It’s that time of year! One of my favorite blog posts – our annual Behind the Scenes photos! In 2017, we photographed a handful of weddings, multiple growing belly bumps, precious newborns and over 30 mini family sessions in the Fall AND David and I became Mom and Dad when we welcomed our sweet son this summer! It’s been a wonderful year for our family and for my business. We are so thankful and looking forward to all that 2018 will bring!
Happy first day of 2017! I’m so looking forward to the adventures that this new year will bring. Even though I’m looking forward to a fresh start in a new year, I have to think back to the goodness of 2016. It was our busiest photography year – ever, which is so amazing since we spent half of 2015 living in Italy! In the past year, we photographed weddings all over Florida and an out of state wedding in North Carolina. We were guests at a handful of weddings, including our besties Emily and Thomas and our little sister and new brother in law. I accidentally matched the bridesmaids at a Gainesville wedding and David always found time to rock out to his favorite songs during the reception. We built our own photo booth and always took time to take silly test shots. We photographed in the rain, on the beach, under huge oak trees, in the summer heat, and in the winter heat #floridaproblems. We met so many wonderful people and truly felt welcomed into so many new families. Thank you for inviting us to photograph your most special day! Ok, here we go – our 2016 Behind the Scenes photos!
Happy 4th of July! As I write this, I am sitting in my parent’s house in sunny Orlando. I am back in the States! I flew home from Milan on Tuesday night to spend some extra time with my family. The 4th of July is always a special day for David and I because we started dating on this day in 2005. That’s right…. TEN years ago! It has been a DECADE of doing life with my handsome husband. David awkwardly (you know it’s true, boo) asked me to be his girlfriend on the sandy shore of Cocoa Beach and then we spent the evening enjoying the fireworks in Avalon Park. This was the summer before our junior year of high school and we have been together ever since! I have truly loved all of our experiences, adventures, and major life moments that I’ve spent with this man. David, I love you. Thank you for supporting me, pushing me, and always making me laugh. I can’t wait to do the rest of life with you. Here’s a look back at the past ten years…
2005 – We flirted like crazy for the first half of the year and then became official in July. I loved going on group dates with friends, trying on vintage clothes and dancing in Goodwill, and getting ice cream after school. We had so much fun together as teenagers!
I’ve had this blog for over two years and just realized that I’ve never done a fun “Get to Know Me” blog post! You know my work through my photos but here’s a chance to get to know a little more about the lady behind the camera. Hiii, my name is Michelle Stoker, I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Orlando and lived there for 21 years. My loved ones call me “Mich” and I love it. I instantly feel like BFFs if you call me by that name. I graduated from UCF with my Elementary Education degree and have taught Kindergarten for 3 years. I started my photography hobby towards the end of 2008 and my official business in 2012.
I purchased my first DSLR camera in May 2008 and the photo on the left was the very first click on the camera. I thought it was so artsy and creative. Ha! I was a sophomore in college and was so excited about using my new Canon Rebel XT to document my world, including lots of selfies with my niece!
You may remember a blog post I wrote about 6 months ago announcing our temporary move to NYC. I can’t believe it’s already been half a year and that our time in the beautiful Northeast is coming to an end! We have had such an incredible adventure up here, with photographing two gorgeous weddings and three beautiful engagement sessions in the city, each of us working full time, experiencing the season changes, and exploring on the weekends. It has been unforgettable. We are sad to leave NYC but we are so. so. SOOOOO excited for what’s to come.
My hard working hubby earned a coveted position in his leadership rotational program with Nielsen… he is being sent to… drum roll please… ITALY! Ahhh, the Stokers are moving to beautiful Milan, Italy!! We will be there from February until July! We are so excited to experience the Italian life, explore Europe again, and be immersed in their beautiful culture, especially in Europe’s fashion capital. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, you have a place to stay in Milano! I would be more than happy to take your picture, too.