Hi! I am Michele and I am a local photographer in Breckenridge, Colorado. I actually live in Blue River at 10,000 feet! So lots of snow and moose in our yard. 

I have lived in Colorado for over 14 years now. Previously I was born and raised in Maryland, but also spent time in Florida and California. In my younger days I wanted to be an Astornaut. I decided to go to college and major in Space Sciences. I then held a few different jobs in engineering in the space and aerospace industries. I quickly learned that a desk job really wasn't meant for me, and after our 2nd kid was born I did not go back to the engineering world. 

We seriousy love Colorado and never plan on leaving. My family has a love for the mountains so we moved to Summit County in 2019 after living in Denver.  We feel very fortunate to call Summit County our home. 

I love to run, bike, hike, ski, snowshoe, and cross country ski. I also love to travel, especially internationally. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to travel through most of Europe, Costa Rica, and Thailand. I have loved all of our travels, but Iceland has a special place in my heart. 

I decided many years ago, after our son was born, to focus on kids and family photography. Michele Schanker Photography focuses on getting the more traditional pictures looking at the camera as well as the candid pictures of families interacting or kids playing. I consider myself  a "true color" photographer.  To get a idea of how a session with me looks, check out my blog

Whether you are a summit county local or here on vacation please feel free to contact me to discuss your photography desires. I will help come up with suggestions on the best locations for you based on the background that you desire. 

If you are looking for micro weddings, elopements, etc...I do offer them on a very occasional basis. I just don't take on large weddings. Contact me if you would like to discuss further. michele@micheleschankerphotography.com. Think an elopment with close family at an a rental or gorgeous mountain backdrop.