December 31, 2012

♪ On The 10th Day of Fabulous of 2012 ♪

♪ On the 10th Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

Sky(sky.michaelpyoung.com)

Sky....dang, I want a name like Sky...cool name, cool personality, and cool look.  This high school senior musician has a lot going for him and I feel so fortunate to have gotten the honor of shooting his high school senior portraits.
Visit his ShareIt! site and his blog writeup where the thoughts of Rolling Stones Magazine, warm honey, and English Muffins describes my take on the vibe this fantastic young man brought to this photo shoot...

ShareIt Site: sky.michaelpyoung.com
Photo Shoot Blog Post:  http://blog.michaelpyoung.com/2012/10/warm-honey-english-muffins-and-guy.html

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!
Michael P. Young

December 30, 2012

♪ On The 9th Day of Fabulous of 2012 ♪

♪ On the 9th Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

Andrea, Baby, and a pair of pink shoes!

Momma Andrea's photo shoot was a fabulous example of the beautiful fire of mother and child.  And oh my goodness, did  baby love her pink shoes!

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!
Michael P. Young

December 29, 2012

♪ On The 8th Day of Fabulous of 2012 ♪

♪ On the 8th Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

Daniel(daniel.michaelpyoung.com)

Daniel was my man of intrigue this year.  The guy is a multi-talented young man from his accomplishments in track, playing the piano, blowing the horn, and chess.  During part of the photo shoot in their gorgeous house for the piano lifestyle shots, he played for us and it was beautiful.  I've never been so relaxed while shooting to the rich melodies from a live grand piano being played so gracefully.  It was an awesome experience....one picture could not do justice in depicting the multiple talents of this young man...
Visit his ShareIt! site and his blog writeup for more fabulous intrigue!  It was definitely one of our longest photo shoots to date!

ShareIt Site: daniel.michaelpyoung.com
Photo Shoot Blog Post:  http://blog.michaelpyoung.com/2012/08/daniel-man-of-intrigue.html

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!
Michael P. Young

December 28, 2012

♪ On The 7th Day of Fabulous of 2012 ♪

♪ On the 7th Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

Erica(erica.michaelpyoung.com)

We had a most fabulous photo shoot with Erica that took us into the canyons of Los Alamos.  I love the variety of landscapes and gracious sunlight of Los Alamos scenery and it did us justice on this photo shoot where we probably trekked close to a mile and a half to different locations for Erica's shots.  

ShareIt Site: erica.michaelpyoung.com

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!
Michael P. Young

December 27, 2012

♪ On The 6th Day of Fabulous of 2012 ♪

♪ On the 6th Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

Cecilia(cecilia.michaelpyoung.com)

Cecilia is an amazing young lady.  Captain of her soccer team, homecoming queen, and a fashion style of strength and grace.  Her photo shoot was as diverse as it gets.  Our creative planning session was awesome!  Mother Nature graced us with beautiful snow and a very crispy sunny day.  And yes, I know I'm cheating showing one picture with three images, but the uniqueness of what Cecilia brought to the table for this photo shoot was undeniably out of this world.  Her presence in the studio, in the snow, and at location was phenomenal.  The black and white tunnel shot was taken at a location used in the film "Let Me In" and provided a fantastic industrial-stylized location that Cecilia rocked with ease and grace in the frigid confines of that tunnel!
Visit her ShareIt! site for more fabulous snow scene shots, additional lifestyle tunnel shots, and gorgeous studio shots (especially with a special pair of red sparkly Converse shoes!)

ShareIt Site: cecilia.michaelpyoung.com
Photo Shoot Blog Post:  http://blog.michaelpyoung.com/2012/01/cecilia-santa-fe-senior.html

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!
Michael P. Young

December 26, 2012

♪ On The 5th Day of Fabulous of 2012 ♪

♪ On the 5th Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

(For the 12 Days of Fabulous I'm choosing my most favorite image from a randomly chosen 2012 client photoshoot...oh and the title is sung, of course like the 12 Days of Christmas, with the 2012 sung like Twe-eh-eh-nty-twelve!)

Jordan and Parker

Jordan and Parker are a brother and sister duo that made us laugh and were tons of fun to be around...and this picture gives me goosebumps...not for any technical merit on my part, but THEM!  Jordan is a lovely young lady with a fabulous beauty, grace and whit.  Parker would be a natural in front of any commercial photographer's lens.
 


Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!
Michael P. Young

December 25, 2012

♪ On The 4th Day of Fabulous of 2012 ♪

♪ On the 4th Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

(For the 12 Days of Fabulous I'm choosing my most favorite image from a randomly chosen 2012 client photoshoot...oh and the title is sung, of course like the 12 Days of Christmas, with the 2012 sung like Twe-eh-eh-nty-twelve!)

Michael

Michael is very special to me...he is my son.  Michael blew out his knee his senior year playing football.  And he and I made many trips to Vail for his knee.  During one of his follow up appointments, I took his senior picture while we were there.  He's a little boy to me always, but is growing into a fabulous young man by the minute and has taken the bull by the horns in college.  It goes without saying, but I'm gonna say it anyways...I'm so very proud of him and God has blessed me.
 


Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!
Michael P. Young

December 24, 2012

My Christmas Eve Prayer for You.

 Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year


As Christmas day draws near, and we draw near to those we love this Holy Eve, my prayer for all my friends near and far:
May the deliverance of all that is good be yours to harvest. May you and your loved ones be kept in the mercy of safety and comfort. And may the New Year find you protected from anxiety with peace in each of your days.


Michael P. Young

♪ On The 3rd Day of Fabulous ♪

♪ On the 3rd Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

(For the 12 Days of Fabulous I'm choosing my most favorite image from a randomly chosen 2012 client photoshoot...oh and the title is sung, of course like the 12 Days of Christmas, with the 2012 sung like Twe-eh-eh-nty-twelve!)

Miranda (miranda.michaelpyoung.com)

Miranda has a style and grace that is fabulous!  She is a young lady with confidence, flair, and a genuine heart of compassion and joy.  And OH! how she tricked us during the photo shoot in her modeling grace!  I have to admit I thought she was going to be timid and shy in front of the camera...but she truly surprised us and her parents once she got in front of the lens, it was pure magic.

I'm actually going to cheat on this one and show two shots.  The shot above was not planned.  While we were waiting for the sun to go down for the shot below, I thought it would be cool to get a couple of shots in a burned area of the mountains just a short way up the mountain...so we jaunted to the location and set this shot up...Miranda was such a natural.  I love this shot not only because it's freaking cool, but because it reminds me of my second guiding principle and executing on it by following my photographer's heart when shooting my clients...think outside of the box and create something unique and special each time.

When we were done with this shot and the light was just right, we headed back down to our original location to get this shot.  I thought I'd show both as they are interconnected in a story of spontaneity....and trust me, you will want to visit her ShareIt! site to see just how natural and fabulous she rocked her high school senior photo shoot!
Visit her ShareIt! site and photo shoot blog post at the links below!

ShareIt Site: miranda.michaelpyoung.com
Photo Shoot Blog Post:  http://blog.michaelpyoung.com/2012/08/miranda-you-tricked-us.html

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!
Michael P. Young

December 23, 2012

♪ On The 2nd Day of Fabulous ♪

♪ On the 2nd Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

(For the 12 Days of Fabulous I'm choosing my most favorite image from a randomly chosen 2012 client photoshoot...oh and the title is sung, of course like the 12 Days of Christmas, with the 2012 sung like Twe-eh-eh-nty-twelve!)

Raul (raul.michaelpyoung.com)

Raul is a fantastic young man full of ambition and dedication.  He's extremely polite and full of awesomeness in his heart.  He's a great athlete and he always takes time to say hi to me when we both happen to be at the YMCA at the same time...I don't know if teens realize it, but when you come up to old farts like me and say hi, it does our souls good!

I chose this shot from his photo shoot...what's funny is this particular shot was not planned.  Sometimes the best shots are the ones that are candid.  While we were setting up for a shot, I looked over at Raul and bam!  I have learned over the years to always have the camera ready and for this one I'm glad I did.  

Visit his ShareIt! site to see more of this great young man's fabulous fire at http://raul.michaelpyoung.com.

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!

