It's late and I just lost everything I typed... again. I shot Makenzie in Central Park and the stayed to watch the filming of Law & Order Criminal Intent. Here are some pictures.

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[October 9, 2008] Jennifer Skog said:
your comment made me laugh. Been there WAY too many times to relate! She seriously has to be the cutest thing ever! What a personality she has! Did she pick out her own outfit?! I love the hat... Love every image!
[October 9, 2008] Courtney said:
Goldblum wants to take you out! ha. that girl is adorable and so comfortable in front of the camera. great pictures.
[October 9, 2008] Bonnie Berry said:
Great shots of Mackenzie. And I am such a 'Law and Order' whore that I drooled over those.
[October 9, 2008] Shy said:
I still think your little girl is one of the prettiest little ladies I have ever seen. I say you start preparing yourself with rifle lessons so as to intimidate the drove of boys who will be banging on your door! :)
[October 9, 2008] david & kim - ohana photographers said:
love the sequence shots of her she is too adorable! law and order, that's awesome!!! nice lighting in those too!
[October 9, 2008] Gloria N said:
I am so lovin' the "Many faces of Mackenzie", she is way too adorable for words! And seriously Michael, Jeff is comin' for ya, you'd better watch out!
[October 9, 2008] joyful weddings & events said:
She is so adorable! I hope you guys are having a great time!
[October 9, 2008] Brian Khang said:
That's some great lighting and how cool is that, that you got to stay around for the filming of Law & Order.
[October 10, 2008] Lizett Esparza said:
OMG! your little girl is such a doll:) Love the stairs shots! awesome work! once again:)
[October 11, 2008] Sara said:
Michael, these are GREAT! I love her faces!! She is the new GAP girl in my mind. :) --Cousin Sara
[October 14, 2008] Evelyn said:
I LOVE Law & Order! It's cool that they actually shoot where the show is based. I watched a little of "CSI: New York" the other day. It was about a cop being shot in Central Park. But you could tell they probably just used some park in Pasadena. All the shots were pointing downward, so as not to catch any palm trees in the background. Lame and lazy. I would've loved to see the L&O folks at work.
[October 15, 2008] Cathy and David Photographers said:
Dude! It was so much fun getting to meet with you! :) Can't wait to meet you on your own turf some day. ;)
[October 15, 2008] Jen VanSuydam said:
She is the cutest darn thing. What a beautiful little girl.
[October 16, 2008] Michelle said:
Hello There Michael, I really love your pictures of Jeff Goldblum from Law & Order:Criminal Intent. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind me using them in my website, I'd credit you if you accept :) thanks -Michelle
[October 18, 2008] AmyC said:
Norwood! Update, man! LOVE the pictures of Makenzie.
[October 22, 2008] jenberry said:
wow. the lighting in your photos is unbelievably perfect. the african pictures were some of the best i have ever seen. you should become a professional. haha. i have a hat like mackenzie, but i totall don't look that cute. What lens were you using with Mackenzie?
[October 23, 2008] angel swanson said:
makenzie is absolute perfect. what a beautiful girl!!
[November 10, 2008] Catha Duck said:
Michael... Makenzie's mother-in-law is going to be so disappointed at the rehearsal dinner when everyone is laughing at her son's awkward snapshots and are ooo-ing and aww-ing over your perfect pictures of your perfectly beautiful little girl.
[December 1, 2008] Bobbie Brown said:
Hi! I just came over from Jessica Claire's blog... Just going down thru here checking all your amazing pictures and I just HAD to comment on this post! I LOVE LOVE these pictures! So cute!!!!!
[December 8, 2008] anna brewer said:
pretty sure you and the wifey should get an award or something for making such a cute kid! :)
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September 23, 2008 Kenya , Travel

Today I spent the day back in the Mathare slum. In the morning I went with Nick, who I introduced to you yesterday, to one of their VCT centers. VCT stands for Voluntary Counseling and Testing. They set up shop, usually in a church, and have 5 or 6 stations where they do HIV testing. Its completely free to the people and now that some of the misconceptions have been cleared up about HIV here in Kenya, its very well attended.

