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Best Portrait Photographers in Mesa, AZ | Professional Senior Pictures

Proud to announce that for the 6th year in a row, Magical Memories by Michelle was named one of the Best Portrait Photographers in Mesa by Expertise.com. Portrait photographers are rated on more than 25 variables across five categories, and resulting in a hand-picked list of the best portrait photographers in Mesa, AZ.

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I believe that a great reputation is earned and built over time–and it takes a combination of great clients, a desire to continually learn, and a passion for what you do. It’s about more than just being voted the best or having a huge social media following.  I’m always looking for ways to deliver a unique experience for graduating seniors, as well as provide families with photo shoot fun that will forever remind them of their teen’s exciting milestone. While my clients love digital images, they are thrilled with the designer keepsakes I create after the photo shoot! Heirloom albums are a client favorite, but I also create storyboards, images boxes, and metal prints. Plus there are plenty of creative portrait gifts the grad can choose for family and friends too.

Recognized by Best Pros in Town

This is a new one!! Best Pros in Town only lists the highest-rated businesses, and one of my top priorities is to always provide my clients with the best service and experience possible. With over 90 5-Star Google reviews and thousands of happy clients over the years, Magical Memories by Michelle is one of the best professional photographers in Mesa!

Top Rated Local® Names Magical Memories By Michelle as Top Photographer in Arizona

These days online reviews are everywhere, but isn’t it frustrating when you’re searching reviews for a particular service and one site gives 5 stars, but another site gives 3 stars? How do you know? Top Rated Local® helps take the guesswork out of online ratings by combing reviews from several sites. They use a 5-pillar experience based rating system to analyze ratings and reviews from hundreds of verified review sites online. As of November 2023, my rating is 98%, I’m #2 on Arizona’s list of top photographers!

I love watching my business grow and become not only Arizona’s best photographers, but one of Arizona’s best small businesses. I started my tiny little business in 2009, and this type of award is so exciting! I couldn’t do it without my incredible clients!!

This week Magical Memories by Michelle has also been included on the list of 100 highest rated companies in Arizona by Top Rated Local®, a 5 pillar experience-based rating system that analyzes ratings and reviews from hundreds of verified review sites online and then uses their Rating Score™ to rank local businesses.

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Best Portrait Photographer in Mesa

Since 2019, I’ve been voted one of the Best Portrait Photographers in Mesa by Expertise.com! Each year there are fewer photographers selected and for 2024, I was chosen as one of the Top 6 Portrait Photographers in Mesa! Expertise.com connects people with the best local professional photographers. Portrait photographers are rated on more than 25 variables across five categories, resulting in a hand-picked list of the best portrait photographers in Mesa, AZ. Over 155 photographers were nominated this year, and then Expterise.com selects the top photographers based on the following criteria: Reputation, Qualifications, Experience, Reliability, and Professionalism. Don’t take my word for it. Go check out the complete list of the Best Portrait Photographers for 2023!

A few years ago, Expertise.com incorporated mystery shoppers. The first time I was called, I couldn’t believe it! My phone rang and of course I answered, gave them all the necessary info and we chatted a bit. Then about 5 minutes later I got a notice that Expertise.com does in fact do random calls to see which photography studios respond and handle client requests professionally. When you go to my profile you’ll see that I have 5 stars for both reputation and professionalism.

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Reputation: A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

5 Star Google Review Mesa Photographer

Since 2009, Magical Memories by Michelle has had the honor of photographing clients from all over the country! I offer only the best to my clients; the best portrait experience, the high quality portraits, and the most beautiful, custom artwork for their homes. If people didn’t love my portraits, I wouldn’t be in business. By treating each client with respect and collaborating together to create their dream portrait session, then finalizing with top notch quality prints, wall displays, albums, and custom artwork, I’ve earned a perfect 5 star rating across every review site. I want every single client to be thrilled with the entire senior portrait experience as well as the final images! Feel free to check out my online reviews and read for yourself. With over 90 Google Reviews, you’ll see why everyone raves about their senior pictures! I love my clients, they love me, we have a blast together at every senior photo shoot!

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Qualifications: Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditation, and awards.

While I didn’t necessarily start out strong, I did start out right! Magical Memories by Michelle has been licensed with the State of Arizona since 2009 and became an LLC is 2012. I am also an active member of PPA, Professional Photographers of America and my membership allows me to be insured and provides numerous resources and classes. Feel free to visit my profile there too!

With so much competition in the senior portrait business, having images selected for publication is no easy task. I had over 50 images published in 2023, including 3 Gold Images and 5 Silver Images in Senior Year Magazine’s Best of 2023 edition. Magical Memories by Michelle also received an Icon Award from SeniorMuse, which is an incredible honor!

Since 2014, I’ve had over 160 images published nationally and internationally in 14 of the industry’s leading magazines, and had dozens of teen and senior images featured over the years. You won’t want to miss all the award-winning senior pictures! It’s been an amazing start to 2024 already, with 6 high school students already on my calendar for Class of 2025 senior portraits!!!

Experience: Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

As an artist, it isn’t easy to hear about your mistakes and flaws, but it is necessary. I’ve spent years having my work reviewed by my peers, because let’s face it…my family and friends always think I’m amazing! Annual classes and workshops allow me to keep up with the trends surrounding senior portrait photography and ensure that I am able to offer the best experience to graduating high school and college students. With a wide variety of skills, my sessions take place during the day, and I offer an Ultimate Senior Portrait Session that includes nighttime photos for a completely unique look! I’ve been named one of the Top 100 Photographers for 2022 and in 2019 I was named one of the Top 200 Senior Photographers Worldwide! To see a recent list of publications, check out the press page.

Reliability: Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

The key to my success has been staying low volume. I always thought I’d need to shoot hundreds of clients annually, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that’s not what works best for me or my clients. You’re not just a number to me, I want you to feel valued. By never having back-to-back sessions you’ll never be rushed out to get the next session started. I only schedule a maximum of 8 sessions per month, so there is flexibility to reschedule due to illness or weather.

Professionalism: Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

I can honestly say that I’ve had very few product issues throughout my years as a photographer. By using only professional print labs and having a relationship with each one, I’m immediately notified of any problems. They call if I mess up…and I have. I’m not perfect, but I am a perfectionist which means I will require a lab to reprint artwork with even the smallest flaw. I’ve only had one product that was damaged over time, and that was replaced within three days. Those gorgeous heirloom albums you’ve seen? They have a lifetime warranty!

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Class of 2025, Looking to Hire Arizona’s Best Senior Portraits Photographer?

Contact me for more information and be sure to keep up with the blog, where you can find great ideas, looks, tips, and more! Magical Memories by Michelle is a professional senior portrait studio that is designed to help teens and young adults come to life in front of the camera! Your first step is to grab this FREE download of the Senior Client Welcome Guide to learn more about the process, pricing, and heirloom artwork.

Don’t forget to keep following the Magical Memories by Michelle blog for more exciting ideas for senior photo sessions. Start collecting ideas now so you’ll be ready when it’s your turn! You’ll find lots of great ideas on my Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook pages, and explore my website to learn about Arizona’s top senior portrait experience!

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