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Michelle De La Vara Photography,
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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.
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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.

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Whether you are an aspiring wedding or Quinceañera photographer, this is the workshop for you. This is a hands-on 2 day workshop that focuses on the wedding workflow from booking the client to delivery of your final products. We will have an actual wedding couple to practice with and will be practicing inside a church and a reception hall. Topics to be addressed are as follows: 1. You have booked a wedding, now what? Organization, Communication, Timeline. 2. Preparing your gear for the event and working with what you have. 3. Establishing a timeline and stick to the plan. 4. Always have a PLAN B. What to do when problems arise. 5. Photographing the details. 6. Bridal Prep/Groom Prep on location. 7. Photographing the ceremony. Learn important pitfalls you can easily avoid. We will be photographing inside a church. 8. Covering the reception. We will be on location. 9. Managing your files after the event is complete. 10. Final delivery to your clients. COST $500 Questions? Email me at michelle@michelledelavara.com Read more
I had the honor of making a dream come true! The Make a Wish Foundation contacted me and asked if I would be willing to donate my time for this beautiful girl. Without hesitation, I put her on my schedule. In addition to the Quinceanera event, I also scheduled a pre-quinceanera session a week before. So excited to give back!  Read more
WHITTIER, CALIF – Michelle De La Vara is busy organizing and renovating the well-known studio where generations of local families went to have personal histories and precious memories captured. She is deeply aware that the transition is much more than a renovation. She is recreating a special space that many consider part of their own family tradition, while at the same time honoring her talent and the grit it took to bring her to this moment and place. Effective September 1 De La Vara took over the lease of photographer Rebecca Merlino’s studio which has been open more than 35 years in uptown Whittier. De La Vara will continue to offer the portrait and studio sittings for which Merlino became renowned. In addition, De La Vara has earned multiple awards for her portraits and she also offers extensive services in event photography. “I’m excited and honored to begin this chapter of my life,” said De La Vara. “After 20 years building a successful marketing firm I discovered my passion for photography. I took one class and became obsessed with photography as an art. From there I never looked back. The last four years have been spent developing my skills to […] Read more
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Testani who celebrated their wedding on July 29, 2017 in the Los Angeles area. The couple was absolutely stunning and it was a pleasure to work with this kind family. The ceremony took place at the gorgeous St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood, followed by their reception at the Dream Palace Banquet Hall in Glendale. Read more