It was pretty sobering to watch people leave the testing area... some with looks of relief and others in glassy-eyed disbelief. They kept saying today, "No matter the result, its better to know. You either leave knowing that you're negative and you begin making conscious decisions to stay negative or you leave knowing that you're positive and you can take steps to not infect others and begin taking medication to stay well."

One of the people that went with me to the testing site, Alexandra, told me that HIV/AIDS has recently been downgraded from a terminal disease to a chronic illness. I've seen it over and over again here... people near death, have come back to normal life just by getting treatment. Its awesome to see all of the people interested in helping these people find out their status and get treatment if necessary.

Later I went back to the Community Transformers building and watched as dentists and volunteers from Denmark extracted diseased or abscessed teeth from the children of Mathare. I could not believe what I saw. These kids who have never been to a dentist in their lives were so incredibly brave. Some had 3,4 even 5 extractions.  

I think what I'm most amazed by is the amount of help Kenya is getting from the rest of the world and yet there is still so much to do. While I've been here I've heard that Kenyans pay more in taxes per capita than any other country in the world. I don't know if that is totally true but it has to pretty high for that claim to be made. Knowing that, its unbelievable that the conditions I've witnessed are tolerated (by the government or the people). Kenya has unreliable electricity and phone lines, tap water that is suspect at best and unhealthy at worst, the worst roads I've ever witnessed and literally millions living in the slums in unlivable conditions while crooked politicians live in luxury from the money they stole from the people.

I heard a saying once that went, "You come to Africa with a hard heart, you'll leave with a soft heart. You come with a soft heart, you'll leave with a broken heart. You come with a broken heart and you'll never leave." I wondered if I would really be affected. I've seen the way people live in Mexico. I've seen the poor in Jamaica and the Bahamas, the homeless on skid row in LA... but nothing can prepare you to see what you see in the slums here.

Here are some images from today. I've been trying to get an image of one of the chickens for days now. They're everywhere. Apparently they're actually owned by people and everyone just knows which chicken is theirs. See that wetness to the left of the chicken? Yeah that's sewage running down the hill from the house above.


kenya047.jpg I wanted to get an image of the sewer ditches that run through the slums. You can see its just full of raw sewage and trash. These slums are literally built on garbage. Its just layers and layers of trash piled up and houses are built right on top. The garbage fills the street, the sewer lines and eventually goes into the river.


kenya049.jpg These are a couple of guys on the "Mobilization Team." They go out into different areas of the slums and do funny skits and sing songs about getting tested. Huge crowds gather and when they're done they go out into the crowds and get them to come get tested.




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kenya055.jpg This is Nicodemus. He's on the Mobilization Team you saw earlier. He's trying to earn enough money to get back into school. Even though high school is free you have to pay about 6900 shillings (about $100) at the beginning of the year to get in. For a country where most people earn less than a dollar a day that's a big chunk of money. He's earned about 900 shillings so far. kenya056.jpg




kenya060.jpg This boy had just had 4 teeth pulled and was trying to rinse his mouth out of all the blood. He wasn't too successful and eventually had to get sutures to stop the bleeding. kenya061.jpg I followed a couple of girls through the process of getting their teeth pulled. From the sign in, to waiting, through the procedure and the final result. This poor girl's root didn't come out with the tooth so the dentist had to go digging around her gums to find it. It was brutal to watch. She never made a sound but tears were streaming down the side of her face as he worked on her. kenya062.jpg



kenya065.jpg I love this image with her little crooked smile, her face not really working right with all the xylocaine injected in her jaw. kenya066.jpg

kenya067.jpg A beautiful Kenyan sky this afternoon. We do not get these clouds in Orange County. kenya068.jpg I've been driving past this sheep for days and waited until today to shoot it. I wish I hadn't waited. Before today it was tied up like this to a brick outside a convenient store with a sign over it that said "SHEEP FOR SALE." Haha. The sign was gone today. :( kenya069.jpg

