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A collection of stories about the people I photograph and the adventures I take around the Mountain West.
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ABOUT

Hi there! I’m Michele, owner of ONCE WEST. I photograph weddings and families in Colorado & Idaho with a mission to create authentic, joy-filled photographs honoring the simple fact that we never get the same moment twice. When I’m not working you’re most likely to find me camping or flying with my husband (and bff) somewhere around the Mountain West.

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Boulder Wedding at Kelly Urban Farm: Katie & Cole

Katie & Cole wed at Kelly Urban Farm in Boulder.  This is their story in photographs... Katie giving her brother a little tutorial on how to smooth out her so-called back fat: Laura of Lumme Creations delivering Katie her bouquet: The in-between moments during...

There are no roads to Oregon’s Minam River Lodge

Minam River Lodge is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been.  Up until two years ago, I had no idea such a place existed.  Minam is located deep in Oregon’s Wallowa mountains surrounded by the protected lands of the Eagle Cap  Wilderness.  The only way to access Minam is...

All About At-home Family Sessions

WHAT IS AN AT-HOME FAMILY SESSION? At-home family sessions are family “portrait” sessions that take place at home.  However, they’re far less about portraits and more about capturing the everyday life and season that you’re in as a family. HOW it works I encourage you...

The culmination of a two year pursuit of new dreams (part 3)

The day I returned home from All You Witness my heart was full like it had never been before.  I felt truly seen and heard and cared for in a way I didn’t know I needed.  I was shown how to better see and care for those that stepped in front of my camera.  I’d finally...

The year everything changed (part 1)

New state. New house. New marriage dynamic. New business name. New business model. New perspective. I was craving change, and change was exactly what I got.  I guess you’d have to go back two years, to 2017, for it all to make sense.  Mark & I had owned our...