michelle sullivan photography

January 1, 2010

Vote for the best of 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Filed under: children,families,newborn — msullivan @ 5:22 pm

It was super-duper hard for me to narrow it down to 5, and it’s not just the image, but everything around it for me – the people in them, the moment, there’s just something about these images for me.

Please vote for your favorite by leaving a comment on this post – please only one vote per person =)

The owner of the image that gets the most votes will receive a free 8×10 print!!!!

I will announce the winner on Monday, January 4th

#1 (sibling):

I love this one because I love these girls, but I know I would love it even if they weren’t friends with my girls =)

#2 (mother and child):

I love this one because it wasn’t posed, it was just an awesome moment between a mom and her little guy

#3 (newborn):

I think I like this one because it was such hard work to get her to go to sleep. It was one of the hottest days of the year and we had to turn off the a/c and turn on the blow dryer and her parents were such good sports about it=)

#4 (portrait):

This was such an awesome portrait session because Danielle is so fun and relaxed and beautiful. We had to wait here for a long time for the wind to blow and I love the result

#5 (family):

I just love the feeling of this one.  By far my favorite family portrait of the year

and here’s a sneak peek from the awesome NYE wedding I shot yesterday (and yes, her dress was Chartreuse!!!!! so fun!)

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December 22, 2009

see you next year

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 12:08 am

This will be my last post of the year….unless I get carried away, but with the to-do list I have, I doubt that will happen =)

But come back shortly after the new year because I am going to have a post with my favorites from 2009 and if your image is one of the images, you can win an 8×10…..all you have to do is make sure your image gets the most votes =)

AND I have 2 weddings coming up – the first one on NYE – sooooo fun!!!!!

So, on to the pictures:

I know this awesome family because our oldest daughters are friends and go to school together.  They wanted to do a session with me to have a portrait for New Years cards.

Here are some favorites:

such a cutie:

beautiful:

December 16, 2009

holiday portraits 2009 {my favorites}

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 5:20 pm

OK, I’ve kept these family portraits secret long enough…….right families? Sorry if you haven’t mailed your cards yet =)

I can’t even tell you how excited I was when this family showed up with a pair of deer in tow:

Then I love the moodiness of this portrait:

And I already posted a couple of images of little brother a couple weeks ago.  Here is his beautiful big sis:

Then these sweet sisters:

Then this family = Great style. Relaxed. My job made easy =)

December 14, 2009

6 months and a family session

Filed under: babies,children,families — msullivan @ 11:56 pm

I love this family! Besides being super friendly and genuinely nice, they have great style too!

Here are some favorites:

November 27, 2009

mini sessions day 2 & 3

Filed under: children,newborn — msullivan @ 11:16 pm

Boy, have I been busy! I’ve slacked on blogging, but I’ve been hard at work with mini sessions and holiday card orders.  Here are a few of the shots I got that I can show you (I can’t wait till I can post some of the family shots!)

First off, the cutest head of hair (and face!):

Then, a family picture (sort of) – I know this isn’t going on the Christmas cards because they picked a different one =)

then a teeny tiny one:

and then I used this cute little guys picture to test out some of the new textures I bought today – the only thing I bought on black friday!

the first one on the left has no texture added:

November 11, 2009

mini sessions day 1

Filed under: children — msullivan @ 5:33 pm

I’m not going to be doing many sneak peeks from the mini sessions because *I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again* I don’t want to ruin any holiday cards.

So in the attempt to not leave my blog neglected, I’ll share with you this guy, who is so gosh darn handsome, he should be a model…..oh wait – he already is!  You may recognize him from Gymboree or McDonalds, just to name two =)

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he calls this next one blue steel =)

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Oh, but wait! He may not end up being the only model in the family…..here’s his little sister:

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October 30, 2009

introducing………..the blue velvet sofa (and a beautiful red head family)

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 9:28 am

I recently added this awesome sofa to my prop collection and it will be with me at the mini sessions coming up along with a bunch of other fun stuff I have up my sleeve =)

Which reminds me – I only have one spot left for mini sessions and after that the next available session is at the end of January!!!!!!!  That is crazy!

