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100% 5 Star Rating from 2015-2018

Carolyn K.
Hired for: Wedding Photography

We used Mike & Jillian for our wedding photos in August 2018 (right around the time they became "Aspen & Cedar.") They were extremely professional, relaxed, and unobstructive. 
One of the things we really needed was a photographer who could capture all the candid moments- Mike and Jillian have that nailed. Neither of us are "picture people" we hate posing, look kinda awkward in photos, and have very few pictures of us together despite being together for beastly a decade. When we looked at the hundreds (or more) photos that Mike and Jillian sent us, they were incredible! Perfectly framed and perfectly timed-many of which we didn't realize were being taken until we saw the photos.
Another thing we noticed throughout the wedding was that they were regularly touching base with our DJ and day-of coordinator. It was like they were constantly conspiring with them to make sure they got the perfect shot. They also made sure to talk with us before the wedding to get an idea of what we wanted and get our day of timeline.
Ultimately, these two were completely flexible, made us feel relaxed, and delivered photos more beautiful than us two non-picture-people could've ever hoped for. Go with these guys! You won't regret it.

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Geremy K.
Hired for: Wedding Photography

These two are amazing people and wonderfully professional. Mike and Jillian make a great team. They were able to capture memories my wife and I will cherish forever. So glad we were lucky enough to snag these two for our wedding! They listen to what you want from you wedding photos. We wanted mostly candid shots and less posing. And that is exactly what we got. We got to see moments of our wedding we wouldn't have without the help Mike and Jillian! It's true when people tell you "it all goes by in a flash". These two faded into the background and captured thousands of photos. We had a blast scrolling through hundreds of perfect candid pictures after the wedding. Highly recommend Aspen and Cedar to anyone wanting a pair of artists to capture their special moments. The value of their service is unmatched.

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Ryan and Stacey
Hired for: Wedding Photography

If you are searching for the perfect photography experience, you will find it with Mike and Jill. Our journey started many miles away in Indiana when we began planning a family vacation to Bellingham to visit our son who moved there last year. Ryan and I decided to get re-married while we were there but wanted to do it as a "surprise" for our children. I began to search for a photographer online and while there were so many options I went with my instincts and chose Mike and Jill. They were excited to be a part of our surprise and while I was nervous about choosing the perfect location for the ceremony, Mike assured me that no matter where we chose it would be beautiful and he was right. Mike and Jill work so well as a team and made our experience special. They took so many awesome pictures! They captured our beautiful day and we have such great memories with our family that will last a lifetime.

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Dave L.
Hired for: Engagement and Wedding Photography

Mike and Jill captured a day we will remember for the rest of our lives, our wedding day. Their professionalism, sense of adventure and joy they brought to photographing our wedding day was nothing short of remarkable. Thank you guys so much!!!

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Sydney P.

Hired for: Engagement and Wedding Photography

My husband and I hired Mike to do our wedding photography in Anacortes, Wa in August 2017 and we were so happy with his photography of our special day! Living in a different state than the location of our wedding, I was so nervous about finding good vendors because of the distance. Photography was a high item on my priority list and I really wanted to find a good photographer because these pictures would be around for a lifetime. Mike understood my hesitancy and was very accommodating and patient as I asked him a million questions. He also wanted to meet us in person to make sure we thought he was a good fit for us so we had our engagement pictures done by him way ahead of the wedding and discussed all of the logistics of his photography with him face to face. This helped us get a better feel of how he approached wedding photography and made us feel very comfortable in our decision to hire him! Once we saw our amazing engagement pictures, we were confident he would do an amazing job with our wedding day as well. We were so so very pleased with Mike as our wedding photographer. Because of the gorgeous area that our wedding was going to take place in, I wanted to make sure that a lot of our surroundings were captured by the photographer. Mike's experience as a landscape photographer was very appealing to us and once we saw some examples of wedding photos as well, we were sold! We couldn't have chosen a better photographer for our wedding day, he exceeded all of our expectations. Our parents commented multiple times on how impressed they were with his skills during the ceremony and reception, it seemed like he was everywhere all at once! I also made a list of certain special shots I wanted to be sure to get, and as the night went on and I lost track of time, he made sure to check in with me to get the special shots that I asked for. His communication before, during, and after the wedding was exceptional. When our package was delivered to us, we were surprised at just how many moments he had captured throughout the day! Mike did an amazing job with our wedding and I would highly recommend him to anybody I know who has a wedding to plan, especially if they want to capture the location of their big day along with the special moments and detail during the wedding.

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Shawna N. 
Hired for: Engagement and Wedding Photography  

Mike recently photographed our wedding and we couldn't be happier with him! He's punctual, personable and the whole family loved him! Everyone made comments about how awesome he was and how they couldn't wait to see his candid shots. He truly understand the process and we highly recommend him!