Michael P. Young

December 22, 2012

♪ On The 1st Day of Fabulous of 2012 ♪

♪ On the 1st Day of Fabulous of 2012...♪

(For the 12 Days of Fabulous I'm choosing my most favorite image from a randomly chosen 2012 client photoshoot...oh and the title is sung, of course like the 12 Days of Christmas, with the 2012 sung like Twe-eh-eh-nty-twelve!)

Gillespie Family (gillespie.michaelpyoung.com)

We start the 12 Days of Fabulous with the Gillespie Family!  This was the photo shoot that my youngest daughter assistant said was the funnest photo shoot ever.  And my most favorite image from this photo shoot?


I LOVE black and white and I love this picture for the story it tells in what THIS happy family unit looks like.  Add some Ghost Ranch scenery with Abiquiu lake in the background and this is my fav...

Feel free to visit their ShareIt site and photo shoot blog post at the links below!

ShareIt Site: gillespie.michaelpyoung.com
Photo Shoot Blog Post:  http://blog.michaelpyoung.com/2012/11/clarity-of-minds-eye-through-family.html

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!
Michael P. Young

December 20, 2012

Reflecting on the Year - Roll The Sleeves Up and Punch Fear In Its Face

High Five to facing fear!
A couple of daddy-isms over the next couple of days as I wind down the year and reflect back on the year.

Daddyism #2: For the majority of us, life demands you to roll up your sleeves, get into the mess of things, make mistakes, and get your butt chewed every once in a while to keep you grounded.  And low and behold, as you work your way through it all you get better and better at the execution of your passion, while gaining humility, wisdom, patience and finally, respect for the unique bit of artistry you forged.

I have come to the realization that fear of failure is a death wish, and if not confronted and dealt with, will lead me absolutely to the end of my creativity and passion inside the rabbit hole of photography.

I realize that in order to grow, I must put forth my best effort, work tirelessly, and get knocked down by the constructive criticism, the destructive criticism, and actually try and push through the fear of doing those things that have a bigger chance of failing than the safer mediocre attempts....for whether my attempt is a failure or a hit, either way I learn something from it and, if in the proper frame of mind,  grow from it...it's really a win-win...but hard as 'effing hell.

Some of my favorite resources on the matter:

Reflecting on the Year: Daddyism #1

A couple of daddy-isms over the next couple of days as I wind down the year and reflect back on the year.

Daddyism #1: I think success should not necessarily be measured by who you think you are, but how you engage the world and show it what you have to offer.


I think it is definitely important for one to believe in themselves, no doubt.  But sometimes, that, in and of itself, becomes ego.

The challenge is "finding yourself" as a creative, and then creating a positive way of offering what you have to offer in a way that benefits and creates value....

So how does one go about that?

It's tough.  But here are some people who I study and learn form to help me beat the fear of my own self, and try to put a best foot forward on bringing value to my clients and future prospects:

Simon Sinek's Start With Why
TOFURIOUS: Marketing Strategies for Smart Creatives
John Acuff: Author of the book Quitter

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!

Michael P. Young


December 17, 2012

Titanium: Power and Grace - Dignity and Respect


Each winter, I put the challenge upon myself to shoot at least one personal project.  And the inspiration and planning of these projects doesn't necessarily have to begin during the winter months!

As a father of two daughters, I'm always looking for ways to empower the importance of dignity and respect to young ladies through my photography and everyday living. And thanks to Kiana and Samantha participating in this photo shoot, they brought me one step closer to that dream.

This particular concept came to me a year and a half ago.  It all started when we were watching a local high school volleyball game.  As I watched the game, a young lady by the name of Kiana came up to serve.

It's not often you see jump serves in high school, or at least executed well...but when I saw her serve for the first time, her jump serve was exquisite.  I totally got the chills and was reminded of an image Dave Black once took of Kevin Barnett during the 2000 World Volleyball Championships.

November 30, 2012

Clarity of the Mind's Eye Through a Family

Oh yes, I knew this family photo shoot was going to be cool, but not to the extent in which it came to pass...and oddly, a small whisper of a revelation days later brought clarity to the mind's eye of this elusive craft that consumes my passion...

The moment of clarity came a moment after the photo shoot where not but 5 seconds upon entering the van to depart from this fabulous photo shoot, my 14 year old daughter assistant stated with gusto "That was the funnest photo shoot ever!"

