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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:
Thank you so much for blogging more! I love to see your work! =]
[February 2, 2011] debb campbell said:
I missed the wedding day but helped at bit prior to with crafty 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:
You are still the man! The expressions you catch are priceless.
[March 6, 2011] Daniel Balboa said:
Beautiful work as always.
[August 5, 2013] Clipping Path Outsource said:
Its always a great moment, no words it is a nice photography.
[August 22, 2015] Anonymous 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. Clipping Path Service

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:
I'm always impressed with the amount of poses you can do in a single empty field! Well done!
[January 26, 2011] SvetlanaHillKovich said:
I'm always impressed with the amount of poses you can do in a single empty field! Well done!
[January 26, 2011] Sarah Kamolz said:
I love your photos! These two are so beautiful! I love her hair especially!
[January 28, 2011] Jacob Mariano said:
They turned out AMAZING! It was our pleasure to help out with our fly looks! : ) Anytime!
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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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[January 25, 2011] Brandon G. said:
Now you're just showing off. Love the way they pop off the white wall!
[January 25, 2011] Johnny5 said:
DUDE. Your skin tones are PERRRRRRRRRFECT. So good. Love these.
[January 26, 2011] SvetlanaHillKovich said:
How do you get such incredible skin tones? They're like. PERFECT!
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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:
So HAPPY you are back. I miss seeing your work. Hope you and your beautiful family are enjoying New York!
[August 22, 2015] Anonymous said:
So HAPPY you are back. I miss seeing your work. Hope you and your beautiful family are enjoying New York! Clipping Path Service
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Last week Brandon and Stacey Gresham came out from Alabama to do a private WOODSHOP. At the end of the day we went out on a shoot and I had some friends of mine come model for me.

They did an incredible job and were so natural in front of the camera. The only bummer about the shoot was that it was cut a bit short after I was almost killed by a rattlesnake. It might have been the most terrifying moment of my life.

Here are a few favorites from the shoot!

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[September 18, 2009] chipgillespie said:
Almost killed?!? Did you get bit??
[September 18, 2009] Mark Brooke said:
nicely done!!! i had not checked the blog in a few days and when i did... 3 posts?!? Is Michael a changed man?
[September 18, 2009] Brandon G. said:
Michael, much thanks for letting us nag you for the day! Glad the snake missed us though. Been up to the field much recently? :-)
[September 18, 2009] jenberry said:
as usual you live up to expectations. beautiful light, timeless and natural
[September 20, 2009] Bethany said:
Yeah for pictures of my dear friends! They are naturally beautiful, great pictures!
[September 20, 2009] Hayley said:
Michael you did a great job with Nic and Emily. I LOVE these pictures!
[October 16, 2009] Shane LaFever said:
Great images.
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A couple of weeks ago my friend Matt was in town and he asked if I'd take a few pictures of him for his website. I of course said yes. Well, Jeff and Jessica came along too and so I ended up shooting each of them for a bit.

Here's Matt:





favpeople06.jpg This one didn't make it on the blog because I think it's a great image, its on the blog because I think it's really funny. We were in these amazing fields with really cool, tall grass and I thought it would be cool for Matt to sit down. Turns out it doesn't look too masculine. Hey, all the ideas can't be winners.

favpeople07.jpg Now for Jessica

favpeople08.jpg She definitely knows how to work it for the camera. :) favpeople09.jpg




favpeople13.jpg Then Jeff jumped in and decided he wanted a piece of the action too.



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[May 8, 2009] Kate said:
Cuirous where this is in CA, it looks a lot like the sandhills of Nebraska! -Kate C
[May 8, 2009] ERIC COTTER said: GREAT SHOT. one of the best ive seen of her
[May 8, 2009] jessica claire said:
i LOVE you for making me and jeff (and matt) look so good. I can't wait for the real engagement!!! Hope you and Cyndie had a great trip to NYC and I look forward to not eating with you when we get back :) xoxoxo
[May 8, 2009] Holly said:
That Matt guy is HOT!! :) Great pictures Michael!
[May 8, 2009] jeret slack said:
CRAP!!! These are awesome love the colors and the processing... I am guessing film...:) Great job bro!
[May 9, 2009] Alicia Swedenborg said:
Oh, Jessica looks stunning! My favorite pic is the last one, so much looove! :) Awesome job, Michael. First time visiting your blog and I love your style - I'll be back!
[May 9, 2009] Emilie said:
WOW!! Great photos! Is your friend Matt single? LOL he's cute! ;) I love the photos of Jeff and Jessica. I'm a huge fan of Jessica's work and I discovered your work thanks to her blog. I've added your blog to my Google Reader and enjoy looking at your pics. Thanks! Emilie
[June 26, 2009] Karen (Mikols) Bonar said:
The 5th image of Jessica is simply STUNNING!!!!!
[July 30, 2009] tiasmith123 said:
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