Hello! I'm Michelle and I love photographing people and I LOVE to capture the treasured moments that make life so special and sweet. With each wedding you will find that my focus is not only on the details of the day, but largely on the tender moments, the shared laughter, the unexpected expressions, and the gathering of friends and family. My aim is to capture the moments in your wedding day that you will treasure forever. I whole-heartedly believe that your wedding is not just about that one day, but the entire experience from the planning stage to the growing old together. My aim is to provide you with images that you can look back upon and smile, laugh, and remember...to remind you of your beginning and your foundations.
My goal is running a business with integrity and joy, forming positive relationships with other local vendors and focusing on my individual clients. I book only a select number of weddings each year so I can provide each client with a personalized approach. You will most likely find me laughing, tearing up, and sharing in your joy at your wedding!
Lieb Photographic has been featured on Borrowed & Blue, United with Love, Wedding Lovely, Love Came Down, VAWE, Main Street Weddings, the Center for Fine Art Photography, Soho Gallery, Vermont Photo Place and more. Lieb Photographic is soon to be featured in the next Winter/Spring edition of Southern Bride magazine as well as Woodsy Weddings. Lieb Photographic is a vendor with Main Street Weddings, Borrowed & Blue and the VAWE.
What you Receive:
Each bride receives a free consultation packet and after booking, you will receive a wonderful wedding packet with vendor discounts, a small gift and a 34 page magazine to help you plan and provide tips, preferred vendors, and timeline samples. Every month, I send out an email newsletter with a vendor spotlight, wedding events for the month and more! And I now offer registry gifting as well as packages with Red Tree Heirloom Albums.
If you are interested in wedding or portrait photography, I would love to chat with you in person or over the phone and hear your vision or help create one with you. If I am available on your date and you believe that we are the right fit, then I would love to be a part of your big day. I can also recommend vendors in the surrounding areas to help you connect with others who will help your day come together as it should.
Michelle Lieb received her Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in photography and the book arts. She earned her bachelor's degree from James Madison University with a major in art. She taught photography as well as advanced placement studio art and advanced placement art history at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia from 2002-2013.
Michelle has continued to enhance her knowledge of digital, film, historic, and experimental photographic processes by attending workshops and classes through the Center for Alternative Processes in New York City, the Visual Studies Workshops in Rochester, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond. She has received several grants to assist in her continued education in the photographic processes.
Michelle has a love of the historical processes such as tintypes and ambrotypes as well as the experimental processes like lumen printing and pinhole photography. Her digital work includes working with a Canon 5D full frame DSLR and working with image enhancement and creation in Adobe Raw and Photoshop. She is committed to excellence in exposure, camera control, and post-process editing.
Customer reviews (2)
Michelle is really so much more than a “just” a photographer (and teacher of photography) and I am so thrilled to explain why. I have truly enjoyed getting to know her over this past year. Honestly, I procrastinated writing out my review, not because I didn’t want to write a glowing review, but because I wasn’t sure how to adequately describe just how I feel about Michelle. 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 with some sweet surprises, 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.
I was fortunate to first meet Michelle out in Arizona for a bridal couples shoot. What I didn’t know is that my then fiancé planned a surprise proposal and Michelle was in on it! We had so much fun shooting in the Arizona desert and experienced the most beautiful sunset, which, of course, was the perfect time for him to propose. Michelle was able to capture that moment for us and I will never forget that beautiful day. The pictures turned out like stills from a classic (and glamorous) western movie… such a gorgeous landscape!
For our engagement pictures, we had a location in mind where we wanted to shoot; however, due to concerns about rain and flooding that day, we ended up shooting at an alternate location, Rixey Manor. Michelle was so helpful and was able to coordinate us using this alternate location the day before, and guess what, everything turned out amazing! Michelle is a master at shooting in natural light and you would never guess what a dreary day it was as the pictures turned out magical as if time stood still with each frame.
For our wedding at Walden Hall, Michelle worked so hard to capture our celebration. Everything felt so natural as we were so comfortable in front of the camera and we owe that all to Michelle. We selected a hybrid film and digital package and cannot wait to see how these pictures turned out!
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!
Where do we even begin, Michelle is absolutely fabulous! From the very beginning Michelle has gone above and beyond our expectations of a photographer. She made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. She always had an answer for some crazy question I emailed her about. She was a huge help with our timeline of the day. I had come up with a draft of the timeline for the wedding day and she made fantastic suggestions to help make it better. The photos she takes are just breathtaking. My husband and I are very excited to work with Michelle again for other big moments in our lives!
Michelle is wonderful to work with and produces quality photos!
by Walden Hall
WeddingLovely Blog Features
Photographer Michelle Lieb says "Haf and David both met as educators…Haf a classroom teacher and David a principal. The two are both outstanding educators and an incredible couple with a LOT of chemistry who really enjoy being with each other."
This idyllic engagement shoot comes to us from Michelle Lieb of Lieb Photographic. Here's what she has to say about this photo shoot and the happy couple: