Hey there! I'm Michelle

Native Iowan. Momma. wife and photographer.

I was born in eastern Iowa, but I've lived in Des Moines since graduating college. I met my husband here, and we've raised our kids here. Des Moines is my home, and where I've built my life. I believe in choosing happiness every day, and I believe in "Iowa Nice".


I began my photography business over 12+ years ago. I love what I do, and I'm passionate about my work. There is a value to photography, and the images I capture of your family are important. Life can be a whirlwind, and sometimes it's easy to lose focus on the "who" we are doing all the things we do for. That's why I love pictures, because it reminds me of the important people in my life! Nobody has ever asked me to take a picture of their weekly "To Do" list!


We don't get these moments of our life back. As a Momma of 4, yes 4! kids who have grown up way faster than I could have ever imagined, I want you to have the same photos of your family and kids, that I want to have of my own. Having teenagers, I know that their senior year is a big deal. Let me help capture this beautiful moment for you with a seamless and fun experience that you'll look back on as one of the highlights of your senior year!

Located among the artists at


Mainframe Studios

900 Keosaqua Way, Studio 457

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

phone: 515-314-1992

email: michellelovellphotography@yahoo.com

Frequently asked questions

Q: When should I book my session?

A: Senior sessions are typically scheduled June-October. For your choice of dates, plan to book at least 2-3 months in advance, and we'll finalize all the session details after your session is booked. Although it is best to book in advance, last minute openings do pop up, so it never hurts to ask!

Q: How do I choose my locations?

A: I have numerous favorite spots around the Des Moines area where I like to shoot! If you have a style preference, please let me know the style of photos you are wanting during our session prep. Then let me go to work coming up with the perfect locations, with the best lighting for your portraits.

Q: Should I get professional makeup and hair styling?

A: Yes! While it is not required for your session, I highly recommend professional makeup and hair styling for Senior girls. Not only is it a fun experience to feel pampered for your senior session, but professional makeup translates well on camera. I work with only the best makeup artists, who will do an amazing job of bringing out your natural beauty, without over doing it! I will even help make the arrangements.

Q: What if it rains the day of my session?

A: Iowa weather is unpredictable to say the least, and there is always the chance that a bad weather day pops up. When I have an outdoor shoot scheduled, I keep a close eye on the weather forecast. I will be in touch the day of your session, if I think we need to reschedule.

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Serving Central Iowa areas including: Des Moines, West Des Moines, Waukee, Ankeny, Johnston, Clive, Urbandale and Altoona

The senior portrait experience in Des Moines!