Michaela Sanderson is a professional photographer based in Salem, Oregon, who specializes in family portraits, weddings, and photojournalism. She is in her senior year at Corban University, majoring in media arts and working as the photo editor for the school newspaper and yearbook.
My favorite thing about photography is the reactions from clients when they see their images. It warms my heart seeing clients post their photos on social media, and when I do sessions for family and friends, I often get the pleasure of seeing my work hung on their wall when I come visit. Knowing that the photos are being enjoyed, and that they will be enjoyed for years to come, is the reason why I love what I do.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done family portraits, engagement shoots, weddings, events, the list goes on, but I try to make each one special by looking for the story of my subjects and trying to capture it in the photos. One example is a session I did in June of 2018 for a family friend who was close to passing away and wanted one last photo session with his family. I made it my mission to capture the love they all had for each other and to make the session itself a pleasant experience for the family to remember after their father/husband's passing.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I have won first place prizes for my photography at the San Diego County Fair and my university's annual Fusion Art Show. I've also received awards for my photos in my university newspaper.
A fun fact about this photographer
I live at a horse ranch in a renovated camper trailer with my ball python as a roommate.