November 10, 2008 Travel , Weddings

Katy and John were married last month at John's parents insanely amazing home in Palm Springs. I think I've come to realize that backyard weddings are my favorite to shoot... of course it has to be the right backyard. :) The wedding was coordinated by Red 25 Events. They did an awesome job.

Here are a few favorites from the day.



























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[November 10, 2008] carrie@urbanbaby said:
gorgeous. these belong in grace ormonde.
[November 10, 2008] Jeremy Gilliam said:
You are consistently raising the bar for all of us. Your portraits glow, your details jump out, your action shots are alive, and you're a sexy beast. Well done, again.
[November 10, 2008] jessica claire said:
there is a ridiculous amount of awesomeness in this post!
[November 10, 2008] jenberry said:
how excited am i. you blogged photos. AND they are wicked and fabulously. you are inspirational. love the couple sitting on the high angle steps. you rule.
[November 10, 2008] Katy Kennedy said:
Michael - You are so awesome! I love, love, love the photos you have posted on the blog. We are so lucky to have worked with you. Can't wait to see the rest of the photos! - Katy
[November 11, 2008] Amy Lewis said:
What a beautiful couple...and a beautiful wedding!
[November 12, 2008] Lawrence @ Furious Photographers said:
Beautiful wedding! Awesome backyard indeed :D
[November 13, 2008] Jennifer said:
WOW! Seriously amazing work. What a fantastic couple. The details are so exquisitely captured-love it!
[November 18, 2008] Cathy and David Photographers said:
DUDE!!! Loving every single shot man but for some reason I really dig the detail shots in these. :)
[December 6, 2008] Tiffany Aicklen said:
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In the early wintery months of 2008, eight celebrated, award-winning and downright awesome photographers from all over the country grabbed their snowboards to ride the mountains of Mammoth, California. This marked the beginning of what is now known as...wait for it...The Mammoth Men. What ensued during that getaway was a week filled with adventure, spontaneity, hijinks and storied tales. A bond was forged amongst these men and a commitment made to doing it again, and doing it often!

During the Summer of 2008, The Mammoth Men hit the road again. Only this time, they loaded up 10 photographers in a Prevost rock star tour bus, drove for five days up the California Coast and shared it with everyone via their traffic happy blog. So much so that their blog readers actually got to choose their day-to-day adventures while watching them play out the next day. The blog following continued even after the West coast trip ended and garnered media attention in the blogosphere.

Well, the guys are back for their much anticipated third installment of The Mammoth Men. Watch the mayhem unfold as these 12 photographers board their Prevost and head into the American Southwest to document their Route 66 road-trip. Packed with more guys, more miles and more camaraderie, it's not just a's a lifestyle.

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[November 6, 2008] joyful weddings & events said:
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You might remember Jen and Andrew... I shot their engagement images in New York and their wedding last year.



jaf0004.jpg They recently had a little girl, Sofia. While we were in Manhattan recently they asked if I'd shooting some family pictures of them. We went up to the Cloisters on the Upper West Side and shot for a little while. Here are a few images of their beautiful family!






jaf0012.jpg And a few of the happy couple. It was great seeing you guys!



