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    Hi! Welcome to Michelle Sullivan Photography! We are a husband and wife wedding and portrait photography team serving Orange County, California and the world =)
    I believe that we are all created in the image of God, and that means that we are all works of art!
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2015 Holiday Mini Sessions

The dates for mini sessions are:

Sunday September 27th

I have the following times open:

5:15 // 5:35 // 5:55 // 6:15 

and Sunday October 18th

I have the following times open:

5:00 // 5:20 // 5:40 // 6:00

$175 Session includes:

15 minute session in Orange, CA (same location pictured above)

Online High-Res Download from private gallery  (approximately 100-150 images)

Please use the Buy Now button below to pay and reserve your spot. Date and time choice will be given in payment order received. After I receive your payment, I will email you to set your date and time slot and I will give you the location address :)

Mom Photography 101 The Workshop

Hey guys! Are you looking for a great gift to give your wife or mom for Mothers Day?

How about a seat at my next Mom Photography 101 workshop?

photography workshop


Saturday, May 30th 10am-1pm


Orange, CA


Moms who need help learning how to use their DSLR camera correctly to get the best shots of their kids.

This class is not for people who are looking to start a photography business, learn advanced photography skills or learn about post-processing – but email me if you are interested in a workshop like this and maybe I’ll do one in the future =)

What’s Included:

A workbook filled with all the info covered in the workshop so you don’t have to try to memorize or write down everything I say.

Snack and drinks

A child model to practice your newly learned shooting skills on – that sounds really weird!

What you’ll learn:

The meanings of scary words such as: Aperture, Exposure, Shutter Speed and ISO (and why they are all so important)

How to stop using the auto setting

How to get that awesome blurry background you covet so much

How to find the best natural light – indoors and out

How to get natural smiles from your kids

We’ll talk about lenses and their capabilities

And there will be plenty of time for one on one instruction and questions

What you’ll need:

A DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera – if you don’t have one just yet, that’s ok too, I’ll have an extra one on hand for you to practice on

Your camera’s instruction manual (if you don’t have it, look online for a copy)



I am limiting the class size so there is time for one on one instruction so space is limited =)

Your payment holds your seat. Payment is non-refundable, but you can sell your seat to someone else if you can’t attend.

And here is a handy dandy way to pay:



Littlest Warrior Apparel // Special Needs and Down Syndrome T-shirts for kids // Welcome to Holland

Hey Everyone! I’m starting a t-shirt line for babies and kids with special needs inspired by my littlest warrior! Please follow me on Instagram! A couple of my best sellers are The Be Kind ASL tee and the Chromosomally Enhanced tee


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The Holland Tour Guide tee was inspired by the Welcome To Holland story by Emily Perl Kingsley:

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.

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My Family

Last week we went on a whirlwind road trip to the Grand Canyon for one night and back again the next day. On our way home we stopped in Joshua Tree for a photo shoot with the trusty old tripod and self timer =)

Holiday Mini Sessions // again!

Eli’s heart surgery went well and maybe one day I’ll blog about it, but we just got home today and I’m tired. As promised to several people, I am doing mini sessions again =)

Here a few of my favorites from the mini sessions a couple weeks ago

Here are the details:

Sunday October 19th

I have the following times open:

4:10 // 4:30 // 4:50 // 5:10 // 5:30

$175 Session includes:

15 minute session in Orange, CA (same location pictured above)

DVD with all images (approximately 150-175)

Please use the Buy Now button below to pay and reserve your spot. Time choice will be given in payment order received. After I receive your payment, I will email you to set your time slot and I will give you the location address =)

Freedom Movement

One of the ministries I am involved with is Freedom Movement. Our tagline says it all:

We are REAL WOMEN with real stories

Our message is simple: freedom from false identity

Our method: reaching out through events, workshops and conferences

We started about a year ago just a few of us and we’ve grown to a large group of women who have spent countless hours (with no pay haha!) to create The Freedom Movement. I love these women so much and I love seeing their journey to freedom in Christ. We’ve had several events already. My amazing friend Karrie has an awesome story and she shares parts of her testimony which she calls Victim to Victory at these events.

We are having our first ever workshop and I would love to see you there! It’s called Relabel and it’s all about removing the labels and lies that we tell ourselves or have let other people tell us. It’s on October 18th in Orange County and you can sign up on our website:


Also, check out our blog and you can read my story about facing my fears with everything that has happened so far with Eli.

One of the things that we have done is called Freedom Expressions. It’s artwork that women have created to express their freedom. I took images of several women on our team for my freedom expression, here is one of them:


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