For Our Fallen Vets on Memorial Day

Model Melinda Raebyne in this photograph by Michael Kleven honoring American veterans.
In reverence to those who have died while serving their country and heartfelt support for the loved ones they left behind.


Earlier this Spring actress and model Melinda Raebyne contacted me about doing a photo shoot paying homage to the movie icon Marilyn Monroe to enhance our mutual portfolios. I’ve been trying to decide when I should share some of these creative images with the world. Then I recalled that one of our images might be especially meaningful to veterans and their families. This photograph was created at my home studio in Bothell Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Be on the lookout of more from this shoot here.

Melinda is currently seeking new projects as an actress. You can contact her through me if you like. She is great to work with and a true creative force.

Michael is currently seeking new photo projects for weddings, events, portraits and portfolios. He also is a freelance filmmaker producing projects for business and the arts. On set he works as a director, cinematographer and production sound mixer.

Contact me at 206-307-7588 or


Over Anchorage

On the second day of my December journey to my parent’s home on Anchorage, I borrowed the truck and trekked South onto the windy roads which snake into the Chugach Mountains South of town. The low slung mountains, once a haven for miners seeking gold, offer wide vistas from which to capture images of the Cook Inlet, Anchorage, The Alaska Range to the North and the valleys and ridges of the Chugachs. Here is a set of HDR images from that trek. They are available to purchase and enjoy from my sister website at Photoshelter.

All photos were taken with the Canon 7D and processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. Contact me for custom cropping of the images. I am also available for weddings, portraits and events. Contact Michael Kleven at 206-307-7588


Rugged Alaska Mountains
HDR image from the Chucach Mountains over Anchorage.




Over Anchorage – Images by Michael Kleven

A Day in Carmel California

This past November I had the opportunity to hang out with my Aunt Becky and Uncle Bobby Struve down in Monterey County. We hung around the beach for awhile in Carmel and took some photos with my Grandma Betty. After lunch at the Baja Cantina and Grill on Carmel Valley Road, we headed up Laureles Grade towards Salinas. There is something very special about this rough land which combining elements of the old West with the rugged and rocky coast. I can see why so many are attracted to the land that nurtured the author  John Steinbeck. Here are a few of the images from our trip to Carmel California. Contact me at at to schedule your wedding or portrait session. Be sure to “like” my business page on Facebook: <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Kleven Creative Services</a>for updates on my projects and services in photography, video production and filmmaking. Let me know if you need the images printed at higher resolution. I am more then happy to comply!

The setting sun.
We say goodbye to the day, hello to night. 


A Day in Carmel Califonia – Images by Michael Kleven

Old Fence
Looking South a rugged Western fence.

Rolling hills
Looking towards the Southwest about 5:30 on November 24th, 2012.A lovely landscape