Welcome to the M Palma Photo Blog

Hi, my name is Mike, a professional wedding and portrait photographer born, raised, and based here in beautiful, Silverlake, Los Angeles, California.

On this blog, you'll find the daily inspirations, images and musings of my life.

I love photographing people, places, and anything else that catches my eye. I describe my style of photography as modern, fun, and energetic. So stay a while, check out my work, and get to know me better through my images and entries.

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Archive for 'Anytime'

August 8, 2013 in Anytime




 Just some random photos from July I wanted to share. Hope you’re having a great August so far! I know, it just started, but still.


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Happy August FIRST everyone! Wow, 8 months into 2013 with only 4 to go! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. Plus, fall is just around the corner (calendar wise). I’m certain we’ll be getting some summer heat towards October as usual.

Just wanted to post up some random photos I took hanging out with my sister the other night over at LACMA. We had dinner at this great Indian food restaurant (I LOVE INDIAN FOOD), and walked it off by walking over to the museum to hang out with all the other tourists and night-walkers. Cool thing to do on a Tuesday night.

Wherever you’re at, get out and explore your neighborhood or city. It’s a cool thing to do :)



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The more and more I photograph things, it is becoming so clear and apparent that whatever I’m holding in my hands to get the job done, matters the LEAST. I’ve heard it time and time again, and even said a million times more, but a camera is just a tool. It’s just a little black box that sees the world in 18% gray. So it doesn’t matter what brand, or how heavy, or how expensive your camera is. Like Ansel Adams once said (paraphrasing), it’s the 12-inches behind the camera that really matters.

With this said, I wanted to shared with you a few photos I’ve taken with my iphone recently. Which for most of us, IS the best camera we have cause it’s the one that is with us most if not all the time. A camera is just a tool, like a hammer is just a tool. A hammer made out of gold isn’t going to drive a nail into a piece of wood any better than a $5.00 model, so why should a camera be regarded as such? Things that make you go “Hmmm…”. ;p

So, as usual, just a quick reminder for you guys to continue using your iphones or androids to take pictures. No one is going to ever remember what camera you took your photos with, only how the photo made them feel or remember.

Have a great week everyone!



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A few weeks ago, I revived an old “tradition” of going to the yearly Ren Faire here in sSouthern California. For the third year in a row, on a bright and sunny day in May, for a few hours, I got to travel back into time and spend it with some Renaissance folk. (Near) everyday people who enjoy dressing up in medieval garb, busting out the Elizabethan/Shakespearean lingo, and pretending (quite believably) to be back in the Medieval Times (short of actually going to the namesake  dinner/show restaurant in Buena Park!).

When I was a kid, I had a thing for the medieval times. During our weekly library visits with my grade school class, I would always search out books about knights, kings, jousting, falconry, etc. I always wondered how cool it would have been to be a knight, jousting for the honor of a king or queen; or owning a falcon and hunting the skies for prey! Back then we didn’t have computers, the internet, or video games of course, so we had to use this little thing we call IMAGINATION to entertain ourselves.

Fast forward a decade or two,  in the early 90’s, I first heard about the Ren Fair over in Agoura, Calif. Just like the one at the current site at the Santa Fe Dam, it was a month long celebration of people enjoying the spirit of the medieval times, complete with Kings, Queens, Knights, serfs, wenches – you name it! So much fun! Years went by, and sadly, I didn’t return to the Agoura site until 2010 when Helen and I decided to go and once again (for me) immerse myself in the Renaissance! Ever since then, I’ve made it a point to go enjoy the day, and just have fun. This year, I even decided to rent a costume! What the?! Yup, I dressed up as a knight. Not with full armor, but just the basics. I finally belonged! LOL!!! (Hey, they had Asian/Pacific-Islander Knights in the Renaissance, right?!!!)

I also made it a point to go up to more Ren Fair people (those involved in it, costumes et al), and take their portraits. Armed with my new Fujifilm X100s (I LOVE this camera!), I went up to as many people as I could asking to take their photo. It was such a blast! Everyone was so open and willing! Plus, where else would you get this type of opportunity, outside of Halloween?!

