From our lovely couples


2020 Your Love Stories

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Valerie H.

Went above and beyond, from start to finish! Loved how many photos he took! Easy to work with and made it fun! Thank Michael!


Matt T.

Michael is an outstanding photographer, and we couldn't have been happier with his services. He strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and being down to earth, which made us feel incredibly comfortable during both our engagement and wedding photoshoots. Despite not being big fans of getting our pictures taken, Michael's ability to capture the perfect moments put us at ease.

His timely processing and quick turnaround with high-quality images were a huge plus. We were pleasantly surprised at how affordable his services were considering the exceptional quality of his work. What truly set him apart were his creative skills, especially his use of pyro, which resulted in some truly beautiful and unique photos that we will cherish forever. Michael exceeded our expectations, and we highly recommend him to anyone looking for a talented photographer who can perfectly capture those special moments.


Caitlin M
Michael was great to work with and gave us amazing pictures we will cherish forever.


Kim A.
Michael was an absolutely amazing photographer, and was especially understanding and flexible with our numerous reschedules during the pandemic. Easy to work with, great price, responsive to all requests, will make you feel comfortable no matter how much you hate taking photos, and just an all around good and fun person. We are extremely pleased with every session and our wedding photos!


Alexa K.
Michael was great for our rainy wedding day! We had fun jumping in and out of the rain for photos. Michael captured all the photos we wanted and more! Thank you, Michael!


Cindy R.
Our original photographer had a family issue and had to cancel. We were lucky to find Cukini Studio with very little time to spare. We met Michael over a Zoom call and he showed up on the wedding day to take care of the photos. We were on schedule and very pleased with the photos!


Constance R.
We got the photos today and are very pleased with them! Again, thank you so much for doing that for us!


Samantha F.
Michael was amazing! He was super chill and helped keep me sane the whole day. He remembered every small detail I completed forgot. He understood the aesthetic and vibe we were going for and found it in every photo. I’m a self conscious/shy person and he made me feel like a complete beauty queen. I will definitely be contacting him for every event that needs photographed. If you want a personalized and comfortable experience choose Michael!


Vivi D.
I can't say enough of how incredible it was to work with Michael. He was patient and flexible with us. Our engagement pictures were amazing, and our wedding pictures were the icing on the cake. My husband and I are so glad we got lucky and found Michael. Michael is not only personable, but he also has great dad jokes. We couldn't have asked for a better person to help us take pictures of our special day. Thank you Michael and the Cukini team!


Steph D.
I would absolutely recommend Cukini Studio for anyone looking for a photographer! Michael was great to work with. We hired him in a panic when our original wedding photographer died suddenly 6 months before our wedding, and I’m so happy we chose Michael! Even though we already had engagement pictures with our first photographer, Michael set up a mini engagement session with us so we could meet and work together before the wedding, which I thought was really nice of him to do. He was very helpful and quick to respond whenever I had a question. On the wedding day, he showed up early to make sure he got pictures of us getting ready. He worked seamlessly with our videographer and directed us in a way that made it fun. And we couldn’t be happier with our pictures! He gave us SO MANY, and they were all stunning!! The picture quality, the variety, everything was amazing. He really went above and beyond and captured our day perfectly. Thank you, Michael!!


Valentino D.
Thanks for all your hard work and contributions to making an epic evening. God Bless you! One for the books.. if another event pops up I’m calling you brotha!


Joseph D.
Thank you sir!! Our gallery photos tells me that you’re awesome at what you do!! Looking forward to sessions with our new family!!


Keri J.
We had a very short engagement time so felt very lucky to find Mike and his studio. He was very flexible and understanding in working with our orthodox wedding traditions. Highly recommend!


Kara D.
These look great, thank you so much! This was such a fun, memorable experience.


