My name is Michelle.
I'm the owner of Stricker Photography.
I have an amazing husband and two beautiful children.
Kylee, age 11. Brenden, age 6.
A puppy, named Oaklee.
I'm a believer in God.
I love Hobby Lobby.
Long walks at Target.
Carmel Lattes. With extra caramel.
Markers and pens.
Sunshine in my face.
Being in or around the lake.
I am a DIY'er.
A list maker.
And have too many pillows on our bed to count.
My favorite colors to photograph are yellow and purple.
My family is my life.
I started this business 9 years ago by chance. Let me tell you more.
See, I actually went to school to be an elementary education teacher. I love kids and I thought because most of the women in my family were teachers that I would be good at that too. Truth is, I didn't even finish school.
God had different plans for me and I'm so thankful he did. Even though I didn't see His plan coming, it still amazes me to this day how obvious it really was.
I was the girl that ALWAYS had a camera with me. Since I was little, I have always found the importance in capturing life- because life is short. And memories are so quickly forgotten.
The first camera I remember owning was a small point and shoot. In fact, this is the camera I used to shoot my first "professional" session. A close friend asked me to take just a couple pictures of her baby and I'll never forget the excitement that filled my soul.
We spent hours taking pictures and I quickly downloaded a free (and really crappy) software to edit her pictures. At the time I thought they were beautiful, and thankfully she did too.
She posted those images to social media, and by the grace of God, others seemed to like the images too. I was then asked by other friends to take pictures of their families.
And yes, I continued to use my small point and shoot and that really crappy editing software. :)
It wasn't until I got a phone call from the first "stranger" that reality started hitting me. Stranger after stranger called and I would schedule sessions with them. And get this, I lived on the 3rd floor of an apartment building and I would set up a wrinkly black backdrop and a stand for every session and take it down after the session.
It didn't take long before I realized that I was busy. I was busy and overwhelmed. I worked full time and also did photography on the side. Most of the time I felt like I had two full time jobs.
That's when my husband FINALLY talked me into quitting my full time job and becoming a photographer.
I still get goosebumps thinking about this time in my life.
I was so scared.
I was so excited.
My future was so unknown.
But, being 100% self taught, I took the leap...
A huge leap of faith.
And I'm so thankful I did. (And let me add, I wouldn't have doneit without the love and support from my husband)
I count my blessings everyday that I get to do what I love. I get to dance, sneeze, play peek-a-boo, and be crazy with your little ones. I get to snuggle your babies when they are just days old. I get to see couples become parents. I get to watch your families grow. But mostly, I get to create memories that will last a lifetime and I truly believe there is no price tag you can put on that.
I see my work as bright and fun. I want you feel like we have been friends for years. I want your kids to talk about me in the car on the way home. I want to make an impact on your family. I want to be part of your family.
And of course, I want to create images for you to always remember this stage of life- because you'll never get it back.