About Me


There really isn’t anything special about my “how it all began” story. In 2011 and 2012, I gave birth to my youngest son and daughter and decided to put my teaching career on hold until they were a bit older. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest during those days of feeding and changing diapers. I was so inspired by all of those crafty tutorials, I for sure thought that with a trip to the craft store and several roles of tulle, I could start my own business creating little tutu’s and headbands. Sadly, my tutu empire finished two tutu’s before closing up shop.

I thought about taking up photography but I knew nothing about it and knew it would be a bit of an investment but in the summer of 2013, I decided to take a chance and bought a Nikon D3200 with a kit lens and signed up for a 5 week class at a local college. At the end of the summer, I talked a friend into a photo session with her daughter to try to build a portfolio. Her photos received some pretty good reviews and my friend convinced me to at least have some business cards made and I decided to follow her advice.

I decided to call my business Ella Rose Photography as a tribute to my two daughters by combining both of their names. I took Ella from my oldest daughter, Gabriella Genevieve and Rose from my youngest daughter, Adriana Rose. I do also have three amazing sons; Anthony, Vinnie, and Christian, that I should mention and an amazing stepdaughter, Nina.

When it comes to photography, I can’t say I specialize in one area of photography over another. Whether I am shooting a newborn, a family, or a wedding; I feel a connection to my subjects and my work. There is something that is so exciting about capturing a beautiful moment on camera. When I know that I have captured something very special and amazing, the first thing I want to do is get home to my computer and upload the entire session to see how magical it truly is.

Since I started on this journey, I have grown and learned so much as a photographer. I’ve made a lot new friends in the photography community and even developed friendships with clients, too. This year alone, two amazing things happened. First, I attended a Sam Hurd Photography workshop. Sam Hurd is one of the worlds best wedding photographers. It was such an incredible experience and I hope to cross paths again someday in the future. Second, I attended a workshop with Meg Bitton and Sandra Bianco, two of the worlds most amazing children photographers. I am so grateful to them. The workshop was an amazing experience. I truly adore and look up to both of these women and look forward to traveling to NYC in June 2017 for 3 nights to attend another workshop with Meg.

I am excited for what’s to come in the upcoming years for Ella Rose Photography, so stay tuned and thank you all for all of your support.

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone”



the Artist

My name is Michelle. I am located in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a mother of 5 amazing children. I am a graduate Cleveland State University where I studied history and young adult education.

Who inspires me as an artist?

There are truly so many great artists, each with their own unique style. Some of my favorites are Paisley Anne Photography, Twig & Olive, Twyla Jones, Angie McCabe, Jordan Voth, The Blissful Maven, Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson, Sam Hurd, Jacob Loafman; and many others who continue to inspire me daily.