Emily WShell was absolutely fabulous! The entire process from start to finish was professional, artistic, creative and filled with love. She made my husband and me feel so comfortable and beautiful. They will remind us of the magic, beauty and purity of the first days of our daughter’s life."

Shell is truly amazing!!! We feel so lucky that we were able to have her photograph our family. Shell is an incredible photographer, and she made the experience so easy and enjoyable from our first email communications all the way through editing and sending the final files. A week before our session, she spent over an hour on the phone with me talking through ideas, locations, and outfits, and she provided helpful suggestions for the day of the shoot. During our session, she was so sweet, easygoing and relaxed- even with one of my kiddos screaming for almost the entire time! We were blown away when we received the proofs. She managed to get TONS of amazing shots, even with my son’s major meltdown. She captured our family beautifully, and she managed to create an incredible lush, Fall ambience even though it was 80 degrees that day. She was so wonderful about edit requests and responded quickly to any questions I had about the order. We feel so lucky to have these beautiful photos of our family. Thank you so much, Shell!

Ashley N.

Shell was wonderful! She really made us feel comfortable from our initial phone consultation to our actual photo shoot. She was professional and what I liked most about her was that she really made an effort to be able to take our maternity photos. She made sure the weather was good and was flexible with her time. We were so lucky that the weather cooperated and was a perfect day for our photo shoot. I fell in love with her photography style the moment I saw the maternity photos she took of my cousin. So when I knew I wanted my maternity photos taken, Shell immediately popped into my mind. I made sure that the next time I was in California that she will be taking our photos. I am glad I picked her to capture our first maternity photos. Thank you Shell for being so great and made us feel so comfortable during our session. We felt so comfortable that our silliness started to come out & it was nice that you captured that too! Loved the “belly bump” photos with the hubby! Super cute.

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“This was the best photography session I’ve had. Shell was more then accommodating making it a fun and relaxed shoot. Her creativity and ability to understand what I envisioned and then make it really happen was amazing. I am beyond happy with the final photos and strongly recommend anyone looking for a wonderful photographer to go to Wildflower Studio.”
Salina B.

“I had the honor to work with Michelle for my maternity photos and it was an amazing experience from start to finish! Her attention to detail and professionalism stood out. From the initial phone consultation, to helping me select a wardrobe and helping calm my 2 1/2 year old daughter during a meltdown was beyond helpful. The images turned out beautiful and I definitely will be using her again in the future. I highly recommend her!”
Lauren Huber Griffith, San Diego Yoga & Barre Instructor

“Shell is simply amazing! We have had many professional photographers in the past and there’s just something about her photos… They capture a mood, an inner light, that is mesmerizing and beautiful. Her photos are always the ones that I keep going back to!”
Dr. Didem K.

“Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. I believe that sometimes they say more! Each photo that you took captures everything about my daughter, Avery, at this moment in time from her love for bubbles, lollipops, princess outfits, and that smile that melts my heart! I can hear her giggle in some of these photos. Simply amazing! You have exceeded my expectations by capturing every essence of everything that I love in our lives at this time and for that I am grateful! Thank you for a wonderful experience and thank you for the gorgeous photos!”
Wendy B.

“Shell is definitely the most talented photographer that I’ve ever come across. She is so easy going and fun to work with. Somehow she captures the most amazing moments in such a unique and beautiful way. One year, when she was taking our family photos at the beach, my toddler threw a massive tantrum and unexpectedly dove out of our arms and into the water. I thought the shoot was ruined and that we would not be getting any good family photos out of this day. But Shell stayed calm and positive, and just went with it, and I don’t know how she did it, but she ended up giving us our favorite family photos of all time. She’s a miracle worker, I tell ya. :)”
Ashley F.

“Working with Michelle was a dream. She was so professional but also so patient with my toddler. She listened to exactly what my needs were and the results exceeded my expectations. Our images are a treasure to have forever, and I will continue to use Shell for future family photographs. She is so great at her job, and is so easy to be around. We felt beyond happy and comfortable during the session, which helped get the best shots. I’m thankful I found her, hands down, the nicest photographer/fellow mom in he business! Such beautiful work. Thank you Wildflower Studio. Best experience by far.”
Ciara C, fashion model

“Shell’s work is absolutely amazing! She made our session fun and stress free. Every single picture was great! My heart was bursting with happiness when I looked at the photos the first time. So happy we found her! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
Monica R.

“I was blown away by Shelly’s pictures of my baby. I was so impressed with her amazing eye for color and vision she had for our photos. I hope she will always take my daughters photos for she is the best! Just gorgeous work!”
Megan B.