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[October 24, 2008] Jeremy Gilliam said:
Beautiful family, and session. Your photos are always inspiring. I'm keeping an eye on your Twitter for more 2nd shooter opportunities. Which has nothing to do with my mission to become a Mammoth Man.
[October 24, 2008] Jen & Andrew said:
michael, so glad we were able to hang out!! thanks again for shooting us. the pictures came out BEAUTIFULLY -- no surprise there. =)
[October 25, 2008] jenberry said:
beautiful family. and as usual you are amazing. i agree with @jeremy truly inspiring. you are so perfect with composition and capturing the perfect light. and from your writings it seems like a nice person too! (pure speculation of course). anyways, i can't 2nd shoot yet, but i'd love to hold your reflector, camera bag or get you coffee.
[October 26, 2008] AmyC said:
These are great, Norwood! I love the one of the parents kissing & baby looking. Too cute!
[October 27, 2008] Cathy and David Photographers said:
DUUUUDE!!! THAT BABY IS SO CRAZY ADORABLE!!!! Ahhhhh!!!! I'm going to have a big smile on my face for the rest of the day. ^_^
[October 29, 2008] carrie@urbanbaby said:
these are such incredible family images...gorgeous work, as always ;).
[December 8, 2008] anna brewer said:
dang that baby is cute!
[June 17, 2010] Kimberly Witort said:
This family is so adorable! I love the pics!
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It's late and I just lost everything I typed... again. I shot Makenzie in Central Park and the stayed to watch the filming of Law & Order Criminal Intent. Here are some pictures.

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[October 9, 2008] Jennifer Skog said:
your comment made me laugh. Been there WAY too many times to relate! She seriously has to be the cutest thing ever! What a personality she has! Did she pick out her own outfit?! I love the hat... Love every image!
[October 9, 2008] Courtney said:
Goldblum wants to take you out! ha. that girl is adorable and so comfortable in front of the camera. great pictures.
[October 9, 2008] Bonnie Berry said:
Great shots of Mackenzie. And I am such a 'Law and Order' whore that I drooled over those.
[October 9, 2008] Shy said:
I still think your little girl is one of the prettiest little ladies I have ever seen. I say you start preparing yourself with rifle lessons so as to intimidate the drove of boys who will be banging on your door! :)
[October 9, 2008] david & kim - ohana photographers said:
love the sequence shots of her she is too adorable! law and order, that's awesome!!! nice lighting in those too!
[October 9, 2008] Gloria N said:
I am so lovin' the "Many faces of Mackenzie", she is way too adorable for words! And seriously Michael, Jeff is comin' for ya, you'd better watch out!
[October 9, 2008] joyful weddings & events said:
She is so adorable! I hope you guys are having a great time!
[October 9, 2008] Brian Khang said:
That's some great lighting and how cool is that, that you got to stay around for the filming of Law & Order.
[October 10, 2008] Lizett Esparza said:
OMG! your little girl is such a doll:) Love the stairs shots! awesome work! once again:)
[October 11, 2008] Sara said:
Michael, these are GREAT! I love her faces!! She is the new GAP girl in my mind. :) --Cousin Sara
[October 14, 2008] Evelyn said:
I LOVE Law & Order! It's cool that they actually shoot where the show is based. I watched a little of "CSI: New York" the other day. It was about a cop being shot in Central Park. But you could tell they probably just used some park in Pasadena. All the shots were pointing downward, so as not to catch any palm trees in the background. Lame and lazy. I would've loved to see the L&O folks at work.
[October 15, 2008] Cathy and David Photographers said:
Dude! It was so much fun getting to meet with you! :) Can't wait to meet you on your own turf some day. ;)
[October 15, 2008] Jen VanSuydam said:
She is the cutest darn thing. What a beautiful little girl.
[October 16, 2008] Michelle said:
Hello There Michael, I really love your pictures of Jeff Goldblum from Law & Order:Criminal Intent. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind me using them in my website, I'd credit you if you accept :) thanks -Michelle
[October 18, 2008] AmyC said:
Norwood! Update, man! LOVE the pictures of Makenzie.
[October 22, 2008] jenberry said:
wow. the lighting in your photos is unbelievably perfect. the african pictures were some of the best i have ever seen. you should become a professional. haha. i have a hat like mackenzie, but i totall don't look that cute. What lens were you using with Mackenzie?
[October 23, 2008] angel swanson said:
makenzie is absolute perfect. what a beautiful girl!!
[November 10, 2008] Catha Duck said:
Michael... Makenzie's mother-in-law is going to be so disappointed at the rehearsal dinner when everyone is laughing at her son's awkward snapshots and are ooo-ing and aww-ing over your perfect pictures of your perfectly beautiful little girl.
[December 1, 2008] Bobbie Brown said:
Hi! I just came over from Jessica Claire's blog... Just going down thru here checking all your amazing pictures and I just HAD to comment on this post! I LOVE LOVE these pictures! So cute!!!!!
[December 8, 2008] anna brewer said:
pretty sure you and the wifey should get an award or something for making such a cute kid! :)
[October 4, 2016] David said:
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Today I had an interesting shoot... a proposal. I followed the couple around SoHo taking pictures of them all while hiding behind plants, cars, people... etc. It was one of the most difficult shoots of my life. How do you stay close enough to shoot the couple for an hour and a half, yet not be seen? Well, Muhammed, the boyfriend, thought I was successful in not being seen but I'm not so sure. I thought I was found out in the first 10 minutes.