November 27, 2012

Baseball Photography Holy Grail...Ball on Bat Baby!

It's hard to deny the absolute gut wrenching, "oh my god I got it!" moment when you realize you got the holy grail of baseball photography of ball on bat.  The compression of the ball, and bend of the bat, as a sports photographer it's one of the best feelings ever.  Without the kids who have the talent, though, the shot would never be there to get captured.
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.
Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!

Michael P. Young

November 26, 2012

Mother Nature’s got Game!

Over the Thanksgiving break, I was looking through past photos and I came across these...
A couple of winters ago, I was treated to a very cool moment of mother nature's artistry at work!

During on of those wintery days, I went out to clear off the truck the snow from the night before and as I was walking around the front of the truck to the passenger side...

Truck Antenna
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.


 I then looked over at the mailbox and noticed the crystalline structures has formed on it too...what a treat! 
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!

Michael P. Young

November 23, 2012

From the Corner of Your Eye

Throughout the history of man there have been quite a few learned men that have acknowledged life's varied "still small voices". You may know some of them...a woman's intuition... gut feelings...the Holy Spirit...

I'd like to introduce you to one of the others. Like the other still small voices, I don't always listen to it. And I usually regret it when I don't. That voice I'm talkiing about is the corner of the photographers eye...you know...the corner of your eye that catches a scene and the photographer in you tells you "Oohh, that would make a cool picture!" as you do a double take of the scene. If I'm lucky, I'll actually have some sort of camera with me (see Chase Jarvis' " The Best Camera Is The One That's With You" ).  And if I'm luckier still, I'll actually have time to stop and attempt a snap.  Unfortunately, I can't count the number of times I passed up on the opportunity to take the snap, or I didn't trust in the small corner of my eye talking to me.

But on occassion, I did listen.  Here are a few of the snaps I have taken in the past as a result of the Corner of My Eye.

This one was taken while we were in Dallas.  My wife was at a training, so I had the kids with me as we walked in Downtown Dallas.  As we were walking, the corner of my eye caught a glimpse of this cool building.  As it was framed nicely between the trees, I told the kids to hold up, and after dealing with their "omg, dad, not another picture" sighs, I pulled my Nikon D70 up to my eye and snapped this shot.  To this day, it is one of my favorites.
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.
The next shot I call God's Thumb.  It was near the time that the movie "Holes" came out.  In that movie was a small mountain out in the middle of nowhere called God's thumb.  I could see a slight resemblance to a thumb.  However, when I was walking the canyons of Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, I caught this scene out of the corner of my eye and said to myself, "Now that's a thumb!"
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.
This next one will probably get me in trouble.  We were driving back home from a vacation.  As I was changing lanes and looking over my shoulder, you guessed it, I caught this image of my wife and son sleeping out of the corner of my eye.  The "like mother like son" moment was too precious. Shot this picture over my shoulder...had to keep my eyes on the road, so framing wasn't perfect.
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.
The last one I want to share with you is one I took way too many years ago when I was a kid.  I was out playing around with my dad's Kodak Retinette 1A manual camera.  As I turned around I caught out of the corner of my eye my dog, Champ, cooling down in a bed of this flowery ground cover we had in our yard.   I set aperture and shutter and snapped this shot.  For my birthday, my mom and dad had the shot blown up and framed.  I still have it to this day hanging in my studio.
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.
Believe it or not, I still have the camera!
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons.

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!

Michael P. Young

November 22, 2012

They never said it would be easy..but then again maybe it shouldn’t be.


So I preface my thoughts here with two caveats: 1)  They are my observations of the symbiotical human nature/life thing, 2) I have no idea WHY human nature is what it is other than it's what God decided to do in his ultimate wisdom that cannot be fathomed fully by the created.

For a majority of us, we must work to get where we want to go and do what we want to do.  And not always does it work out.  Some wash out, some rise to fame, some content themselves with mediocrity, and some are in denial.

There are a few born into this world that have not had to work to be successful nor had to figure out what they want to be successful at or figure out what it is going to take to try and be successful.  For the sake of this attempted elucidation, let's ignore those people.

