Eena (Mother of the Bride)
"I have worked with Mike on a couple occasions now and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND him to everyone. He most recently did my daughter and her husbands wedding photography as well as their engagement photos a few months ago.
Mike does excellent work, is professional and our family/friends enjoyed is personality. Because of all these traits our pictures are amazing. He caught photographs of things I didn't even know where happening. Mike Thank you again for the great pictures. We will all enjoy them for MANY years to come!!"
Devon & Sean
There are so many great things I can say about Mike. From start to finish we didn't just have a great photographer, but what a great friend throughout our wedding process. To our engagement photos to our wedding photos... Just Amazing!!! He captured everything that we wanted and more. Choose to work with him and you will not be disappointed!!!
Ciara & Loren
Mike is a great photographer and very professional! He met us before our wedding to help us figure out which shots were important to us. It shows how much he cares about his photography and his profession. He went so far as to drive us to two different locations to make sure our shots were beautiful and personal.
After the wedding, he provided a digital album for us to share with our friends and family immediately. He contacted us maybe a week later to confirm our address to send a usb drive. It arrived in a box stuffed with rosemary in a wooden keepsake box with a wooden usb drive. Completely unexpected and absolutely adorable. We will treasure these pictures forever! Thank you, Mike!
Jennifer & Steve
My husband and I are SO grateful that we chose Mike Tabolsky to shoot our wedding. From our first meeting with Mike, we knew that not only was he friendly and fun but also that he had a passion for photography and making beautiful images that capture, details, emotion and unforgettable "moments."
Our engagement shoot was fantastic. Neither of us had taken professional photos before so we weren't sure what to do, whether to pose or be natural, or how to pose. Mike coached us along and put us at ease with some humor. When we got our photos back, nearly one week later, we were overjoyed at how BEAUTIFUL and pristine they were!
On our wedding day, we were even further convinced that we made a fantastic choice in photographers. During the ceremony and reception, we hardly even noticed Mike and his assistant were there... and we have absolutely beautiful images of all sorts (poses, shots of the details of the wedding, candids) that captured every bit of the day beautifully! Our reception ran 45 minutes longer than expected and Mike didn't hesitate to stick around to make sure he captured every important moment.
Mike, thank you for doing such a tremendous job at our wedding. We could not be happier with what you did for us and recommend you with our highest regard.
Brenna & Lance
"My husband knows Mike as a former coworker when Mike was still in LA, and the minute we got engaged we knew we had to find a way to have Mike shoot our wedding, despite Mike now living in Seattle and our wedding being in Southern California. We weren't sure if it could be done, but the second my husband asked, Mike was on board and made the trek all the way down to Ojai, and worked within our super limited budget. I still cannot believe he flew hundreds of miles for us, and my husband and I will be forever grateful!
If you've seen anything he's done, you know Mike is an incredible photographer--he always finds beautiful details to highlight and captures the sweetest moments. At our wedding this past March, he made everyone so comfortable and had such a great sense of humor. Unlike a lot of wedding photographers, he learned everyone's name (so no "hey you" when staging group shots), and arrived early to scout the location and find the perfect backdrops. He was so flexible (I wanted to rush through the family shots to get to the reception and he got through them so efficiently), incredibly sweet, and made sure my husband and I were comfortable and taken care of all night.
The best part, obviously, was seeing the photos--he had everything ready right after we got back from the honeymoon, and it was such a joy to see his meticulously edited photos and re-live the wedding in such stunning detail. Every picture (out of hundreds) was one I would want to frame or put in an album (and already have made great Mother's Day albums for the moms). My next move is to blow up some of the prettiest shots and hang on our walls--Mike's pictures are beautiful, romantic, and will last a lifetime.
Mike, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for everything and for making Lance and I's day absolutely perfect."
Rachel & Cameron
"Mike photographed my daughters wedding and he was incredibly awesome! I would give him 10 stars if I could!!! He kept us all laughing and smiling and made every picture a perfect moment in time!!! He made sure that all the picture my daughter wanted were taken and them some. He wanted every picture to be perfect and in our family photo of 23 he did a little dance to get the young ones to look and laugh!! We sent all the pictures in record time in categories and all organized nicely. I will recommend him to everybody!!!"
Nick & Emily
"Mike did an incredible job photographing our wedding. Super friendly and easy going, and wonderful at balancing structure to keep things moving during family pictures, yet patient and flexible with all of the crazy goings on that will inevitably happen during a wedding.
The pictures are absolutely lovely, and Mike did a terrific job capturing the atmosphere of the wedding with candid photos as well as getting all of our structured portraits as well. Would highly recommend Mike for anyone."
Lauren & Owen
"Mike photographed my wedding and he was amazing. The photographs are really beautiful. He really captured some very tender moments between me and my wife. I really really love the photographs he took! Mike is also a really friendly and fun guy.
We walked up Rattlesnake Ridge for the photo shoot and we had a really good chat up and down. He really put us both at ease - I normally hate having my photo taken, but with Mike I felt very relaxed and happy the whole time. It was all just so much fun. I can't recommend Mike enough."