He never actually proposed... at least while I was there. Either he was too nervous and kept putting it off or he always intended to do it later and wanted to just get some shots of them together on the day he proposed. Whatever the case, it was cool to shoot something so different from what I normally shoot.

These images will obviously look different than usual. I had no control over any of the circumstances. Not the location, the light, the couple, backgrounds, angles... in most instances I was handicapped by one or all of these things but in any case it was a fun shoot and I think I got some cool images.















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[October 7, 2008] Lanne said:
I caught your tweet about this earlier... wow. You did awesome!!! I love these and I am sure they will too.. I hope he did propose!!!! :)
[October 7, 2008] Brian Khang said:
dude that so awesome. I really want to try something like that.
[October 7, 2008] gabe said:
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[October 7, 2008] Natalie Williams said:
Wow I love these images! It looks like it would have been a lot of fun shooting this... not that I want to be a stalker of any kind!
[October 7, 2008] Jasmine Marie said:
Still interesting nonetheless! :)
[October 7, 2008] Cathy and David Photographers said:
DUDE. These are freaking sweet. You should do these sorts of shoots more often! SUCH GREAT INSPIRATION!!! :-D
[October 7, 2008] Annemarie said:
Wow, so cool. I think it's sweet that they were so comfortable kissing on the everyday street. They were like that without thinking that anyone is watching....imagine what the shoot will be like when you're called to do their engagement photos!
[October 7, 2008] Jory Cordy said:
these are fantastic! mr. boyfriend is looking at you through that store window "are you freaking getting this??"
[October 7, 2008] jean smith said:
i love your is completely inspiring. i just had to drop a comment that this is one of the coolest posts i have seen in a very long time. these images are to die for amazing. the fact that you didn't have control of the background, the cars, the people behind them, what makes these so interesting and beautiful.
[October 7, 2008] jean smith said:
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[October 7, 2008] chipgillespie said:
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[October 7, 2008] wrecklessgirl said:
i actually really love this entire set. i'm going to try that approach next time i shoot an engagement session---"okay, yah, so you're just gonna walk around and i'm going to hide. you'll never really know where i am." apparently this technique works wonders. fabulous job!!
[October 7, 2008] Hagen said:
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[October 8, 2008] Patrick said:
Michael, You are very talented and have an amazing eye. I've seen portfolios that couldn't stand up to your one days worth of work above. Not to mention all of your portraits from Kenya. Very, very good.
[October 8, 2008] Dad said:
I know that a dad is required to be impressed, but you have truly impressed me, son. Great work!
[October 8, 2008] carl Reid said:
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[October 9, 2008] Jennifer Skog said:
I love these! It def makes me wonder if you were caught or not! There seems to be a lot of kissing in romantic spots! lol... This is great, and what a fun challenge to shoot! I wish he would have proposed!!!! He better have!!!
[October 9, 2008] Jamie said:
Michael.. Seriously.. this session is VERY cool! It actually reminds me of the movie Unfaithful and the shots that were taken of the wife and her lover... pretty cool shots. I love what you did even with the the angles you had to come from.. it makes it that much more real.
[October 17, 2008] Karli Tanner said:
Ok, so did he propose? I love the whole secret agent aspect of these shots. They sure do kiss alot for people who don't know they are being watched!
[October 23, 2008] joel maus said:
what up Michael?! Killer new blog, killer session in NY, killer shoot of the little girl- you just kick tail!! Where you at? Haven't seen you- we gotta hang out soon! Take care-
[November 14, 2008] Elizabeth said:
Is my first time visiting you blog, and im in love with your photos. And special this one. They are the most original photos of a couple i ever seen. I want some of me and my housband too! :) Fantastic
[November 21, 2008] CReid said:
Hey Dude This is still one of my favourite photo sessions...I come here often to see if there is a follow-up. I'm hoping to see engagement photo session. I'm curious did he ever pop the question?!!? I can't wait to see more similar sessions with other couples. Regards, Carl
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[December 8, 2008] anna brewer said:
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[March 10, 2009] Heather Kincaid said:
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September 30, 2008 Weddings

