Cherry Creek State Park

"FIT FEATURE: KATIE KATES" - By Denver Fitness Photographer MikeCon Photography

"FIT FEATURE: KATIE KATES" - By Denver Fitness Photographer MikeCon Photography

Who inspires you?  Why?  People who are unapologetically themselves.  People who don’t care what others think of them, who say what they feel, stand up for what they believe and kick ass along the way. Those are my kind of people!  

Who is your fitness and body role model? Why?  I have so many!  I follow a lot of very inspiring and bad ass women on Instagram.  They make me want to try harder and be better. I’ve also am a huge fan of our local Norma Jean Watkins.  She’s a mini bad ass and I love her. Hey girl, heeeey!!!!  

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A few years ago I wrote this blog, “How I Got Interested in Photography, and it still stands true and I still want to do a photo shoot with Jamie Eason.  I loved the way the human body looks when it has muscles and definition, curves, and more.  I love the transformation stories, the stories of their struggles, and how empowering it is to overcome those.

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"The value in hiring a professional photographer" - by MikeCon Photography

I was sitting in my office wondering what to write for a blog this time since I haven't blogged much in 2018 yet.  My friend and fellow photographer Amber Garibay told me to write about this subject and I believe that it's a very good topic to discuss  There's so many ways I want to attack this subject, however I'll just jump into it with a couple of examples that I've experienced personally. we go!

First let's ask the question, what is money?  Definition: "Money".

First scenario:  Since beginning this photography journey I've had to push networking my business with lots of people and other businesses and I noticed one major thing; they used my photos to help push their brand and marketing.  Most of them still do regardless of the relationship.  Their brand is important to them and they found true value in using quality images to represent who they are and what they're doing.  Admittedly, I wasn't charging what I'm truly worth, however that was then, and this is now.  I had a lot of people ask me to shoot their clothing lines, gyms, and other stuff and a majority of them came at me with empty pockets, and big dreams of getting high quality work.  I then quickly learned that I had to add value to my work and my time.  Most of these businesses, and individuals just didn't believe in paying me what I was worth.  They offered me "exposure" and "networking opportunities", however I found quickly that they were empty promises, and weren't paying my bills.  It made me feel like I wasn't getting anywhere that I wanted to be.  


Second Scenario:  Someone once asked me if I, 'shoot for free to promote models', my response is always the same, 'No, I shoot to promote my great clients'. 

That's what I'm supposed to do!

Needless to say, they still haven't contacted me about shooting.  It's my "Tribe" man.  Win or lose, we are in this together.   I try keeping up with them and their lives and we make magic.  We invest in each other.

I've learned that most people that are looking for free and discounts are the same people who will never appreciate all that you do.  Most times they're complaining about everything and you end up regretting even working with them.  A majority of them have unfriended, or blocked me on social media, and I'm grateful for that, because it's a business, not a charity.  

I value my people as they value me as well! 

Mike Conley @mikeconphoto


"Summer Time Photo Shoots" -By MikeCon Photography

As most of my closest friends know....I LOVE winter, and when I say, "LOVE", I mean that with the deepest respect.  There are many reasons I love the cold, but the biggest reason is there are no bugs!  I can't stand bugs biting and stinging me, however, I must admit, I'm a sucker for amazing summer time shots.  

Today's the official second day of summer and I'm already trying my best to heat things up for my clients.  I do my best to ensure that my photography is as close to the image that's "Straight Out Of Camera".  I keep wondering why a majority of folks rely on filters to make their work look cooler.  As I stated on my "About me" section of this website, "It's ALL ABOUT THE LIGHTING!".  Lighting is the essential gift to photographers everywhere.  Most of us study it by the hour and everywhere we go to ensure that we fully understand it.  So to all of my peers and potential clients; get out there and shoot!  Give this summer your absolute best because I truly enjoy pushing my limits on my own work.

Here's an image from the set I recently did with Alex Paine who is my absolute favorite redhead and fitness model.  She is the owner of "Xela's Customs" LLC and made this custom bikini for our photo shoot.   

Custom bikini by  Xela's Customs LLC , worn by owner Alex Paine.

Custom bikini by Xela's Customs LLC, worn by owner Alex Paine.

If you'd like to learn more about the settings, or lighting I used on this shot, please shoot me a message, or leave a comment.  

"Photography at Cherry Creek State Park (Reservoir)" - by MikeCon Photography

"Photography at Cherry Creek State Park (Reservoir)" - by MikeCon Photography

Here's a some information I acquired for performing paid photography at Cherry Creek State Park. 

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