WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
It's my goal to help you feel happy, beautiful and comfortable in front of the lens and be able to look back with love and joy on every moment captured. A decade down the road from now, I want you to see just how classic and timeless you look even though the styles may have changed. So that’s why I use a combination of the most complimentary posing while prompting you with clear directions that create authentic moments while you look your best. I will gently encourage you, never leaving you feeling awkward or confused, all while confidently capturing the moments that you will treasure forever. I love it when my couples tell me how amazed they are at how incredible they look together and how I've captured their love perfectly. Your engagement session is the perfect time for you to experience this and its a time for me to get to know you as a couple prior to the Big Day.
I will work with you and your wedding planner to carefully craft a wedding day timeline that prioritizes what you want from your wedding photography. You can trust me to listen carefully to you and know exactly how long we need to fully capture the day’s events. During your wedding planning season, I will use two easy questionnaires as well as our consultation time to gather all the information needed to be fully prepared for your Big Day. When the day comes, I will address your parents, maid of honor and best man by name and arrive early to meet the people you love who are with you during your preparations. I will be unobtrusively present with clear and gentle guidance during any posing. My second photographer will work well with the men in a style very similar to my own. And for the film connoisseurs, my film assistant not only helps to roll and load film, but she will also lend grandma a helping hand up the steps!
I believe that a day this important is worth showing to your children and grandchildren, your family and the friends you will meet down the road. Your photos deserve a beautiful home of their own and should be on display. So I deliver your full and perfectly curated gallery of images directly to you and I offer the option of stunning handcrafted heirloom albums and lab-perfected prints. I also love to gift my couples and you will enjoy several gifts along the way, beginning with my welcome package and full online wedding guide, which can be shared with family and friends so that you can enjoy the photographic process together. And as your marriage and family grows, I'd love to continue documenting your love story. I offer anniversary, maternity and family portraits to Lieb Photographic couples throughout the years!
"I have truly enjoyed getting to know her over this past year. Personally, I think the world of her and it’s no secret that she genuinely cares about her couples and works diligently to provide the best experience possible. From our initial interactions, receiving her well put together wedding guide and welcome package, and from the first time we met in person, I knew we made the absolute best decision in asking Michelle to capture our story. Brides (grooms too!), look no further for someone to capture your big day and even help in the planning of your wedding. She has an extensive questionnaire, a great preferred vendor list, and helps you to craft a detailed timeline...all of which ensures you can rest easy when your big day finally arrives. Also, trust her on her vendor list! She knows all of the best and reliable vendors to make your day complete.
What I absolutely love most about Michelle’s photography style is that all of her photos are elegant, classic, and timeless. I have no doubt that I will look back at all of our pictures for years to come and appreciate the graceful poses, candid moments, laughter, tears, and shots of our friends and family. As I mentioned before, Michelle is not just an amazing photographer… she will laugh, cry, and interact with you the entire time, all while still being mindful of your private moments. If you choose Michelle to capture your story and big day, I promise that you will love her as much as we do!"
NIYATI & JEREMY
MEGAN AND CHRIS
"She was highly recommended to me by my wedding planner, and when I started looking at the photos on her website, I couldn't believe how beautiful they were. What you see is what you get with Michelle - my engagement and wedding photos were every bit as beautiful as the ones on her website; they were even more beautiful than I could've ever imagined. Our family and friends keep telling us how great the pictures are. I think one friend said it best, ‘She really captured the love between you guys!’ Not only are Michelle's pictures amazing, but she is also a joy to work with. She's always enthusiastic and kind. She made us feel comfortable around her and in front of the camera, and I think that shows in the pictures. I can't recommend Michelle enough. I am so glad we chose her to capture the memories of our wedding day, she did it perfectly.”
“I was drawn to Michelle's personality and commitment to ensure we had a good experience. I first met her in person at the Rixey Manor holiday party. It was wonderful to interact with her and she helped me get excited for our engagement shoot. We had fun the whole evening and I loved how natural we looked. Before the wedding, she was VERY thorough in creating a timeline for our day which kept me at ease since I knew everything would be taken care of. On our wedding day, she captured meaningful photos and knew the great settings at our venue and everything turned out amazingly (despite rain). Thanks to all her pre-wedding organization, I was even able to mingle during cocktail hour! Michelle worked well with other vendors to ensure things went smoothly. I felt like she cared about us and prioritized what we wanted out of our photos. The best part? I got my photos just a couple weeks after our wedding! I have friends who got married before me that are still waiting for theirs and this is just the cherry on top to me.”
