Meet Josh and Michelle of Mi Belle Photography:
FOR THE LOVE: HISTORY
Josh and Michelle met at a house party in Pacific Beach, San Diego in 1997. Well, it was Michelle’s sister’s house to be exact and not only did she introduce them, but she made them photograph it as well. (see first image from that fateful night). The irony of that situation is not lost on them as they keep it as the base of their relationship today. That night they talked about photography and tried to one up each other on who knew more. Josh won round 1 with his years of experience working with his dad who back then was a pro wedding photographer.
By 2000 both Josh and Michelle had departed for higher education; Josh to Loyola Marymount to study TV & Film and Michelle to Brooks Institute of Photography to study commercial photography and portraiture. Over the years they stayed in touch through friends (there was no Facebook yet, ahem…)
FOR THE BUSINESS: MI BELLE
Finally, in early 2005, Josh and Michelle were re-introduced yet again by Michelle’s sister. Only this time their intention was to start a photography company. In April of that year (Mi)chelle Ferry and Josh (Belle)r opened Mi Belle, Inc. which focused primarily on weddings. In their first year they completed 80 events and nearly died from exhaustion. So they re-adjusted their business plan, brought on a few associates and headed out for more. Somewhere along the way their “business meetings” started to look more like hot dates and the two fell in love. No one thought this was a good idea, especially their lawyer. However, they have managed to prove them all wrong.
Josh and Michelle were married in 2009 in Los Angeles. Their first son, Weston, arrived exactly 9 months later. Their second son, Izzy, soon followed in March 2011. It’s safe to say “Michelle Mi Belle” won round 2.
FOR OUR FAMILY: ASSOCIATES
We consider our associates and co-workers to be our family. We spend countless hours with them both in and out of our home and studio office. Our kids play together, we photograph each other and we laugh together. Maria Waller Seay is our main associate and she often shoots as our second if not already booked as a lead. Laura Hatch and Megan Miller are also two long time associates who shoot as second photographers for Josh, Michelle and Maria. They also help in our studio with blog posts, social media, color correction and dance parties.
We, collectively have a mad obsession with IN-N OUT burgers and can not stop eating them. If you need us in the hours before your wedding you will find us at the IN-N-OUT closest to your venue.
The Bellers currently reside in Westlake Village, Ca. with their two sons Weston and Izzy. Their work has been featured in over 10 national and local magazines and newspapers including US Magazine, California Wedding Day and Inside Weddings. Their wedding work has been featured on every major wedding blog including Style Me Pretty’s Best of Weddings for 2012, The Wedding Chicks, Green Wedding Shoes and Junebug. When they are not taking photos you will find them heading to the beach to spend time with their boys.
Published Work on MODwedding: Coming Soon!