RECEIVING LOVE NOTES FROM OUR COUPLES IS THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD... THANKS SO MUCH!!
ABBY + RYAN
OMGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!! I'm shaking with excitement! These look so incredible, you guys! AH!
HARMONY + KAYSER
You two are the f*%king best! The highlight of the wedding could be Mike spitting Wu-Tang lyrics..
JESS + WHITNEY
Daniel, Thank you so much for being an awesome photographer! We were so impressed with your creative eye and willingness to go above and beyond to get amazing shots. But more than that you were just a cool person to hang out with and we had a great time with you. It felt like having a close friend take our pictures.
ARIEL + LAURA
OMG dudes Laura and I are both speechless and in tears (well I am at least). thank you, they're absolutely gorgeous and we couldn't be happier. you're the best!
JESS + LEE
We don't even know where to begin. We are BLOWN away. We have been looking at the photos nonstop since you sent them and each time we find a new photo that quickly becomes our favorite. THANK YOU!!!!! Thank you for capturing all our special moments. As I mentioned earlier, our guests have continually called or texted us to tell us how great they thought you and Mike were. We feel so lucky that we got to share our special day with you.
NAOMI + LENNY
WOW. JUST WOW. It has taken me all day to go through these. Thank you so much for such a wonderful batch. I have so many feels!
1. I can't believe that was our weird crazy wedding. It looks so fun! I want to go to there.
2. I love how awkward our family is. On camera and off.
3. The museum backyard pics are so freaking cool.
4. Dance cam on point. 5. BEST DAY EVER.
BRIT + JON
Wow, these really are amazing. Thank you so much for capturing the day in such a fun, beautiful, and creative way! I'm sure you hear this all the time but I felt like I just re-lived the day! It was such a fun surprise to get these today as we just moved and I've been really missing Brooklyn (don't know if you guys remember but we both have jobs in Pennsylvania for the year). And of course you can share them!! I will be curious to see which are your favorites that make it to the blog, as at the moment that seems like a difficult task with so many great photos! I LOVE the photos of Jon getting ready. I don't know exactly why but seeing those made me weirdly happy. And every photo of Buster (obviously). I love seeing all the photos of everyone having a good time as that is really what we wanted the most. I also love all the small things that you caught, like the randoms watching the ceremony, the other bridal party we ran into, Trapper giving Jon bunny ears, extreme dancing to Madonna, etc. etc. etc.... Anyway, I could go on and on, but really great work. I am sure that we will be forever thankful that we chose you and Mike to fix our memories into tangible form. Hope you guys are very, very well.
TAL + REBECCA
We LOVE the photos, they are gorgeous. I can't stop clicking through! You guys really captured some special moments, especially of the kids. So many amazing photos of her. I'm trying to make an album for Facebook and there are TO MANY AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHS!!!! Gotta be ruthless. We are SO glad you and Mike were part of our wedding! :)
BRIAN + SHAY
Firstly, the pictures are ridiculously amazing and a testament to how incredibly talented you guys are...Daniel/Sarah/Chellise. Shay and I have honestly gone through the album a hundred times and of course shared with everyone we know as well as people we don't know. The entire experience working with everyone has been awesome and we can't express our gratitude enough. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!
JILL + MIKE
Not sure where Mike and I should begin thanking Sarah + Daniel for such an amazing wedding experience. You helped us get some great shots (at least from what we saw so far!), you calmed us down, and you were a blast to celebrate with. Our guests were even commenting on how wonderful you were!
Thank you again for making our day so memorable. We will now commence recommending you to anyone and everyone who will listen.
KRISTIN + NICK
We decided we have to kiss you both to really convey how amazing these all came out. There are just no words.
STEPH + MIKE
These photos are INSANE!!!!!! There are no words!!!!!!!!! You two are truly the best at what you do and the way you see things is on another level!!!! More to come soon. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALLI + JON
I am blown away by the magic of these images. You captured all the love, happiness, and hilarity that is TEAM PANDA! You kept Jon and I laughing the whole time with your shenaniganist spirits and it was just what we needed to feel comfy in front of the cameras.
I love every one of these photos.
It is an honor to call the both of you friends now.
JENNY + DAVID
We just finishes watching the photos and perhaps we are biased, but these are the most incredible wedding photos we've ever seen and brought butterflies goosebumps and even a few tears as we relived the day. As you can imagine, the wedding day was a whirlwind day, but seeing these really helped recreate the day for us. You captured the essence of everything we wanted to portray. We can't thank you enough for all the care and thought you all put into these. We will be forever grateful. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
CAITLIN + TYLER
I met with a couple of photographers before my fiance and I met with Sarah and Daniel from Chellise Michael. After our initial conversation with Sarah and Daniel we knew right away they were the photographers for us. Sarah and Daniel are the calmest, friendliest, and all around easiest people you could have taking pictures at your wedding. They are also some OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS AROUND. Seriously - I can't even begin to tell you how many compliments we've gotten on our photos. They captured the big moments in an incredibly natural, beautiful, and spontaneous way which is exactly what we wanted. The whole team at Chellise Michael is amazing - quick to respond to an e-mail, super friendly and just genuinely nice and you definitely want nice people to be part of your wedding. I can't recommend Sarah, Daniel and Chellise Michael enough. We could not be any happier!
