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!
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I'm always impressed with the amount of poses you can do in a single empty field! Well done!
[January 26, 2011] Sarah Kamolz said:
I love your photos! These two are so beautiful! I love her hair especially!
[January 28, 2011] Jacob Mariano said:
They turned out AMAZING! It was our pleasure to help out with our fly looks! : ) Anytime!
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A couple of weeks ago I met Kimberly Witort in Los Angeles for a Woodshop, a private, one day workshop. Kimberly is a great photographer from Washington and was in town with a couple of her friends for the week. We spent the afternoon going over business, workflow, processing and wedding day management and ended the afternoon with what was supposed to be a sunny shoot in Santa Monica. June gloom took the sun away but we still had a great time shooting at the pier.

Usually at the end of a Woodshop we'll shoot a couple or portrait session together but Kimberly decided she'd like me to shoot her and her 2 best friends instead. Here are a few of my favorites from the afternoon.

If you're interested in a private Woodshop shoot me an email. I'd love to hear from you!

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[August 3, 2010] Kimberly Witort said:
hee hee feels funny to be on someones blog.: ) If anyone is thinking about meeting with Michael you totally should he is very down to earth and fun to work with! Thanks Michael!
[August 3, 2010] Tracy said:
looks like it was a fun session. love the colours
[August 13, 2010] Beth said:
These pictures are so much fun! Love all of the great pops of color in them!
[August 17, 2010] stephanie said:
all these girls are gorgeous. love your photos!
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Last week Brandon and Stacey Gresham came out from Alabama to do a private WOODSHOP. At the end of the day we went out on a shoot and I had some friends of mine come model for me.

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

Here are a few favorites from the shoot!

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[September 18, 2009] chipgillespie said:
Almost killed?!? Did you get bit??
[September 18, 2009] Mark Brooke said:
nicely done!!! i had not checked the blog in a few days and when i did... 3 posts?!? Is Michael a changed man?
[September 18, 2009] Brandon G. said:
Michael, much thanks for letting us nag you for the day! Glad the snake missed us though. Been up to the field much recently? :-)
[September 18, 2009] jenberry said:
as usual you live up to expectations. beautiful light, timeless and natural
[September 20, 2009] Bethany said:
Yeah for pictures of my dear friends! They are naturally beautiful, great pictures!
[September 20, 2009] Hayley said:
Michael you did a great job with Nic and Emily. I LOVE these pictures!
[October 16, 2009] Shane LaFever said:
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