Welcome to Mike's Tangents...

Hello there! Welcome to my blog. This online journal covers both professional and personal notes, thoughts, aspirations, questions, and whatever else is going on inside my head and heart, and is intended for you to get to know me just a bit more. Please enjoy, & be sure to visit my website for more info. Thanks for swinging by, & enjoy the tangents...


My Rockstar Kid

Have I mentioned how obsessed I am becoming with my son? I think about him all day long (and of course my wifey too!). Yesterday morning at breakfast...this kid is so special!

Fun Shoot

On Monday I had the opportunity to have lunch with one of San Francisco's great wedding photographers, Jennifer Baciocco. We met last year at WPPIand I am privileged to call her a friend. Her work has recently been published on the cover of southern California's edition of "Here Comes The Guide". It's all listed in the press section of her website!
Anyway, after lunch we took our cameras for a quick 45 minute "day off" and shot at the Embarcadero in South San Francisco. I cranked up the saturation and contrast in camera, and just shot normal stuff. Nothing too spectacular or extreme by any means. But, just for fun. Sometimes you just need to stop thinking about it and explore a little. I fully expect to see my creativity to blow up and explode out of the box the more I take the 45 minute day offs. If you're a photographer, I am working on setting up a "Day Off" where we can all go out with just one camera, one lens, and one great attitude to shoot for fun, enjoy some lunch, and share our goof ups! But for now, check out these images from a very quick trip. :)


Andre & Chanel

Introducing Andre & Chanel. Recently engaged, they're planning a terrific wedding in Santa Barbara for September. I took them out to one of my favorite local places in Carmel, just under the Carmel Meadows residential area. What a beautifully cold day it was...But these two are troopers! Despite the chill factor, their love seemed to warm them up from the inside, and we took some great photos. Thanks you two for a great time! I love being able to capture life's truest moments.


Celebrated Love

Here are Christina and Gerardo. I have had the privilege of knowing them as dear friends for a few years now, and they have touched my heart so much. Two of the most authentic people on the planet! They recently celebrated 10 years of marriage with their renewal of vows, and I was fortunate enough to join in on their celebration. It was an intimate ceremony, and was one to be remembered. Here are a few images from their special day...

Such a special couple...after their kiss, they had a genuine heartfelt hug too!

And of course, the "rice shots"(but I think they used flower seeds instead).

Congratulations again!

Mini Fashion Show Monterey

At "A Day to Remember" bridal faire in Monterey a few weeks ago they held a mini fashion bridal show, showcasing many of the wonderful bridal boutiques here locally. I left my booth in my wife's hands and ran up the street to grab my camera from my studio office to snap a few shots off for the models. Here are just a few...



I probably have more images of my kiddo than clients on this blog, but he is such an integral part of my everyday life! Judah Kai is sincerely a blessing from the Lord...and I know every parent thinks that their kid is the cutest, but as a proud "dada", I have to claim it to the fullest extent! The latest kick is his "E.T." voice when he says "I want douwnnn". And the cows on the ranch next to us went from saying "moo" to "meee". Weird, but adorable. This picture was from our friends Christina and Gerardo's renewal of vows. Christina and Gerardo are such true friends and probably some of the most authentic people you can meet. They've been married for 10 years and have 2 beautiful little girls. I can't wait to post about their day... hang on! :0)