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[September 23, 2008] Leslie said:
Hi, I have never commented on your blog before. I have been following it for quite awhile, though. These pictures are beautiful, heartbreaking, and so devastatingly important. Thank you for posting them.
[September 23, 2008] Cindy said:
Hi Michael, I recently came across your blog and have been so moved by it. Your photos are stunning!! Looking forward to seeing more of your work! ~Cindy
[September 23, 2008] Jan Henry said:
Michael - these pictures are amazing! Breathtaking and heartbreaking at once. We hope you'll do a slide show for church when you return. Safe travels... Mike & Jan Henry
[September 24, 2008] Brian Khang said:
Dude you are just cranking out awesome photos. Are you making a photo book with these? You should.
[September 24, 2008] Sheila said:
These photos are so incredibly moving. You did a spectacular job capturing the essence of Kenya. I feel the emotions through the photos - you are a true artist
[September 25, 2008] Trista said:
Michael..these images are breathtaking! They look like they're straight out of National Geographic..amazing job!!!
[September 28, 2008] Shannon Leith said:
Hey Michael, I was visiting the Bridge today to see my brother Ryan play in the band... and was really moved by your photos. I'm a photographer too, and just got back from a trip to Malawi! Needless to say, I was incredibly moved by your images and by your stories, and was encouraged to hear about the weep centers, and all the other programs that you guys saw. One of my favorite images that you showed is the one of the dentist working on a patient. WOW. Michael! You really captured the light, the situation, and the need so well. I also liked your perspective of showing the joyful, bright side of Africa------ because it's definitely there, and it's neat that you are bringing that back to people here. Anyway, I admire your work, and if you ever need help with anything, let me know. All the best, Shannon
[October 2, 2008] Jennifer VanSuydam said:
Aww, the sheep makes me sad. Poor thing, being tied to a rock.
[October 3, 2008] Lawrence @ Furious Photographers said:
Just wanted to say that you have some wicked photos!
[October 5, 2008] Karli Tanner said:
Michael, you always amaze me with the images you capture. There are beautiful stories in each of these shots. Thank you for sharing these. Great work!
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[December 9, 2016] African safari tour said:
I grew up in a place like that, one of the biggest in Africa. I grew up in Kibera slums. It did not kill my morale but made me what i am today.
September 22, 2008 Kenya , Travel

Today was an incredible day. Check out the images to see why.

These first few were actually from yesterday. We went to a Kenyan church and these are some of the people that were there.
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kenya025.jpg This is the first home we visited today. Judy, who you can see on the bed, has advanced AIDS and has just recently received treatment. Her mom and sister on either side of her also have AIDS as does her 12 year old daughter who is currently in the hospital with AIDS related illnesses. kenya026.jpg kenya027.jpg kenya028.jpg kenya029.jpg kenya030.jpg kenya031.jpg kenya032.jpg kenya033.jpg kenya034.jpg This is one of the nicer streets in Methare, a slum outside of Nairobi. The germans came in about 10 years ago and paved the roads in this section and buried sewer lines. In the other portions there are ditches on either side of the street flowing with raw sewage. Ironically this doesn't seem to be an issue in the residents health. The sewer lines dump directly into a river that the runs through the slum.

Kibera, the slum I was in on the first day is one of the largest in the world with 1.2 million residents. Methare only has a couple hundred thousand.kenya035.jpg This is Francis. He has advanced AIDS and also suffers from tuberculosis. He was thrown out of his home recently and had to move in with his sister and her son. This normally wouldn't be too much of an issue except for the face that tuberculosis is an airborn illness and is easily spread. kenya036.jpg kenya037.jpg kenya038.jpg kenya039.jpg kenya040.jpg kenya041.jpg These last few are just some artsy fartsy images I took while waiting to be picked up. Lots of texture here.

