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  • I'm Michelle, San Luis Obispo's style photographer. I create stylish, luminescent, and vivid magazine quality images. I specialize in portraits, weddings for unique and fashionable personalities!

Copenhagen Denmark- Travel photography

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Copenhagen Denmark- Travel photography

 

Two 20 somethings sit in the international terminal of the LAX airport, nervous and excited on February 10th, 2015. They are much too early for their flight, but pull their new suitcases across the  linoleum floor listening to the departures and foreign names being called over the the intercom. They grab a drink at the lounge and chat about their upcoming adventure.  Those two kids were myself and my boyfriend, Peter. We spent months and months preparing for that day; coordinating schedules, looking and re-looking up flights, desperately searching Air BNB, begging my boyfriend for more and more days, researching cities, planning EVERY. LITTLE. DETAIL. Planning for this trip consumed my life and I was thankful for that fact. I truly love planning trips. It takes my mind off everything else and I can just fantasize about new lands.

On our day of departure, I was slightly, if not totally freaked out about flying. I hadn’t flown in about 10 years and we were about to board a 10 hour flight to Copenhagen, Denmark. Peter held my hand tightly on our night-time take off which eased my initial worries. We slept a bit during the flight and when we landed in Copenhagen it was the DARKEST places Ive ever seen. It took up two trains and some confusion to find our host’s home in Osterbro. We got so incredibly lucky with kind hosts. They even let us borrow their bikes to trek around the city. We only had about two days to spend there so zooming about in Copenhagen’s preferred mode of travel was exhilarating. The streets, along with everything else for that matter, were extremely bike friendly, with separate bike lanes and signals. Although it was much too cold for two somewhat under-dressed Californians, we managed not to lose any appendages. Copenhagen in February is the kind of cold we will forever to refer to when we think something is “freezing”. (Lesson learned, more coats next time. Maybe even some decent gloves.)

Being in another country on another continent is a brilliantly beautiful feeling every moment you acknowledge that fact. We could be soaking in the warmth of a corner coffee shop, eying our locked bikes on a cobbled stoned street and one of us would blurt out, “We are in Denmark….”, then our eyes would light up and the other would agree, “We are in Denmark! We are in Europe!” That psychical self realization would send us into travel high. This occurred VERY often throughout the entirety of our trip.

On our last day in Denmark, we biked over to the University botanical gardens that I had discovered online the night before by accident. It’s safe to say that would found Jurassic Park in Copenhagen, and it was definitely a highlight of our time there.

Now to to Paris…

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Xoxo,

Michelle

San Luis Obispo style photographer- Velvet Sugar

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Some of my favorite images come from working with local fashion bloggers, Velvet Sugar, Taryn and Rhi. They are so much fun to work with and have awesome style. This was a lifestyle shoot was taken in Taryn’s home in San Luis Obispo. She has the most charming a pink kitchen with a vintage stove. It was perfect with the beautiful cake and adorable macarons created by Whitnie of Paper Cake Events in Paso Robles.  The artistry of that cake was just stunning. She even sprinkled raw sugar chunks on top of the cake. Those macarons were seriously the best I’ve ever had. They had vanilla frosting inside and had edible gold leaf painted on top. I wish I could have them delivered to my house daily.

Bloggers- Velvet Sugar

Cake and macarons- Paper Cake Events

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Xoxo,

Michelle

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San Luis Obispo engagement photographer- Brooke & Jake

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Brooke and Jake are SO happy together. How do I know this? I shot their engagement photos and got to see how they feel for each together first hand. They did nothing but laugh and smile at each other the entire time. I adore how sweet and comfortable they are with each other. It always makes my job that much easier when couples are completely in love with each other! We started off at Bishops Peak in San Luis Obispo, then we caught the sunset at Shell Beach. They are high school sweethearts and will be getting married this November at the Dana powers House in Nipomo.

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XOXO,

Michelle

*San Luis Obispo engagement photographer*

Spring Boudoir- San Luis Obispo boudoir photographer

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 This location is actually on the down sloping hillside right next to my boyfriend’s house in Arroyo Grande. Funny how you can glance at an area so many times, but never really see how beautiful it is until you take photos of it. Once those pretty green plants sprung up from the hill, I had begun to see what I wanted; a light flooded boudoir shoot which embodied the clean, soft nature of spring. My shoot ideas usually start with finding the perfect location and then all the other details begin to take form afterwards.

This session was a collaboration with some lovely local vendors. A huge thank you to the talented people to helped create these images!

Model- Ally

Makeup- Alex Evans makeup artist

Hair- Ruby Vilalobos of Heritage Salon

Flower Crown- Blissful Blossoms

Xoxo,

Michelle

Paso Robles wine country wedding- Shannon and Justin

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Shannon and Justin had their Paso Robles wine country wedding at her parents home, which was surrounded by long stretches of back roads and wine vineyards. I’ve know both of them since early high school and everyone could tell that they would get married someday.  When I met up with Shannon at a local coffee shop to discuss her wedding, she was beaming with happiness.  She then asked me to be her photographer and I was so honored! I’ve seen them grow throughout their relationship in high school and then finally become husband and wife. It’s a pretty special thing to witness.

For more information on weddings contact me at michellerollerphotography@gmail.com or visit my Q&A weddings page to read up on what to expect!

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Xoxo,

Michelle