Well, I'm home from Kenya and back in the saddle. I shot Daniel and Mina's wedding on Saturday and it was amazing. Their wedding covered three incredible venues... The Biltmore Hotel, First Congregational Church of LA and Cicada Restaurant in the awesome Oviatt Building.

I'm getting ready to head to Manhattan for a few weeks tomorrow but I thought I'd post a few images for them before they leave for their honeymoon in Thailand and Hong Kong on Friday.

Here are some of my favorites from the wedding!

Mina's beautiful dress and Christian Leboutin shoes. dm01.jpg







dm08.jpg I found this AWESOME spot inside the Biltmore. I've shot there tons of times but never have seen this.







dm15.jpg After the ceremony we headed back downtown and shot around Cicada. I love shooting down there.










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[October 1, 2008] Christine said:
Michael-thank you for all your hard work with Daniel and Mina's wedding. Thank you for capturing the day so beautifully!
[October 1, 2008] Jill Erb said:
Wow!! Actually, that deserves a double WOW. WOW WOW!! Your work is amazing. Daniel and Mina are beautiful people, both inside and out, and you captured their day beautifully! --Jill Erb Style & Grace
[October 1, 2008] Linda Truong said:
Michael, I love your work. You even make a dirty alley way look awesome! :D Showwww moreee!!
[October 1, 2008] Daniel said:
Michael, you so seriously rock! We were so honored to have you photograph our wedding. All of these pictures are just amazing, and we can't wait to see the rest. Yeah, that spot you found in the Biltmore was INSANELY AWESOME. I have no idea how you found it, but I'm so glad you did! Thanks again Michael!
[October 2, 2008] chipgillespie said:
Dude -- this wedding is amazing!! Mark Seliger (Rolling Stone) made a book called "In My Stairwell" that is photographs of celebrities in the raw bricked stairwell of the building his studio is in. It's really cool, and your stairwell photos reminded me of it. Google Mark Seliger and check it out.
[October 3, 2008] Maureen said:
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[October 8, 2008] sandie said:
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September 23, 2008 Kenya , Travel

Today I spent the day back in the Mathare slum. In the morning I went with Nick, who I introduced to you yesterday, to one of their VCT centers. VCT stands for Voluntary Counseling and Testing. They set up shop, usually in a church, and have 5 or 6 stations where they do HIV testing. Its completely free to the people and now that some of the misconceptions have been cleared up about HIV here in Kenya, its very well attended.

It was pretty sobering to watch people leave the testing area... some with looks of relief and others in glassy-eyed disbelief. They kept saying today, "No matter the result, its better to know. You either leave knowing that you're negative and you begin making conscious decisions to stay negative or you leave knowing that you're positive and you can take steps to not infect others and begin taking medication to stay well."