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[September 22, 2008] carrie@urbanbaby said:
wow, these images are so moving, so stunning. absolutely beautiful, and so heartbreaking at the same time.
[September 22, 2008] MA5EN said:
Amazing images man! I look forward to seeing more. Be safe out there!
[September 22, 2008] FRED EGAN said:
The first image of Francis...amazing.
[September 22, 2008] joyful weddings & events said:
I have loved all of your posts Michael- such amazing shots! I cannot wait to hear all about the rest of the trip.
[September 22, 2008] Akil Bennett said:
Great post man...It makes you realize how fortunate we are to live here.
[September 22, 2008] Kari said:
wow...the aids images are heart wrenching.
[September 23, 2008] tolu said:
These images from your trip to Kenya are really powerful.
[September 23, 2008] Joe R. said:
Touching images Mike, I'm sure you will come home a changed man after this trip.
[September 24, 2008] Alexandra said:
Michael... these are amazing. I'm tearing up even though I'm here seeing it with my own eyes! Brilliant job, I'm sorry I missed you, I hope you have a safe trip back, and I'll be sure to check up on your blog!!! It was great to meet you! - Alexandra
[September 24, 2008] adam said:
Michael...all I can say is, wow. These are exactly the kind of moments that need to be captured. We love and miss you guys and are in prayer for God to continue to do incredible things with you, through you, and to you as you reach out in love to others! These pictures will no doubt spark a passion and a heart for the people of Kenya here back home. I can't wait to hear the stories. When you get back and all settled in for awhile, how does lunch sound? I'll even let you supersize your meal.
[September 29, 2008] jessica claire said:
hey, nice lock!!
[September 15, 2015] peter majdan said:
great images, well done
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September 22, 2008 Kenya , Travel

Here are some more images from the Safari. I can't begin to describe how amazing it was to see these animals in the wild. Its one thing to see them at a zoo or even the San Diego Wild Animal Park, its another thing entirely seeing them in their natural habitat. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

I know there are no animals in this image but I just love it. Africa, Kenya specifically, is such a beautiful place and this image is so perfectly Kenyan to me.


The elusive leopard. All the Kenyans have been amazed that we got to see one. I'm amazed that he looked right at me. I was praying the whole time that it was in focus. There's nothing worse than an amazing image that turns out to be soft. I lucked out and its a sharp as it gets.


There were a million zebras. So many that we were actually bored of them by the end.


Freaky water buffalo. They're one of the more dangerous and aggressive animals in Africa. As you can tell I was pretty close. I was in the safety of our Land Cruiser though, with our very capable driver, William at the wheel.


Lots of giraffe as well.


I forget what kind of monkey this was. Anyone care to clue me in?


I LOVE this shot of the wildabeast. There were probably a couple hundred within a few hundred yards of this one but this one was all alone and with the dusty air in the back ground and the small trees dotting the land it was just perfect.


