December 31, 2013

♪ On The 2nd Day of Fabulous of 2013... ♪

♪ On the 2nd Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪

(For the 12 Days of Fabulous I choose my most favorite 3 images from a randomly chosen 2013 client photoshoot.)

Parker is an amazing guy!  Not only does he have an awesome cool name, but he has a natural model look and grace.  The guy is an amazing boy scout, soccer player, and has a personality and smile that makes anyone all warm and fuzzy inside!

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

December 30, 2013

♪ On The 1st Day of Fabulous of 2013... ♪

♪ On the 1st Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪

(For the 12 Days of Fabulous I choose my most favorite 3 images from a randomly chosen 2013 client photoshoot.)

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We start the 2013 12 Days of Fabulous with Kristen!  Kristen's photoshoot was magnificent.  It was shot over two weekends.  One weekend was in the Jemez, and the other in the school gymnasium.

Kristen has a personality that will make even the grumpiest of people smile and laugh.  Her charisma is off the chart in positive living.  And I truly believe you can tell that in the way she carried herself in front of the camera!

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

December 28, 2013

Snow Queen Filming: Tiffany

One of the main aspects of the Snow Queen:Daughters of the Snow film, is building a story around each of the cast members.

A few weeks ago, we performed the photoshoot for Tiffany's background segment.  She has a beautiful family and her dedication to her little ones is fabulous and beautiful.  I'll shut up now, as the images speak more than my words ever could....

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

Michael P. Young

December 2, 2013

New Documentary Film

Was running on the treadmill the other night thinking about what my winter creative project was going to be....

Well, here it is.  It's the biggest project I've ever done to date.  A documentary film!

We are in pre-production right now, and all is coming together nicely.  You can get all the cool scoop on the project at

We are raising funds for the video, so take a look at the introductory video below and if you feel compelled, any donation amount is greatly appreciated!

Will keep you all posted as we go along and hopefully provide some gorgeous and exciting BTS footage!

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

October 7, 2013

A Girl and a Lake

This is the story about a photoshoot at a lake...a lake where all the elements of nature, location, poise, and charisma came together to create a very special set of images....

The story starts with a young lady, Hayley,  whose roots were founded and rooted deep in awesome sands of Southern California beaches.  And like any good, red-blooded, Southern California water baby, she missed those beaches.

During our time with Hayley and her mom during her high school senior portrait creative planning session, we talked about how we could create a photoshoot in Northern New Mexico that would have elements of her beloved beaches.  And by golly, we had it....

September 10, 2013

Oh! but to hear that little Squeaky voice one more time....

It was a beautiful day with a beautiful young lady, with lots of family laughs and joy.  But as the camera clicked and the sounds of xenon gas popped, I ached to hear one more time a little squeaky voice saying "Hi Uncle Mike"....

A couple of weekends ago I had the honor of doing my niece's high school senior photo shoot. absolute honor.

It's easy to maybe measure your success as a photographer by how much money you can command for a photo shoot...or how many comments you get on an image share....or maybe of how many bookings you get during your "season".

But as we drove down to Las Cruces where my sister and her family lives, I was finding myself feeling blessed that I actually had a talent with which I could serve my family.  It was in that thought that I found myself taking stock...

It was exciting to see the creative plan develop around the dinner table at my sister's house...And believe it or not, it was a 10 hour photo shoot!...albeit with a generous Old Fart Nap nestled in the in between...and I'm not calling my sister an Old Fart...

September 3, 2013


Had a fabulous 10-hour! High School Senior Photoshoot this past weekend with Miss Allie.  Love shooting in new locations!  Images are looking marvelous!
I met Diane in Las Cruces while attending NMSU.  We visit back often to visit her family.  I miss the area, but not the freaking heat!  This Los Alamos high altitude man isn't used to it!  But now I know why green chilis from the area are so dang good!  The climate is perfect.

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

August 7, 2013

New Summer 2013 Movie Theater Promo

Finished the new pre-show movie theater advertisement.  LOVE the way it came out and so stoked to have such awesome teens to build it around!

Music clearance through FirstCom Music.

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

July 23, 2013

The Soulful Poise of Alyssa

One of the best aspects of my job as a High School Senior Portrait Photographer is the absolute joy I receive in getting to meet a diverse universe of awesome souls and their families... and then getting to capture the fabulosity of those souls in a unique way EVERY-SINGLE-TIME! Seriously...what did I do right in a previous life?!!!

My life was most recently blessed in performing Alyssa's photo shoot. She has a personality that is diverse, caring, and very insightful.