One of the people that went with me to the testing site, Alexandra, told me that HIV/AIDS has recently been downgraded from a terminal disease to a chronic illness. I've seen it over and over again here... people near death, have come back to normal life just by getting treatment. Its awesome to see all of the people interested in helping these people find out their status and get treatment if necessary.

Later I went back to the Community Transformers building and watched as dentists and volunteers from Denmark extracted diseased or abscessed teeth from the children of Mathare. I could not believe what I saw. These kids who have never been to a dentist in their lives were so incredibly brave. Some had 3,4 even 5 extractions.  

I think what I'm most amazed by is the amount of help Kenya is getting from the rest of the world and yet there is still so much to do. While I've been here I've heard that Kenyans pay more in taxes per capita than any other country in the world. I don't know if that is totally true but it has to pretty high for that claim to be made. Knowing that, its unbelievable that the conditions I've witnessed are tolerated (by the government or the people). Kenya has unreliable electricity and phone lines, tap water that is suspect at best and unhealthy at worst, the worst roads I've ever witnessed and literally millions living in the slums in unlivable conditions while crooked politicians live in luxury from the money they stole from the people.

I heard a saying once that went, "You come to Africa with a hard heart, you'll leave with a soft heart. You come with a soft heart, you'll leave with a broken heart. You come with a broken heart and you'll never leave." I wondered if I would really be affected. I've seen the way people live in Mexico. I've seen the poor in Jamaica and the Bahamas, the homeless on skid row in LA... but nothing can prepare you to see what you see in the slums here.

Here are some images from today. I've been trying to get an image of one of the chickens for days now. They're everywhere. Apparently they're actually owned by people and everyone just knows which chicken is theirs. See that wetness to the left of the chicken? Yeah that's sewage running down the hill from the house above.


kenya047.jpg I wanted to get an image of the sewer ditches that run through the slums. You can see its just full of raw sewage and trash. These slums are literally built on garbage. Its just layers and layers of trash piled up and houses are built right on top. The garbage fills the street, the sewer lines and eventually goes into the river.


kenya049.jpg These are a couple of guys on the "Mobilization Team." They go out into different areas of the slums and do funny skits and sing songs about getting tested. Huge crowds gather and when they're done they go out into the crowds and get them to come get tested.




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kenya055.jpg This is Nicodemus. He's on the Mobilization Team you saw earlier. He's trying to earn enough money to get back into school. Even though high school is free you have to pay about 6900 shillings (about $100) at the beginning of the year to get in. For a country where most people earn less than a dollar a day that's a big chunk of money. He's earned about 900 shillings so far. kenya056.jpg




kenya060.jpg This boy had just had 4 teeth pulled and was trying to rinse his mouth out of all the blood. He wasn't too successful and eventually had to get sutures to stop the bleeding. kenya061.jpg I followed a couple of girls through the process of getting their teeth pulled. From the sign in, to waiting, through the procedure and the final result. This poor girl's root didn't come out with the tooth so the dentist had to go digging around her gums to find it. It was brutal to watch. She never made a sound but tears were streaming down the side of her face as he worked on her. kenya062.jpg



kenya065.jpg I love this image with her little crooked smile, her face not really working right with all the xylocaine injected in her jaw. kenya066.jpg

kenya067.jpg A beautiful Kenyan sky this afternoon. We do not get these clouds in Orange County. kenya068.jpg I've been driving past this sheep for days and waited until today to shoot it. I wish I hadn't waited. Before today it was tied up like this to a brick outside a convenient store with a sign over it that said "SHEEP FOR SALE." Haha. The sign was gone today. :( kenya069.jpg