To each of us our measure of success varies, but in the end we usually have to work hard to obtain a level of success by which we measure ourselves.  Some have to work hard being schooled, and some have to work hard schooling themselves.  As I grow older and my kids grow older, I find contentment in the hard work I have endured to get where I am today as a husband, father, business owner, and photographer (and trust me, EACH is it's own labor of love path).  I can only wish the same for my children who are of a generation mesmerized by a society of instant gratification that humanity has never really seen before.

It's a double edged sword that we live in a world of instant gratification.  While on one side we are lucky to live in a time when access to information and fun and money is easier to come by than in the days of our parents and grandparents.  And I am amazed by those who feel they should be able to be successful by just showing up.  For the lazy, they don't understand why success cannot be theirs..I mean they can get instant information, instant credit, instant toys, and spend all their time with instant messaging and instant fun.  So they wonder, "What the heck?!  Where's the instant career?"

Then there are those who realize there is no such thing as becoming a professional or expert instantly.  They understand the concept of earning their stripes.  Life is strange in that it requires humans to put effort into becoming successful.  There is an odd symbiotic synergy between life and human nature this way.

It seems that success in anything is something one has to earn through blood, sweat, tears, and time.   Anything less and you run the risk of becoming a one hit wonder that people quickly forget when your instant win cannot provide you the staying power to be consistent.  I think this is what made the days of apprenticeship turn out artisans of a craft or trade and winnowed out the hacks and the wannabes.  Yes, for the majority, life demands you to roll up your sleeves, get into the mess of things, make mistakes, and get your butt chewed every once in a while to keep you grounded.  And low and behold, as you work your way through it all you get better and better at your trade or craft, while gaining humility, wisdom, patience and finally, respect for the unique bit of artistry you forged and added to your execution of the trade.  None of these are ever obtained "instantly".

Many years ago I fell in love with photography and videography.   For several years now I have been endeavoring to work my butt off to be the best photographer I can be for those who are entrusting me to capture that coolness of life they love, while still attempting to be the best husband and father and bread winner I can be to support my family.  I work a non photography job by day 8-5; I study the photography masters by early morning; I manage our small family photography business by night;  and I work photography shoots everywhere in between.

I live for hard work, and I've danced dangerously close to the cliff of the work-a-holic on more occasions than I should have.  But by the grace of God I know where my priorities are with my wife and kids, and by the grace of God I have not lost my wife or kids when I imperfectly danced the work-a-holic dance.  I have a vision of where I want to be, and I have set goals and measures to guide my path.  However, none of it's "instant oat meal" and nobody is giving me a guarantee that any of it will amount to a hill of beans.  There's a high probability I may not even be able to stay the course in this thing called photography, but there are guiding lights that motivate me and steer me.

At present, I kind of have three photography guiding lights (Joe McNally, Zack Arias, & Chase Jarvis) I like to follow.  As I read their bios and watch their careers, I am confronted by their stories and journeys....they are not instant...they are real, humble, downright honest and they earned their knowledge the hard way;  and they are not afraid to share.  They apply their own unique artistry to the trade.  They try new things and they don't give up easily.  From what I can tell they have been through hell and back in all things "life"... relationships, fatherhood, industry and financial.  They are who they are today by where they have been yesterday.

I think success should not be measured by who you think you are, but how you engage the world and show it what you have to offer.

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique!

Michael P. Young

November 21, 2012

My First Camera...

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Holy cow!  I was going through an old "memory box" and found a Christmas picture from my youth, taken by one of my sisters.  In it was a snap of me and my very fist camera (the box on the left).  It was a Keystone Everflash XR108 that took 110 film...

As I sit here and look at this picture, I'm reminded of what an anal retentive weirdo I was growing up (some will say I'm still a weirdo with a good measure of anal retentive still lingering).  It was also the same Christmas I got a Firefox remote control truck!  Being the freak that I was back then,

October 30, 2012

Warm Honey, English Muffins, and a Guy Named Sky



sky.michaelpyoung.com

Meet Sky....Sky's photo shoot will go down as one of my photo shoots that made me feel like I was shooting for Rolling Stones Magazine.  He is a senior with a cool attitude, a cool guitar, and a cool sound, and a desire to go into Film Cinematography.  We met with Sky and his family a week before the shoot.  As soon as Diane and I met the young man, I knew we were in for a treat on this photo shoot.

