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:
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[November 9, 2012] Brautkleid Empire said:
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[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:
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[October 25, 2014] Matt Selby said:
Lovely work, great light and composition. :)
[February 9, 2015] Andrew Smail - Newcastle said:
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[November 28, 2016] Destination Wedding jaipur said:
Awesome pictures of beautiful weddings moments, thank you for sharing the blog.

Kenny and Bri's wedding at the Viceroy in Anguilla was amazing.

Monique Lhuillier and Badgley Mischka... not a bad way to start the day:

Love it when the guy gets a sweet suit too... girls get all of the fun with the dress. :)

Is there a better location for a intimate ceremony?

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[February 13, 2012] chipgillespie said:
Sick, sick shots, man.
[February 14, 2012] Serena said:
Fantastic work, as always! I especially love that shot of the sun over the water... beautiful.
[February 23, 2012] mike larson said:
Nice work Michael. I love the west indies! Miss it. Great images, especially the light at sunset!
[March 1, 2012] Mark Richardson - Newcastle Wedding Photographer said:
You've done a great job of managing the sun in these images. Obviously what was effectively a light tent helped for the ceremony, but the backlit photos on the hillside are really well controlled. I'm guessing you weren't using any fill-flash - just exposed for the skin tones? (There's no exif on the images)
[May 31, 2012] Kevin Le Vu said:
I love small and intimate weddings! Beautifully captured Michael : )
[August 7, 2012] Russiamore said:
Just perfect! I have no words. Your photos are awesome)
[October 15, 2012] suknie slubne 2012 said:
So lovely couple!
[December 10, 2012] Nathan said:
What a beautiful gown!
[September 7, 2013] Robert Sail said:
Great wedding photos.. Very inspirational. Keep up the good work. Regards Rob
[March 27, 2015] Glenn - Nottingham UK said:
Lovely couple, great location and fantastic photography - well done.
[August 7, 2015] Glenn Mather said:
Great work. fantastic images, but as a photographer I admire you control of the exposure.
[August 15, 2016] Grace Osborne said:
You're so beautiful!
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Last month I shot Stephanie and Ty's wedding in Aruba and it was awesome. It was the second wedding I've shot there and, man, I'd shoot there a hundred more times. What a beautiful place. The wedding was on Renaissance Island, a small private island just off the coast of Aruba.

Here are some of my favorites...

I love that there are flamingos all over the island, so fun!

The sunsets in Aruba are just amazing...

As you might have been able to tell, it was getting pretty dark in those last few portraits of Stephanie and Ty. Luckily we had some time scheduled the next day for more portraits. We headed over to the other side of the island for some different scenery. Such amazing locations.

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[November 8, 2011] unique weddings said:
I love your photos. It really inspire to every women.
[November 10, 2011] Taylor said:
So nice, bro. Great looking couple, ridiculously awesome location, and of course the images are phenomenal. I'm incredibly jealous of this one :)
[November 11, 2011] Dustin Francis said:
Great set dude!
[February 3, 2012] Elizabeth Walters said:
These photos are stunning. I love the flamingo--I want it on my wall!
[February 3, 2012] Elizabeth Walters said:
These photos are stunning. I love the flamingo--I want it on my wall!
[November 10, 2012] Fotografia Ślubna Piotr Kaleta said:
Beautiful location. Good job :)
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[February 16, 2015] John said:
Lovely photos - love the light and the attention to detail - Well done
[February 16, 2015] John said:
Lovely photos - love the light and the attention to detail - Well done
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[March 7, 2015] Mark said:
Wow! How long did your lens have to be to get that great shot of the flamingo? I came across a few flamingos while shooting a wedding in Inagua, in The Bahamas. They don't let you get anywhere near close enough to get a good shot. Great work, Michael.
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[December 2, 2015] Matt Selby Photography said:
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[December 21, 2016] Richard said:
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I just got done working on the images from a wedding I shot up on Vancouver Island last month and wanted to share a couple with you. I think these might me my favorite bridal portraits I've ever taken. I love everything about them. I'm going to work on a full post of the wedding but until then, here you go!

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[September 20, 2011] Tina said:
Stunning - your right everything about them are simply stunning GREAT JOB
[September 20, 2011] rebecca said:
wow! norwood...you are amazing!
[September 20, 2011] Becky said:
So looking forward to the rest of your pictures. We were so honored to be there. These pictures are amazing!
[September 20, 2011] Barn Weddings said:
Wow, I agree I loved how it shots totally the photos. She really look so gorgeous. Beautiful gown and nice backgrounds too. Great shots !
[September 29, 2011] Anne said:
Gorgeous!! Beautiful portraits!
[October 16, 2011] Raleigh Wedding Photographers said:
Michael these are sweet, a very pretty bride too!
[October 30, 2011] brandy said:
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[October 31, 2011] barbara1taylor said:
Oh, I want to get married at this place. It is so calm and beautiful and romantic. The dress and the model are just great. :)
[April 13, 2012] Jen Lin said:
simply amazing. love your work!
[June 4, 2012] elegantpark said:
sunshine bride, pure and fresh.
[July 20, 2012] jeanette said:
i agree with you!
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[December 13, 2016] Daniel said:
I relish, cause I discovered just what I used to be taking a look for. You've ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye
I'm working on this wedding and really love this image. More from the wedding soon.

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[August 22, 2011] end of tenancy cleaning said:
Great photo. I can see why you like it. I like it too. Best regards Justin P.S Will you be so good to share the rest of the images once you're done working on the wedding?
[August 22, 2011] Svetlana HillKovich said:
Agreed! ^^^
[September 6, 2011] Ryan Gladstone said:
Classic!

