You can read my GlamModelz interview at http://glammodelz.com/glam/page/3
It's under "Featured Glam Pros"
I know this is a little long, but please take a minute to read it........I took the time to write it so you'd know more about me.
I'll be the first to tell you that I don't in any way consider myself a great photographer or an artist. However, I've been shooting model portfolios for many years and simply someone who uses photography as a medium to express ideas, situations and concepts that I personally like. It's a way to create images that are, in a sense, pulled from my own life experiences.
I suppose that I've had many of the life experiences one man could ever want, including some that I'd like to forget. Now, I don't know if that's essential for a photographer or an artist, but I think it helps because you can draw from all those feelings and experiences. As Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) once said, "Every Artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures", and I guess in a sense, that's what I do.
Unfortunately, I don't have much time to network. If you've found my port, either accidentally or deliberately, I hope you'll take the time to look through it and comment on what you like or don't like. I try to return all comments or messages and tag portfolios that I like. I truly appreciate all of you who have been supportive and helpful. I do listen to you. If you've made a comment, tagged me or listed me and I haven't gotten back to you, I will. Sometimes, I'm just overwhelmed time wise and it takes me awhile to catch up.
I'm very laid back and try to keep my photo shoots relaxed, fun, and productive. I'm interested in knowing what kind of portfolio you want to develop. If you're not sure, we'll try different looks and styles to find which ones you like and what works best for you. I'm pretty receptive to doing most any theme or concept and will probably add my own spin to it. If I feel that it's an area where I can't do you justice, I'll tell you. I'm not a "Photoshop Wizard", but I do all my own retouching and editing.
I appreciate models who are serious about their work, who make and keep appointments, offer suggestions, and arrive on time. I have wonderful respect for them, because they respect my time and effort. And consequently, I'll always do my best to help them.
I try to give back to the photography community by working with new models on a TFP basis as my schedule permits. Without some very generous models shooting with me on a TFP basis when I first started, I might never have had the chance to shoot with models of that caliber.
MODEL AND PHOTOGRAPHER REFERENCES:
Below are some nice comments from a few of the models that I've worked with as well as some photographers who are very generous with their comments. Needless to say, the models are some of my favorites. The photographers are individuals that I've never met before....but who apparently like what I do. The comments are cut and pasted exactly as they were sent.....spelling errors and all......
"For a modest and unassuming guy who will quickly tell you that he doesn't consider himself nearly as accomplished as his peers, Michael has created an amazing body of visually stimulating work. His images, when taken one at a time, are well thought out, imaginative and flawlessly executed. Yet, his work when viewed in its entirety is on the edge of extraordinary. His modernized pinups and portraits are finely composed, thought provoking, flirty and full of life. He consistently creates images that are clean, wholesome, and relaxed, but at the same time provocative and sexy. He makes even mediocre models look gorgeous. Their relaxed and flirtatious expressions convey the trust and rapport he obviously has with each of them." .............Benjamin Bergmann Photography - Boston, MA
Nothing you haven't heard before, but I had to throw in my 2 cents. I really enjoyed looking through your pinup shots - they show a lot of energy, creativity, and enthusiasm. The models look like they are genuinely enjoying themselves.
Kevin Meyers Photo - Mayhem #1969160 - Carbondale, Colorado
Mike - I had such a great time this past weekend. I think that we got some really amazing stuff and I can't wait to see the finished product. You are a wonderful photographer and you always bring out a different side of me than anyone else. I feel that we have grown so much over the years and I can't wait to grow more with you. Thanks so much. Love ya!
Kiera - Wichita, Kansas - MM #11704 (I've shot with Kiera more times than I can remember)
I love working with you and know something outstanding will always come out of our shoot. You always make me laugh and always make me feel very safe and comfortable. I look forward to working with you again very soon!!!! I can't wait to shoot with you in Dallas again. Did you know out of 19 pictures on my port, you took 14 of them!!!
Kiera Harris - Wichita, Kansas - MM #11704
OHMYGOD....Kiera's photos on your OMP are soooo great. I really love the one in the fur hat and one you have tinted purple with her arm across her chest. That is beautiful!!! AND the pink nightgown ones. All your girls in Kansas love and miss you!!