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[September 23, 2008] Leslie said:
Hi, I have never commented on your blog before. I have been following it for quite awhile, though. These pictures are beautiful, heartbreaking, and so devastatingly important. Thank you for posting them.
[September 23, 2008] Cindy said:
Hi Michael, I recently came across your blog and have been so moved by it. Your photos are stunning!! Looking forward to seeing more of your work! ~Cindy
[September 23, 2008] Jan Henry said:
Michael - these pictures are amazing! Breathtaking and heartbreaking at once. We hope you'll do a slide show for church when you return. Safe travels... Mike & Jan Henry
[September 24, 2008] Brian Khang said:
Dude you are just cranking out awesome photos. Are you making a photo book with these? You should.
[September 24, 2008] Sheila said:
These photos are so incredibly moving. You did a spectacular job capturing the essence of Kenya. I feel the emotions through the photos - you are a true artist
[September 25, 2008] Trista said:
Michael..these images are breathtaking! They look like they're straight out of National Geographic..amazing job!!!
[September 28, 2008] Shannon Leith said:
Hey Michael, I was visiting the Bridge today to see my brother Ryan play in the band... and was really moved by your photos. I'm a photographer too, and just got back from a trip to Malawi! Needless to say, I was incredibly moved by your images and by your stories, and was encouraged to hear about the weep centers, and all the other programs that you guys saw. One of my favorite images that you showed is the one of the dentist working on a patient. WOW. Michael! You really captured the light, the situation, and the need so well. I also liked your perspective of showing the joyful, bright side of Africa------ because it's definitely there, and it's neat that you are bringing that back to people here. Anyway, I admire your work, and if you ever need help with anything, let me know. All the best, Shannon
[October 2, 2008] Jennifer VanSuydam said:
Aww, the sheep makes me sad. Poor thing, being tied to a rock.
[October 3, 2008] Lawrence @ Furious Photographers said:
Just wanted to say that you have some wicked photos!
[October 5, 2008] Karli Tanner said:
Michael, you always amaze me with the images you capture. There are beautiful stories in each of these shots. Thank you for sharing these. Great work!
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September 22, 2008 Kenya , Travel

Today was an incredible day. Check out the images to see why.

These first few were actually from yesterday. We went to a Kenyan church and these are some of the people that were there.
kenya021.jpg kenya022.jpg kenya023.jpg kenya024.jpg This is Nick. He runs a group called community transformers that cares for people dying of AIDS. They also do free testing and counseling. AIDS is an enormous issue here. Its said that the number of people infected with HIV or AIDS might be as high as 1 in 3.

kenya025.jpg This is the first home we visited today. Judy, who you can see on the bed, has advanced AIDS and has just recently received treatment. Her mom and sister on either side of her also have AIDS as does her 12 year old daughter who is currently in the hospital with AIDS related illnesses. kenya026.jpg kenya027.jpg kenya028.jpg kenya029.jpg kenya030.jpg kenya031.jpg kenya032.jpg kenya033.jpg kenya034.jpg This is one of the nicer streets in Methare, a slum outside of Nairobi. The germans came in about 10 years ago and paved the roads in this section and buried sewer lines. In the other portions there are ditches on either side of the street flowing with raw sewage. Ironically this doesn't seem to be an issue in the residents health. The sewer lines dump directly into a river that the runs through the slum.

Kibera, the slum I was in on the first day is one of the largest in the world with 1.2 million residents. Methare only has a couple hundred thousand.kenya035.jpg This is Francis. He has advanced AIDS and also suffers from tuberculosis. He was thrown out of his home recently and had to move in with his sister and her son. This normally wouldn't be too much of an issue except for the face that tuberculosis is an airborn illness and is easily spread. kenya036.jpg kenya037.jpg kenya038.jpg kenya039.jpg kenya040.jpg kenya041.jpg These last few are just some artsy fartsy images I took while waiting to be picked up. Lots of texture here.

