Brings Out the Best In All Her Subjects
"All five of us look forward to our family portraits with Michele every year. Not only does she manage to catch our best angles, she makes the whole experience so much fun! I think it’s Michele’s easygoing, fun loving nature that brings out the best in all her subjects and allows her to capture everyone’s personality in her beautiful photographs. Michele is a true talent!"
This Experience She Is Providing Is Like a Heart Soother for All Us Ladies
"This past year has been challenging for everyone in various ways. So many of the simple pleasures we took for granted are not allowed in this time and we have been surrounded by many conflicting emotions. The restaurant industry has dealt with a lot of challenges this year and I’ve felt myself in a sort of tough-girl mode, just thinking about how to pivot, all of our employees who are being effected, the decisions that have been made that didn’t seem right, etc, etc,.
I normally love and cherish the rituals of taking care of myself, softness and femininity, but have pushed them aside this year. For many women, the simple ritual of getting dressed in pretty clothing, putting on a little makeup and feeling feminine is something we may have always taken for granted, but is a ritual we cherish. When Michele invited me to participate in this, I felt excited and giddy. Arriving there it felt like entering a soft, sacred and beautiful space. Kendra, who helped with my hair, and Malle, who did my makeup, made me feel beautiful. We talked about life and shared in the joy of being feminine. I have not seen myself with makeup or in pretty clothes in months, and putting on my outfits, listening to the music, Michele directing the shots, felt like a profound and beautiful gift of beauty, femininity, softness and ritual that I have been missing and craving more than I knew. Their idea to help us all reveal our beauty now is so brilliant.
Each woman holds some magic and beauty and our chance to engage with the world in that realm feels more like a gift then ever in this time. The team Michelle has put together is so lovely and Michele is very gifted. She is a part of the Aspen fabric and someone who truly loves our town and our community. She is part of what makes Aspen special. This experience she is providing is like a heart soother for all us ladies. I feel so thankful to have enjoyed such a beautiful day. I loved every moment and these photos will always remind me that beauty is always within..."
- Elizabeth Plotke
She Kept Me Laughing the Whole Time
"Working with Michele was super easy – as a professional photographer myself, I’m typically the one taking the photos. I hate being in front of the camera! Michele made me feel relaxed and comfortable which is a MUST as a portrait photographer – she kept me laughing the whole time. And I didn’t have to worry about the quality of the photos because I know her work and it’s always beautiful. Whether you need family photos, professional headshots or something else, Michele will capture it with comfort, talent and ease."
- Jesse Hoffman
An Easy and Successful Experience
"Michele did a fantastic job interpreting a creative photo spec and working with this reluctant 'model.' The result, five professional shots - I work in the legal industry - business needs. Michele's warmth and professionalism turned an hour I was dreading into an easy and successful experience. THANK YOU!"
- Nicole Giantono
"Michele is the consummate professional, extremely talented, and fun/easygoing to work with. She was so enthusiastic about shooting our wedding, which took place on a gondola ascending Aspen Mountain. She then skied down with us, taking photos all the way. We loved our experience with her!"
- Ken Cohen
Looking for Photos in Aspen - Look no Further than Michele
"Michele created our family portraits on a very cold, snowy, beautiful day in Aspen and they are nothing short of spectacular! She easily directed our family of 10 (ages 5-59) with her kindness, excitement, humor, and expertise making everyone feel like they were the star of the session. Everything went perfectly from the moment I emailed Michele to ask about her availability. Even before we arrived in Aspen she assisted me with her creative insight into our wardrobes and selected the perfect location of the session. Looking for pictures in Aspen - look no further than Michele. My only disappointment is that she won't be with us on every family vacation!"
- Brianna Johnson
Ability to Make her Subjects Feel Comfortable
"Michele has the eye of an artist, and the ability to make her subjects feel comfortable so that their true personalities shine through, and they look their very best. She is highly talented and creative. Moreover, Michele is patient and encouraging, two very important traits when photographing teenagers and individuals who are camera shy."
- Susan O'Bryan
Family was at Ease in Front of the Lens
"Michele’s winter portraits are exquisite. Simply stunning in nature and nuance….whimsical and magical snow framed pictures capture breathtaking snapshots of families seemingly at ease in front of the lens. Michele’s photographs are unique and timeless. "
- Elana Royer
Captured the Fun Loving Relationships in our Family
"Michele was very professional and a lot of fun to work with. She captured the fun loving relationships in our family. We were visiting Aspen for a week to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary.
We also purchased large album books that are incredible. Our entire family was so pleased with the creativity and quality of her work. We highly recommend her to anyone who values capturing memories that will last a lifetime."
- Larry and Judy Mills
Her Photos Told a Story About our Family
"Michelle came highly recommended to us. From my first conversation on the phone I knew that she was the one for our family. She made our session lots of fun. She is constantly shooting pictures during in-between moments of natural expression or candid smiles. We loves the area she took us and the background was spectacular. Her photos told a story about our family. You could tell she loved her work and was very patient. She learned about our personality and incorporated into our photos. We live in Florida and everyone who comes into our house admires the family photos of Aspen on the wall. I would recommend Michelle to anybody.
- Sharon Miller
Creative, Fast, Decisive, and Responsive
"Michele Cardamone is a jewel. Not only is she a consummate professional, but she is an enthusiastic partner in the process. Creative, fast, decisive, and responsive. What more could you want? Oh, and yes, she makes you look way better than your normal self. I wouldn't consider using anyone else."
- Ann Abernethy
Michele Made the Photo Shoot Lots of Fun
"Thank you for the amazing job you did photographing our family. As large as our family is, it’s not easy to keep everyone’s attention. However, you did such a fabulous job capturing so many candid moments. Surprisingly, the kids were all engaged in the process as you made the photo shoot lots of fun! The end result of the final product produced lifetime memories we will cherish forever. The quality of your workmanship is truly fantastic. Count on hearing from us again in the future for lifecycle events we would be honored to have you memorialize in photograph for us."
- Rob Coretz
Michele Makes the Process Fun
"Michele has a magical touch with both her camera and her subjects and the results are nothing short of phenomenal. She is relaxed, yet professional; in control, yet easy-going. Most importantly, Michele makes the process- from planning the shoot to delivery of photos- fun!
- Caroline Fitzgibbons
She Captured the Essence of our Family
"Michele ‘s portraits come alive with joy and movement in a multidimensional way. She expertly and intuitively creates a vision for the background, light, angle, texture and mood of each photo session, whether in the studio or nature, a family or single portrait, while still allowing for spontaneous interpersonal interaction. Her photos are some of the best ever taken of our family. She captured the essence of our family as a whole and as individuals, regardless of our children’s ages, making her portraits timeless. The whole experience with her is relaxing, fun, professional and even just a bit introspective as she draws out a person’s willingness and enjoyment in honoring their own personality and beauty even if for just a moment, but forever captured in a photo. Her camera is in expert hands!"
- Gretchen Cole
Her Ability to Make Anyone Feel Comfortable
"I have known Michele since the early 1990's when we worked together on international expedition films for ESPN and ABC. Her photographic talents were evident then, but what was most striking was, and remains, her ability to make anyone feel comfortable in stressful situations like photo portrait sessions. Michele charms her subjects and makes them feel at ease, which allows them to reveal themselves to her camera. She is a standout. Her technical skills and preparation are fully professional and current, and her follow-through is what we come to expect from any pro who puts the client first. I dont really like having my picture taken, but Michele made it tolerable and even fun for me and for my family."
- Greg Poschman/Pitkin County Commissioner