Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Robertson.
Michelle, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always loved taking pictures but didn’t really have an interest in photography until I had children. I loved scrapbooking, so I always had a camera in my hand. However, when our daughter was 4, she was invited to join a gymnastics team. I’d taken pictures of outdoor sports since our son participated in soccer and baseball, but since flash photography isn’t allowed at gymnastics meets, I thought I’d start learning. That was nearly 12 years ago. By 2009 I started Magical Memories by Michelle, shooting mostly maternity, newborns, and families. After a few years of having my work reviewed, it was obvious that my work with teens was my passion. In 2016 I rebranded and began specializing in teens and seniors, and it has blossomed into something better than I could have imagined!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Years of working with moms showed me that adults really don’t like having their picture taken and are very hard on themselves regarding their looks. As I started working with younger girls in their teen years, I realized that this trend starts very early. I noticed that many of my high school senior girls would comment about how beautiful they were, but never realized until they saw their senior portraits. I do my best to capture their beauty that shines from within by creating a photo shoot that pampers them and really shows them at their best. But wouldn’t it be great if I could start helping them realize how awesome they are at a younger age? Why wait until their senior year? Now my goal is to have fun photo shoots that capture their hobbies and personalities from about 12-13 years old. Kids change a lot during those teen years and will be very different by senior year, both in looks and personality,
I have a son, so I understand that boys rarely enjoy having pictures taken, so that became my next goal. I wanted to create a photo shoot that the guys would love too! By incorporating the things they love… their car, sports, or other hobbies, it is working! This year I actually have more boys on my schedule than girls! To me, it is important to work with this age, so they become confident adults.
As far as artwork, I truly value printed media. It is absolutely heartwarming when moms see large prints and beautiful pieces of art from their children’s portrait sessions. You just don’t get that same reaction from digital images. While I did begin delivering just digital images to my clients, by 2013, I decided to add a full line of gorgeous products. Now I not only create a unique photo shoot for them, but I design all their products and have them ready to use and display when we’re finished. Parents are too busy with work, kids, sports, etc. so handling this part of the process is something that they appreciate.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I do think the negative aspects of today’s society has definitely changed my role as an artist. Being a photographer has allowed me to meet so many people from all walks of life that I never would have met otherwise! I feel like art transcends all the racial and religious issues in the world. Most teenagers are similar in that that all feel like they aren’t good enough, they’re worried about what everyone thinks of them, and often have low self-confidence. While I can’t fix the entire world with my art, I like to think that I have a positive effect on all the teenagers that come through my door. I value them, their ideas, and their opinions. It is wonderful to see them succeed and watch them grow into adults. I like them to know that I’m on their side, and they can always talk to me if they need a friend, even once their photo shoot is over. I keep in touch with many of them, and now many of my seniors have graduated from college, moved on to grad school, gotten married, and started careers that make them happy! I’d like to believe that I planted a small seed of self-worth that helped them realize their dreams.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I was recently named one of the Top 200 Senior Photographers by Senior Year Magazine. That premier issue was released in January. I’ve had images published several times in Modern Teen Style and my work has also been featured nationally with The Twelfth Year and Senior Guys Style.
My website and portfolio is online at www.
On social media, I can be found on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/
- Website: www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com/
- Phone: (480) 779-7797
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mm.michelle.pix/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MagicalMemoriesByMichelle/
All images by Michelle Robertson, Magical Memories by Michelle, LLC