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

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Archive for 'Engagements'

Happy fourth of July week everyone! If you’re living in So. Cal., man, it’s HOT! Albeit, humid hot, which reminds me of Hawaii, which is nice, but still, HOT!

For those of you who have followed me over the years, you know that I describe my wedding work as modern, fun, and energetic. I strive to make my weddings all of these and have had good success in doing so. What I love most about this style are the couples that I get to meet and work with/for. I’ve been blessed with couples who are every bit of these adjectives, and for that, I am truly grateful and blessed!

Last week Tuesday, I was once again hnored to have photographed yet another terrific couple, Heather and Roger, of whom I met at another wedding I photographed and shared here on the blog, Crystal and Mark. Because Crystal and Mark are amazing people, it only figures that their friends are the same! Heather and Roger are exactly that as well.

I hadn’t seen them since early this year, January when we first met to go over their wedding, and last week, 6 mos. later, there we were photographing their engagement session at the world famous Music Center in downtown L.A. Sure, a lot of couples have had their wedding and e-sessions photographed within and around its beautiful surroundings, but this couple (and I!) were able to photograph INSIDE it! Yup! Inside the theater and stage areas!!! Prior to any shoot, I always like to research the venue I will be photographing, and noticed that no other photographer has ever photographed an e-session inside that actual performance space! As noted, there are tons of photos in the lobby, on the subsequent floors, etc., but none in the theater area itself. My cool bride-to-be Heather works for the Music Center, so hence the special permission given to us to shoot inside! Woo hoo!!! I have to say, photographing in such an iconic venue was so cool!!! I was awestruck thinking of all the entertainment legends who have graced that stage, everyone from Sinatra to Pavarotti! There we were, the three of us, with the theater all to ourselves, to photograph any which way we wanted.

Here’s the caveat though – I CAN’T show you guys the interior photos. I know, I know, I hyped it up, told you how awesome it was, but can’t show you the photos?! What the?! With all my clients, I always ask them for permission for certain photos of their e-sessions or weddings. I respect everyone’s privacy, and sometimes, I can’t post any or all of the photos, and that’s alright. Because Heather works for the Music Center, she thought it best for us not to post any of the interior shots, just in case. And for that I applaud and respect her decision. So to everyone reading this, sorry!

However, I’m going to share a few photos from the outside we took! From these photos, you will definitely see the “modern, fun, and energetic” side to Heather and Roger. The best type of clients!!! I love these two and the energy they shared with me during their e-session. To say that I’m excited for their fall wedding is an understatement! These guys make my “job” easy :) Thanks you two :)

Enjoy your Fourth of July weekend everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

Mike

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2015, M Palma Photography, engagement session, music center, downtown los angeles, dorthy chandler pavillion, nikon d810, couples

Happy Thursday everyone! This past weekend, I was given the honor and privilege to photograph the engagement session of good friends Michelle and Shannon for their upcoming wedding in less than two weeks! Yup, less than two weeks from now, we’ll be having even more fun photographing their big day! But before that, we were able to sit back, relax a bit, take our time, and photograph at the historic Pico House building in downtown Los Angeles, by Olvera Street. The Pico house itself has been around for over 100+ years and it was so cool to be able to photograph there, in the essentially empty building. We were given special permission to use the building’s inner courtyard for our shoot, and it turned out to be a fantastic session. I was LITERALLY giddy the entire time! Plus, Michelle and Shannon are two of the cutest people you’ll ever meet, and boy can that Michelle rock a photo session! Seriously! Love it when my brides to be are just so free and comfortable in front of a camera. Shannon was a rock star too, but let’s face it, the women tend to rock more than the men. Just saying!

The surrounding areas next to the Pico House are also very picturesque as well, and afterwards, we took a few photos in front of the Chinese American Museum (CAM). Shannon and Michelle have an affiliation with the museum, and because of them, we were able to photograph at the Pico House, so why not photograph the CAM as well? Plus, the brick building and the light we were getting were spectacular!

I had so much fun on this shoot, and want to thank Michelle and Shannon for being such great models for the day. Loved what they did! A big thanks to CAM and Pico House as well for letting us photograph in and around the building. What a beautiful venue!

And now, here is a sampling of our work from Saturday. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Love this series!

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Their wedding day shoes are going to rock even harder than these! So dapper though!

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A quiet moment :)

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Thanks again you two :) So excited for your big day!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by :) See you next time!

Mike

November 7, 2013 in Engagements

Hi everyone! I’m back! Well, I’ve been back, but after getting back from Hawaii, I had a few gigs to tend to, and then I got sick :( Be sure to wash your hands often! Now that I’m back to 100% health, I’m happy to be posting up this new entry of one of my recent engagement sessions.