EMILIE & DEAN
“Michelle was an absolutely stellar vendor and one of the best choices we made in our wedding planning process. Michelle photographed our engagement shoot, my bridal and boudoir portraits and our wedding day. Michelle’s attention to detail, along with her responsiveness and receptivity to our vision, was fantastic. She made time for an in-person consultation and I always felt like we were on the same page throughout the planning process. She was extremely organized and her timelines were essential for our planning; this along with her preexisting relationships and excellent coordination with our other vendors are a case in point for her commensurate professionalism in the wedding industry.
Michelle also went above and beyond on several occasions, including adjusting our wedding timeline to include a first look and facilitating a private, comfortable bridal portrait/boudoir shoot at a venue with which she had a strong preexisting professional relationship. Michelle’s guidance and clear expertise helped me to feel more confident for the bridal portrait shoot and the wedding photography went without a hitch even with some last-minute adjustments. Michelle’s second shooter was extremely helpful too, giving excellent direction and helping to make sure everything, even the complicated group shots across multiple settings, stayed on time. They were both accommodating, attentive, and they absolutely brought out the best not only in us but also in our friends, family, and wedding party.
We could not be happier with the way Michelle's photographs capture the spirit of our special day."
KRISTI & TOM
“Michelle was one of the best choices we made for our wedding. First, when selecting a wedding photographer, we wanted someone we could feel comfortable with since we are a little awkward in front of the camera and Michelle is very personable and guides you through the process. Second, Michelle is very detail oriented. This pays off both aesthetically in the photos, but also in terms of developing a wedding timeline and capturing every moment you will want on your wedding day. On a personal note, I don’t think I came across anyone as thoughtful as Michelle in the wedding planning process outside of friends and family.
Photography was a priority for us, as we felt that these are images we will look back on in 50 years. This is an important point, because stylistically, I don’t think you can go wrong with Michelle’s photos for weddings/engagements. Many styles of photography are beautiful, but these will age very well as trends change in my opinion.
Finally, Michelle and her second shooter work very well together, and are so much more than just photographers. From adjusting veils/hair, to helping the big day move along, to even picking some bugs out of the wedding dress (lol), they exceeded all of our expectations for wedding photography. Michelle was also very inconspicuous throughout the day. Finally, I would highly recommend doing bridal photos before the wedding day with Michelle. You don’t want to feel rushed on your big day, and it was an excellent opportunity for me to see my whole look together (and in photos) before the big day, also without a ton of eyes on me!”
EMILY & ROBERT
HAIR AND MAKE UP ARTIST
“Michelle is so sweet and her photography is absolutely beautiful. Working along side her is such a delight. She really listens and cares about her brides and her attention to detail is remarkable. If you're looking to book a photographer, look no further. Michelle is your girl.”
WOODLAWN AND POPE LEIGHEY HOUSE
“ We enjoy working with Michelle at Woodlawn! She is a talented photographer with a beautiful aesthetic and a true passion for the work she does. We would highly recommend her to any bride for her wedding on our site!”
MAKE IT COUNT ENTERTAINMENT
“Michelle is amazing! I've worked several events with her in recent years, and she always does a stellar job. Her photos are gorgeous, she's a kind, loving person, and she has the kind of integrity that's hard to find in a person these days. I give Michelle and Lieb Photographic my full recommendation!”
“I can honestly say that Michelle Lieb is the Number 1 photographer I recommend. She not only takes the most beautiful pictures, full of emotion, but she is organized, reliable and sweet! Pick up the phone and book her today - she is in demand, and any bride would be lucky to have her on her side.”
GOOD EARTH FLOWERS
“I have worked directly with Michelle of Lieb Photographic on several different occasions and can tell you that she is very professional and knowledgeable and also very easy to work with. I am amazed at the images she captures and knows that she takes very seriously her job of bringing you the very best photographs you will always cherish. She truly has a gift!”
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Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award
Editor's Choice Award with Two Bright Lights
Shoot and Share Finalist
Virginia Living Top Wedding Vendor