January 10, 2014

♪ On the 12th Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪


♪ On the 12th 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.)

Hayley(hayley.michaelpyoung.com)
Well, it's our final day of the ♪12 Days of Fabulous of 2013 ♪.  We end this fabulous journey with Hayley.  When we sat down with Hayley and her mom for the creative planning session, it became apparent that Hayley and her mom wished for a photoshoot at a beach setting.  Hayley was born in California, and was very fond of the beaches as a young child.  So, naturally, they really wanted a photoshoot themed around a beach setting.  It goes without saying, that New Mexico is THE state with the lowest water to land ratio in the continental United States!  So as we started thinking about it, and schemed on the idea that maybe one of our lakes might suffice.

So a few days later, we all traveled up to Abiquiu lake to scout out the location.  It was a beautiful sunny day, and the lake was well received by our shining star of a subject.  We talked with the park rangers to make arrangements for the shoot and get the appropriate permits.

On the day of the shoot, the park ranger met us and informed us that a summer storm was brewing over the Jemez Mountains and was headed straight for the lake...we had maybe 45 minutes.  And in all honesty, I was delighted.  You see, clouds provide great dramatic backgrounds when lighting your subject a certain way.  And Mother Nature did not disappoint!



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

January 9, 2014

♪ On the 11th Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪


♪ On the 11th 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.)

Tiffany
You may recognize Tiffany as one of our stars in our upcoming Snow Queen:Daughters of the Snow film.  In the film we want to build a story around each star and then, of course, showcase their beautiful and awesome talent in snowboarding or skiing.  Tiffany actively competes in snowboard racing and slopestyle events.  Over the next couple of months we will be filming her power and grace in these competitions.

Tiffany is a mom of 2 sweet children.  She is a fabulous artist too!  You will get to see the fruits of her labor in the film as part of her background story.  But for now I want to share with you some snaps we took of the story of her motherhood.  These kids are happy, confident, caring kids...a true testament to their raising by a fabulous pair in their mom and dad.



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

January 8, 2014

♪ On the 10th Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪


♪ On the 10th 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.)

Michelle
Michelle is one of the stars of our upcoming Snow Queen: Daughters of the Snow film!  The film is an inspirational documentary on female snowboarders and skiers.  And Michelle was a perfect fit for the film as she is a phenomenal skier AND snowboarder (check out her bio on the film's page!).  Her mother and father taught her and her brother the love for snow at early ages.  And while the word "ski bum" is often used within the household, there is no bum in the power and grace she exhibits in her skill in the snow.  She is also a very avid downhill mountain bike racing champ.  She is fearless and has a very cheerful personality.

For the film, I needed to do a photoshoot of each of the stars of the film.  And as luck would have it, we were blessed with a fresh layer of snow the day before shooting her portraits.  Her shots were magnificent and she knew exactly what to do.

Unfortunately, this seems to be the worst season so far for snow fall in New Mexico.  So we are all crossing our fingers for some new snow fall punches in January and February so we can begin filming!



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

January 7, 2014

♪ On the 9th Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪


♪ On the 9th 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.)

Ben(ben.michaelpyoung.com)
Ben is an amazing young man.  A quiet personality at first, but give it some time and you see a fabulous sense of humor and relaxed coolness.  He's quite the musician and plays multiple instruments.  Trumpet, guitar, mandolin, and piano.  (Sorry, we couldn't get a piano to the shoot location...but I did ask!).

Though a beautifully sunny day for his shoot, it was frigid cold and he was a great trooper during it all.  At the end of it all his final words were.. "I'm hungry"....hey, he's a growing young man and I hope his dad treated him to a king's dinner!

Good luck Ben in all you do...you've got a great head on your shoulders, great talent, and awesome support.  Can't wait to see what your next steps in life will be!



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

January 6, 2014

♪ On the 8th Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪


♪ On the 8th 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.)

Allie(allie.michaelpyoung.com)
Allie is my niece.  She lives down in Las Cruces.  I love her and her family dearly.  Needless to say, Allie's photoshoot was a photoshoot that took us from one end of Dona Ana County to the other, and a little side-wise to boot!  It was a grand old time, and we spent at least a couple of hours the night before working out the creative plan.  You can read all about it here!
And yes, I still call her "Little Squeaky voice as she towers over me.



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

January 5, 2014

♪ On the 7th Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪


♪ On the 7th 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.)

Alyssa(alyssa.michaelpyoung.com)
The first thing out of Alyssa's mouth at the creative planning meeting was "I'm boring...".  Ha!
Her dad is a long time friend of mine from high school.  The look on his face at the comment from his daughter was priceless.  Once we all got to talking creativity at the planning meeting, the word "boring" lost all meaning.  It was a fabulous shoot and you HAVE to go check out her Share It! site to see what we all created for her shoot.  It was magnificent!



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

January 4, 2014

♪ On the 6th Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪


♪ On the 6th 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.)

Monica's Models
During the summer, we did a commercial photoshoot for Monica's Salon here in Los Alamos.
It was a fabulous collaboration with Monica and her fabulous designer, Wendy.  Monica provided all the clothing and styling for the shoot.  It was quite the production.  And the young lady models were real troopers!

The end goal of the photoshoot was to create a movie theater ad we would create for her that would show at the Reel Deal Movie Theater here in Los Alamos.  I gave Monica a list of music to choose from and here choice was awesome. Click the play button below to watch the video!



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

January 3, 2014

♪ On the 5th Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪


♪ On the 5th 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.)

Jeremy(jeremy.michaelpyoung.com)
Jeremy is a cool cat.  He's an amazing musician and has a very joyful spirit and personality.
Jeremy's photoshoot was done at the Santa Fe Railyard.  When we sat down with Jeremy and his mother at their home for the creative planning session, I knew we were going to have a great photoshoot. We picked the Railyard for the creative vibe that place has and we also chose to do some sunset shots up at the Cross of the Martyrs overlooking the Santa Fe proper and also has a great view of the Santa Fe plaza lights at night.

Getting the boom shot of him on the drums was quite a challenge and I sure wish we had a behind the scenes shot of that, as it was quite comical in how all hands on deck had to help support the ladder system we used to boom the camera over Jeremy!



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

January 2, 2014

♪ On the 4th Day of Fabulous of 2013...♪


♪ On the 4th 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.)

Kiana(kiana.michaelpyoung.com)
Kiana should look a little familiar to you!
Kiana was one of the participants in my Titanium Volleyball project.

Kiana is a fantastic athlete with a positive personality.  Her photoshoot was up in the Jemez mountains at a location that her mom suggested.  Please go take a look at her Share It! site for more awesome pictures from that area.  Kiana rocked that photoshoot and you will be truly blessed by what you see in her personality, style, and grace surrounded by the beautiful mountain scenery!  And the softball lifestyle shots are just fantastic.  She's awesome.



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

January 1, 2014

♪ On The 3rd Day of Fabulous of 2013... ♪


♪ On the 3rd 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.)

Miriam(miriam.michaelpyoung.com)
Miriam's photoshoot was truly unique and awesome!  I remember the creative planning session well as we sat down and talked out ideas with her mom!

I love her personality, and she was so worried how she was not photogenic...ha!...her personality and fabulous charisma made these pictures absolutely beautiful and stunning with a fullness of character that blew me away.  All I had to do was click away...she did all the work!

It was also a very hot and humid day and she was a true trooper in helping me get these shots.  We had a full entourage of people with water and umbrellas trying to keep her as comfortable as possible.  FABULOUS!


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