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  • August20th

    Westcott 2010 Top Pro Tour

    I am proud to announce that I am among the 26 instructors selected to teach along the 2010 tour.  I hope you get the chance to come out and join us for a great night of learning,  lots of fun, with a little mix of inspiration.  Ok, yeah there will be prizes to!

    The tour rolls through St. Louis  on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010.  There’s plenty of time so mark your calendars and don’t forget to use the coupon code on the banner below to save 20 bucks!!  There will also be some great deals on Westcott’s incredible products to help you take your photography to the next level.

    Many themes will be covered during the evening including, lighting techniques, shooting styles, and that super scary subject; working with people.  A main focus of the evening will be shooting with inspiration.  During the night I hope to demystify some of photography’s not so hidden secrets.

    My goal for most, if not all of you, is for you to leave with a feeling of confidence in your abilities, a renewed desire to create inspired works, and maybe remove a few walls that went up to guard against the unknown.

    Don’t forget to sign up and remember to book it now with the code and save!!! Hope to see you there!

  • June9th

    I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve as a mentor this weekend to the Supershoots group at Hit the Lodge XI! Supershoots was there at the beginning of my journey in photography,  and it seems only fitting that I get a chance to give back to the same group who had given to me. JT Smith; creator and photographer, has assembled a great team of artists, models, and instructors, and it will be great working alongside of them to share what I’ve learned through the years. The HTL workshop is the flagship of the events that he organizes and it is an excellent place for those wanting to learn, practice, network, and catch a few tips from the pros.

    For more information on Hit the Lodge, or Supershoots check out www.supershoots.net and sign up. It’s free and it’s a great place to show your work, get critiques, and keep up with your photo friends.

  • March23rd

    I am officially en route to Orlando for Photoshop World. Thanks to my Miami layover I have a quick second to throw out a quick shout for the photoshop guys.

    If you haven’t made it out to PSW yet, what are you waiting for. All of the lessons, new friends, knowledge, and Scott Kelby’s unmatched witt are waiting for you there. And then there’s also that “V” guy. If you are sitting back saying you can’t afford to go, let me tell you I was that guy once, and I now say I can’t afford not to go. The software from Abobe is getting better and better every year, and what better way to keep up with the pace than to learn alongside of friends, and from friends.

    Hey also if you are going to be in Orlando and see me walking around the expo or hanging around at the Westcott booth stop by and say hello, over the past 3 years I’ve met many great friends at PS World and I always have room for more.

    See you there.

    Michael

  • February28th

    Belief

    Posted in: Inspiration

    “Belief. Makes things real…” –Gavin DeGraw

    Wow. What a great lyric. Things in life seem “real” to us because we believe that they are. We hear words that people tell us and take the information they are conveying for truth, because we choose to believe them. We live our days out in a society that relies on the notion of belief. Belief in religion, belief in family, belief in friendship, belief in the good of all mankind, belief that life should be better, belief that this is all there is. Many times we inherit beliefs from others. Sometimes we develop them all on our own. Belief can be taught, or sometimes it is forced. But in the end, if you believe it, then for you, it is real.

    Well here are a few more beliefs that I’d like to share with you. Belief in yourself. Belief that the path of your life is in your hands, chosen by you. That if you want something in this life, in your life, you have the power to bring it, if you believe. Belief that positive energy can actually change your life and the world around you. Belief that the attitude you emit to the world, is the same attitude and energy that will be returned to you.

    Like many times, I was struck by this message once when I thought I was merely listening to a song. However messages and ideas make it through to you personally, I hope this one does for you.

    Belief.

  • February8th

    Hello!

    Posted in: Uncategorized

    Just like all good things must come to an end, so to they must have a beginning. This is the first of hopefully many posts on my new site. I have had an online presence out there for a while but lately I have decided that it was time for a change. Something fresh, something new. I wanted to have the ability to throw out tutorials, post ideas or points of view. And keep in contact with the world and all of it’s blogness. ROFLMAO! Yep, kinda older but I still know what that means!So if this is your first visit, or you are returning to see whats new, welcome. I hope you like what you see, enjoy what you read, and go away feeling like you found what you were looking for. If you have any questions or want to send me a quick note, I would love to here from you.

    I am always looking for the next great project to work on so if it’s yours,  let’s get working on it.

  • March4th

    It was an honor and privilege to work with FJ Westcott on their 2010 Product Catalog. I have been nothing but pleased and impressed with FJ Westcott and it’s staff that I have been blessed to meet. The company is loaded with high quality products and only matched by the caliber and dedication of people that are there to help you with questions about them.

    The catalog was a great project to work on and something that I am very proud to have been a part of. I need to send out a huge thank you to each and every person who had a hand in helping bringing this one to life. From our incredible set assistants, to Westcott’s team, everyone played an important hand in the making, and I was lucky to have them there for me. Our theme was Gaia. Mother Earth. And the thought process was that she is the feeder of light to the earth, the protector and nurturer. Where we come in to play as photographers, we to depend on light to shape and create our images. Light is a key factor in what we do, I am grateful to be able to work with the best products on the market when I’m ready to create! Thanks Westcott!