Michelle picked up her first camera as a child you may have guessed it a Fisher Price camera. Freshman year in high school the only thing she wanted for Christmas was a camera. That Canon AE-1 film camera was where the passion started and has grown over the years. Her junior year in high school her Art teacher Mr. Roberts encouraged her to apply to the Post & Mail Newspaper freelance and took over taking and developing in the darkroom all the photos for a week, so the staff photographer could take a vacation.  She pursued her passion of photography by achieving her BA in fine and Commerical art with a concentration in photography from University of Saint Francis and inspired by Karen Thompson her photography professor. She has continued her education in photography through workshops and becoming a proud member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) since 2011. 

   Michelle created Goldwood Studios in 2013 wanting to empower, help build self-esteem and confidence in woman of all ages. She is a published photographer in newspapers and magazines, plus named one of the top Boudior photographers in Indianapolis for 2022.   Traveling the country photographing models and working with celebrity make up artists helped develop her style and creating a unique portrait experience for high school seniors and scouts models for mother agents. 


In 2019 she formed a partnership with long time photography colleague David Van Deman to create The Lair Studios in Indianapolis, which is a rental studio for photographers that provides mentoring, workshops, and creative outlet for amateur to professional photographers.

Goldwood Studios is a portrait photography studio with locations in Indianapolis, IN  and in Columbia City, IN, and travels to accommodate clients needs.  We capture and create, so you and your family can cherish your memories for a lifetime.  On location or in the studio your portrait experiences is tailored to focus on you. Contact us for a complementary consultation to discuss the best way to capture your memories.  



5 Step easy process


The Consultation

  • A time is set up to meet to discuss what type of session you are wanting for your images. 
  • Overview of pricing and products for you to showcase your memories and to share with family and friends. Our clients invest from $1,000 to $10,000 in products.
  • Schedule your portrait session and pay session fee to book the session. Session fees are non-refundable, and MUST be paid to have the session on the calendar, or it’s not booked.

Prepare for your portrait session 

  • Have your nails either cleaned, filled and/or polished including toes
  • Make sure you have your hair trimmed a few weeks before, but no drastic changes in style just in case you don’t like it. You’ll express your dislike for your new style in the portraits.
  • A week before session go pamper yourself and get waxed so you are camera ready
  • Pack your wardrobe, accessories, shoes, props, anything you are wanting in your images.

 Portrait Session

  • Professional make-up artist/ hair stylist will pamper you for about an hour.
  • While you are getting pampered, I will review your wardrobe to plan out the session to best complement the looks.
  • We will schedule the ordering appointment for a week to two weeks after the session.

 Ordering Appointment

  • At the ordering appointment, ALL decision makers must be present to make final decisions. Collection pricing is only available at the ordering appointment, afterwards only Ala carte pricing is available. 
  • Have a list of sizes and number of images of each you are wanting with you, so we don’t forget any that you are wanting.
  • We will review your images and pick your favorites.
  • 50% of order is required at ordering session and balance is due before order can be completed. 

 Delivery of portraits

  • We will call you to arrange an appointment once your photo memories arrive for pick up or installation of your wall art (usually in 2 to 6 weeks depending on your order).




What does a session fee cover? 

      This covers the time and experience of the photographer


How many outfits can I bring?

       You can bring as many as you want however sessions last an hour to 3 hours. How fast can you change clothes?


Do you retouch the images?

       Images are lightly retouched to maintain current likeness.


Can I just have the digital images?

       You will also receive social media size images of every,

       high quality image you choose for your purchased products.


  What method of payments do you accept?

     Credit card, Cash, ACH and we do offer payment plans