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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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[October 18, 2016] William said:
Definitely pent topic matter, appreciate it for selective information.
[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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So this afternoon, Jaclyn and Nate Kaiser, of The Image is Found, both jokingly twittered that they are making a new rule that they'll only travel to places that Jet Blue or Virgin America fly to. This spurred a little Twitter debate between Nate and I about airlines and it got me thinking about why I make the choices I do when I travel.


I'm not sure whether it's apropos or ironic that I watched the George Clooney movie, Up In The Air, on a flight to New York but I sure did identify with Clooney's character and his quest for frequent flyer mile domination, haha. As photographers, we get the opportunity to travel more than the average person. Over the past few years I've traveled a ton and since we moved to Manhattan earlier this year, the past 6 months I've traveled even more than usual. I've found that if you do it right you can both enjoy your travel more and make your travel and destination weddings more profitable. I thought I'd blog about the things I've figured out regarding air travel.


#1 Pick an Airline


There are a bunch of airlines out there and I'm not going to try to say that one is "best" because the "best" airline for you might be different than the best airline for me. The first consideration should be your location. Which airlines have hubs in or near your city. If you're in Dallas, American would be you're best bet.  Houston, Continental would be a good choice... etc.


The benefit of choosing an airline with your city as a hub is that you'll have the most direct flights available. This is super important as a frequent traveller. Layovers make your travel days way longer, increase the chance for delays and generally suck. The more planes you take, the more chance there is for a flight to be cancelled/delayed...etc. If you fly direct, there is no connecting flight to miss even if your flight is delayed. Also flights in and out of hubs are, for the most part, cheaper and there are way more available to choose from.


Another consideration when choosing an airline is where they fly. One of the reasons I chose Delta is that when I was choosing an airline is that they were in talks with Northwest to merge and become the largest airline in the world. Either them or their partner airlines fly to more destinations than any other airline in the world. An airline like Virgin America or Jet Blue may meet some of the criteria but they are quite limited in the cities they serve. So if you choose them there's a good chance you'll have to fly other airlines at some point. Pick an airline that will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go and allow you to earn miles on all of your flights, not just on flights to cities they fly to.


#2 Stick with that Airline


Frequent flyer programs benefit "frequent flyers" and you'll never be a "frequent flyer" if you're flying a different airline every trip.  All airlines have frequent flyer programs but the benefits vary greatly between airlines. If you fly a budget airline such as Jet Blue or Southwest, basically, the only benefits to frequent flyers is award travel (free flights). With full service airlines you'll still get the award travel but you'll also get a ton of other benefits.


#3 Rack up the miles


Once you reach elite status, usually 25,000 miles in a calendar year, you get all kinds of fringe benefits. Here's a list of a few:


Priority Check In. Frequent flyers always have their own check in line. There's no waiting in a line of a hundred people at the airport anymore to check your bags.


Free checked baggage. With Delta, my guests and I get up to 3 bags a piece at no charge and the weight limit is 70lbs not the usual 50lbs. This alone is worth hundreds if not thousands per year.


Priority Security Screening. At most airports there is a lane for first class or elite travelers. Again, no more waiting behind a hundred people. Security screening now only takes a few minutes.


Priority Boarding. As a photographer this is one of the biggest deals. When I travel with my camera gear, the last thing I want to do is gate check it. I want it with me the whole way. As a frequent flyer with elite status I get to board the plane before the general public, meaning there will never be a time when I get into the plane and the overhead compartments are full.


FIRST CLASS. This is huge when you fly a lot. I've never paid for a first class ticket but I now fly first class almost exclusively... easily 90% of the time. Delta, and most other airlines give free or very low cost upgrades to their frequent flyers. It makes a big difference having the extra legroom but the biggest difference is the "shoulder room".  The fact that there are only 2 seats in first class where three fit in coach makes all the difference in the world. There's never a time when I worry about who is going to be sitting next to me in first class, but every time I have to sit coach I dread the waiting game of watching the people file in. I just know when I see the 6'5" 350lb mountain man, he's going to sit right next to me. Also, meals and drinks (even alcohol) are free in first class which is pretty nice.


