Welcome to
Michelle De La Vara Photography,
Your Professional Photographer
Michelle De La Vara Photography is a multi-award winning photography studio that specializes in weddings, quinceañeras, senior, and fashion photography. We serve the greater Southern California area.
Please browse our portfolio to view our latest work!

We are professional photographers in Los Angeles proudly serving our clients. Our photography is unique and artistic. Our goal is to capture your moments creatively and beautifully so you will have exquisite photography to cherish forever.



These are comments received by my clients.

You will hear most photographers say “photography is my passion”. (I have to admit… it is cliché.)


It’s cool. It’s fun. Every project is unique. Never a dull moment.

For you, it will definitely be a fun experience. I always educate my clients ahead of time to make sure they understand that I what I do is a PRODUCTION. I am equipped with assistants and a lot of equipment because what I do is not just ordinary. I strive for EXTRAORDINARY.

Most photographers usually specialize in one or two areas of photography. I can’t seem to commit to just one or two. I love families, models, weddings, quinceaneras, events, and more. I love shooting everywhere. Why? Because it is challenging to create amazing artistry and I love a challenge. I offer both environmental photography and studio photography in my Uptown Whittier location.

And, in case you are wondering, I have won several awards for my work.

I graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Unlike most photographers, I have over 20 years in marketing/advertising/design/layout experience that really does make a difference in my photography business. My vision is not limited to just taking a great photo. It extends beyond the photography process and the possibilities are endless.

Please contact me with any questions at michelledelavara@gmail.com or call 562.824.0017.

AWARDS 2018 

March 2018 – 6 All Valley Professional Photographers (AVPP) Merits

May 2018 – 5 Inland Empire Professional Photographers (IEPPV) Merits

July 2018 – 2 Inland Empire Professional Photographers (IEPPV) Merits

September 2018 – 4 Inland Empire Professional Photographers (IEPPV) Merits

AWARDS 2017 

2017 Photographer of the Year – 3rd Place (AVPP)

2017 Judges Choice Award – First Place – “Wings of Love”

November 2017 – 1st Place Best of Show  “Wings of Love”

May 2017 – 1st Place Best of Show “Whisper to Me”

17 All Valley Professional Photographers (AVPP) Merits

3 Professional Photographer of California (PPC)  Merits – State Competition


2016 Photographer of the Year – Second Place

17 All Valley Professional Photographers (AVPP) Merits

3 Professional Photographer of California (PPC)  Merits – State Competition

1 Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Silver Award