City Chic Elegant Wedding || designsgirl

Flowers | Ladies | Art

{paperswell} magazine was started by a friend of mine, and fellow lover of art and design, Kelle McCarter of designs girl. She uses {paperswell} as a way to share her appreciation for paper, all things beautiful, and to highlight others doing the same.

I also have the honor of mentoring Kelle in growing her photography skills so she can further share her eye for design. Check out Kelle’s take on the day and her stunning images! More of her sophisticated style can be found on her Pinterest Boards.

Elegant wedding, city chic wedding, sophisticated wedding styleMUCH LOVE!

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World’s Colliding

World’s Colliding

This was a great day! I absolutely ADORE working with powerful business women who are creative and making a difference. Miss Katie Den Ouden and I have been working together on my Rewired Life side of things, and last week I had an opportunity to take her portraits. My world’s collided, and it was fantastic!

Oh. What. Fun.

Katie needed images for marketing material for her (now running) Skinny Dip Society Blog Tour. ummm…you want to know what this is all about don’t you?!? Katie put together a group of 25 inspiring women with amazing stories who are living life FULLY. You can follow these women here: Skinny Dip Society Blog Tour

Modern Womens Business Portraits and Headshots

Modern Womens Business Portraits and HeadshotsWe took about 500 images in our hour together…first because I shoot continuously. I’ve found the “out-takes” are where the magic lives! When you stop paying attention to the camera, I find your personality. Second, we just had too much fun to stop! Lol! You’d think out of 500 images I’d find favorites in a variety of outfits, but I have to be honest, her flower head-piece is just too much fun! A big thank you to the lovely ladies at The Perfect Petal for putting it together. It is perfect. I’m pretty sure Katie wore it the rest of the day….shhh!

The work I am doing with Rewired Life and endometriosis can be found on Day 4 of the Blog Tour. I shared thoughts on living in the moment, self-care, and inner reflection.

Get more information on the Skinny Dip Society!

MUCH LOVE!Skinny Dip Society Blog Tour

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Where have you been?

Where have you been?

It’s been 3 months since you’ve blogged! Where have you been?! It’s a valid question, in the blogging world, 3 months is an eternity!
There have been lots of changes around here in the last 12 months. I’ve gone through a complete revamp and restructure of the business, all of which I am really excited to see come to fruition. For years I was generally a photographer, shooting whatever work came in the door. I was having fun, but slowly getting burned out. Photography went from being my passion to being my job and I was losing interest. A year ago I finished a coaching process to help build my business around what makes me happy. It was an incredible process of self-discovery. I learned that photography is my way to celebrate, and that being a wedding photographer brings for indulgent and sophisticated brides me much happiness as I get to be an intimate part of my clients wedding celebration.

What I have been struggling with is admitting to myself that success looks different than it used to. I used to judge my success as a photographer based on the number of shoots I had each week, followed by the number of weddings on the weekends. Now that the only new photography projects I am taking on are wedding clients, I have much more free time during the week. I was frightened to admit that I am no longer a full-time photographer. I was feeling like my business was failing, and I wasn’t good enough. As a result I was completely withdrawn from putting energy into the photography business.

I WAS feeling that way. Until this week. I haven’t been very open about what I do with my free time, and it has affected my ability to connect with photography. Last March I started a personal blog about my journey with Endometriosis and holistic healing called Rewired Life. This summer I decided to turn my blog into a book…which I am still actively working on. It is quite the project! In the middle of writing the book, this fall my Rewired Life blog went from a collection of personal stories to a website and advocacy for women with endometriosis. I decided that although it has been fun and therapeutic to share my story, I wanted to do more to help other women find ways to ease their pain.

Wedding Photographer and Endometriosis Life Coach, Audrey Michel

Now my time is split between networking, marketing, and working as a wedding photographer, as well as writing for Rewired Life. The previous decision to keep my work as a photographer separate from my healing work was not allowing me to be authentic. If photography is my celebrate…don’t you want to know what I am celebrating??!  I am a 17 year chronic pain survivor, currently living symptom free of endometriosis….now that is something to celebrate! Cheers to health and wellbeing!