Priority baggage handling. I think this is one of the coolest things Delta does. Whenever I check a bag a special tag is placed on it and upon arrival my bag will be among the first delivered to baggage claim. No waiting around for 30 minutes as bags trickle on to the carousel.


Bonus Miles. Once you make it to elite status, you get between a 25% and 125% bonus on your travel. Once you get to a certain point miles start adding up like crazy.  At the beginning of the year this year it took me 5 round trip flights from LA to NYC to earn the 25000 miles for a free flight. Now it takes only 2.5 round trip flights because I get a 100% bonus on all travel... fly 5000 miles, get 10000 frequent flyer miles.



#4 Don't sweat it if you have to pay a little more to stick with your chosen airline.


If I were to fly American Airlines I'd have to pay $25 each way to check one bag. Sticking with Delta saves me *at least* that much over another airline. If the difference between tickets is even more than that, the fact that all of my miles are with one airline more than makes up for it. The average cost in miles for a free flight is 25,000 miles.  If I have 6000 miles with Delta, 8400 with American, 3700 with United...etc, it doesn't matter that I've got 18100 miles in total because they're with 3 different airlines. I'm still 16400 miles from an award ticket. Don't worry about paying a little more for a ticket with your airline, you'll get it back later.



#5 Pack light.


If its possible carry everything you need on. The time you'll save by not checking bags and not having to wait for them at baggage claim is worth way more than having your choice of 14 pairs of shoes and 23 outfits for that week long trip.


There are lots of other tips I've picked up but this should do for now. Maybe this will help you, I sure wish someone had told me all this a few years ago. :) 


If you have any tips I'm missing here leave me a message in the comments. I'd love to hear them!


Since posts without pictures are boring, here is an image from a wedding I shot in Anguilla (in the British West Indies in the Caribbean) last month. I'll be blogging the whole wedding this week!


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[August 22, 2010] Lara said:
I'm a Delta girl through and through too. Great post!
[August 22, 2010] Rachel Perry said:
Oh my goodness... I can't wait to see the rest of that wedding!
[August 22, 2010] Taylor said:
Blah blah blah blah blah RAD PICTURE!!! ;) Seriously, good advice, especially for someone starting to rack up miles. Virgin is just starting service to DFW this fall but AA flies everywhere and their prices are among the cheapest out there. Anyway, back to the image...such a tease...it looks freakin' awesome though and you better blog the whole wedding soon!
[August 22, 2010] 10.11. Makeup said:
Stunning. Soooo beautiful. Bri, you look amazing- of course :) Can not wait to see the rest!!
[August 23, 2010] chipgillespie said:
According to your sister-in-law, streaking through the security checkpoint is another way to get through quickly...
[August 23, 2010] Travis Hoehne said:
Michael...that's a killer shot! Seriously...really good! On a side note, I thought you were taking me on that wedding? I guess Cyndie was a better roommate ;)
[August 24, 2010] Jeff said:
Totally with you - great post outlining why everyone should choose one airline, and stick with it. I've been a Delta guy for what seems like forever, and now with the NW merger they are even better than before. Plus I feel like the domestic first class service and seats are way better on Delta than on the other biggies. However, I think United wins on international business class service. Or Singapore Airlines.
[August 24, 2010] Bri Grill said:
Your "blah, blah, blah" got us talking about making an airline commitment soon... and of course... love seeing how awesome you made us look!
[September 22, 2010] Morgan Taylor said:
WOW! This is amazing! I am putting it in my folder of curated photos that inspire me!
[October 14, 2010] Dorothy Snyder said:
Stunning photo!
[May 19, 2014] Bernice A. Johnson said:
Your all images are looking very nice
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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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?