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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This is Kenny and Bri. They were clients when they hired me a year ago but after their engagement shoot, wedding in Anguilla last summer, lots of meals and time hanging out they're now great friends to Cyndie and I.

In November Bri called and told me she wanted to surprise Kenny with a trip to New York. We set the whole thing up and she pulled off a flawless surprise. He had no idea they were coming here until they got to the airport! I love a good surprise. :) They came and stayed with us for a few days and while they were here I shot a day after (5 months after) session for them. This was a lot of fun.

All of this stuff was shot within a couple blocks of our place here in Manhattan.

Here are a few of my favorites.

These are the steps of Liv Tyler's townhouse around the corner from us. I guess it would make sense that she has the best stoop in the neighborhood. Ha. Did anyone see her dad on American Idol? He was actually pretty cool. Not annoying at all like I expected.

I LOVE this image. It has a very old world quality to it that I really like. It was processed with a film grain product that my friend Edmund and I have been working on for a while. I think we're almost done with it. Keep and eye out for it.

We went up to our roof for the final few images. I love it up there. Its such an amazing view of the city. I think I'd go up there a lot more if I didn't have to climb 7 flights of stairs to get up there. Haha.

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[January 19, 2011] Cathy and David said:
These are beautiful man. I'm sure the couple will be THRILLED with the images. :D
[January 19, 2011] Bri Grill said:
Ooooohhhhh snap! You're awesome!
[January 20, 2011] chipgillespie said:
7 flights = totally worth it...
[January 20, 2011] SvetlanaHillKovich said:
Simply Beautiful! Always looking forward to seeing your work! ;)
[January 20, 2011] Terri Lindholm said:
Fabulous images. Great light and I love the city backdrop!
[January 21, 2011] Josh McCullock said:
You've gotta love a bride who braves the cold to create awesome photos!
[August 5, 2013] Clipping Path Outsource said:
It is a wonderful shot.awesome, I LOVED this wedding.
[September 7, 2015] Peter Majdan Nottingham said:
great images!

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

Last month I travelled to Dallas to shoot Taylor and Amanda's wedding at the Old Red Courthouse in downtown Dallas. Its probably most famous for being where JFK was shot. In fact all of the outdoor portraits were taken right next to the infamous "grassy knoll". Fascinating, eh?

Anyway, here a some of my faves from the day.


I've got to give Amanda some props. It was about 16 degrees that day and she was such a trooper. Sooooo cold, and she never complained once! My kind of bride! :)

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[February 27, 2010] camille said:
photos look great! your exposure makes me jealous. :) good stuff!!
[March 1, 2010] Lissette Q Garcia said:
You are so incredibly talented. I am sooo happy to see you blogging more often so people can see the genius at work.
[March 2, 2010] jeret slack said:
Great post cute couple. Amazing images once again :)
[March 2, 2010] Matt Paddack said:
That blue wall was sweet! To bad you didn't have more time to shoot there.
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[March 11, 2010] Rachel Perry said:
I love that dress! You wouldn't happen to know what designer it is, would you?
[March 16, 2010] Nessa K said:
That backlighting is absolutely DREAMY!
[March 17, 2010] Dominoe Imus said:
Seriously, you made that bride look so gorgeous, you could have fooled me and said it was 70 degrees outside, she looks so calm and comfortable. Beautiful!
[April 6, 2010] jenberry said:
love the blue wall contrast. gorgeous. and of course the walking into the sunset photo. excited for your brave move to NY. so incredible.
[May 17, 2010] Suzanne said:
Loved these pictures ... and especially the one with the bubbles! Fabulous!
[May 19, 2010] karl Bratby said:
suoer set of images
[June 10, 2010] Michael Roberts said:
Breathtaking images, couple is adorable.

Here are a few of my favorite images from Kenny and Bri's engagement session last week in Santa Monica. They are so much fun to hang around and I CAN NOT WAIT for their wedding this summer at the Viceroy in Anguilla! It's going to be so awesome.


Kenny's also a great photographer here in Southern California. Go check out his work!
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[February 17, 2010] Bri Stine said:
That's me! Thank you so much! We love them!
[February 18, 2010] Sara said:
Great shoot! I love the creativity!
[February 18, 2010] ashley said:
Beautiful. I love the shots under the pier and their sweet interaction.
[February 18, 2010] chipgillespie said:
Dude, love this shoot -- but not *NEARLY* as much as I love that Defender in the second and third images!!! Holy Moses -- is that theirs?!?
[February 18, 2010] josh mccullock said:
Amazing session man! Great couple too!
[February 18, 2010] Kayla said:
I love these! Love the amusement park in the background!
[February 18, 2010] Tim Marman said:
Great photos Michael. Kenny can photograph and model, who knew.
[February 18, 2010] Hayley said:
i love their emotion that you were able to capture. the third to last is my favorite!
[February 18, 2010] jenberry said:
the colors of the beach shots are fabulous. love the light and her yellow shirt and the sand and their skin tones. gorgeous.
[February 19, 2010] ken grill said:
great photos
[February 21, 2010] Jamie said:
Those beach shots are killer... the one under the pier where shes pullin him in... get it girl!!!
[February 24, 2010] Jacob Mariano said:
Right on Kenny! Congrats on the engagement man. Love the images Michael. Great shots of a great couple.
[October 25, 2014] Matt Selby said:
Nice work, they must be real happy with these