NICOLE + JOHN
As a graphic designer, the most important thing to me about my wedding was the photography. I honestly don't remember how I came across their website, but I immediately fell in love with their style. Then I watched their "hello" section video and stopped looking.The engagement shoot was a wonderful chance to get to know them and for them to warm us up in front of the camera - which neither my husband or I are comfortable in front of. They were easy to get a hold of before the big day and extremely helpful with questions and concerns.
The day itself was chaotic, but I felt like Chellise and Michael were there leading us through it all unscathed. They kept a calm around us and we just had fun with the day. They were extremely professional and it was an added bonus that on top of that, I actually felt like they enjoyed the day more so than they were there just doing their job.
Chellise and Michael exceeded every expectation I had for the day and the photos. I can't recommend them enough.
LILY + EVAN
Chellise and Mike are the best! My husband is a photographer so finding like-minded artists to capture our day was the most important element of our wedding. Before we even met with Mike and Chellise, we fell in love with the documentary style of their work and their attention to texture, architecture, and sunlight.Having an engagement session (and a couple of drinks) together a few months before our wedding was a great way to get to know each other, so by the time our wedding rolled around, we were very comfortable with them. The moment they arrived on our wedding day, all my worries went out the window. Chellise and Mike are such wonderful presences and they kept us feeling calm in the hours leading up to our ceremony. It felt less like we were being photographed and more like we were spending time with good friends on this important day. By the end of the night we were all dancing together!
When we received our full portfolio of photographs, my husband and I spent a lot of time going through each photo and reliving our wedding day. There's such a wonderful mix of beautiful portraits, guest revelry, and the most moving and joyful moments of our ceremony. The whole portfolio really tells the story of our day and all of the happy moments and surprises. Chellise and Mike captured our friends and family so beautifully and we will treasure these photographs for years to come.
ERIKA + JORDAN
My wife and I are so so happy we picked Chellise Michael for our wedding photos. Upon getting to meet Chellise and our photographers, Sarah Kuszelewicz and Daniel Orren, we knew we were in great hands; both Daniel and Sarah know their stuff, are uber friendly and chill and just overall great people. We were in a weird scenario where we ended up getting our engagement pictures done in Queens and our wedding took place in the Providence, RI area and they did not miss a beat. Our engagement shoot, which is part of the package, was actually a lot of fun! Daniel, Sarah, my wife and I just took a stroll around Astoria Park with our puppy and took a bunch of really fun shots. Daniel and Sarah weren't pushy or demanding, it really turned into a fun walk with some buds and our puppy. Come the day of the wedding, Daniel and Sarah were on time and ready to go the morning of. Daniel and Sarah blended in perfectly with our small wedding party; during the ceremony, they weren't pushy or anything and definitely a calming influence among everything else going on. Come the reception, they both just hung in the background and worked on getting good shots of all the festivities going on. One part of the reception we loved is we decided to opt for Polaroids, which was fun since we could see some pictures on the spot! Plus it was great to actually take home over 100 photos from the day with us to share with our families until we get the finished and edited pictures.
But my wife and I cannot say enough about Daniel and Sarah; they're both a pleasure to deal with and between our engagement pics and the wedding day, nothing was forced or faked, we just genuinely hit it off with them and they did a terrific job!
STEVE + VICTORIA
We sought out Chellise and Michael based on other reviews on this site. We couldn't have been happier. For example, a few days after our wedding Chellise sent us one photo ...and all I can say is, "wow, they really know what they are doing!" Chellise was a very calming presence during the pre-wedding chaos and kept us on track to get amazing photos with all of our family (which took some coordinating). I had complete trust in them to get great shots; it was the one thing I didn't have to worry about. A bonus: they are awesome. Highly recommend.
LINDSAY + CHRIS
My husband and I contacted Chellise Michael while we started researching vendors and knew immediately after speaking with Chellise that they were it. I found them searching "stop motion photography" in new york and Chellise was quick to offer incorporating that into our pictures. We schedule a call with 1 of our 2 photographers (Sarah Kuszelewicz and Daniel Orren) Daniel, and once again - hit it off. I think what sets them apart is how easy and comfortable they all are to talk to, that is until we got our engagement pictures....now the photography is what really sets them apart. Sarah met us on the Brooklyn waterfront and it was like hanging out with an old friend. She took the time to get to know us and captured our personalities perfectly in the shots. We then got to meet Daniel the day of the wedding - equally awesome. We had a blast with them the day of the wedding - punctual, creative, attentive and fun. I can honestly say they made the day more special for us. They're talented, good people that love their job. You really feel that working with them and of course see the talent in what they capture of the two of you. Highly recommend Chellise Michael - absolutely amazing job. Don't think twice - book them!
