I’m always OVER THE MOON excited to find out I’ve been regionally or nationally recognized for a photograph I’ve taken of one of my clients, but you know what’s even better? Just as soon as I get word that a portrait has been recognized for its creativity, beauty, composition, or other outstanding features, I reach out and let the client know. And the very best part of the entire experience is getting to see and hear their excitement at having their photo published for everyone to see. Talk about a confidence boost!

Best Senior Pictures with Planes

Best Photographer for Senior Guys

Senior Year Magazine just released their Guys Only edition and I’m thrilled to announce that Corbin had TWO images published!! With over 2500 images submitted, the competition was tough, but I was really hoping that Corbin would be published. 

His senior portrait session is a great example of a guy being a little excited, but a little unsure of what to expect when working with a professional photographer. But all that went away when we started planning to include a Mustang Roush and shooting with planes at Falcon Field! That was definitely on MY bucket list!

Best Mesa Senior Photographer for Guys

Top 100

In the spring of 2022, Senior Year Magazine announced their Top 100 Senior Photographers and Magical Memories by Michelle is among the winners! With so much competition, it is an honor to be part of this elite group. 

While that is exciting, it gets even better! So far this year I’ve been also had images published in Senior Year Magazine’s Best of 2021 issue and the newly released Summer 2022 issue! The Best of 2021 edition had 11 images published and the Summer 2022 issue had 6 images published.  Here are the teens that have been published this year. Congrats!! 

Published Teens & Seniors

I remember the first images I ever had published. It was in the 2015 edition of Modern Teen Style and I was so incredibly excited!! I thought it would be fun to share some of the senior pictures that have been selected for publication over the years, several of them more than once! Here are some of the teens and seniors that have been published over the years. Do you want to be next?

Published & Featured

As one Arizona’s top senior photographers it is an honor to be nationally recognized and published in many leading industry magazines. Since 2014 I have had numerous images and articles published in Senior Year Magazine, Senior MUSE, Modern Senior, and Modern Teen Style as well as having images featured on various blogs. In 2019 I was named one of the Top 200 Senior Photographers Worldwide! Can I just say I feel like I’m living my dream? Once your senior pictures are complete, you might be one of the next featured seniors or even be published in a magazine!

What’s it take to get published? With all the gorgeous clients and talented professionals out there, it can seem like a one-in-a million shot, but graduates and teens at Magical Memories by Michelle have a few advantages:

Carefree Sessions

We’ll go to places you love, and you’ll move and pose in ways that feel comfortable and natural to you. You’ll never feel rushed, and your unique style is my top priority.


Building confidence is a key pillar of my business, and I work with every client to ensure they feel upbeat and positive–from our very first meeting until the final portrait package is chosen.

Creative Looks

One-of-a-kind photos capture attention, and at Magical Memories by Michelle, you’re guaranteed to be the only one with portraits like yours!

Want to learn more about the selection process and the high bar that’s set for the professionals whose work is highlighted? It takes dedication and a whole lot of heart to deliver the top-quality experiences these teens and seniors deserve, so get ready to be blown away!

Take a peek and you’ll see why I’m proud to see so many of my clients represented in industry-leading publications:


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