PHOTOJOURNALISTIC BAR/BAT MITZVAH PHOTOGRAPHY

Then this is the perfect style of event photography for you. A photojournalist understands that your special day is, well... your special day. (And not an eight hour photo shoot.) We believe that your job is to relax, spend time with your friends & family, and have the best day ever. And our job is to capture it in all it’s fun, unique, crazy glory. Every time you look at these photos, you'll relive every moment.

DON'T LOVE HAVING YOUR PHOTO TAKEN?

I BELIEVE IN HAVING FUN.

because WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN, YOU LOOK AMAZING. AND PEOPLE WHO LOOK AMAZING ARE A LOT OF FUN TO PHOTOGRAPH.

I BELIEVE IN AUTHENTICITY.

because THERE'S NOTHING MORE PERFECT THAN BEING COMPLETELY, TRULY, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT YOURSELF. 

I BELIEVE IN FAMILY.

BECAUSE EACH FAMILY HAS A UNIQUE STORY. AND THAT STORY SHOULD BE PHOTOGRAPHED AND CHERISHED FOREVER.

FAMILY HISTORIAN, ETERNAL OPTIMIST, AND UNAPOLOGETIC SAP

I have the best job in the world (well, gourmet food critic and Terry Gross might beat it - but just barely). Growing up in the Bay Area, it was just me, my 2 sisters and my dad. He was a an amateur photographer and we were his favorite subjects. Photography was his way of saying that our family (our story) is important. It matters. It's worth documenting. A family's story is powerful stuff.

Every family has a unique story that I cherish. I'll probably cry at some point during your day - it's just my personality. I go all in. And since I'm invested in who you and your family really are, I don't need to force anything while I'm photographing you... I can sense, anticipate, and capture all those little moments that make up your special day.

That effortlessness seems to be why people like working with me. It's easy...it's laid back.  I don't stop the action. I just step back and let you do your thing and capture it beautifully. The best compliment I can receive is, “I didn’t even know you were there!”

At the end of your day you will have photographs that make you feel. Photographs that have meaning and soul. Photographs that will show your future grandkids just how important family really is.




HELLO! i'M MICHELLE

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"You captured it beautifully.

We all agree that we could not have been more pleased with the way the unfolded, and by virtue of your painstakingly skilled craft, you were in a very real sense our Historian for the day! You captured it beautifully, were an absolute professional in doing so, and just a sincere delight to be with.

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"YOU ARE SO SPECIAL TO OUR FAMILY.

Thank you so much for all of your help through the entire year of planning leading up to such a perfect day. You not only gave us beautiful pictures to help up remember that special day, but you provided such wonderful guidance and advice along the way as well. You are so special to our family Michelle, and we look forward to a future full of exciting opportunities to work with you again!."

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"You captured the magic.

We loved the way you were able to unobtrusively capture all of the important moments and your pictures did not come off as posed. I have never gotten so many compliments on professional photos. You captured the magic of the people and place and it shows."

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$9800

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To keep forever & ever.

Time to capture it all! From the service, family portraits, and all the way to the end of the party.

An custom album made in Italy. Thirty heavy-weight pages will hold up to 65 images. And of course you can add many, many more pages (for $75 each).

Because you deserve it. So do grandparents.

Let's go somewhere special and create fabulous portraits for your sign-in board.

To share with everyone!

30-page album

TWO 30-page parent albums

PORTRAIT SESSION

online photo gallery

your high-resolution files

Up to 10 hours with 2 photographers

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FOR THOSE WHO, QUITE FRANKLY, WANT IT ALL

$6800

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To keep forever & ever.

Time to capture it all! From the service, family portraits, and all the way to the end of the party.

An custom album made in Italy. Thirty heavy-weight pages will hold up to 65 images. And of course you can add many, many more pages (for $75 each).

To share with everyone!

30-page album

online photo gallery

your high-resolution files

Up to 8 hours with 2 photographers

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OUR MOST POPULAR PACKAGE

$3600

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To keep forever & ever.

Michelle will be with you to capture all the fun & highlights of the day/evening.

To share with everyone!

online photo gallery

your high-resolution files

Up to 6 hours with 1 photographer

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JUST IN CASE YOU DON'T NEED ALL THE BELLS & WHISTLES

Get your amazing photographs off your hard drive and show them off! These beauties are custom designed in San Francisco, made by hand in Italy, and covered with sleek metal, contemporary acrylic, or luscious Italian leathers.  
Thirty heavy-weight pages will hold up to 65 images. And of course you can add many, many more pages (for $75 each).

Same as our stunning albums, just a little smaller. (PS... these also make a great gift for grandparents!)

Adorable mini copies of your own album. (PS... these are perfect as thank-you gifts too!

