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Conversations with Michele Mabie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michele Mabie.

Hi Michele, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I began photography as a hobby, so long ago in film, but as my children grew older, I decided I wanted to pursue photography full time. Oddly enough, I dove right into wedding photography.

And I loved every minute of it. Although I only take a limited amount of weddings per year because I think for me now, destination weddings are a favorite. I love the travel, the excitement of the destination, and the adventure of a new place. We traveled quite a bit to the Georgia coast but we also traveled to California, Texas, North and South Carolina last year to name a few.

I also expanded quickly and really enjoy lifestyle/branding for small businesses and professionals. I enjoy working with businesses to help them tell their story in a very clear concise way representing their business visually. But, honestly, I love all kinds of photography and I love people so it’s a win-win for me.

I approach photography in a fun, creative way to explore and bring out the best in my clients.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Oh no, I don’t think any career is smooth sailing. Sometimes it’s the failures that give us the best feedback. Changing and evolving is a process we all go through in life and our careers.

I hope I have learned and continue to learn from my beginnings. I think as a visual, I knew in my head what I wanted to produce but the execution wasn’t there always and that was frustrating. And sometimes now it still is.

There were times I wanted to just quit but I didn’t and I’m so glad I didn’t.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I think one of my strengths is making people comfortable. The more relaxed they are the more authentic the images are. Sometimes I use prompts of action to get candid moments of laughter, emotions, or movement.

I love to tell the story whether it’s couples, family personality, or a business point of view.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
This week in Photo, The Candid Frame for a few podcasts For apps, Honeybook, script. The weather app helps, lol.

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