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A few weeks ago I was in Houston for a wedding... it was great. Here are my favorite images. :)

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[April 30, 2012] Jen said:
This is so great! I'm so glad you're slowly making yourself the official photographer of my marrying friends. I hope you'll get to see us doing Pharaoh Pharaoh at many more weddings to come.
[July 27, 2012] Matt Ethan - Newcastle said:
Absolutely gorgeous! So crisp and clear, lovely images!
[August 7, 2012] www.russiamore.com said:
Very shiny photos. I like it!
[October 15, 2012] suknia slubne said:
Gorgeous Wedding!
[November 9, 2012] Brautkleid Empire said:
So interesting!!Very warm and romantic style wedding , love it!
[December 10, 2012] Jessica said:
Incredible ring shot!
[December 10, 2012] Jessica said:
Incredible ring shot!
[January 12, 2013] Bernice R said:
Great pics, Michael! The pics look like they belong in a magazine! :)
[March 22, 2013] Nathan said:
Great images.
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[October 25, 2014] Matt Selby said:
Lovely work, great light and composition. :)
[February 9, 2015] Andrew Smail - Newcastle said:
Hi there, I'm a wedding photographer from Newcastle in the UK. Stumbled across you site, very nice work. Some great photos, have given me a few ideas for my next wedding! All the best Andrew
[April 17, 2015] Austen Blakemore said:
Fantastic work, Very inspirational. Keep up the good work.
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[November 23, 2016] John said:
You are my inhalation, I have few blogs and sometimes run out from to brand.
[November 28, 2016] Destination Wedding jaipur said:
Awesome pictures of beautiful weddings moments, thank you for sharing the blog.

It's not really fair having a wedding this great at the beginning of the season. It sets the bar unreasonably high for the rest of the year. Katie and David got married at Rancho Chiquita, a private residence, in the hills of Malibu. The grounds of the home were set up PERFECTLY for a wedding and the incredible house was a perfect backdrop to shoot against. The fact that its in the hills overlooking the ocean didn't hurt either. Haha. :)

Here are some favorites from their day!

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[June 17, 2011] Cathy and David said:
Dude. You aren't kidding! That does set the bar high! Awesome details man, I'm very jealous. :D
[June 17, 2011] Kelsey Steindler said:
Michael, you never fail to amaze me with your talent! You are truly gifted :)
[June 17, 2011] Valerie Macdonald said:
You captured the day perfectly! THANKS for making my daughter look so beautiful, and my new son-in-law so handsome!
[June 17, 2011] s h e r r y said:
:) Love the detail shots, and all the awesome locations! Wonderful!
[June 19, 2011] Taylor said:
Dude, you rocked it! Simply gorgeous images.
[June 22, 2011] linda said:
handsome man and beautiful bride!! beautiful pictures!
[July 7, 2011] Edmund Prieto said:
Still blowing my mind!
[August 29, 2011] Raleigh Wedding Photographer said:
I really like this wedding Michael, especially love the bride and groom shot near the pool.
[August 29, 2011] Mario said:
Great work. I love your style.
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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:
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!
[March 22, 2013] Nathan said:
Love this set. Excellent color.
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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:
Awesome Work! I am little jealous about everything you shot.
[January 21, 2011] amy said:
Pure goodness!
[January 22, 2011] SvetlanaHillKovich said:
Amazing Job once again! Every picture shows their personality and love just perfectly!
[January 22, 2011] SvetlanaHillKovich said:
Amazing Job once again! Every picture shows their personality and love just perfectly!
[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.
[January 24, 2011] Helen (Dogeared) said:
CUTEST and BEST cake toppers ever!

This incredible Nigerian wedding was held at the Penn Museum in Philadephia on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. It might be the most fun I've ever had at a wedding... well at least one I was shooting, haha. I want to shoot more Nigerian weddings... and more at the Penn Museum. So great.