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[September 22, 2008] carrie@urbanbaby said:
i love the composition of these images. how close were you? did you shoot these with a 24? they are the tone.
[September 22, 2008] Annemarie said:
Hmmm....the kind of monkey? Cute??? :) I love the shot of the lone wildabeast. I was in Kenya with my family almost 17 years ago, and those animals were everywhere!! When we got home from the trip....with almost 800 photos between us (back in the day of non digital), we didn't have ONE picture of them! Since there were so many of them, each one of us assumed that someone else had gotten a shapshot! I'm enjoying seeing your photographs from the adventure!
[September 22, 2008] Micah said:
Please sense my jealousy right now. Thanks for updating us bro!
[October 2, 2008] Jennifer VanSuydam said:
These are absolutely beautiful. I love every single one.
[March 12, 2009] Amelia Thornton said:
Hi Michael - Great shots! I'm going to Kenya (and Uganda and Rwanda) in June/July. I *think* that is a Vervet Monkey in your sixth shot. Happy shooting :)
[April 20, 2009] Kelly said:
Hey Michael, I have recently found your blog, fantastic pictures! I'm from South Africa and we have those cute little monkeys living in our trees in our backyard, they are called Vervet Monkey's. Although they arent as cute as they look, mother vervets will tear you apart if you even looked at one of their babies wrong and they are forever coming in through our windows and stealing our banana's or any fruit for that matter from the fruit bowl! It looks like you had such an awesome trip to Kenya I would love to visit there one day. Thanks for all the images, such an inspiration. Regards Kelly
[January 11, 2010] rebecca sue said:
i think the monkey is a gibbon
[March 8, 2011] Karen Chiang said:
"soft shot" is the perfect term I've been looking for for all those shots that I have found minor imperfections. Shots that would have been great if I had just sped up the shutter speed (or held still) a tad to sharpen the image or opened up the aperture to get everyone in focus. Perhaps this is a popular term to describe these types of photos, but it is the first time I have come across it. ALL of your Kenya photos are magnificent. They look like they're straight out of National Geographic. It is heart breaking just looking at them and only SEEing what they go through as I sit here on my mac typing about it. Do you ask permission from the subjects whether you can take their photos? I love candid shots, but am always kind of weirded out as to whether or not I should ask for permission before I take their photo.
[March 8, 2011] Karen Chiang said:
"soft shot" is the perfect term I've been looking for for all those shots that I have found minor imperfections. Shots that would have been great if I had just sped up the shutter speed (or held still) a tad to sharpen the image or opened up the aperture to get everyone in focus. Perhaps this is a popular term to describe these types of photos, but it is the first time I have come across it. ALL of your Kenya photos are magnificent. They look like they're straight out of National Geographic. It is heart breaking just looking at them and only SEEing what they go through as I sit here on my mac typing about it. Do you ask permission from the subjects whether you can take their photos? I love candid shots, but am always kind of weirded out as to whether or not I should ask for permission before I take their photo.
[September 26, 2011] Kenya Safaris said:
looks more of a vervet monkey than a gibbon. Quite common when on bushy areas inn Africa.
[December 9, 2016] Kenya safari tours said:
The original home of safari. This is where it all began. Great pictures pal
September 21, 2008 Kenya , Travel
Yesterday we went on a half day Safari. Safaris are usually 2 days minimum but we didn't have that much time to spare so we tried to make the most of our time and got to the preserve about 6:30am.

We were soooooooo incredibly lucky! We saw pretty much everything there is to see in Kenya (as far as wildlife is concerned) except for hippos, rhinos and elephants. We saw giraffes, a million zebras, monkeys, antelope, impalas, water buffalo, wildabeasts, ostriches, crocodiles, a leopard (which I'm told is the rarest of all to see, in fact, the rangers didn't believe we saw one until I showed them the picture) and most importantly LIONS. We saw a whole pride of lions, about 9 in all.

I've shot wildlife a few times previously and felt like a total failure as a photographer.  I don't know why but I found it so hard.  Well this time I feel like I finally succeeded... at least with this one image. I'm going through the images right now and I had to share it before I went to bed. I'll share more images from the safari tomorrow.

I can't tell you how excited I am about this image... well about seeing this scene at all, really. It was so amazing to see first hand and I'm so excited that I got an image that actually captured what I saw.lion.jpg
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[September 21, 2008] Helen (Dogeared) said:
I'm sure you (general you, I mean) could spend a lifetime there, and still improve each day, never getting the same photo twice. All it means, is that you have another excuse to go back! But if it helps, I think it's a wonderful photo :-)
[September 21, 2008] Mark Brooke said:
[September 21, 2008] April said:
Awesome Picture. I would love to have this on my wall.
[September 21, 2008] cyndie said:
wow, that is incredible. truly an amazing picture.
[September 21, 2008] Natalie Williams said:
Wow that is unreal! Can't wait to see more from your trip!
[September 21, 2008] AmyC said:
Really nice, Norwood. Just gorgeous! And, I LOVE the shots from day one, especially the series of the kids. Have a great time, Michael!
[September 21, 2008] Shy said:
You are like capturing my heart and putting it on display with this Africa teasers. I am drooling with every post..... more More MORE... please? ;)
[September 21, 2008] jeret said:
That is pretty crazy... knowing at anytime those guys could eat you for lunch.... Great shot norwood.
[September 22, 2008] jessica claire said:
absolutely drop dead gorgeous! can't wait to see more from the whole trip when you get back!
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September 20, 2008 Kenya , Travel