Now on to this adorable family. No more family shots on this blog for a while- I don’t want to ruin any Christmas cards =)

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October 26, 2009

where the wild things are

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P.S. Don’t worry mom and dad – there are plenty of cute family ones, but I need to stop posting family pics so I don’t ruin any holiday card surprises =)

October 18, 2009

plan b

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 10:17 pm

This awesome family wanted their portraits taken at the Balboa Fun Zone, but when we got to Newport, the fog was crazy thick, so we had to come up with plan b.

So I suggested this place:

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now that’s talent:

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If I had a sister, I’d want a picture like this:

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Thanks guys for being up for plan b =)

October 11, 2009

love {my job/new locations/this family}

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 10:29 pm

OK, I’ve never shot at this place before so I got a little carried away with this post – there were just so many that I loved and I had to hold myself back because if I could have, I would have posted like 50 more =)

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I love how you can see one of the boys playing in the background. He’s got his walkie talkie and he means business:

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love love love this:

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and this:

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and this:

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and I love this series:

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September 26, 2009

sneak peek

Filed under: children — msullivan @ 11:07 pm

Here’s a sneak peek for the mom and dad of these two cute brothers:

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and what’s a MSP shoot with kids w/o a shot like this:

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September 21, 2009

be still my heart

Filed under: children — msullivan @ 10:31 pm

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I love this little series:

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sneak peek

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September 7, 2009

ready. set. go.

Filed under: babies,children,families — msullivan @ 7:06 am

This weekend was officially the start of my super busy holiday season. I only have a few regular sessions left for the month of October and then in November I am only doing mini-sessions, and then I won’t be scheduling any appointments in December unless it is for a newborn session.  So if you want to make an appointment, you should asap before I am all booked up =) This weekend was the international street fair in old town orange, so I did two shoots in old town tustin instead. First was this sweet family:

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And then this sweet one year old:

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August 2, 2009

serve day

Filed under: children — msullivan @ 4:59 am

Here are some shots that I got of my girls last week during serve day at our church (*disclaimer*- we were working very hard passing out Treasure Boxes and did not intend for this to turn into a photo shoot, haha). Gotta love the one of them fighting over a box – how sweet, they want to serve so much!

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Remember these?!? I had to think real hard to teach my girls how to put 2 of them together. It’s been a while!

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Then the photo shoot moved to a parking lot down the street from church:

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True story: my middle daughter came up with all of these poses by herself. She loves the camera. Barbizon here we come!

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I normally totally avoid this time of day for photo sessions because the sun is right overhead, but I am loving the way these turned out!

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Then my hubby snapped some of me with my girlies:

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look at the dirt on my arm – see? proof that I worked hard at serve day, haha  =)

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July 15, 2009

sleepy baby

Filed under: children,newborn — msullivan @ 6:10 am

This little guy was a champion sleeper for his photo shoot:

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And he is so lucky to have such a sweet big sister:

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July 13, 2009

the chase

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 5:36 am

Every time I have a session with a one year old, I know it’s going to be an adventure.  This little guy was no exception, look at him giving his dad a workout:

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He was so cute with that curly hair:

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This one doesn’t really flow with the rest of the portraits, but I love it so I wanted to post it:

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July 6, 2009

running from the law

Filed under: children — msullivan @ 5:33 am

This shoot had us running from the cops, haha =) The first time was when we were on the railroad tracks and their mom noticed a cop stopped on the tracks at the next intersection. We all grabbed a piece of the drum set and made a run for it. We were pulling out with everyone buckled and the drum set in the back of the truck before the officer even got there…that was a close one!