“Shell is a wonderful photographer. She took her time and was very patient with the kids, even when my youngest was having a difficult time. I love all of the action shots. She was a joy to work with and I highly recommend her.”
Sarah M.

“Shell is a very professional and intuitive photographer. She goes above and beyond expectations, and the end result shows it. She has a natural gift for finding serenity in settings of all kinds, and capturing love and fun in every family photo she shoots. While together, Shell remains calm herself, going with the natural flow of the family’s energy and the children’s interests. You will be pleased with anything Wildflower Studio puts together for you, our photos are a testament to that.”
Dr. Shelese S.

“I have been a fan of Shell’s work for quite a few years now, so I knew that when my time had come for engagement/family photos, she would be my go to girl! She is a fun, sweet, amazingly talented photographer who made us feel so comfortable and at ease. Best of all, she was very patient. We had our 3 dogs, each with their own vibrant and easily distracted personalities, and she was able to capture the intimate moments. I am so happy and absolutely LOVE our photos!”
Christina P.

“The best pictures I’ve ever had done of my family!!!”
Karen G.

“This lady is fantastic! Even her iPhone pictures are fabulous. She has a great eye and will make sure you are completely satisfied with the final result. She took the cutest pictures of my daughter for Valentines Day. She knew exactly what to wear and where to go. Don’t hesitate to use Wildflower Studio!”
Kara O.

“Shell is a very talented photographer- she has a way of making her models feel completely at ease and then capturing their essence. She made my little one feel really comfortable – my daughter NEVER lets people other than her parents photograph her! Shell just let her run and play and be the kid that she is. Shell is creative, gentle and really artistic. She has a great eye for color and composition. You’re the best Shell! We love you!”
Niki R.

“I am so impressed by Shell’s photography and creativity!! She is able to capture color and sunlight in a way I have never seen before. She also is amazing at putting everyone at ease during the shoot. My husband’s least favorite thing to do is the annual Christmas photo. It makes him shy and uncomfortable. Not with Shell, he relaxed and cooperated quickly. My son is an absolute handful and she stayed patient the whole time:) I will treasure the photos for a lifetime and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer. I am already looking forward to our next session!! 5 stars all the way. Thanks Shell!!!”
Jill P.

“I always go with recommendations from people, and when I asked my friend who did her family photos (which were just beautiful) she turned me over to Shell. On the day of our scheduled photo shoot there was a storm moving in, and she was in constant contact with me about moving the time so the weather wouldnt affect our lighting. She made suggestions of bringing umbrellas and rain boots for the boys in case it did start raining- thinking those would make some fun photos. During the 2 hours we were with her I never once felt she was posing us or manipulating us into “fake” family photos. She sat out of the way and just let my kids play, let us all walk around and enjoy ourselves as a family, and she got some amazing photos! She was extremely nice, welcoming, reasonably priced, and very professional. I was highly impressed with the quickness in getting our photos back as well. For anyone else who goes with recommendations, I highly recommend Shell to you!”
Catherine P.

“Shell has photographed two of our clients, both authors, and has created beautiful portraits of both of them. She’s consistently sensitive and creative. Her framing and lighting are gorgeous. I can’t recommend her highly enough!”
Debra G, PR

“We recently had our second photo shoot with Shell and had a wonderful time!! She is creative, sweet, and artistic. The photos are fabulous! Thanks so much for capturing this wonderful moment in time for our family!”
Mary Ann S.

“My family and I had the pleasure of having Shell take family photos for us…what I got in return far exceeded my expectations!! Shell has a gift for just spotting the simplest momemts and capturing them. My boys are very active, to say the least and Shell made it look like they were calm little gentlemen. We had such a great experience and I know we will have Shell photgraph more family events for us in the future. I couldnt be more pleased and I am so excited to have these photos to share with our friends and family for many years to come!!!!”
Amy R.

“I felt so comfortable with Shell taking my high school senior photos. She was very kind and warm during the photo shoot, making me laugh to feel more at ease. She took many candid pictures, capturing my true essence, rather than all posed photos. The entire experience was very fun! I felt like I was hanging out with a friend. The results exceeded my parents and my expectations! We love them all! Thanks again!”
Elana P.

