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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 'Performances'

Happy Thursday everyone! I think we’ve survived the late summer heat wave – whew! Can you believe it?! Man, Mother Nature. Give us a break will ya?!

It’s been a busy week. Photographed an amazing wedding (on a boat!) in Newport Beach on Saturday, then, the rehearsals for our friends over at Artists At Play, who are preparing to open up their third mainstage production called “Cowboy vs. Samurai”. The folks over at AAP ALWAYS put on a great production, so I urge you all to go and see this show! More details over at their page (right HERE). And if you already know how great their work is, go straight to their ticket page HERE!

Sunday’s photo shoot was for their archives and marketing purposes, and being good friends with the gang, I was able to incorporate an impromptu studio shoot with them. (Besides, I had all my gear in my car from the wedding the day before!). In between rehearsal sections, I took each of the actors aside to make a portrait of them, in character, with whatever prop they had around that would hint towards their role. This show has some pretty cool set pieces and props, so it made for a cool session.

All photos were taken with my Lastolite EZ-Box, Nikon flashes using CLS, and my 70-200mm lens.

 

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Feodor Chin

 

 

 

 

 

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West Liang

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Vincent Gordh

 

 

 

 

 

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Julia Cho

 

 

 

 

 

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The cast of “Cowboy vs. Samurai” by Michael Golamco.

 

 

 

 

 

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A “Friends” moment, along side director Peter Kuo (center).

 

 

 

 

 

A huge thanks to AAP and the actors for allowing me to photograph their rehearsal. Can’t wait to see it when it opens up, next week! You should too! Till next time… have a great week!

Mike

Whew! I’ve been busy! I missed last week’s blog post entry due to the opening week of a musical that we are producing, and opening week sure does have a lot of stuff to entail. Nonetheless, opening was a success, as was opening weekend. It is such a thrill to be able to create something and present it to the public, especially something of this size and undertaking. 

The musical, entitled “Ordinary Days” is about the lives of four New Yorkers trying to figure out what their “life stories” are. The entire play is set to music, with no real dialogue, with the story told through the songs and interactions of the actors. It’s written by uber-talented composer Adam Gwon. I play the role of “Jason” in it, who tries to figure out his relationship situation with his love interest. You’ve really got to check it out!
I may have mentioned it before, but you can check out the behind the scenes photography on it at our our production blog. Click here to check it out. 
We still have two more weekends worth of performances, so if you want to catch this “singing photographer”, check out the site, and perhaps even purchase some tickets if you’re in the area. 
Before I leave you today, here’s a cast photo taken by a good friend of mine, Keri Kaba. All these people helped bring this vision/production to life, and we are most grateful to them for their talents and contributions :) Thanks guys!
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May 16, 2012 in Performances
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Happy Wednesday everyone! 


This past week has been spent working on my other project, that of producing the musical “Ordinary Days” with my girlfriend and co-producing partner Helen. We’ve spent countless hours at the Imagined Life Theater, where the show is going to be held, that we can say we practically live there! 

This past weekend was spent building and painting the sets, as well as rehearsing on them for the first time. Thanks to our uber set designer Chika Shimizu for her wonderful rendition of New York City, and to everyone who came out to help build and bring her vision to life. 

So, this week’s post is going to link you to the other other blog post about our project, as well as show you some of the behind the scenes photos I’ve been taking of the production. 

Click here to read up on all the happenings about the show, and should you be interested in coming to see it (which I hope you are!), click on this link for ticket info. 

We’re a week and a half from opening from a journey that began way back in 2010. Come out and see how we do :) 

Thanks for stopping by, and see you next week!

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December 20, 2011 in Performances, Portraits

Christmas week 2011! How are you all doing? Hope everyone is doing great and that the holidays are treating you all well :) I’ve been wanting to say this for quite sometime now, but I wanted to say hello and thank you too all my international blog followers! Yes, YOU! All the folks from Brazil, France, Italy, and Russia (with the most numbers of followers), and to all the terrific people in Canada, Germany, Spain, Finland, and the United Kingdom – holla! I appreciate you guys clicking onto this little old web log of mine, and just wanted to say thanks :) Wherever you may be, may the holiday season bring you joy and happiness :) 

In the middle of all the seasons’ happenings, I have finally turned the corner in terms of finishing off my final performance obligation – A Little Tokyo Christmas Goes to Las Vegas! show. In it’s second year, it basically brings together talent from the Asian American acting community, with most, if not all of us having been in an East West Players show at one point or another. What a hugely talented pool of performers – from dancers, to singers, and even acrobats, etc. It was such a honor to be on stage with some talented friends, and even though we only had two shows, we felt as though we could have done more! It was also nice to see friends that we sadly don’t get to see that often, other than perhaps this one show a year. 
Here are a few images I took during the dress rehearsal and the show itself. 
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Although you can’t see everyone performing, this was a huge night of TALENT!
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Our friend Melody killing it while singing “Proud Mary”
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One more of the AMAZING Kennedy during his aerial trapeze number. 
It is such a honor and thrill to be a part of this community of artists :) Thanks to our friends Mike H. and Emily K. for putting it on again this year. Great work everyone :) See you next year – for sure!
Is it just me or are Christmas cards coming in late this year? As of this writing, Tuesday, December 20, we’re now hitting full stride as to receiving everyone’s cards. Last year, the onslaught started at the beginning of December. Go figure! 
Adding to the “late” mailers is my cousin ;p I spent monday over at her house photographing my adorable nieces and nephews for their card. Hard work? Nah. Fun times with people a lot shorter (and younger) than you? You bet!!!
Here are a few images from our Christmas card shoot. 
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My nieces and nephew, the Taylors :) 
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That’s it for now. I’m slowly but surely cruising into Christmas. It’ll be here soon enough. 
Till next time, I wish you and your families a joyous Christmas and holiday season :) Thanks for stopping by, and see you next time! Oh, and don’t forget to take photos of all the parties and gatherings you go to! Would love to see them sometime! I’ll see about getting them posted up next time :) Bye everyone!
Merry Christmas!
December 14, 2011 in Headshots, Performances

Whoa! We’re 11 days away from Christmas! How is everyone doing? Hopefully, your shopping is all done, and your literally just relaxing waiting for the rush to happen, and then ease into the New Year :) 

For me, the week was spent preparing for the annual Grateful Crane Ensemble’s Christmas show in Torrance this past weekend. Couple that with a headshot shoot of one my friends, include a Cold Tofu show, and yet another two holiday parties, and that makes for one busy week! 
So, that being said, here are some images from the week. 
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During rehearsals :) 
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I wish I was small enough to do this still! Aydin, one of our cast members during rehearsals for the show. Cool hat BTW.
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What the holidays are all about – laughter and good friends :) 
Finally, here are a few images of my session with my friend Rumi. Fun times!
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One more Christmas show to perform in this week, and then it’s “smooth” sailing until X-mas, well, until two weddings before the year ends.
Have a terrific week everyone! Happy Holidays!