Reviews

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Michele was everything we could have asked for and more! We can’t recommend her any more highly. After meeting her for the first time we knew she was the only one who could match our laid-back attitude but desire for incredible wedding pictures. She did not disappoint! To say our wedding pictures are amazing is an understatement – they are INCREDIBLE. The entire experience was enjoyable, and the moments she captured are priceless – and somehow she made it seem like she wasn’t there at all! From first meet to finished project, Michele was fantastic and went above and beyond. Thank you so much Michele, we are eternally grateful. -K and J

Jonathan Dunlap

I don’t even know where to start with this review (Michele was our wedding photographer in Beaver Creek, CO). Michele is now a part of our family and I couldn’t be more thankful for her as a person and her amazing work. We had an extremely hard year with family illness and on top of that, my husband and I moved across the country while planning a destination wedding. Since I couldn’t meet Michele in person, we had a FaceTime date and I fell in love with her immediately. Her work is amazing and I really wanted candid, real moments and not staged. She was a pleasure to work with through the planning process and the day of, well she just blew it out of the park. My husband is a bit shy and Michele made him feel super comfortable and all of our pictures prove her crazy talent. She was a joy to have around all day and so much so that we booked a day after wedding photo shoot at sunset. Simply gorgeous. She is creative, thoughtful and kind and a great listener. Our pictures couldn’t be better. Now the problem is selecting which ones to include in our album! I recommend Michele and Once West 100%

Mallory Beausir

Michele is not only the best photographer I have ever met, she is also one of the best people I have ever met. Michele’s work is simply stunning and you will not be disappointed with the many small moments she seems to catch during your wedding or special event. From the initial meeting, to the event itself, Michele is always available to answer questions and make you feel as though your event is the only thing in the world that matters. Michele is professional and friendly and she goes above and beyond to make sure you have the absolute best experience possible. I have referred Michele to many of my friends and will continue to do so. Thanks for being so awesome!!

Megan Hand

Michele made my husband and I feel so comfortable during our engagement pictures. We knew she would do an amazing job the day of. She was much more than a great photographer, she helped calm our nerves by keeping us on schedule that day and made us feel special by adding personal notes and touches to the finishing product she delivered. One of the best decisions we made was having her photograph our wedding and now we get to enjoy those pictures for a lifetime! You won’t be sorry by making the same decision!

Caroline Pace

Michele and her husband took the photos for our wedding in Beaver Creek, CO and they are PERFECT! I had wanted pictures that captured real moments, that were candid and not stiff — I got exactly that, and pictures that are more beautiful than I could have imagined. When I look at them now, it’s like I’m reliving our wonderful day. They were so easy to work with, a pleasure to have around on our wedding day (you didn’t even really notice they were there but they still caught every moment!), reasonably priced, and very responsive. I would recommend them 100%!!

Lesley Harley

Michele at Once West is the absolute best. She was our wedding photographer and she truly captured the beauty and spirit of the day while somehow also remaining unobtrusive to what was going on. She was incredibly organized with the family and wedding party photos and we have many, many images we will cherish forever.

We loved her work for our wedding so much that we also recently had her come to our new house and do a photo shoot with us and our puppy! It was such a laid back and fun experience and the photos are incredible! We are so impressed with her artistry and have thoroughly enjoyed working with her. Regardless of the event, Michele has a true talent for capturing authentic moments and creating images that will take you back to that day!

Matthew Eckenhoff

Michele has documented major events in our lives for the past 10 years. From our engagement photos, to our wedding, two pregnancies and three children, she has used her exceptional talent to create a photographic journal of our lives over the years. I cannot rave about Michele enough. Her work speaks for itself, but she is a genuine great human being. She is so comfortable to be around and makes you feel so at ease.

I recommend Michele to anyone that is looking for a photographer. I fully trust her instincts and her work and creativity continues to amaze me. You don’t get any better than Michele!

Kimberly Boulton

You could not ask for a better wedding photographer experience than what you get with Michele! She is exceedingly talented, friendly, easy to communicate with, and laid back while still being very effective. She has a great eye for angles and views that results in beautiful wedding photos! She is great at helping organize photos with family and the wedding party without it feeling overly choreographed. She was able to capture all of the important moments at the wedding without being a huge presence that takes away from the rest of the guests experience. She has a calm presence that made first look photos fun and personal between my husband and me- thank you!! She was one of the first vendors we chose and I would choose her again and again. You will not regret choosing Once West to capture your wedding!

Hannah Levorsen

I want to speak about my experience with Michele. First, I have to say the most valuable service of my wife Shannon and my wedding were the by far the photos. Maybe because they turned out so nice or maybe it was the type of care and attention we received from our service from Michele on our special day. What I know in my heart is that our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without the top-notch service we received from Michele. We are eternally grateful and humbled by the excellent product that was delivered shortly after our wedding date. We were so anxious waiting for our photos on our honeymoon and when they were delivered we were absolutely amazed at the thoughtfulness and quality of our photos. Thank you for our wonderful experience and the memories we will share forever through the artistic and professional photos you captured on our wedding day. Book Once West photography asap!