Lily & Matt
"Mike shot the engagement photos for my wife and me. Aside from the photos turning out frackin' great, was the fact that doing the photo shoot was a blast! Mike has great manners, is professional and has gift for making you feel comfortable in front of his lens.
I've actually had him shoot other events as well. High profile guests at some private parties have remarked how cordial Mike was during the party. He's not a paparazzi hound-dog - he's a pro. It sucks that he's not in LA anymore, but I heard someone actually just flew him down here to shoot a kids birthday party. If that's not an endorsement, than what else do you want - punch and pie?!"
Sarah & Sean
Wow! I am so impressed with Mike Tabolsky Photography!! They did our engagement and wedding photos are they turned out amazing!! He knew what to capture, offered suggestions for poses, and did a fantastic job getting everything we asked for on our big day! I highly recommend them for any type of photos needed!
Breanna & Ethan
I found Mike at the Tacoma wedding show and I am so happy that I did! First, he shot our engagement photos which I was so happy with, they were so beautiful. On the day of our wedding, Mike and his second photographer were on top of everything and running around like crazy trying to get the perfect shots. I am so incredibly happy with the pictures I have seen so far from the wedding and cannot wait to see the rest of them. He is absolutely amazing, very easy going and made us feel comfortable. I would recommend him to anyone!
Ali & Steve
"The best thing about Mike is that he gets the best, most intimate shots, without being intrusive or obnoxious. He captured moments that were so beautiful--and I had no idea he was there! My favorite shots are of true emotion and not staged happiness. Mike is an expert at that. There's a close-up shot of my husband and I dancing close and laughing that I adore. It looks so personal, and as I said before, I had no idea he was there at that moment capturing it.
He also did a fabulous job capturing the essence of our venue, and the token shots with the family. He can get great shots out of difficult people without being that annoying wedding photographer. As I said before, my favorite pics from him are the ones from our party, where you know exactly what kind of party it was. Bride, groom, and guests having a blast. But thinking about it, I also adore the pics of my husband and I right after we had our ceremony. Maybe those are my favorite. And the pics from the ceremony too! It's too hard to decide. I'll just say, if you hire Mike, you'll be so glad you did."
Tanya & Alex
"Mike took our wedding photos and we could not be happier with the results. He has an amazing eye. I'm glad we trusted Mike to take our photos. Especially for such a memorable occasion. Highly recommend him for any occasion."
Codi & Bern
"Mike is a fantastic photographer. He is always professional, punctual and he has a great attitude. We have used Mike for many of our holiday card photo shoots and we get so many compliments every year! He has been instrumental in helping us realize our vision each time with his creativity and photographic timing (which can be difficult when working with young kids like ours). Mike has also been hired several times from our friends just based on the work he has done for us and our recommendations.
We have also used Mike several times for our children's birthday parties. He is so fantastic at capturing just the right expressions and moments. Many of our most favorite pictures (and most often displayed around the house) of our kids have been shots Mike has taken at their birthday parties. It is hard to find someone that you can trust with capturing your families' special moments and Mike is definitely someone you can. We were so sad to lose him when he moved away this summer. We actually flew him in to Los Angeles this January to shoot our daughter's first birthday!
You will never go wrong hiring Mike for any of your special occasions!!!"
Aubrey & Josh
"Mike has photographed many personal events over the years for me and my family. Our wedding rehearsal (where he captured funny, emotional and genuine moments), our holiday parties (where his photographs were so cherished, that guests send them out as holiday cards to this very day) and our baby shower (where he captured the essence of every onesie-so sorry).
But what our family is known for (and I'm not exaggerating) are our holiday cards we send out every year, photographed and designed by Mike. No matter how off the wall our theme has been, Mike has delivered. From our 80s holiday postcard (which Mike painstakingly added the DeLorean from Back to the Future and the General Lee in the background) to our family's homage to Raising Arizona, Mike has produced unforgettable family pictures. Now that he's relocated, who's going to help us recreate the dawn of humankind for this year's holiday card?
Washington State, you are so lucky for your newest resident photographer. Mike is incredibly professional, talented, resourceful, clever and amazing with kids!"
I AM NOT COMFORTABLE AT ALL BEING IN FRONT OF A CAMERA, BUT I NEEDED HEADSHOTS FOR WORK. TO SAY THAT MIKE WAS HELPFUL, PROFESSIONAL AND PRODUCED GREAT RESULTS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! AFTER ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT MY GOAL FOR HAVING THE PICTURES TAKEN (I.E., WHAT THE HEADSHOTS WERE FOR, WHAT I WAS TRYING TO CONVEY WITH THE SHOTS, WHAT INDUSTRY I WAS IN), HE WAS ABLE TO CREATE WHAT I NEEDED! MIKE MADE SUGGESTIONS ON ATTIRE, CHOSE THE LOCATIONS AND COACHED ME ON HOW TO STAND, SIT, HOW TO TURN MY HEAD - HE HELPED WITH EVERYTHING.
BEFORE WORKING WITH MIKE, I HAD SEEN HIS WORK WITH WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS. IT'S JUST AMAZING AND DOESN'T STOP THERE THOUGH. MIKE HAS AN EYE AND WHETHER IT'S AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION OR HEADSHOTS FOR YOUR CAREER, MIKE WILL EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
Marilou & Craig