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Happy Birthday JT!

Wow, it’s been a crazy busy few weeks, and we have so many images to share with you. Weddings, engagements and family sessions galore. We are so blessed to work with the best clients out there. (Thank you again for your trust by the way!)

 

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However, I’m defaulting to another personal post to celebrate my baby boy’s 4th birthday! JT turns 4 and I don’t really know how to contain the joy that he brings me/us. Four years ago Gina’s and my life truly got richer with little guy. He is such a comical, joyful, tenderhearted, warrior-spitfire. Truly, a blessing! For those of you that have already met him, you know what I’m talking about. For those who have yet to meet him, watch out! He’s going to take over the world.:)

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Happy Birthday JK!

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I have the distinct privilege and honor of being a daddy. Not much else in this world moves me as much as seeing the adoration and love in our boys’ eyes when they look up to me. Today is Jk’s 7th birthday and I’m still at a loss of how FAST time goes by! You’ve read it here before and I’ll say it again – soak life up! Invest in people, moments, memories, and most importantly, in the things that last. Time is one thing we can’t control and we have limited resource of. Be sure you’re putting your share into the more important things – the more eternal things. I’m so thankful to the Lord for the role I have in this little guy’s life. He’s such a blessing to me – I can only pray, hope and try to be a bigger one to him. Happy birthday little buddy!

~ Mike

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Carmel Wedding with Teri Lynn and Barry

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What does a groom feel as he sees his soon-to-be wife walking down the isle in her beautiful gown? Nervousness, excitement, something unexplainable yet a overwhelming feeling of joy, perhaps? We are truly blessed to be able to capture those lovely jitters a groom gets as his eyes lay sight on his beautiful bride. Teri Lynn and Barry are quite simply put, “completely into each other”. The love they share is extremely cute and you can just tell they’ll have a lifetime full of joy. We had the privilege of photographing their special moments in Carmel at The Church of the Wayfarer and just love these two! With so much fun, beauty, and love wrapped up in one day, it just couldn’t get better. Enjoy a few images from their special day…

 

 

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Monterey Engagement Session With Leah and Keith

Just a couple weeks ago, I got the wonderful opportunity to capture the love between Leah and Keith. These two are a very special couple indeed. It’s truly amazing to see them in their own element, expressing the love they have for one another. I was driving along my commute to the studio and saw a field of greenery and flowers and thought, who do I want to photograph there? Leah and Keith came for a visit here in Monterey and Carmel, and I thought, what a perfect couple to photograph in my new found field!:)They’ll tie the knot at Lake Oak Meadows in Temecula, CA later this summer,  where they will share their actual “first kiss”. (How sweet is that!!). Thanks Leah and Keith for choosing us to be your photographers and friends. We can’t wait until your big day!

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Palo Alto Engagement Session with Kristen and Matt

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Although we’ve been a little lagging on our blog entries (:)), it’s a pleasure to share with you a glimpse into the love of Kristen and Matt! We get the privilege of photographing their wedding coming up at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley later this year, and couldn’t be more excited for them. A few months ago we set out to capture incredible images of these two love birds in their own element, having fun. Kristen and Matt are two awesome people! Here are but a few of our favorites to enjoy!

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palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639
palo alto engagement sessions photographer ©2013 Mike Steelman Photographers. All Rights Reserved. 1.800.925.1639

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Monterey Family Photography – Special Moments

In addition to our wedding photography specialty in Monterey Bay, we also do several family photos throughout the year. Our favorites are when the families we get to work with invite us into their homes and we get to capture the “real” part of who they are. We’re currently editing through some absolutely adorable photos of 6 month old baby Reed and his big brother Max, but have to share with you a precious glimpse into the love this family shares. Me being a dad, this speaks to my heart…

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Lots more to share, and I know we haven’t been the best bloggers, but feel free to follow us on Facebook. And for a more personal aspect of our lives, enjoy the ride with us on Twitter and Instagram!

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Thirst Relief Mentor Auction!

Every year thirst relief international partners with the wedding & portrait photography industry and organizes a mentor auction where you can bid on a favorite mentor & use ‘em up for 90 minutes! What’s more important is that 100% of the money goes to helping save lives by providing clean drinking water to some of the near 1 BILLION people in the world who don’t have access to it. There are millions of people who die each year by drinking contaminated water, 90% of which are under the age of 5. Thirst Relief helps to save those lives, and I’m proud to join forces with them and offer something back.

This year I’m honored to be participating once again with wedding and portrait photography industry leaders & offering a 90 minute mentoring session to go over whatever you’d like in your business. This can be at at our studio in Monterey, over Skype, or over the phone. Even if you’re NOT a photographer, you can still bid too! (I could teach you how to use that camera you just got for Christmas, have a major Q&A, or we can just blow it off & go fishing and have a blast!).

So anyway, give a little to where it hurts to make it count and help donate to a great cause! It’s a WIN-WIN either way you look at it. Ohh, the auction is only on FROM 11PM TONIGHT TILL 11PM ON SUNDAY!!  So get on it & bid away! I’d be honored to received your bid for sure.

My winner will receive a 4 month PRO account from Pictage and ShootQ plus samples abums, $300 towards VisionArt Book, and a chance to shadow Gina and I at a wedding in Monterey Bay/Carmel. Happy Bidding!

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Weddings Overlooking the Pacific Ocean

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Our second to the last wedding of the year consisted of a private estate wedding with Jade and Daniele, with a gorgeous view overlooking the Pacific Ocean just south of Carmel. Even though the day included some rain, the weather cleared up enough for some incredible photos to be had. And of course, we took advantage of it… Here’s a teaser!

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A teaser from Teri and Barry’s Carmel Wedding

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Happy New Year friends! I just realized that we haven’t posted yet in the new year, so alleviate that, I want to share a quick teaser of the beauty of Terri and Barry on their wedding day. The Carmel day was gorgeous and really makes me thankful that we live and get to work in such a beautiful place. I just love how Pebble Beach fades into the background on this image. Congratulations again to Terri and Barry! I look forward to sharing more images of your gorgeous day.

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merry christmas from Mike Steelman Photographers

Merry Christmas to you! We want to wish you and your family a very blessed holiday that is filled with hope, joy and love.
May the miracle of hope and peace found in Jesus fill your hearts. God bless!

~ Mike and Gina (JK & JT in the photo above too!)

P.S. The studio will be closed until December 27th but be sure to send in those new inquiries…we’re booking up 2013 quickly.
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