Includes up to 2 hours in-studio or on-location, a private online gallery, and your complimentary high-resolution digital files.

$1000 | PARENT ALBUM

$375/set of 8 COMPANION BOOKS

$1200 | PORTRAITS

$2000 | CUSTOM ALBUM

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frequently asked questions

HOW DOES THIS WORK?   
DO WE GET THE HIGH-RES FILES?
WHAT'S YOUR BEST ADVICE TO ENSURE GREAT PHOTOS?
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE?
I MEANT WHAT'S YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
WHAT ABOUT POSED PORTRAITS?
WHAT YOU CAN YOU EXPECT FROM ME...
WHAT'S A TYPICAL BAR/BAT MITZVAH DAY LIKE? 
HOW MANY IMAGES SHOULD WE EXPECT?
WHEN WILL OUR PHOTOS BE READY?
HOW DOES THE ALBUM PROCESS WORK? 
WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU OFFER?
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ANYTHING OTHER THAN MITZVAHS? 
WHERE CAN WE MEET YOU?
HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?
DO YOU TAKE CREDIT CARDS? 
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR EVENTS?





- You fall in love with my work;
- We meet (either in person or via phone/Skype);
- You say YES! I email you a contract; 
- On your child's big day, we have the best day (ever) together. 







Yes. Delivered with your album.



- Hire an event planner (they know everything about planning amazing parties!). I'd like to thank the planners who make my job so fun (and help make my photographs look so good!)...
          Lisa Feldman Event Planning & Design
          Glow Event Design
          PPG Events
- When the day gets here, relax and have fun. (Remember, you've hired the best and who can handle anything that arises.)
- Have your hair & makeup done by a professional.
- Don't go crazy, but color coordinating your family's outfits looks great. Here's some inspiration.








Modern, natural, uncomplicated, fun.




Ohhh... modern, natural, uncomplicated, fun, and REAL. I'll capture who your child is and what makes your relationship with him/her so special. I'll let things happen naturally - letting you be YOU. My job is to create photographs that make you laugh/cry/remember everything when you look at them. Your job is to have a blast celebrating with your family & friends.







Your family portraits will be quick and a lot of fun. And the entire time, I'll tell really bad jokes to get you to laugh.



- A relaxed & fun photography experience. That's what I do.
- Mitzvah photographs that don't look like your friend's photographs. As a photojournalist, I don't have a set list of photos - I follow the action and capture what is really happening - not something that I set-up. It's impossible for 2 events to look the same.
- Experience... Event photography is unlike any other type of photography - the heightened emotions, the constantly changing light, the fast pacing and strict timelines... I went to school for photojournalism and I've been doing this for 18+ years. I know what I'm doing.
- I never forget the trust that you put in me to create amazing, unique, meaningful photographs. 




- We arrive an hour before showtime to photograph your child and your family. (These portraits are fast, fun, and painless.)
- My 2nd shooter and I very discreetly photograph the service.
- We photograph the HaMotzi and any toasts that might happen.
- We capture any portraits still to be done - then take a break.
- We come together at the party, take any other portraits you might want, and have a blast photographing your amazing party!







A lot! Generally 800-1,200 perfectly processed photos. (I've never been accused of shooting too little.)







I will have a sneak-peek up on FACEBOOK and my BLOG quickly after your event. All your photos will be online within 30 days. 






You'll choose your favorite images, my designer will create an online layout (making as many changes as you like), and soon you'll receive a special delivery from Italy! It's simple and fun.






We produce insanely gorgeous Italian-made custom albums, beautiful reprints, (including canvas acrylic, and framed prints), and Companion Books (cute little versions of your own album).





Why yes I do! I am a WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST. I also take 6-8 weeks off every winter and travel somewhere exotic to work on my ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY. It keeps me fresh and I come back relaxed & ready for the season! There are also food, events, headshots, etc. on my COMMERCIAL WEBSITE.






I have a super cool shared space in SF and a pretty rockin' home office in my Jack London Square loft. We can even "meet" via Skype and/or phone.






Email me... info@michellewalker.com or call (415) 235-5400. I'll email you a contract. As soon as it's returned with the retainer (1/3 of the package price), the date is yours!








Yep. Every single kind.








Oui, ja, si, ndiyo, ie, evet. Yes.

HOW DOES THIS WORK?
- You fall in love with my work;
- We meet (either in person or via phone/Skype;
- You say YES! I email you a contract;
- On your child's big day, we have the best day (ever) together.

DO WE GET THE HIGH-RES FILES?
Yes. Delivered with your album.

