frequently asked questions

Fine art photography is several different genres of photography. On the wedding day, the photographer is using all of the tools in their toolbox to create beautiful wedding day collections. 

She approaches the wedding day with the creativity of an editorial photographer, style of a documentary photographer, and captures the fleeting moments of your day with the style of a photojournalist.

Her style is emotive. Michelle specializes in capturing the fleeting moments flooded in beautiful, natural light and the essential details that mean the most to her couples. 

defining fine art photography

You're stressed about family formals. It's OK! We make this process super easy for you with our go to family formal list. And while your extended family arrives at the reception, we'll capture them on the dance floor! We will assign a family member to be our little helper on the day of to help gather your family.

03. easy family formals

Michelle works one-on-one with your vendors to design the wedding day timeline in an easy-share doc. This timeline will even include delivery times so we know what time those boutonnieres are arriving and when they need to be pinned!

02. custom timeline design

We work one-on-one with our clients to learn all about your love story and what works best for you on your wedding day. Your collection is customized to you so you will receive appropriate coverage for your heirloom collection.

01. customized to you

Ready to book?

Fantastic! We require a consultation to learn more about the service you require for your wedding day and how to best serve you. At our consultation, we will provide you with a custom quote. 

To reserve your wedding date, we’ll need a completed contract and a non-refundable deposit. If you don’t have a contract yet, just let us know and we’ll send one over! The remaining balance will be due 1 month before the wedding. 

We love your work and we're ready to book! What's the next step?

Bello Giorno Estate, Backyard Weddings, Bayonet Farms, Bethesda Terrace Fountain & Terrace at Central Park, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, Crane Beach, Crossed Keys Estate, Crossed Estate Gardens, The Coach House at the Ryland Inn, Colonial Dames Society, Crystal Point Yacht Club, David’s Country Inn, Daymark, Edgeboro Moravian Church, Estate at Moraine Farms, Essex Country Club, The Garrison, The Grove, Green Pond Country Club, Hotel Bethlehem, Houston Hall, Hilton Pearl River, Hudson Yards Lofts, Inn at Barley Sheaf Farms, Inn at Millrace Pond, Indian Trail Club, Jockey Hollow, Lehigh Valley Country Club, Lehigh University, Liberty House Restaurant, Longwood Gardens, Metropolitan Museum of Art, McLoone’s Pier House, Meadowburn Farm, The Madison Hotel, The Manor, Monteverde, Moravian College, Mr. C Seaport Hotel, Nanina's in the Park, Nassau Inn, Perona Farms, The Palace at Somerset Park, Panther Valley Golf & Country Club, Pen Ryn Estate, Private Estate Weddings, The Rittenhouse, The Rockleigh, Running Deer Golf Club, Rutherfurd Hall, Scotland Run Golf Club, Sky View Golf Club, Smith Barn at Brooksby Farms, Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Stone Hedge Golf Club, Waterloo Village, Water Witch Club at Monmouth Hills, Woolverton Inn, Verona Park.

What wedding venues have you recently photographed at?

Using her fine art photography and art history education, in addition to on-location training, she infuses her technical skills and many different genre’s of photography throughout the wedding day as a fine art photographer. She incorporates her vast skills and knowledge of editorial, documentary photography, and photojournalism to create heirloom wedding collections.

She begins the wedding day using still life photography to capture details that are special to you, such as your wedding gown, your grandmother's antique ring and custom bands on display, those new beautiful Christian Louboutins draped near your luminous bridal veil or capelet, and your luscious florals sat beside these details.

As the day progresses, she captures candid and un-scripted portraits of you, your family, and best friends by your side. You can classify these candid and unscripted portraits as fine art documentary portraits as these are an accurate representation of real life, people, and events. She may suggest standing in a certain part of the room to get that money shot.

Lastly, she uses her skills in photojournalism, to capture the action-packed events of the wedding day such as the ceremony and reception. 

In final, Michelle is formally trained in letterpress and bookbinding. And she uses fine art skills to work beside one of the top artisans to create custom, timeless fine art heirlooms for her couples to treasure for life.

I am seeing many genres of photography in my search for a photographer. What is fine art photography?

Yes! She’d be happy to design a custom collection for your intimate wedding. There are requirements that define the intimate wedding such as guest head count and photographer coverage, yet, she’d be happy to review these details with you one-on-one to craft your custom photography collection!

We’re having a smaller wedding. Can you offer a custom package for us? 

Michelle has several tri-state venues that she'd be happy to recommend to you to fit your aesthetic. This is also a great time for you to visit a special place that you may not be able to visit on your wedding day. Engagement sessions are available a la carte or available as a part of a wedding collection. 

What venues would you recommend for the engagement session?

Yes! The engagement session is a great way to get to know your photographer and a great way to feel more comfortable and confident in front of the camera before your wedding day. Without even seeing the photos, Michelle's clients feel so confident after their engagement session. They’re also a great way to photograph in special places that you may not be able to visit on your wedding day. The engagement session is also a great way to get photos for your wedding announcement, save-the-dates, wedding invitation, wedding day guestbook, or just a special keepsake album. 

To prepare for the engagement session, together we handcraft a custom timeline, assist with venues, and planning your session.

Do you recommend an engagement session?

For larger weddings, with parties over 200 guests, Michelle recommends an additional photographer/third photographer for appropriate coverage. The rule of thumb is generally, 1 photographer per every 100 guests.

When do you recommend a third photographer?

