About our Family - DonnaMichellephotography

Our Family

The most treasured heirlooms are the sweet memories of our family that we pass down to our children - unknown

Donna & Michelle Photography believes in family. We cherish family moments and want to hang on to them for a lifetime.  It is our family that makes this all possible. We are family based business. Since opening, we have evolved from a mother-daughter team to a full family business. They give us more than their support, they give us their time and talents. You will often see one or more of them behind the scenes. And so we invite you into our family as you have invited us into yours........


My love for photography began early.  My 3rd grade class was going to the zoo in Stuttgart, Germany.  I was so excited to document my day.  I asked my father if I could borrow his range finder camera.  He dug an old Brownie camera out of the drawer and I've had a camera in my hand ever since.  The Brownie still sits on my shelf today.  My formal education was to study motion picture production and photography at Montana State University.  I worked for six years for a national portrait studio and was published in their national catalog, before venturing out on my own to open my own business with my daughter Michelle.

My Treasured Portraits

Raves and Faves

1. Collecting blue glass.

2. Things that are old; movies, antiques, photos.

3. I grew up a tomboy and am a country girl at heart.

4. Cooking for my family warms my heart.

5. I wish I still owned a horse.

6. My grand-kids smiles.

7. Walking in the rain.

8. Leaves in the fall.

9. A still mountain lake.

10. Freshly fallen snow

My Family

I have a great family.  Family is the most important thing in this world to me. We are a family of photographer. My oldest daughter, Michelle, is a photographer and my business partner. She is married to Stillman and they have four cute little boys. She lives in Lewiston where together they teach ballroom dance. Next is my daughter Brigitte who is a photographer and dancer teacher. She lives in the Boise area with her husband Jeremy and they have one cute little boy. Last is my son Jordan, he is married to his wife Stephanie and they have two beautiful girls. They live here in the Boise area and adds his talents as my second shooter.


I was raised in a photo lab with a camera in my hand. My parents toted me along to their film and television classes while attending Montana State University. As a student myself  I studied and received my degree in business management and photography both at BYU-Idaho and Boise State University.  As a young mother I found my why in photography. After having 2 incredible boys we suffered many devastating losses. 5 beautiful pregnancies ended early, 2 of those were twins. In the midst of our loss we also received two more beautiful boys. I needed healing.  I needed a creative and stimulating outlet.  I needed something that I could learn and grow with.  photographing new life and memories was the answer. Together my mom and I decided to accomplish one of our dreams and go into business for ourselves. And what an incredible journey it has been.

My Treasured Portraits

Raves and Faves

1. My family.

2. Snips, snails, and puppy dog tails.

3. I can hold entire conversations in quotes.

4. I am a bookworm.

5.I love the color grey.

6. I top my hot chocolate with chili powder. Try it!

7. I love the smell of a "Dark Room".

8. My favorite season is fall.

9. I love movies, I knew I would marry my husband when I saw the entire Five Mile Creek collection in his dad's basement.

10. I truly believe that everything looks and taste better in a  mason jar.

My Family

I love my family. I am married to my husband Stillman, who I met at Boise State University.  Together we danced on the Boise State Institute ballroom dance team.  We have  been dancing together ever since, mostly in our kitchen. We currently teach ballroom dance at Main St. Dance in Lewistion, ID. We have four rambunctious little boys; they keep us on our toes and in stitches, both figuratively and literally. Stillman and I enjoy watching movies together and cheering on our favorite football team. Go Broncos!

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