Mike shot my engagement photographs as well as my wedding and reception photographs, and I would highly recommend him to future brides.

We shot our engagement photos on the campus of Valparaiso University. My husband and I showed Mike some of our favorite spots on campus, and Mike was able to compose photographs that captured the campus but also highlighted the two of us. Mike's eye for lighting and his ability to pose us in a photogenic yet natural way created photos that capture our beloved campus and our love for each other.

Part of our package included save the date magnets. When the time came to select the magnets, my husband and I were torn between two photographs. Mike actually combined the two photographs and created a magnet that was exactly what we wanted.

We will cherish our wedding photos for years to come. Our wedding day was a whirlwind, and with so much going on, my husband and I missed some of the action. However, Mike captured so many special moments between family and friends that we are able to relive that special day. We have also seen for the first time special moments that we missed seeing on the day itself.

I was surprised when I viewed the photographs because I did not realize how many photos Mike had taken. I never felt like Mike interfered with the ceremony or the reception; I never felt like there was a camera in my face at an inappropriate time.

While Mike was always attentive to our ideas for photographs, he also offered guidance and suggestions. It was his idea to do a "First Look," and we were very glad we took his advice - seeing each other before the ceremony was very calming. We also got some great pictures out of it.

Mike also suggested that my husband wear a microphone so as to capture our recitation of our vows. This is another idea that never occured to us, and yet we are so glad we did it. The rush of emotion on the wedding day blurs memories, so watchiing our vows later was a unique way to experience the wedding again.

I am not very artistic, so I greatly appreciated that Mike did voice his suggestions. Many other prospective vendors I encountered while planning my wedding were reluctant to offer any guidance (saying "whatever you want," to my requests for advice), but the reason I pay for professionals is so that I can take advantage of their expertise. Mike did this without commandeering our day or overriding our own desires.

Mike provided a formal photo station for guests at the reception, and many of our guests took advantage of this opportunity to get a nice formal photo of their family. There was a steady line during the time the station was open, and many of our guests later told us how much they liked the idea.

In addition to providing photography services, Mike also maintained a wedding website for us. I would email him the shower information or reception information, and he would post it to our special website for us. He designed the website, and it included pictures and driving instructions and interactive links to important locations. This saved me a lot of time. I did not have to create and design my own website, and the result was much more personal.

Throughout the process Mike was quick to reply to emails and was flexible with scheduling photo shoots and consultations, especially since my husband and I live out of state. Mike approached our appointments and our special day with professionalism and maturity, and my husband and I were impressed by the level of care and dedication Mike showed us. A bride should feel confident selecting Mike to photograph her special day.

Caitlin and Noah Schroeder...Champaign, IL

MJ Photography was the perfect choice to help capture every moment of our special day! They were so professional and organized - everything flowed wonderfully, you couldn't even tell they were there, but still managed to get every shot! The pictures were AMAZING! The quality is better than you can imagine! Everyone that has seen our pictures say they are so good/perfect and they want to know more about MJ Photography and we are glad to refer them! From our engagement pictures up to the wedding day - it has all been preserved for us to and share forever!

Thank you so much for everything

Mike and Michelle Farrell...Crown Point, IN

Michael is so awesome. His professionalism is second to none. The quality of his work is superb. I get nothing but great compliments on my photo book. He gave great suggestions for the processional. He's a nice, humble, hard working individual. I give my full recomendation for him. He captured so many of my precious and memorable moments that I didn't even know he had gotten until I got my pictures. He is also VERY fast with getting the pictures to us. He was very patient with me and my hectic schedule. Since I live out of state, we did a lot of communication via email and he really kept me in the loop with the progress.

Thanks again Michael for everything! We greatly appreciate you!

Sarah and Lee Patterson...Flint, Michigan