Jamie C.
We were recommended to hire Michael through another local photographer and we couldn't be happier with this decision. Michael is very professional, gave us his time, assisted us in planning, and helped us relax and enjoy such a special day! From the beginning, Michael met with us (virtually) to understand who we are as a couple, what we were looking for throughout our day, and give us a good overview of how wedding photography really works. From there everything was seamless! Michael's payment system is through PayPal and his invoices are detailed so we never questioned what we paid for and were comfortable with the pricing of his packages. He sent us access to a few albums of other weddings he's shot and we really enjoyed the way he captures candid moments, which meant more to us to capture than formal photos. He also does great work with portrait and formal photos, we just place more emphasis on the candid moments. Our package included an engagement session, which Michael was very flexible in planning with us. We moved out of state and were only back in the area for a short 24 hours, which he worked around and also worked around the weather for outdoor photos. The photos are excellent for us being so unprepared - we even got to include our pup! Michael then helped us plan the timeline of our day, which was more then helpful and kept everyone on the same page! We also reviewed certain shots we wanted to ensure he would get before the day came and he provided us a shot list to review and add too if we desired. The day of Michael arrived and started right up - I didn't even notice he was photographing! He kept right up with our group, moved us along throughout the day, ensured we got all the people in the photos that we needed. He directed us pretty well too - I'm an awkward photo taker but for my bride portraits, he made me feel comfortable and provided me with direction on how to pose. He did this with our wedding party and families as well, which was all the more helpful so you aren't thinking of what you need to do in the photos! Michael was our only photographer and he was everywhere! We got married at Hotel Millwright in Amana and he was all over the campus getting shots. He got all of our detailed photos too and gave us time to rest between photo groupings. He captured the best moments for us without us having to continuously ask or provide direction, making the day stress free! Michael is a great photographer and has excellent "dad jokes". He's got a great family of humans and pets and is fun to follow on Facebook - he's very personable and we enjoyed every minute of working with him!


Caitlin M.
Michael was the photographer at my wedding this past weekend and I had a wonderful experience with him, I’d recommend him to anyone. I’ve loved all the photos we’ve gotten back from him from our engagement photos, a bonus photo session we had, and I can’t wait to see what our wedding photos look like. He was a joy to work with, made us laugh, had great suggestions and did everything we asked of him. You couldn’t pick a better photographer.


Lauren B.
Michael and Anna were so great to work with!!! They were super responsive through the whole process. They did our engagement photos and our wedding photos. We've almost been married a year and we love taking time to look back at the memories and remembering the JOY of those days! Thank you for capturing those special moments!


Amber B.
Michael was so amazing!! We are still working with him and he is such a great guy and easy to work with! He has done so much for us and we will refer him to anyone ever!


Stephanie B.
Michael did a phenomenal job photographing our engagement and wedding(s). We chose the four seasons package, and I couldn’t recommend it enough! Michael is always up for an adventure and finding unique places to shoot. I loved the four seasons package because he really got to know us as a couple and was able to capture those little moments during our big day. We are a COVID wedding couple and Michael was able to shoot our small wedding in June and our larger reception last weekend. If you are looking for a wonderful photographer, unique photos and an affordable price...look no further!


Kyle M.
Michael was a blast to work with, he made sure that each picture he took was perfect. The wife and I had fun with him for the pre-wedding shoots and he was able to work around our busy schedule. When the big day finally arrived, he was there and even helped calm some of our nerves. The both of us loved working with Michael and would do so again in a heartbeat.


Sarah H.
Had a lot of fun with Michael for engagement photo shoot and has been so great during this covid-19 pandemic


Coleman B.
I cannot thank Michael Huang enough, the photographer at Cukini Studio at Studio Reserved for the wonderful work he had done for Stephanie and I. We had a few obstacles in our way but he was always happy and enthusiastic to work with us! What a beautiful job!


Derek C.
Michael is hands down the best wedding photographer out there, he was the photographer for our wedding and his attention to detail and professionalism is second to none!


Kara M.
My husband and I had an absolutely fantastic and wonderful experience working with Michael at Cukini Studio! The photos were exactly what we were looking for and needed to perfectly remember the experience and special time through our engagement to the big day! Beyond the pictures, we actually get to have two big days because of some unexpected military plans. Michael worked with us to change and adjust everything flawlessly. He was available to add our first ceremony to his schedule and again take some amazing pictures for us and the family short notice. We’re only halfway through our experience but I cannot recommend Cuikini Studio enough! Michael is so easy to work with and is 110% determined to make your special day everything YOU want and have imagined. If you’re our looking for the perfect wedding photographer, I would absolutely recommend and encourage you to go through Cukini Studio!


Jill E.
Michael at Cukini Studios was amazing! Our wedding was on Mother's Day and so we were worried about finding a photographer that could work on the holiday and within our budget. Thankfully, Michael was able to go above and beyond our needs. We met with him before our wedding to plan out photos for the day and he was very thoughtful and detailed about what we were looking for in our photos. He was professional and prompt. Michael was considerate about how the lighting would affect the look of the photos and how much time we would need for various photo shoots. He captured all of the photographs we wanted including photos of our ketubah signing, family photos, and candid photos of us cutting and eating our wedding cake. We even had time to do a few on-the-spot photos with close friends who arrived to the wedding ceremony early. After the wedding we received our photos quickly and we could not be happier with how they turned out. We are so grateful to have the photos in a digital format, so that our photos can be shared with loved ones for years to come. We loved our experience working with Michael. If you're looking for someone in the Cedar Rapids / Iowa City area for your wedding photos, I would highly recommend Cukini Studio @ Studio Reserved.


