Fine art photojournalism adds composition, color,
and depth to your story

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the michaela joy photography experience

With just enough art direction, and LOTS of laughter, we keep you feeling relaxed and comfortable enough to let your true emotions shine through, confident that all your hopes and dreams for this day will become reality.

We unfold time in your day to capture small details artistically. When you look back at your photos we want you to remember what it felt like to caress your satin dress, bring back the smell of your bouquet, even the sweaty, joyous energy funkified on the dance floor. It’s all important. 

We insist on allocating some time with just the two of you to create your portrait. Because when you have friends over to your new house, we want them to gasp at the epic photo over your mantle (or indoor plant collection, or in your boudoir, you get the idea). Beyond that, we believe the rest of your day should be captured organically, each image overflowing with joy and emotion. 

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Throughout your day, we calmly and happily flow around you and your people, anticipating those sweet “in-between” moments - the ones we all love most, right? We tear up at the way you hold your breath as you see each other just before walking down the aisle, Grandma’s loving hug, the sneaky kisses, the flower girls spinning on the dance floor. These precious moments are caught by our ninja-like photojournalism skills that tell your wedding day story.

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After your day is done, we hand edit all your imagery and then custom design a very impressive handmade album to become your first family heirloom.  
Above all, our goal is for every family to have gorgeous images that your children’s children can hold in their hands, and relive your story for generations. 

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OUR PROCESS

elopements

full day coverage

our wedding day Collections

2 photographers
online high-res gallery
Print Store
engagement session 
heirloom photo album

full day coverage

at least 6 hours of coverage

1 or 2 photographers
online high-res gallery
Print Store


elopements

2-4 hours of coverage

heirloom wedding albums

This truly is an album to treasure and pass on to your children and grandchildren. To this day, our favorite thing to do is look at our parents wedding album. Leather albums embody a traditional, classic look that stands the test of time. Handmade in the USA, with Italian luxe and distressed leather covers that are soft like suede, or organically sourced linens. Your fine art wedding photos are featured on archival, lay-flat binding with tight creases, and a matte finish on thick pages. 

INCLUDED WITH EVERY "FULL DAY" COLLECTION

- Base Album: 12 x 12 inches, 20 pages,
50-60 images
- Custom in-house design, approved by you, production is 6-8 weeks
- Personalized cover, extra-thick pages, printed with archival finish
- Parent & Grandparent albums available
(and encouraged!)


INCLUDED WITH EVERY "FULL DAY" COLLECTION

- Base Album: 12 x 12 inches, 20 pages, 50-60 images
- Custom in-house design, approved by you, production is 6-8 weeks
- Personalized cover, extra-thick pages, printed with archival finish
- Parent & Grandparent albums available (and encouraged!)


"I can't get enough of Michaela and her incredible talents! We live in Denver but decided to elope at San Francisco City Hall. We planned the whole wedding on very short notice. Michaela was so helpful in assisting us with the schedule, helping us to envision what we wanted from the day, and offering us great advice. When the big day arrived, she flew up from a family vacation (yes, she is that good) and spent the entire day with us, capturing every special moment. Not only is she professional, she is also a joy to be around and made everyone feel relaxed. She takes a combination of photos, both digital and film, that range from traditional portraits to more candid shots, to the little moments (our parents meeting for the first time, the flower arrangements, etc) you don't even realize were happening. We love every photo."

-Diana & Stuart, SF City Hall 

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"They were extremely easy to get along with and made us feel very relaxed, enabling us to get the pictures that best represented the joy and love in our hearts. PROFESSIONAL. Always at their consummate best, on time and exactly delivering on what they promised. No over-promising and under-delivering here. WELCOMING. Dealing with guests of all sorts of backgrounds and temperaments is tricky. From 2 year-olds to the older adult and everyone in between, these two made everyone feel comfortable. GENUINE. Michaela truly cares about making your day special and working with you to determine how to capture your (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime event and Tim is such a perfect compliment! Both are able to empathize AND provide different perspectives and it shows in the breadth and depth of the photos you'll receive."

-Kristin & Karin, NAPA VALLEY

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"Michaela and Tim are the best. Honestly, having two photographers was not something we knew we needed until we found this team, they work so well together (duh, they are husband and wife) and you get really unique shots that you just can't get with a solo photog. Professionally they are unmatched. Before our wedding they went over tons of "types of photos" to find out what we did/didn't want, what was important to us, if we wanted anything special/specific to my husband and I. They mapped out a timeline to keep things organized (and put this anxious bride at ease). They were super helpful at keeping us on our timeline (based on sunset and ceremony time/transport) so we got all the pictures that were important to us. One thing that is really unique this team does is they shoot on film and digital, which is something we were interested in, and we LOVED the results. We seriously have photos that belong in magazines, they are so gorgeous."

-Aubrey & RYAN, California

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"My wife was drawn to their beautiful photography and unique style, and after meeting with them, we both came away impressed with how genuine and understanding they were about our vision. They made us feel extremely comfortable. Neither Hannah nor I were your traditional wedding couple - we don't like to be the center of attention, and much of the planning of our wedding was focused on ensuring our guests had the party of a lifetime. With that in mind, it was amazing how at ease Tim and Michaela made us feel with being photographed. They have such a strong and genuine bond that it allows others who share the same bond to feel completely at ease around them. Tim and Michaela fit right in with our friends and family who had traveled to Canada for this wedding. All of our guests adored them; and our guests have showered much praise for their work and their great attitude and presence at the wedding. They truly captured the magic of that day, and we are forever grateful for the moments they captured in such gorgeous style." 

-RYAN & HANNAH, British Columbia

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