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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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Carmel Engagement Session w/Whitney and Tom

carmel wedding photographer, mike steelman photographers. Copyright 2012 all rights reserved.

I love it that we get to work with only the raddest (yes I said “raddest”!) clients out there! Whitney and Tom are getting married out of state next year and wanted to get some photos here in Carmel and Monterey, so we put our order in for a gorgeous day and that’s exactly what we got. These two are super sweet and we’re so stoked for them! Congrats again Whitney and Tom! Here are just a few glimpses into some of the fun…

 

Carmel wedding photographer, Mike Steelman Photographers_0017 Copyright 2012 all rights reserved.
Carmel wedding photographer, Mike Steelman Photographers_0016 Copyright 2012 all rights reserved.

 

 

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Casa Real Wedding with David and Alanna – Teaser

We were so blessed to work with an incredible couple at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery recently. (Congratulations David and Alanna!). We couldn’t have asked for a better day and are super pleased with the images we were able to create. We’re busy editing through making the images the best they can be, but couldn’t help but post a few teasers. Enjoy!

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We love first looks! Such a joy and intimacy between just the bride and groom, and moments they’ll cherish for a lifetime.
casa real wedding photographer ruby hill winery ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Do not remove watermark.
casa real wedding photographer ruby hill winery ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Do not remove watermark.
casa real wedding photographer ruby hill winery ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Do not remove watermark.

I love the passion of their first dance!

casa real wedding photographer ruby hill winery ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Do not remove watermark.
casa real wedding photographer ruby hill winery ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Do not remove watermark.
casa real wedding photographer ruby hill winery ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Do not remove watermark.

Congrats again David and Alanna! Can’t wait to share the rest with you…

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Soak Up Life!

One of the most incredible motivations that Gina and I have behind the scenes that spills out into everything we do is that of our children. These two blessings truly help bring out the heart in us and help to shape who we are, how, and why we do things. It is by these two little rugrats God has blessed us with that, I believe, helps make our work that much richer and authentic. The joy of life as exhibited from our children helps remind us that those special moments we all share (fill in your most special life moment here _______________) are awesome life experiences and that we shouldn’t ever take them for granted, but instead, cherish them deeply. To see our little guys’ eyes light up at the little things that we as adults take for granted is just plain awesome. Too many times during the day or week we get lost in the hustle-bustle of life and sometime might possibly miss out on those things that are most important after all. Don’t do that. Take a minute to slow down, listen in a new way that you haven’t before. See your loved one for who God has made them to be, and treasure every second with them.

I saw that both my boys were in a wonderful mood, full of joy and giggling like only kids can. I couldn’t help but laugh with them and of course, take full advantage of their beautiful smiles! Thanks for sharing my joy with me here on this post. Now get out there and look for an opportunity to invest in your loved ones – or even in a stranger – and soak up life.

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NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour in Monterey

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When a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes your way, you just gotta grab your camera and go! The sight of a space shuttle “piggy backing” on a Boeing 747 jet flying over your home is pretty rad. I can’t help but wonder what it’s like to be that pilot carrying such a load! Here are a few images I got this morning from just down the street. It’s kind of neat to think that this will never happen again and that these images are truly once in a lifetime shots, especially to remind my boys what they saw today. Enjoy the images!

(*As I post this, the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds are taking off from the Monterey airport. Yup, the little boy in me is jumping up and down and getting excited.)

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San Francisco Engagement Session with Carrie + Bill

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We have said it before, but one of our favorite things in life is working with the most incredible clients! After chatting with Bill and Carrie about their wedding at Carmel Valley Ranch, we knew that these two would be a great fit with us. You can’t deny how cute they look together. The love between them is amazing and you can definitely see how much fun they have together. The excitement of being married within just a few weeks spilled out in their engagement session that we did in San Francisco. Overlooking Crissy Field and the beauty of the city, we were able to combine a little of the “city feel” and mix it with a little nature. The fog rolling in did nothing but add to the authenticity!

We’re looking forward to creating more incredible images at their wedding. Thank you Bill and Carrie for giving us the honor of being your photographers. Here’s to more magical moments…

*Mixed it up a little with Radio Poppers and some killer 580EXII’s

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san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco wedding san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement session
san francisco weddings san francisco engagement sessions
san francisco wedding san francisco engagement session
san francisco wedding san francisco engagement session

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Monterey Peninsula Country Club Weddings + Fog!

What do you get when you mix a little coastal fog with a beautiful couple, lots of love, fabulous friends, lavish details, and a wonderful Pebble Beach wedding venue? The answer is “gorgeousness”! Here are but a few favorite teasers from Barbara and Max’s wedding at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club that we adore…

Pebble Beach Wedding Photographer Mike Steelman
Pebble Beach Wedding Photographer Mike Steelman
Pebble Beach Wedding Photographer Mike Steelman
Pebble Beach Wedding Photographer Mike Steelman
Pebble Beach Wedding Photographer Mike Steelman

Congrats again Barbara and Max! We can’t wait to finish editing through all of your awesome images.

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DIAMONDS! (Ok honey, quit drooling)

We’ve been loving the rings from our recent wedding couples! Here are just a few shots of the shiny, breathtaking, little powerful rocks that symbolize a deep commitment. 

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diamond wedding rings. ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Carmel Weddings
diamond wedding rings. ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Carmel Weddings
diamond wedding rings. ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Carmel Weddings
diamond wedding rings. ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Carmel Weddings
diamond wedding rings. ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Carmel Weddings
diamond wedding rings. ©2012 Mike Steelman Photographers. Carmel Weddings

Even though it’s just a precious metal and a rock, the symbolism of a wedding ring is so powerful – that you’ve given yourself to someone else for the rest of your life. It truly is a very special gift!

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