Luke H.
We could not have asked for a better photographer. The knowledge and experience that he brought to our special day made every photo a cherished memory.


Emily H.
Michael is the best! He is punctual and easy to work with. My husband and I are both pretty awkward but he helped make it fun to take pictures. He captured every picture on my list and even pictures I didn't know I wanted!


JayR W.
Michael was wonderful to work with! He took such amazing photos and captured so much more than we ever thought. Not only is he a great photographer but he is wonderful person. Strongly suggest for all of your photography needs.


Valarie W.
Michael is a very talented photographer. He is always enjoyable to work with, very good sense of humor and relates well to others. His photography is gorgeous, unique and often elegant. Knowing his abilities and the trust I have in him and his work made our wedding day a breeze. He is great at capturing the natural beauty and details of people, animals, fire, snowflakes and stars! When planning our wedding we had only 3 requirements for our big day- an outdoor ceremony, our kids in attendance, and Michael as our photographer. He is the best!


Anna R.
Michael was so easy to work with! We were planning the majority of our wedding from a few states away, and Michael was still so flexible, so helpful, and just great. We loved working with him leading up to the wedding and on the day! We got so many amazing photos, and he captured all of the right moments for us. We can't thank him enough!


Tyler Z.
We looked at several photographers before picking one and both agreed that Michael was the best fit. We liked the all day coverage, his easy going personality, and we were very happy with the pictures we received. My wife wanted several specific pictures and he accommodated all of them, he also helped us plan a timeline to get every thing she wanted photographed.


Malinda O.
I would 100% recommend Cukini Studio. Michael was easy to work with and flexible, and of course took great pictures. I really appreciated the all day coverage and not having to worry about start and end times and what parts we wanted coverage of several months in advance. He did a great job of taking the pictures we wanted and capturing the day. Thank you Michael!


Hannah C.
Cukini studios brought made our dream wedding pictures a reality! Michael and his crew were so professional and often we didn't even realize they were there. I highly recommend Cukini for any couple looking to capture the beauty and emotions of the wedding day.


Megan H.
Absolutely wonderful photos! We had engagement photos and wedding photos done with Michael and ALL of them turned out beautiful. Talent and skills definitely seen through every photo and he captured every moment for us to remember. Thank you!


Li-Hsien L.
The pictures are simply amazing! Michael is very professional and easy to work with. We are extremely happy to have such a great and talented photographer!


Nikki S.
Michael from Cukini Studio at Studio Reserved captured some pretty awesome shots from our wedding! His expertise we're exactly what we needed for our outdoor night time wedding. He listened to what was important to us (capturing not only us in the moment throughout the evening, but also our loved ones in their special moments) we will cherish the photos he captured, forever. Thanks so much Michael!


Anna M.
I can't say enough amazing things about working with Michael! His services and his amazing flexibility made our wedding day so easy, so simple, and every picture we got from him was beautiful. He is incredible to work with, and I am so happy with everything! Book him as soon as you can!


Ciera M.
Our pictures turned out perfect! Michael was easy to work with and very professional.


Malinda O.
We loved our engagement and wedding pictures from Michael. He was easy to work with and we really appreciated the all day coverage for the wedding (the day goes by so fast!), he captured so many moments. He was also organized, flexible, and a nice person, which is exactly what you want for someone following you around all day on your wedding day! We read a lot of reviews and looked at a lot of photographers before we decided on this and are so happy we went with Michael!


Dana C.
If you are trying to find a go with the flow, not fake, and a very natural setting photographer, you’ve found the right place. Michael was fantastic! We didn’t have to take unnatural pose photos, it was all natural. He was also very easy to work with because he is a very easy going person! I would highly recommend Cukini Studio for your photography needs!


Tyler L.
Micheal was very helpful and professional. For my wife and I, we did not know how to structure the photo shoot, and Micheal was experienced enough to provided a tentative outline. His outline of the day really helped us schedule the day tentatively! Very good service!


Katharine B.
Michael was very easy to work with! I was impressed the most when he practically made an outline of my wedding day for me. That was the outline that we ended up using. He was always prompt in getting back to me. He would respond the day I emailed him. Very professional!


