“Michelle’s work speaks for itself. She came HIGHLY recommended by a very well respected photographer in town. She is professional and easy to work with.
As soon as I met her and Ben, and then saw examples of her photography, I was sold. Michelle listened to what we wanted photographed on our day but we also allowed her to be free to capture all that we may miss, and boy are we happy with the results!
Our order was a tall one (one that required herding cats and keeping time) and she did it! We really wanted our guests to be present for our ceremony so we requested “no photography” from our guests during that time. This, of course, meant we had to completely trust Michelle and Ben with this very special moment that we would never be able to recreate. Short of magic, not sure how they did it, but from start to finish, every tear, hug, walk, angle, point of view shots, family members, guests, were all taken. Our photographs are beautiful, fun, timeless, and immediately take us back to the day that went by in a blur.
I would highly recommend Michelle Warren for your very special day. From Rehearsal to reception, staged to candid, very pleased with our created memories. She’s the one with the infectious smile and laugh with several cameras around her neck. Sincerely, Jackie Bachmann” (Bride) Flying Caballos Ranch Wedding, San Luis Obispo, CA
“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.” – Dan (Groom) – The Old Santa Rosa Chapel – Cambria, Ca
“I cannot 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!” -Beth (Bride) Four Seasons the Biltmore Wedding – Santa Barbara, Ca
“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!” -Elisha (Bride) The Peninsula Hotel Wedding – Beverly Hills, Ca
“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.” – Lindsey (Bride) Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding, Santa Margarita, CA
“I cannot begin to describe what an amazing artist Michelle is! She shot both our engagement and wedding photos and was beyond a pleasure to work with. She keeps the experience fun and natural and does an amazing job of capturing such special moments. We now have a little girl and I cannot wait for Michelle to take her photos next time we come to California. Michelle, thank you for everything!”
– Jennifer (Bride) Circle Bar B Ranch Wedding – Goleta, Ca
“Michelle is amazing. Not only is her photography beautiful, her skills unparalleled, but she is just a lovely human being. Being a photographer as well, choosing a photographer for my own wedding was not easy. Hours and hours of research went into finding just the right person and I found her.
The photos are incredible, of both our engagement and wedding, and they are now extraordinary mementos of a day we’ll remember through these images. She and her husband, partner and second shooter Ben make an incredible team who are nothing but light and fun on the day of, all while working their tails off. They’re a pleasure to be around, which is important during such a special event. The images hang all over the walls of our home and I will forever appreciate her memorializing these events for us.
I could go on all day. She’s worth every cent and more.” – Leigh Ann (Bride) Sunstone Winery Wedding – Santa Ynez, CA
“For anyone skimming reviews and looking for the perfect photographer, let me save you some time and stress by saying – look no further than Michelle Warren!
I live in Florida and got married in Santa Ynez and planning a wedding from that distance was very challenging. Michelle was personally recommended to me by my florist and as soon as I saw her website, I knew she was exactly who I wanted. To start, Michelle and her husband/assistant Ben are two of the most wonderful people to be around on your big day. They are fun, clearly talented and find a way to keep everyone relaxed and looking their best in your photos. My husband hates to have his picture taken and even he enjoyed his photo shoot! Then, after your wedding Michelle will send you your photos and you will be in awe of her exquisite work in chronicling your wedding day. She has the perfect balance of fine art and photo journalism that makes your wedding like one of those dreamy photo shoots from a bridal magazine. I am still amazed by how gorgeous the photos turned out and how she was able to capture the entire day of memories for me to relive each and every time I look at my photos.
To me, the two most important qualities I wanted in a photographer was someone who understood how to best capture those irreplaceable moments I wouldn’t be able to see (brides are just a liiitle busy on their wedding day) and make it fun at the same time. Michelle is both and more and I’m eternally grateful to her and her team for perfectly capturing our most special day.” – Tish (Bride) Stag Canyon Vineyard Wedding, Santa Ynez, Ca
“Where to start?? I cannot say enough great things about Michelle and her flawless photography!
Living in San Francisco and getting married in Santa Barbara proved challenging when it came to finding the perfect vendors. Michelle was recommended to me by a friend’s photographer in the Bay Area, and once I talked to her and checked out her work, I never looked back. Michelle’s style was exactly what I was looking for, and combined with her awesome personality, the decision was easy. Michelle took tons of time with us and really got to know what we wanted in terms of overall feel from the photos before she ever took a single shot. We made a trip down to the Central Coast to take engagement photos with Michelle which was a great decision because she helped us feel less nervous and silly in front of the camera before the big day (not an easy task). On our wedding day, she was instrumental in making sure that everything went smoothly both before the ceremony and at the reception.
Seeing the proofs after the wedding reinforced our original impressions about Michelle – she is an incredibly talented photographer and has a unique ability to capture all of the energy and emotion that comes with a wedding! We love Michelle so much, we’ve asked her to do a maternity shoot and newborn shoot since our wedding, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing her again in the future for family photos! Look no further. You will not regret the decision to go with Michelle Warren Photography!” – Francesca (Bride) Four Seasons the Biltmore Wedding, Santa Barbara, Ca
“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!” – Nick (Groom) La Cuesta Ranch Wedding, San Luis Obispo, CA
“Michelle Warren is the most fantastic, supportive, creative, thoughtful photographer out there! Choosing Michelle would be the icing on the cake for having the perfect wedding you are searching for.
From the start, Michelle was caring and supporting for our big day. She helped us with many details beyond just photography-related and really made my Husband and I feel like we were her friend. She put so much effort into making us feel unique and special to her; something that was beyond what we would ever have expected.
Michelle uses a perfect mixture of artful and trendy touches, while making her photos also timeless and classic! Michelle always went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied during the engagement photo shoot and we left feeling so happy with the final products. For our day of, Michelle was absolutely amazing- everyone in our wedding party to our family to our guests were captured perfectly, as well as capturing all the aspects of our wedding.
We are beyond happy that we chose to go with Michelle and feel absolutely lucky to have been her clients!! We can’t wait for the next opportunity to hire her again and can’t recommend her any higher!!” – Lana (Bride) Lincourt Vineyards Wedding, Santa Ynez, Ca)