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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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sneak peek

I know, I know, I’ve been doing way too many sneak peeks and not enough full posts lately, but I promise there is much more to come from this amazing wedding I did in San Diego last weekend – I just had to post a sneak peek – isn’t her dress adorable?!?!

September 3, 2010 - 6:32 pm

Dasia Morton - This is a BIG teaser! We can’t wait to see more!!

Caitlin + Joe :: Santa Barbara, CA :: Destination Wedding Photographer

Caitlin and Joe are probably two of the most genuine people I have ever met.  Caitlin cares so deeply – for her family, her friends, people in need.  They had their wedding at a park in Santa Barbara and everyone kept saying ‘this is so Caitlin’.  Caitlin and Joe wanted to make sure that they used local vendors, so they had local grown flowers, and plenty of other earth-friendly elements =)

Dress: J Crew

Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew

Caterer: Scott Camilli

Dessert: McConell’s Ice Cream Creamery

Lupe + Armando :: Anniversary {10 years!!!} :: Old Town Orange Photographer

Here is a sneak peek from an anniversary shoot I did with some great friends of ours from church.

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a picture in front of the orange =)

August 1, 2010 - 9:01 pm

Lupe - dear Michelle- I just finished viewing our photos. I LOVE THEM!!! Thank you so much for taking our photos. I am so happy we have this memory for our 10 years. I am truly blessed for these photos and also for your friendship. We love you and your family….love ~Lupe

my charity : water

I recently read a book called The Hole in Our Gospel by World Vision President, Richard Stearns. Being President of World Vision, he has seen first hand the world’s poverty. This book pretty much rocked my world and I don’t think I’ll ever be the same, actually I hope I’ll never be the same. It really got me thinking about what I can do to help. At first it was discouraging and overwhelming.

Here are some shocking statistics:

4,500 children will die today, today! Not in a year, a day! All from not having clean water, something we take for granted every day.

Americans spend 20 billion a year on ice cream. It would only take 7 billion to provide the entire world with clean drinking water.

I knew that I needed to do something and instead of sitting around and thinking it through any longer I’m just going to act.

I love this quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

I want everyone to know that 10% of every penny I make from now on will go to help give clean water to people in developing countries. There are so many ministries that are close to my heart and do so many wonderful things, but what I love about Charity: Water is the fact that 100% of all proceeds go to providing clean water and you can actually see visual proof!  I am a visual person and I love that!

The other thing I love about Charity: Water is the founder’s story.  Please watch it here.

I started a campaign page with the goal of $500 which will give clean drinking water to 25 people. My next goal is going to be a bit larger – $5000 which will be used to drill a well to give clean water to an entire village! And we’ll be able to see visual proof using GPS!! How awesome is that?!?!?!  Stay tuned for details of my next fund-raising campaign =)

But in the meantime would you please consider giving? Here is a link to my starter campaign.  =)

July 28, 2010 - 11:01 pm

Free Wedding Photography!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! » Michelle Sullivan Photography - [...] We did it! We reached the goal of $500 to provide clean drinking water for 25 people in less than 36 hours!!! If you didn’t see my post about charity: water, here it is. [...]

July 30, 2010 - 12:50 pm

Curtis Yates - Michelle, I love what you are doing with charity: water. Congratulations on your first campaign! Awesome.
PS I also love the B&W Lopez family photo.

Nicole Johnson :: Orange County Commercial Photographer

I recently had the amazing opportunity to photograph a wonderful woman of God, Nicole Johnson.  Nicole is a bestselling author and motivational speaker, including speaking at Women of Faith.  She is about to release a new DVD series called “Hands Free” that deals with teaching women how to let go and enjoy the freedom of letting God be in control.  I had so much fun hanging out with Nicole! I love this quote of hers:

“We live in a world of great beauty and enormous pain. I like to write about the strange way they come together on the shores of hope.”

Here is a sneak peek of some of the images that will be in the DVD series:

July 8, 2010 - 10:41 pm

Jamie - Great captures of an amazing woman! I’m a big Nicole Johnson fan and these photos are amazing!

July 9, 2010 - 3:38 pm

Michelle Meals - We are LOVING the images, Michelle. You are incredibly talented. I’m so glad the lighting turned out perfectly. Thank you for your gift.

15 years

I have been so crazy busy lately, thus the neglected blog.  I hope one day I can catch up on posting.  One thing I did take a break for though, was a weekend trip to LA with Eric for our 15 year anniversary – yes folks, I was pretty much 12 when we got married =)

When I look back at the last 15 years, I am amazed at how fast they went by and how blessed we’ve been: 3 beautiful girls, a house, a business, health.  Life is good. God is good.

For our trip we went lots of places, but 2 highlights from our trip were a diner from a movie that was a big influence to us before we got married and The Getty.

this one cracks me up:

Jennifer + Jeff :: Old Town Orange Wedding Photographer

Jennifer and Jeff are awesome and hilarious! I had so much fun with these two! They decided to have a private courthouse wedding which gave us tons of time (and locations) for portraits. We went to Old Town Orange and Old Town Tustin.











Old Town Orange Wedding

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June 21, 2010 - 9:50 pm

Susie - gorgeous, as usual! I especially love the the chair and flowers