WHAT'S YOUR BEST ADVICE?
- Hire an event planner (they know everything about planning amazing parties!). I'd like to thank the planners who make my job so fun (and help make my photographs look so good!)...
Lisa Feldman Event Planning 
Glow Event Design
PPG Events
- When the day gets here, relax and have fun. (Remember, you've hired the best who can handle anything that arises.)
- Have your hair & makeup done by a professional.
- Don't go crazy, but color coordinating your family's outfits looks great. Here's some inspiration.

 
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE?
Modern, natural, uncomplicated, fun.

I MEANT WHAT'S YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
Ohhh... modern, natural, uncomplicated, fun, and REAL. I'll capture who your child is and what makes your relationship with him/her so special. I'll let things happen naturally - letting you be YOU. My job is to create photographs that make you laugh/cry/remember everything when you look at them. Your job is to have a blast celebrating with your family & friends.

WHAT ABOUT POSED PORTRAITS?
Your family portraits will be quick and a lot of fun. And the entire time, I'll tell really bad jokes to get you to laugh.

WHAT YOU CAN YOU EXPECT
FROM ME...
- A relaxed & fun photography experience. That's what I do.
- Mitzvah photographs that don't look like your friend's photographs. As a photojournalist, I don't have a set list of photos - I follow the action and capture what is really happening - not something that I set-up. It's impossible for 2 events to look the same.
- Experience... Event photography is unlike any other type of photography - the heightened emotions, the constantly changing light, the fast pacing and strict timelines... I went to school for photojournalism and I've been doing this for 18+ years. I know what I'm doing.
- I never forget the trust that you put in me to create amazing, unique, meaningful photographs. 

WHAT'S A TYPICAL MITZVAH DAY LIKE?
- We arrive an hour before showtime to photograph your child and your family. (These portraits are fast, fun, and painless.)
- My 2nd shooter and I very discreetly photograph the service.
- We photograph the HaMotzi and any toasts that might happen.
- We capture any portraits still to be done - then take a break.
- We come together at the party, take any other portraits you might want, and have a blast photographing your amazing party!

HOW MANY IMAGES SHOULD 
WE EXPECT?
A lot! Generally 800-1,200 perfectly processed photos. (I've never been accused of shooting too little.)

WHEN WILL OUR PHOTOS
BE READY?
I will have a sneak-peek up on FACEBOOK and my BLOG quickly after your event. All your photos will be online within 30 days. 

HOW DOES THE ALBUM
PROCESS WORK?
You'll choose your favorite images, my designer will create an online layout (making as many changes as you like), and soon you'll receive a special delivery from Italy! It's simple and fun.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU OFFER?
We produce insanely gorgeous Italian-made custom albums, beautiful reprints & fine-art cards, canvas prints, frames, and Companion Books (cute little versions of your own album).

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ANYTHING OTHER THAN MITZVAHS?
Why yes I do! I am a WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST who has been photographing weddings since 1999. I also take 6-8 weeks off every winter and travel somewhere exotic to work on my ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY. It keeps me fresh and I come back relaxed & ready for the season! There are also food, events, headshots, etc. on my COMMERCIAL WEBSITE.

WHERE CAN WE MEET YOU?
I have a space in SF and an office in my in my Jack London Square loft. We can even "meet" via Skype and/or phone.

HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?
Email me at info@michellewalker.com or call (415) 235-5400. I'll email you a contract. As soon as it's returned with the retainer (1/3 of the package price), the date is yours!

DO YOU TAKE CREDIT CARDS?
Yep. Every single kind.

DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Oui, ja, si, ndiyo, ie, evet. Yes.



FAQ'S

the most beautiful way to relive EVERY MOMENT.

I am passionate about albums & prints! They are the most beautiful way to relive every moment of the day. They'll become the heirlooms that your children will cherish forever.

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WHAT YOUR KID WILL CHERISH

Our albums are custom designed in SF & hand-crafted in Italy with REAL photographic prints and unique covers - metal, wood, fabrics, and (of course) gorgeous Italian leathers (which may smell just like a new Maserati).

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BECAUSE you DESERVE ONE TOO

Exactly like their album... just a little smaller.

Parent Albums

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DRESS UP YOUR NAKED WALLS

Imagine reliving the day via fine-art for your walls. We proudly offer canvas, metal, and framed prints - up to 30x40.

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My beautiful live/work loft is right down the street from the Blue Bottle Headquarters in Jack London Square... grab a coffee & come visit!

michelle@michellewalker.com

311 Oak Street, Loft 529
Oakland CA 94607
(415) 235-5400

PHOTOJOURNALISTIC BAR & BAT MITZVAH PHOTOGRAPHY IN SAN FRANCISCO, WINE COUNTRY, AND WORLDWIDE