Emily J.
LOVED working with Michael and his team. My husband and I had such a positive experience working with Cukini studio for our wedding. They were so accommodating, very responsive, and the photos turned out to be so beautiful!! I highly suggest you book this company for your wedding or big event.


Megan H.
Absolutely wonderful photos! We had engagement photos and wedding photos done with Michael and ALL of them turned out beautiful. Talent and skills definitely seen through every photo and he captured every moment for us to remember. Thank you!


Jill E.
We had a fun time taking the photos, there was a quick turn around, and the photos look so beautiful. Definitely would recommend Cukini Studio to anyone looking for wedding photography!


Sammi P.
Michael was great to work with we just recently got our photos back and they turned out great. There were so many moments he was able to capture. Not only was he extremely professional, he was fun to work with for both our engagement session and wedding. He was super stealth! He was able to mingle with the guests getting great pictures without being one of those in your face photographers. I can’t wait to work with him again!


Nikki S.
Captured everything we could have wanted. In the special moments, Michael did not make his presence known, but somehow managed to capture photos.


Amanda S.
I can't say enough good things about Michael. He did our engagement pictures and his awesome studio shot our wedding and they were all fantastic to work with. Michael was incredible with communication, flexible when I changed our plans countless times and is a really fun person too. He made us feel comfortable and our pictures turned out gorgeous, we absolutely love them.


Katey B.
Michael was awesome! He was organized, professional, and very prompt with response. :)


Hannah C.
Cukini Studio was an absolute joy to work with! The staff was professional and super fun. We hardly even noticed them snapping away pictures all day of the wedding and when we got the prints back we were in love!! I highly recommend Michael and Cukini Studio for any photography needs you may have!


Grace M.
We enjoyed working with Micheal and his team. He helped with our timeline and to make our day perfect. We have gorgeous pictures to last a lifetime and made a friend in the process.


Katie N.
Michael was amazing to work with! He listened to what we wanted for pictures and was very flexible with the scheduling. Their studio was a great background for some of my favorite pictures as well. We couldn't have been happier with our pictures.


Lex L.
Michael and Cukini Studio was absolutely amazing and so much fun to work with. I would 100% recommend him to anyone. :)


Deanna H.
Michael was wonderful to work with! Before the wedding he made sure he was familiar with the venue and was very open to discussing pose ideas. As the day grew closer, he did everything he could to make sure that I felt taken care of. This included coordinating a schedule for photos, and the day as a whole! (He was better at this than my actual wedding coordinator from the venue!) I felt very at ease as we went through the day because of this schedule, and it meant a lot to me that he was very flexible with everything if we took longer at one point than planned. My family can be a little stiff for photos, but he was very good at making them feel right at home, and as a result our photos are absolutely beautiful. I would definitely recommend working with him!


Kassi S.
First and foremost, 5 stars does not even do justice for Michael from Cukini Studio and how great a professional he is. Due to a miscommunication of dates, the photographer we thought we had originally retained for our wedding booked a separate event and was out of state the day of our wedding. Our wedding day was apparently the #1 wedding day of the season and it happened to be the only Saturday Michael had free. While we were frantically trying to find a new photographer on the morning of our wedding using social media, local camera shops' contacts, etc. Michael saw the post , packed up his gear and was at the church ready to go in less than 30 minutes! He was very efficient and professional, diffusing the pressure of the situation and helping to return the focus to the joyous occasion. Without having previously met to discuss plans, he quickly got up to speed and went to work. We committed to purchase one of the wedding packages up front, of course, but we're certain he went above and beyond to make sure to commemorate a wonderful day. We found the price to be very reasonable and he took no advantage of our desperate situation. As part of the package we purchased, a separate photo shoot was included which would probably be used for an engagement session under normal circumstances. Since we were already beyond that stage, we ended up using the session to do a couple's photo session in our wedding attire at a later date, free from the stress and time constraints of the day. We highly, highly recommend anyone else to do the same as it gives a great opportunity to take time in a relaxed environment to get some more great photos of the couple and at additional venues without having to drag the whole wedding party along. We had a lot of fun working with Michael at both sessions and he had fantastic ideas to set up shots which took a lot of stress away from us. Michael turned a very precarious situation into a wonderful day with no regrets!


Belinda B.
Cukini Studio is wonderful to work with! They are a lot of fun and have great ideas! They made our day extra special!


Kate R.
Michael Huang with Cukini Studio at Studio Reserved has done some cool night time shots I've seen! Really talented guy!


