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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Happy Wednesday everyone! How has your week gone so far?


As for me, being a photographer, I’m always on the lookout for anything and everything that inspires me. Everything from magazines, music,  movies, TV, etc., anything that’ll help keep those creative juices flowing. 

This past weekend, I was able to visit the Getty Museum’s Herb Ritts L.A. Style exhibition way up in the hills of the Westside. (And when I say hill, I do mean, HILL.) If you ever get a chance to go to the Getty Museum, go, regardless of what’s showing there. The museum itself is such a beautiful place, and their permanent collections are amazing as well. (Monet, Manet, Van Gogh – you name it!). 

This trip was made to see the amazing photography work of the late, great Herb Ritts. An artist whose work you have seen over the years, but perhaps never knew who was the man behind them. He directed videos for Madonna, Michael and Janet Jackson, Chris Isaac, etc., all in his signature black and white style. Beautiful work indeed. But before he was a video and commercial director, he honed his incredible skill on photography. Amazingly beautiful, elegant, sexy, deep, and rich photography. 

For this particular exhibit, the Getty highlighted his L.A. work. That of fashion models, and celebrities alike. I’d say 99.9% of it shot in black and white. Such gorgeous tones and compositions. Truly inspiring. I am fortunate to have been able to witness it first hand (and so can you, as it runs until August 26th, 2012!). 

Nonetheless, photography wasn’t allowed in those galleries (and who can blame them), but you can check out his work anywhere on the web. Just google his name. 

After heading out of the exhibit, Helen and I walked the spacious grounds of the Getty, inspired, and happy to be out and about in the beautiful L.A. weather! 

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Herb Ritts inspired lighting. 
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What a great outing. If you get the chance, visit the Getty, or any other museum while you’re at it. Regardless of why you go, you’ll definitely get inspired to do something outside of your normal day to day activities. Or perhaps, see the world differently in a way you’ve never seen it before :) 



Lastly, I changed my Facebook profile photo. Finally. After a heck of a long time. 
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Enjoy the rest of your week everyone :) Thanks for stopping by :) 

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