I have known Michele since the early 1990's when we worked together on international expedition films for ESPN and ABC. Her photographic talents were evident then, but what was most striking was, and remains, her ability to make anyone feel comfortable in stressful situations like photo portrait sessions. Michele charms her subjects and makes them feel at ease, which allows them to reveal themselves to her camera. She is a standout. Her technical skills and preparation are fully professional and current, and her follow-through is what we come to expect from any pro who puts the client first. I dont really like having my picture taken, but Michele made it tolerable and even fun for me and for my family.
- Greg Poschman/Pitkin County Commissioner
We absolutely LOVED working with Michele. Not only are her photos stunning, she is an amazing person to work with. Finding the right photographer you can rely on to capture the essence of your website, family photos, or special event can be a daunting task. Michele works brilliantly with angles and light to capture moments in the most creative and elegant ways possible. She is also fun and energetic and she has a knack for making everyone feel at ease during her photo sessions.
- Lisa Cohen/Lisa Cohen Fitness
I have seen Michele's extraordinary family portraits of friends throughout the Roaring Fork Valley for many years and couldn't wait to have some of our own! Among many, there are three main reasons that Michele's talent is a stand out. First, she achieves stunning depth, natural color and light, and FOCUS in her photos. Second, she is a pro at guiding her subjects to look natural, unposed, and beautiful. Finally, she sees settings and backgrounds, both distant and up close, that are not readily obvious to the untrained eye. She delighted us with a finished series of unique personal photographs that are true to our family's personalities and a sense of place. She is truly sensational!
I've worked with Michele for two years now on a big project/photo shoots and I always look forward to working with her because she is such a professional.
Michele prepares for each shoot in advance and then is ready for anything during the shoot.
Michele knows how to get the best shot of everyone in front of her camera and I'm always pleased with her photo's. Only problem I have is trying to pick just one final photo because there are so many good ones. It's a true pleasure to work with her.
- Nancy Mayer/Publisher of Aspen Sojourner
I cannot more enthusiastically recommend Michele as not only a great photographer, but also a wonderful person to work with. Michele listened patiently to the emotions and images we were hoping to capture from our wedding, and then worked quietly and graciously to realize those. We’ll treasure the result of her efforts for the rest of our lives. Thank you, Michele.
- David Carter
Hi Michele, It's Audrey, Holly's sister. I just wanted to drop a note and say how impressed I am with your photography. I am looking at the proofs and basically 'hearting' all of them. How is it possible that everyone looks so great!? I'm in love with your work. And I can't believe the lightning speed with which you culled and edited everything and posted. It's really, really amazing. I know she appreciates it. You did such an amazing job capturing the day. Thank you so much for being a part of everything. Holly and Jeff were very lucky to have had you take pictures of their big day. p.s.- I almost fell off my chair when I saw that solo headshot of my Mom - the lady w/ the pink scarf. She always blinks and usually it's so hard to capture her on camera but I honestly have to say that she looks amazing and it's so beautiful to see. I will definitely want a print of that framed for our house!
Michele Cardamone is a jewel. Not only is she a consummate professional, but she is an enthusiastic partner in the process. Creative, fast, decisive, and responsive. What more could you want? Oh, and yes, she makes you look way better than your normal self. I wouldn't consider using anyone else.
- Ann Abernethy
Just wanted to let you know how thrilled we are with our family photos!!! I know how challenging it can be to get even good pictures when you have 3 young children involved and 3 guys! But you did amazing work and captured our family at its best. Not only does the family look great but the backdrops bring back amazing memories of our vacation in the snow. Now the hard part comes when trying to narrow down to a few shots from all these wonderful photos you got! But what a great problem to have. You have been so great to work with from our chats on the phone to trampling through 12 inches of snow. You kept everyone smiling and engaged and now we have a lifetime memory. Thanks so very much!!!
- Judy Bagwell
Michele has a magical touch with both her camera and her subjects and the results are nothing short of phenomenal. She is relaxed, yet professional; in control, yet easy-going. Most importantly, Michele makes the process- from planning the shoot to delivery of photos- fun!
- Caroline Fitzgibbons
Michele not only did an amazing job of capturing the key moments and understanding what we were trying to accomplish in photographs from our wedding, but she interacted beautifully with every person there, including young children. Her photographs reflect spontaneity and capture emotion and she's an absolutely wonderful person to work with.
- Gail Solway & Chris Mile
Michele is the most professional photographer I have ever worked with. She tackles any situation and does it with such positive creative energy. My kids had no idea a photo shoot could be so fun! Michele loves to incorporate the natural surroundings in her photographs and is able to individualize each situation, creating a unique experience for her clients. I highly recommend her!