The bride, Bola, is a wonderful photographer based in Philadelphia. It's always such an honor to be asked to shoot a photographer's wedding... it's also a bit nerve wracking. Haha. But you always know if you're shooting a photographer's wedding that you'll have plenty of time for photos, and more importantly, time in good light! We made the most of our time that day, here are some of my favorites:

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[October 23, 2010] Doyin said:
WOW! These look so amazing, got my crying all over again! It was a please meeting you at the wedding and your work is amazing! Can I just say..... THAT IS MY GORGEOUS STUNNING ADORABLE FRIEND! She looks so stunning!
[October 23, 2010] Ayesha said:
Stunning images. Bola you and Gbolabo looked amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! everything is so beautiful. Great job Michael.
[October 23, 2010] Wande said:
OH MY GOSH!!! These photos are amazing!!! Bola and Gbolabo look absolutely stunning. I remember you dancing to Motown Philly with us. Awesome job!! :)
[October 23, 2010] Fisola said:
The pictues are amazing!!! Bola and Gbolabo, you guys look so adorable. Great job Michael
[October 23, 2010] Kathryn said:
Michael- absolutely 100% stunning. Bola must be thrilled. She is insanely gorgeous!!
[October 24, 2010] Bola said:
Our photos are AMAZING Michael - we absolutely love them! Thank you so much for helping us relive our wedding day!
[October 24, 2010] Bola said:
Our photos are AMAZING Michael - we absolutely love them! Thank you so much for helping us relive our wedding day!
[October 24, 2010] Kathy said:
Michael, I completely agree with you about this being one of the best weddings. Ever. The couple was beautiful and you masterfully captured the essence of their day!
[October 24, 2010] Kathy said:
Michael - I completely agree with you about this being one of the best weddings. Ever. The couple was beautiful and an absolute pleasure to work with. You've masterfully captured the essence of their day!
[October 24, 2010] Kathy said:
Michael - I completely agree with you about this being one of the best weddings. Ever. The couple was beautiful and an absolute pleasure to work with. You've masterfully captured the essence of their day!
[October 24, 2010] Hilary Felton, Country Meadows Florist said:
Kathy forwarded these shots to me...can't wait to see more! I'm the florist who did this event. The photo of the guest tables is spectacular! Please let me know when I can buy copies for my portfolio....you're truly a master at your trade! I look fowward to hearing from you! Hilary
[October 24, 2010] jenberry said:
what a gorgeous wedding. sophisticated. i love the groomsmen shot. they look so natural, happy and fun. also love the lipstick shot and how the light wraps just around her face.
[October 25, 2010] Tunji Sarumi said:
...simply amazing
[October 25, 2010] Kathy said:
Sorry for the triple post - part of the joys of using my iPad from a hotel room with a poor wireless signal! :)
[October 25, 2010] Kathy said:
Sorry for the triple post - part of the joy of using my iPad from a hotel room with a poor wireless signal! :)
[October 25, 2010] Gloria said:
Absolutely gorgeous images!
[October 25, 2010] B. Gresham said:
Dude, it's been too long. This wedding is gorgeous, and I'm loving your tones through the portraits. Inspiring stuff.
[October 26, 2010] chipgillespie said:
Dude! You still shoot weddings?!? Cool! I'm just messing with you -- phenomenal shoot, brotha. Can't wait to see more...
[October 26, 2010] CO said:
Beautiful images. The reception hall is fabulous! love the lightning, love the brides shoes, and the reception dress. UBER-FAB!!!
[October 28, 2010] Viviane said:
Amazing pictures...awesome job Michael!I would love to get some pict. for my portfolio!
[October 28, 2010] TEE said:
I WANT THOSE YELLOW SHOES! SERIOUSLY I HAVE SCOUTED EVERYWHERE ONLINE SINCE I SAW THIS POST. PLEASE ASK THE BRIDE WHERE SHE GOT EM!
[October 29, 2010] Daniel Balboa said:
That venue is stunning. And the Limo shot is classy. :-)
[October 29, 2010] Fola Adewole said:
Gorgeous, gorgeous....Bola and her hubby look fabulous...
[October 31, 2010] Ovue Irune said:
Amazing!!! Great Job. Brings back memories. Wish we could replay the wedding all over again. Can't wait to see more of your work.
[November 1, 2010] Hannes Uys said:
Amazing ring shot Michael!
[November 8, 2010] Jason Armond said:
Amazing. I love this wedding. Nice Work Michael
[November 9, 2010] omojesu said:
Congratulations to Onada. I love love love the pictures. Great job Michael
[November 14, 2010] TGA said:
these are beautiful!!! you did a fantastic job! i know bola is pleased!!
[November 19, 2010] Steve Elmer said:
This is one awesomely detailed and classical coverage of a rad wedding. So goooood!
[November 21, 2010] Rad said:
Very nice!
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[January 15, 2011] Carson said:
Wow, what amazing images. Nice Work.
[May 2, 2011] Haven said:
good list.
[August 25, 2011] Yinks said:
Wow. Now I wish I was there too but the photos suffice beautifully. Bola you glowed and your shoes- mm mm mm! Great coverage here! Congrats to the happy couple! Nothing do you!! :)
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While working on an album from a wedding I shot last year, I came across one of my favorite wedding party shots of all time. I don't try to do too much with wedding parties. I don't have them in crazy poses, jumping over each other or posing like Charlie's Angels. I'm not trying to make them look like models posed like they're too cool for school. This is a wedding. They're friends. I want them to look like they're a bunch of friends having a great time on the best day of the bride and groom's life. Simple, classic, timeless... at least that's my intention.