Our fist day in Kenya was incredible. We spent the day in the slums outside of Nairobi. We visited WEEP Centers which take women with AIDS who are on their death beds and get them anti-viral meds and food and once they're well enough they teach them to sew. They learn to make mosquito nets, school uniforms and a few other things. They sell those items and they're then able to buy food for their children, put them in school, pay their rent... basically live.

Many of the women have even saved enough money to buy other "homes" and have become landlords. These centers take people who have been ostracized and turn them into leaders in their community. Its amazing to see the joy on these womens' faces when they tell the story of how they came from nothing to where they are now.

Kenya is one of the most amazing places I've ever been... and the people are what make it. This first man I could have spent the whole day photographing.





















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[September 20, 2008] carrie@urbanbaby said:
just saw your tweet....these are incredible images, michael. what an amazing experience.
[September 20, 2008] Kelli said:
Oh wow, I LOVE these. It kinda makes me miss Africa. You've done an amazing job with these people.
[September 20, 2008] Eric Farewell said:
Amazing stuff brother... I'm truly looking forward to seeing more from your time there.
[September 20, 2008] Carl. said:
These are amazing!!! You're are doing such wonderful job on documenting the lives of these Kenyans.
[September 20, 2008] jeret said:
How cool is that.. awesome shots bro!!! you will have to tell me all about it when you get back.
[September 21, 2008] serena said:
wow....these are incredible images, michael. thank you for sharing.
[September 21, 2008] Helen (Dogeared) said:
These are awesome photos, Michael! It looks like you're having an amazing time, and I can't wait to see more photos - thanks for letting my travel vicariously ;-)
[September 21, 2008] Bonnie Berry said:
These are truly amazing. What wonderful work you are doing.
[September 21, 2008] Brian Khang said:
Dude totally awesome photos. Is someone getting a haircut in the background of one of the photos?
[September 21, 2008] Julie said:
these are simply beautiful. what a great experience and look at world outside the cozy us of a. keep these coming!
[September 21, 2008] Tiffany Aicklen said:
Wow . . . I'm in love. These are stunning. Can't wait to see more. I'm glad your there, can't wait to here all about it.
[November 10, 2008] Tim Halberg said:
dude... these images are AMAZING!!!! seriously, the faces, the detail everything!
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September 15, 2008 Travel

Wrote a whole lot and it got erased when I uploaded the pictures. I don't have the energy to rewrite everything. Here are some images from my 1 day layover in London. I love it here. I wish I had more time.















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[September 15, 2008] carrie@urbanbaby said:
stunning images. those wide shots are incredible. and i LOVE how the curtain is pulled back slightly in those few that.
[September 15, 2008] echo said:
WOW...beautiful images! I see you made good use of your day layover! :D
[September 16, 2008] Mark Brooke said:
Nicely done my friend! can't wait to hear about it when your get back! be safe in the Africa.
[September 16, 2008] Helen (Dogeared) said:
Yay, you got to see Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace! And you got some awesome shots of them too - now I have something to aim for, when I move there in October :D Hope you enjoyed the day, and you should totally come back for a visit again :D
[September 16, 2008] Julie said:
That's so crazy awesome!! I'm so jealous! Julie
[September 17, 2008] sandie said:
I feel you on the blog that you type out all meaningful and quirky and then it is gets lost! Nice, all that energy. Well, my friend, these images don't need a big ol' fancy novel to go along. YOu rock!
[September 17, 2008] jeret said:
Man how fun is that... I love London
[September 19, 2008] Amanda Auer said:
I'm feeling very English.... I LOVE these!
[December 2, 2008] Cynthia Q. said:
Just found you via Jessica Claire's blog-LOVE your eye!
[December 2, 2008] Cynthia Q. said:
Just found you via Jessica Claire's blog-LOVE your eye!
September 14, 2008 Kenya , Travel
I'm at LAX right now waiting to board my flight to London. I'll fly from there and have about a day to hang out and then I'll hop on another flight to Nairobi, Kenya. I'll be there for about 10 days before heading home. I'm told I'll have internet access so I hope to be blogging images from the day every night before bed. I don't really know what to expect but I'm really excited. 

