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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.

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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Happy Wednesday everyone! Sorry about the lack of posts lately, the other project/production I’ve been working on (happily) has taken up so much of my time, that it’s been challenging to post new stuff as of late. But thanks for checking in nonetheless. :)


As the title of this post says, in Hollywood, there’s an old adage that says “Never work with Kids or animals” in scenes, or movies, as they easily steal the scene or movie away from you. I have to say that I TOTALLY AGREE with that bit of advice. It’s cause they are so cute and just plain raw with emotion that’s REAL. They can’t really make stuff up, cause they’re kids (or animals) and that’s what makes them so watchable and believable. 

Monday, I had the opportunity to shoot my good friend Cindera’s daughter Dyllen for her first set of headshots for her foray into the print world of Hollywood. She’s a whirlwind! So easy to direct, knows her angles, knows how to move (well, her mom is a professional dancer/instructor), and is just a plain joy to work with and be around. Unbeknownst to them, I had to keep up with her throughout the shoot – you would too if you had to photograph a ball of 10 year old energy! 

Here’s a sampling of our work together, some of which shows how much fun we had, as well as some of my picks from her session. 

A huge thanks goes out to her parents, Cindera and Ryan, and of course to Dyllen for being such a sport during our shoot. Thanks guys!

Oh, and thanks to the “animal” who makes a little cameo in one of the shots here. Again, like they say, never work with kids and animals… you get the picture ;p

Enjoy!

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My favorite of the session. 
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Dyllen doing her “The Rock” impression. 
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Hey, who let that cute dog onto the set?! 
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Again, you try keeping up with a 10 year old! Fun times!
A super-terrific, fun-tastic headshot session with a great kid. Thanks again guys :) And great job Dyllen! Now go get ‘em!
Till next time, have a great week! 
Mike

Categories: Headshots, Kids