Oddly enough then, the creative planning session started with a "I'm boring". As you will see in the images to follow, that was HARDLY the case.  One of the great outcomes of the creative planning phase of our photo shoots is digging deep and helping the client identify with the process.  Before you know it ideas and creativity flow like rushing water in a cool mountain river during spring.

We finally decided on three photo shoot segments.

July 18, 2013

Fog, Gas Masks, and Beauty...Miriam's Fire

It will come as no surprise that my favorite part of any photo shoot is the actual photo shoot itself.....ahhhh...the beautiful feel of a camera in my hand, the click of the shutter, and the heart palpitating rush of the instantaneous sound of a xeon filled tube flashing in unison.... 

But I would be remiss in making you believe the photoshoot is where the all the action takes place.  While indeed it is where the rubber meets the road, there is another step of many in the phase of a photo shoot that can be very exciting indeed....The Creative Planning Session.

It was during the creative planning session for Miriam's photo shoot in which I had the pleasure of working with Miriam on a path of creativity to bring her photo shoot to life....

July 5, 2013

4th of July 2013

Yup, it's time for the obligatory 4th of July pictures post...

After a very looooong day working in the back yard, it was a delight to head down to Overlook park in White Rock to stake out a section of grass, grab some grub, and relax for a couple of hours.

We got to the park in time for dinner and stood in line at a vendor cart of what seemed an eternity (mainly because my stomach was angry hungry and reminding me that I wasn't doing a good job of taking care of it while I waited!).

After all of us ate our fill on our comfy blankets, I got the camera ready for the fireworks show.  Much to the initial mortification of my daughters I got the "Seriously, Dad?".  However, it's just for show I think....they realize this is totally normal behavior for me, and me thinks that they are not really surprised, but have to do their part in being a daughter to call me out on my weirdness....
Photo by Michael P. Young – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

As the sun was setting, I rolled my carcass over and saw this shot.  I shot in manual, and underexposed quite a bit...
Once the fireworks started I played around with the shutter speeds.  I had set the camera to perform Long Exposure Noise Reduction in camera (Nikon D700), and while it does the job quite well, but the save time to the card increases dramatically.  Made it a little frustrating.

I shot the exposures between 2 second and 3 second shutter speeds, but at a stop of f/ year I shall try a f/8 aperture.

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

Michael P. Young

July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

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

June 11, 2013

Diggin' Dallas...

Dallas Dart motion...
As luck would have it, I needed to travel to Dallas for a conference. As I packed my bags, the most important bag was the camera bag (are you surprised...I'd rather loose my chones than the camera bag while on travel...). I headed out with two bags in tow. When my flight landed, I de-boarded and got a shuttle to the hotel...of course I pulled out the camera just in case anything good caught my eye. I tucked my iPhone under my leg and got ready...mistake number 1...never tuck your cell phone under your leg...PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET.  As we drove to the hotel, nothing caught my eye, as shooting from a moving, squeaky, rough riding van doesn't make for a good shooting when we got to the hotel, I got up and exited the van.  After checking into my room, I wanted to call if you haven't guessed yet, the cell phone was still sitting on the seat in the van shuttle...I immediately called the shuttle company and they began the process of calling out to all the drivers...they would call me back...

Luckily I had my iPad with me, and used the VERY handy "find my iPhone" app and watched as the phone headed back to the airport...I remotely locked the phone, and over the next couple hours I frantically watched as the battery slowly drained and got ready to hit the "wipe phone" button should the battery drain too closely to shutting down.  I anxiously waited by the hotel phone hoping the shuttle company would call me and tell me that the driver had found the phone.... By all things graceful, I then watched the phone track back to my location!  I rushed downstairs to find the same shuttle unloading passengers and inquired about the phone....sure enough there it was...whew! Once I was relieved and settled down, I headed out to the streets of downtown Dallas to see what came my way in a mini photo walkabout...

I think this one is my favorite...I've always said, never ignore the corner of your eye...shot in black and white, used Yellow filter and some sharpening...

Definitely, this little Dorothy wasn't in Kansas anymore...iPhone shot (so glad I had it back with me!)..processed in Photoshop Express App on the iPhone.

 Downtown Dallas provides great framing and perspective opportunities...

A gorgeous view from my hotel window of Downtown Dallas at night...placed the camera on the window sill ledge, put the lens right up against the window, wrapped a black sock around the end of the lens to block light around the edges, and set for long exposure...

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

Michael P. Young