Denise Harris - Mother of Kiera Harris - MM #11704
Haha I had a great time walking through thorny bushes and windy 30 degree temperatures with you, Mike. I love how the pictures came out and it was definitely a pleasure visiting you in Dallas. You're incredible to work with! Thank you so much for the shoots and I definitely look forward to working again with you soon.
Kat Zurlinden - EL Paso, TX - MM #1010758 (Shot with Kat 3 times)
Mike- Had a great time shooting over the past few weeks, Your work is outstanding and you treat your models BETTER than any photographer I've ever worked with. Even as simple as asking if i wanted any special snacks or drinks while we shoot. I have major respect for you and feel so comfortable with you. I just finished looking through the majority of our pictures we took and honestly there is hardly any bad ones, your work is unbelievable right from the start. Thanks so much for everything!!! Can't wait to meet and shoot again! Best of luck in FL and where ever the road takes you after that!
Jessi Rose - Bloomington, Minnesota - MM #1773058
Mike, Mike, Mike,
...thank you so much for giving me the chance to shoot with you. NOT only did i have a blast while kidding around durring the actual shoot, But i got a TON of outstanding photos. I am very greatful for the opportunity and i really hope i get to work with you again soon! Pretty please keep in touch c:
Ashley - Wichita, KS - MM #1586442 (Shoot planned with Ashley later this month)
I really had a great time shooting with you, you were very professional and awesome to work with. Thanks again for getting my possessions that I left at your place back to me before you left.
Chenee - Kansas City, Missouri - MM #1426216
Thank you for everything. I can not wait to work with you again. Or to see more of your edited pictures of me. Yours are definitely my favorites on my port.
Makisha Nicole - Fort Smith, Arkansas - MM #899563
Mike! Aw words can't describe how excited and thrilled i am about how the dallas trip turned out. It was so much more than expected. The pictures turned out absolutely stunning and it wasn't just because of the model or the photographer...it was the chemistry we have when shooting its more than words can say, the images we get are great and you made me have such a comfortable stay too. Once again thanks for everything, can't wait for next time.
xoxo, Jessi Rose - Bloomington, Minnesota - MM #1773058
Michael, I love your work because u always make me look like a star!! Ur alwayssss soooo awesome!!!!!.... and I think I do pretty good posing too
Every time we shoot, I LOVE LOVE LOVE what u do. Ur a duper nice guy that I trust sooo much and feel soooo comfortable with, and ur a really really good friend....u always treat me like im someone special an always been threre for me....ur def my fav Luv and miss ya!!! I wanna come see u in texas real soooon!!!
Megan - (AKA Mezo Star) - Bloomington, IL - MM #1247481 (Shot with Megan 8 or 9 times)
LOVING my photos!
Thanks again for a wonderful shoot!
Melissa Weintraub - Boulder, CO - MM #1703282
Mike, you were a pleasure to work with and made me feel comfortable throughout the shoot. I received my images in a timely fashion and wouldn't have a problem shooting with you again! Thanks for everything!!
xoxo, Dayna Deluxe - Anaheim, CA - OMP #130569
Mike......I looked through just about all the pictures. We got some SPECTACULAR shots, your ideas were GREAT!!! I'm working on picking out my favorites and will get those to you soon. I'm excited to see the final product once you finish with them. I really ENJOYED working with you also, you're very professional and an AWESOME photographer. Looking forward to shooting again in the near future.
Thanks Again.....DOLLFACE - Las Vegas, Nevada - MM #1019132
Hey Mike- I had a great time shooting today as always!!! I cant wait to see more of the images!! I look foward to our next shoot. For any models out there...Mike's very friendly, has very cool ideas, props, and wardrobe. i was always comfortable working with him. I plan on working with him again asap."
Danielle Trixie - Dallas, TX - MM #109506 (Note: I've shot with Danielle 3 times)
I just want to thank you for your time and the fun photo shoot. I really appreciate the constant contact and updates. It is refreshing to work with someone that can make you feel really relaxed and safe at the same time. You were very professional and clean......a true gentleman! I really like the images we captured and your artistic abilities. I look forward to working with you again and maintaining the great working relationship that we've started. Take care and be safe on the road.
Tonya Toche-Howard - Ft Walton Beach, FL - OMP #317019
Very detailed! I got some great shots. Would love to work with him again.