Sometimes I get close to what I'm after, this time I got exactly what I wanted from a wedding party photo. I love *everything* about this photo.

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[July 30, 2010] Jessica Zodikoff said:
This is one of the best wedding party photos I've seen. Love your philosophy.
[July 30, 2010] Fred Egan said:
Very good point Michael. Your/our clients will thank you/us as the years go on.
[July 30, 2010] Heather said:
Such a prefect shot!!!
[July 30, 2010] Adam Nyholt said:
Good stuff, Michael. I definitely agree with your philosophy, and love the shot.
[July 30, 2010] jenberry said:
i agree. natural. friends. real. i thing this is the perfect example. full of life
[July 31, 2010] Tracy said:
Its natural and its wonderful. Definitely prefer this over the posed stiff shots.
[August 3, 2010] Jon S6 said:
That's a fantastic shot!
[October 15, 2010] Mary said:
love it love it love it.
[November 6, 2010] LaVonne Crawford @Adorations said:
Agreed! Perfect! Thanks for sharing! Love it!

Several months ago I was hired to shoot what I thought was going to be a pretty typical engagement session in New York. Time passed and as the date came closer I got in touch with the couple to firm up the details. They told me they had some ideas about the shoot and then said they wanted it to have a 1950's theme. They wanted to shoot outside a diner, they were having a '56 T-bird there for the shoot, they were dressing up in 50's attire... in fact, it wasn't going to be typical at all.

One of the things they told me is that they wanted to shoot with the car outside the diner and have the sunset behind them. Well if you know anything about photography you know that in order for that to happen you're going to have to use lighting. I guess I could have done some HDR stuff but its not 2006 anymore. :)

So I rented a Profoto set up and drove out to New Jersey to the diner. The diner was awesome but it was also surrounded by cars, not from the 50's, which to me kind of kills the whole thing. So we positioned the car in the middle of the parking lot and I shot from pretty much the only angle that blocked out the rest of the cars and still showed the diner. I felt pretty good about the images as we were shooting but I never get too excited because you really never know what you're getting until you open them up. I even turned the strobes off at a couple of points and shot natural light just in case things weren't turning out as good as I thought they were.

When I opened the images up to begin working on them I just fell in love. Its so different from what I normally do but man they're so freaking cool.

While I typically work with natural light, when I was first getting started I never wanted to be in a situation where I felt unprepared so I learned as much as I could about off camera lighting. I'm by no means an expert but knowing this stuff has helped me get good images out of bad situations.

So here are a few of my favorites. I put in some of the natural light stuff as well. I think the difference is really interesting. Let me know what you think.

