Thank you to each and every photographer, hobbyist, business owner and mom with a camera who has trusted me to help grow their business and their craft, through coaching, mentoring and tools of the trade. I'm consistently humbled.
"I sought to be taught by Michelle because I was falling into a rut of an awful routine. I wanted to rekindle my creativity, and no one better than Michelle to shadow and see how exactly she creates those soulful images you see from her. Michelle's workshop was like learning from a super rockstar BFF. She is attentive to your needs and makes sure that you are being provided all that she can give until the very last drop! She'll laugh with you a lot, be silly and just be her genuinely awesome self. All the perfect recipe I think for a super relaxed and easy going mentoring session. I started my intensive early on the day that I arrived with introductions, food and wine.. yum! After that we dove right in and completed 3 shoots over the course of two days, all unique and different genres. We spent late nights (and days) editing, talking business, website review, pricing and going through the images we shot together. I even feel like I got my money's worth way before I got on the plane, and I know that sounds crazy...but you're just going to have to mentor with her to see exactly what I mean. I would do it all again 10x's."
Marie Holmes | Marie Holmes Photography
"Going in to a workshop or any educational adventure, you never know what you are going to get. With Michelle, I came away not only with great knowledge but a great friend on many levels. Her honesty and motivation were exactly what I needed to hear. Not to mention that she made sure we went over everything that I wanted to cover (because every photographer and business persons needs are different). I absolutely cherished my time with her. I would recommend her mentoring workshop to anyone, especially those who are in their first years of their photography business."
Jaclyn Jezik | One Twenty Two Photography Design
"I have been following Michelle since I met her here in NC a couple years back. Her imagery is beautiful, emotional and will draw you in and make you stay! When she announced that she was doing intensives this year again, I decided this was the year and made the investment!! I have wanted to take my business to the next level for a while but have been stumped as to where I should start. Michelle gave me confidence, reassurance and a kick in the butt (an ever so polite one, hehe). She said to me several times over our two days together to just go for it and follow up with what's holding you back?! It was those little pushes I needed and I'm thankful for! I walked away with some incredible marketing knowledge and tools, some business 101, a crash course in Lightroom, a working blog and more. Michelle will arrange your time together based on what you need & want to learn and that is the beauty of these intensives. I also left this experience with a friend, Michelle has a sweet, beautiful soul and genuinely wants to help you and share her experiences with you! So if you are trying to decide whether it will be worth it, IT IS!"
Tanya Levi | Tanya LeShe Photography
"I had an amazing time at my 1:1 workshop intense with Michelle. She made the most of our time and packed a lot in, which was wonderful - we had three different photo sessions during our two days together, as well as time spent working on editing techniques. Michelle gave very helpful critique of my work and had great suggestions for improving the variety of shots that I take in each session and being more purposeful with light. We talked a lot about smart business practices - improving workflow and client communications, taking a good look at my pricing, etc. Michelle was warm, funny, smart, and put a lot of care and thought into answering my questions. I highly recommend her mentoring services - the 1:1 intensive was worth every penny and more! I came home feeling super motivated to work on what we had talked about and feel more confident in my shooting. Thank you Michelle!!"
Sarah Severson | Sarah Severson Photography
"If I had to choose one way to describe Michelle's teaching style, Id say "She holds nothing back." Before booking the intensive, I had only bought one of Michelle's E-Books, A Camera's a Camera. Her generosity with her knowledge in her ebook is the reason it was so easy to click the button for the 1:1 intensive. It proved her teaching style to be nothing less than EVERYTHING that she could possible share to help us. After purchasing the intensive, I was overwhelmed with what we had access to instantly. I was a giddy kid in a candy shop! I was added to her active FB group of previous 1:1 Intensive participants turned friends. And yes, she is active in there all the time! Once we finally got to Savannah and the intensive began, Michelle was persistent about checking to see if she was meeting our expectations of education throughout our time with her. One of the many valuable take-aways was an in-camera technique that she uses that has significantly improved the overall quality of my sessions. The restaurant choices were outstanding!!! It was relieving to find out that she is a healthy mix of professional and human - fun, personable and generous! She worked hard to meet our expectations. The entire 2 day educational adventure was a blessing!"
