Raleigh Wedding Photographer
Hi there- Michelle here!


Thanks so much for visiting my page and checking out my work!


I have been a wedding photographer for over 8 years now, and I love it for SO many reasons! I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to travel all over the world for this career, photographing in Iceland, Greenland, Puerto Rico, and across the United States- frequenting spots in the Midwest and the PNW.  I’ve been able to sign as a witness to the most intimate elopements,  photographed big, luxurious weddings filled with exquisite flowers and candles, and have been featured in various magazines and websites.


These things are all very fun and incredible, however, the REAL reason I love being a wedding photographer is to be able to CELEBRATE all the LOVE and JOY that my couples have been blessed with. For me, this is what it’s all about. It’s about families getting together, epic dance moves, the happy tears of gratefulness for the people you love, the wide-grinning glances with your beloved, and the sweet, quiet kisses when you two are alone.


These moments are more important than any posed photograph, and these are the things I aim to capture. Just natural moments and natural beauty. I want you to look back at your wedding album with your kids and grandkids and instantly remember all the FEELINGS- the anticipation, the joy, the beauty, even the way the breeze felt in your hair that day, and the way the warm sun felt on your skin. Because enjoying this day is what it’s all about. I want you to be able to do that over and over again through your photographs.


I am a big fan of all things genuine – natural poses and natural light. While I do use flash for dancing and reception photos, I generally love to capture the ambiance and lighting as it is. I like to keep the images as authentic to your day as possible. I would say that my photography is very much an extension of my personality- which is genuine, sophisticated, loving, and free-spirited.


When I’m not out photographing weddings and elopements (or editing!), I will probably be found enjoying some restful time off with my sweet, lazy fur-child, Migo Perrito. I love picnics, and long bike rides with Migo in my basket, tending to house plants, and reading all sorts of books. I love watching storms roll in and listening to the thunder. If I ever watch TV, its probably Seinfeld or Friends re-runs.  I eat chocolate every single day (no exceptions!… actually some days I have to admit that I almost ONLY eat chocolate. Oops!). I think IPA’s are the tastiest drinks ever. I really love to sing in my car while I drive (I will most definitely be dancing and singing along on the dance floor at your wedding). I grew up in Chicago, but I love living in North Carolina and I’ve been here for nearly all of the past 9 years.


My name is Michelle Elyse- most people call me Shelley… but those who’ve known me a long time call me Shellers. I’d love to get to know you and learn allllll about your plans- no matter how big or small! Feel free to send me an email for more information about my packages and pricing. I’m based in Raleigh – Durham, North Carolina, but happily travel to Greensboro, Charlotte, Wilmington, Richmond, and beyond.


Thanks so much for taking the time to get to know a little bit about me and I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Much Love,
Michelle Elyse Hartman


For reviews from previous couples, please see Kind Words, my Google Business Listing, and my Wedding Wire Listing

Feel free to also check out my destination wedding company (est 2010), Hartman Outdoor Photography


Raleigh Outdoor Wedding Photography