About Me - michellevalantine

I specialize in capturing people...those you love, and those who love you.


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what I enjoy capturing:

 when a couple makes eye contact and laughs

when the bride appears at the end of the aisle and everyone stands

sparkler exits  

colorful skies

children running

families laughing 

holding hands  

First Looks

rings and sparkly things




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more about me

Where are you located?

I am based out of Norman, OK.

Tell me about yourself.

I love flowers, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, animals (especially baby ones), coffee and homemade chocolate chip cookies with pecans.  I am kind, sensitive, and feel very passionately.  My favorite time of day is the morning, when the day feels full of potential and possibility.   I am a single mom to a beautiful young tween who is growing a little fuller into her own self each and every day.  I am a dog owner.  And family dinner on Sunday night with my Mom, daughter and brother is sacred time to me.  

Your Mom is a photographer?

A passionate one, yes!  She is a member of the OKC Camera Club, where she joins them on photowalks and field trips to scenic locations.    She is my Wedding Assistant, who helps me brainstorm image ideas, composition, and shooting techniques.  She carries my lenses and lighting equipment, helps me find locations, second shoots, and gives me unconditional support and encouragement.  She is quick to smile and easy to laugh.  And together, we capture the moments, people and memories that come together to tell the story of your wedding day.

What do you do?  

I am a light seeking photographer based out of Norman, OK.  I specialize in capturing connection in beautiful light through authentic and joyful expression.        

What's the next step?  

Contact me so we can grab a cup of coffee to discuss the who, what, when, where and why!

What happens after our session?  

Approximately 2 weeks after your session, you will be given access to your password protected gallery.  Your gallery will expire 1 week from the date of your gallery showing.  

Why should I hire you?  

I am very passionate about what I do.  Photography is one of those things where time stops for me, as I get lost in my creative brain capturing pure moments of expression.  I have no idea if you should hire me or not, I'll leave that decision to you.  But when I am hired, I will be very passionate about delivering an amazing gallery of beautiful images to you.  

What made you become a photographer?

It was during a time in my life when everything that I thought I knew about my future was falling apart all around me.  In that desperation of trying to find the ground under my feet, I took a photography class.  Something just for me.  And what I soon discovered was that photography was all about capturing beauty.  Little teeny tiny fleeting moments of beauty.   Moments I could manipulate, transform, and witness in the world around me.  I clung onto that with every fiber of my being.  

What does being a photographer give you?  Hope.  My clients hire me to capture some of the most amazing memories in their lives...engagements, weddings, pregnancies and births.  Being asked to document these occasions, witnessing the love that people feel for one another...well, it's simply the most beautiful thing in the world.  

How did you start your photography journey?  

I knew if I was going to gain any sense of mastery over my new camera, I needed to take pictures...and lots of them!  I tried to think...who needs pictures?  A friend suggested I call Second Chance Animal Sanctuary (SCAS) to ask if they could use a photographer to shoot images of their animals waiting for adoption.  They did!  And for the next 3 years, I went every week to photograph their animals.  That time period was incredibly meaningful for me.  My hope being someone might see an image I had taken, feel an immediate soul connection, and give that animal love, trust and safety.    

SCAS will always hold a special place in my heart.  During the slower winter months, I go back when I can to donate my time.  And to this day, when someone asks to bring their four-legged family member to the shoot, I say "Yes, please!"  Capturing connection is my passion, and when I witness it, the world becomes a brighter place for me.  

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Above and left:  Me and my Mom on location.

Below:  In order to obtain varying perspectives during the processional, my Mom hangs back behind the bride so she captures the crowd of family and friends eagerly awaiting the bride's arrival to the ceremony.  Meanwhile, I position myself along the inside of the aisle to capture the bride being escorted towards her groom.

Some of My Favorite Things

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