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Behind the Lens

ABOUT Mirelle

favorite things, people and places

Things I love: paper hearts, cool weather, a good pair of Italian made shoes, and framing paintings my kids have made.

If you’re having trouble pronouncing my name, it rhymes with Pharrell (as in Williams… as in Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!). I have been a full-time fine art photographer based in San Diego and Santa Barbara county for almost 13 years. 

I am an Arkansas born, San Diego raised, UC Santa Barbara educated Filipino-American with a French and Scottish name.

Aside from photography and film, I also enjoy traveling, colorful textiles, reading, wandering art museums alone, and quality beach time.


I'm Mirelle

about ME

Anything Mediterranean, sushi, short ribs, lobster rolls, and tacos. Always tacos.

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My husband Patrick and I have two kids, Riley and Trent. Riley loves water polo, surfing, anime, and Disneyland. Trent loves soccer, waterslides, boba, and arcades. Patrick's career is wildly different from mine, but both our jobs have blessed us with the ability to explore different parts of the world and learn about different cultures with our kids. We have enjoyed lots of time on the road and in the air, but also love being at home and having friends and family over.

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Caramels from Pärlans Konfektyr, coffee from a moka pot, clubmaster Ray-Bans, My Celine bag from the Philo era, a shell or rock from every beach visited, and an overabundance of houseplants.

My treasures

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Bringing home local art from places I've visited, rewatching my favorite holiday movies all year long, curating my closet with investment pieces (slowly!), and long beach days.

PASTTIME

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San Miguel de Allende, Stockholm, Kauai, Kyoto, all of Italy, and Newport, Rhode Island!

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Falling in love with people's love stories (especially when they meet at an airport)! 

part of my job

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my favorite things:

never did I imagine...

I Love happy clients!
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When I first started my business, my goal was to see my work in a magazine... never did I imagine this!

It has been an honor to have my work frequently published with many print magazines and online publications including The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Modern Luxury Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Magnolia Rouge, Destination I Do, 100 Layer Cake, French Style, California Wedding Day, Green Wedding Shoes, Snippet & Ink, and many more.

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It is my goal to photograph your wedding in the form of timeless images full of light, color, and emotion. My style is both journalistic and editorial – capturing unexpected moments while also composing beautiful portraits. I want my clients to relive their wedding through their photographs, and treasure them as family heirlooms. Thank you for considering me as your photographer.

a blend of significant instances, fleeting moments, and beauty that is enduring.

Your wedding will have an exclusive story...

xo, Mirelle

© Mirelle carmichael 2021

photos by Mirelle carmichael

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