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[July 9, 2010] Jen Johnson said:
Super fun shoot! Love the off-camera stuff...gives the images an editorial feel! : )
[July 9, 2010] Mel McLellan said:
Well if it's one of your favorites ever, we had to check it out! :) Love the black and whites and the last one - supa sweet!
[July 9, 2010] matt said:
these are ridic. so clean & well thought out.
[July 9, 2010] Natalie Williams said:
LOVE!! Way to work the lighting!
[July 9, 2010] Amy Russell said:
I know it's not your normal gig, but these are some of my favorite images that you've ever delivered! Really, really cool stuff-- they not only look editorial, they look like stills from a film. I say you keep playing with the off-camera lights. Seriously!
[July 9, 2010] Tracy said:
Love the inside the car shots.
[July 9, 2010] Julie Boucher said:
Love them!
[July 9, 2010] Jennifer | Zinchuk Studios said:
Wow! What an amazing session!! Love the contrast between the lit and natural shots....and the night shots are sooo yummy!!
[July 9, 2010] Trent said:
Man. Can't believe how incredible these turned out.
[July 10, 2010] Adi Ulici said:
Wow, the lightning is gorgeous in these photos!
[July 10, 2010] Malinder said:
Amazing shoot! Love the lit pictures
[July 12, 2010] sarah k chen said:
hot stuff! you really rocked the shoot! and i'm so happy to see you blogging again! we've all missed you!
[July 12, 2010] Stephanie Castillo said:
WOW!!!! LOOOOVE THIS SHOOT!!!! AMAZING!!!!
[July 12, 2010] Stephanie Castillo said:
P.s. did you use ocf for some of these? If so, can I ask what you used? Thanks :)
[July 13, 2010] Kimberly Witort said:
Love them!
[July 13, 2010] evie said:
Awesome job, Michael! LOVE that car;)
[July 14, 2010] Kristin said:
Wow. These are amazing! Would you mind sharing exactly what lighting you used for these? It's so incredible!
[July 15, 2010] Lissette Q said:
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[July 19, 2010] Daniel Balboa said:
Love those last few images. Hot hot hot!!
[July 22, 2010] Grace Tan said:
I love the stuff done with the off camera flash! It just looks so good and matches the theme. Saturated colours add to the feel as well.
[July 22, 2010] Grant Perry said:
I am SOOOO diggin' your honesty and that you were totally REAL in your explanation; way to go. Wish more photogs were honest with how and what they were thinking / doing with their stuff. Refreshing. I'm even more diggin' your spot on 100% rock-the-session sharpness and composures of this shoot. Way to go brotha'
[July 23, 2010] Austin Curtis said:
yeaaaaaah dog! I like that went out on a limb. These images are straight classic! It's not 2006 anymore... that is hilarious.
[July 23, 2010] mattaltmix said:
dude, the soft light coming in through the windshield, like they're at a drive-in theatre, money.
[July 23, 2010] Louisa Coulthurst said:
These are just brilliant! I loved all of them!
[July 24, 2010] Marge Cavazos said:
Stunning, simply stunning.
[July 28, 2010] Nellie Guerrero said:
Very spiffy and I love it :) Love the red lips and pumps!
[August 6, 2010] Kim O'Neil said:
These are sweet! For someone who doesn't shoot with OCF much, you sure nailed it! Would love to know the specs on your settings...
[August 22, 2010] carrie said:
dig it! v. cool :)
[August 27, 2010] Deanna Whyte said:
Oh my god! I love these! They are really different from your usual {gorgeous} photographs, and I love the natural light shots in there, but you've done SUCH an amazing job! Seriously HOT. They must have loved them!
[September 16, 2010] Sara said:
These are simply amazing! My faves are the ones you used lighting for. The sky looks incredible, and the in-car shots are just breath taking! I wish I knew a thing about lighting so I could get shots like yours!!
[September 25, 2010] Nikki said:
wow these pics are amazing!!!! you were the photog at my friend Onada's wedding I am sure the pics will come out just as nice! Wonderful job!!!!
[December 28, 2010] Albuquerque Wedding Photographer said:
Wow! Great session. I love the composition, colors and that car! Wonderful job.
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[February 13, 2012] Nicole said:
coolest engagement shoot ever!!!
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[January 17, 2017] John said:
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Karin and Dan got married at Descanso Gardens. I love outdoor ceremonies and this is one of my favorite locations. The wedding site is positioned perfectly for beautiful backlit ceremonies.

Here are some images from their day.

They chose to see each other before their wedding so we were able to get most of the portraits done before the ceremony.

Of course after the ceremony we had some amazing light so I stole them away before heading off to the reception!

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[September 20, 2009] Leslie B said:
Great shots, I love love love the flowers in this wedding, great job catching them in all their brightness!
[September 20, 2009] BEN + LAURA said:
awesomeness!!! you are soooo talented ... you definitely create timeless imagery that your clients will love forever!!
[September 20, 2009] Johnny Five said:
These are amazing! Do you ever have to shoot in bad light?! Everything you post is in the best light ever. Love that last one!
[September 21, 2009] Liz Kausteklis said:
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!
[September 21, 2009] brad peters said:
beautiful images, Michael. Thanks for posting. I especially like the first ones in the grove of trees. what lens did you use?
[September 21, 2009] brad peters said:
beautiful images, Michael. Thanks for posting. I especially like the first ones in the grove of trees. what lens did you use?