ALEXANDRA + NULTY
I am a happy, satisfied, enthusiastic, raving-fanatic, client of Chellise Michael. When we first met with Chellise and Mike months ago, my fiance and I knew not only were they the perfect individuals to shoot our wedding, but somehow we needed to trick/force/cajole them into being friends with us. They are the type of people that are so cool you would feel intimidated save for the fact that they are the nicest, warmest, most fun individuals... who are truly committed to giving you photographic evidence of the most important moments in your life!
Their work speaks for itself - you look at the pictures and think, "I want to BE those beautiful, happy, interesting people!" Trust me, on a good day I am maybe half of one of those things... but just having received my engagement photos from them, I have never felt more beautiful, happy and interesting. From looking at those pictures, there are 22-year-olds in my office that are wondering if it's weird to pre-book them for an engagement thats likely years off!
Do yourselves a favor and check out their work, meet them in person, and sign on the dotted line for what has been the best wedding decision I've made... save for saying "yes" to the most wonderful man I've ever known :)
CYNTHIA + TIM
Chellise Michael Photography was introduced to me through DJ Gatsby, whom I booked for my engagement party. I was looking for a photographer to come in and shoot the party and also do a quick engagement shoot with my fiance and I prior to the party. (We wanted some engagement photos, but wanted to tie it in with the engagement party.)
As I'm planning a destination wedding, and not everyone we know and love can attend, the engagement party was our change to get everyone in the same room to celebrate. We really wanted to capture all the fun moments: Family getting together for the first time in years, various friends meeting for the first time, and my fiance and I celebrating with our nearest and dearest.
Chellise Michael nailed it! She walked in a complete stranger and left a friend. During the two-hour engagement shoot she captured who we are. She got us being silly and spontaneous. I never felt uncomfortable or awkward. At the party she got all the fun moments of our friends and family. Seeing the photos brings me right back to the party! And she sent photos within days to us!
Chellise seamlessly interacted with our guests. She captured the moments on film that we'll have for years to come. I highly recommend her for your parties, engagement shoots, weddings and more!
DANA + ROB
Chellise and Mike (her trusty FiFi and partner in awesomeness) were absolutely wonderful to work with. We found Chellise Michael Photography through a local site shortly after our engagement, and since we knew we wanted to do an e-shoot, it seemed like serendipity.
We were initially attracted to Chellise's work for her unique vision. She has a signature way of capturing color and movement. Somewhere between editorial and documentary in style, she inspires these really fashion-forward, gorgeous shots. It never looks or feels forced or too posed. It's just as if she captures these ephemeral and sparkly moments, and her subjects just happen to be standing or leaning in a really lovely way. CM's photographs are fresh and, at times, unexpected and surprising, which makes her and her work simply incredible.
Most importantly, Chellise and Mike are just awesome folks. Their photographs are a direct reflection of them as individual artists and as a couple...vivid and full of vitality. The moment they asked us if we'd ever been to Peking Duck House in Chinatown, we knew we found our match! We shared a chilly and fun few hours shooting around TriBeCa in December, and they graciously endured our wedding on the hottest day of the year in July. We're still in each other's phones, and I know I can always check in with Chellise for answers to any random questions, whether personal or professional.
CMP invites a certain intimacy out of couples, and it's evident that Chellise and Mike make shoots fun and personal above all. Without hesitation, we highly recommend Chellise Michael Photography for their personal professionalism and the quality of their work!!
ALI + JUSTIN
If you want your wedding photos to be art rather than just a chronicle of your day, then look no further than Chellise and Michael. We reached out to them based on yelp and ended up having to do a skype consult because we live in Los Angeles. We loved their portfolio and they immediately understood the style we were going for. We ended up flying them out for an engagement shoot in Los Angeles and all I can say is wow - the photos were spectacular. We shot various locations and they managed to capture unique angles that really blew us away. The biggest problem with the shoot is we didn't know what to do with so many amazing photos of ourselves. They also captured some of the best shots of our dog to date. The best part though was we became friends with Chellise and Mike along the way, so it made the wedding day ten times more comfortable. They did an absolutely fantastic job shooting the day and captured some incredible moments in candid shots. If you want to have wedding shots that you could actually blow up and frame in your living room as art, these are the two for you. The only thing I'd suggest for any bride is to make sure to have a list of everyone you want photos with, and any specific locations you want captured. I didn't do this and when I looked through my photos I was wishing I had more, more, more of Chellise and Mike's work. Highly recommended.