Elizabeth Joy | Elizabeth Joy Creative
"There are SO many guides on the market for so many different areas. The unPacked Catalogue is not like them at all. It is PACKED with information. I'm used to purchasing guides and there being lots of 'fluff' (large photos, large fonts) so once I opened unPacked I was shocked. Simple as that. It is COMPLETELY PACKED with information and the way it was written made it easy to follow. I printed every page, purchased highlighters and sticky notes, and got to work (my poor printer!). Michelle did a fabulous job!"
Sarah Cambio | Sarah Cambio Photography
"So incredibly blessed to spend two days with master photographer, shoot-into-the-sun superstar, warm, funny, encouraging Michelle L Morris! She is a great teacher, generous with tips and tricks, patient with people who don't know left from right in Lightroom. I see why her four guys love her and why families from across the region come to her exclusively for beautiful photography that will be treasured for generations."
Esther Griffin | Esther Griffin Photography
"Michelle was a fantastic host. She was super easy to talk to and be transparent. She answered every question I had and helped critique my images in a positive but truthful manner. I felt at ease the moment I met her and loved our "class" time as well as our real shooting sessions. I learned so much and it totally transformed my workflow. She also gave me the courage to go after my target market. I feel this was a great investment for me personally and for my business. We laughed a lot and I just had a great time learning from her. She is a natural teacher and everything is hands on. She is super approachable and I never felt intimidated or strange asking even the silliest question. I felt sad to leave Savannah as if I was leaving an old friend. It hope that I get to work with Michelle again in the future!"
Shelly Lambert | Shelly Lambert Photography
"I would highly recommend The Open Book to anyone getting started in a photography business. Michelle has really created a comprehensive guide to setting up a healthy, profitable and satisfying business along with generous guidance for creating images that will make clients dance happy dances. As an experienced photographer with a profitable business already, there was a lot in The Open Book that I already knew or did. So, would I recommend it to experienced photographers? Yes. Here's why: It can be hard to find photographer friends with whom you can openly and honestly compare notes and learn their "secrets to success" (we're sometimes a competitive bunch, right?) -- but Michelle, in The Open Book, is exactly that. She shares her hard-won expertise freely and I picked up lots of little nuggets that have polished my business and my life easier and my clients happier. It's ALWAYS good to refresh your creative spirit with lessons on composition and lighting and see wonderful examples of that, and TOB is full of examples. The extras that come with TOB are priceless, and the private Facebook group is warm, helpful, funny, and generous. Buy The Open Book, dig in, and enjoy the rewards."
Katie Walls | Red Turtle Photography
"I recently attended a 2 day intensive workshop with Michelle. It was simply a fabulous experience. I learned a great deal about technique, editing, marketing, and the business side through Michelle's creative, and insightful guidance. And, even more, I gained a friend and truly enjoyed the hours spent talking through our passion for capturing memories and how to make that experience even better. Michelle rocks."
Mel Connor | Mel Connor Photography
"I couldn't be more happy about what I learned and my time spent with Michelle. Meeting her in person confirmed what I already thought about her based on her blog posts and Facebook posts. She is a fun, genuine, smart person who loves what she does and cares about helping others find their passion and excel in their own photography. My time spent with Michelle far exceeded my expectations. She was an open book and was willing to help with anything and everything I wanted to learn. I would highly recommend this mentorship to anyone who may be considering it! Thank you Michelle!
Molly Shields | Molly Shields Photography
"It is 100% the reason for my success. By following unPacked I instantly picked up two preschools and a new private high school and had sales just over $4K."
Corrie Lindros | Corrie Lindros Photography
"Amazingly generous information and experience shared in the unPacked catalogue. So helpful to be able to use Michelle's wording for various scenarios (contact with school, parents, etc). I can't say enough good things about this product. It gave me the confidence to go after a school job, successfully deliver, and make parents very happy. School portrait success is entirely attributed to unPacked. LOVE that Michelle is providing the updated version to previous investors. That is just so generous. And I'm loving the FB group."
