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I just got the spreads back from The Knot of two of my favorite weddings from last year.  Kristin and Mike and Bola and Gbolabo. Kristin and Mike's wedding is in The Knot - Southern California, and Bola and Gbolabo's wedding is featured in The Knot - Philadelphia. Its always so amazing to see my work in print... it never get's old. :)

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[February 14, 2012] Serena said:
This is awesome - congrats on the features!
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[November 11, 2012] Tami Melissa said:
Absolutely gorgeous! Wish we would have known you were in Philly, we're only 20 minutes away! Such a breathtaking wedding at the U of P museum!!!
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[January 12, 2013] Bernice R said:
Wow - CONGRATS to you on the features, Michael! That is terrific!
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This was one of my favorite weddings from last year and I'm just now getting around to blogging it. It was a collection of some of my favorite people to work with and it was at an amazing venue.

Wedding Coordinator: The amazing Angel Swanson
Florist: Kristin from the Treasured Petal
Cake: Melanie from Sweet and Saucy Shop
Venue: Rancho Las Lomas

Kristin (the bride) is a graphic designer and designed all of the stationary for the wedding. It was amazing. So much thought went into everything. Everything involved in the wedding fit together so perfectly. From the invitations to the color of her shoes, even to the color of the clothes she wore during their engagement shoot! I LOVED this wedding.

I love this shot of Kristin's mom helping her get ready... and if you look closely you can see Jessica Claire in the reflection as well. She's my favorite second shooter. :)

A couple of sweet moments from the first look:

I think parents often get overlooked during the wedding day. I love shooting the father walking his daughter down the aisle. Its always such a great moment, and you can tell how proud Kristin's dad was that day.

I also love shooting the parents during the ceremony. There are always so many great moments.

A few portraits on the amazing grounds at Rancho Las Lomas.

The couple with Angel Swanson, one of my favorite people to work with!



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[January 31, 2011] Jon S6 said:
Skills, love it. Crisp, clean, awesome.
[January 31, 2011] Jeffrey Neal said:
Dude, you have been blogging a storm. So stoked that your living your dream. Awesome wedding. I really hope I get to hang out with you at WPPI. I miss you man.
[January 31, 2011] angel swanson said:
awww -- you know you're one of my favorite people to work with, too! love, love, loveeeeee all of these images (but you already knew that!). definitely an all-time favorite wedding for me.
[February 1, 2011] SvetlanaHillKovich said:
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[February 2, 2011] debb campbell said:
I missed the wedding day but helped at bit prior to with crafty skills...it was amazing well designed and done. I esp enjoyed the pics of the parents, my High School buddies, Dave and Susie. Your skill at capturing the mood and the 'heart' of the people you photograph is stellar!
[February 2, 2011] Edmund Prieto said:
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[March 6, 2011] Daniel Balboa said:
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You might have seen on here before that I offer private workshops for photographers affectionately known as WOODSHOPS. I don't put on huge group workshops because #1: they're a whole lot of work and #2: if that's what you're wanting there are already tons of them out there. If, however, you (or maybe you and a couple of friends) want to spend a day, afternoon, or lunch together picking my brain, listening to me talk about how I work and shoot, I'll happily oblige you. I usually do one per month.



A few weeks ago I had a WOODSHOP with a photographer from LA named Gary Coelho. We spent the afternoon together talking about how he could improve his photography and at the end of the afternoon we went out for a shoot to give him a chance to put his new knowledge into practice. We had to postpone the workshop a day because of rain so I was scrambling trying to find a couple to model for me. I put out the word on Twitter and within a few minutes my good friends Jake and Jessica Mariano graciously volunteered to be our subjects for the afternoon. We went out into the hills of Ladera Ranch for an engagement style shoot and had a great time trudging around in the mud. We had some beautiful light and got some really wonderful images.

If you're interested in a WOODSHOP check out the information page and shoot me an email.



Here are some favorites from that afternoon:

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[January 26, 2011] SvetlanaHillKovich said:
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Here's an engagement shoot from the fall I shot out in Orange County. You can almost bet that you'll have good weather in Southern California but every now and then you get "lucky" and get a beautifully overcast day like this. I just love the tones from this session and can't wait to shoot their wedding in Malibu this summer.

We shot these in downtown Laguna Beach and then drove up to Crystal Cove in Newport.

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In the fall I shot Kevin and Danielle's wedding in California. It was held at Rancho Capistrano, a really beautiful property in South Orange County. Like most Southern California days it was pretty much perfect with beautiful light and amazing weather... if you're in to that sort of thing. :) I think my favorite part of the wedding though was seeing how the two families interacted. I've been to a lot of weddings but I'm not sure I've ever seen two more loving families. It was a really great thing to be a part of. Here are a few favorites from the day.

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[January 21, 2011] Lane Dittoe said:
Mr. Norwood, i love that wedding party shot!
[January 21, 2011] Clark Lara II said:
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[January 22, 2011] SvetlanaHillKovich said:
Amazing Job once again! Every picture shows their personality and love just perfectly!
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[January 22, 2011] FogartyFOTO said:
Your shooting here is so clean and bright, consistently. Such high energy and so much beauty. Simple, elegant, organic - I just love it.
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The workshops can cover anything you want... shooting, posing/directing clients, processing/photoshop, blogging, pricing, pricing for destination weddings, dealing with clients, wedding day time management... its totally up to you. We can sit and talk for the whole time or we can get outside and put your new knowledge to use in a shoot... again, its up to you.

These sessions will, for the most part, take place in Orange County or New York City but if you're scared of flying or have a group or would just rather me come to you let me know and we can work out the travel.
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[September 21, 2010] chipgillespie said:
I had the good fortune to attend a WOODSHOP in November of last year. I can only say " DO IT!!" Michael's creativity and attention to detail are definitely to be learned from, and paired with his calm, but fun manner with clients/subjects makes him one of the best photographers in the country. Book this today -- you will be glad for every penny you spend.
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I was going through a shoot from a couple of weeks ago tonight and thought I'd put a few images up. I had such a great time with Chu and Antonio. They're such a great couple and this is actually not the first time I've taken Chu's photo. I shot her sister's wedding a couple of years ago and she was a bridesmaid.

One of my favorite images ever came out of their "pre-wedding" "day after" session:


Enough about them though, back to Chu and Antonio... :)

Here are a few images from my time with them.


I love these ones on their beach cruisers!

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[July 2, 2010] Johnny 5 said:
So great to have you back! I've missed coming here to see your work! This shoot is sick. Love the cruisers!
[July 6, 2010] Lissette Q said:
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