Jill and Aaron are my latest wedding clients, with their wedding happening in early January. I originally met Aaron in a class he was teaching for the improv group I belong to (Cold Tofu). He’s a super talented guy with incredible wit, and just plain cool! When I found out that that he was getting married, I got to meet his lovely and equally cool fiance Jill, and from that point on, I knew that photographing their wedding would have to be a blast! Cause these two definitely are!!!

They chose the Giffith Park outdoor train museum as the backdrop for this shoot, and quite frankly it was loads of fun photographing this really sweet couple :) What I love most about them is their willingness to laugh, play, be silly, and just have a great time – AND do that in the middle of their engagement shoot.

I couldn’t be more happy to be photographing their wedding. These guys are just so fun and easy to work with. Plus, as noted, they were willing to try anything!

Can’t tell you enough how great a time I had with these two, and can’t thank them enough for letting me be their  photographer for their big day! So here are our results, complete with funny faces, sweet moments, and an homage to the “damsel in distress tied to the railroad tracks” old movie scene. Thanks again guys!

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As usual, thank you so much for stopping by :) Stay HEALTHY and see you next week!

Mike

 

Okay, I admit, I’ve gone M.I.A. the past two weeks :( My apologies. Once again, the AT&T internet failure bug hit our home which had me without internet over the July 4th holiday, and a small heat wave had me melting all over my office space – yuck! Thank goodness everything is back to “normal” and I am once again here to bring you some of my latest fun work!

This week’s post is about the engagement session (E-session) of one of my bestest friends and her equally awesome fiance, Blythe and John. I’ve known Blythe now for about 8 years, ever since we performed together in a little ditty over at East West Players years ago (“Imelda – A New Musical), and ever since we’ve been really great friends. I’ve photographed Blythe before on numerous occasions, and even bragged about how dancers make the best models (they certainly do!). You can even find some of our work in the pages of this blog.

When Blythe found Mr. Uber-Awesome Right, I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her big day, happening later this year in an undisclosed secret tropical location ;p  In preparation for that  day, we scheduled what started off as an overcast day to photograph them, which later turned into some great light, and some fun times; then again, I always make sure my photo sessions are fun, and we definitely had a lot of that that day :)

So here are a few of the images we created. You can clearly see how in love these two are, and what a beautiful couple they are! Seriously! Model quality through and through. I am definitely spoiled when it comes to everyone I photograph, EVERYONE.

Enjoy the photos :)

 

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 I love Blythe’s expressions here over John’s beach find.

 

 

 

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OF COURSE we’re going to do the “Titanic” bow scene, come on!

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Cool finds on the beach. A rusted old tool box.

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I specially ordered the plane in this photo. Cost an arm and a leg, but well worth it.

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I really can’t wait to get to their wedding in the fall. It was so fun to photograph these two, and further reiterate why I love what I do. Thanks for stopping by, and definitely see you next time! Have a great week everyone!

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August 20, 2012 in Engagements

Happy Tuesday everyone! I am so excited to share with you all this past weekend’s engagment-session taken at “the most joyous location on the planet “. (Due to certain copyright issues, I can’t really say where these were taken, but let’s say that a lot of people go there and it’s fun. ‘Nuff said!)


First off, I want to extend a HUGE thank you to the newly engaged couple – Crystal and Mark, for asking me to photograph their session. Mark and I worked together on our production of “Ordinary Days” earlier this year, and from the first moment I met him, I knew that he was one of the coolest guys I could ever meet, let alone work with. And now that he’s engaged to his equally “wow-tastic” fiance Crystal, here’s to a future power couple indeed! 

I really enjoyed hanging out with these two, who were not only a beautiful and handsome couple, but game for any type of shot I could suggest. And for that, thank you again guys!

On with the photos!
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Rockstars. Seriously. 
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Mark rockin’ it out GQ style. 
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Tell me that Crystal’s shoes DON’T rock – I dare you!
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It was like this all afternoon – fun and laughter. Seriously! :) 
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This photo cracks me up EVERY TIME. 
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Absolutely LOVE this photograph. 
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And there you have it :) An awesome, fun-filled afternoon with a great couple. I couldn’t ask for nicer people to be around for such an amazing day of shooting. Thanks to the “secret location”, you know, “the most joyous location on the planet” for their gorgeous backgrounds and hospitality :) 

Congratulations again on your engagement guys! I couldn’t be happier for both of you :)

All the best!

Mike