“I had the pleasure of working with Shell for my wedding. Even before the wedding day, Shell took it upon herself to drive forty minutes to the wedding venue and the reception venue so that she could get a feel for the location and to start brainstorming about ideas for shots on the wedding day. That really impressed me. When the big day came, Shell arrived early for the event, minimizing my stress yet again. She was so friendly with the family and the guests as well as the small children at the event. She was completely pleasant, unobtrusive, and just a joy to work with. She has great energy and finds a way to melt into the background while still capturing the most beautiful moments. She had the extra added challenge of working in the pouring rain on my wedding day and she just took it in stride, making it just another beautiful element to the pictures. By the time we returned from our honeymoon, she already had our “sneak peak” of our pictures ready, and our entire edited gallery of photos was ready the following week. The pictures are so artistic, so unique, and have a timeless quality. Everyone who has seen them has been blown away by how amazing they are. Shell’s work exceeded my expectations in every sense of the word. I would choose her for the wedding a hundred times over and recommend her to any bride who wants pictures she can be proud of!”
Katherine S.

“Michelle is a fantastic photographer that captured my new born more beautifully than I could have ever imagined. Her motherly instincts combined with her professionalism and creative ideas prove her to more than talented in the world of photography. I’m looking forward to hiring her on for more family photos for years to come.”
Anne C.

“Where do I start? We met up with Shell to take our first “official” family photos. I was kind of nervous, but she made me feel comfortable with being in front of the camera. I loved the pictures she took – they have a sort of dream-like quality to them. The whole experience was great, and we have beautiful family pictures to show for it!”
Sara N.

“Shelly, thank you so much for the amazing photos. I can’t decide which ones to choose! You made us all feel at ease, especially my 18 year old, which is really saying something. I love you and thank you again. xo”
Shea W.

“Shelly is fantastic! She knows how to capture the beauty in everyone and makes excellent use of nature and sunlight. Highly recommend her!”
Miranda P.

“Shelly is amazing!! She is so warm & kind, and very easy to work with, on top of being extremely knowledgable. The end product always blows me away. Gorgeous photos that are timeless & magical! Worth every penny.”
Kris C.

“We had a great maternity photo session with Shell. She is professional and passionate about her work. Our pictures are absolutely stunning and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking to capture life’s most precious moments.”
Patti M.

“Shell took photos of my horse and I for my senior year in high school. It turned out to be my most favorite photos of all time. This was 4 years ago and I still have the pictures hanging on my wall! Thank you, you are seriously amazing! I hope I get the opportunity to get more photos done one day!”
Seairah J.

“Michelle has never met a stranger. She is so easy to work with and has so many creative ideas. She is also so open to listening to what you want and what you like. When you have a session with her it’s so easy. She makes everything feel natural and organic. It never really feels staged, even though some of it is. She brings out the best in whomever she is shooting. We have had her take pictures of our family twice. Both times she shot and turned out incredible photos that we all treasure. I’m still making prints and posting them on facebook. They are incredible shots that last a lifetime. I highly recommend working with Shell. She is a true gem.”
Amy H.

“My daughter, Wren, left our mini session saying, “I like taking photos AND I made a new friend!” Shell had her at bubbles…and instantly made her comfortable. Wren is also my wild one, so you never know what to expect!”
Kelsie Z, owner of Sugar Cube Press

“Michelle, I just wanted to extend our thanks again for Saturday night’s photo shoot with our crazy little family.  Your care and patience with all of us was wonderful and most appreciated.  Samantha, as maybe we all were, was exhausted by the time we got home but I know she had such a wonderful time and enjoyed playing with the bubbles, twirling, dressing up and just generally being a princess for the camera.  Your tenderness and patience with her in trying to capture the special moments was very evident and much appreciated. These are special times with her and for all of us and we will celebrate them for many years to come.”

“Being a photographer myself, it’s hard to choose one for my own family. I’m lucky that I work along side talented Michelle and I see her work from the start to finish & she is great! I’m honored to work along side her and I am even more honored for her to take my family photos.”
Kristy E, author and wedding photographer

“Shell is incredible, she exceeded my expectations. Her work is amazing, and from the moment I found her I knew I needed her to capture those special moments on my wedding day, and I’m so glad I did!!! Not only is she a great photographer, but she is also an amazing human being. I cant wait for her to do my maternity pictures someday♡ and then my baby’s pictures haha! Thanks a lot again Shell!”
Zoar & Edgar F.

“We had such a beautiful experience with Shell capturing our family and our little girl! Lo is normally really shy around people but Shell made her so comfortable and excited to have her picture taken :) Shell is great with the kids and makes you feel really comfortable in front of the camera! Will use her again for sure!”
Ashley R.