Krystal Friday - Lewisville, TX - OMP # 217167
Mike.....my hat is off to you. You were a complete relief and joy to work with because of your openness to new ideas, understanding when things got tough, your critical input which turn okay photographs into spectacular images, and also you're a truly wonderful artist to work with and your very personality is that of being laidback, fun, and professional. You are indeed very rare and I would be silly to ever stop working with you. I'll be thinking up the ideas and I will let you know when it's time for us to make them come true.
Thank you for the amazing experience!
Much gratitude and love,
Whitney - Noble, Oklahoma - MM #1253907
I love working with you. We always get great pictures. Let's plan on shooting again real soon!!!
(Note: I've shot with Loren 3 times)
Cutie (Loren) Hamilton - Arlington, TX - OMP #68014
Amazing Photographer, Editor and Man In General.
Samantha Nicole-Julia - Grain Valley, Missouri - MM #2146685
You definitely have one of the most creative and imaginative ports on MM... Exquisite and inspirational images.... Kudos to you and all the beautiful models on your port... Any model would be lucky to work with you... Best regards always...
Mario - Las Vegas, Nevada - MM #721431
Hey Mike - I hope everything's going good for you. I'm sure the beautiful ladies in Dallas are keeping you busy. I just wanted to thank you for the shoot last week. I had a really good time, just like before. You are wonderful to work with. I always feel comfortable and relaxed when we shoot together. I'm amazed by how great the pictures came out considering the limited time and space we had. You're awesome and I look forward to working with you again. Can't wait for next time!
P.S.....I just wanted to let you know that there are a bunch of local photographers in Pensacola jealous of you. Guess you bring out the best in me. Hope to work with you again soon.
~Kristi Walker - Phoenix, Arizona (formally of Pensacola, FL) - MM #167494 (Shot with Kristi 3-4 times)
Thanks for a wonderful photo shoot. I had a lot of fun!! Can't wait to do it again. I will definitely call you as soon as I know when I will be in Dallas so that we can work together again.
P.S.... some girl named Jennifer emailed me asking about you... I told her you are amazing and to take care of my fav photographer... Just thought I'd let you know
Perla - El Paso, TX - MM #1375018 (shot with Perla 2 times)
mike, you are such a pleasure and an awesome experience to work with. i really appreciate all of you're advice and enthusiasm. all of your ideas are extremely unique and you make modeling so inventive and fun. thank you again for such a successful day!! much love jordyn JordynAshley - MM#1335994
hey mike! i just wanted to thank you for your constant support. not only are you a fantastic photographer, but youre a really incredible person and a great friend. i take everything you tell me and all your advice to heart. lets meet up next week for lunch
love you tons! jordyn - JordynAshley - MM#1335994
I miss you, hope all is well, loving the pictures you've sent to me...i need room to put all them on my page
i love how well we work together, i hope we get to again very soon you are the best in the world!!!
xoxo! - JessiRose - Bloomington, Minnesota - MM #1773058
Thank you so much for that, Mike!! I'm so glad our artwork is so popular! I think just about all of yours in my portfolio have made numerous lists. How exciting!! You really are an incredible photographer, and so so relaxing to work with. you make productivity so easy!! i cant wait to work with you again!! Thank you SO MUCH for getting some headshots for me. I think you're the only photographer of mine that makes a point to get a headshot with every photoshoot we do. When are you due home? I miss you a lot!!
jordyn - JordynAshley - MM#1335994
I honestly have never seen anything like your photos. I'm not well versed in photography or artistic styles but I love the natural element to your photos...the laundry pic is my fave. And, I love the 50's throwback look with a modern twist. There may very well be a name for it...but I just call it awesome. ;-) LOVE IT.
GinaBella - Dallas, Texas - MM# 2331956
I am a huge fan of your work. I can only describe it one way - Inspirational. You are obviously a master of your craft and it shows in your work. I hope one day I will have the talent and experience to replicate the quality of your images.
Mike Limbaugh - MM #373999
And I could go on and on with models references. But don't take it from me. Just contact them to see what they say about working with me......I'm sure they'll tell you anything you want to know!
Anyway, if you're interested in shooting with me, just contact me and we'll see what we can set-up.