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...


To my faithful and awesome blogaholics: THANK YOU for following me! Last week I was out of town at Pictage's PartnerCon conference and a quick trip to San Diego, and am back in town trying to put together a new and improved office studio. We moved spaces, and as many of you can attest, moving sucks. But, the ultimate outcome is wonderful! (or will be). I can't wait to share new pics when we are done, so just hang on there. First things first: A beautiful wedding in Pebble Beach this weekend followed by Senior Portraits...and then back to creating the experience at the MSP studio.

I do try to post an image here and there (haha), so here is a funny shot of my fantastic son JK. Yeah, it's a little weird, but we all have weird sides, right? :)

Thanks again, and I look forward to sharing this life with you!!


Total Truth Tour

Some of the best genuine people around! (poor iPhone pic, sorry!) Robert Evans, Sarah France, Carlos Baez, Me Ra Koh, & Dane Sanders. All of these industry leaders opened up to share their tips and beliefs from being authentic and real to practical things like digital workflow. If you're a photographer, be sure to go to www.fasttrackphotographer.com and www.photographymentor.com to learn more. After a long and sometimes fast motorcycle ride down to SoCal, this was a great way to kick off tomorrow's conference here in Los Angeles. :)


Christine's Senior Portraits

Here is Christine, one of our awesome family friends and fantastic babysitter. She is graduating this year, and honored me with the opportunity to photograph her senior portraits. She wanted something traditional, yet not quite the same as every one else. Our approach was quite simple, really. Let's leave my studio and take a walk around several blocks here in downtown Monterey...and see what we come up with! We had fun, and her mom did too. It was refreshing for her mom to see us in action, a far cry from the traditional studio portraiture and posing. I really like to do my best to capture the essence of my clients, and not make them look like something that they're not. That's my style. Real. :)

I'm off to Los Angeles first thing tomorrow morning for a photographer conference with my partnered photo lab Pictage and will be gone for nearly a week. I'm also going down to San Diego to see some friends and make some new ones. All of this on my motorcycle...how am I going to transport my dry cleaned shirts? haha... I wish you all a great week, and look forward to random blog posts from my iphone. (I won't have my computer, but I'll survive I think.)


Daddy Day break at Starbucks

Jk likes his apple juice!