- Sue Hopkinson
Michele created our family portraits on a very cold, snowy, beautiful day in Aspen and they are nothing short of spectacular! She easily directed our family of 10 (ages 5-59) with her kindness, excitement, humor, and expertise making everyone feel like they were the star of the session. Everything went perfectly from the moment I emailed Michele to ask about her availability. Even before we arrived in Aspen she assisted me with her creative insight into our wardrobes and selected the perfect location of the session. Looking for pictures in Aspen - look no further than Michele. My only disappointment is that she won't be with us on every family vacation!
- Brianna Johnson
These are stunning. Literally took my breath away, these are magazine worthy! Thank you so much for being a part of our special day. We were so blessed by your guidance and presence. It's absolutely going to take a few days to try to narrow anything down. Thus far I have roughly 800 favorites hahaha. Thanks again so much. They are beyond gorgeous.
- Mary Langston (bride)
After hearing glowing reviews of her work, I hired Michele to photograph my daughter for her high school graduation portrait. I was so pleased with the result that I subsequently hired Michele to photograph my children this fall--Michele conveniently worked around our schedule and came to our home. I was thrilled with both the quality and variety of pictures from this single informal sitting: which resulted in framed photos for gifts, a beautiful leather-bound album featuring shots of the children both together and individually, and even this year's holiday card. I have received many compliments on the latter! Michele has the eye of an artist, and the ability to make her subjects feel comfortable so that their true personalities shine through, and they look their very best. She is highly talented and creative. Moreover, Michele is patient and encouraging, two very important traits when photographing teenagers and individuals who are camera shy. Michele cares that her clients are 100% satisfied and is the consummate professional. She sat with me in her office to go picture by picture to customize the photo album. Michele was also very responsive and accessible when I needed last minute pictures of various frame sizes and more holiday cards overnighted to my home. In summary, I highly recommend Michele and will continue to use her for all my family's photographic needs.
- Susan O'Bryan
We found Michele to be very responsive, flexible and full of good suggestions in preparation for the shoot, to the point of coming by to look at the proposed site and figure the best backgrounds and angles. When she actually shot the group of 12 people, including four kids aged 3 and under, she managed to capture us at our best and produce an impressive amount of not just usable but superior photos - to the point that selecting the best was difficult. Afterward she turned around delivery with great speed. In sum, one of our best experiences. Michele is a total professional who is also very personable. We'd use her again in a heartbeat.
- Timothy Pirrung
Michele’s winter portraits are exquisite. Simply stunning in nature and nuance….whimsical and magical snow framed pictures capture breathtaking snapshots of families seemingly at ease in front of the lens. Michele’s photographs are unique and timeless. The perfect backdrop to a glorious day set the stage. An antique, funky stool provided a prop on which Lily cautiously sat. With encouragement, warmth and intuitive directives from Michele, Lily let loose and began to explore a creative side. Michele was like the other mother, laughing, encouraging and precise with her photographic ingenuity. We moved from the east side of the ‘barn’ to the north side to the northwest and west…following the sun’s subtle changes. Quick to notice a swath of red stemmed foliage or a frame of extended aspen tree branches, Michele delighted in the possibilities of our beautiful surroundings.
- Elana Royer
My family vacations in Aspen frequently. This past summer we were so privileged to have my son and daughter come out at the same time. My husband for his Birthday asked for family photos taken in Aspen. Michelle came highly recommended to us. From my first conversation on the phone I knew that she was the one for our family.She made our session lots of fun. She is constantly shooting pictures during in-between moments of natural expression or candid smiles. We loves the area she took us and the background was spectacular. Her photos told a story about our family.You could tell she loved her work and was very patient. She learned about our personality and incorporated into our photos. We live in Florida and everyone who comes into our house admires the family photos of Aspen on the wall . I would recommend Michelle to anybody.
- Sharon Miller
We had a vision for our save the date and Michelle executed it beautifully. She was easy going, and funny, and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She was playful and creative and gave us direction without making us feel lame. The photos turned out exactly as we wanted them. She was organized and fast with the editing process and getting the photos to us. I highly recommend her!! Oh, and she had just torn her ACL the day before our shoot and didn't reschedule, even though she needed surgery. She did the whole shoot on crutches with a giant smile on her face!
- Courtney Schorr-Brown
“All I can say is WOW! Our wedding photos are amazing. Michele captured every moment perfectly. She is so great to work with, laid back but gives instruction at the same time. She actually came back after she had left the reception to take more pics because of the gorgeous sunset in the background. I highly recommend her!”
- Sasha Petty