Carrie Yuan | Yi Li Photography
"I had very high hopes when I registered for a 1:1 workshop with Michelle. I am picky about where I invest my professional development dollars and I don't spend $$ without being really sure there is something wonderful for me to learn from a person or class. The first thing I have to say about Michelle's workshop is that she exceeded every single expectation I had. Michelle began our time together by making notes on all the topics I wanted to cover during our two days. Throughout the next 48 or so hours, she referred to those notes repeatedly, to determine our next topic, and to review and make sure I'd gotten what I hoped for in each category. We discussed workflow and some technical points in Lightroom and Photoshop that I wanted to learn; we discussed the ins and outs of having a studio assistant; we talked about what steps I could take to build a mentoring side to my business; she made sure that I left with a full on studio source book and the PSD files to keep it up to date; she talked portfolio and the psychology of a blog post; she shared editing techniques and offered feedback on mine; and the shoots: where do I even start to describe how amazing it is to shoot with Michelle?She went above and beyond to arrange my dream shoot. Dream Shoot, plus two other inspiring shoots that stretched and delighted me. When Michelle shoots with you, she's as hands off or on as you want, minute-by-minute. We talked about finding magical light in various settings, compared camera settings and shot until I got what I wanted. She helped me hone my vision in the moment and capture it. I got to observe (and mimic) her methods of getting kids to cooperate without squelching their free spirit, so you can really see them, and bring that into your photographs. Both my artist and my business woman were fed by my time with Michelle. I came hoping to hone some aspects of my business, and also looking for the inspiration and skill to really make my own work stand out and sing. I got both, and much more. I left in an exhausted, blissed-out haze! And I a gained a friend. She even sent me notes afterward recapping things we'd discussed."
Katie Walls | Red Turtle Photography
"I love everything about unPacked. I love that it is like Michelle holding my hand through every single detail. So far, everyone has been shocked at how organized I am and prepared (It's all because of unPacked!)... Loved the verbatim emails you give us to use in our correspondence, loved the detailed list of what's really necessary and what is optional, loved your suggestions for things that make the child smile or have authentic expressions, Loved it all! Thank you so much, Michelle! You are obviously a giver... so generous to share such terrific knowledge. On a personal note, I so appreciate your transparency in regards to being a Christian. You have encouraged me and given me a confidence in my possibilities as far as photography goes, too!"
Beth Daghfal | Beth Daghfal Photography
"I think the book as a whole is fabulous. It saved me!! The best part for me was the technical stuff. How close to stand, what kind of backdrop, what f-stop and so on. I am a visual person so pictures help me a ton! I just want to say thank you! I thoroughly enjoyed and learned from reading and seeing visual aids in your book. I'm blessed to be a part of the Facebook group you put together and also feel very blessed to call you a friend. Thank you sweet Michelle!"
Katie Nelson | Katie Jeanne Nelson Photography
"Michelle's 1:1 Workshop was wonderful. It was just they type of experience I was looking for. Most workshops, while informative and rejuvenating, have always left me wanting more. There wouldn't be enough time or there were too many other participants to get the kind of attention I was looking for. Michelle gave me her undivided attention and focused on the things that really concerned my photography and my business. Her openness and willingness to share her knowledge was refreshing. I left Savannah feeling confident and excited to implement my new knowledge."
Elizabeth Miller | Elizabeth Miller Photography
"The best thing about the unPacked Catalogue is the fact that Michelle holds nothing back, not information, not her opinion, nothing. It is extremely refreshing to find something from another photographer that is not guarded and half bits on information. The areas that were the most helpful were the specifics on equipment, the wording on reaching out to schools, pricing, galleries, and packaging. Um, so basically everything? Thank you Michelle for being so open and honest and genuinely caring - it is a huge help and is creating more ripples than you even know!"
Kim Branagan | Kim Branagan Photography
"The unPacked Catalogue gave me the confidence to say yes to doing school photography! It walked you through each step and was chock full of information. This really made my school shoot a wonderful experience for the families as well as a business success for me. I would not have attempted such a large endeavor had it not been for your book!"
