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Disregarding trends.  Photographs focused on what matters…

the stories that run deep
the history that spans generations
and the simple fact that we never get the same moment twice

The beauty of photographs is that they will grow old with you.

5, 10, 50 years from now they will take you back to a moment in time.  A day filled with a million fleeting moments that go by in the blink of an eye.  As your photographer, I promise to record your first day of marriage beautifully & authentically…and give you photographs that will bring you joy for a lifetime.

My role is to witness and record, to see your life through your eyes…not mine.

The moments that collectively make up your wedding day are not for me to manipulate or interject.  And guess what?  You can have the most beautiful photographs of your life without doing a damn thing for the camera.




OnceWest is about YOU.  Your story.  Your history.  Your legacy.  Marriage is one of life’s greatest adventures and finding the one you want to share the adventure with, one of life’s greatest gifts.  My role as your photographer is to honor you, your people and your memory so that your photographs will forever root you in what matters.


That’s me, Michele, the face behind OnceWest.  I am a seeker of truth, a lover of authenticity and joy.  I believe beauty lives in our flaws and that perfect is an illusion…that every story deserves to be recorded beautifully and remembered always.


Idaho-based.  Part-time in Silverthorne, Colorado.  Available to any couple, anywhere, that seeks authentic, story-telling photographs.



“We are beyond blown away by our pictures and our families cannot stop raving.  You were such a joy to work with throughout the entire process.  We loved your relaxed approach because we truly got to enjoy every moment of the day.  We cannot thank you enough.”

-Jamienne & Ryan