Sometimes, there is just a vibe about a person in which when you meet them or see them, and the photo shoot just starts laying itself out inside your head.  The creative juices flow like warm honey on a hot English muffin just out of the toaster on a cold winter morning...and his guitar was the perfect cup of coffee (or maybe tea?) to go with that honey and English muffin!

As we got to the location, my eyeballs immediately tracked to a small rise in the meadow.  I seem to have a knack for identifying locations that make my subjects and assistants trek...but hey, that's why we get the shots that nobody else gets...anything for the shot, right? (Well, within reason of course)....

As we talked outfit and location, I saw this awesome rock (yup, a rock)

September 11, 2012

Never Forget

09/11/2001 - So many of us remember the resulting freakish warping of time and heartbeat in mid-stride when the news hit our consciousness...

August 29, 2012

The Blessed Fire of Mother and Child

I can say nothing more than this..I am always blessed beyond measure when I'm allowed to do what I love to do...photographing people...period.

Oh! how I was blessed last weekend when I was asked to photograph mother and child. This precious little baby was happily content and showed all the signs of being supremely loved and cared for by momma! And no other words will be necessary from this point forward in this post....

August 15, 2012

Miranda! You Tricked Us...

When we met with Miranda and her folks for the creative planning meeting, the ideas were flowing like honey perfectly warmed...sweet and effortless.  Miranda had done her homework...she was very articulate and focused on what she wanted and worked seamlessly in integrating herself into the creative planning...if I didn't know any better, I could have imagined I was sitting in front of a Fashion Director of a fashion magazine!

August 11, 2012

Daniel: Man of Intrigue

Creative planning....it is part of our process in shooting Senior Portraits.  Every teen has a fire of personality, style, and grace.  Our creative planning process engages our clients in a path of creativity in custom designing a photoshoot where all aspects of a Teen's fire come together to create fabulous images of their personality, style, and grace....the elements that make them who they are....And Danile's fire is an amazing combination of facets in talent, skill and athleticism.

Daniel is definitely one of the high school seniors that I wanted to be when I was in High School.  He's definitely a "Most Interesting Man of the World" type!

July 27, 2012

Steubenville West Youth Worship and Inspiration



Last weekend I had the privilege to be a chaperone for our Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish youth group as they attended the Steubenville West Youth Retreat in Tucson Arizona.  The event was hosted on the campus of the University of Arizona.

I went to this with a slight bit of arrogance and piety thinking I was "doing my part" as a Chaperone...but in the end I was blown away, that in fact, the youth of our Parish blessed me in their conviction and authenticity...Which has in turn strengthened my desire to drawing closer to the Lord and working harder in the exercise of my Catholic Faith! Praise be to God.  Never underestimate the inspiration of youth!!!!!

July 9, 2012

A Week of Black and White (and a little color)

This past week Diane and I have been on vacation.   We decided this year we would stay home, sleep in a bunch, and venture out on some day trips to areas around us that we always say..."gee...we need to go see that sometime...it's so close."

So our first trip on Monday was to go see Nambe Falls....unfortunately when we got there, the gate was closed and a sign said "closed 4th of July"...I guess they too were taking vacation for the week.  Bummer.

So we decided to just continue heading North to Taos and go see the Rio Grande Gorge, Taos Ski Valley, and then stroll the Taos Plaza.

I have been to the Rio Grande Gorge multiple times since I was a kid visiting it with my parents. For Diane it was her second time and Victoria her first. The bridge is one of the highest bridges in America and spans the Rio Grande River.  At the pinnacle of it's span, it rises 650 ft above the river.



While at the bridge, we took a moment to watch an incoming storm off the mountains....

June 26, 2012

The Art of Throwing Up

In high school, I had a track coach that told me that if I wasn't throwing up after a workout, then I wasn't pushing myself to new performance levels...needless to say...I had a few times during the season where I got to live the art of pushing yourself beyond your limits...I freaking HATED it...but by golly..he was right!


May 29, 2012

New Promotional Video

Yay!  I finally got our new promotional video done.  We will be placing it into the local movie theaters pre-movie advertising rotation sometime late July...it is also now our landing page for our website.

