July 12th, 2012


Michaela has the most beautiful eyes and is so incredibly sweet and sincere!  We had a wonderful time capturing beautiful images the last couple of days to celebrate her senior year of high school.  Can’t wait to finish the rest of her images and show her this week!



July 8th, 2012

This week I had a surprise run-in with Brooke at K-Mart with her mom.  Such a darling little girl!  We had fun taking pictures with my Victorian set a couple of years ago.  Now, at five years old, she was sharing her new smile with me, as she had just lost her first tooth!  We had fun visiting and as we were going to our respective cars, she ran back over to me with a picture that she had colored in her hand.  These moments remind me of how much I love my job!


Time Spent Retouching

July 3rd, 2012


After a long day of running – dentist office, grocery store, and mowing the lawn – there is something very rewarding about working on images for a client.  It gives me time to slow down a bit,  and concentrate on making a beautiful image even more breath-taking.  It’s fun to “play” with my images for a bit and also reflect on how special each of my subjects is, each with their own unique qualities and beauty.  It’s usually at times like this where I will notice, “Wow!  She has her mom’s eyes!” or “His smile is exactly like his dad’s smile!”  These are qualities I sometimes miss while I’m on pace to create the best session experience that I can.  It is so much fun and such a priviledge when I am allowed to record these moments!

Welcome to My World!

June 27th, 2012

Welcome, friends, to the very first blog offered by me or by Portraits by Michelle.  I guess the closest thing that I have had to a blog in the past is my facebook account.  This is designed to be a little bit different, where you can get to know me, my family, and my personality just a tad better.


Here’s a little bit about me:  I am the forty-five (gasp) year-old mom of a son that is about to become a sophomore in high school and a daughter that will begin her seventh-grade career this fall.  They are extremely involved in both sports and music and are the true joy of our lives.


My husband, Al, and I met our junior year at Luther College in Decorah, IA,  and after a whirlwind romance 🙂 were married in August of 1989, the same year we graduated from college.  This was also 2 weeks before Al began medical school.


We seem to do very few things in our lives without a great deal of stress.  This was one of those times in our lives – Al started medical school & I  started a job teaching music in a elementary school (yes, I have a degree in vocal music education.)  I was in a less than ideal situation, to say the least, and I discovered during this time that teaching music was not my true passion.  During this time in Madison, WI, I took on a few other jobs to help put Al through medical school and food on our table.  I worked for a short time in a music store in the music lessons and sheet music departments.  Eventually, I became a receptionist at the Pella Window Store (“Good Afternoon, Ver Halen, Your Pella Window Store  ” ) and a sales person at Eddie Bauer on nights and weekends.


We moved to Mason City, IA, in 1993 and Al began his residency in family practice.  I became a receptionist at the office of Dr. Patrick Carney, DDS.  As Al was finishing his residency, we found out we were expecting our son.


Then another stressful time in our lives – I found out I had cancer when I was 30 weeks pregnant.  I had a C-section, spleenectomy, liver and lymph node biopsies all at the same time when I was 35 weeks along and then began treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma.  We moved to our current home in Algona, Iowa, Al began his family practice job, and I started to settle into our home with a collicky baby.




Well, things have settled down a bit since then.  We are still extremely busy and I have still dealt with health issues.  But enough for now.  🙂


Welcome to my little world!  I look forward to sharing more about me and what has become my passion and I feel truly one of my life’s purposes – capturing special memories through photography.


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