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Photographer Shonda Michelson

Welcome!

I am so happy you're here! I'm Shonda, a documentary wedding photographer in Northern Michigan, Grayling to be exact. I believe in telling stories through photographs. Stories of adventurous couples. Couples who travel to the beat of their own drum & like to do things their own way. Evoking emotion through art to create wonderful memories that will forever be cherished.

Life is beautiful. Embrace it.

Katlyn + Rigo

Shonda is definitely something special in the world of couples photography. Her editing style is so striking, and she has an incredible gift for helping you connect with the genuine emotions and uniqueness of your relationship. We had so much fun and completely forgot we were at a photoshoot because she focuses on cultivating moments of connection, not stiff poses.
We can't wait for her to shoot our wedding because we know she'll capture the essence of our day perfectly. I can't recommend her highly enough!

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Daniel + Molly

Shonda photographed our recommitment ceremony (re-wedding) in October 2020 at the chapel in Hartwick Pines. COVID canceled our plans for a big ceremony in front of family and friends, but instead of falling back to next year, we made a late-summer decision to throw together an elopement-style vow renewal with just the kids as guests. We needed a photographer whose style would capture the day as it actually was: the immense natural beauty of Hartwick Pines, the darkness and intimacy of the chapel, and the emotion of this second start for us and for our kids. We also needed a photographer who would take the time to listen to our unusual story, whom we could trust understood what it meant to all of us. Shonda fulfilled those needs and more! She was comfortable to be around (for both us and the kids), put us at ease through the whole experience (despite us being awkward engineers who don't usually enjoy having our photos taken!), and truly captured the day exactly as it exists in our memories. We are wowed by the photos: every detail preserved in a documentary style with a focus on the emotion of each moment, so we can remember it forever and share it with all who couldn't be there. Every comment we've received from those we shared the gallery with have commented on how outstanding they are: the emotion, the beauty of the setting, the deepness and richness of them, we've gotten a lot of emails with the word \"magical\" in them! Truly, Shonda's forest photography skills are magical. we could not have chosen a better photographer for our most important of days.

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Bride and groom at triangle ceremony arch

Anna + Jesse

I was searching for a photographer on The Knot, and the one I had emailed was unavailable and referred me to Shonda. Her portfolio was wonderful, and I started feeling lucky that the original photographer was booked! We had an engagement session that she talked us into and the photographs were so natural. She knew how to make two people who hate their picture taken figure out how not to look awkward. I was confident going into the wedding that the photographs would be exactly what I'd hoped and they were. She truly captured the beauty of our venue. I highly recommend Shonda for your wedding. It was well worth the money to book a photographer that knows how to work with people to bring out their best, natural selves in photos.

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