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Michell Santelik Photographer

Meet Michell

Wife to Joe. Mom to Joseph. Vogue Enthusiast. Her favorite movie to quote? The Devil Wears Prada. 

When asked, “what’s a gift you love to give,” Michell smiled. “It’s probably a Starbucks gift card with an easy, you’re in good hands’ vibe.”

“I want to see my clients thrive. Hearing their excitement inspires me and I love supporting them with the right photo. I know how much a photo means to their family too – not only today, but years from now. That’s what I love to do. I create that photo. That’s what I love to give.” 

Get the headshot that opens doors.

My favorite photograph is the one in which I feel I know the person just from their expression. 

I’ll help you consider your clothing and your style. I’ll want to know about the person your portrait will serve. Who is your audience? What is your message? How do you want to be seen?  I can capture the shot that helps your audience see and know the real you, at just a glance.

The Look You Crave

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Headshots & Portraits

Using studio and diffused natural light, Michell will capture a variety of poses for your Portrait or Branding Session. Get ready, she’ll wrap you with light and show you how extraordinary you are. 

Dance Photography

Every photo depends on great lighting, but dance photography demands it. Whether we’re capturing your dance team before recitals or you’ve scheduled an in-studio portrait session, we’ll use studio lighting and diffused natural light to highlight movement and emotion. 

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Before we started working together, my photos were like unseasoned Thanksgiving turkey. You can tell it’s a turkey and it was cooked, but it wasn’t the best. Her superpower is mastering light and I'm able to see a huge difference of time and creativity invested in my modeling career.

Carter E.


Michell has a creative mind that is much bigger than any photographer I have met. 
You can see the gleam in her eye when she has a vision or thought, and it makes for an exciting shoot!  
Renn A.

Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleader

I've worked with Michell for ten years. And the kicker is, that every photo she takes of me or my team has been better than the one I loved before! That's talent. 

Nicole S.


We came to Michell because our corporate photos were distorted, unfocused, and lacked an appearance of professionalism. Made me feel as though our company wasn't interested in projecting a perception of organization and professionalism.

After working with Michell, I'm confident our values as a company are reflected in the photographs. She has a way of making you feel comfortable taking a photo. If I can offer one suggestion it's for her to keep doing what she's doing!

Joseph F.

HR Manager at Lear Corporation

Michell has done our pictures at Patti's All-American for the last 15 years. She's a super-woman! She takes the pictures, provides quality service, and my customers love her. I've seen her grown in her business as she shines as a business owner and entrepreneur. I highly recommend her!

Patti K.

Creating Happiness for 50 Years – Patti's All American Gymnastics

Michell photographs 500 of my dancers twice a year, and they absolutely love her!
She’s patient and careful of their feelings and individuality, which comforts both parents and children on photo day.

Robin A.

Gymanstics & Dance School

Before I started working with Michell, my pictures were pretty, but not breathtaking. I decided to work with her on my yoga portfolio, and the pictures turned out incredible! It was hard to choose just five but all of my friends asked, "Who is your photographer? She captured the best version of you!"

Kristin T.

Yoga Instructor

After working with Michell, our photos are always of the highest quality and her attention to detail is obvious.

It is always a joy to work with Michell.  She is so positive and patient with our dancers, parents, faculty and staff.  Her love of photography is evident in her work.

Jennifer S.

Origins Dance Academy

Her photos speak for themselves, but getting industry acknowledgment is pretty special too.

 Michell has proven that her work is of high professional standards by becoming accredited by The Portrait Masters, home of the most comprehensive photography training in the world. Michell is also a long-time member of the association of Professional Photographers of America


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