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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I‘m a day late in trying to get a post up this week cause I’ve been contemplating a huge purchase. For the longest time now, I’ve been doing double duty working on both a PC and a Macbook, but it seems now that it’s time for me to move solely over to a Mac. And in my case, a Mac Pro desktop system. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet on it, but I’m close! Had to do the ritual research of mine before making the right decision on which system to get. Trust me, when I get interested in something, I get really interested in it!

Oh, and not to imply that Macs are the “dark” side of the computing world, but to some PC’ers, they may think so. I’ll keep you updated on the purchase soon.

I have a great shoot coming up this Sunday with my bride and groom Sandy and Michael in the South Bay. Can’t wait! Images up next week. Till then, enjoy your week everyone, and if you have any comments on my future purchase, please, do tell!

Now that school
has begun and summer is nearly done, we’re only 116 days away from Christmas!
Yup, it’s that time again to think about those family holiday cards. For a
limited time (and quantity), M Palma Photography is offering a special discounted
family portrait session specifically geared towards those holiday cards. Here’s
what you get:


A two hour
portrait session, either on location or at your home

One holiday
card design, ready for printing and output (choose from six designs)

Options to
purchase prints, canvases, etc. of photos from the session


This holiday
portrait package, usually priced at $450.00, can be purchased for a special
price of only $250.00 This is available for a limited time only (or until
quantities run out). *Terms and conditions apply


So what are you
waiting for?  This year, have your
Christmas card professionally created and one that your friends and family will
remember and appreciate.


Contact M Palma
Photography today at info@mpalmaphotography.com
for more details.

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Limited quantities available; subject to change or end without notice;
open to Southern California residents only. Offer is good for one
portrait session and design of one (1) card – cards to be
ordered/reproduced at
client’s expense; one session per family only.

August 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

In honor of the 100th person to “Like” my M Palma Photography page, the 100th “Liker” is Jessica K.! She will be receiving an 11×14 print of any photograph on my blogsite. Congrats Jessica! Thanks everyone for “liking” too :) More to come so stay tuned :)


July 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Happy Tuesday everyone :) Hope everyone had a terrific July 4th holiday, filled with family and friends, and celebration of our nation’s birthday :) I surely did. Big thank yous go out to our friends, Florezel & Felix, and Alden, for bringing back the old 4th of July party at their place. It was on hiatus for a year or two, so having it back this time was great! Got to see old friends, and have some terrific food. These guys are BBQ experts, seriously! Again, a huge thank you for the invite and the hospitality.

Also, just a quick note, a friend of mine lent me his Leica M6 film camera last week, and I’ve been shooting old school with one of the finest and most legendary cameras of all time! What a thrill! It’s just weird, cause after I press the shutter button, I’m so inclined to look at the back of the camera (just kidding – kinda). Shooting roll film is like putting something on lay-a-way and hoping for a great present later. I still have a few rolls left, so nothing to see yet!

Lastly, I’m purposely not posting anything here today. Not cause I didn’t shoot, or have anything worthwhile. I just wanted to “dedicate” this blog entry to my aunt who passed away last Friday night after a heroic battle against cancer. She was one of my favorite aunts growing up, and my memories of San Diego definitely go through her and her house, and all the shenanigans she had to put up with, with us. I guess I’m getting to that age when aunts and uncles begin to show signs of their age, and in a way, all of us youngsters are now taking over for them, as they did for us as we grew up. It’s hard to face up to reality sometimes, especially with the loss of those you love, but in order to grow, we must all face up to it, and cherish the times we have had with those who matter most. I just want to say thank you to my aunt, “Tita” Becky, for everything. We love you, and will sorely miss you :)

Have an awesome week everyone. Hug the ones you love. :)

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

Not too much in the way of photography this past week, but more in terms of my other artistic endeavors including a long form improv show with Cold Tofu last week Thursday, and a great dinner with friends at Little Tokyo’s Daikokuya Ramen restaurant (can you say “food coma”?). 
The reason why I entitled today’s post different perspectives is because of the approach I took with a common Little Tokyo icon, the Yagura Fire Tower. A sight I’ve seen for many years and have photographed instinctively. Over the years I’ve taken a photo of the tower similar to this one (scoured from a random website, not my photograph), as do most people. Heck, if you were following me during my Europe trip, I took a lot of shots like this as well. This is not to say that it’s a bad shot, but more of what I would consider an establishing shot, akin to what you’d see on film and TV, something to give the view a sense of what you’re shooting, context. 
What most people do is stop there. They figure, “I’ve got the shot of _________, so I’m good”, but there’s so much more work to be done if you want to get a great photo of a commonly photographed place. 
Take for instance a trip I took to Seattle a few years ago. What’s a trip to Seattle without seeing and photographing the Space Needle? Here’s a shot I took of this Seattle icon. 
It’s not a bad photo. It gives you some context as to where it’s at, there’s a cool carousel in the front, and you instinctively know it’s the Space Needle, right? This is probably the shot everyone takes once they get close enough to it. The only thing missing is the “I am here!” photo taken with the people in it. It’s at this point most people put the camera back into their bags and then head over to food stands. 
BUT, should you want a more unique perspective/photo of the icon, turn around, get low, get high, sit, lay down, do whatever you can and find that shot that will make people say “Cool shot!” vs. “Oh, the Space Needle”. 
After I shot the photo above, I literally turned around, took a breath, and saw this photo:
Sure, my only gripe is that there is a light inside the building, but otherwise, a “cool” shot of an iconic place. The point I’m making here is look for different angles, “framing”, perspectives. 
Now, back to Little Tokyo’s Fire tower. 
After having shot it over the years, it FINALLY hit me to try something new, use some of my past photo experiences on this structure. Here’s what I came up with:
Similar idea, unique perspective. You still know what it is, but presented in a different way. 
Here’s another one, framing the tower between two building columns:
My only gripe here is that there’s a car in the foreground, but you get the idea. 
So the point of this post is, change your perspective. Heck, try with everything, not just photography. You’ll see things in a different light, and it may surprise you. 
Lastly, as mentioned, we had our long form improv show last week Thursday with the incomparable Rodney Kageyama as our guest host. What a blast! Rodney is a veteran actor, having appeared in some of Hollywood’s monster hits over the years (including Karate Kid, Gung Ho, etc.). He’s a kick in the pants to work with, and we were grateful to have him there with us. Thanks Rodney!
Here’s a photo of Rodney and Cold Tofu member, Aaron, goofing around in the green room pre-show:
Speaking of perspective, it was kinda cool that both of them had their legs crossed similarly:
That’s it for this week everyone. Have a huge weekend of shooting this upcoming week, including a photo workshop entitled “Photographing the Figure” as well as a Sunday booked with headshots. Should be fun! 
Also, if you’re in the LA area and want to see us do long form improv again, we do have a show this upcoming Thursday, June 9th, with ABC 7’s anchor David Ono as our guest host. Check the Cold Tofu website for details! Thanks as always for stopping by, and see you next week!