Steve Sato

Without Michele my wedding would not have been what it was ! My husband and I were so grateful for her (and Mark) every single step of the way. She is like having another best friend by your side on your wedding day, except she is also an INCREDIBLE photographer. Michele provided us such beautiful wedding photos that we will cherish the rest of our lives. I will recommend Michele to every one I know for the rest of my life, because the joy and memories she brought our wedding will stay with us forever! Choose Michele and you will forever be grateful you did !! She truly loves what she does and cares about each and every couple deeply and exactly that is why we wanted her by our side on our wedding day. Thank you so much!!!!’

Shannon Santangelo

Michele was INCREDIBLE! We were searching for a photographer who would deliver beautiful, classic and authentic wedding photos and she provided that and more. Every picture on our ‘wish list’ was captured but none of it was staged or forced. Michele made everyone feel so comfortable and at ease. The photos are beautiful and we feel so lucky to have such lovely reminders of a day that was so special to us.

Katherine Winfrey

Michele photographed both my wedding and the end of the first year with my daughter. She’s incredible and creates such a wonderful, relaxed experience. I’ve done another shoot with another photographer and my daughter and it felt exhausting as we moved around trying to get just the right shot and pose and pose and pose. Michele came to my home and it was so easy. My daughter was relaxed, I enjoyed it. We didn’t stress to wear the exact, matching right things and get the perfect shot. She captured us, the way we are, at home. My husband saw the photos and said: she’ll look back at these and know what a good Mom you are. Swoon. Michele captures real life in your home with your things around you, your pets in the background. It helps you remember the reality of everything you lived, what was there, where you were. I’ll cherish these photos forever. They are beautiful, authentic, and gorgeous.

Leslie Rapparlie

Michele and Mark were amazing! They did such a beautiful job capturing our wedding day. They were very professional, organized and did just the right amount of coaching for photos, but captured great candid moments as well. The photos came so fast and we got all of them on a flash drive to keep. We have been cherishing our photos for the last year and a half. I would absolutely choose to work with them again and recommend them to anyone I know with events in the areas they are working! You will not be disappointed!

Lindsay Lafferty

We had an amazing experience with Michele and Mark! From the moment we met them for our engagement photos it was comfortable, fun and easeful to work with them both! They were always willing to make our ideas happen and caught such magical moments! The wedding was truly spectacular and they were flexible, worked with the weather, and were always present but never in the way. They captured the essence of our wedding, the vibrancy of colors, love, laughter and celebration were magnified in every photo. THANK YOU!!

Elizabeth Keltner

We cannot recommend Michele highly enough, if your looking for a professional who will capture moments that will move you and leave you in awe you must contact OnceWest! Michele amazed us with her keen ability to capture personality in her photos. Rather than having us do posed uncomfortable shots she literally just hung out with us and captured who we are – in real life – and it shows in the photographs! She’s super easy to work with, flexible with scheduling and packages, and has a quick turnaround time. I’m so glad we chose to go with her for our photos and will truly treasure them forever.

Karri Burgess

Hands down the best decision of our wedding life! Michele and Mark was our first decision made while wedding planning. Why? Because their website made me believe that they were going to an unbelievable job – it even made me cry because I knew they were the ONLY photographers I wanted to shoot our wedding. Then, I spoke to Michele on the phone and any of my worries were put to rest. She had this whole photography thing under control. From the moment we met them, the entire day was smooth and they kept the entire day on track. They were constantly snapping pictures and looking back, they caught every moment. It was so much fun to look back on our day through ONCE WEST’s work. Thank you Michele and Mark, we would recommend you to anyone and everyone! We can’t rave about you two enough!

Jamienne Price

I have worked with Michele for many years. Every time my clients take my recommendation and hire Michele I know they are going to get the most outstanding service and love their photos for many years to come. Michele is fun, professional and very talented. Hire her and you’ll see why!

Elizabeth Long

Distinctive Mountain Events

Michele recently shot a family session for us and I can’t say enough about what a positive, enjoyable, stress-free experience this was for my family!  She is so comfortable to be around and my kids loved her and immediately felt at ease with her. Her vision for capturing your life season versus capturing stiff family poses is inspiring and different and so much more natural for those actually in front of the camera! We invited her to join us for one of our very favorite family rituals – Saturday morning pancakes. She captured this moment in time for us in such a beautiful, authentic way. She took the most beautiful, real-life photos of our kids, our home, our family, and our life. Looking through them brings tears to my eyes and gratitude for this season. These photos are a treasure and so is Michele.

Cori Cook

Cori Cook Floral Design