Yes! Michelle's wedding collections include a second photographer. The second photographer is always a highly-trained wedding photographer. They will often photograph groom prep as Michelle is working with the bride. Additionally, they will provide a second angle at the ceremony and reception. As Michelle is photographing family portraits or reception details, the second photographer will be covering cocktail hour.

Do you recommend a second photographer?

We typically add travel fees on to any wedding outside of a 60 mile radius from our home in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Fees vary depending on location so ask us for more details.

When do you charge travel fees?

Galleries typically include anywhere between 400 and 800 photos. The exact amount varies from wedding to wedding plus the coverage desired. You can typically say we deliver 35-50 images per hour. Your online gallery will come loaded with fully edited high resolution images you can print anywhere. You’re welcome to share your photos on social as long as you credit us.

How many photos are typically included and can we print the photos ourselves?

Michelle photographs with a variety of medium format film cameras, a 35mm film camera, a Nikon d750 DSLR, and a range of Nikon lenses and flashes. No matter where your wedding is, Michelle always bring a complete set of backup gear that is kept close by.

What kind of photography equipment do you use?

Both! We are fine art hybrid film photographers and the majority of the wedding day will be shot using both film and digital photography. We love the classic and timeless look of film and the speed of digital technology! We love its classic look, color palette, and the ability to make even the most simple moments feel beautiful and timeless. All rolls of film are sent to a professional lab to be developed and scanned. All images are delivered digitally as jpegs to you on a flash drive as well as in an online gallery. 

Do you shoot using film or digital?

Yes, MBP is fully insured and can provide a copy of her insurance to any venue. And after your wedding day, your wedding is backed up to multiple hard drives as soon as possible.

Are you insured?

Yes! Michelle is working one-on-one with MBP brides to customize photography collections for Micro-Weddings, Minimonies, Elopements, and Sequel Weddings at the time of COVID-19.

If you have questions, are interested in Michelle customizing a package for your 2020 Covid-19 elopement, contact us today.

Our wedding has been rescheduled to 2021 due to COVID-19, yet I still want to have our elopement photographed! Can you customize a collection for my elopement?

Michelle accepts a limited amount of weddings per year! Book your call today to learn more about the collections!

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samantha and daniel, waterloo village

"Michelle is PHENOMENAL. She is so thoughtful, and I now consider her a friend in addition to being our amazing wedding photographer. She meticulously planned out a shot list (including all little details like my brand of dress and my husband's cufflinks, etc.) with us before the big day, but was very open to feedback during the actual shoots, so it felt adaptable and not too rigid. She gives great direction without being "pushy," so everyone always feels comfortable and at ease while she's taking the more formal photos. In addition to that, she is so adept at getting those great candids, which turned out to be some of my favorite photos from the evening! Last but certainly not least, she just takes incredible photographs. I am beyond thrilled with how our wedding images came out, and I can't tell you how much (unprompted) feedback I got from guests at the wedding who not only said how stunning our portraits were, but Michelle also managed to get some amazing photos of our guests that they can now cherish. If I had to do the wedding over and over, I would choose Michelle every time!!"

mary and ken, inn at millrace pond

"I don’t think it’s possible to say enough positive things about Michelle! From our engagement session, to our wedding, and everything in between, Michelle was right by our side guiding us to make sure we had the day we envisioned and everything went smoothly. For our engagement shoot, she gave us a few options and we chose a local place outdoors. We had to reschedule multiple times for rain and Michelle was so flexible with her and our schedules. Having different backdrops and textures was something we wanted and she had so many different perspectives in her was hard to even chose a favorite! For our wedding day, I made a mistake on the timeline of the day and Michelle seamlessly reworked the entire wedding day schedule and made me feel so relaxed and at ease. Other compliments I have about Michelle are that she worked so well with our videographer and other vendors and her presentation for her photo reveal was above and beyond. She also went above and beyond scouting out the wedding venue and reaching out to our other vendors to create our timeline for the wedding day. She was always communicating with us throughout the entire process and she just has an all around genuine and amicable personality! Our wedding would not have been the same without her there and five stars truly isn’t enough to give her."

cecily and anthony, the madison hotel

"Michelle was kind, funny, energetic, asked great questions and really took who we are seriously to make this day ALL ABOUT US!"

Amanda Dinardi, Copper + chloe, frog & the peach

“I hired Michelle to photograph a small intimate wedding this past February and she was amazing. Very responsive, came extra early to set up and start taking pictures, was super quick with getting back to me with the gallery of pictures. Being a wedding planner, I am always looking for talented creatives to connect with. Michelle’s outgoing personality was such a great way to start off our session. She was so sweet and complimentary of the wedding I had planned and styled. I look forward to working with her in the future! Thanks Michelle!”

Amanda and brian, private estate wedding

"During the consultation, Michelle was kind, funny, energetic, asked great questions and really took who we are seriously to make this day all about us! Michelle and her associates were great and blended in with the family right away. They were open to suggestions and funny, they were great to work with!"

jamie and adam, private estate wedding

"I just received my album, and I love it!! Thank you so much for putting together such a perfect album with the pictures I loved the most. Thank you also for the additional print and the super thoughtful little keepsake jar. I love knowing that those pieces of nature were there from the day of my wedding. Again, thank you for everything!"

katrina and dan, hilton boston

"I kept hearing from friends it took 5-7 months to get the pictures back, we were blown away at how fast they came back and the quality they came back with. Our overall experience was terrific, we had a lot of fun. I was friends with Michelle before we signed the contract and to see her glowing doing what she loves was so great to see as a friend and as a client."


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