True Life Photography
True Life Photography

True Life Photography

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Introduction: In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, and traveling the world. One of my favorite books is “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”. My favorite line is “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.” This line resonates with me, as I wasn’t always a photographer. My ending and my beginning started with me as a single mom just trying to make it. I was a Substitute teacher and a Mental Health technician just trying to pay my way through college. From a very early age I knew I loved photography and reading true stories. My teachers and professors told me I had a talent for writing. A bit of what most would call a “late bloomer”, I finally graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric in hand, with no idea what to do with it. I spent the last 8 years traveling the world, having been to Morocco, Costa Rica, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland, Maui, Alaska, Canada, and England just to name a few. Along my journey I not only found myself, but met the love of my life, my Husband. We had an intimate wedding on the Cliffs of Moher, in Ireland. It was shortly after my own wedding that I realized I wanted to be a part of capturing love stories for other couples. Inspired by my desire to capture love stories through my photography, True Life Photography was created. My favorite book of all time, “The Alchemist” By Paulo Coelho, states “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it”. As the universe may have it, I’ve been able to combine all my passions as a wedding photographer. My greatest joy is capturing your love story. “A picture is truly worth a thousand words.” I believe in filling your life with experiences, not things. Having stories to tell and not stuff to show. My wedding photography style is romantic, bright with just the right amount of moody. I believe in delivering beautiful work at an affordable rate; take that extra money and go on an epic Honeymoon. If you’re interested in working with me, reach out to me. I look forward to capturing your love story and being a part of your journey.

Hired 2 times

Serves Winter Haven, FL

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2 employees

2 years in business

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PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo, Zelle

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Facebook, Instagram

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Customers rated this pro highly for value, professionalism, and work quality.

Exceptional 5.0

12 reviews


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April S.

Wedding and Event Photography

Michelle was incredible. So fun to be around and work with. Made everyone feel completely at ease while doing photos. So professional and always available to answer any questions and confirming everything you want from your photos. Id recommend her to absolutely anyone.
Nov 14, 2021
Nicholas W.

Me and my wife got our photos done with true life photography and I ended up telling my wife, I want Michelle to be our photographer for any special event that comes up. She knew how to connect with everyone, which was very heart warming to feel and see. Her pictures were quality, and she knows what she’s doing behind a camera. Thank you
True Life Photography's reply
Thank You so much Nicholas 😊 Can’t wait to work with you both again.
Aug 13, 2021
Vanessa B.

Michelle was truly AMAZING!!! She captured every moment, every detail. She made me and my husbands moment so special in every way and her personality was just the cherry on the cake! She was very professional and the quality of the pictures made me cry a bit. I could never be any more grateful than what I already am. True life photography is a bang for your buck, Recommending to all friends and family!
True Life Photography's reply
Awwww don’t cry! 😂😅 I’m so happy you were happy with your experience! Thanks for sending me your recommendations! 😊
Aug 13, 2021
Thumbtack Customer

Wonderful photographer with a wonderful personality. Michelle took my graduation photos this past may and I was so happy with every single photo. Not only was she so much fun, but she was very professional and made the process super easy. Wonderful person with a wonderful heart.
Jun 17, 2021
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Thumbtack Customer

Michelle took beautiful graduation pictures of my friends and I around the UCF campus! She was very friendly, professional, and fun to work with. She ran with our schedule even though we didnt choose the best hour for quality lighting, and we got a ton of wonderful quality photos, both individually and as a group. She took our photos in many locations around campus with and without our graduation attire, and it was a very special and memorable session for all of us before we walked across the stage later that month. I would definitely recommend True Life Photography for any photo shoot!
Jun 16, 2021
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Michelle Dawson


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Pricing depends on location, hours, how many shooters and how many edited pictures are being delivered.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    once we decide we are a good fit for each other, Through Phone, Text, Email, Zoom or in person meeting, I secure a deposit to hold your date. Before the event I send helpful information and a questionnaire to prepare. I'm always available through Email, text, phone to answer questions.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Graduated from the University of Central Florida in Writing and Rhetoric. I specialize in visual Rhetoric. I've taken photography classes with seasoned Journalist and National Geographic photographers.

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