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...


Family day off

I'm taking the day off with the family at the lake...yes, a full day
off! :) I'll be returning emails & calls first thing tomorrow morning!
Thanks for your interest, & enjoy your Sunday!



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It is sure to brighten your day no matter what you're going through.
Almost guaranteed!! :)



So I know many of you who follow my blog, and for that I am extremely grateful to share my life with you. (Please feel free to share it with your friends and family who might need a photographer, or even new friends. :) On that note, please also feel free to leave comments and let me know your thoughts, ideas, or whatever. It's nice to see who else is checking up on me!

For those that missed it, be sure to view George & J.J.'s slideshow below by just clicking on the box. It's a neat one...

Have a wonderful Tuesday, and tune back in for further updates.

Routines Stink Sometimes...

I've been having posting issues on this blog & I'm trying to figure out why my postings haven't shown up, so thanks for your patience! Last week my family and I rented a surrey bike to ride down the bike path here in Monterey before going to dinner. It's always refreshing to do things out of the normal "routine" that we get stuck in. Check out this little dude!

Here is my family, minus yours truly (hey! someone has to take the pictures on the iphone :) And yes, our dog is in the basket with our delightful son.

Get out and try something out of your routine...it'll be great.


The future!

A little more...

A quick blog post...


Lost & Found

One of the things in life that I think everyone experiences at least once or twice or daily :) is losing something of value, and then crawling around on your hands and knees both physically and mentally searching with a fine-toothed comb for it. "It" can be a set of keys, your wallet, purse, $100 bill, a checkbook, glasses, a special note, a phone number, your iphone, or something that's worth so much more. For the last 3 weeks mine has been my Vmoda Headphones. I know, it sounds so silly to blog about this. But since Spirit West Coast I have not been able to find these expensive headphones, and I hate to lose things. I mean, overall, with all of the little gadgets I have and all of the busy-ness going on with that event, and the post production I'm in the middle of with weddings, etc, I've done pretty well with not losing anything. But it still stinks when I let one fall through the cracks. It just happens, ya know?

Well, anyways, (figure out yet why my blog is called "Tangents"?), I tore apart both my car and truck multiple times, determined to find these bad boys. At least if they fell out of my pocket, I was hoping that someone who found them would actually be able to use them and enjoy them. Maybe someone who needed them more than me? (Oh my...Mike, they're headphones!) The point I'm desperately trying to get to here is that the utter and complete satisfaction of finding something you search for so long is overwhelming! Yes, I found them! Yayayay! On the floorboard of my truck almost under the pedals.They're in a small black pouch, okay? geesh!)

So, not to completely disappoint you with wasting your time about headphones, there really is a moral to this entry. It's found in the parable of the lost coin in that crazy great book called the bible. It affirms a fact that is so much more important than some stupid earphones...it's that Life is so much more than getting caught up in the little things in life, and that there is a fulfilling life to be lived (once people stop and think about it a little). The short but powerful verses: "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Uh oh! That repent word. Relax my friends, all it means is to stop, turn and go the other way. I'm not gonna say much more than this: It is a wonderful thing to know that God cares for me that he'd come to find what was "lost". Remember that joy you have when you find something that was lost, and amplifly that by a "ka-gillian" times and then some...and that's what happens in heaven when we trust God. Cool beans, eh? I hope that's encouraging to you, and wish you a fantastic night!!!


George & JJ - New Slideshow!

Hey everyone, thanks for checking in. The perpetual wheels of life are cruzin' along here at MSP, and I'm finally able to post a slideshow from one of my favorite weddings. Here it is - George and JJ's wedding from North Hollywood. (YES! I travel :) Both George and J.J. are such awesome people! I am honored to have been their photographer and share in their special day. The ceremony was held at First Christian Church in North Hollywood, and the reception was held at Anoush Ojakh. A beautiful ceremony, followed by a quick squeeze of some romantic images at the park, and off to the reception banquet...it was such a blast!! Wow, there was so much dancing, it was terrific. George & J.J. were announced and went directly into a first dance that embraced his Sirian heritage, that lasted for at least 20 minutes. It was truly a fantastic celebration, and I could feel the excitement, family support, and love. There's always a moment that I come away with from every wedding, and each one is different. This one was when the two were dancing alone later in the evening to "Everything" by Lifehouse (slideshow song). My heart was checked as I watched them get lost in each other. I guess I'm a sap, eh? :) Watch this thing twice...there's so many details involved! Oh, and the colors...wow!

The entire bridal party were a blast...I hope to see you all again soon. Thank you George and J.J.! Congratulations again...It was my honor.


Getting so big!!


Hey all, I'm back in the studio office again after a long weekend and a couple of busy crazy days...running with the train! I have a new blog post with pictures :) coming in the next few days...so stay tuned! Happy Thursday evening to you!