About

elegant and zany photography – from near and far…

My name is Miechelle (me-shell). My Dad, has always been a Beatles fan. So my name was adjusted to sound like Paul singing ‘Michelle’ – Miechelle..my belle.

mishkuu has been my nickname ever since i was in 7th grade (1997) by my friends. To this day, how they came up with it remains a mystery. I’m still called it to this day by different groups of friends. You can see ‘mishkuu’ (never capitalized), in my logo! See if you can find it 😉

I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a certificate (an in-between a BA and a MA) in Asian Studies. I love learning about different cultures and meeting new people. Anything artsy is a loved hobby of mine (music, photography, drawing, digital art), and I love trying new things.

I studied abroad in 2006 in Japan through Temple University Japan – was there for 4 months. I traveled a lot while attending school for Cultural Anthropology, Asian Studies, and Japanese. I also went on vacation there in 2009 – 8 days in Tokyo, and 8 days in Okinawa. I traveled to Mexico in 2013, and was there for a week with my husband. You can find photos from my trips within the various galleries on this site. (the picture on the left was taken in Okinawa)

I have always liked taking photos, but never truly thought of it as a full-time hobby. While in Japan in 2006, I first started to experiment with different angles and lighting for the first time. Even though I had a regular hand-held digital camera (Panasonic DMC-LZ7) at the time – I stretched what I could do with it, and became very pleased with the outcome. I started to enjoy taking photos as a hobby, but I still had a long way to go… A few of the older photos on my website were taken with my hand-held camera! (ex: The New River Bridge photo) A few years later I received my Olympus PEN E-PL1 for Christmas as a surprise gift.

I am a self-taught photographer utilizing the skills and fundamental elements from several photography classes I have attended. I also continue to study books and online sources, and gain knowledge from the ever-so-fun experimentation of my lovely little camera.

I currently have a 42mm, 58mm, and my newest lens being my 60mm macro lens.

My favorite things to photograph are animals, insects, and landscapes. I’m currently studying various ways on how to photograph people. I was very pleased with my first commercial photoshoot from the end of March – I learned new things and obtained shots I really like, while meeting wonderful new people. I also love taking photos of kids being just kids.

Thank you to my friends and family for believing in me and to continue on with my photo-adventure.

If you have any questions on me or my photography, please feel free to drop me a line through the contact page.

Thank You!
-Miechelle 🙂

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