Breckenrigde CO Kids and Family Photographer | Michele Schanker | 303.242.7268 bio picture

    Welcome to Michele Schanker Photography!

    We are a modern and contemporary photography studio based in Thornton, CO. However we serve most of the Northern Denver Metro area including Boulder.

    We specialize in kids and infant portraits. But we are also available for your wedding, family, and high school senior photography needs.

    We offer all custom photography sessions. Meaning we find out what you like/don't like, a special location that you would like to shoot at, and if you have any products in mind. This is not a box studio experience we are committed to personalizing all sessions to your wants and needs.

Just Because

Today I was home watching the MD Terps play Cal in the first round of the basketball Tourney. (I am a huge MD Terp fan). One of our cats was hanging out on the couch and I just had to snap his photo. As much as I give my husband earfuls (he likes to go to the bathroom in places he shouldn’t) about Clyde, he can be cute sometimes. Here he is being cute.


I will be shooting a wedding this weekend so check back for a new blog post.

Operation Love

Michele Schanker Photography is now a proud OP LOVE Photographer. Know someone deploying with the military in the local area? If so they may be entitled for a free photo session.

Dear Bride and Groom [The E-Session]

This is my first post of many that I plan to post to my blog, in which I will label and call the Dear Client posts. They are meant to inform all booked and potential clients about their upcoming wedding photography experience.

Today I want to discuss the Engagement Session.

Some people may think, why do I need an E-Session? Do I really want one? The E-Session is really such a great tool. The time you spend with your photographer during your engagement session is totally priceless. It offers you an opportunity to get to know your photographer. Understand how they work and get to know their personality. It also allows your photographer to get to know you in the same way. The photographer can then tailor your wedding photography based on your personality. Therefore I totally recommend having an E-session prior to the wedding.

How should I come dressed? The way I shoot Engagement Sessions is in a casual fun way. I like to tailor them based on your personality. If there are places you like to hang out or things you like to do together, these could be great E-session locations. Maybe you love coffee…think about starting at a local coffee shop. Maybe you love specific sports teams…bring some jerseys along to have a few photos taken in them. Think based on what you like and where you like to go. In other words think out of the box. And don’t be afraid to make location suggestions.

Post WPPI Recovery

After WPPI was over my husband and I headed to Utah. It turned out to be a great thing to do as we both felt like we need some R&R after a hectic week at WPPI. Vegas was filled with late nights, parties, lots of classes, fun trying to win some extra cash, and of course the trade show. So we decided to spend the weekend doing some things we love (not that we didn’t love vegas, but we needed some time to chill before going back to work). We skied for a day and we toured around Bryce Canyon National Park. Here is what we saw today.