Cyndie will be answering emails while I'm away and Josh is in the studio working on images so we shouldn't get behind but bear with us during this time if we do.

Come back soon to see what I'm up to, and if you have any ideas for what I can do while I'm in London, let me know!
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[September 15, 2008] echo said:
Have fun Michael! Can't wait to see the beauty of Africa through your lense! It was great seeing you this past weekend. :)
[September 15, 2008] brad said:
Michael I missed why you're in Kenya? What the purpose for your trip?
[September 15, 2008] Helen (Dogeared) said:
Whaaaaat? Africa? Oh man alive, you are so lucky! London - where to start? And what do you like? Personally, I often go back to Greenwich, wander around there (if you get the DLR to Island Gardens, you can walk the Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the river to Greenwich on the other side), then around to the Naval College and over to the park and up to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line (where the GMT line used to me, it's actually been moved a little). I don't know exactly what keeps drawing me back there, but the Saturday market is awesome - shame you'll miss it! Covent Garden is great for individual shops and street acts. Trafalgar Square is good for people watching. If you want some culture, then I'd recommend the Natural History Museum - it's got a HUGE entrance hall by the huge dinosaur skeleton (see my post here - - and this was taken on the 2nd or 3rd floor, so you get a sense of height). It's got a giant whale, dinosaurs and all sorts. And it's free! (can take photos, but no tripods allowed). The courtyard fountains in the open area behind Somerset House are nice to see, and down by the River Thames too (so you can walk along the Embankment). And of course, see the Changing of the Guard at Horseguards Parade (4pm daily, but get there a bit early if you want a good spot for photos), and then the Houses of Parliament at Westminster. I like Green Park and St James' Park too, for landscape/people photos. There must be something you'd like in that list, lol. Shame you're not doing this in a month's time, I'll be living there then! Enjoy your trip!
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A few weeks ago I shot Emily and Colby's wedding outside Tulsa.  I'll be posting more soon but I was working on the images today and wanted to share a couple.


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[July 8, 2008] jeret said:
wow man... I can't wait to see the rest
[July 10, 2008] Sara said:
Wow, these are amazing...she will be thrilled! --Sara in San Antonio
[July 11, 2008] Evelyn said:
Those are pretty.
[July 30, 2008] Jen said:
great looking couple. beautiful location you had there. love the 2 you showed here!
[October 30, 2008] Asther said:
Love the one with the lake as background. Soooo romantic!
[December 2, 2008] Jade Webb said:
You're work is absolutely beautiful. I can't stop looking at these images. amazing
[December 19, 2016] Charles said:
You have brought up a very good details , thankyou for the post.

The books are closed on day three of the most epic man-cation... ever. Here is my visual account of the day. Go look at the MAMMOTH MEN blog for a more complete view of our adventures.







The was a cougar on the prowl in San Miguel... Rene Russo! She took quite a liking to Fred. Presumably because he's the only single guy among us. Oh, and because... she's a cougar! mantripday30008.jpg

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[June 25, 2008] Amanda Auer said:
Glad you're having so much fun with your dudes, Michael! Every guy needs some guy time!
[July 5, 2008] David Lee said:
Man your shots of those drain pipes are insane!! and incase your unaware...