FOR THE LOVE: HISTORY
Josh and Michelle met at a house party in Pacific Beach, San Diego in 1997. It was Michelle’s sister’s house to be exact and not only did she introduce them, but she made them photograph it as well. The irony of that situation is not lost on them as they keep it as the base of their relationship today.
By 2000 both Josh and Michelle had departed for higher education; Josh to Loyola Marymount to study TV & Film and Michelle to Brooks Institute of Photography to study commercial photography and portraiture. Over the years they stayed in touch through friends (Facebook did not exist yet!)
FOR THE BUSINESS: MI BELLE est. 2005
Finally, in early 2005, Josh and Michelle were re-introduced yet again by Michelle’s sister. Only this time their intention was to start a photography company. In April of that year (Mi)chelle Ferry and Josh (Belle)r opened Mi Belle, Inc. which focused primarily on weddings. In their first year they completed 80 events and were excited for more! They re-adjusted their business plan, brought on a few associates and headed out for more. Somewhere along the way their “business meetings” started to feel more like date night and eventually the two fell in love. No one thought this was a good idea, especially their lawyer. However, they have managed to prove them all wrong.
Josh and Michelle were married in 2009 in Los Angeles. Their first son, Weston, arrived exactly 9 months later. Their second son, Izzy, soon followed in March 2011.
FOR OUR FAMILY: THE COLLECTIVE
We consider our associates and co-workers to be our family. We spend countless hours with them driving to and from weddings, photographing weddings, talking about photography, and life in general. Our kids play together, we photograph each other, and we laugh together. We talk shop, but also lean on each other through life’s challenges, acting as support for one another when needed.
Maria is our longest tenured COLLECTIVE member. When not shooting her own MI BELLE wedding she shoots as a 2nd with Michelle or Josh. Our other featured COLLECTIVE members, Anna and Andrea, also shoot in either a lead or 2nd role. They also help MI BELLE with blog posts, social media and color correction.
In addition to our core COLLECTIVE team we have a close-knit bunch of photographers that we lean on and use to help us achieve success on each and every wedding we have the honor and pleasure to document.
We, collectively have a mad obsession with IN-N OUT burgers. If you need us in the hours before your wedding you will find us at the IN-N-OUT closest to your venue.
The Bellers currently reside in Westlake Village, Ca. with their two sons Weston and Izzy. Their work has been featured in over 20 national and local magazines and newspapers including Martha Stewart Weddings, US Magazine, OK Magazine, Destination I Do, Pacific Weddings, The Knot, Brides and Inside Weddings. Their wedding work has been featured on every major wedding blog including Style Me Pretty's Best of Weddings for 2012, The Wedding Chicks, Green Wedding Shoes and Junebug. When they are not taking photos you will find them heading to the beach to spend time with their boys.