If you are interested, we got the killer music from Killer Tracks.  The song title is The Inside Story.  Hover your mouse over the bottom right of the video screen and click on the icon there for full screen viewing....


We did a special video session with two of our seniors to capture footage specifically for use in this video.  And then of course used other portrait assets for the stills.  This was a very exciting project to say the least.  And of course, if you decide to do something like this for yourself, make sure you have the proper model releases and music licensing.

Until next time:

Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique

Michael P. Young

May 3, 2012

The Last Dance




It was prom for my son, Michael Jr,  last weekend.  His girlfriend's name is Alicia.  A great young lady.

Michael and Alicia were going to the prom with another couple.  This is Michael's senior year in high school, so I wanted to get good pictures of this last prom.

So we headed down to Alicia's house to meet up with all the crew and family from both couples.  We love going down to Alicia's parents house.  We are always guaranteed a bunch of  laughing and sore cheeks from smiling too much...wait, when can someone ever smile "too" much!

April 17, 2012

Volleyball!

Over Easter weekend, we had the great pleasure of attending a volleyball tournament there.  What an awesome town...if you get a chance go visit St. Columba church there too...the Easter Vigil Mass was awesome.

We had a great time at the games.  Really enjoyed the Ft. Lewis College games...what a beautiful campus and scenery!


 And then we had fabulous volleyball action for two days...it was awesome and the girls did fantastic!


April 5, 2012

Soul of a Senior Portrait

The Soul of a Senior Portrait

by Michael P. Young



Of what is this passion that burns in my heart/ For the use of an instrument that creates such art/ of a portrait unique of their child inspired/ where a capture of time is truly desired.


A time they wish had never arrived/ from a moment in time that love derived./ This portrait, this photograph, this image is true/ of a child grown up with horizons blue.

To me there remains a connection direct/That I tell my heart to never forget:/ 'tween my passion and soul there remains a test/ when the click of the shutter my heart does arrest.

Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique

Michael P. Young

January 16, 2012

Cecilia: Santa Fe Senior

I just love a photoshoot that has a spirit of creativity.  Cecilia came to the shoot loaded for bear with outfits!

We had a great round of indoor fashion sets and then some fabulous outdoor urban sets that are to die for.  On the day before the shoot, I went out and found a great location for the snow shots that still had some great undisturbed snow.  For some of the shots, I was really in snow heaven while I was laying flat on my chest in the snow...My winter jacket and my AWESOME Columbia Titanium Bugaboots kept me warm and dry...

Cecilia was a true champion strutting her soccer shots in the tunnel.  Great job Cecilia!







 Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique

Michael P. Young

January 12, 2012

I Wasn't About To Say No!

I love personal projects. Do a photoshoot for fun...think outside the box...no time constraints...

For quite some time now, my little bean, Victoria,  has been assisting me during the photoshoots.  And for some time now, she's been wanting to get her own photoshoot.  For months, she's been planning, and thinking about her photoshoot.  So when she came to me and said she wanted to execute the shoot during the winter break, my heart was full of positive emotion.  I was excited that she wanted to do this.  But even more excited for that father and daughter quality time together...she is my youngest, and trust me...once they start getting older it gets harder and harder to find any kind of time to spend with them, let a lone them even WANTING to spend time with you.  And this little bean is growing up fast...so this was a photoshoot and an opportunity I wasn't going to miss out on!

The weekend before, we all went down to Santa Fe to shop for her clothes and accessories.  She was in the drivers seat.  Mom provided input when asked.  I just watched, and paid the bill....without reservation.

Victoria thought it would be totally cool to do a snow shoot in the burn area of our mountains...we had a massive fire up here last summer...the Las Conchas Fire....


I just love this shot!

Part of the photoshoot was outdoors at a park in Santa Fe that has a huge old train in the middle of it...we wanted to utilize the train in the shots, but alas, they now have a large fence around it making it kind of suck....as we were figuring out ways to get shots, Victoria looked over at the Tennis ball courts, and saw the snow on the courts had melted and with the angle of the sun, was creating great reflections...SHE came up with the idea for this shot...way to go Victoria!

I hope that if she becomes a model someday  that I can be invited to the photoshoots!






 Until next time:  Love Yourself, Love Your Neighbor, and Stay Unique

Michael P. Young