Jeff and Kelly were married a few weeks ago. Their amazing reception was held at the incredible Rancho Las Lomas, one of my favorite venues. Carolyn Chen did an incredible job coordinating as usual. I love working with her, I never have to worry about a thing.

Here are some favorites.

I've shot at Ranch Las Lomas several times and I've never seen this staircase. I love finding new spots at familiar venues.

Details, details.

I love these moments during the toasts.

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[September 10, 2009] Emilie said:
Oh wow!! It's gorgeous!! what a beautiful couple!! Your photos are stunning!!
[September 10, 2009] chipgillespie said:
Very nice, friend. Love the color!
[September 10, 2009] tim tabailloux said:
nice... I'm diggin' the backlit portraits... cool location too!
[September 10, 2009] Gavin Wade said:
Nice! Rancho Las Lomas is one of my favorite venues as well! Awesome images Mike! :)
[September 10, 2009] daniel said:
Michael....you were correct, that is the stairway to "heaven." That series is amazing!!~
[September 11, 2009] jeret slack said:
WOW.. This couple is amazing awesome stuff man
[September 11, 2009] Kayla said:
These are totally gorgeous!
[September 13, 2009] jen rogers said:
lOvE the colors and the lighting is to die for!!! amazing work! ;0)
[December 20, 2010] Indian wedding planners said:
Excellent pictures and what a lovely couple!
[September 4, 2015] Image Manipulation Service said:
Lovely moment. All the photographs are so great. I love the blog so much.
[November 11, 2016] Mark said:
I like this post, enjoyed this one regards for putting up. The goal of revival is conformity to the image of Christ, not imitation of animals. by Richard F. Lovelace.

...well, a month after, but who's keeping track?

I was working on these images today and wanted to post a few. I just love this location. It was so fun to have a bride and groom to shoot here. And its right by my house which makes it even better!

I love this couple. Check out their awesome wedding a few posts down!




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Lauren and Kyle had an AMAZING wedding at the Nixon Library. Square Root handled the florals and did an incredible job and the fabulous Kerrie Underhill coordinated. I love working with Kerrie. I always know things will go smoothly when she's around!

Here are a bunch of my favorites from their day!

The amazing bouquet by Square Root:

I love this shot of Lauren's mom looking on as she finishes getting ready.

More of Square Root's beautiful work!

This guy stepped right into the aisle in front of me... I had to throw an elbow to get him out of my shot, haha!

Kyle's grandparents... pretty much the cutest couple I've ever seen!

We had such amazing light that afternoon!

Amazing reception details...

The radical sweetheart table.

Finally, a sweet shot after the cake cutting.

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[June 26, 2009] Lauren Egkan said:
I can not thank you enough Michael! I am in awe of your talent for photography... Kyle and I love each and every picture so much and are so happy and blessed that You and Shawn were able to capture each of these moments so perfectly; you brought them back to life and take us back to what an amazing celebration we had. You were such a joy to work with and made our Engagement Photo Session and our Wedding so enjoyable (it was important to me that Kyle & I feel comfortable letting loose in front of our photographer - your not only a great photog, but also a pretty cool dude to boot;)!! This just being only a few of the shots you took, I can only imagine what the rest of the pictures will be like - Thanks again for sharing your talent with us, God Bless!
[June 28, 2009] andy said:
love the grandparents.
[June 28, 2009] Dennis Bullock said:
Fantastic work Michael!
[July 6, 2009] ashley said:
Gorgeous wedding Michael! The details are just amazing.
[July 6, 2009] Bethany Murphy said:
Awesome and breathtaking work! LOVE them all!
[July 7, 2009] Amy Russell said:
Absolutely gorgeous work, as always, Michael!
[July 7, 2009] Mollie said:
I am in love with how clean and raw your images look. Beautiful!
[July 22, 2009] steelman said:
As always Michael, you rocked it! Great images...
[September 15, 2009] Megan Zeller Photography said:
Beautiful detail shots.