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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.

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

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope the start of May brings everyone prosperous news and generous gifts! Wow, May already?! What the?!!!

As my title reads, I had one heck of a week! It sounds a bit misleading, but each of those titles are one actual occurrence. Although wouldn’t it be cool if they all did happen all at once?! Why not?! Sadly, it didn’t but each one was fun ¬†nonetheless.

The week started with the “Look Fabulous” Tour, a seminar geared towards portrait/fashion studio lighting, with two of the best instructors in the fashion/commercial industry – Lindsay Adler and Lou Freeman. Each brought their lighting set-ups and gave us the opportunity to shoot on them, including the cool “Playboy” magazine lighting set-up! Wow!!!

 

Look Fabulous Tour, Lou Freeman, Playboy lighting

 

Ever wonder how Playboy does it? Here it is – ten, yes TEN light set up for starters…

Freeman, M Palma Photography, studio lighting, Playboy lighting, female model, seminar, tours, workshops, studio, profoto

Here’s the finished product – straight out of the camera, no processing. Incredible lighting!

 

 

 

Look Fabulous Tour, Lindsay Adler, Lou Freeman, fashion instructors

 

Here I am with the two instructors (L-R) Lou Freeman, and Lindsay Adler. Exceptional people and amazing instructors!

Thanks you guys :)

 

Monday brought about the 47th annual East West Players dinner gala honoring Asian-americans in film/tv/theater. Low and behold, the improv group I belong to, Cold Tofu, received a visionary award! Needless to say, we were thrilled to be honored :)

 

 

EWP, East West Players, 47th dinner gala, Kev Jumba, John Chu, Helen Ota, John Cho, M Palma Photography, events, actors, directors

My better half with John Cho, who presented Cold Tofu with our award.

EWP, East West Players, 47th dinner gala, Kev Jumba, John Chu, Helen Ota, John Cho, M Palma Photography, events, actors, directors

(L-R) Kev Jumba, Helen Ota (Cold Tofu), John Chu (Director), and John Cho

EWP, East West Players, 47th dinner gala, Kev Jumba, John Chu, Helen Ota, John Cho, M Palma Photography, events, actors, directors

The Cold Tofu gang with our award. I’m taking the photo, hence, not in it :( Yay to us!

Friday came along and I was able to finally get my good friend Kennedy K. in the studio to do some portraits of him. Kennedy is an amazing trapeeze/aerialist, and it was so cool to have him in studio finally! More to come with this awesome artist!

 

Kennedy Kabasares, Aerialist, Trapeeze artist, actor, performer, studio lighting, m Palma Photography, male, model

THE Kennedy Kabasares…

 

 

 

Kennedy Kabasares, Aerialist, Trapeeze artist, actor, performer, studio lighting, m Palma Photography, male, model

 

Kennedy with his aerial bar. This dude’s amazing! Trust me!

And finally, my yearly silly splurge happened for me this past weekend, the annual¬†Renaissance¬† Fair out in Irwindale, Calif. I’ve always had a liking towards the medieval times, and going to this fair just makes me feel happy. Plus, this was the first year I decided to rent a Renaissance costume – a knight! It was fun being in the midst of all the people and pretending to speak Elizabethan/Shakespearean. Hilarious!!! Good times indeed. Call me a big kid, but afterwards, I was a bit sad to have it all end, but there’s always next year!

 

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So there you have it! What a busy week! Couple all this with the arrival of my new “toy”/tool, the Fuji X100s, and it makes for a great week.

 

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Happy May to all of you!

Mike