“I absolutely love working with Shell, so much so that I’ll keep booking with her, even though she no longer lives in my city. :)

Shell’s photos speak for themselves; they are soulful, colorful, full of natural light, nothing distracts from the beauty of your family and that captured moment. But what’s truly wonderful about working with Shell is Shell herself.She approaches every shoot with passion and excitement, making you feel like you’re her only client (don’t know how she does it since she has so many clients and her own busy family as well). She makes herself available to answer your questions prior to your shoot and on the day of the shoot she stays in close communication to make sure you optimize location, weather and lighting. She’s kind, she’s patient, she’s good with your cranky kids, she makes her sessions FUN.”


Family photo shoots are such an investment of money, energy, and (if you have little kids) sanity, and working with Shell takes so much of the pressure off because she gets it and – most importantly – she cares. She’s committed to making sure she gets the shots YOU want. Shell is simply the best!

“I learned about Shell not too long ago when a good friend of mine shared some photos of her family on Facebook and the moment I saw the pictures, I fell in love with Shell’s work. I went on her website and her portfolio took my breath away.
I have always wanted to display beautiful large canvas pictures of my family on my walls to cherish for life and being a perfectionist that I am I had not yet found someone that could deliver until I met Shell.
I had very specific requirements about the field and even the color of the flowers in the field and she searched and found the perfect location for me and sent me images to make certain it was to my liking. She helped me pick outfits for my girls and was available to me whenever I had a question about anything.
I waited a whole year and drove 4 hours in traffic with three small children to get to her and being the amazing photographer that she is, she managed to get all my tired kids to smile, laugh, look at the camera, and have fun while she was capturing the memories.
She was even more prepared than me and brought many props, blankets to sit on, and even little favors for my kids for the end of the session.
She is talented, kind, patient, and easy to work with. Her passion and love for photography shines through the creative work that she offers making every moment she capture a masterpiece to cherish for life. Thank you Shell for being such a beautiful person.”

Pegah R.

“Shell you’ve got a great eye, vision and personality that makes working with you fun and enjoyable. My kids always groan when we take family photos however with you they were laughing by the end. Our family photos along with the branding photos you took of me are outstanding. You’re ability to bring out people’s true personalities & expressions in each photo is a gift. We are so happy with our beautiful amazing photos”

Wendy R.

“Y’all definitely need to invest and book Shell as your next photographer! I immediately fell in love with her Instagram account and booked her for our new family pics with our 6 month old twin boys and also booked her for their 1st birthday photo session this December. Shell exceeded my needs and expectations for and on the day of the photo shoot. Shell responds quickly. And she will schedule a time to chat and discuss your desires and needs for the day of. My boys were a lil fussy and tired during the photo session but Shell came prepared with her props and went through her list as we had previously discussed and continuously photographed several different backgrounds and guided us on what to do. That is what I absolutely love about Shell…not only is she a super down to earth and a beautiful soul but she has this amazingly talented eye to take the most perfect unexpected photo without you having to stand and pose and feel incredibly awkward about it. She will talk and guide you on what to do so you will end up with beautifully taken photos. We used a combo of her’s and our props. We ended up with about 100 photos and I seriously loved every photo! I’m so so happy we chose her to capture our first family photos. I absolutely LOVE every photo! They are so perfect!!!”

Becky P.

“When it comes to pictures and understanding your needs, I cant think of any other person other than Michelle. She is an extremely talented and wonderful person who puts you at ease right from the consult to the actual day of your shoot. She is so hands on with the kids that my nervousness was decreased many manifold. Be it taking candid shots or otherwise she understands your needs and delivers it. She gave me some amazing memories to last a lifetime. Thanks Michelle!
Anu R.

“Shell 💕 thank you so much for these amazing photos! We are so excited to see the rest of them. We feel so blessed to have been able to work with you. I think the first time I contacted you about doing photos was about 3 1/2- 4 years ago. Due to my health and financial things we had to wait a little bit, but we were finally ready to schedule this year. It was 100% worth the wait.
You were so easy to work with and made us feel so at ease. We didn’t have to worry about how to sit, pose, or any of that. It was so natural and so comfortable. We had such a nice time. You made the location look even more beautiful than it is…. Us too 🤣
It was also a pleasure to work with and meet your son, Dylan. He is such a sweet young man and very good at helping you with everything. We appreciate him carrying our stuff too.
The photos have turned out beautifully. I’m speechless at how amazing they are. We are so happy to finally have our Wildflower photos. I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to take them. We cannot wait to see the rest.
I have known Shell for the majority of my life, which seems funny to say, but we’ve known each other since 4th grade. She has always been one of the nicest people I have ever known and she has never lost that. Although she will tell you that this career in photography was accidental, she was definitely meant to be behind the camera making people like us this happy.
Shell, you are truly remarkable and we are very grateful. Sending you lots prayers, love, and hugs. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Stephanie G

“I have always adored Shells photos and knew I wanted her to capture my family some day. I’m so happy we got the chance! I will cherish the beautiful pictures forever Shell! You have an amazing talent and your warmth shines through in all the pictures.. You will always be highly recommended in my eyes!”