In between watching my friends eat the iconic ren fair turkey leg (nearly a foot long!), I spent the afternoon, dressed as a knight, strolling the grounds, taking photos, and living out a childhood dream of being in the medieval times. Only in America if you ask me!!! Here are my photos of the other ren fair dreamers such as myself, all taken with the X100s. Enjoy!


























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That’s my visit back in time :) Hope everyone had a terrific holiday weekend (here in the states). Have a great week, and here’s to JUNE! Yup, we’re nearly half way through 2013!

Thanks for stopping by :)




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 See! I TOLD you there were Asian/Pacific-Islander knights in the medieval times!!!

February 26, 2013 in Anytime, Events, Personal

Happy Tuesday everyone! Can you believe we’re actually at the end of February already?! Two months done for 2013!

Here I am writing this entry the day after the Oscars, the “superbowl” of the entertainment industry.  A night where people LITERALLY put their best face on (store/doctor bought or otherwise!) and show themselves off to the world. Besides watching who and what wins, I think I like watching it for whomever is hosting. Seth Macfarlane (aka Bobby Brady) did a good job.

Before the big show, Santa Anita had their annual Photo Day over at the track this past Friday. A day when photographers, amateur and pros alike, get an almost free reign of the grounds to make and create the best photos they can of anything they want. It was my first time at this event, and I have to give it up to organizers for putting together a great event! Not only did we get great access to the grounds, stables, races, but we were also FED! Yup, food is always good don’t you think?

If you’ve been following my blog lately, some of the last few entries have involved shooting horses, particularly at Santa Anita. As you know, I don’t usually photograph animals, but going outside my usual “comfort” zone is such a thrill. Plus, to photograph thoroughbreds is an amazing endeavor. These athletes are incredible at what they do, and encompass all the great qualities their human counterparts possess. They’re elegant, strong, agile, fast, smooth, and above all incredible at what they do. Sure, there’s a little guy riding them up top, but if you ask me, it’s the engine (or should I say, “horsepower”) that wins races!

Once again I’d like to share with you some of the images I captured over at Santa Anita. It’s such a cool feeling to “look” at something so new and interesting, and find and create something so outside your normal shooting subjects. I had such a great time, that I’m looking forward to the next outing soon.

If you want more info about the next Santa Anita Photo Day, clink on this link here for details. Till next time, saddle up, and hit the range, partner!!!


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Morning workouts at Santa Anita.


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Santa Anita textures


Santa Anita marquee and chairs

The colors of Santa Anita. Chairs and marquee.


Santa Anita foothills and mountains.

Santa Anita foothills and mountains. What a backdrop.


Santa Anita stables

Daily life in the stables.


walking horses

Besides racing, the horses are walked, walked, and then walked some more each day to build up stamina.


Post morning horse bath

Post morning horse bath


Horse bath

Keeping the horses clean.


Stable area textures

Textures of the stable areas.


horse handlers

Mid-morning break time for the horse handlers


cool down lap for race horse

Cool down lap.


schooling non-race horses

Schooling non-racing horses – getting them used to the pre-race viewing area


Horse racing viewing stalls

Pre-race viewing stalls. This is where betters can view their picks for the upcoming race.


Jockey club

Jockey club. Where the “passengers” await their steeds.


Ethnic jockey.

Good to see ethnic diversity in the jockey ranks.


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The final bend before the final stretch.


Final stretch run!

Final stretch run!


Saddle details



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Horse and rider.


horse eye close up

This guy was so friendly and stayed close to me while I was photographing him. If you look closely, you can see me in his eye!


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Santa Anita Race Track

Santa Anita Race Track.


There are a lot of things to do at Santa Anita other than horse racing, so check out their website for more info.

If you ever want to photograph some of the most beautiful and fastest horses in the world, make a day of it there. It’s fun and worth it! Plus, try their turkey sandwich! (See last blog post).

Have a great week everyone! Thanks for stopping by.


BTW, I’m still tweaking the post layouts, so forgive the different photo formatting! Trying out different layouts :) Thanks!