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I have travelled most of the United States. Throughout my life, I have lived in a total of 6 states ranging from Texas to Florida and finally settling in California for the time being. As far as my photography goes, I prefer to keep my photos as natural as possible. I love to have my clients smile, laugh and capture them in a "real" moment. Mostly, I truly enjoy capturing moments of beauty.
Michael, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as Photographer?
My long-term goal is to create a name that is recognised and trusted. Whether that is at a local level, state level or even beyond that it doesn't matter. What is important is that I can build my name. I was always interested and enjoyed taking pictures, but it wasn't until I had children that I started taking it more seriously. I moved from taking pictures of my wife and children to practising and honing my craft as a photographer.
Who is your inspiration in life Michael? How do you stay inspired as a Photographer?
I have quite a few people that inspire. Some that have mentored me such as Rich Yueh and Stephanie Baker. Others I admire there work such as Jasmin Jade, Sue Bryce, Shannon K Dougherty and @Jawdropping_photography. I stay inspired by looking at others work, especially at those above. Other ways I get inspired is by people on the street, magazines, and Instagram.
We all make mistakes Michael; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I am skipping some of the basics of photography. When I started, I didn't know what I was doing much less what to ask. So when some things came to light about some basic things I should know I could have kicked myself because I didn't know them. It set me back a while, but I am grateful for it because it made me a better more competent photographer.
Michael, How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?
I am pretty laid back during shoots. Since I have been working with models a lot recently, I usually come at it one of two ways. If they are experienced, then I will sit back and shoot. I let them do their thing, and I work the light and angles. If they are new and unsure, then I will be more vocal about posing and give tips from my limited experience. I am very positive and compliment the clients during the shoots. I try to build their confidence if they are shy and a little unsure of themselves.
Please tell us, Michael, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
The family will always come first. My family is everything to me. I shoot when I can. After work during the week, at sunrise on the weekends before the family gets going, or sometimes during the evenings at golden hour at times. I try and find a time when I can, and I have a great wife that loves my passion for my photography and is understandable when I go shoot and am away for a little while.
Michael, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
For some new models, I am able to pose them in ways they think are awkward, but when they see the outcome, they are so glad they trusted me and trusted the process.
Michael, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
So far the proudest moments have been small but significant to me. Being featured twice on a blog, having other professionals tell me how much they like my work and more importantly my mentors saying how much my work has improved.
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?
When I took a trip down to Miami with my wife, I booked a shoot with a dancer. She was phenomenal and is a tremendous performance artist — the challenge for me as I had never shot a dancer before. So as excited as I was, I was also extremely nervous. Being able to capture good, clear images while she was moving was my priority and biggest challenge. In the end, it came out fantastic, and she was extremely happy with the outcome.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
When I figure that out, I will gladly pass it along! The one thing that I have been following is advice by Gary Vaynerchuck. Kindness. Everyone that I deal with, whether clients or potential clients, I treat with the utmost kindness.
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