As a member of the United States Army Reserves, I have been able to develop my public affairs and photography skills in places such as Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. While deployed, I was honored to work with some pretty great people too (CBS’s Lara Logan, radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham, and country music star Toby Keith).

I have been fortunate. Some of my work has been published in magazines and newspapers across the country, including Soldiers Magazine. I am a recipient of a Keith L. Ware photojournalism Award for my work in Bosnia, and some Brumfield Excellence in Journalism Awards for my work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Outside of the Army, I was selected to work as a photographer for Flip Flop Foto (http://www.flipflopfoto.com/). For a few years, I captured shots at weddings, magazine shoots, community events, and portrait sessions. The variety and artistry there was amazing, and had a huge impact on how I shoot.

Today, I work for the U.S. Army as a public affairs chief. This means that I get to take photographs, shoot video and write articles/press releases as my job. It is great to be able to do the things I enjoy as work. (The operational tempo has had a huge impact on my personal time though. Hence, I have not posted on my personal blog is so long. But, I hope to change that soon as I find a new balance.)

However, I have so much more to learn. I am not a big technical person with my camera. For me, it is more about showing the natural beauty in life that surrounds us. I think my passion for photography and my ability to see the uniqueness in the ordinary are what makes my pictures good. Now, if I could just step up my game with some technical processes…

My goal with this blog is to share some of the photos I have taken over the years (and have yet to take). I hope you enjoy them. I also would like to learn more technical aspects of photography while networking in the photo-blog arena. So, comments and criticisms are welcome in effort to improve.

Please enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

Oh, and if like reading, I have another blog where I ponder life, share stories, and occasionally whip out a poem. It can be found on WordPress  as well and is called Chasing Life and Finding Dreams.

Come back soon:)

Michelle Lunato

Disclaimer: “Anything posted on my blog is my personal opinion and does not constitute an endorsement, opinion or official position of the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or any other government office or branch of service.”

23 thoughts on “About

  1. Michelle…I was and still am your BIGGEST fan!!! Only wish you had taken over the 300th while I was still there. I ALAYS wanted to work with you more that I did. Miss your smile; your energy and your dedication.

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    1. Oh Dan! Hey!!! It is so good to hear from you. Yes, had I took over the unit when you were there it would have been WAY less painful I am sure. I just wasn’t ready back then. Thank you so much for having faith in me! You need to send me an email to let me know how you are doing!


    1. Well thanks Cee! I am blushing.

      The blog world is a sea of information so I can see how you can’t catch it all. It is a lot! I know I am missing tons each and every day and it is so hard to keep up at times. So thank you for taking the time out to check this page. Yeah, I have been lucky to travel some and get paid to take photos. Now, it is mainly a bonus job and for fun. I so miss doing it full time though. One day, I will again…


  2. Hi Michelle, just come across your blog via Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness water theme – I was very struck by your image of reflections of two domed constructions on a pier (I think). Simple and elegant….but I can’t see it on this blog! Anyway, I’m following you now.


  3. hi! just chanced upon your blog..very nice and interesting pictures…especially the color and hue really impresses me! btw, which camera do you use?

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    1. Thanks. Depending on the mood, I have two cameras: Nikon D300 and a Cannon Rebel. And then when I don’t have my DSLRs with me, there is the handy iPhone for little snapshots of course.

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    1. No problem Angeline, I loved what I saw so had to follow. Thank you. I do love taking pictures and learning more about it. Blogging has been a great way to share and learn.


    1. Oh, it was my pleasure. Thank you. So kind of you to say! I just started blogging last fall so it’s all just been new and fun! There’s so much in my head (and files) that needs an outlet. Hopefully, my randomness will make sense. 🙂


  4. Thank you for the good work you do. Your pics are amazing. I read a lot of war books and I really like reading your posts. It’s nice seeing it from your point of view (when I’m reading it’s usually a journalist or historian writing it).


    1. Normally, while I was deployed I did write stories like a journalist about the events. But, there is so much happening behind the scenes to make the missions happen that those are stories themselves. It is great to know that someone likes to hear those stories too. Thank you for taking time to comment.

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  5. Hello Michelle, I just discovered your blog today. After poking aorund for a bit I have ot saw that I liked a lot of your shots and had to follow. I look forward to seeing more. Cheers!


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