Michelle Wise

Crowds pack annual EXPO despite sunny spring weather

March 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

                                                              Despite an unseasonably warm March day, crowds again packed this year’s EXPO with lively entertainment non-stop on the stage, four $500 cash winners, and tons of giveaways. According to Rockford Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler, the EXPO is one of the premier events for Rockford and a chance for the business community to shine. This year’s EXPO is the seventh and featured food tasting from area stores and restaurants and a chance to win a new car from Ed Koehn Chevrolet. A Rockford Chamber event, in cooperation with City of Rockford and Rockford Public Schools, the EXPO is held annually on the third weekend of March. Open first to Chamber members for booth space and then opened to non-chamber members, the EXPO is always sold out.    

Wise Photography celebrates 15 years

July 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

On July 5, 1995 Michelle Wise opened her business, Wise Photography, never realizing what a journey the next 15 years would hold. In that time her life changed in many ways and now she looks forward to discovering what story her future holds. Just like film is developed through a process, she believes all she discovered about herself and life’s lessons were developed in the dark room of her life. Wise fell into photography as she attended school with dreams of making movies. Her first clip, a two-and-a-half minute skit, cost $400 to process. As part of her criteria for earning a degree in film, she was required to take a photography course. Because of college expenses, her first love fell by the wayside and she discovered she could still tell stories through still images. While on that journey, there was another story unfolding.  Through suffering she discovered something deep inside that wouldn’t have been uncovered with out the experience of pain and was led down a new path of faith and affirmation. “I had to go through life and experience some things,” Wise described. “Now I have a story to tell with my work with children.” Wise has written a book she decided to self publish: Discovery through the Eyes of Children, A photographer’s journey. Wise has been working on the book for five years, but it is really fifteen years in the making. The document is illustrated with the photos of children Wise has taken over the years, but the short message on each page is autobiographical.  Wise said over the years she went through some personal issues that filled her with stress and actually made her physically sick from tension. She found herself second-guessing her purpose in life and her faith in God. As she continued her work as a photographer, she noticed, over and over, how the pictures she took while working reflected a deeper meaning.  When she was questioning her belief in God, she saw children posing as if in prayer. Other, apparently coincidental happenings, kept bringing her back from self-doubt and despair, reminding her of a faith she thought she had lost. She said even electronics started to malfunction, it was if God was trying to get her attention. One day a failed email connection gave her the message: “Without the connection, […]

Local Bald Eagles

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Rockford photographer Michelle Wise captured this beautiful image of the local eagles we have been showing to readers the past several weeks. It is amazing for Squire staff to see how quickly the two babies have been growing.