: Most important at these types of shoots I look to document the child and who they are at this point in their life – how little their fingers are, the crazy colic they have in their hair, their first smiles and their pink lips. Just as important to me though is capturing the parents and how they feel about their new baby – a dad watching in awe as a mother breast feeds, a mother delighted at her baby’s smile, how tenderly a dad holds his new baby, and the overwhelming rush of love you feel for them. I love to do these photos in your home – the baby’s nursery, your master bedroom, and other pretty areas of your home. Taking photos here is intimate and personal.
For Families: I love to capture families playing with each other – laughing, having fun, and enjoying each other. When kids are doing these things their personalities come out and really show through in the imagery. Kids grow up – fast – and they change so quickly so my aim is to give you something to help you reminisce and never forget how they are now.
For Local Businesses: I am passionate about small, local businesses and I believe that if they are authentic that people will connect with that and prefer to support them over the big box stores. With my head shots and web site photos for businesses I strive to give your businesses a personality that people can get behind by showing them you – what you look like, how you work, and the mission of your business.
I love people and photographing life’s special moments. I don’t do portrait photography to make money to supplement my hobby of taking pictures of nature, fine art, fashion, etc; I do it because I love being a part of people’s lives and would be honored if you would invite me to capture yours.