I'm an artist, an entrepreneur and a people-changer. Photography is my weapon of choice.

I split my work into a few very distinct (to me) genres. Don't see what you're looking for? Contact me directly at brienne@briennemichelle.com.

 

HI PEANUT

Hi Peanut photography specializes in modern + fresh maternity, birth, newborn, and baby's first year photography. With a team of photographers led by Brienne, HP serves both the Los Angeles and Bay areas of California. Now expanding to the Seattle area as well!

BRIENNE MICHELLE

For 10 years and over 250 weddings, Brienne Michelle Photography has specialized in timeless, elegant, and modern wedding + engagement photography. Specializing in destination events, Signature and Associate coverage is available locally and internationally. 

STUDIO BRIENNE

The absolute finest in artistic portraiture. Specializing in modern beauty portraiture for women, artistic senior portraits, headshots, editorial and fashion photography for advertising, and our personal favorite, Mermaid Sessions (underwater portraiture).

I create time machines (no hot tubs required).

 

No really.

This is going to sound cliche, but bear with me. There's a reason why the #1 item that people say they'd rescue from their burning home is their photographs. Those emotions, those faces, those tiny fragments of memories and, yes, moments are dear to us. I know that sounds a little bit like hippie-hogwash, but you know it's true. A snap shot can be precious to us. Those moments captured as art? That's priceless.

I capture bits of life and the universe (and by bits, I mean 1/160th of a second or even 1/8000th of a second) at a time and provide a physical copy of that nano-second for posterity. They can travel back in time to that exact instant any time they want. Time travel, baby. 

I teach people to see the art in their everyday lives, in themselves even, and you know what? It makes me feel like a flippin' superhero (it's kind of a kicka** job).

So let's do this. Be my Muse. Let's make art together. 

 

 
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Not your mother's portrait studio.

 

Remember Glamour Shots? You know, those poofy-bangs, halo-light-on-the-hair, soft and hazy pictures of your mom on the hallway wall? 

This? This is not that. 

I've poured myself into my work, trained with master-craftswomen and men all over the world, tried and failed and tried again until I got lighting and posing and composition and editing and the technical sides of my gear firmly under my thumbs. And then I learned how to do that all over again under the water.

I am not here to send you home with a digital proof copy of your face. I'm here to create spectacular and jaw-dropping wall art for your home, your business, and your life. Images that make you whisper I can't believe that's me. Portraits that make you stand taller and sneak a new line into your inner-dialogue that goes something like geez, I'm kind of gorgeous (and you are). Whole series of imagery that you proudly display so that you can relive that boost of confidence or that incredible experience every. single. time. you see it. 

I don't just take pretty little pictures. I am proud to have become a master of my craft so that I can prove to you that you are a work of art.

 

sessions are $290  

(all prints & digital portrait files are purchased separately)

 
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The Real Deal (not just some chick with a good camera).

 

I could write you a sappy paragraph about how this is the most important day of your life (it's definitely one of them) or how I specialize in capturing timeless memories (I kind of do), or how I'm in love with weddings (also pretty accurate), but you've heard it all before. And the truth is, that's probably a pretty great descriptor of every freaking wedding photographer out there. It's also true of the wedding faux-tographers too (see what I did there?). 

So let me throw the script out the window. Let me tell you what I'm NOT. 

  • I'm not your friend with a good camera (or, if we happen to be friends, I'm not JUST that). I have 10 years of experience and 250+ weddings under my belt. I've been published in Harper's Bazaar Bride and BRIDES magazine, plus about a dozen or more online publications. I know what I'm doing and I can back up my claims. 
  • I'm not a risk-taker, not with a client's wedding. I have training, experience, back-up gear (back-up EVERYTHING really), insurance, and an exorbitant amount of patience. I don't gamble with your wedding day, and neither should you. 
  • I'm not a leave-you-hanging kind of girl. I don't expect you to just know what to do - that's why you hired me. I am here every step of the way to guide you on timeline, vendor choices, when the "good light" is, how to pose, how to NOT pose, etc. I don't just show up and shoot. I prepare, I plan, I execute, and I do it all in a way that enhances YOUR vision. 
  • I don't hoard your digital files. You get them. Always. Like, always always. Fully edited, full resolution size, with print waiver. It's your wedding, so I say live it up, print 'em all, and make it rain at all your family functions for the next decade.  
  • I don't tell you I love weddings but really mean I only like you for 6 hours. You book me (or my associate) for your wedding, we're there start to finish, every time (just call us your Personal Paparazzi). 

I love my southern California stomping grounds, but I adore destination events. Coverage is available both by me personally (Signature Coverage) or by my Associate Shooter (who is the BOMB-DIGGITY) in any location you can dream up. So drop us an email and let's get this party started. 

Signature Coverage from $4700

Associate Coverage from $2500

 
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Darling, it's better down where it's wetter, take it from me.

 

Ariel totally had it wrong. I'd trade my legs for fins any day of the week (anybody else do the whole pull-yourself-up-on-the-side-of-the-pool move singing "Part of Your World" at the top of your lungs? Just me?). 

Water changes everything. It's where my soul finds peace, it's where my perspectives shift. Nearly every woman I've photographed under the surface comes out of the water with a completely new sense of herself. And, assuming you can swim, this is an experience any woman can have. 

Have more questions? Shoot me an email. Curious about the process? Shoot me an email. Ready to *ahem* take the plunge? Shoot me an email. What are you waiting for?

 
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