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  • Thanks for stopping by! We're Mike & Gina Steelman, a husband & wife photographer team that believe in so much more than just great photos. We want to Create Art from Your Beauty™. Below are glimpses of our professional and personal life, with notes and images that show just a tiny bit of our passion. We're excited to be doing something that we love & are eager to connect with you. We're all about keeping it real & want you to have fun. That's why we're committed to giving you a great experience in addition to awesome images of the highest caliber. There are tons of photographers out there with nice sites, but you need to be able to connect and trust yours. That's why we're here...

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SF Bay Area Wedding with Jackie and Roberto – Teasers

Mike Steelman Bay Area Weddings ©2014 www.mikesteelman.com

We can’t wait until Jackie and Roberto come into the studio for their Premiere Party! Here are a few favorites from their special day held at the San Mateo Marriott! It was such a beautiful day filled with friends and family from all over. And of course, Jackie and Roberto rocked their day like no other. We’ll be sure to post their wedding and details after they get to see them first.:)Enjoy!

Mike Steelman Bay Area Weddings ©2014 www.mikesteelman.com
Mike Steelman Bay Area Weddings ©2014 www.mikesteelman.com
Mike Steelman Bay Area Weddings ©2014 www.mikesteelman.com

 

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Carmel Valley Weddings: “Throwback Thursday” – Holman Ranch Wedding

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Yes friends, we have thousands of gorgeous images hiding in our archives (that we’ve never shared!), so we decided to take a little trip down memory lane. Melissa and Shawn’s wedding took place in Carmel Valley at one of our favorite venues Holman Ranch. It’s amazing how fast time goes by! Not only were Shawn and Melissa amazing clients, they are great friends now! And they weren’t the only ones who loved their wedding photos, so did Ceremony Magazine! Their images were published in the 2013 print issue, as well as featured on their Ceremony Blog. This amazing couple just brought home twin baby boys recently too! It’s such a special privilege to be trusted with one’s most special day. Thanks for your trust, and enjoy the pictures!

 

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San Francisco Engagement Photography: Kristin and Kyle

San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area

“That time…

…when you lean in, feel the cold wind chilling your face and messing up your hair; not worrying about work or the stresses of life; that moment when your body is pressed up against the your significant other, feeling their warmth, their heartbeat; totally focused and blinded by the love you share; the rain falling around you, the rush of life passing down the wet streets of the bridge behind you; the unforgiving, restless sea tossing around you…and there, in that time, you find yourself in each other’s eyes.

Yep, that moment. Captured. Frozen. Remembered. Cherished. That’s what we do.”

Mike & Gina Steelman
©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers.

 

San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area

 

Yup. That happened. A rainbow to make an awesome day even awesomer. (Just made that word up too.)

San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area
San Francisco Engagement Photography by Mike Steelman. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers San Francisco Weddings Bay Area

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Pebble Beach Engagement Photography ~ Teaser

Pebble Beach Wedding Photography, Pebble Beach Engagement Photography. ©2014 Mike Steelman Photographers

Hi friends! We’ve been in a whirlwind here lately with our newest little addition joining us (welcome baby Jameson! Keep an eye out for an updated post all about our new bundle of joy). In the meantime, we wanted to share a quick teaser of yesterday’s engagement session with Taylor and Sam in Pebble Beach. Sometimes the light and the framing is so perfect you just want to pull over and enjoy it! They’re getting married this July and we are SO looking forward to their special day. There’s lots more to come so hang on… enjoy!

 

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Carmel Marriage Proposal – Point Lobos

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Let’s start this year off right! This is our first blog post of the year, and it’s kind of fitting that it’s of an engagement proposal. This time of year, we have a lot of clients that are getting (or just recently may have gotten) engaged and are now beginning their journey of the wedding planning. A couple of weeks ago, Nate contacted me about a photo session. He and his girlfriend Beth were visiting Carmel and Nate thought ahead. He’s my kind of guy, planning a romantic way to propose! So of course, Gina and I being the ninja photographers that we are, got excited for the thrill of documenting such an awesome, life changing experience. (I love these sessions!). But to shoot at Point Lobos can be a little tricky if you’re trying to be discreet about it, maintain the element of surprise, and get awesome background. So I came up with a plan.

Gina is currently 9 months pregnant and about to have our third baby in the next week or so (woohoo!). So what do a husband and pregnant wife photography team do to take advantage of such an awesome baby bump experience? Yep, plan a casual and quick maternity session at…you guessed it, Point Lobos.:)So I told Nate about three weeks ago an approximate location to drive down to, where he’ll see a dude in a black hat taking photos of his wife’s baby bump. Park, take a walk past us up to the left (sunset light and background in MY mind), and we’ll go from there. So he did. Of course, as they walked by, we said hi and commented on the gorgeous day that is was, and Beth congratulated Gina. As they passed us about 25 ft away, she tried taking a photo of the two of them by doing the ol’ hand held selfie. I, of course, offered to take their photo for them with their camera. After the photo, Nate walked over to me to get the camera and mentioned under his breath that he’s going to do it now.

No prob. I’m on it.

He walks back to her, and I walked back to continue snapping pictures of my wife. Watching out of the corner of my eye, I see Nate drop before the love of his life on bended knee. Are you kidding me? We couldn’t contain the chills and smiles all across our faces! How beautiful! Beth didn’t even realize I was taking photos of them because 1) the obvious focus on her man and 2) I alternated photos between her and Gina.:)

Annnnnnd….she said YES!

(whew)

What a fun couple these two are. Congratulations Nate and Beth!! We’re so happy for you both.

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

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Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

Mike Steelman Photographers CARMEL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY ©2013 All Rights Reserved. www.mikesteelman.com

 

 

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Carmel Valley Family Portraits

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It’s that time of year again! Yes, the family portrait. Many people get overwhelmed with the idea of it all, but here at MSP we love them! Yes it’s true, you won’t see much on our website portfolio other than weddings, but that’s why we have a blog too!:)We encourage you to embrace the fun of it! The time with your family (captured in authentic, cherished moments) is something I guarantee you’ll never regret! So get out there and spend some fun time together. Take for example Susanne and her family: We spent some time hanging on a recent morning in Carmel Valley and, of course, I (Mike) get to let my inner kid out and connect with the little ones! What a blast. Here are some favorites from our time together…

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