Wedding Photographer and Endometriosis Life Coach, Audrey Michel

My mantra is Love. Heal. Celebrate. I am excited that I now spend my day helping women learn to love themselves and heal their body, and with photography I get to celebrate the beauty of life. Makes sense that my photography work is so emotional!
I am very passionate about everything I do, and now I have two businesses that fulfill the why of me. It’s not work, it’s Life Work.

MUCH LOVE!

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Denver Wedding Photographer | Sugar Skull Makeup

Halloween Bride

I’ve been having fun lately posting images from my “play time” as a photographer, and I thought Halloween would be the perfect time to showcase the work of Kori Schell of AK Studio. Kori is always up to something creative and fun, and I love answering her phone calls. Our conversations go something like… Hey, I’m painting Sugar Skull faces, want to shoot it?

Rarely do I completely understand what she is up to, but it doesn’t matter, it is always a blast to capture Kori’s creative energy. Being involved in artistic projects inspires me. I love exploring with my camera.

Sugar Skull bride, HalloweenWe had a great evening! It is so fun to spend time with creative people, we vibed off each other’s energy. As the shoot went on the light just kept getting better. So beautiful! I could have shot for hours!

Sugar Skull bride, Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!

MUCH LOVE!

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Couture Fashion | Denver Wedding Photographer

Artistry from Within

I believe in honoring the energy and spirit within art and objects. What does that mean? My education is Bachelor’s of Science in Design with a minor in Art History, and it is where my appreciation of artistry and attention to detail began. One of a kind objects, born of someone’s creativity and imagination makes my heart sing! I can FEEL the artists’ spirit spilling out of the object.

There are a few things I’ve held onto from my days as a designer, and photographing events for Luxe Interiors and Design Magazine is one of them. I love the opportunity to see my old design friends, which is always fun to catch up. And, I get to be an integral part of amazing events. Luxe Magazine draws very design oriented, sophisticated clientele, and always finds the most unique event locations.

Recently I had the opprotunity to provide press coverage for the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) event Pret-a-Porte. This is a Ready to Wear fashion event where designers are tasked with designing and creating a couture fashion piece, and wearing the outfit down the runway. Designers are paired with interior material companies and must use the assigned construction materials for the entire outfit. Assigned materials could include flooring such as carpet, hardwoods, or tile, even lighting or office workstation materials. Then, each team must take inspiration from the Roaring ’20’s.

IIDA Pret a Porte, Wedding Photographer

I wanted to write about this event because I was SO VERY impressed by the creativity and artistry of the designers, and by the attention to detail. How impressive of a dress could you really create from carpet or countertop laminate? These designers deconstructed materials and utilized every last ounce of available components. Instead of simply cutting carpet for a skirt, one team used uncut carpet fibers as a fringe detail. Brilliant!

I’m sharing the work of this first design team from H+L Architecture and Kimball Office because I loved the piece they created. Utilizing office chair fabric and desk laminate they created this reversible skirt. But, what caught my attention was the sheer CONFIDENCE the model (also the designer) displayed walking the runway. It was contagious! The audience was sharing in her joy. Loved it! This ensamble won Best of Show for Soft Material

IIDA Pret a Porte, Wedding Photographer

This design team from  Aquilano Leslie and Capco Tile took the show’s 1920’s inspiration  to heart.  Utilizing mosaic tiles, they created a flapper inspired dress and accessories.  Let me say that again, they created this dress with hand glued, individual mosaic wall TILE!  This design won Best in Show.

IIDA Pret a Porte, Wedding Photographer

As these two girls showed off their team’s designs, ideas, and creativity, you could feel their team’s energy and spirit strut down the runway. It was awe inspiring to be a part of such an artistic and fun evening!

MUCH LOVE!

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