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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...

    We're based in the Monterey and SF Bay Areas, California & are available to travel everywhere. With a love for travel, it's a joy to document gorgeous weddings & photo-shoots across the country! Click the contact page & let us know about your plans. Be sure to click on the portfolio for more info & images, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below each post. Now sit back, relax, & enjoy...

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Lisa and Gil’s Monterey Engagement Session

monterey engagement sessions by mike steelman ©2012 all rights reserved.

One thing we absolutely love to do with our wedding clients is to hang with them before their wedding day. The connections we have and the friendships we build with our clients truly helps us create some of the most beautiful images that we’ve become known for. It really makes for that much more of a great experience! Here are Lisa and Gil, who are getting married tomorrow at the Intercontinental Hotel in Monterey. With Spring season upon us, we’re finding some killer places to shoot around the Monterey Bay! We’ve had the privilege of knowing Lisa and Gil for a long time and it’s such an honor to be a part of their special day! Tomorrow is going to be amazing.

monterey engagement sessions by mike steelman ©2012 all rights reserved.
monterey engagement sessions by mike steelman ©2012 all rights reserved.
monterey engagement sessions by mike steelman ©2012 all rights reserved.
monterey engagement sessions by mike steelman ©2012 all rights reserved.
monterey engagement sessions by mike steelman ©2012 all rights reserved.
monterey engagement sessions by mike steelman ©2012 all rights reserved.

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Hyatt Highlands Inn Wedding in Carmel

Well, it’s been quite the month! March has been a rockin’ wedding and engagement month for sure. We’re honored to be a part of our couples’ lives and share on their journey together. It’s a special privilege to gain the trust of people…especially on their special wedding day.

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Meet Amber and Erik. These two are absolutely adorable! Their wedding was last week at the Highlands Inn in Carmel, and their love for each other is evident in all of the photos we created! Simply an amazing couple. Here are just a couple teasers for now… Enjoy!

carmel wedding photographer

carmel wedding photography

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Erin & Korey’s Monterey Plaza Hotel Wedding

What an amazing wedding Erin and Korey had last Saturday. We’re excited to have been able to help make it the best it can be. Their day was perfect at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa and we can’t wait to get through all of the images. Here are a couple favorites right off the bat. Congratulations again Erin and Korey!

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Anthony & Katelynn are Married!

Congratulations Anthony and Katelynn! You two are beginning a new chapter of amazing moments and happiness together! Thanks for allowing us to share in your joy.

Tonight’s wedding in Pebble Beach and Carmel was amazing.
There were so many details and awesome moments that were shared – we can’t wait to go through them all! For now, here are a few quick favorite teasers to enjoy from Anthony and Katelynn’s special day.

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Our facebook page

You know how you’re always working to check things off of your to-do list? Do you ever have a couple of those items that just seem to jump from one to-do list to the other and never really get done, no matter how small of a thing it could be? Well, if not, we do for you. One of those bad boys was our facebook fan page, of which we are proud to say has at least been started! So, would you come on over and “like” us? We’d love to connect and keep our relationship going for many years to come. Click the above image and come say hi on our wall!

 

 

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A note on love

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope your day is full of that warm tingly feeling and then some! After nearly 12 years of marriage,
one of our favorite verses reminds us of what love really is: Sacrificial.

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails…
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Go love someone and make a difference!

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Weddings published in Ceremony Magazine, San Francisco

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We’re super excited to share with you that we’ve been published in Ceremony Magazine! Ceremony has been around for many years in Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and this year they’ve introduced their beautiful San Francisco edition (finally!). Our fabulous clients Niki & Paul and Jennie & Dan really shine in the magazine and we’re honored that their images were chosen. (I’ll be sure to blog their weddings in the next few weeks! Of course, there are many vendors that help make a beautiful day work, and we’ll list ‘em all…)

wedding photography in san francisco
wedding photography in san francisco
wedding photography in san francisco
wedding photography in san francisco
wedding photography in san francisco

In addition to these two gorgeous weddings, we also have many images of some of our awesome past clients throughout the magazine. The folks at Ceremony really put together a splendid publication, showcasing details and moments that inspire. There’s even a couple floral tablescapes that we did for Ceremony featured in there. Be sure to grab your copy or visit online and enjoy the eye candy.

wedding photography in san francisco
wedding photography in san francisco
wedding photography in san francisco

wedding photographer in san francisco

wedding photographer in san francisco

wedding photographer in san francisco

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