XO Mike

Mother’s Day 2014

Posted in Events, Family, Personal by Michael on May 31, 2014


Just a few I enjoyed from Mother’s Day.

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Posted in Family, Trips by Michael on October 10, 2013

Flickr recently updated their site in a big way and it looks fantastic. In fact, most of Yahoo! has been updated with a great new look and feel all around. I’ve posted some photos over there and will share a few here as well. Check it out over here: Flickr


Crawl so Hard

Nike Shoot

Happy Mom and Baby

Driver T

Bicycle Built for Two

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…And We’re Back

Posted in Events, Family, Personal by Michael on July 8, 2013

It has been quite some time since my last post and I think I finally know why. After leaving the Daily Illini, taking photos changed a lot. I no longer had assignments, no reason to bring my camera, no reason to get in people’s faces, and finally, a good reason to stop living behind some glass.

I brought my camera to my company’s Farm Party a few weeks ago and had an absolute blast enjoying time with my family, co-workers and friends but also enjoying taking photos that pleased me. In the past, I felt a need to critique my work and worried about how others would critique it which took away the fun of shooting. That day for the first time I was taking photos for me and it was an absolute blast! Enjoy some shots since then:

Pat and Meredith

Ethan and Alex


Shannon and Michael




Happy Fourth

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Easter 2011

Posted in Events, Family, Personal, Video by Michael on April 30, 2011

For the last three years my dad has dressed as the Easter Bunny and tried to surprise Reaghan. She would have none of it; she wouldn’t go near him, wouldn’t want to be in the same room and hardly even look at him. We heard her say something to the effect of, ‘I think it’s just a man dressed up.’ We thought we could make the day more enjoyable by showing off the real Easter Bunny. I wasn’t quite ready for the impromptu reveal but I managed to put together this quick video.

Holiday Portraits

Posted in Family, Personal, Portraits by Michael on February 21, 2011

Before Christmas my sister asked me to get a photo for their Christmas Card and to get some pictures of my new nephew William. Working with a 4-year-old, a 1 month old and an exhausted and unenthusiastic Pat made the shoot frustrating but there were some shots that I liked.

-XO Mike

I’m still alive!

Posted in Family, Passing Through, Personal, Trips by Michael on December 8, 2010

The chief prepares for his dance with fire.

I’m still alive despite not posting since mid-July. Life has been crazy preparing to and getting married, closing a business, starting a new job (and the preceding search), getting a new apartment and filling it with stuff like a bed, dressers and couch. The honeymoon was amazing and where most of these pictures came from. I’m doing a portrait session with my new nephew Will on Saturday and I’m nervous because I haven’t shot much recently and barely remember ISO and aperture (ok it’s not that bad).

Here’s a few more photos from stuff that I liked (although I can see my decline in skill). I’ve chosen to mostly just take the photo straight out of the camera so there’s minimal editing on these.

Not purposeful but kind of cool looking. I was switching from portrait to landscape while on a slow shutter.

-XO Mike

Celebrating Stateside this Year

Posted in Events, Family, Personal by Michael on July 6, 2010

Last year I celebrated the 4th in São Tomé. It was fun but not the same. This year I went to Na’s with Elise for the weekend. Saturday, many of us went to Ravinia to see a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. It was very nostalgic to sit out on the grass listening to a radio show and having a picnic. Reaghan accidently posed perfectly to show off a bit of Radio Flyer Americana before we went home to prepare for the 4th. At Na’s we setup a huge feast for about 20 people including burgers taller than your fist. After eating we went on her balcony where you can clearly see Oak Park and Forest Park fireworks and you can see about 3-4 other cities barely over the trees. Sparklers were in huge supply and we had a great time.

I exclusively used my 50D, 14mm and 50mm lenses this weekend because my dad was using his equipment in DC. It took a bit to get back into the swing, partly because I was used to the 5D and partly because I haven’t shot in a while. I forgot how much fun it is and I enjoyed the challenge of using just two primes on a cropped body in the dark.

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-XO Mike

Belated Easter Post

Posted in Events, Family, Portraits by Michael on May 4, 2010

Reaghan peers over the balcony as the Easter Bunny arrives.

I have meant to edit and post about this since the day after Easter but I forgot about it until now. I won’t say much, other than it was a great day complete with the Easter Bunny. We took another family portrait which I tried to organize a little better this year. It’s nothing flashy, but it is a good piece of history for the family so long as we do it every year.

Making faces while I setup the shot.

Everyone is welcome and this was our crowd for the day.