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The second time was when we were in the alley that I always shoot in and we had just been there a minute or two and some guy starts yelling out the window ‘Quit playing the drums or I’m calling the cops!’  Now I am always willing to bend, but when someone yells at me without even showing their face or especially without asking nicely first then I usually end up acting like I haven’t heard them – just ask the mean old lady who told me I had to ‘shut that baby up’ at the grocery store when I had a 2 year old and a crying colicy baby in my cart just trying to get some groceries….I’d like to think after I followed her down every single isle she went down the entire time she was in the store and then stood behind her in line, that she never yelled at any other sleep deprived mom just trying to get through the day =) So anyway, we stayed in the alley and got some fun shots and guess what?  The cops never came =)

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Thanks gals! It was an adventure!!!

June 6, 2009

school office art

Filed under: children — msullivan @ 12:49 am

The principal at my girl’s school asked me to take some portraits of the kids so they could have some fun pictures to hang in the school office.  The kids were big hams and I had so much fun hanging out with them. Here are just a few of my favorites:

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June 4, 2009

rock n roll

Filed under: children — msullivan @ 11:20 pm

My 9 year old has been begging me for ‘rock n roll’ portraits for the longest time…….so we finally got to get out by ourselves the other day and had a fun little shoot around our neighborhood.

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April 12, 2009

sneak peek

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 2:17 am

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This one cracks me up:

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March 30, 2009

a first….

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 4:45 am

Today I met with this cute family in downtown Fullerton for some urban portraits.  I have never had a session there before, so it was so fun taking a tour of Fullerton trying to find fun spots.

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Then the boys got to wear their storm trooper masks because they were such good models =)

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March 28, 2009

the skirt

Filed under: children — msullivan @ 6:54 am

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My daughter has been begging me to take pictures of her in the skirt since I bought it a year ago…I’m glad I finally did 🙂

March 7, 2009

A is for Adorable

Filed under: babies,children,families — msullivan @ 8:25 pm

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Here is another sneak peek for this adorable family.

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Filed under: children — msullivan @ 4:28 pm

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I’ve known this little cutie since she was teeny tiny! Here is a sneak peek for her mommy 🙂

February 28, 2009

Old Town Orange

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 8:19 pm

I met this adorable family in the circle and they brought their cute little vintage car

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This little Miss was slow to warm up to me – I love this face:

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But she finally did warm up and we got some great images:

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Thank guys! I had so much fun with you this morning!

January 7, 2009

Sneak Peek

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December 17, 2008

urban family

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 6:37 am

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Family Portraits

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November 30, 2008

Urban Portraits

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 12:42 am

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November 24, 2008

on the move

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 10:40 am

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This little guy was so sweet and so full of energy.

November 22, 2008

And the winner is………

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 7:51 pm

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This sweet family from my daughter’s school won a silent auction for a sitting with me at a rally our school had to raise funds to make improvments to the school’s classrooms and restrooms (was that a run-on sentence?) Thanks guys for supporting our school! The dad wanted a picture of his wife all by herself – how sweet is that?

November 17, 2008

Those eyes……..

Filed under: children — msullivan @ 4:57 pm

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Check out those eyes! I met this adorable little guy and his mommy and daddy at Soka University. He was so sweet and easygoing and he didn’t even have a nap! If all my 2 year olds were like this with no nap I probably would have had 10 more kids, haha. His dad wanted to get this last shot and his mom said that this will be the one that ends up on dad’s desk 🙂

November 16, 2008

Sneak Peek

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 8:23 am

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I met some friends of mine in Old Town Orange for some urban portraits. I love this last one…while I was trying to get some of just mom and dad, their 2nd youngest just couldn’t leave them alone, so the oldest is trying to pry her away, haha.

November 15, 2008

Sneak Peek

Filed under: babies,children,families — msullivan @ 6:37 am

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I met this sweet and completly adorable family on Balboa Island for their Christmas portraits 🙂

November 10, 2008

double the fun

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 11:48 am

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Here’s a sneak peek for this adorable family.

October 26, 2008

Sneak Peek

Filed under: children,families — msullivan @ 12:17 am

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Remember the cutie pie from the last post? Well this is the rest of his family. I love the family shot at the top – don’t they look like they belong on the cover of an album or something? I had so much fun with you guys! And don’t worry – there are a TON more where these came from!

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