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[September 22, 2008] carrie@urbanbaby said:
wow, these images are so moving, so stunning. absolutely beautiful, and so heartbreaking at the same time.
[September 22, 2008] MA5EN said:
Amazing images man! I look forward to seeing more. Be safe out there!
[September 22, 2008] FRED EGAN said:
The first image of Francis...amazing.
[September 22, 2008] joyful weddings & events said:
I have loved all of your posts Michael- such amazing shots! I cannot wait to hear all about the rest of the trip.
[September 22, 2008] Akil Bennett said:
Great post man...It makes you realize how fortunate we are to live here.
[September 22, 2008] Kari said:
wow...the aids images are heart wrenching.
[September 23, 2008] tolu said:
These images from your trip to Kenya are really powerful.
[September 23, 2008] Joe R. said:
Touching images Mike, I'm sure you will come home a changed man after this trip.
[September 24, 2008] Alexandra said:
Michael... these are amazing. I'm tearing up even though I'm here seeing it with my own eyes! Brilliant job, I'm sorry I missed you, I hope you have a safe trip back, and I'll be sure to check up on your blog!!! It was great to meet you! - Alexandra
[September 24, 2008] adam said:
Michael...all I can say is, wow. These are exactly the kind of moments that need to be captured. We love and miss you guys and are in prayer for God to continue to do incredible things with you, through you, and to you as you reach out in love to others! These pictures will no doubt spark a passion and a heart for the people of Kenya here back home. I can't wait to hear the stories. When you get back and all settled in for awhile, how does lunch sound? I'll even let you supersize your meal.
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September 22, 2008 Kenya , Travel

Here are some more images from the Safari. I can't begin to describe how amazing it was to see these animals in the wild. Its one thing to see them at a zoo or even the San Diego Wild Animal Park, its another thing entirely seeing them in their natural habitat. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

I know there are no animals in this image but I just love it. Africa, Kenya specifically, is such a beautiful place and this image is so perfectly Kenyan to me.


The elusive leopard. All the Kenyans have been amazed that we got to see one. I'm amazed that he looked right at me. I was praying the whole time that it was in focus. There's nothing worse than an amazing image that turns out to be soft. I lucked out and its a sharp as it gets.


There were a million zebras. So many that we were actually bored of them by the end.


Freaky water buffalo. They're one of the more dangerous and aggressive animals in Africa. As you can tell I was pretty close. I was in the safety of our Land Cruiser though, with our very capable driver, William at the wheel.


Lots of giraffe as well.


I forget what kind of monkey this was. Anyone care to clue me in?


I LOVE this shot of the wildabeast. There were probably a couple hundred within a few hundred yards of this one but this one was all alone and with the dusty air in the back ground and the small trees dotting the land it was just perfect.