Judy Whitmore | Judy Whitmore Photography
"This was actually the 2nd best education piece purchased. So many times you think this new "workshop/workbook" will be helpful- only to realize that it was a bad mistake and now a loss of money. The unPacked Catalogue was written perfectly. Very detailed- very open and honest. And I loved the screenshot/videos and images to see example. I also loved how you shared actual verbiage- which is extremely helpful as well!"
Jackie Charlebois | Jackie Charlebois Photography
"Extremely thorough, chock full of crazy important facts! I loved every part for many reasons, the process of contacting schools all the way through to delivery of orders... Everything was amazing! The unPacked Catalogue played a huge part in helping me launch my school photography business. I have gone from 1 school last year to 6 schools this year! Your seasoned and thorough and thoughtful advice have helped immeasurably!"
Krista Brenner | Sprout Photo
"The unPacked Catalogue has played a major role in my school portrait success. After reading it I was able to build up my confidence to ask my daughter's preschool director for a chance to do spring portraits. This year I've asked her if I can do them again plus another preschool. After doing the preschool's pictures I gained more clients, which in turn, has helped my family portrait business. There's no way I would have been able to successfully pull off 90 preschooler's school pics without the catalogue. I studied it long and hard, made notes, reread, etc. It helped me be organized to where once I started shooting the overall process went very smoothly and I never felt overwhelmed but the process."
Pam Parisi | P Squared Studios
"I hate it when people don't give me criticism when I really want to learn and grow, but I can honestly not think of a thing that I felt was missing from the Guide (the unPacked Catalogue). I think it is possibly the most comprehensive and useful 'How To' that I have ever read. I would like you to write one on parenting. The entire General Prep section was fantastic. I liked hearing about your real life examples of things that didn't work, and why. School selection section excellent. Actual text that can be used for communication - and communication steps broken down to detail. So many things you wouldn't necessarily think of until you had done it, but because of the Guide I learnt from your experience. Before the shoot, Day of shoot - I loved all the tiny details you shared that you learned about on the job. All the How To with the MachForms and the websites, excellent and so easy to read and digest. Your written communication skills are wonderful!"
Melissa Straughton | Smile Photographics
"I loved that you had every detail of how you run this part of your business in there - pricing and workflow especially. These are the parts that are always hardest to figure out when starting something new. It really gave me ideas and a good jumpstart on how I could mold it to fit my usual workflow (ie I work pretty much only in Lightroom and do proofing through Shootproof, so there are a lot of differences there). This guide has a lot of info. and less fluff. I was wary to purchase any more of these types of products from photographers b/c usually they are mostly fluff and images. This was the depth I was looking for. Also loved the explanation of your set up (backdrop etc) and all of those details about what to do for reshoots, inclement weather, etc."
Jessica Remus | Jessica Remus Photography
"I LOVE the concept of your school portraits! The simple background and set up creates a relaxed and fun atmosphere for kids. It puts them at ease and allows them to focus on me (the photographer). The photos came out beautifully and were simple to edit quickly. It was very inspiring to read through the guide, I couldn't wait to get started and build my own portfolio. You really helped by breaking down the steps, making it approachable and taking the mystery out of the process."
Jen Dwyer | Jen Dwyer Photography
"Anyone who reads this book (the unPacked Catalogue) can't argue that she doesn't hold anything back. She shares every precious detail of how she's made things work for herself. The book is so easy and enjoyable to read because her teaching style is so easy going and charming. This is a GREAT business resource for someone wanting to learn about her simple yet effective business structure!"
Elizabeth Joy | Elizabeth Joy Creative
"Thanks to Michelle and the unPacked catalogue, I booked my first schools for September. Although I had only ever shot a daycare before, I went into the meeting with confidence because I could base my offerings on a tried and tested model. Michelle goes above and beyond with her teachings, provides a thorough step-by-step model to follow, and even is so kind to follow up with any questions you may have. I have bought all of Michelle's e-books and each one of them is jam-packed with all the information you need and more! I have purchased e-books from photographers before and spent a lot more money, but nothing comes close to how thorough and informative Michelle's e-books are."