"Now I'm driven by, not so much to make people cry, but to help people feel better about themselves and walk out the door with their head up and some pep in their step."
Leon blue studios
United States, Texas
Michael please tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
Michael. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
My name is Mike; I am a photographer who takes pictures of ideas and not just takes pretty pictures. I'm driven by the ability to turn my ideas into reality and photography allows me to do so.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Michael. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a 6'5 guy who believes that life is whatever you make it and I work hard to make my life go the way that is best for me and others around me.
Michael, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I found out my love for cameras when I was around 15, I went through a jacka*** stage with my friends and tried doing little stunts, but I always wanted to be filming and then I discovered I love photography more with an old point and shoot film camera I had. I still shoot with 35mm and 120 films for nostalgic reasons.
Who is your inspiration in life Michael? How do you keep inspired?
My mother, my dad passed away when I was nine years old, and she was both my mother and father. She did the best she could, and I got that, there are no excuses just make it happen, mentality from her.
We all make mistakes Michael; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Sometimes putting a team together and then working with them is different. I did a high school senior session not too long ago, and one of my assistants was speaking inappropriately around the student, it wasn't too the student, but enough for me to do the session for free and gave them the option to buy what they like and didn't go by my usual packages to make up for it.
Michael , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I have a little system of 4 tiers, 1. urgent and important 2. Important but not urgent, 3. urgent but not important, 4. not urgent not important. This little system helps me balance everything I do.
Please tell us, Michael, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
It were when I discovered the tier system, I was less stressed trying to balance everything, and I just took it one tier at a time until I got to the end.
Michael, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I would hear out their suggestions and take into consideration and then depend on the situation compare pros and cons or express and layout the benefits and outcomes of doing things the way I work. I suppose by having supporting arguments helps.
Michael, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
It was a shoot I didn't really share publicly since it was for a private client but it was one of the most fulling and what makes me do what I do now. I had a client start crying because she didn't think she was beautiful and when we finished the shoot I showed her how beautiful she truly is she started to cry in both joy and disbelief that it's her she's looking at. Now I'm driven by, not so much to make people cry, but to help people feel better about themselves and walk out the door with their head up and some pep in their step.
Michael, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I feel I do this on daily bases, people give me a lot of creative freedom for the most part.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Stick true to who you are and why do you what you do and the success, whatever that means to them, will manifest in its own way.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes! I'll do any creative brands that are about helping people feel better about themselves; I'll be more than happy to collab with those people.
Now for the best part Michael! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Michael Gonzalez @leonbluestudios
Makeup & Hair: Hannah Grimes @hannah_hair_stuff
Model: Rachel Rangal @rachalrangal