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[September 22, 2008] carrie@urbanbaby said:
i love the composition of these images. how close were you? did you shoot these with a 24? they are the tone.
[September 22, 2008] Annemarie said:
Hmmm....the kind of monkey? Cute??? :) I love the shot of the lone wildabeast. I was in Kenya with my family almost 17 years ago, and those animals were everywhere!! When we got home from the trip....with almost 800 photos between us (back in the day of non digital), we didn't have ONE picture of them! Since there were so many of them, each one of us assumed that someone else had gotten a shapshot! I'm enjoying seeing your photographs from the adventure!
[September 22, 2008] Micah said:
Please sense my jealousy right now. Thanks for updating us bro!
[October 2, 2008] Jennifer VanSuydam said:
These are absolutely beautiful. I love every single one.
[March 12, 2009] Amelia Thornton said:
Hi Michael - Great shots! I'm going to Kenya (and Uganda and Rwanda) in June/July. I *think* that is a Vervet Monkey in your sixth shot. Happy shooting :)
[April 20, 2009] Kelly said:
Hey Michael, I have recently found your blog, fantastic pictures! I'm from South Africa and we have those cute little monkeys living in our trees in our backyard, they are called Vervet Monkey's. Although they arent as cute as they look, mother vervets will tear you apart if you even looked at one of their babies wrong and they are forever coming in through our windows and stealing our banana's or any fruit for that matter from the fruit bowl! It looks like you had such an awesome trip to Kenya I would love to visit there one day. Thanks for all the images, such an inspiration. Regards Kelly
[January 11, 2010] rebecca sue said:
i think the monkey is a gibbon
[March 8, 2011] Karen Chiang said:
"soft shot" is the perfect term I've been looking for for all those shots that I have found minor imperfections. Shots that would have been great if I had just sped up the shutter speed (or held still) a tad to sharpen the image or opened up the aperture to get everyone in focus. Perhaps this is a popular term to describe these types of photos, but it is the first time I have come across it. ALL of your Kenya photos are magnificent. They look like they're straight out of National Geographic. It is heart breaking just looking at them and only SEEing what they go through as I sit here on my mac typing about it. Do you ask permission from the subjects whether you can take their photos? I love candid shots, but am always kind of weirded out as to whether or not I should ask for permission before I take their photo.
[March 8, 2011] Karen Chiang said:
"soft shot" is the perfect term I've been looking for for all those shots that I have found minor imperfections. Shots that would have been great if I had just sped up the shutter speed (or held still) a tad to sharpen the image or opened up the aperture to get everyone in focus. Perhaps this is a popular term to describe these types of photos, but it is the first time I have come across it. ALL of your Kenya photos are magnificent. They look like they're straight out of National Geographic. It is heart breaking just looking at them and only SEEing what they go through as I sit here on my mac typing about it. Do you ask permission from the subjects whether you can take their photos? I love candid shots, but am always kind of weirded out as to whether or not I should ask for permission before I take their photo.
[September 26, 2011] Kenya Safaris said:
looks more of a vervet monkey than a gibbon. Quite common when on bushy areas inn Africa.
[December 9, 2016] Kenya safari tours said:
The original home of safari. This is where it all began. Great pictures pal
September 21, 2008 Kenya , Travel
Yesterday we went on a half day Safari. Safaris are usually 2 days minimum but we didn't have that much time to spare so we tried to make the most of our time and got to the preserve about 6:30am.

We were soooooooo incredibly lucky! We saw pretty much everything there is to see in Kenya (as far as wildlife is concerned) except for hippos, rhinos and elephants. We saw giraffes, a million zebras, monkeys, antelope, impalas, water buffalo, wildabeasts, ostriches, crocodiles, a leopard (which I'm told is the rarest of all to see, in fact, the rangers didn't believe we saw one until I showed them the picture) and most importantly LIONS. We saw a whole pride of lions, about 9 in all.

I've shot wildlife a few times previously and felt like a total failure as a photographer.  I don't know why but I found it so hard.  Well this time I feel like I finally succeeded... at least with this one image. I'm going through the images right now and I had to share it before I went to bed. I'll share more images from the safari tomorrow.

I can't tell you how excited I am about this image... well about seeing this scene at all, really. It was so amazing to see first hand and I'm so excited that I got an image that actually captured what I saw.lion.jpg
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[September 21, 2008] Helen (Dogeared) said:
I'm sure you (general you, I mean) could spend a lifetime there, and still improve each day, never getting the same photo twice. All it means, is that you have another excuse to go back! But if it helps, I think it's a wonderful photo :-)
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[September 21, 2008] April said:
Awesome Picture. I would love to have this on my wall.
[September 21, 2008] cyndie said:
wow, that is incredible. truly an amazing picture.
[September 21, 2008] Natalie Williams said:
Wow that is unreal! Can't wait to see more from your trip!
[September 21, 2008] AmyC said:
Really nice, Norwood. Just gorgeous! And, I LOVE the shots from day one, especially the series of the kids. Have a great time, Michael!
[September 21, 2008] Shy said:
You are like capturing my heart and putting it on display with this Africa teasers. I am drooling with every post..... more More MORE... please? ;)
[September 21, 2008] jeret said:
That is pretty crazy... knowing at anytime those guys could eat you for lunch.... Great shot norwood.
[September 22, 2008] jessica claire said:
absolutely drop dead gorgeous! can't wait to see more from the whole trip when you get back!
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