Patricia N.
This studio has a fun environment and cute fashionable cats. Would definitely take pictures with Michael again! Thank you for the lovely tea party pictures!


Lindsey M.
Michael and all the people at Studio Reserved are amazing to work with and have the biggest hearts. I love the space, and I hope it's a place where creativity and imagination continue to grow. We're so lucky to have this space in the corridor!


Bonnie A.
Absolutely beautiful studio. We did a quick cosplay shoot with Cukini Studio and we used 3 of the 10 or so different staged backdrop areas. It was so much fun! I would love to rent the space for an event as well. It's just such a great space. Michael Huang is very personable and easy to work with. I can't wait to do this again. Highly recommend for any kind of portrait photo shoots.


Christine P.
Michael is very talented and a super nice guy! He is very professional and responsive. I highly recommend!


Jenna W.
Michael was extremely helpful in getting the best lighting and poses for all of our photos. He also made sure that I got pictures of myself in my dress even though I didn't want to. I'm so glad he did though because they are some of my favorites! He's very kind and professional and we got our photos back very quickly after the wedding. Our wedding photos have turned out perfectly thanks to Michael! He was great at capturing every moment of our day and made sure that we were getting the photos that we wanted. I would definitely recommend Cukini Studio to everyone if you want amazing photos to document your special day!


Kelly K.
Michael is someone I haven't done many photoshoots with but the few that I have done he has gone far past my expectations. Very professional but fun & easy to work with in order to get what you want out of your pictures. Whether it's family, graduation, wedding, or basically whatever the reason for your photos, This is your guy.


Janella R.
AMAZING~!! Working with Cukini Studio was a delight! Professional, kind, friendly and with GREAT photographs from every shoot abounding! 100% recommend!! Don't pass up an opportunity to shoot with Cukini Studio!


Kimberly M.
Michael and his family are excellent to interact with, as well an an overall joy to know! I have been a big fan of Cukini Studio's photography for a while now, and it has been a dream to have some photos taken! Highly recommend this studio!


Kenneth H.
Very professional and a lot of fun!!! Can't wait to do another shoot! :D


Dana B.
Michael is friendly, professional, but can also have fun with the shoots that he does. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a Family, Wedding, or just plain old Fun-time shoot!


April C.
Amazing photographer and one of the most enjoyable people to work with. Always manages to brighten my day having shot with them. Very experienced and professional, not to mention they have adorable kitties. =^.^=


Kathy S.
Always a blast to work with! Michael is easygoing, friendly, and totally fun to be around. He makes sure models and clients alike are happy with his work and happy with him


Anna L.
Michael and Kathy are always a joy to work with and produce beautiful results in a timely fashion. I am constantly amazed by their work and creativity!


Deanna C.
Cukini Studio was very professional during every aspect of the shoot. He knew exactly how to get the shots I wanted and was very conversational throughout. Working with him is very fun and I would definitely recommend him!


Brittany H.
Cukini Studios is an amazing studio to do unique and entertaining photos. Very reliable and Professional, and Safety is always #1. Cant wait to do more photos and learn more in the future.


Lauren H.
Michael's photography is top-notch, and his demeanor with clients is polite and friendly. I love to do shoots with him whenever I get a chance!


Bex H.
We had worked with Michael on our engagement photos first. Due to our busy schedules, we had to settle for a less than pleasant time of year. I was sure we were wasting our time with a gray and dreary day but he was able to pull off a series of photos that had people commenting on how great they were and how he captured our unique personalities. We rehired him for our wedding photos and we came away with several stunning photos. My favorite memory and photo from the day was taken on the roof of a building. We snuck away to catch the sunset and snap some photos, which gave my husband and I a private moment to just be together on our wedding day. I didn't know it at the time, but that would be one of my favorite moments-and we have the picture to prove it!


Chrissy P.
Cukini Studio is by far one of the most incredible photo studios I have ever worked with. I adore them. I have a difficult face to light due to my skin tone and bone structure, and they always manage to keep me from having awkward shadows on my face in my pictures (: I did a couples shoot with Cukini Studio, and they went above and beyond to make my boyfriend and I's photos beautiful works of art. I love how creative they are; they push the envelope and go beyond cookie cutter photography practices. They want to project your vision, but will guide you and not leave you alone to figure it out. Michael also happens to be one of the most down to earth easy to talk to photographers in the area. If you're looking for someone who is going to be easy to work with, and not make you feel morally uncomfortable in any way shape or form, he's your guy. I would 10/10 recommend using Cukini Studio for all of your photography needs (:


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