Looking ahead

Me and Lyla


Last year on January 3rd, I wrote a blog post that talked about some things I was excited about for 2011. Appears as though that might end up being an annual tradition around these parts.

I shot this little self-portrait of me and Lyla back on September 15th, the last day we went stormchasing in 2011 (if you bought my book, you’ve seen this already). At the time, I believe I was actually standing there thinking about what an amazing  summer it had been and how sad I was to see it end.

But then the fall was also amazing. I was more busy and photographed more families/couples than I ever had before. And now this new year looks like it could be the best yet. The weddings are starting to pile up. I even get to shoot one in Park City, Utah this August. My haboob photo will be in the next issue of Arizona Highways. And I’m praying and crossing my fingers that perhaps I can find a publisher for my Stormchasing Arizona series.

What’s weird is that I’m having a hard time writing this post for some reason. The words aren’t easy to find this morning. Maybe because the future is so huge and wide open for me right now, I just don’t even know what to say about it.

Which is why I’ll just end it with this:

I love what I do so much. I love being passionate about the weather and stormchasing during the Arizona summers. I love photographing kids and families. I love meeting couples who have decided to get married. I love the idea of getting to know them and their stories.  I love walking around with them as we take engagement photos. I love the big wedding day where I get to be a part of something magical. I love taking pictures of the babies that eventually arrive later down the road.

But mostly…I just love what I do.

Bring it on, 2012.

  • http://newd7000user.wordpress.com Howard J

    Mike, I hope we have a good thunderstorm for you here in Utah when you arrive in August (after the wedding of course) It’s been great following you and being inspired by your images and words this past year. Cheers to an even better year in 2012!

  • http://www.jimdenhamphotography.com Jim Denham

    Good stuff Mike and congrats on a great and well deserved 2011! I have really enjoyed getting to see your photography take off and hope that you continue to do what you love to do, because I, and likely we, enjoy seeing the results!

  • jina

    I think it will be a big year for us. So proud of you, Mikey.

  • http://jstolarski.com Jon Stolarski

    Great stuff Mike. Wishing you luck on a prosperous and eventful 2012!

  • http://www.hansrico.com Rick Louie

    What a great place to get to shoot a wedding! Park City is awesome! Looking forward to more wonderful work from you, Mike!

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Mike it’s been great getting to know you this past year my friend. I can’t wait to see what you capture in the coming year.

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Amen, brother. You’re really coming into your own and its a beautiful thing to watch.

  • http://www.cmitchellphotography.com Chuck Mitchell

    Great work in 2011 Mike!!! Looking forward to see what you produce in 2012!!!

  • Grace

    Excited to see what’s in store for you in 2012!!

  • http://www.sessionninephotography.com Jessica Williams

    Oh my gosh Mike. That picture is AMAzing. Love it.