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Sarah H. 
Hired for: Wedding Photography

Mike was a joy to work with! Being a photographer myself, I was very picky about who to hire to shoot my wedding. I could tell from Mike's portfolio that he had a great eye and was technically an excellent photographer. He shoots beautiful landscape and nature images that really translate into gorgeous outdoor wedding photos. As we were getting married outside in a huge field, I knew I could use this to my advantage. Plus, he shoots mostly natural light - which is exactly my style. On top of all of this, Mike was very kind and easy to work with. Leading up to the event he was organized and responsive and after the event, he quickly delivered our images. On my wedding day, he was very relaxed and we barely noticed (like a fly on the wall), yet he was always in the right spot at the right time to catch all of the best moments of the day. My family loved him and he even volunteered to take my dog in his car to our ceremony so she didn't jump on my dress (ha)! I recommend him to many of my friends in the area and have even hired him to shoot an event with me because I think he is that phenomenal! I'd hire him again as my wedding photographer in an instant. :)

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Cherilyn P.
Hired for: Event Photography 2014-2018 - Lead Photographer

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER EVER, in every way. I can't say enough about wonderful Mike is to work with, and how great the photography is. I run the Bay Area Book Festival, a major literary festival in Berkeley, and Mike has been our lead photographer, providing everything from glamour shots at a Gala to crowd shots to photographs of talent in venues where the lighting is difficult. Mike's photos are always our favorites, not only gorgeous but useful --- the ones we use again and again in our publications and on our website. He has a special talent for unusual "beauty shots" that creatively express exactly what we want. Mike takes great care to understand in advance what we want and why we want it... and then delivers. Want to capture the special spirit you're seeking? Mike can do it. I also want to comment on Mike's professionalism. He is absolutely reliable. He is super organized. For us, he organizes a team of photographers to cover hundreds of interviews/panels, exhibitors, and outdoor features over one weekend. Not only does he get it all done, but everyone loves working with him -- all while he himself is contributing superb photos. In personal interaction style, he is generous in every way. Importantly, he's not intrusive -- whether that's photographing people getting married or capturing sensitive talent at an event -- and yet he gets what we need. People feel at ease with him. I trust him with our most important moments. He also sorts through the photos, organizes a system, and delivers them all to us fast -- extraordinarily fast. He has the most to do of anyone on our photography team (since he's in charge of it) but beats everyone else in editing and delivering the images. It's a pleasure to provide this review. Anyone considering hiring a photographer for anything -- weddings, other events, portraits, corporate photography, whatever -- would be very happy with Mike.

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Jessica S.
Hired for: Wedding photography 

Mike was an exceptional photographer to work with! He was on-time (early, in fact) and stayed with through the entire wedding, from start to finish. He had excellent communication with us from the moment of first contact, until we said our good-byes at the end of the night. Mike did an excellent job of capturing our wedding in the most candid way, yet he also made sure to get some posed photos in the mix. His photos came out so beautiful. I would highly recommend M. Hitchner Photography! We truly thank him for all of his hard work at our wedding, and for helping us to capture our special day.

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Mackenzie G.
Hired for: Engagement Photography
Mike was awesome and totally accommodating to the requests I had for my engagement proposal. I would highly recommend him and will likely have him do our wedding photography when the day comes around :)

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Rochelle T.
Hired for: Wedding Photography
Mike was awesome! He traveled to our semi-destinaton wedding on Orcas Island. He was so relaxed and chill and took some amazing pictures. My husband and I felt so relaxed and comfortable with him I highly recommend M Hitchner Photography!

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Crestelle N.
Hired for: Engagement Photography
HIRE HIM!!! Seriously! You won't regret it. Mike did such an amazing job capturing our vision for our engagement session. He asked me what I wanted, I told him, and he delivered. Our pictures look like something out of a magazine, which was the effect I wanted. Mike was so patient and kind, which made shooting with him a breeze. He has an undeniable gift, which is clearly captured in the images he takes. I can go on and on about how great he is, but you're better off hiring him and seeing for yourself. I have him saved in my favorites and definitely plan on hiring him again in the future. Thank you so much Mike! You're freaking awesome! Anthony and I wish you nothing but continued success.

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Meredith B.
Hired for: Wedding Photography
Wedding photographer. He did an outstanding job. I hate my photo being taken so was dreading the pictures. But his work is amazing and all of the pictures as so beautiful. He made me and the entire family feel very comfortable and relaxed. I would recommend him to everyone.

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Marvin A. 
Hired for: Wedding Photography
The whole experience was wonderful. He attended to every little detail. He listened to any input that we suggested, and integrated it in his work. The pictures were absolutely stunning. I could not be any more happier with what he has done for me and my wife. His work speaks for itself. I would and have recommended him to friends and family.

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Charmagne C.
Hired for: Engagement Photography
Mike is just amazing! He truly has an eye for photography. Our engagement photos came out so nice. He made sure my fiancé and I are got comfortable posing and our overall session was fun! We definitely recommend him as a photographer. 😊 Thank you again so much Mike!

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Adam Y. 
Hired for: Wedding Photography
He listened to us and really made sure that we got great photos of friends and family. He captured all the moments so well that we are able to relive them over and over. He was professional, attentive and adaptable. He truly captures real life moments, unscripted. We couldn't be happier working with Mike and definitely recommend everyone. Thanks Mike!

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Chris M.
Hired for: Wedding Photography
Mike did an incredible job as photographer for my wedding last year. He has tremendous intuition in any given moment, not only for what will make for a beautiful image, but in how to capture the spirit and personality of the people he is working with. Mike integrated seamlessly into our small, intimate event, and was an integral part of our day and wedding experience. It is a joy to work with Mike - he is professional, talented, and committed to producing top quality results. We are so pleased with the images that he captured from one of the most memorable moments of our lives, and we could not imagine that day without him in it. I've hired many professional photographers in the past to work events for me, and Mike is among the very best I've ever had the pleasure of working with.

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Lindzi C.
Hired for: Portraits
Mike is the best photographer I have ever met! He met a friend and I at the beach with our horses and spent hours and hours catching the most gorgeous shots! He is so kind and made the pictures so easy and fun to take. HIGHLY recommend Mike!

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CJ G. 
Hired for: Portraits
Mike was amazing to work with! My boyfriend really hates taking pictures and Mike made it as painless as possible. He was willing to travel and work with my budget. And all our pictures turned out fabulously! I will definitely work with Mike again!