About Michelle Deppe
Kaysville, Farmington, Layton, Centerville, Bountiful, North Salt Lake, Woods Cross, Syracuse, Salt Lake City, Utah photographer
My approach to photography
In high school I took photography and loved developing film and making my own black and white prints. In college I worked at a busy portrait studio in the mall and learned to work with lots of families and babies. I'd consider myself a patient person (being a parent pushes your patience, right?).
I have a small home studio, and I love to be outdoors making photos. My casual photography style is realistic and natural. I want your images to be timeless, not trendy. I keep it real and don't over edit photos (I'm not going to give you plastic surgery in a photo.)
I believe everyone is beautiful and has features to showcase. My goal is to make you look your best and capture real emotion. My favorite photos are more candid ones with genuine expressions. Our family session have games for the kids and I want it to be a fun experience. (Expect dancing, snuggles, tickling, kisses, running and playing outside.) I want you to feel something special when you look at your photos.
I feel honored to captures memories of newborns in your home where the family and new baby feel the most comfortable. My newborn lifestyle sessions have natural posing and include you and your family in the session. I don't have extra props. Babies can be swaddled or naked. Sleeping or awake. I take pictures on your bed and near windows for the best light.
Let me tell your family story in maternity, newborn, family, to graduating senior photography. Each memory is remembered in a photograph. As you grow the memories will stay.
Our Deppe Family
I know what it's like to try to get your family excited for photos, especially teens. I have 4 older kids, 2 cats, and a super patient husband in Kaysville, Utah. I've been a mom 22 years and am experienced with taking photos of families. My son is on the autism spectrum so I can understand others with special needs.
Photography is important to me because each moment only lives once. In a photography we can freeze time and make a memory. Really, it's your family history. I love to see photos of my parents and grandparents and see how they were in their younger years, don't you? In photographs I can see resemblances of me in my extended family and it helps me to connect with them. The photos you take now will one day be seen by your great grandkids and be part of your family history.
Here's our latest family photo with all my kids together for a minute. Now that all my kids don't live at home I love to see their photos on my wall everyday.
I love the mountains and grew up in Utah. I wanted a mountain backdrop for our photos and my kids were patient enough to climb through the weeds to get this photo. I'm an outdoorsy person with imperfect hair, no make up, and I wear my Birkenstocks everywhere.
Ready to be on my calendar? Here's what's next:
I have an online calendar or you can fill out the contact form and I will email you back. I ask for a $95 deposit at the time of booking. Click on "Book Online Now" and choose a date and pay with a credit card to reserve your spot.
Prepare for Session
Next I will send you a contract and questionnaire to get to know you better.
I also have a location guide and ideas on what to wear for your session. If you have a specific location let me know and we can see what time of day is best for that area.
I'm available to call, text, or email with any questions.
During the Session
At the session plan to play outside with your family and I will make a memory of who you are right now.
I like to take photos about an hour before sunset when the light is golden.
Let me direct the family and lead the shoot. If kids aren't "good" it's ok. We can take breaks, dance, run around, and have a snack or drink for the little ones.
After the Session
When we're done I ask for the remaining payment to be made. I take cash, Venmo, or I can invoice you to pay with credit card.
The photos will be uploaded to an online gallery for you to download and share. You can also order professional prints, frames, canvas, and cards through the gallery website. All of the orders are shipped to you.
Any Questions for Me? I'd love to talk to you about it.
Michelle was absolutely amazing to work with! She was very interactive with my kids and made us feel so comfortable. The shots she got of our family were incredible! We couldn't have asked for more. We will definitely be return customers!
Published in Photography Magazines
- Open Lens
- Our Photographer's Circle
- Rogue Photographer
- Creative Eye
- Color Shot
award winning and experienced photographer
- 2020 Kaysville 4th of July photo contest winner
- Worked at the JC Penny Portrait Studio
- Contributing photographer for the Foundation of Art/Photo in hospitals
- Award winning photographs for Utah Lake Foundation and County Fair
my nature photos from wandering around Kaysville, Utah
These are a few of my favorite things...
- family dinners at home
- card games
- hiking and wandering outside
- blueberries and raspberries
- soft fluffy socks
- popcorn and Netflix