Liz B.

“Shell did an all-around AMAZING job for me and my new business! I truly believe she (and her work products) are worth every cent. I was able to remove all of the stock photos I had originally on my website and replace them with Shell’s photos – I finally believe my website looks professional and truly shows my love of animals. I would highly recommend Wildflower Studio Photography to anyone who is looking for fantastic photos from a relaxing photo session, especially if they have a pet who is nervous around strangers.”

Melissa W.

“We are beyond thrilled with Shell’s pictures of our family!!! She really took the time to listen to what we wanted, and created an easy and natural photo shoot. Shell is so unbelievably talented, and her work beautifully captures each moment.”

Patrice N.

“We absolutely LOVED our experience with Shell!! She truly is an AMAZING photographer that captured the essence of our family during our maternity shoot. I can not wait to see how our newborn pictures come out once we meet our baby girl!!”

Monica S.

“Shell is super down to earth and incredibly talented. She took the time to review my Pinterest board, asked for background on my husband and myself, and took to heart all the details we discussed in our pre-shoot consult. I wasn’t sure of a good place so Shell went out herself and researched and found a great spot that was conducive to all the ideas we wanted to incorporate in our photos (flower field, skateboarding, beach). She brought ideas of her own to the photo shoot based on what she learned about us, as well as incorporating ideas we requested before hand. She even brought her own props for us to use!! It was easy to be relaxed and natural with her behind the camera, and she did an amazing job of keeping the shoot moving and changing things around as necessary. The result was just what were looking for! The photos don’t look fake or forced at all, they represent who we are at this time in our life and they are incredibly beautiful! Thanks Shell!!””

Anna C.

 “I have been waiting to work with Shell for at least five years now. As expected she blew us away with her beautiful photography. The pictures she took are just magical. I’m beyond thrilled that we got to connect!”

Jennifer R.

“I cannot say enough about how much I ADORE Shell’s work! She has the eye and the passion for photography and it is captured in each and every one of her photographs! She sits with you and goes over every detail prior to your shoot and she truly makes you feel special and like your photoshoot is the only photoshoot! Pure spotlight moment! I highly recommend her!!”

Julia Kay

“I’m speechless! Today was such an amazing day and such a beautiful experience! I had no idea what a milk bath session was, but I highly recommend it to all the mommy’s our there that are expecting. It’s a very relaxing and such soothing time. Im absolutely in LOVE with the session, I had a great time! Can’t wait to be pregnant again and do it all over again!(PS. I’m not ,due until March and I’m already thinking of baby and session #2)  Shell, I’m extremely satisfied and super excited to show off my pictures to my family and friends! I LOVE your work, you make it soo soo sooo much fun. Thanks again, I will forever remember this day.”

Sandy N.

“Shell is absolutely amazing! Not only is she an extremely skilled photographer, but she’s such an amazing person as well! She has a laid back vibe, but gives you direction to help you look your best. To top it all off, she really takes the time to get to know you, your vibe, and the goals and ideas you have for the photos. I had a blast! I can’t say enough positive things about Shell and the whole experience!”

Stephanie W.

“Shell~ Thank you sooo much for yesterday. We had the best time! Everyone felt so happy and comfortable!!!! Just loved the whole experience! Cannot stop talking about your ability to make us feel at ease and beautiful..you have a true gift! Our family feels so lucky to have spent time with you!”

Anna H.

“Shell is very talented! She is great at getting perfect pictures that capture great moments of you and your family. Wish I found her sooner.”

Cara S.

“Shell, you are so fantastic to work with! Thank you so much for taking so much time to make sure that our session was perfect! I love that you took the time to talk and plan before the photo shoot. You captured some amazing moments!! Sophie was a super cute mermaid, and I am amazed at the photos! Even when she was through with pictures, you still captured some amazing family moments, Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to schedule another session next year.”

Rebecca L.

“Shell’s work exceeded any expectation that I had prior to our session. I could not be more pleased with the process and outcome! She drives the planning process through consultation services and offers her creative ideas before and during the photo session. Her vision, patience and careful calculation of nature’s light equated to magnificent family photos. I highly recommend Wildflower Studio Photography! Thank you, Shell!!”

Jodi R.

Wildflower Studio specializes in creating soulful, custom portraits & authentic lifestyle photography, intimate weddings & elopements, as well as Empowerment Coaching for Women all over the world.Based in California
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